2nd Capellan Defense Force

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2nd Capellan Defense Force
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Blackledge’s Iron Hand
Parent Formation Capellan Defense Force
Formed 3060


The 5th CDF uses the Augmented Regiment formations commonly found in the CCAF by 3145.[1]

They are a second-line regiment of the Capella Commonality.[2]



The 2nd Capellan Defense Force was raised by adding a battalion of Battlemechs to three Home Guard regiments. The 'Mech battalions were eventually joined together to train as a Capellan Defense Force regiment in 3060.[3]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

The Second was stationed on Necromo in 3061 to protect the shipyards. In 3062, they were hit by the First St. Ives Lancers where their lack of integral air support cost them half their strength.[3]

The Second moved to Ares to rebuild but attempts to bolster their air support were ignored so the unit eventually brokered stronger relations to Ceres Metals on Capella. They used this relationship to amass a large number of LRM carriers and artillery vehicles.[3][4]


During Operation: Sovereign Justice the Second CDF remained at their duty station on Ingersoll. All around them Capellan units were being destroyed, but the Strategios refused their requests to join in the fighting. During the counterattack on the Capellan March, the Second CDF didn't face the AFFS forces directly. Instead as other CCAF units moved up to strike the Federated units, the Second would take over their garrison duties. This left them with a burning desire to fight someone, and led to the Strategios removing their DropShip and JumpShip assets.[5]

In 3081 the Strategios ordered the creation of several new Capellan Defense Force units. The Second CDF was completely broken down and the soldiers in the unit transferred. Only the command company remained. To compensate for this, the Second CDF became the cadre unit for the Capella War College. This allowed the unit to quickly return to strength, but reduced their experience. At this time the unit was also given a new slogan: "Blackledge's Iron Hand."[6]

Republic Era[edit]

During the Victoria War the Second Capellan Defense Force stalled an assault from the Duchy of Oriente. They landed on Bentley with the Death Commandos and drove the 6th Oriente Hussars to leave the world.[7] After the Sixth left, the Second CDF and Death Commandos followed them to Goodna, where the two Capellan units inflicted heavy losses on the Oriente unit and forcing it to abandon the system for Ipswich.[8]

Dark Age[edit]

At the time the Second was serving as a training cadre, but after this successful defense those duties were moved to the 5th Capellan Defense Force. They later worked alongside the 1st Capellan Defense Force to destroy the Duchy of Oriente's Iron Guard unit. These successful actions allowed the unit to earn the name "Blackledge's Iron Hand" in perpetuity.[9] They were stationed on Jasmine in 3145.[10]


As of 3063 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Bian Kaiheng.[3]

As of 3067 to 3085 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Matt Blackledge.[11][12]

As of 3145 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Arthur Guo-Knowles.[10]


The Second specializes in Urban Combat deploying scattered minefields and blanket-bombing targets over wide regions.[3]

Unit Emblem[edit]

A mailed hand cradling a Battlemech. They use a washed-out, sepia-tone version of the standard CDF color scheme.[3]

Composition History[edit]


2nd Capellan Defense Force (1 Regiment/Green/Questionable)[3]

  • CO: Sang-shao Bian Kaiheng
  • XO/1st Battalion: Zhong-shao Matt Blackledge
  • 2nd Battalion: Zhong-shao Rai Harada
  • 3rd Battalion: Zhong-shao Kong Kuaimin

15th No Return Home Guard (2 Battalions/Green/Questionable)[3]

  • Armor Commander: Zhong-shao Shirley Davis

- Including a Lance of Padilla tanks

121st Urban Defense Detachment (The Walking Dead) (1 Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[3]

  • Infantry Commander: Zhong-shao Su Tianfa


2nd Capellan Defense Force (Green/Questionable)[11]

  • CO: Sang-shao Matt Blackledge

15th No Return Home Guard (2 Battalion's/Green/Questionable)[11]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Louis Parker

121st Urban Defense Detachment (Regular/Reliable)[11]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Ji Fahn Luk


The Second Capellan Defense Force was spared most of the horrors of the Jihad. In fact they grew to 110% of their pre-Jihad strength by absorbing several Home Guard units.[5]


2nd Capellan Defense Force (Green/Questionable)[12]

  • CO: Sang-shao Matt Blackledge

15th No Return Home Guard (2 Battalion's/Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Shiu Keung Ho

121st Urban Defense Detachment (Green/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Spyridon Petrov


2nd Capellan Defense Force (Veteran/Fanatical)[10]

  • CO: Sang-shao Arthur Guo-Knowles

Blackledge's Iron Talons (2 Flights/Regular/Reliable)[10]

Blackledge's Armored Iron Hand (Veteran/Reliable)[10]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Darrion Mavros

121st Urban Defense Detachment (Veteran/Fanatical)[10]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Telamon Vasiliou



  1. Field Manual: 3145, p. 27, "General Review"
  2. Field Manual: 3145, p. 28, "THE NEW OLD-FASHIONED WAY"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 77, "2nd Capellan Defense Force Unit Profile"
  4. Field Manual: Update, p. 23, "2nd Capellan Defense Force"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Field Report: CCAF, p. 12
  6. Field Manual: 3085, p. 29
  7. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 57
  8. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 60
  9. Field Manual: 3145, p. 40
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Field Manual: 3145, p. 44, "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3145"
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Field Manual: Update, p. 32, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Field Manual: 3085, p. 34, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3085"