Iota Wing (Charon System - Border Zone)
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- Nav 1
- 2 Jalthi
- Nav 2
- Nav 3
The Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel Carl T. LaFong
The Kilrathi were right on our tails as we headed back toward Vega Sector, but a strike fleet in our path was a greater concern. We would go after the strike fleet first.
Colonel Halcyon ordered us to fly a three-point patrol in front of the carrier and eliminate the enemy strike fleet. Other wings would fly similar patrols. Somehow, Maniac had been placed on active duty and would fly on my wing.
1. Two Jalthi attacked 14,852 kilometers from Nav 1.
2. Two strike forces, each containing two Gratha and a Ralari, discovered about 13,900 kilometers from Nav 2.
3. Five Krant protecting a Snakeir 13,525 kilometers from Nav 3.
4. Kilrathi minefield found 54,000 kilometers from the carrier.
Maniac was out of it. He kept saying he was at ramming speed, so I had to act as if I was flying on his wing and keep protecting him from harm. When we hit the first two Gratha, we each went after a different fighter. It gave us the ability to ignore our "six," the vulnerable slot directly behind our fighters. The second Ralari's fighters attacked us before we had completed our attack on the first capital ship. We finished off all the fighters with our full guns and saved missiles for the two destroyers.
Against the Krant, I followed Maniac as he went after a single ship. I kept the neutrons blazing to help even out the odds. Then, under break and attack, we split our guns among the four fighters. We stayed with a target until it was destroyed, and dropped Porcupines on ships to our rear.