2237-06-04 - Gunnery Practice

Eva takes a group of pilots out for target practice and gives a lesson afterwards.

Date: 2237-06-04

Location: Scorpian Space

Related Scenes: None

Plot: None

Scene Number: 784

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Shore leave is officially over. Knowing that they will be going back into combat soon, Tucker talked to a few people and finally got permission to use one of the derelict ships that's being used for scrap material as a targetting platform. Heading out earlier in the day with some help, he set up the former Cutter Cygnet has been tugged out into an area where simulators could be set up on it to give it all the bulwarks of a large Cylon transport, complete with AA Kew Batteries and a small Raider compliment.

"<<Flight, Flats.>>" he calls out over the comms. "<<Cherry, you're lead as usual, I am not a combatant, my Telly and I will be handling the reactions of the gunnery stations and Raiders. Your target is at 200 kilometers out, is fully arm and will engage when you are in range."

"Soundbite and Sweetheart are here for the show, Flats," Calliope chirps merrily into the comms. She seems to relish the training opportunity. And, maybe, the opportunity to use what she's decided is Priya's callsign now. She flashes her ECO a big smile over her shoulder, then turns her focus straight ahead. "What do you need out of us for this?"

Aubrey had a rough night of being spectacularly shot down not once, but twice, at the barbeque. Needless to say, the Pican pilot really needs to shoot some things, even if they're just mock up targets on an old derelict ship. She zips around in a few lazy circles before settling into formation. "Banshee is go, Cherry."

There is a pointed SIGH from the back of the cabin. As Calliope turns to flash a big smile, Priya pointedly flips her off and goes back to flipping switches. "Punk," she says directly to her pilot. She doesn't muddy up the comms, letting Calliope handle it.

"Now that just took the fun out of this entire exercise, Flats." Eva pushes away from the mark, adjusting her thrusters to keep her ship in formation, without moving ahead to the target. "Vipers, Sound will be providing suppressive support as well as fire support, at pilot's discretion." So Calliope and Priya can choose their position. "Razor, you're on me. Deathwish, for up on Banshee." That should be be all of the combatants all sorted, "Our primary targets will be those AA batteries, engage the raiders at need."

Taking a break from the documentation write up, Kell jumped at the chance to participate in the training mission, so that he can keep his skill sharp and prepared for the Picon Theater which they will be entering shortly. When the task is laid out for them and their mission leader hands out the assignments for the Viper pilots, Razor waits until she is done before answering in a brief acknowledgement, "Cherry, Razor. I copy, will be on your wing." With that, he maneuvers his fighter to form up on his wingman, to Eva's side and slightly behind her by about half a Viper-length.

"Cherry, Soundbite. Copy. We'll go for the A-As and suppress for you guys as needed." Calliope angles their Raptor in that direction, on that note, falling into formation with the Vipers.

As the range closes on the flight and targets, Tucker chuckles over the comms. "Just for that, Cherry, I'll make sure you get some extra love and less cookies." he offers over the comms as he flips the switches to activate the drones and weapon systems on the derelict ship. "You're now hot." he calls out over the comms as the targetting systems start to seek out targets to fire at.

"Cherry, Deathwish. Copy that. Banshee, I'm your wing." Katja adjusts her thrusters and moves into position after locating Banshee, sticking just a hair behind and off her wing. Nice and cozy like. "Banshee, you ready to go kick some tail?"

"Roger that, Cherry. Deathwish, has my six," Banshee drawls over the comm, as she moves to fall into formation just ahead of Katja's Viper.

Cherry: "Razor, form up on Axiom, who's incoming, I'll fly support."

Leonie's viper slots in on Razor's wing. Nothing fancy, just get in and get the job done. It's the first time she's been in the cockpit since transfering to Vanguard and she's probably just eager not to crash and burn right out of the gate.

Eva says, "You heard the man. We're hot, move in and engage the enemt target."

"Cherry, Razor, I copy." Kell says as he checks his DRADIS, seeing another friendly Viper joining the training mission, "Axiom, Razor, on your wing." With that, he pushes his flightstick slightly to the side, opening up more room for his incoming wingman. Then when the group approaches their objective, he picks out one of the simulated Raiders that appears to be angling towards Leonie. Once in range, he hovers the targeting reticule over the bogey and triggers a salvo of KEW fire before flipping his fighter around to chase after the Raider that is focused on his wingman.

