2nd Victoria Rangers

Sung's Rangers
Second Victoria Rangers
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Sung’s Rangers[1], Confederation's Reach
Parent Formation Victoria Rangers
Formed Unknown

Formation[edit]

Originally called Sung's Cuirassiers and a part of the Chesterton Reserves, the regiment has the distinction being one of the few Capellan Regiments to be destroyed and rebuilt stronger than it was originally.[2] The regiment was renamed Sung's Victoria Commonality Rangers following it's reassignment to the Victoria Commonality Rangers brigade. After the Capellan Crusades, several CCAF brigades were reorganized and the current name was adopted.[3]

The unit is usually a medium/heavy Battlemech regiment.[2]

History[edit]

Star League Era[edit]

In 2668 the unit was sent on a raid against the House Marik world of Xanthe III. The target was supposed to be a lightly defended repair depot. Yet due to intelligence failures of the Maskirovka agents in field, the Cuirassiers encountered elements of the Marik Protectorate Guard. The unit's dropzones were overwhelmed with a large number of heavy and assault class BattleMechs. Only two companies of the Cuirassiers survived the failed raid.[2]

During 2761 the unit was reformed and re-equipped again. The Cuirassiers were used in the occupation of the world of Lee where they faced off with House Davion's Syrtis Fusiliers. The Cuirassiers were successful in the use of their Jump Troops to inflict moderate damage against the Davion troops.[2]

Third Succession War[edit]

Between 2890 and 2910 the unit was used in a series of clashes with House Kurita.[2]

While conducting a raid against the Davion world of Bristol in 2915. the unit overshot their designated drop zones. These errors caused numerous personal and equipment loses which lead to its near destruction yet again. Only a few companies managed to rally, but were they quickly contained by Bristol's Militia.[2]

They were rebuilt yet again in 2978 and successfully seized the world of Mesartim from House Davion.[2]

In 2999, the unit was overwhelmed on Ingersoll by Marik Aerospace Forces.[2]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

In 3029 the entire regiment is stationed on Wei when House Davion invaded the world, dropping multiple regiments on the unit's positions.[4] The 12th Vegan Rangers were assigned to take the world by the AFFS. During this assault, the Cuirassiers used chemical weapons several times. After losing two battalions, the unit was forced to abandon Wei.[5]

Andurien/Canopus Invasion[edit]

Reduced to two battalions during the 4th Succession War, the Cuirassers were rebuilt and garrisoned Gei-Fu and Harloc during the Andurien Wars.[6]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

In 3061, Sung's Victoria Commonality Rangers were part of a task force commanded by Naomi Centrella. Arriving on Detroit, they fought Colonial Marshals loyal to President Sherman Maltin's rebellion. They were instrumental in rescuing Magestrix Emma Centrella but failed in doing so for Protector Jeffrey Calderon. They have remained in Detroit ever since.[7]

In 3065, the Rangers finished their assignment of defending Detroit and handed the responsibility to the forces of the Magistracy of Canopus. The unit was to return home to Victoria but was called into action with the emergence of a new pirate state. The Fronc Reaches began to threaten the Trinity Alliance. Pirate bands such as the Calderon Commandos began raiding Taurian-controlled space. The Rangers fought a few skimishes on the world of Hellespont and other locations. Having difficulties trying to narrow down aims of the Commandos, the Chancellor sent aid in form of his own Death Commandos. The Fronc Reaches government tired of the raiding as well and closed its borders, limiting the Commandos's movement. This allowed the Rangers return to Victoria.[8]

As the Rangers returned home, the unit was forced to re-organize to cover both the Free Worlds League and Federated Suns borders. The unit was to split its presence between both Victoria and Decatur. Since Marshigama's Legionnaires mauling, the Rangers were left to hold the borders on its own as of 3067.[8]

Jihad[edit]

The collapse of the Trinity Alliance in 3067 caused the two companies of Taurian Concordat MechWarriors in the Rangers to suffer from conflicted loyalties. Two lances-worth of Taurian personnel left but the remainder chose to stay with the regiment throughout the Jihad. They were later awarded Capellan citizenship.[9]

