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  ISDII Challenge Commodore report #33 (03/28/2021)
 
This report was submitted by COM-TACA-FSE/HA Anahorn Dempsey/ISDII Challenge


 
 
ISD-II Challenge
Commodore HA Dempsey reporting
Report ID: H.AD.33
Report date: March 28th, 2021

 
Prologue

The small transport slowly lifted off the hangar deck of mighty Imperial-ii class Star Destroyer Challenge. The repulsor lifts slowly lifted it a few centimeters off the deck, and then the engines came to life, propelling the craft forward. Seconds later, the passed through the force field keeping the atmosphere in the main hangar bay, and the pilot activated the main angines. The transport accelerated to its maximum velocity, and slowly it banked left, away from the warship. The pilot didn't see, but he knew several other transports were making the same move. He also knew the odds of his survival today were slim. And that was the best case scenario. But he also knew that everyone left aboard the Star Destroyer would have a better chance at survival because of his actions today. And that almost made up for it.

Lantor Grell touched his comm set. "Zulu two, three and four, you're with me," he said. "Our target is the Vic. Get within firing range and launch. Don't stick around, head back for a reload as briefed. Five and six, you know your targets." A few moments later, the five other transports acknowledged the plan. Of course they did, they had been briefed on the attack before they'd climbed aboard their craft. Grell had not needed to tell them anything, they knew what was expected of them. In the distance, Grell saw the Victory-class Star Destroyer. Occasionally, a splash of light could be seen as yet another torpedo exploded harmlessly off its shields. This was the bit where these transports could prove their worth. Capable of cvarrying warheads farf more powerful than the proton torpedoes the Challenge's fighters could carry, they were the real threat to the enemy. Grell smiled. He looked at his read-outs. The Vic was now 10 clicks away, which meant another 3 minutes before he'd be in firing range. The enemy fighters were busy fending off the Challenge's superior fighter force, but Grell knew that he was far from safe Only one of them would have to notice them, and the enemy would be on the like flies.

Time passed slowly, as Grell wished his transport could move faster. But it couldn't, and so he had to wait. But eventually, he got close enough. He smiled as the tagerting computer started bleeping as it was acquiring a target lock on the Vic.

"I have an enemy on my six," came the voice of one of the other techs. Grell knew the voice. He blocked it out, he could not be distracted now. A scream echoed in his ears, as Zulu three exploded not too far behind him. Only moments later, Grell realized he would probably be next as dull thuds indicated enemy fighters were taking shots at him. He focused on his target, allowing the computer to control the turbo laser turrets on the outside hull of his ship. As soon as the computer gave a solid bleep, Grell punched the firing button. A yellow engine exhaust appeared before him, as the first of the high-yield rockets left his launch tubes and sp;ed towards the Vic. Grell managed to launch 4 more, before his transport took a hit that fried his sytems. His cokcpit went dark, the hum of the engines died away, and inertia was all that he had left. He heard no more laser impacts on his hull. The enemy fighter must have abandoned the attack, realizing Grell was out of the fight. Abandoned the attack on him, in order to go after one of his friends, no doubt. Who knows, Grell thought. I might just survive this after all.

Then a torpedo impacted his now unshielded craft, tore through the hull and smacked its tip into the back of grell's head, knocking him unconscious before it detonated.
 

 
Commodore's speech

As the final days of March are upon us, Squadron (Re)mobilization 3 has begun. For the next two months, you and your squad are to complete as many of the task set before you as possible. The more tasks you complete, the higher the reward for your squadron. This is also the first competition where the new Unit AwardsFIVE of the assigned tasks. Completing five tasks will allow the squadron to change its objectives, and is the lowest number of task completed that will award the participating pilots with a medal. Pilots who, at the end of the competition, have not participated are subject to immediate and unconditional spacing.

In case you missed it, all the Admirals on active duty have been temporarily assigned to Avenger squadron, and will be competing against you. As Admirals, I fully expect our squadromn to complete at least 11 tasks and earn the Iron Star with Gold Wings. After all, we should be showing how it's done. Admirals Pickled Yoda, Jarek La'an, Schueler and Impulse are not part of Avenger as they will continue to fight for their squadron.

There are ponly a few days left for my fiction competition, which will end this Wednesday. See below for information. Note that fictions submitted for this competition are not eligible for submission for the ReMob fiction task.