"Cherry, Razor, I copy." Kell says as he checks his DRADIS, seeing another friendly Viper joining the training mission, "Axiom, Razor, on your wing." With that, he pushes his flightstick slightly to the side, opening up more room for his incoming wingman. Then when the group approaches their objective, he picks out one of the simulated Raiders that appears to be angling towards Leonie. Once in range, he hovers the targeting reticule over the bogey and triggers a salvo of KEW fire before flipping his fighter around to chase after the Raider that is focused on his wingman.

Eva attacks Target3 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Target4 attacks Kell with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target2 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES!

Kell attacks Target7 with Kew but Target7 EVADES!

Calliope attacks Target2 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Controls.

Aubrey attacks Target1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target7 attacks Leonie with Kew but Leonie EVADES!

Target6 attacks Calliope with Kew. Stopped by ARMOR on Body.

Target1 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES!

Katja attacks Target4 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target8 attacks Katja with Kew but Katja EVADES!

Target5 attacks Aubrey with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Cockpit. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target3 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Priya tries to suppress Target1 with Ecm but FAILS.

Priya suppresses Target2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Priya tries to suppress Target3 with Ecm but FAILS.

// Target3 has been KO'd!//

"Banshee is engaging," Aubrey replies to Eva's orders. She kicks in the afterburners to begin a strafing run past one of the AA batteries, moving her bird in sweeping arcs right and left to try not to get hit by the simulated fire. She evades the fire from the cannon she grazes in return, but another canon splashes hit lighting across her cockpit. She glances at the controls and sees it's just a flesh wound. "Coming around for another pass," she says over the comm.

The Raider decoys break from the ship to go on the attack, however, the Raptors are able to cut through and get in a major hit on one of the AA systems, knocking it down. In his Raptor, Telly calls out the kill, and starts to compensate after shutting down that station. "Do you want to up their levels?"

"Not yet." Tucker responds.

Eva moves in, not quite as aggressively as she normally would, but she zeroes in on a single target, destroying it, if the readout on her targeting is accurate, "Target destroyed, resetting."

"Nice flying, 'bite," Priya complicates coolly from the back of the bus as Calliope evades a shot. "This is Sweetheart, reengaging ECM focus on frontal targets. Nice shooting, Cherry."

The tracer fire from the AA Battery clips Kell's wing but the system is telling him that he sustained no simulated damage, just a grazing shot. He gives that emplacement a quick glance before focusing back on the Raider that is on Leonie, "Axiom, Razor, you have a bogey on your tail. Doing what I can to clear it." Taking a wider loop to give himself some space, he cuts his Viper back in at a higher speed and fires off another burst of autocannon rounds.

"Taking evasive action," Calliope says, whens her ship is targeted. She was starting to spend a little less time dodging and weaving in the skies of Canceron, but she's back at it now. "Drown them in interference, Sweetheart." She seems to relish using that callsign for Priya. One of her talon missiles is fired, and connects. "Flight, direct hit, but I'm still picking up blips from that target. Firing another shot at the A-A. We'll keep them suppressed for you."

Leonie is in no rush to leap into the fray unprepared. She takes a second or two to get the lay of the land, then fires her afterburners and swoops in for an attack run on the AA battery. Her crosshairs ping, reset, ping again, and she opens up on her guns, stitching tracerfire interspersed with KEW across the tower's firing mechanism.

Katja lays down some fire on one of the AAs before noticing a Raider has already started to tail Banshee. "Banshee, Deathwish." She calls out the new position of the Raider for her and drops back behind the Raider quickly, letting it pass. "On the bogey on your tail." And so starts the song and dance of getting that Raider in her sights. "Cylon sandwich," she observes with a smile as she tries to lead the Raider, finger poised on the trigger.

Target4 attacks Kell with Missile and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Calliope attacks Target2 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Target5 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES!

Leonie attacks Target4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aubrey attacks Target1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target8 attacks Katja with Kew but Katja EVADES!

Target7 attacks Leonie with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target6 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES!

Target1 attacks Eva with Missile but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Priya tries to suppress Target2 with Ecm but FAILS.

Priya tries to suppress Target1 with Ecm but FAILS.

Priya tries to suppress Target4 with Ecm but FAILS.

