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  ISDII Challenge Commodore report #35 (04/11/2021)
 
This report was submitted by COM-TACA-FSE/HA Anahorn Dempsey/ISDII Challenge


 
 
ISD-II Challenge
Commodore HA Dempsey reporting
Report ID: H.AD.35
Report date: April 11th, 2021

 
Prologue

Silently and effortlessly, the TIE Phantoms tarversed the battlefield. Unseen by their enemies, they had free reign to do whatever they want. Despite the situation, Major Shadowclaw was not entirely happy. He wanted to communicate with his pilots, coordinate the attack on the enemy frigate that was fast closing on the Challenge. He couldn't. The radio traffic would alert the enemy and give away their position. All he could do was hope that his pilots would stick to the briefing. And stick to it exactly. He glanced at the timer in his cockpit. It was going down fast. Another forty seconds. Through the transparisteel, he saw the enemy frigate grow larger and larger.He slowed down, taking up his assigned position. He switched his weapons systems to his proton torpedo lanuchers, making sure not to engage the targeting computer. That, too, would alert the enemy to his position. Then again, this close to his target, he could just dumbfire them and not even the dumbest TIE pilot in Imperial history would be able to miss. For a moment, he stared at the frigate's bridge. He could see movement, and for a second he though he was staring right into the eyes of the ship's Captain.

As the countdown rolled to zero, he punched the firing button. The very next moment he hit the accelerator on his twin ion engines and banked away from his target. Mere moments later, turbo laser fire shot through space and converged on the exact spot he was only seconds ago. The trickest part of the whole plan.... getting out alive. This close to the enemy warship, any hit from its laser batteries would be fatal. Shadowclaw glanced over his shoulder, and saw the gaping hole where the frigate's main bridge had been. Both his torpedoes, unencumbered by the enemy's energy shields, had slammed through the transparisteel viewports and detonated. As he looked around, he saw other TIEs dart away from the frigate. On his left, he saw one of his pilots be marginally too slow, and the TIE Phantom exploded as it was hit by turbolaser fire. Then it fell silent as most of the turbo laser batteries on this side of the frigate ceased to exist as they, too, were struck by proton torpedoes from the Phantoms. Mission accomplished... Thunder had effectively silenced the frigate by destroying the turbolaser batteries facing the Challenge. The frigate would need to come about to be able to fire on the Star Destroyer. But with the command crew on the bridge taken out, that wasn't about to happen anytime soon. Were the frigate under Imperial command, it would have taken a minute or two before a new command structure had settled in place, but with these unorganized pirates, that was unlikely to happen.

"Thunder to Tempest, frigate crippled. Finish it off," he said into his comms system. "Thunder, form up and go for that Vic!" He watched as the surviving members of his squadron took up position on his six. He pushed the flight control and his Phantom leapt forward. He arced his fighter towards the Vic and pulled it up on his targeting computer. The Vic appeared to be taking a pounding, but at the end of the day, it was still a Star Destroyer. Vic or not, they were built to last. Shadowclaw did some quick math in his mind. Vic shields were down to 60 percent, at best his squad could launch another 20 torpedoes into the Star Destroyer. Not good enough to take it down. But it would help. He smiled. He flicked up the targeting computer, and locked onto the enemy warship. As the computer's beeping indicated a solid lock, he pulled the trigger and watched the torpedoes fly off.

Well, not so much the torpedoes, as they were too small to actually be seen, but the trail of exhaust fumes were clearly visible. He noticed many more trails shoot past him as his wingmen followed suit. "That's all we can do, folks," he said. "Start picking off enemy fighters. Squadron Donkey buys the drinks tonight!"
 

 
Commodore's speech

Squadron (Re)Mobilization 3 is going strong, and we're not yet halfway through the time allotted to win 11 tasks. It's been a bit quiet this week. I know several squadrons have completed additional tasks since last week, not heard of squadrons hitting 11. But I might have missed it.

