Operation Thor's Hammer - 2655

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Operation Thor's Hammer
Part of Terran-Kilrathi War
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Date 2654.326 - 2655.199
Location Epsilon Sector (Deneb Sector)
Result Confederation Victory
Belligerents
Terran Confederation Empire of Kilrah
Commanders and leaders
Colonel Peter Halcyon Crown Prince Gilkarg nar Kiranka
Units involved
Task Force Delta
Strength
* TCS Tiger's Claw * One Sivar-Class Dreadnought
** KIS Sivar
* Eight Fralthi-Class Cruisers
* Seven Ralari-Class Destroyers
* Four Lumbari-Class Transports
* Two Dorkir-Class Transports
* One Fuel Depot
* One Exeter-Class Destroyer
** TCS Gwenhyvar
* Over One Hundred Fighters
Casualties and losses
* One Sivar-Class Dreadnought
** KIS Sivar
* Eight Fralthi-Class Cruisers
* Seven Ralari-Class Destroyers
* Four Lumbari-Class Transports
* Two Dorkir-Class Transports
* One Fuel Depot
* One Exeter-Class Destroyer
** TCS Gwenhyvar
* More than One Hundred Fighters



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Operation: Thor's Hammer was a military operation conducted by the Terran Confederation from 2654.326 to 2655.199 against the Empire of Kilrah. It involved the TCS Tiger's Claw pursuing the KIS Sivar and its accompanying fleet after the Sivar had destroyed Goddard Colony.

Prelude

During the 2650s, the Empire of Kilrah was fighting the Vega Sector Campaign against the Terran Confederation, hoping to eventually gain control of the strategically-vital Vega Sector. Behind the scenes, they were also carrying out their plans for the eventual destruction of Earth and her colonies. Kalralahr Gilkarg nar Kiranka, the heir to the Kilrathi throne, was leading a major weapons program that would enable the Imperial fleet to smash through Terran space with relative ease. On the Kilrathi research and development world of Warhammer XII in the distant Warhammer System, Gilkarg was leading the development of the Graviton Gun, a proton accelerator device capable of increasing the gravitational field of any planet 137 times, effectively destroying all structures on the target planet and wiping it clean of life. It was hoped that this super-weapon would allow the Empire to easily destroy the Confederation as its fleets plowed through Terran space towards Earth itself, eventually securing victory in the war. The weapon was to be fielded by the KIS Sivar, the latest incarnation of the ongoing Sivar-Class line.

The Graviton Gun was completed immediately after the Confederation destroyed the Kilrathi Sector HQ in the Venice System, securing victory in the Vega Sector. With their defensive lines falling, the Kilrathi had no choice but to abandon their colonies in Vega. On Warhammer XII, Gilkarg oversaw the final completions of the Graviton Gun and tested the weapon on Warhammer XII, which was to be abandoned in the wake of the Confederation assault. The test annihilated the planet, killing all life on its surface and leaving it in ruins. The Kilrathi then fled the Warhammer System before the Confederation could intercept them. Pleased with the success of his new weapon, Gilkarg assembled a strike force around the KIS Sivar, and launched his assault on the Terran frontier.

The Destruction of Goddard

Shortly after the fall of the Vega Sector, Gilkarg led his strike force to the Epsilon Sector, where he targeted the Confederation colony of Goddard, a colony home to 250,000 Terran colonists. Upon arrival, the Terran populace on Goddard sent a distress call to the Confederation Navy, but contact was lost with the planet shortly afterwards. Every Confederation warship within Goddard's vicinity jumped into the system, including the TCS Tiger's Claw. However, the Tiger's Claw detoured to destroy a Kilrathi troopship before jumping to Goddard, delaying its arrival. By the time the Confederation reached Goddard, it was too late. The Kilrathi strike force was nowhere to be found, and Goddard was completed destroyed. Despite sending a search and recovery mission to the surface, the Confederation soon found that all 250,000 Terran colonists on the planet were killed in the attack.

Outraged at this attack, the Confederation ordered the Tiger's Claw to lead a covert mission to track down the Kilrathi strike force responsible for Goddard's destruction and to destroy it completely. Such a mission required the Confederation to travel deep within Kilrathi territory where the strike fleet fled to refuel, a mission only the Tiger's Claw could hope to accomplish. With that, the Claw jumped into Kilrathi space, initiating the opening stages of Operation: Thor's Hammer.

Into the Lion's Den

The Tiger's Claw jumped into the Kilrathi-occupied territory of the Epsilon Sector, far from any Confederation fleet or outpost. It was to conduct its mission in absolute secrecy, as to avoid alerting the Kilrathi to the Confederation presence in their space. During the initial assault, the Tiger's Claw received word that the TCS Falstaff, a Drayman-Class Courier Ship stationed at Goddard, was captured during the Kilrathi attack with vital intelligence onboard. Recognizing that this threatened war efforts on the frontier, the Confederation ordered the Claw to track down and destroy the Falstaff. The Claw tracked down the vessel in the Midgard System and swiftly destroyed it, preventing a major breach in Confederation security. However, with the loss of their prize, the Kilrathi went into high alert, sensing the incoming Confederation forces.

During the opening stages of the operation, the Tiger's Claw received support from the Reavers, an elite Scandinavian marine force assigned to assist in covert capture and interception operations on behalf of the Claw. They arrived in the form of Drayman-Class Troopships composing the Sleipnir Convoy, and linked up with the Claw on the frontier zone. The Claw and her pilots ensured the safe arrival of the Reavers, allowing them to conduct covert operations against the enemy strike fleet and its allies. During their mission, they captured an intact KF-100 Dralthi medium fighter, which they sent to the Tiger's Claw for further examination. It was hoped that the fighter's technical readouts and intelligence would aid the Claw in its mission against the Kilrathi.