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Battle of the Prime-Ajay Hyper Bridge
ConflictSolarian-Manticoran War
DateAugust 1922 PD
PlacePrime-Ajay Hyper Bridge
ResultManticoran victory
Combatants

Task Group 47.3
Royal Manticoran Navy

Task Force 1027
Solarian League Navy

Commanders

Commodore Lessem

Admiral Isotalo

Strength
  • 12 CA
  • 6 DD
  • 1 CLAC
  • 1 FSV
  • 154 LAC
  • 46 BC
  • 62 CL and DD
  • 4 transports
Casualties
none
  • 7 DD escaped only

The Battle of the Prime-Ajay Hyper Bridge was a battle between Task Force 47.3 of the Royal Manticoran Navy and Task Force 1027 of the Solarian League Navy in August 1922 PD.

The battle was a multi-system battle as armed action occurred on both sides of the hyper bridge. (HH14)

Prelude Edit

In response to rising tensions with the Solarian League, the Royal Manticoran Navy dispatched Task Force 47 to execute Operation Lacoön by forcibly assuming control of wormhole termini within its reach, including the Prime-Ajay Hyper Bridge while in route to the Agueda-Stine Hyper Bridge.

Despite protests by the senior most elected official of both star systems, Task Force 47 successful seized the Prime-Ajay Hyper Bridge, leaving Commodore Martin Lessem behind with Task Force 47.3 to hold the bridge before departing for the Agueda System.

Meanwhile, the Solarian League Navy began Operation Buccaneer, its campaign of targeted strikes against the deep space infrastructure of independent neutral star systems seen as friendly to the Grand Alliance, including the Ajay System, Task Force 1027's target. (HH14)

Order of Battle Edit

Royal Manticoran Navy Edit

Task Group 47.3 - CO Commodore Martin Lessem

Solarian League Navy Edit

Task Force 1027 - CO Admiral Jane Isotalo

Course of Battle Edit

Initial Attack Edit

Task Force 1027 translated out of hyperspace in the vicinity of the Prime Terminus of the hyper bridge, directly on top of the outer platforms of the Manticoran's surveillance shell, and proceeded to head in the direction of the terminus at a 375 gravities.

In response to the arrival of the Solarian task force, Commodore Lessem decided not to call his second division of Edward Saganami C class cruisers forward from the Ajay side of the hyper bridge. Instead, he directed HMS So-po to stand by to transit with a complete tactical upload for Captain Jessica Rice, the commander of Cruiser Squadron 912's second division, while the remainder of the destroyer's division mates evacuated all Manticoran personnel from the Prime Traffic Control platform near the terminus and transit to Ajay. Meanwhile, Captain Harriet Amberline of HMS David K. Brown was directed to begin deploying and enabling the FSV's missile pods per Pattern Able.

Ninety-four million kilometers from the terminus, Admiral Jane Isotalo, Solarian League Navy, though surprised by the presence of the Manticorans nonetheless chose to continue to her objective, ordering the deploying of Huskies, a new weapons system similar to the Republic of Haven Navy's Donkey system.

While the Manticorans detected the launch of the Huskies, they were initially uncertain of their purpose until the task force's Ghost Rider drones determined that each of the Solarian battlecruisers was towing a chain of missile pods outside their impeller wedges. In all, TF 1027 deployed 5000 Huskies, all of which were towing a total of 30,000 unpowered missile pods for a possible load out of 180,000 to 300,000 missiles. Once TF 1027 reached 36 million kilometers, it launched an opening salvo of 6,000 missiles, expending 20 percent of their embarked pods.

Lessem ordered TG 47.3 to initiate Missile Defense Reno and the task force began to track the incoming Solarian strike with their Ghost Rider drones while activating their bow walls. TG 47.3 began to launch Mark 31 countermissiles 205 seconds after TF 1027's launch, one second after the second stage of the Solarian Cataphracts activated. TG 47.3 launched five successive waves of countermissiles for a total of 2,080 Mark 31s before rolling ship to present the bottom of their wedges to the Solarian missiles. Once their rolls were completed, the TG 47.3 activated their Dazzlers.

Momentarily blinded by the Manticoran Dazzlers, the Solarians were unable to detect the activation of TG 47.3's Lorelei platforms and were surprised to see the number of Manticoran ships quintuple when the jamming cleared. 1,000 of the Solarian missiles were deceived and pulled off course by the Loreleis. TG 47.3's Mark 31s began their interceptions shortly thereafter, the first wave of 520 countermissiles intercepting 152 Cataphracts. The second wave intercepted another 260 missiles.The third intercepted 300 missiles, the fourth intercepted 393 missiles, and the fifth and final wave intercepted 471 missiles. In all, TG 47.3's Mark 31s intercepted 1,183 Cataphracts. Another 3,800 made it passed the Mark 31s and into range of TG 47.3's point defense lasers. In the end, TG 47.3 intercepted 75 percent of the Solarian Cataphracts while receiving only light damage and losing four personnel.

Second Attack Edit

Third Attack Edit

Fourth Attack Edit

Unaware of the destruction or disabling of the rest of TF 1027 in the Ajay System on the other side of the hyper bridge, Vice Admiral Helmut Santini and TG 1027.3 continued to hold the Prime Terminus with 16 battlecruisers, 14 destroyers, and the missile pods Isotalo deployed before transiting the hyper bridge while TG 47.3 held position 27 light-minutes from the terminus.

With the loss of contact with the rest of TF 1027, Santini began preparations to send a dispatch back to Winote to alert the Admiralty about their situation. Meanwhile, Commodore Lessem ordered the execution of Descabello. 44 LACs left behind when the David K. Brown translated out began their approach to TG 1027.3 while TG 47.3 translated into hyper for a micro-jump to the terminus.

TG 1027.3 detected the Manticoran translation and Santini ordered his own ships to prepare to translate out as well. Sixteen minutes later, TG 47.3 translated back into normal space 2.1 million kilometers from the terminus. Santini ordered his ships to abort their translation, but standby to reinitiate it. Moments later, SLNS Kilkis was destroyed with all hands by the arriving Manticoran LACs.

Distracted by the maneuvers of the TG 47.3, Santini and TG 1027.3 never noticed the Manticoran LACs approach. The 44 LACs opened fire at 500,000 kilometers and passed through the heart of TG 1027.3 in 61 seconds. Seven Solarian starship managed to translate into hyper and escape while the rest of their consorts were either destroyed or disabled.

Aftermath Edit

References Edit

Operations of the Solarian-Manticoran War

Lacoön | Buccaneer | Raging Justice | Fabius | Nemesis

Battles of the Solarian-Manticoran War

First New Tuscany | Second New Tuscany | Spindle | Zunker | Saltash | Second Manticore
Mobius | Prime-Ajay | Hypatia | Bryant | Swallow | Meyers | Golem | Kumang | Włocławek | Beowulf | Sol

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