I'll keep this report short, as to not take away from the time you have to fight for your squadron. However, I do wish to point out that all drinks for the remainder of the month in the Challenge cantina are on the Inferno Commander, CPT EvilGrin, who was promoted to Major this week for his continued service as Commander of this squadron. He's lasted longer as Inferno Commander than I did.... I also wish to welcome SL Orren Brimarch aboard, who has completed his training aboard the SSD Avenger and will be the latest addition to Inferno's roster, as well as SL Coldsnacks who was assigned to Tempest squadron, and already received his promotion to full Lieutenant.

Kudos also for LCM EchoVII who was officially appointed Squadron XO of Tempest this week. that leaves one Challenge squadron without an XO.

Go out there and be glorious!
 

 
News headlines this week

  • CoLs (still) due to be awarded soon
  • Squadron ReMob 3 has begun. See competition information on the site.
     
  •  
    Transfers, promotions and medals this week

    TRANSFERS

  • SL Coldsnacks: SSD Avenger -> Tempest 3-3
  • SL Orren Brimarch: SSD Avenger -> Inferno 1-4

    RANK PROMOTIONS

  • CPT EvilGrin: promoted to Major

    FLEET COMMANDER'S HONOR GUARD ADVANCEMENTS

  • LT Coldsnacks: none -> Grenadier
  • LT Wrecker: none -> Grenadier -> Lancer

    COMBAT RATINGS ADVANCEMENTS

  • SL Orren Brimarch: none -> Trainee
  • LT Coldsnacks: none -> Trainee
  • LT Honsou: Marksman 3rd -> Marksman 2nd
  • LT Wrecker: Officer 3rd -> Officer 2nd
  • LCM EchoVII: Marksman 1st -> Officer 4th
  • LCM WoofWolffe: Beginner -> Marksman 4th
  • COL Silwar Naiilo: Elite 4th -> Elite 3rd

    COOP/PvE RATINGS ADVANCEMENTS

  • LT Coldsnacks: none -> Beginner -> Qualified
  • LT The Dice Goblin: Beginner -> Qualified
  • LT LegionX Private 4th -> Private 3rd
  • LCM Morgoth: Beginner -> Qualified
  • COL Silwar Naiilo: Qualified -> Private 4th

    MEDALS

  • Iron Star with Silver Ribbon: COL Stryker
  • Iron Star with Bronze Ribbon: COL Marenta, COL Silwar Naiilo
  • Medal of Instruction: COL Marenta, LT Honsou
     
  •  
    Commodore activity report

  • communications: e-mail, Discord, Telegram (yes, that still exists)
  • SP flying: 55 missions
  • MP flying: 10 PvP and 34 PvE
  • other: some TACcy stuff, fiction

  • FCHG status: Imperator (4,518 pts = -2)
  • Combat rating: Tan (5,035 pts = +0)
  • COOP/PvE rating: Top Ace Ranger (11,808 pts = +39)
     
  •  
    Competitions currently running
    FICTION

    Challenge ship-wide competitions:

  • Dempsey's Weekly Screenshots (trivia)

  • Trivia for the Challenged (trivia)

    There's always competitions running at your squadron level, or TC wide. Check your Commander's weekly report or The Competitions Center at the TC website.
     

  •  
    Commodore's Competitions

    Dempsey's Weekly Screenshots

    Every week, the report will have a screenshot. Not necessarily from a Star Wars movie. First Challenge pilot to send the correct answer to the mailing list wins. Each victory earns you an IS-BR. Unless it's a 5th victory, you then get a IS-SR. Unless it's a 10th victory, which gives you an IS-GR!
    Remember - your answer has to go to the list.

    Current screenshot:

    Last week's winner:
    COL Marenta for Miami Blues

    Current standings:
    5pt: CPT EvilGrin
    3pt: COL Stryker, COL Mell Kerrigan
    2pt: LCM Richlet, LC Phalk Sturm, LC Kadon Beir, GN Elwood the Brave, COL Marenta
    1pt: LT Dougal Cealleigh, CM TI-40026, CPT Kalve Ryder, MAJ Talon Jade, MAJ Tygra Shadowclaw, COL Silwar Naiilo

     
    A Challenge in need is a Challenge indeed

    In reporrts #28, #29 and #30, I have set the outline of a battle between the ISD-II Challenge and several hostile forces. In report #31, the story is left hanging. Your job is to finish it. You can do whatever you want to mop up the story and ensure the Challenge's survival, within reason and within the TC universe of course. Submissions will be accepted until the end of the month.

     

     
    Wrapping up

    Go and fight for your squadron in ReMob 3. go get em!

    COM-TACA-FSE/HA Anahorn Dempsey/ISD-II Challenge, signing off


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