126th Striker (Clan Steel Viper)

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126th Striker Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname The Copperheads
Parent Formation Beta Galaxy
Formed

History[edit]

Post Invasion[edit]

In June 3052, the Viper Fusiliers and the 126th Striker Cluster invaded Goat Path. This was part of a larger operation which also involved elements of Alpha Galaxy attacking Blackjack simultaneously. The operation was believed to have been ordered in retaliation for Jade Falcon raids on Steel Viper merchant traffic.[1][2]

On Goat Path in 3053, the Fusiliers and Strikers defeated the Second Falcon Jaegers and Fifth Battle Clusters. However, the battle created a perception among the Steel Viper hierarchy that the 126th was best used as a support unit, a reputation that the Cluster's leadership has worked hard to shake.[2] They held the planet throughout the rest of the 3050s and in 3061 the unit was still in position.[3][4]

Ejection from the Inner Sphere[edit]

The cluster moved back to clan space and was assigned to garrison Marshall in 3067.[5]

The final fate of the 126th Striker Cluster is not known, but they would not have survived the destruction of Beta Galaxy or that of Clan Steel Viper in 3075.[6]

Officers[edit]

As of 3061 to 3067 the commanding officer was Star Colonel Julian Bukannon[1][5], who had been in command since at least 3058.[7]

Tactics[edit]

The Cluster fought with ferocity. It was also very experienced in small scale warfare and defending against raids.[1]

Composition History[edit]

3057[edit]

126th Striker Cluster [7]

  • Cluster Command Star (1 OmniMech Star)
  • Trinary Alpha (3 OmniMech Stars) - Star Captain Vlad
  • Trinary Bravo (3 OmniMech Stars) - Star Captain Eric
  • Trinary Charlie (1 OmniMech/Elemental Nova, 2 Elemental Stars) - Star Captain Justin
  • Trinary Delta (3 OmniMech Stars) - Star Captain Margeret
  • Trinary Echo (3 OmniFighter Stars) - Star Captian Honas

3061[edit]

126th Striker Cluster - Veteran/Reliable [1]

  • 5 Trinaries

3067[edit]

126th Striker Cluster - Veteran/Reliable [5]

  • 80% full strength and fully equipped with OmnMechs

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 144, "Beta Galaxy - 126th Striker Cluster"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 89, "Post Invasion" - Goat Path
  3. Objective Raids, p. 30
  4. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165, "Clan Steel Viper Deployment Table"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Field Manual: Updates, p. 80, "Warden Clans Deployment Table"
  6. The Wars of Reaving, p.149-150
  7. 7.0 7.1 Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 94, "Clan Steel Viper - Front-Line Unit Summary"

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