Gauntlet (Individual Liberator-class WarShip)
As at 3059 the Liberator-class cruiser Gauntlet was a WarShip within the Clan Jade Falcon touman. The Gauntlet would continue to be an active part of the touman throughout the next decade and into the beginnings of the Wars of Reaving.
After Khan Brett Andrews' attempt in 3069 to have the Falcons declared dezgra for their continuing exposure to the Inner Sphere was negated by the Grand Council, Clan Steel Viper launched an aggressive campaign against the Jade Falcon enclaves in the Clan Homeworlds, and the Gauntlet was soon on the front lines.
The first Steel Viper strike was against the Jade Falcon enclaves on Ironhold, where the Gauntlet and the other ships of the Emerald Talon Star fought to try and block the Steel Viper forces from landing. The Emerald Talon Star managed to blunt the first wave of attacks, but the arrival of the Steel Viper flagship, the Nightlord-class battleship CSV Dark Asp, and the Cameron-class battlecruiser CJF Zalman's Endeavor stymied the Jade Falcon's resistance in space, with the Emerald Talon Star being pushed back while the landing forces were escorted to the planet by three other Steel Viper WarShips, the Aegis-class heavy cruiser CSV Steel Python, the Lola III-class destroyer CSV Snake Pit and the Whirlwind-class destroyer CSV Snake in the Grass.
The Jade Falcons within the Homeworlds were quickly pushed back across multiple fronts; the Emerald Talon Star fought again above Lum in February 3070, Lum being the last Jade Falcon enclave in the homeworlds outside Strana Mechty to survive. The Steel Viper forces were led by the Essex-class destroyer CSV Martial Legacy, which had successfully bid for the right to lead the Steel Viper fleet against the Falcons. Despite the odds the four damaged WarShips of the Emerald Talon Star fought a three-hour naval battle to hold off the attacking Vipers; only when the Gauntlet, the Black Lion-class cruiser CJF Blue Aerie and the Carrack-class transport CJF Ironhold Provider had all been destroyed did the last surviving ship from the Star, the Black Lion-class CJF White Aerie, retreat to Strana Mechty.
The Gauntlet was erroneously reported to have participated in the attack against the Word of Blake at Coventry in 3074. This has since expressly been confirmed as a mistake; the Gauntlet was destroyed at Lum in 3070.
- Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 95, "Naval Assets"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 49, "Naval Assets"
- Wars of Reaving, p. 46-47, "Exodus Requiem"
- The BattleCorps scenario Fire in the Dark lists the CJF Gauntlet among the attacking forces in the setup.
- On 13 February 2015 by CGL writer Øystein Tvedten in a posting on the official BattleTech forum: "The scenario is in error. The Gauntlet died at Lum."