Based around TCS Ticonderoga, an older Yorktown-class light carrier, Light Carrier Battlegroup 23 is mainly either a defensive asset or supporting pushes my major carriers, including the Bengal-class TCS Tiger's Claw, in their push into the Vega Sector. Currently assigned to the Vega system, CVL-BG 23 has orders to push through to Alcor to support an advance by the Tiger's Claw into the Dakota system and draw off Kilrathi forces, who are likely to respond by sending reinforcements either from Venice via Cairo or from Freya. The current date is 2654.113 (right around the time of the McAuliffe series in Wing Commander 1). This carrier group is intended for a small fanfiction series centered on the fighting in Vega and Alcor concurrent with the more famous advance by the Tiger's Claw into the Venice system. Ships of Carrier Battlegroup 23: TCS Ticonderoga Class: Yorktown light carrier Commanding Officer: Commodore Anton Winfield Embarked Squadrons: Squadron One: Valkyrie Squadron (12xF-36 Hornet, recon, patrol, escort) Squadron Two: Silver Cavalier Squadron (12xCF-105 Scimitar, patrol, light attack, escort) Squadron Three: White Lightning Squadron (12xA-14 Raptor, patrol, attack) Squadron Four: Crimson Thunderbolt Squadron (4xA-17 Broadsword, attack, long-range patrol) Notes: The A-17 Broadsword has problems launching and landing on a Yorktown's relatively tight hanger deck. As a result, the Thunderbolts are usually the last ones off the deck and the last ones back on it - particularly in situations where CVL-BG 23 is making an 'expedited' jump transit, since the Broadswords are capable of jumping on their own and have less to fear from being left behind. Two of White Lightning's Raptors are on five-plus standby at all times to assist the usual CAP fighters from either the Cavaliers or the Lancaster's Blue Stars. TCS Lancaster Class: Exeter destroyer Commanding Officer: Captain Virginia Asimov Embarked Squadrons: Squadron One: Blackfoot Ferret Squadron (12xF-36 Hornet, recon, patrol, escort) Squadron Two: Blue Star Squadron (6xCF-105 Scimitar, patrol, light attack, escort) Notes: The Lancaster is sometimes the centerpiece of a strike run, especially against cruisers. Very often, her own Blue Stars are joined by a few Raptors from White Lightning when this happens. TCS Creully Class: Caernaven frigate Commanding Officer: Commander Leonardo Gonzalez Notes: Named after a Norman castle, the Creully nearly always stays close to the Ticonderoga, the final line of defense before the carrier's own guns. TCS William S. Bruce Class: Venture corvette Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Theresia Long Notes: Named after a Scottish explorer of Antarctica, the Bruce is only a temporary part of CVL-BG 23, assigned as a scout for the push into Alcor.