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|FIRST BATTLE OF AXANAR
STARDATE: 1/9408.29, .4 PARSECS FROM AXANNAR, 0815 HRS FST
OUR MAN GARTH:
From Star Fleet Command Official Campaign History of the Four Years War
Though the Klingons bottled up within the Axanarian system had made no attempt to leave their current position, a second Klingon task force containing two squadrons of D-4E cruisers as well as numerous cargo freighters and assault ships, was reported by one of Garth’s scouts. This squadron was moving in toward Axanar, apparently intending to reinforce and resupply the existing Klingon naval garrison.
Badly outnumbered, outgunned, and unprepared for a full-scale fleet action, Garth proved his resourcefulness. He gave very detailed instructions to all starship commanders, and quickly split up his small command into three. One group of ships formed a trailing U-formation to conduct a fixed defense, and the other forces maneuvered away at high warp speed.
As the ruse progressed, the Kllngons believed the ‘fleets’ were closing in on them. The third task force now moved into covert attack positions. Once there, they successfully directed laser and accelerator cannon fire against the unshielded aft sections of more than half the Klingon force, quickly knocking out a majority of the affected ships’ propulsion systems.
Three of the lightly armed and shielded Federation scouts were destroyed and four destroyers (including the Xenophon) and the cruiser USS Bonhomme Richard were badly damaged. Six D-4E cruisers were destroyed and almost all the other Klingon warships were damaged before the Klingon task force commander surrendered to Captain Garth, himself wounded when his ship was hit. Because of this fleet action, the Klingon reinforcements did not reach Axanar and no line of supply between the Klingon Empire and the interdicted world was established.
Lay out two Star Trek Combat Simulator map-sheets in the configuration shown. This represents the area of space where the conflict takes place. Use the Graduate Starship Tactics Course rules in this scenario.
6 D-4A Class VII Cruiser (IKV Disorder, IKV Frostblade, IKV Overpowering, IKV Saberblade, IKV Starseeker, IKV Terror)
1 Bonhomme Richard MK I Class XI Cruiser (USS Endeavour)