In December 3068, a battle took place around the Shengli Arms factories on Victoria. Certain members of the mercenary regiment, Olson's Rangers, were subverted by the Federated Suns and mutinied. After murdering their more loyal comrades, the rogue mercenaries started attacking the very facilities they were paid to garrison. Sung's Victoria Commonality Rangers were also stationed on-planet and soon arrived to fight the traitors. After inflicting significant damage to the factories and before the Rangers breached the automated defenses, Olson's Rangers fled to their waiting DropShips. Sung's aerospace assets joined with the Victoria Home Guard's aerospace fighters and attempted to stop them from escaping, but they too met with failure.[10]

Sung's Rangers then broke up into battalion-sized groups and protected the Capellan-Periphery border for the rest of the Jihad. They successfully repelled several attacks by the Taurian Concordat as well as several pirate groups. They performed so well that the commander of the Victoria Commonality Rangers is considering petitioning for each battalion to form the core of a regimental battle group once Capellan factories are back on-line. Sung's Rangers remain separated into battalions, with one each on Ward, New Roland, and Renown.[11]

The Republic Era[edit]

In 3085 the main body of the Rangers was stationed on the world of Yuris,[12] but the Rangers' commanding officer, Sang-shao Jason Harris, was continually deploying battalions of the Rangers off-world on bandit-hunting missions.[9] During one of these deployments, the First Battalion on New Roland encountered what they believed to be pirate forces. Those pirates actually turned out to be Word of Blake forces attempting to use a chemical weapon against the city of Maine. The Ranger detachment - led by Zang-shao Steven Sung - ignored the damage the Blakists inflicted on them, moved to block the Blakist path to the city and destroyed the vehicle carrying the chemical weapon.[9]

During the Victoria War in 3103, the regiment left their garrison at Yuris and proceeded to reinforce their besieged capital, Victoria. Though undefended Yuris later fell to the 3rd Ceti Hussars, the 2nd Victoria Rangers were among the first wave of CCAF reinforcements. They absorbed the newly arrived Yuris Home Guard and took to the hills outside the capital city of Barns after the 3rd Federated Suns Lancers blocked their entry. Poor coordination with the 1st Victoria Rangers a month later resulted in finally driving the 3rd FedSuns Lancers away but lost half the regiment doing so. Arriving AFFS reinforcements, the Syrtis Avengers and the 3rd Ceti Hussars, a few weeks later forced the Victoria Rangers brigade to retreat from the city.[13] The Rangers brigade later rendezvoused with the just arrived 5th Capellan Defense Force who transported them to Quimberton where the 2nd VR spent the rest of the Victoria War.[14]

In 3110, the regiment raided Sirdar and engaged the Sirdar CMM.[15]

The Dark Age[edit]

On 11 November 3144, the Second Victoria Rangers took part in Operation CELESTIAL REWARD. All five Victoria Rangers regiments landed on Victoria and rapidly drove the AFFS garrison offplanet. During this battle, the 2nd Victoria Rangers entered the city of Alexandrina and destroyed all Davion units that tried to escape the pursuing 1st Victoria Rangers. By December, the 2nd VR and her sister regiments had liberated all commonality worlds lost in the Victoria War.[1]

On 6 January 3145, the Dynasty Guard, 3rd McCarron's Armored Cavalry and Sung’s Rangers defeated the Ridgebrook Capellan March Militia and Fifth Crucis Lancers on Taygeta.[16][17] Note: It is likely that the Ridgebrook Capellan March Militia and Mandaree Capellan March Militia LCT are the same unit.

By 31 December 3145, the unit was posted on Manapire.[18]

Officers[edit]

As part of a deal struck when the Cuirassiers still belonged to the Chesterton Reserves, the Sung family is entitled to hereditary command positions in the unit. However, regimental and battalion commands are still determined based on skill by the CCAF. Part of this bargain also insures that the unit only retains the "Sung" name as long as one member of the Sung line is serving. The Sung family also presents a new BattleMech to the commanding officer, whether they are related or not, every year. [19]

As of 3025, the commanding officer was Colonel Kevin Sung.[2]

As of 3050 to 3054, the commanding officer was Colonel Andrea Sung.[20][21]

As of 3063 to 3085 the commanding officer was Sang-shao Jason Harris.[7][22][12]

The commanding officer as of 3145 was Sang-shao Steven Sung.[18]

Tactics[edit]

This regiment's command lances are adept at drawing the fire of enemy forces, thus sparing other 2nd Victoria Ranger units from damage.[23]

Composition History[edit]

3025[edit]

Sung's Cuirassiers (3 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[2]

