Psi Wing (Firekka System)
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The Memoirs of Lieutenant Colonel Carl T. LaFong
Since elite Marine forces were going to launch the ground assault against the Kilrathi war priestesses, the carrier's fighter wings were going to clear jump points for Drayman troop transports. I was assigned to fly with another pilot from the TCS Austin, Lt. Etienne Montclair, also known as Doomsday.
Colonel Halcyon ordered us to rendezvous with two Draymans and escort them to their jump points near Nav 1 and Nav 2. We were to protect them until they completed their jumps to Firekka's atmosphere.
1. Four Salthi, one piloted by a Drakhai, attacked the transports when we were 44,000 kilometers from Nav 1.
2. Two Gratha attacked when 13,370 kilometers from Nav 1. One Drayman jumped during the dogfight.
3. Four Jalthi attacked Drayman 6015 kilometers from Nav 1.
4. Five Dralthi, in two wings, attacked 15,000 kilometers from Nav 2.
Speed was the only thing we had on our side in the Hornets, so we took full advantage of it. We kicked the afterburners when the four Salthi turned away, and hit them with lasers from the rear. Afterburner slides took care of the Gratha.
The four Jalthi who attacked right after the first Drayman jumped were the toughest. Using taunts to draw them away from the Drayman, we launched Darts to force them to break their initial attack and then followed. It seemed like we punched afterburners every few seconds to avoid guns and missiles, then burned again to follow. Two went down with our Javelins and two fell to the lasers.