Sunday, 14 June 2015

News: Providence Bloc and Fidelas Constans Clash with Northern Coalition(dot) in G-5EN2

G-5EN2 system, Providence region. On the 13th of June, at 19:30 EVE Standard Time, forces belonging to Fidelas Constans [FCON] and Providence Bloc met Northern Coalition(dot) [NC] in the system for a costly brawl that saw the destruction of many ships.

The brawl began when [NC] forces deployed Sovereignty Blockade Units in the 9-F0B2 system, prompting Providence Bloc to form in order to take them down. Providence Bloc formed what has recently became its signature doctrine, a 130 pilot Naga Battlecruiser fleet.

[NC] forces for their part had a 100 pilot Loki Strategic Cruiser fleet, with Triage Archon Carriers in reserve.

However, before the two forces could meet in the system, a [FCON] Drake Battlecruiser fleet, estimated at 90 pilots, with a Triage Nidhoggur Carrier in reserve, appeared in the G-5EN2 system. The force held on the Assah gate in the system.

The [NC] Fleet Commander decided to tackle the [FCON] first rather than wait for Providence Bloc to show up, a situation that may box up the [NC] fleet and potentially decimate it. Thus the [NC] fleet warped to the Assah gate, engaging the [FCON] head on.

A bloody brawl developed, as Lokis and Drakes were volleyed off, the fighting fierce and unforgiving as the two forces collided in a close range carnage. This forced both sides to bring in their reserve Triage Carriers. With the addition of 2 more Triage Archons, bringing the total Triage support for [NC] to 3, the [NC] fleet managed to stabilize.

With the [NC] fleet able to tank the incoming damage, a decision was made to bring in a Titan and remove the enemy Triage, while continuing to mop up the rest of the [FCON] forces. Yet at this point a cynosural beacon was lit close to the [NC] force and Providence Bloc bridged in their fleet to the fight.

With the amazing damage output of 90 tier 3 Battlecruisers on the field, Lokis were once more volleyed. [FCON] was not idle either, and re-shipped to Ishtar Heavy Assault Cruisers, returning to the field and adding its pressure on the [NC] fleet.

being able to volley off Lokis, Providence Bloc and [FCON] decided to switch their focus to the Triage Carriers, who one by one, succumbed to the damage output and were destroyed to the last. At the same time though, the [NC] Lokis were able to destroy many Ishtars and Nagas in return. And yet, with their Triage support decimated, the [NC] force had choice but to de-aggress and jump back to Low Security space, abandoning the field.

The G-5EN2 Fight from [NC]'s Loki PoV

This allowed Providence Bloc to return to the 9-F0B2 system and remove the hostile Sovereignty Blockade Units, [FCON] following suit and helping in the process. With 2 of the Sovereignty Blockade Units down, the system was secured, yet the fighting was far from over.

[NC] returned to the field, bridging to the G-5EN2 system on the 9-F0B2 gate a Tempest Fleet Issue Battleship fleet, 87 pilots with no Triage Carrier support. Providence Bloc and [FCON] positioned themselves on the other side, waiting for [NC] to jump into them.

Finally, the [NC] fleet jumped in and a quick brutal skirmish developed on the G-5EN2 gate in the system. At first, the combined [FCON] and Providence Bloc damage output managed to destroy several Battleships, but as the [NC] Logistics team pulled together, the damage lessened, and the fleet managed to tank the incoming fire, which dwindled as Providence Bloc lost more and more Battlecruisers, and in the end was forced to retreat.

[FCON] attempted to fight a bit longer, trying to kite outside the range of the Battleships, but after a few bruising losses decided to retreat as well, leaving the field to [NC]. Having gotten the fight they were looking for, [NC] forces extracted safely, ending large scale hostilities in the region.

Battle report for the G-5EN2 and 9-F0B2 systems can be found here.

All told the systems saw less than 400 pilots in local, with Time Dilation not reported as an issue in the fighting. From start to finish, the battle with its various parts lasted 90 minutes in total.

Providence Bloc lost 82 ships for 8.4 Bil ISK damage, [FCON] suffering 94 losses, including 1 Carrier, for 11.2 Bil ISK damage while [NC] lost 54 ships, 3 of which were Triage Carriers, for a whooping 25.6 Bil ISK.

Providence Bloc managed to secure the main objective of protecting their sovereignty of 9-F0B2, while [NC] was able to get the fight it wanted, as its Fleet Commander stated that even if Providence Bloc had failed to remove the Sovereignty Blockade Units, [NC] would not have attempted to contest the system. As for [FCON], they managed once more to successfully third party a fight.

The EVE Scribe will keep you posted on further developments in the region.

Special thanks to FUUUFA of Burning Napalm, Northern Coalition(dot) for granting an interview.

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