  • CO: Colonel Kevin Sung
  • 1st Battalion (Urvine's Mounted Grenaders) - Major Timothy Urvine
  • 2nd Battalion (Kincade's Chosen) - Major Gaberial Kincade
  • 3rd Battalion (The Black Sheep) - Major Andrea Sung

- Primary BattleMechs available were Hunchbacks and Thunderbolts

3050-3054[edit]

Sung's Cuirassiers (Green/Reliable)[20][21]

  • CO: Colonel Andrea Sung

3063[edit]

  • Sung's Victoria Commonality Rangers (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[7]
  • CO: Sang-shao Jason Harris
  • 1st Battalion: Zhong-shao Wang Meh
  • 2nd Battalion: Major Franklin Majumoro
  • 3rd Battalion: Zhong-shao Rana Crane

Sung's Air Rangers (Flight/Regular/Reliable)[7]

Sung's Armored Rangers (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[7]

  • Armor Commander: Zhong-shao Clark Jacobs

- Equipped with LRM and SRM Carriers

Sung's Ranger Vanguard (Regiment/Green/Reliable)[7]

  • Infantry Commander: Zhong-shao Yorei Hovanova

3067[edit]

Sung's Victoria Commonality Rangers (Regular/Reliable)[22]

  • CO: Sang-shao Jason Harris

Sung's Air Rangers (Flight/Regular/Reliable)[22]

  • CO: Kong-sao-shao Maggie Thomas

Sung's Armored Rangers (Green/Reliable)[22]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Simon Forrestal

Sung's Ranger Vanguard (Green/Reliable)[22]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Yorei Hovanova

3079[edit]

By stockpiling supplies that were abandoned by the Taurian Concordat when that nation recalled its troops, the Rangers were able to quickly replace their combat losses. They were at 90% of their pre-Jihad strength.[11]

3085[edit]

Sung's Victoria Commonality Rangers (Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Sang-shao Jason Harris

Sung's Air Rangers (Flight) (Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Kong-sao-shao Aldo Bruno

Sung's Armored Rangers (Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Fox Mason

Sung's Ranger Vanguard (Green/Reliable)[12]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Mustafa Jilani
- At this point in time the Air Rangers and Ranger Vanguard were operating at full strength, but the main regiment was operating five percent below strength and the Armored Rangers were only at eighty percent strength. While the Air Rangers and Armored Rangers were using advanced technology in approximately half of their units, the main regiment was fully upgraded.[12]

3145[edit]

Second Victoria Rangers (Veteran/Fanatical)[18]

  • CO: Sang-shao Steven Sung

Sung's Air Rangers (Regular/Reliable)[18]

Sung's Armored Rangers (Veteran/Reliable)[18]

Sung's Ranger Vanguard (Regular/Fanatical)[18]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Lynnard Pope

Notes[edit]

In 3025, the unit insignia was an armored horseman on a white charger against a green and gold field.[2]

In 3063, the unit crest is a triskelion comprised of weapons set against a beige triangular field. The blades pointing to the upper corners are the Han dao and a Greek kopis, the lowest sword is a rapier. They represent the Capellan Confederation, the Magistracy of Canopus and the Taurian Concordat respectively. The regiment currently paints their Battlemechs and armor in rust-red and gray-black camouflage.[7]

The unit is known by three different names. As with Cuirassiers, it is later known as Sung's Rangers or Sung's Victoria Commonality Rangers (Sung's VCR).

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 43, "Victoria Rangers - 3145"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 85, "Sung's Cuirassiers profile"
  3. Field Manual: 3145, p. 27, "General Review"
  4. Warrior: Coupé, pp. 113-114, "Sung's Cuirassiers get attacked on Wei by Davion regimental forces".
  5. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, pp. 42-43
  6. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 87
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 85, "Sung's Rangers Unit Profile"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 24
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Field Manual: 3085, p. 31, "Sung's Rangers"
  10. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 34, "Mercenary traitors Rampage on Victoria"!
  11. 11.0 11.1 Field Report: CCAF, p. 14
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Field Manual: 3085, p. 34, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  13. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 53
  14. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 54
  15. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 4
  16. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 40
  17. Field Manual: 3145, p. 25
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 18.4 18.5 Field Manual: 3145, p. 46, "Capellan Confederation Deployment Table - 3145"
  19. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 83
  20. 20.0 20.1 20 Year Update, p. 62, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3050"
  21. 21.0 21.1 Objective Raids, p. 41, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3054"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  23. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 128, "Sung's Rangers"

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