Kell attacks Target7 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Eva attacks Target1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Weapon.

Katja attacks Target5 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target2 attacks Calliope with Missile but Calliope EVADES EASILY!

// Target1 has been KO'd!//

// Target2 has been KO'd!//

"Thanks for the cover, Deathwish," Aubrey announces to Katja as she does a wingover to reverse direction and come back at the AA cannon on the derelict ship. She sweeps downwards and sends a stream of KEW fire into the target, before pulling up and watching Eva finish it off. "Nice shooting, Cherry!" she calls.

The last minute roll by Kell has him evading the simulated explosion of the missile just enough where he was grazed once again by the system tells him no significant damage taken. He does complete the barrel roll and dives back down on the Raider that is chasing his wingman. Leading his target, his autocannon rounds splatters onto the nose but it only manages to punch a few holes through the armor, the bogey still combat effective.

"Good work, Soundbite," The second of the four emplacements is disabled, as Eva moves in to attack the next target, not seeming at all out of sorts about the raptor on her wing. She and Calliope go way back. "Switching the clear that raider off your tail, Banshee."

As yet another pair of targets on the screen disappear, Telly laughs. "You should have let me up their levels, Flats." he reports.

"Fine, fine." Tucker responds. "Two heavy drones. Lets see how they handle newcomers, or if they're gunblind." he offers up.

Calliope fires her talon away. This connection fully 'blips' the active A-A practice target off her screen. "Flight, Soundbite. No activity confirmed on A-A-Two. Redirecting fire to remaining battery."

"We have new bogeys incoming, Deathwish!" Banshee calls to Katja. "Going in for a run on that last AA battery, keep em off me!"

Leonie's viper strafes high, playing it safe, and her shots as a result do minimal damage to the battery. Frowning slightly, she maneuvers her bird wing over wing in a sharp roll to come to bear instead on her wingman's six. "I think I did some damage, but the battery's still up. Breaking off to engage on your bogey, Razor."

"Shifting suppression, for all the good it's doing us, to remaining bogies, Flight," Priya says into the comms. Her accent dry. "Confirmation on A-A-Two, Bite. Not even a flicker on Dradis."

Katja has her own tail to worry about, but sticking on Aubrey's seems to be enough to keep the Raider busy enough that he misses. She still manages to graze her target's weapon. "Still off...I see 'em," she says calmly, already peeling off the in Aubrey's direction, strafing to the side to pop the new bogey...hopefully as she sticks to it like glue.

"Flight, Soundbite. Banshee, confirming new contacts." Calliope keeps her focus on the A-A turret, but says back to Priya, "Sweetheart, can you get a bead on those incoming boogeys? Maybe you can frak with their minds before they get to us."

"Sweetheart here, retargeting to incoming bogeys to provide coverage." Priya says shortly, working over her controls with a quick flick of her fingers.

Calliope attacks Target4 with Talons and HITS! Impaired wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target10 attacks Eva with Missile and HITS! Impaired wound to Nose.

Eva attacks Target5 with Kew but Target5 EVADES!

Aubrey attacks Target4 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target9 attacks Aubrey with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Target7 attacks Leonie with Kew but MISSES!

Target4 attacks Calliope with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Leonie attacks Target6 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Katja attacks Target9 with Kew. Stopped by ARMOR on Wing.

Target6 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Priya tries to suppress Target10 with Ecm but FAILS.

Priya tries to suppress Target9 with Ecm but FAILS.

Target8 attacks Katja with Kew but Katja EVADES!

Target5 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES!

Kell attacks Target7 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aubrey dives, spiraling in a barrel roll to avoid the fire flashing around her, and lays down a line of KEW fire at the remaining battery on the derelict. She hits it hard, and then a missile explodes over the readout, slamming, virtually, into the body of her Viper. "Took a hard hit, but I'm still up!" she calls over the comm, arcing away from another shot.

Telly calls out, "Hits!" he crows over the comm, before Tucker frowns a little. "Yeah, and the cutter is still active." he says over his shoulder as he watches the battle continues over the derelict ship.

Eva's still on target, but she isn't in time to evade the missile hit to the nose of her ship, which in turns, throws off her attack on the raider. She flips back around, moving in to engage the raider attacking her, if only to keep herself in its sites, "Moving to engage new target." She doesn't call out her damage.

