[NC] in its usual fashion, attempted to provoke a fight from Providence Bloc by deploying Sovereignty Blockade Units, this time in the 4B-NQN system. Providence Bloc responded by bringing a 130 pilot Naga Battlecruiser fleet to the system.
[NC] brought a 60 pilot Loki Strategic Cruiser fleet with Triage Carrier support. The fleet parked on the 9UY4-H gate in the 4B-NQN system. Providence Bloc attempted to fight the [NC] fleet, jumping into it and quickly anchoring around the gate. However, the Triage support of [NC] was on the ball and kept most of the Lokis alive. Quickly losing ships and unable to break any of the Lokis' tank, Providence Bloc retreated from the gate.
At the same time, another Providence Bloc fleet was working on destroying one of the Sovereignty Blockade Units on the other gate. A 30 pilot assorted Cruiser fleet was diligently putting damage on it while the main fleet entertained the [NC] forces.
With the main fleet retreating, the Providence Bloc Stealth Bomber wing kept the [NC] forces at bay. The main fleet linked with the Cruiser force and quickly took down the Sovereignty Blockade Unit, thus securing the system. [NC] forces at the same time jumped into the 9UY4-H system, leaving behind their Triage Carriers.
Providence Bloc took the opportunity and quickly warped to the 9UY4-H gate. Once landed, the main fleet anchored up and quickly blasted the first Triage Archon Carrier, who melted fast before finally exploding. Encouraged by their success, the force shot the second Archon, who promptly entered Triage mode, thus tanking the incoming damage just as it dipped into low armor.
[NC] forces jumped back into the system, adding their fire while lighting a cynosural beacon to bring more Triage Carriers. Providence Bloc attempted to fight a bit longer, but it became clear they could not break the Triage Carriers or the Lokis' tank and the order was given to retreat.
After managing to get a fight from Providence Bloc, [NC] forces did not try to pursue further and safely extracted, allowing Providence Bloc to take down the remaining Sovereignty Blockade Unit later on.
Footage of the Fighting from Providence Bloc's PoV, Courtesy of Mangraa Dementia
Battle report for the 4B-NQN system can be found here.
During the peak of the battle, the system hosted around 250 pilots, with Time Dilation not being a noticeable issue. The battle from start to finish lasted 50 minutes.
Providence Bloc suffered the majority of the losses, with 51 Battlecruisers lost for an estimated 8 Bil ISK damage. [NC] lost only 1 Loki and 1 Triage Carrier, resulting in 4 Bil ISK damage.
While small scale hostilities continue in the Providence region, it seems that the conflict has ebbed away once more, resulting in only the occasional battle. Whether this is a sign of [NC] finally tiring from the region or merely the calm before the storm, is yet to be seen. The EVE Scribe will keep you posted.
Special thanks to corebloodbrothers, of Volition Cult, The Volition Cult for giving an interview, Mangraa Dementia, of Blue Tridents, Sev3rance, for supplying the video footage and ISD for providing the screenshots