Jon leads a fleet, and we didn’t all die.

Report from OPSRD0118

“W’s up, fleet warp to S0UL, warp to S0UL. S0UL, what have you caught?” Jon’s call came over the fleet communication’s channel, and confirmations from the other 6 pilots in fleet quickly filtered through in the chat.”

“I’ve caught a Skiff in the ore belt. I’ll need a secondary point on this guy ASAP, he’s locked me up and set his drones on me.” S0UL’s request was quickly answered by other fleet members as they landed in the belt and engaged the Skiff.

“Sounds like we have secondary points on the Skiff, and I’ll be landing shortly. Drag the drones off if you can, warp out if needed. Everyone, if he sets his drones on you and you’re going down, warp out. We have enough interceptors on field to keep him from going anywhere.” The fleet of 8 interceptors, with one additional interceptor burning his way as quickly as possible to catch up, had been formed from the ‘Spectre Fleet’ channel and had just found their first target of the night.

“Confirming he is still pointed?” Iskanndar asked on comms.

“Confirmed, he’s not going anywhere.” Jon answered, certain in his answer as the Skiff was both pointed and scrammed by his Stiletto.

“Roger. I am cycling off my scram then, I am going to attempt to catch his pod.” The notification from Iskanndar’s Taranis to the Skiff stopped shortly, with the Skiff entering structure shortly afterwards.

“He’s nearly down, and no response forces are on D-scan. If his pod is caught I shall count down from 5 before killing it, that should give everyone a chance to get on the killmail. Once the pod is gone I shall warp the fleet to a safe spot to wait out our aggression timers.” Jon informed the fleet what the plan was, as was suggested practice by Jayne and NileZ, the Spectre Commander and Full FC respectively that had given Jon the chance to become first a trial, and now junior, fleet commander for Spectre Fleet. “He’s down, and his pod escaped. I am warping the fleet now, if you got the killmail please post it in fleet chat. Good job fleet, and nice catch S0UL.”

“I got the killmail FC, it’s in fleet.” LOLWTFBBO spoke up with the news. Jon had to stifle a laugh every time LOL’s name showed up, it was such a weird mix of letters that Jon could only wonder what was going through his parents heads when he was named. Ah well, as long as he did his job his name didn’t matter. That is as long as he doesn’t want to be the scout.”

“Awesome. It doesn’t look like it fit too badly. A shield extender would have probably served him better, but my knowledge on how to correctly fit a mining barge is pretty low, let alone an exhumer. Such an expensive ship for something so defenceless though. Okay, fleet warp to the B-W gate, scout please jump into B-W and let me know what’s on the other side. Hopefully we can get out of this pocket before the defence fleet wakes up and camps the gate into KBP7.” Jon’s Stiletto slid smoothly out of warp on top of the gate as the rest of the fleet exited warp. “Kast, how far away from KBP7 are you?”

“Just landing on the in gate from Dital now, where do you want me?” Kast was the pilot that had been catching up while the fleet killed the Skiff, and was now in the perfect position to check on the status of the defence fleet in KBP7.

“B-W gate clear, only the 1 guy in local from earlier” S0UL spoke up to inform Jon what B-W looked like.
“Awesome, fleet jump B-W and warp to the KBP7 gate. Whole fleet hold on the KBP7 gate, Kast can you jump into KBP7 and warp to a ping off the B-W gate and let me know what’s on it? If you don’t have a ping just warp to 100 off the gate.”

“Can do, I’ll be there shortly.” The activation noise of Kast entering the gate came through comms, and quickly faded away as he entered KBP7. “In warp now, nothing on D-scan from the in-gate. Landing at a ping now, the gate is empty. Two crows on D-scan though, if you’re going to jump I would do it soon. Svipul just showed up as well.”

“Fleet jump, fleet jump. Warp to the XHQ gate as soon as you enter system, Kast can you jump XHQ and let me know what’s on the other side. S0UL, I’ll get you back as scout once we’ve all regathered.”

As the fleet jumped KBP7 and initiated warp to the XHQ gate, Jon hit D-scan and saw a fleet of Caracals, Svipuls and Confessors heading to the KBP7 gate. Seeing the two Crows mentioned by Kast exiting warp, Jon initiated warp to the XHQ gate himself, and effortlessly glided into warp as the enemy defence fleet started exiting warp on the gate.

“XHQ clear FC.”

“Roger. Fleet, jump XHQ upon landing on the gate, I repeat jump XHQ. S0UL please jump into ‘Why-So’, that’s Y-W-S-0, and let me know what’s happening. The rest of the fleet warp to the Why-So gate and hold. Kast, welcome to fleet and thanks for the scouting.

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I am now a Jr FC for Spectre Fleet. University and social commitments mean that I don’t have a lot of time to spare for Eve in general, let along the time required to run regular fleets, but I’m hoping to run one every 2-3 weeks. I got fully hooked on Eve when JOhnDrees and Darth A30NZ used to run interceptor fleets out to Providence almost nightly with Spectre Fleet, I absolutely loved the hit and run ability of interceptors, and the fact that if you have a fleet of 10-15 interceptors you can kill nearly every ratting BS that you come across, and want to experience that fun again.
We got a few other kills in that fleet, but nothing hugely exciting sadly.