Calliope tries to bob. She tries to weave. But she takes a missile on the chin. There's a lot of flickering lights and simulated down-shifting of her systems, as the damage is accounted for. "Frak." It's squawked off com, so only Priya can enjoy her profanity. She tries to compensate, and gets back on channel. "Flight, Soundbite. We're still flying, but we got frakking nailed. Will need an assist to take down that last A-A. At least I'm not reading anything else on its targeting right now."

Eva says, "You've got me, Soundbite...what else do you need?"

Leonie pops up right on the tail of her target, and scores a solid hit to its flank. One engine is sheared off, and the other looks only minimally operable. Nonetheless, it miraculously keeps flying and she curses softly into her helmet. "Razor, keep leading your bogey into my guns. It's limping bad, I've almost got it.." She darts out of the way of some wreckage careening toward her and fires her 'burners again, caroming in on the badly damaged raider.

Kell's burst of autocannon rounds shreds the fuselage of the simulated Raider, raking the hull a good bit and forcing it to break away from Leonie. Instead of following it and being baited into separating from his wingman, Razor pulls back on his flightstick into a half loop, his eyes searching for and locating Axiom. "Razor, Axiom, good shooting. Didn't kill the bogey that was on your tail but it buggered off, you've got a bigger one inbound though. I suggest going evasive." He has seen what missiles can do and it already launched on earlier. Pushing his thrusters to full, the engines glowing brighter, Kell accelerates and begins his attack run on one of the Heavy Raiders.

Katja follows one of Aubrey's tails, not worried about her maneuvering room given Cherry's on the other one. "Let's not bump heads here," Deathwish calls out just before she tap tap-tap-taps that Raider on its wing. Hello! Solid hits, but not enough to get through the armor. Just enough to get the Raider's attention as it rounds on her. "Banshee, Deathwish. I think I just stole one of your tails, but you got another one. Going after it," she says as it passes right through her sights. Surging the thrusters, she zips towards it and lines up a shot, while keeping an ear open for alarms or missile locks.

The hit is enough to rattle Priya's teeth as she grips at the consol to compensate for the hit. "Frak. No Fraking kidding," she agrees shortly, checking their controls. "Flight, Sweetheart. I'll keep trying to provide some scramble as I'm able."

Target9 attacks Katja with Missile and HITS! Impaired wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Leonie attacks Target6 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target4 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Katja attacks Target7 with Kew. Stopped by ARMOR on Body.

Target5 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES!

Target10 attacks Leonie with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

CREW HIT! attacks Leonie with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen.

CREW HIT! attacks Leonie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

CREW HIT! attacks Leonie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

CREW HIT! attacks Leonie with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Kell suppresses Target10 with Kew and succeeds.

Eva attacks Target4 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target6 attacks Kell with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Priya tries to suppress Target8 with Ecm but FAILS.

Priya suppresses Target10 with Ecm and succeeds.

Calliope attacks Target4 with Talons but MISSES!

Target8 attacks Calliope with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target7 attacks Aubrey with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aubrey attacks Target4 with Kew but MISSES!

// Aubrey has been KO'd!//

// Leonie has been KO'd!//

// Target6 has been KO'd!//

Banshee feints hard as if she's breaking off to chase a raider, then banks with the breaks on to turn back into a dive at the AA gun. But before she can fire, she has to jerk away from one of the raiders. Her shots go wide, and she ends up right in the path of a heavy raider. Boom, her screen shows her she's been KO'd. "Banshee is down, I repeat, Banshee is down."

The rest of the wing are taking heavy hits, but they still have a mission, even if it is a mock one, "Anyone who needs SAR, sing out, the rest of you, maintain your targets."

"Cherry, Soundbite. If I could get my rear cleared, I'd be appreciative, but you guys have got a lot to handle out there. So I'll try to keep it loose." Calliope does manage to get through that round without taking much more in the way of damage. Not that she's hitting anything, mussed as her targeting system is right now. "Ugh. Maybe I should get the deck to take this bullseye off my ship. Not my callsign anymore, and all."

"Two down!" Telly calls out to Tucker, and the pilot frowns. "Dammit. Who?"

"Banshee and Axiom."

Tucker nods, "Let's wind this down in a few, bnut make sure you are getting that cam footage for Cherry and Spider to go over later."

