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Battle Name : Cover Imperial Starfighter Replenishment at Essebra [Imperial Campaign: Imperial Task Force Vengeance, Mission 7]
Battle Location : Essebra System in the Airam Sector
Battle Occurred : Some time after the Battle of Hoth, well after Imperial Task Force Vengeance entered the Airam Sector
Battle Type : Transfer Operation (For the Empire)
Force Making Attack : Airam + Rebel Alliance
Opposing Forces : Airam / Rebel Alliance / Galactic Empire
Victorious Force : Galactic Empire
Imperial Personnel : Unknown
Imperial Force Composition : ISD Rage, Escort Carrier Urrob, Utility Tugs Gopher 1 and 2, Avenger Squadron (TIE Interceptors have shields and Jamming Beam), Gamma Squadron (12 TIE Fighters have 4 Concussion Missiles), Beta Squadron (12 TIE Bombers have 12 Proton Torpedoes), 12 TIE Advanced, 12 Assault Gunboats and Comm Sat CRM-115
Airam Personnel : Unknown
Airam Force Composition : Dreadnaught Heretic, Assassin-class Corvette Kiva (Explosives), Muurian Transports Pike 1 and 2 and Fraize 1 and 2, ETR Whisper 1-6 (Explosives) and 16 T-wings (Armed with Concussion Missiles)
Rebel Personnel : Unknown
Rebel Force Composition : 12 A-Wings (Armed with Concussion Missiles or Mag Pulse Torpedoes [a mix of both] and Chaff), B-Wings (Armed with Proton Torpedoes and Flares) and Escort Shuttle Storm 1 and 2
Battle Outcome
Battle Outcome
Imperial Survivors : Unknown
Surviving Forces : ISD Rage, Escort Carrier Urrob, Utility Tugs Gopher 1 and 2, Avenger Squadron, Gamma Squadron, Beta Squadron, 12 TIE Advanced, 12 Assault Gunboats and Comm Sat CRM-115
Imperial Loses : Moderate Losses
Airam Survivors : None
Surviving Forces : None
Airam Loses : Entire Force
Rebel Survivors : Unknown
Surviving Forces : A-Wings and B-Wings
Rebel Loses : Light Losses

    After the destruction of the Airam Pirate Asteroid Base, the ISD Rage rendezvoused with the Escort Carrier Urrob for replacement starfighters to replace starfighters lost during the Empire's campaign. However, the replacement starfighters would not be of the same class. Avenger Squadron would replace its starfighters with TIE Advanced while Gamma and Beta Squadrons would be combined to form the new Talon Squadron, which would receive the Assault Gunboats. Avenger, Beta and Gamma Squadrons were launched to protect the transfer operation of starfighters. Without warning Airam ships hypered into the area. All of their ships except their starfighters and their Dreadnaught were attempting ramming runs on the ISD Rage. The Airam starfighters targeted the Imperial replacement starfighters as they were being ferried over. In the end the ramming ships were either destroyed before they reach their target, but some did manage to make it through. During this, the Dreadnaught Heretic moved to attack the ISD Rage, however its attack did not succeed, it too was destroyed. Some time into the battle, Rebel starfighters hypered into the area for a raiding mission on the TIE Advanced that were being ferried over. The B-Wings targeted the TIE Advanced with their ion cannons so they could be captured, while the A-Wings provided starfighter cover. The Airam T-Wings never succeeded in their efforts and they paid for that with their destruction. When the B-Wings disabled two of the TIE Advanced, they then turned their attention on the Escort Carrier Urrob. The Rebel Escort Shuttles Storm 1 and 2 arrived to carry away the disabled TIE Advanced. Realizing that the Rebels were going to capture the TIE Advanced, Imperial Pilots were ordered to destroy the Escort Shuttles before they could accomplish their task. With the Escort Shuttles destroyed, there was no reason for the Rebel to be at the battle any more since their mission had failed. The Rebel fighters simply hypered out of the area to save themselves from destruction by Imperial Forces. With all opposition defeated and the area safe, the ISD Rage launched Utility Tugs Gopher 1 and 2 to dock and repair the TIE Advanced which then returned to the ISD. All of the replacement starfighter reached the ISD Rage without being destroyed. The Empire's ongoing intelligence efforts against the Rebels was very promising, however the Airam were distracting the Empire from its main goal, to eliminate the Rebel threat from this sector.
 
 

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