Skiff killmail: https://zkillboard.com/kill/48289641/
Procurer killmail: https://zkillboard.com/kill/48290156/
Procurer #2 killmail: https://zkillboard.com/kill/48290300/
Sabre killmail: https://zkillboard.com/kill/48289754/
Thorax killmail: https://zkillboard.com/kill/48290339/

And because I screwed up, a lossmail of my Stiletto. However, thanks to some luck I was able to reship relatively cheaply and continue leading the fleet: https://zkillboard.com/kill/48289944/

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Killing all the things

Report from OPSRD0025

‘Look at those kill reports Jon, we’ve been active this month haven’t we?’ Leeroy entered the captain’s quarters, waving a sheet with the kills and losses that had been incurred so far this month.

‘We certainly have. According to the report that I was just reading, we have helped to kill over 3 billion ISK worth of ships over the last 3 weeks, and we have only managed to lose 5 ships, not even worth 300 million ISK. Pretty good going if you ask me, and heaps of fun.’

‘SoE and Concord aren’t exactly happy with us though. We’ve helped to increase SoE’s workload, as they come out to rescue the survivors of the destroyed ships, and Concord has decreased our security status by 2 over the last three weeks.’

‘It’s at 1.9 at the moment isn’t it? We may have to schedule in some mission grinding in the next few weeks if it keeps decreasing at this rate.’

‘Yeah, that won’t be fun. If we can stay positive until the new galactic changes are rolled out, it won’t be too painful to get our security status up. The increased power to the Machariel’s engines means that it will be able to warp faster, and it won’t be anywhere near as painful to follow incursions around, and we know that incursions are great for increasing security status. I’m planning on learning about how the advanced artillery cannons work, and getting the gunnery crew trained up for them over the next month or two as well, so that will help to make quick work of the rats.”

“Sounds good. Those cannons certainly look nice, and the extra damage won’t go unused.” Leeroy checked the time on his wrist-watch, a relic for certain, but something that he enjoyed to use. “I’ve got crew quarters to check, I shall check in once that is done.”

“Roger. Make sure everything is tidy, I have some plans brewing, but we may be sitting in station for a while before they bear fruit.”

As Leeroy wandered out to complete his duties, Jon pulled up the corporation information. 6 members in corp, with only one other person being seen on a somewhat regular basis. While Jon enjoyed the laid-back attitude of the corp, as no-one cared what he was doing, or trying to get him to join fleet operations when the crew didn’t feel like it, it would be nice to have people available to call out to for help if required. Solo roams were fun and all, but a lot of our opponents have friends that are willing and able to come and help out, something that usually meant defeat and death for our ship and crew.

Turning to the communications screen on his tactical monitor showed multiple channels being watched. While some of them were just people talking about whatever they felt like, and good for getting information on what is happening in other parts of New Eden, other chat channels were for close groups of people that had been introduced via various means, and yet others were for public roaming fleets. As Jon watched the screen, the channel for Spectre Fleet changed its message, informing people that yet another interceptor roam was forming in Amarr. This group was amazing, and was how we had scored the majority of our kills over the last 3 weeks. They are a NPSI community, meaning that if you’re not part of the fleet, and they find you in lowsec or nullsec, you’re a target and probably going to die.

We have been out on 5 Spectre fleet roams in the last 3 weeks, helping to secure and kill many ships. A few ships have been lost, the latest ship being a Rupture that was jumped into highsec without anyone realising that we still had a criminal timer, and that Concord really takes offence to such violations. Lessons have been learnt, and ships have been replaced. The only problem that the crews appear to have with these roams is the 20 jumps between Amarr and our home-system. While using a Stiletto means that the trip is not too long, and lowsec can be safely crossed, it does take time, and we can’t join a fleet five minutes before it leaves, unless stragglers are being accepted.

Jon considered joining this latest interceptor fleet, as an interceptor probably meant that a nullsec roam was heading out. After consideration however, Jon decided to stay in station. The next few days had the possibility to become very busy, and a well-rested crew would be essential.

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Spectre Fleet is a great community, with multiple fleets running a day. I also keep an eye on the RvB Ganked channel, but they do not appear to be as active in my time-zone, and I haven’t managed to go on a roam with them yet.

Some of my favourite kill-mails from the last 3 weeks:
Stratios kill. This one was painful, took me down to hull. Drones are painful when you’re in an interceptor: https://zkillboard.com/kill/38747989/

Shiny capsule, came from a Slicer kill. 2048 scan resolution for the win: https://zkillboard.com/kill/38747081/

Kiting Talos kill, damn thing was going over 3 km/s and our poor T1 cruiser gang couldn’t catch it. Someone landed hero tackle with a warp-in, we were extremely happy to kill it: https://zkillboard.com/kill/38976382/

Most expensive Thrasher I’ve ever seen, with a lack of fittings. There were many tears spilled in local: https://zkillboard.com/kill/38976484/

Roam the skies,
Jon.