"Well, if you'd quite asking for it," Priya quips shortly in regards to that bullseye on Calliope's ass. "Or I can tattoo you a matching one." Per lead's orders, she maintains her bead on the targets.

"What the frak?!" Deathwish exclaims as she does another love tap on the other Raider's wing right before her ship gets tagged hard to the body with an incoming missile. "Flight, going for the last battery." She spirals away from her tail towards the remaining AA and goes for broke.

Leonie opens up her guns again, and manages to shred the raider's remaining engine. It cartwheels, spitting smoke and shrapnel, and explodes mid-dive toward the ground. In committing so heavily to her wingman's tail, however, she's opened herself up to being blindsided by one of the heavy raiders that's joined the party. It rolls in and blasts her face-first, and some klaxxon goes off to tell her she's taken irreperable damage. She switches it off, and disengages. "Flight, Axion. Sorry, I'm out."

Instead of going for shots on the Heavy Raider's hull, Kell fires a burst across the cockpit of the simulated Heavy Raider, however it appears that it does not have any affect as his wingman manages to eat the missile fired from the bigger bogey. Cursing under his helmet, something not transmitted over comms, Razor breaks off and reassess the situation, seeing that friendlies have been knocked out. Watching two simulated Raiders angling in on their damaged Raptor, Kell dives after one of them, "Soundbite, Razor, you have two inbound! I repeat, you have to bogeys incoming!"

Calliope attacks Target4 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target9 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Target5 attacks Calliope with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target10 attacks Katja with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Tail. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Kell attacks Target8 with Kew. Stopped by ARMOR on Body.

Eva attacks Target4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target8 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES!

Target4 attacks Eva with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Priya suppresses Target8 with Ecm and succeeds.

Priya tries to suppress Target10 with Ecm but FAILS.

Katja attacks Target4 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Target7 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES EASILY!

// Calliope has been KO'd!//

// Target4 has been KO'd!//

Calliope winces at the report of incoming. "Razor, Soundbite. Copy that. Taking evasive action...ish." Her Raptor jerkily attempts some weaves through space. "Hang on back there, Sweetheart. This thing might toss the lunch about a little."

Aubrey settles in to a holding pattern out of the fight, to watch as it continues.

"Flight, Flats, if you're out, form up on me." Tucker calls out.

Finally.. finally someone hits the last of the targets on the freighter. And with it's destruction, the remaing 'Raiders' start to shut down, since the ship was the main target all along.

---Mission Complete--- flashes across the DRADIS of the remaining ships that are alive.

"Soundbite, sing out!" Eva with Deathwish on the assist, manage to take out the last of the AA batteries, and the group of flight is getting even smaller, "Anyone who has too much damage, disengage and return to the start point." Eva, not being damages, just seems to be going in to take out as many as she can.

"I'm dead...I think." Calliope sounds unsure for a moment, her instrument panel doing a lot of blinking. "I didn't register a cockpit hit, but I'm dead in the water, here. Sweetheart, can you do anything back there?"

As Deathwish screams for the AA battery, she pays little heed to her tail, hoping her bat out of Hades vector keeps whatever's tracking her at bay. Fire grazes her tail just as she starts to reign down fire, corkscrewing out only just after taking out the battery. "Flight, Deathwish. Last battery down. Still good." She checks her fuel level but doesn't let her guard down, eyes twitching towards DRADIS to get back in the fray.

Eva attacks Target10 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Katja attacks Target5 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target8 attacks Calliope with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Target7 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Target10 attacks Katja with Kew but Katja EVADES EASILY!

Target9 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Target5 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES!

Kell attacks Target8 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Priya turns in her seat to glare at Calliope's downed controls, fingers flipping over her own position. "Sweetheart here, still on and active back here. I'm switching to KEW to provide cover fire while we float. Cherry, we're going to need an assist back here."

"Flight, Flats. Shutting down the attack, we accomplished the objective." he says as he looks back to Telly. "Told you to shut them down!" he calls out.

"Oh.. right." he mutters, moving to shut down the remaining targets, and bring the combat to a close.

Eva pulls up, as Flats calls an end to the combat, and she moves to form back up on the line, "Anyone want to tell me what the most glaring problem with that combat was?"

