Rho Galaxy (Clan Steel Viper)
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|Unit Profile (as of 3074)|
|Parent Formation||Clan Steel Viper Touman|
Rho Galaxy was a military formation in service to Clan Steel Viper. They were assigned to guard the rimward worlds of the Viper's Occupation Zone, with a special emphasis on the Clan Hall on Jabuka. They didn't serve as an assault force, but were frequently used as an opposing force for the Viper's Alpha Galaxy exercises. With this in mind, they were one of the best equipped and trained second line Galaxies in the Viper touman.
During the Viper ejection from the Inner Sphere, Rho Galaxy performed well against forces from Clan Wolf, Clan Jade Falcon, and the Lyran Alliance. Their performance led several Viper commanders to suggest that they be promoted to front line Galaxy status, but the large number of warriors who were test-downs and old prevented that from happening.
Rho Galaxy deployed the Fourth Fang, the Fifth Legion and the 141st Phallanx to Eden to engaged the garrison of Clan Wolf during their Abjuration in 3071. The Viper clusters had surrounded the Wolf enclave when they were hit by surprise by Coyote's Twenty-seventh Strike Cluster in the rear and then by the Wolves. In the confusion Galaxy Commander Varga was killed along with half his force.
In December 3074 the Vipers launched a massive assault on against Clan Coyote on Tamaron with six Galaxies and a large naval force. The Viper warships opened up holes in the Coyote SDS allowing the DropShips a path through. Alpha Galaxy led the way but it wasn't long until all six Galaxies had made planetfall despite the fierce aerospace attacks. After a week fighting the Vipers finally forced the remnant of the Coyote navy to flee. The ground forces made for their objectives, several major factory complexes in the Apache Mountains. Securing these cost the Coyotes both Epsilon and Lambda Galaxies. The Viper assault then turned toward the planetary capital of San Mateo By 16 December the city was surrounded. Four Coyote Galaxies had been destroyed, but at the cost of three of the Viper's own including Rho.
As the main training partner for Alpha Galaxy's Rho Galaxy was highly skilled in defensive tactics. They were also adept at the use of Inner Sphere tactics in order to give Alpha Galaxy the training it needed.
- Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 147, "Rho Galaxy"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 67
- The Wars of Reaving, p.96
- Wars of Reaving, p. 142-143
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 80, "Warden Clan Deployment Table - Rho Galaxy"
- Objective Raids, p. 30