MVCJ-E system, Providence region. On the 24th of June, 21:30 EVE Standard Time, forces belonging to Providence Bloc and Northern Coalition(dot) [NC] clashed in the system in a brawl that showed much effusion of blood and destruction.
The fight began with Providence Bloc attempting to regain the BK4-YC system, which it lost a few days before. The station was leaving its first
reinforcement timer, and Providence Bloc forces were moving in to push
it into its second timer.
Providence Bloc brought a 150 pilot
Ishtar Heavy Assault Cruiser fleet, with a Stealth Bomber wing for
support. [NC] forces were aware of Providence Bloc's attempts, and
decided to use the timer to get a fight, the system itself holding
little significance for them.
[NC] brought an estimated 70 pilot
Loki Strategic Cruiser fleet and set up on the 2-TEGJ gate in the MVCJ-E
system. The system is the only point of entry to the BK4-YC system, and
the 2-TEGJ gate itself was the most probable point of entry for the
Providence Bloc fleet, which was spotted in the 9UY4-H system clearing a hostile tower as it was slowly forming up.
Bloc made its way as theorized to the MVCJ-E system, their Fleet
Commander getting reports of the awaiting [NC] fleet. However, he made the decision to
jump into the system anyway, starting the fight. The Providence Bloc
Ishtars quickly anchored as they entered system, losing a few ships as
they pulled range. Sentry drones were dropped in large clumps, making it
hard for the [NC] Lokis to find a good spot to negate their tracking
and optimal range.
The Ishtars started returning fire, managing to
break the tank both of the Logistics and the Lokis themselves. For a
while the two sides exchanged losses, Providence Bloc settling to an
alternating rhythm of Logistic ship, then Strategic Cruiser, while [NC]
busied itself with removing as many mainline ships as possible.
some point the [NC] fleet was getting dangerously low on Logistics
ships, and the call was made to bring Triage Archons. However, due to
the distance of the system from the [NC] staging, the Carriers had to
jump to a system a few jumps from the fight itself and make their way to
At this point the Fleet Commanders' opinions split.
According to the Providence Bloc Fleet Commander, [NC] brought the
Triage Carriers to the system via a cynosural beacon off grid, while the
[NC] Fleet Commander stated that they jumped via gate from
the LF-2KP system.
Regardless, both agree that the Triage Carriers arrived quite late in
the battle, thanks in part to Providence Bloc Interdictors which
deployed interdiction probes on them, preventing them to warp and join
the [NC] fleet for quite a while.
With the [NC] Triage on field,
the Lokis fared better, managing to stabilize, many saved entering deep
armor. Realizing they couldn't be broken anymore, nor the Triage Archons
themselves and sustaining continued losses, Providence Bloc decided to
extract from the system, conceding the field to [NC] forces. [NC] itself
decided not to remove the Providence Bloc Sovereignty Blockade Unit or
repair the station, choosing instead to extract safely home, ending
large scale hostilities for the day.
Battle report for the MVCJ-E system can be found here.
the peak of the battle, the system saw less than 300 pilots in local,
with Time Dilation not reported as an issue. The fight itself took
nearly half an hour in total.
Providence Bloc lost 107 ships, 19
of which were Ishtars, for a total of 9.31 Bil ISK damage. [NC] suffered
28 losses, 12 of which were Strategic Cruisers, for a total of 11.37
Bil ISK damage.
Providence Bloc lost the field, but thanks to
[NC]'s decision to leave the BK4-YC station unprotected, managed to
later reinforce it, achieving the strategic objective. Special mention
has to be made of the Providence Bloc Stealth Bomber wing, whose Void
Bomb runs managed to help cap out Lokis, turning their shield off and
stopping them in their tracks.
With a new timer for the station,
it is quite possible the system will see further clashes soon by the two
sides, as the war in the Providence region continues. The EVE Scribe will keep you posted.