Aubrey comes over the comm. "We weren't all focused on the AA batteries like you ordered?" she offers

Calliope moves her ship into a comfortable idling position once the simulated damage is cleared and she can breathe again. "Thanks for trying to avenge me, Tauron," she says off-mic, with a grin to Priya. Over the radio, she says, "We didn't take down the A-As quick enough. Yeah. Focusing fire might've helped, like Banshee says."

As some of the simulated raiders are slower to shutdown, Kell dodges the incoming shot on his Viper out of reflex until the remaining robots closes down. He then moves to reform with the rest of the flight as they go over the debriefing.

Katja swings around easily as the combat ends. "We might have gotten out before the others got out if we had," she agrees with others at about the same time.

"Yes, exactly. So now the question is, why did you choose to select your own targets, rather than follow the order given to you by your flight lead?" Cherry's voice isn't angry, this is a teaching moment. It's what these sims are for.

Aubrey doesn't answer. She targetted the batteries until she was KO'd.

When the second question is brought up, Kell answers since he was one of those that was targeting a Raider, "My wingman was being pursued by a hostile so I prioritized her safety over the main objective to see if I can clear her six." Razor doesn't sound embarrassed or in the wrong, just stating the reasoning for his decision.

"Any time, Caprica," Priya says with a quicksilve smile. Then she is all ears for Cherry's talk.

"We targeted the batteries. But after we took that hit, our weapons systems were kind of frakked, so we couldn't hit anything," Calliope replies over the comm. "Also, this is something that'd need to be taken care of before we jumped off, but we might've been better-served coming out loaded with heavier missiles. Would've taken out the A-As quicker. If we'd hit them. That's a consideration that's still kind of hard, because at least the talons can keep you in the fight longer. You miss with the heavier arms, you've wasted a big payload. But they'll pretty much finish the job when you hit."

"Likewise, after the first run, when my wingman had two bogies I strayed from the main objective." Katja follows up before listening to others weigh in.

Leonie speaks up quietly once most of the others have already spoken, "Sorry sir, I was trying to keep my wingman clear. Can't complete the mission if we're dead."

"A more successful ECM jamming may also have helped stall out the A-A's for longer for the team to get in," Priya offers after a silent moment. "As is, the success rate of on stalling their return fire was low. I'll work on that, sir."

"In combat, there will always be an enemy potentially targeting your wingman. Most likely several at once. If you break off every time you see your wingman in danger, you will never fulfill your objectives and you will be leaving the rest of the wing in greater danger, as we all saw in this exercise. You don't have the option to choose which orders to obey and which to disobey without a much better reason than 'I saw my wingman being targeted'. Deathwish proved herself more than capable of continuing to fly, even under attack, and after sustaining damage. You didn't trust her to be able to evade attack and continue on mission." Cherry pauses, before continuing, "Soundbite, you performed as well as could be expected in your circumstances, within the capabilities of your ship. Deathwish, despite breaking off also followed my order. She prioritized an attack on the turret, and then selected to break off, after ensuring that the main target had enough coverage."

"I am not, and will never say, that you should follow an order without question, leaving no room to make choices as the need arises in combat. But orders are given for a reason, and we need to consider how meeting that objective benefits the mission, and whether or not sacrifices can be made, such as leaving a wingman to fend for herself, is an acceptable risks. because that's what flying is...a series of acceptable risks."

Eva says, "Let's head back, we could all use a chance ro regroup. We'll meet in the ready room in one hour."

Kell remains silent when the Captain outlines what went wrong and what the better course of action would be, it is counter to what was taught in flight school that Raptors are usually used to take out the heavier emplacements while Vipers clear the skies. But Eva is right as was shown in this simulated training mission, they took heavier losses with them being split up. However, leaving the wingman for the emplacements is something that Razor will have to work on adjusting.

Calliope offers a shaky smile back to Priya. She's entirely off comms now, taking Cherry's praise for what it's worth and not risking saying anything else. "Maybe we can review the electronic warfare records from this after. See if there's anything in the code we could improve. Those things got hardcore, though, so I wouldn't take it too hard."

After hearing the Captain's breakdown of their test run, Priya's quicksilver smile dims to something more thoughtful. Off comms, she agrees, "Yeah. It'll definitely be worth going through those, especially with a new deployment coming up. I'm no good to you if I'm running unsuccssful fire suppression back here."


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