53rd BattleMech (Clan Hell's Horses)

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53rd BattleMech Cluster
Unit Profile (as of 3067)
Nickname SweepForce
Parent Formation Theta Galaxy


The Fifty-third BattleMech Cluster is a unique formation. Consisting of new sibko graduates and freeborns who have recently passed their Trial of Position, the Fifty-third serves as a training unit. Older more experienced warriors act as officers and instructors, passing on the lessons they've learned in combat to the new troops.[1]

In 3050 the Fifty-third was stationed on Hoard, when the 45th Striker Irregulars of Clan Ice Hellion landed as part of the Hellion's Fury campaign. Despite their early successes, the warriors of the Fifty-third were able to drive the Hellions off of Hoard.[2]

In 3059 the Fifty-third was stationed on Niles.[3]

In 3067 the 53rd is stationed on Tiber.[4]


As of 3059 the commanding officer was Star Colonel Porthos Houan.[1] He was in command in 3050 as well, when the Ice Hellions dropped on Hoard.[5]

As of 3067 the commanding officer was Star Colonel Rosella Brown.[4]


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Composition History[edit]


53rd BattleMech Cluster (5 Trinaries/Green/Reliable)[1]

  • CO: Star Colonel Porthos Houan


53rd BattleMech Cluster (Regular/Reliable)[4]

  • CO: Star Colonel Rosella Brown



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Manual Crusader Clans, p. 72, "53rd BattleMech Cluster Profile"
  2. Operational Turning Points: REVIVAL Trials, p. 37
  3. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 152
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Field Manual: Update, p. 71, "Crusader Clans Deployment Table"
  5. Operational Turning Points: REVIVAL Trials, p. 23