Noir Posted April 17, 2016 Share Posted April 17, 2016 The JSS Resolute buzzed with activity at the end of the dock with Argus Station. Exo-armors were being loaded into its bays while a small swarm of service drones and exo-suited personnel routinely inspected the outer hull and systems, performing an maintenance that was required. The Resolute was an older ship (by Jovian standards), one of the first of the Guardian-class of escort carriers, but she was still solid after many tours through the Belt. She had seen her fair share of clashes with pirates in that time, and though skillfully repaired and maintained, some of the scars from those battles could still be seen by the observant. In a briefing room near the ships Exo Bay, two Lieutenants entered and each found a seat, pulling themselves into their respective chairs and buckling themselves in. A few moments later the door opened and in came a not quite middle-aged black woman with short hair pulled back, and in a JAF duty uniform. Her rank insignia indicated she was a Commander and the name on her uniform was Onuaha. Both Lieutenants saluted, which was returned. "At ease." Commander Onuaha said as she pulled herself into a seat, buckling as well. "Welcome to the Resolute. I am her Captain, Commander Onuaha." the woman said, and then got right down to business. "You may be wondering why you are here. The answer is simple; you are to be part of a special, multi-national unit. This unit is being formed for the purpose of joint training so as to prepare each nation for CEGA aggression in the likelihood of war. With the the recent, extensive military build-up the CEGA, indications are that they may soon decide to impose their rule over the Solar Nations with the intent of making them simple colonies of Earth once more. So let's face it, the CEGA and Jupiter are the two biggest kids on the block. If it comes to war, it will be us slugging it out and the fate of the solar system would hang in the balance. We have a technological edge over the CEGA, but that edge is slowly eroding, more on that later, and they certainly have a greater industrial capacity. That makes for a long and brutal fight, at best. Our friends, the Martian Free Republic, are prepared to fight tooth and nail. I am sure you have all heard tales of the Rangers' resiliency. They are no strangers to combat nor making due with little to nothing, but space warfare is clearly not their forte. The Mercurians and the Venusians both seem to have the intent of remaining neutral in the face of any aggression between the CEGA, Mars and Jupiter, but neutrality may not be an option should the Free Republic fall. Therefore, our fellow nations are each sending officer pilots to form this unit so they may gain some operational experience and training. If things go well, they will return to their respective armed forces to share what they have learned. In the process we all learn to better cooperate, should a war take place and it allows officers of each military to known one another, also assisting in mutual cooperation and defense should the need arise. Pilots will rotate in and out to spread their knowledge and build bonds, and ideally more such units will be formed. This unit is being Jovian led though, and as such I am counting on the both of you." she said and then looked to Lt. Mercer. "Lieutenant Mercer, I selected you for this assignment since you are fresh out of OTS. You are a young officer who can hopefully develop relationships with the other officers that can assist our nations cooperation for years to come." she explained and then turned her attention to Lt. Summers. "Lieutenant Summers, it is not easy to work through the ranks and earn your commission like you did. Your experience and instructional ability will be an invaluable assets to this unit. And though command hopes for 'a spirit of cooperation' within the unit, this is Jovian led and therefore with your training and experience, you will be the ranking officer." Commander Onuaha explained. "You are both among the best pilots in the JAF and have already worked together, that should help expedite things in making this unit gel, because this unit needs to work. It's success could mean a drastically different outcome in a possible war with the CEGA if it means the Solar Nations can unify against them. The Merchant Guild's fleet and the Venusians' bankroll could mean the difference between our subjugation or continuing independence. Questions so far?" Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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