There's not a whole lot of other things to report on this week. As such, this will be one short report. probably one of my shortest ever :)

So nothing happened? Well, not exactly. Some things did: several of the Challenge pilots were awarded a career medal this week for reaching the various levels in the Combat Ratings and COOP/PVE Ratings. Enjoy them, and get your asses to the Gold Star level! We also saw two new Sub-Lieutenants arrive from the SSD Avenger, both assigned to Eagle squadron. That's good, and just in time to compete for your squadron too!

That said, I've been going over all the ATRs for my report, as I always do, and I can't help but notice there's a considerable number of pilots who have not contributed to their squadron's standings. No LoS, no LoC, no fiction, no IU courses. This is not acceptable. Fortunately there's also pilots who are more than making up for that, but it's not a good thing. And I wouldn't be a good COM if I weren't to congratulate COL Marenta who finally received a Commendation of Bravery, almost 22 years after signing up for TIE Corps duty!

Lastly, March MSEs should be done shortly, the SOO is on it. Commanders, watch your notices as you'll be cleared to award some medals soon. And I also still owe you the winner of the A Challenge in need is a Challenge indeed competition. It's been a grueling choice, but in the end I went with LC Phalk Sturm for first and COL Stryker for second. Thanks for playing, people! Fictions have been sent off to the WARD for adding to your records.
 

 
News headlines this week

  • CoLs (still) due to be awarded soon
  • Squadron ReMob 3 is still on. See competition information on the site.
  • Welcome aboard, SL RedKnight and SL MagnoMoose.
     
  •  
    Transfers, promotions and medals this week

    TRANSFERS

  • SL MagnoMoose: SSD Avenger -> Eagle 3-4
  • SL RedKnight: SSD Avenger -> Eagle 3-3

    RANK PROMOTIONS

  • SL Shiro Kusanagi: promoted to Lieutenant

    FLEET COMMANDER'S HONOR GUARD ADVANCEMENTS

  • LT Wrecker: Hussar -> Fusilier

    COMBAT RATINGS ADVANCEMENTS

  • LT Wrecker: Officer 2nd -> Officer 1st
  • CM Graf D'Jinn: Officer 1st -> Veteran 4th
  • LCM Morgoth: Veteran 4th -> Veteran 3rd
  • COL Ricaud: Veteran 4th -> Veteran 3rd

    COOP/PvE RATINGS ADVANCEMENTS

  • CM TI-40026: Private 2nd -> Private 1st -> Gunner's Mate 4th

    MEDALS

  • Bronze Star of the Empire: COL Silwar Naiilo, MAJ EvilGrin
  • Palpatine Crescent: MAJ EvilGrin, CM Graf D'Jinn, CM TI-40026, LCM Morgoth, LT Angel
  • Imperial Security Medal: COL Stryker, COL NiksaVel, COL Silwar Naiilo, MAJ EvilGrin, CM TI-40026, LCM Dynamus, LCM Morgoth, LT Honsou, LT Angel
  • Iron Star with Gold Wings: HA Dempsey, GN Elwood the Brave
  • Iron Star with Silver Wings: GN Elwood the Brave
  • Iron Star with Bronze Wings: GN Jarek La'an, COL Ricaud, LT Green
  • Iron Star with Silver Ribbon: LT LegionX
  • Iron Star with Bronze Ribbon: COL Stryker, MAJ Tygra Shadowclaw, LCM Morgoth, LCM Dynamus, LT Wrecker
  • Commendation of Bravery: COL Marenta
  • Medal of Instruction: LT Honsou, LT Coldsnacks
     
  •  
    Commodore activity report

  • communications: e-mail, Discord
  • SP flying: 33 missions
  • MP flying: 4 PvE
  • other: not much

  • FCHG status: Imperator (4,504 pts = +0)
  • Combat rating: Tan (5,040 pts = +0)
  • COOP/PvE rating: Top Ace Ranger (11,843 pts = +4)
     
  •  
    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:
    MAJ Tygra Shadowclaw for The Fly

    Current standings:
    5pt: CPT EvilGrin
    3pt: COL Stryker, COL Mell Kerrigan, MAJ Tygra Shadowclaw
    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, COL Silwar Naiilo

     

     
    Wrapping up

    Well, we're creeping up on the halfway point for ReMob 3. Get going, pilots!

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


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