81st FedCom Independent Aero Regiment
|81st FedCom Independent Aero Regiment|
|Unit Profile (as of 3053)|
Clan Invasion Era
In 3053, the Federated Commonwealth planned a major raid against the Jade Falcon-held Sudeten. The Fifth and Twelfth Deneb Light Cavalry, the first an RCT while the latter a "free" 'Mech regiment, formed the core of the attack force, and they were joined by the 81st FedCom Independent Aero Regiment and the 403rd Lyran Independent Aero Regiment, along with a number of Assault DropShips. The AFFC Intelligence Secretariat had identified Sudeten as a major supply depot for Falcon operations, as well as reporting the presence of a large encampment of Commonwealth POWs. It was believed the huge number of Aerospace Fighters would provide the Deneb Light Cavalry ground forces more than enough support to succeed in their mission. True to form, the Cavalry employed a Pirate Point to reach their destination, hoping to catch the Falcons by surprise. Unfortunately, the Intelligence services had severely underestimated Clan opposition for the mission, as the CJF Jade Talon, an Aegis-class WarShip, was in orbit over the planet, and more than a Galaxy of Falcon troops were on the surface. By chance, various Jade Falcon Clusters had been temporarily assigned to the important world. The AFFC troops were forced to commit their entire AeroSpace contingent to holding off the WarShip and the Falcons' own AeroSpace forces while the ground troops made their drop. Both aerospace and ground forces took devastating losses, with only 27 of 120 fighters surviving the battle with the Jade Talon and the ground troops likewise suffering losses over 70 percent. Although some prisoners had been rescued, the entire operation was considered a major debacle. In the aftermath, the Fifth Deneb Light Cavalry would be disbanded, with its surviving officers and soldiers transferred to the other DLC commands.
The Eighty-first FedCom Independent Aero Regiment was apparently disbanded after Sudeten. The 3498th Federation Aero Wing, previously part of the Eighty-first and made up of 15 fighters, was later attached to the Twelfth Deneb Light Cavalry.
As an Independent Aero Regiment in the AFFC, the 81st FedCom Independent Aero Regiment may be expected to consist of three independent wings consisting of 20 fighters each and 60 in total, along with command and support elements. At the time of the Sudeten raid, the 3498th Federation Aero Wing was one of these three wings.
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 84, "Commanding Officer", the fateful raid on Sudeten
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 88, "12th Deneb Light Cavalry: The Blur-Snakes", the raid on Sudeten goes badly for the Deneb Light Cavalry
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 88, "12th Deneb Combat Auxiliary", the Fifth's conventional forces join the Twelfth
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 88, "3498th Federation Aero Wing", the 3498th Federation Aero Wing was previously part of the Eighty-first FedCom Independent Aero Regiment