Darkest Hour

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Fighter squadron: 170th Fighting Navajas

Description: The Navajas are scrambled to defend Earth-orbit Rheza Station from fighters and warships from the GTD Imperieuse battlegroup.


Shortly before this mission begins, Enabran Kassim, unable to cope with the massive loss of life involved in the war, suffers a nervous breakdown. In an alcohol-fueled episode, he "goes off like a magazine breach" and is subsequently removed from active flight status.

Later, Admiral Byrne reports to the crew of the Solaris that the GTVA, in the personage of the battlegroup of the GTD Imperieuse, has launched a major assault on Earth's orbital installations. The Navajas are scrambled to assist in defending Rheza Station, which is under attack by the GTCv Redoubtable and several fighter and bomber wings. While Athens Station and Malta Station share an orbital slot with Rheza, their contributions to the war effort are not as important as Rheza's; as a result, they are given a lower priority for defense.


The loadout can't be changed in this mission, you start in an Uhlan and are given a Vulcan and Maul primaries and a bank of Javelin and Hellfire.

As soon as you start, you see Rheza station is under attack by the Regensburg, a Deimos class corvette and some strike crafts consisting of Artemis bombers with Myrmidon escorts, with the Vatican, a Sanctus cruiser defending it. If you want the Vatican to survive, you MUST destroy the Regensburg's beams IMMEDIATELY, but even if you don't, the Vatican will save you a lot of trouble later. You only need to destroy 3 beams, which are the two front beams and the rear left beam, but please destroy the left beams first since they are already in firing range, you can leave the rear right beam intact since it usually won't have a chance to fire. You can see enemy cruisers, Novikov and Courageous in the distance, but they are very far away and not a concern.

Once you sufficiently disarmed the Regensburg, you can pretty much ignore it, and start focusing on the strike crafts attacking the station. A wing of Uriels (Omega) will arrive to bomb the Regensburg and sending them running. After the Regensburg left, you get a short break, but probably not enough to rearm yourself. If you want your wingmen to survive, it is a good idea to order them to cover you. Soon, a wing of Boanerges and Medusa bombers will arrive, along with their Myrmidon and Kulas escorts. If the Vatican survived to this point, the Medusas will attack the Vatican, so you can ignore them for now and focus on the Boanerges and their escorts, which will head straight for Rheza Station. The Vatican and Rheza's fighters usually can fend off for its own for now, so you can pretty much ignore it.

Once the wave of bombers are destroyed, a few enemy fighters may jump in and harrass you. However, the one to watch out is the two wings of Rheas which will launch a volley of Trebuchets at you. Evade the Trebuchets and if you wish, destroy the Rheas, though you will only be able to attack one wing since they will come in opposite directions of each others. They will jump out shortly after, so destroying them is not necessary.

Soon, 3 Charybdis AWACS ships, the Sagacious, Acuity, and Killian Bard, will jump in. They will continually call waves of Boanerges bombers close to the station until they are destroyed or left. If the Vatican survive to this point, they will begin attacking the AWACS, so you can just focus on the the enemy bombers. Otherwise, you need to destroy them ASAP. Once it is over, just destroy remaining fighters and bombers until the next big thing...

The Valerie, a Diomedes corvette will jump in close to the station. It will launch a wing of Medusas from its hangar. Intercept the bombs if you can but don't get in range of the Valerie. Soon, the Indus will jump in and attack the Valerie. After this, the mission is pretty much self playing. The Atreus will come and attempt to attack the station, but will be fend off by the arrival of a pair of Narayana frigates. You will be ordered to jump out, but you can stay a little longer for the dialogues.


  • Sometimes it is quite hard to ensure the Vatican's survival, as the Valerie often destroy it. The Valerie also sometimes managed to destroy the Indus, resulting in a failure.

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