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UNSC WARNING: This document, Operation: CORSAIR, is property of the UNSC and is Classified [NOVEMBER BLACK], protected under Office of Naval Intelligence Security Protocol 1A. Disclosure of its contents to, or access or alteration by, personnel with a clearance level lower than GAMMA THREE is an offense punishable by court(s) martial and imprisonment or execution for treasonous acts. Failure to disclose confirmed or suspected breaches of security will be treated as complicity, and is punishable by dishonourable discharge and/or imprisonment.
Lieutenant Commander Michael Pomare, Office of Naval Intelligence, UNSCDF Navy
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Operation: LAMENTATION

Operation: CORSAIR

Conflict:

War of Vengeance

Date:

2561

Location:

Megiddo / UNSC Reclaimed Outer Colony

Outcome:

Discovery of Gargarensis Gas Refinery

Belligerents

United Nations Space Command

Kig-Yar Privateer Alliance

Commanders

Commander Kenneth Landers

Shipmaster Jezh

Strength

Privateer Vessel Heikekatohuia

Casualties

N/A

N/A

 

The fall of the Covenant saw the rise of the Kig-Yar Privateer Alliance - finally free from the Prophet's decrees that they be forbidden to use slipspace-capable ships, the sudden and dramatic appearance of Kig-yar piracy as a major threat to the shipping of all factions caused significant alarm amongst FLEETCOM. Already fighting wars against the Blood Covenant and waging a cold war of intelligence against the New Covenant, the UNSC was unwilling to let this threat continue, especially against its poorly defended reclaimed colonies.

Operation: CORSAIR was intended as the beginning of an infiltration operation by the UNSC, locating a major Kig-yar privateer base, hoping that its destruction by a UNSC battlegroup, including a number of the new Arsenal Ships fielded by Project EXCALIBUR, would unsettle the balance of power in the Privateer Alliance, and send a message to the Kig-yar that preying on human colonies would not be tolerated. To this end, a trap was set in orbit over Megiddo, a site of significant Kig-yar raids - a "crippled" freighter was attached with a slipspace beacon, technology borrowed from the Sangheili Armed Forces. The Operation commanders expected that the Kig-yar, seeing only a salvage opportunity, would tow the freighter back to their base of operations through slipspace - a special warfare team would then infiltrate their base and place a the beacon aboard and send the UNSC a signal pinpointing its location, allowing the battlegroup to move in and wipe the base out.

Spartan-II Indigo Team, already in the system to assassinate a secessionist cult leader, were redeployed to place the beacon aboard the requisitioned freighter Messor in the cargo hold. An archer missile fired by the Prowler One-Eyed Wanderer crippled its thruster and slipspace pod, leaving it immobile, a perfect target for the Kig-Yar - and, as predicted, a Kig-yar ship soon arrived to investigate. Unfortunately, rather than tow the ship through slipspace immediately, the ship deployed boarding craft to investigate. Faced with the prospect of fighting in a zero-gravity environment against a company of Kig-yar mercenaries, Indigo Team instead performed an EVA infiltration - rather than wait to be towed to the base, they boarded the Kig-yar ship itself from there. Finding little of worth, and suspicious of the damage inflicted by a human weapon, the Kig-yar destroyed the freighter with their pulse laser weapons and jumped back to their base.

A near failure, Indigo Team's quick actions would have dramatic consequences. Rather than a mere Kig-Yar Privateer Alliance base, the ship had jumped to a major Kig-yar colony in orbit over a gas giant in the same system as Expansive Judgement, the capital world of the Blood Covenant - while Expansive Judgement itself was a high-priority target itself, it was also defended by hundreds of warships, making a frontal assault on it impractical and potentially fatal. Instead, Operation: CORSAIR revealed that there was a vital weak point able to be exploited - the Gargarensis gas refinery near the Kig-yar colonies was a vital resource, allowing the Blood Covenant to produce weapons- and fuel-grade plasma, maintaining their fleet. Without it, it would only be a matter of time before the Blood Covenant became inoperational, leaving the planet vulnerable. Though Indigo Team would be forced to stay on the colony until a retrieval force could be deployed, it would lead to Operation: LAMENTATION, the most important battle in the UNSC and Sangheili's campaign against the Blood Covenant.

Quotes

  • "After Expansive Judgement, the Jackals were hesitant about attacking human colonies...for a few months. And after that, they were a lot more careful about searching the cargo holds for beacons and probes - that particular trick didn't work again, but it was well worth the payoff."
  • "It's gotta take guts to launch yourself through space at an alien ship. hell, even with a set of powered armour, I'd rather have taken the Jackals one-on-one."
  • "Megiddo suffered a lot of pirate attacks before Operation Corsair, mostly because it was the test ground for all our new terraforming equipment - and thus needed a lot of upkeep. Afterwards, the terraforming went unimpeded - the Jackals never returned to megiddo."
  • "Had it been a Sangheili colony, we would have merely attached a small battlegroup in the area to respond to further attacks. While the human method may seem more underhanded, there is no doubt that the results it produced have been...effective."

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