My new AAR:
Commander Sloan sit in his personal fighter, a fully outfitted Raven, and waited for his remaining Fighter pilots to ready themselves for the patrol. The rest of his fighter pilots were prepping in their respective bays, in total there were five fighters going out today. Sloan in his Raven and the rest piloting Zenstars.
When the others were ready, Sloan gave the launch orders and the fighters zipped nimbly out of the Thor's Hammer, a Firestorm class Carrier that was Sloan's pride and joy.
"Okay, ladies and gents, this is a routine patrol. Scorpion and Hellraiser cover my six, you other two cover theirs." Sloan said as they pulled away from the Thor's Hammer.
Sloan was right this was a routine patrol that would take the group away from the Thor's Hammer stationed above one of Jupiter's moon, Ganymede. Their carrier had been stationed there for the past couple of days while mining drones on the moon's surface gathered valuable minerals from the surface. Truthfully, Sloan would not normally be going on one of these patrols, but he was feeling pretty antsy from sitting at the bridge with nothing to do but read periodic status reports.
"Ok, guys lets set our Nav points toward Earth and see what is going on at Galcom!" Sloan said into his helmet mike as he sit his own ship toward the Earth's jumpgate.
A flick of a switch and he was in Hyper Space, speeding toward the jump point. Sitting back he looked over his flight instrumentation. Everything checked out okay so he settled down in Tac-Ops to see if there was anything interesting in the immediate area.
A quick scan of Tac-Ops told him exactly what he knew it would, nothing in the vicinty but the Thor's Hammer and the small shipping and merchant cruisers that they have been seeing the past few days.
Before he knew it, the Raven slowed down and entered normal space just a few klicks from the jump-gate. "Ok, guys..see you on the other side!". He hit the throttle and steered toward the entrance of the huge jump-gate and suddenly he found himself in on the other side, within easy jump distance of Earth.
Sloan again went through his instrumentation, when suddenly he saw a red dot come up on his TRS. A quick scan of the object showed it as a Gammulan Questar.
"Ok, guys, we got a Gammulan Cruiser in the area picking on some unarmed transports! Set course there and let's show these guys they can't mess around in our neck of the woods!". Sloan veered his craft in that direction and, after allowing his hyper-jump system to recharge, bolted toward it. He was followed closely by his other fighters.
As they came out of hyper space, each sit up in a attack perimeter with each watching the others tail and accelerated toward the Questar.
"ok, this is a bad boy and he will pick us apart at range, so get in close to him!" Sloan yelled as he did just that, firing the Raven powerful guns at the Questar at the same time.
"Aye-aye sir!" Pilot Hellraiser said. He sit up a postion above and behind Sloan and began his strafing run.
The Questar took immediate action, maneuvering around so that it could bring more guns to bear and firing its turrets at the incoming fighters. It was no use, however, the Questar could not target the fleet fighters and it took massive damage in the first run.
"I wonder what this Questar is doing all alone this close to Earth? Surely it has to know that it will be severly outclassed and outgunned?" Shadow said, has he fired three quick bursts at the rear engines of the Questar. He smile as they impacted solidly, causing electrical sparks across the body of the Questar.
"Sir, we have a friendly Cruiser coming in...a Solnar class. This fight is going to be over before it begins!" another Zenstar pilot, Lace, yelled triumphantly.
Before the words were out of her mouth, there was a flash from behind and above the Questar as a Gammulan Heavy Carrier ucloaked. "Oh shit! We have a Stormcarrier coming in! Its launching fighters!" Sloan yelled as he twisted his Raven to face the new foe. Looking at his TRS in dismay he saw that another Gammulan cruiser had just arrive on seen as well. "We have another Questar hypering here as well!"
The Galcom Solnar arrived at the battle with all turrets blasting at the crippled Questar that was the first Gammulan vessel on scene. "Okay, leave the crippled one for the Solnar, everyone concentrate on the fighters leaving that Stormcarrier!" Sloan yelled as he got on the six of a Gammulan Corsair.
Sloan's Raven was faster and more maneuverable than the Corsair so he had no problem establishing a position on its tail and waiting for a missile lock. "Come on damnit, get a lock!" he yelled desperately. As soon as the lock was established he fired off two of his Questor missiles and followed with a quick burst from his main gun. The first missile whizzed harmlessly by the Corsair but the second impacted on the rear of the fighter and with a quick flash the Corsair was no more.
Turning his fighter back toward the fight he saw that his group was handling the fighters quite well, but the Solnar was being battered by the Gammulan Stormcarrier. "Well, let's see if I can help this guy out.", he muttered to him self as he throttled up his fighter and swooped into the battle from behind the Gammulan carrier.
Again he waited for the missile lock and as soon as it was established he fired two missiles. Both reached the Stormcarrier at the same time as a missile from the friendly Solnar, and the blast was fantastic. The Carrier seemed to implode on itself, coming apart from the middle in a blinding flash of light. "Yeah!! Take that ya Gammulan bastards!" Sloan screamed.
Looking around Sloan saw that his fellow pilots had disabled the last of the enemy fighters and were zooming around as escort to the Solnar cruiser.
"Okay, guys, great work. Let's get this cruiser home to Galcom Headquarters and then head back to the THor's Hammer! The beer's are on me!"