Falcon's Nest (Individual Texas-class WarShip)

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Falcon's Nest
Vessel Profile
Type WarShip
Class Texas

History[edit]

As at 3059 the Texas-class battleship Falcon's Nest was serving as the CJF Falcon's Nest within the Clan Jade Falcon touman.[1] The Falcon's Nest would continue to be an active part of the touman throughout the next decade[2] and into the beginnings of the Jihad.

The Falcon's Nest was involved in at least two battles against forces from Clan Ice Hellion during Operation ICE STORM, the Ice Hellion invasion of the Jade Falcon Occupation Zone in the Inner Sphere in late 3071 and early 3072. In July 3071 a significant naval battle was fought over the world of Somerset;[3] operating as a part of the Falcon Stoop Naval Star the Falcon's Nest worked with the Vincent Mk. 42-class corvette CJF Lightning Strike to disable the Essex-class destroyer CIH Moore's Honor[4] before the Lightning Strike was destroyed;[5][3] also destroyed in the same engagement was the Aegis-class heavy cruiser CIH Taney.[3]

Following the battle at Somerset, the Falcon's Nest was involved in a second naval engagement against Ice Hellion WarShips, fought in the Apollo system in November 3071. The Falcon's Nest and the Black Lion-class battlecruiser CJF Jade Aerie were involved in heavily damaging the Lola III-class destroyer CIH Cold Hunter as the Hellion WarShip covered the retreat of Zeta Galaxy from the system.[6]

During the chaos caused by the Society uprising within the Clans the Falcon's Nest was one of three WarShips assigned to escort Alpha Galaxy to the world known as Etienne's Sanctuary, which had been identified as being the home base of the rogue Scientist caste leader Etienne (Balzac). Acting under the overall command of the Jade Falcon Loremaster, Kael Pershaw, the Falcon's Nest joined the Cameron-class battlecruiser CJF Turkina's Pride and the Aegis-class heavy cruiser CJF Hawk Eye in the assault on Etienne's Sanctuary in November 3073.[7]

The Hawk Eye was lost during the initial approach to Etienne's Sanctuary, after being struck with some form of weaponised HPG pulse that took control of the Hawk Eye's systems and forced it to jump. As the Hawk Eye was mid-transit between the jump point and the planet this resulted in the annihilation of the Hawk Eye, although the loss didn't deter the Falcons from their objective.[7]

After safely delivering Alpha Galaxy to the surface of the planet, the Turkina's Pride and the Falcon's Nest remained on station until the Falcon ground forces had been proved victorious and Balzac had been executed by Pershaw. Pershaw ordered the surviving warriors to withdraw before ordering the Turkina's Pride and the Falcon's Nest to bombard the site of Balzac's fortress from orbit. As the two battleships began their bombardment an SDS system on the planet launched a slew of nuclear missiles at the two Falcon WarShips; most were destroyed or deflected after launch, but two struck the Falcon's Nest, and the resulting nuclear explosions gutted the ship, with the fragmented wreckage subsequently burning up in the atmosphere of the planet.[7]

The Turkina's Pride continued to bombard the surface of the planet until everything within a ten kilometer radius of the fortress had been flattened; Falcon ground forces then spent another month searching the surface of the world, destroying more Society hideouts in the process, before the Falcons were finally content that the threat from Balzac was over.[7]

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 95, "Naval Assets"
  2. Field Manual: Updates, p. 49, "Naval Assets"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents p. 29, "July 3071"
  4. Wars of Reaving, p. 71, "The Hellion Strikes"
  5. Field Report: Clans, p. 15, "Fleet Assets"
  6. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents p. 29, "November 3071"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Wars of Reaving, p. 138, "Falcon Vengeance"

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