83rd Fang (Clan Steel Viper)

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83rd Fang
Unit Profile (as of 3075)
Nickname
Parent Formation Omega Galaxy
Formed
Disbanded 3075 (Destroyed)

History[edit]

The 202nd Striker Cluster was a part of Delta Galaxy. During a raid against Federated Commonwealth forces, the Star Colonel at the time was manipulated into including his DropShips in the bid by the opposing commander. This allowed the FedCom fighters to target them, destroying two-thirds of the 202nd Striker in their transports, and sending the remainder of the Cluster into retreat. As punishment, the now Dezgra Cluster was stripped of its front-line status, renamed as the Eighty-third Fang and transferred to Psi Galaxy on Bensinger.[1]

Around 3065 Psi Galaxy was disbanded, possibly due to losses incurred in fighting Clan Snow Raven,[2] and the 83rd Fang was transferred to Omega Galaxy. In 3067 it was stationed on Marshall. [3]

Omega Galaxy and the 83rd Fang were defending New Kent in 3075 when a combined Clan force attacked in December. After an epic naval battle that saw over 500 Viper fighters engage and destroyed the last of the Viper capitol ships the Clans landed. Over a quarter of the transport DropShips had been destroyed in space and the ground batteries took a further toll. The Blood Spirt's land first followed by the Stone Lions, silencing the batteries and allowing the rest of the assault force to land. After a week of fighting the Vipers including Omega Galaxy were surrounded. The final assault eventually came after a lull in fighting, but the Vipers turn the shattered street of New Kent City into a fortress and could not be dislodged. As the casualties mounted the new ilKhan recalled his forces and obliterated the city and all surviving Steel Vipers with an orbital bombardment.[4]

Officers[edit]

Between 3061 and 3067 the Commanding Officer was Star Colonel Durn. Previously he had been a Star Captain in the Cluster, he was the highest ranking officer left after the debacle with their DropShips.[1]

Tactics[edit]

Because they normally operated at the Trinary level and below, the warriors of the Clusters found it difficult to fight larger engagements or to follow complicated battle maneuvers. [1]

Composition History[edit]

3052[edit]

202nd Striker Cluster [1]

3060[edit]

Eighty-third Fang - Green/Questionable [1]

3067[edit]

Eighty-third Fang - Green/Questionable [3]

  • 95% full strength

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 150
  2. Field Manual: Updates, p. 66
  3. 3.0 3.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 80
  4. The Wars of Reaving, p.149-150

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