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ACT 3, MISSION 7
Fighter squadron: 70th Blue Lions
Description: The 70th Blue Lions assist with the evacuation of 3rd Fleet Headquarters in Capella.
Allied Command has ordered the evacuation of 3rd Fleet Headquarters in Capella. The installation came under heavy Shivan fighter and bomber fire deployed from the SD Nebiros, a Ravana-class destroyer, and the Headquarters' defending squadron, the 19th, was annihilated. Taking over the 19th squadron's job, Alpha wing of the 70th Blue Lions is now ordered to ensure the success of the evacuation process.
This mission is reminiscent of The Sixth Wonder, the only difference being that there is no enemy warship to contend with ... yet.
Delta wing will enter the field of engagement before your wing, and will already be engaging the Shivans by the time you are done with loading out. Be sure to keep that wing in one piece; you'll need it. At the start of the mission, you will see the GTM Galen. Ignore it; the Shivans are only concerned with attacking 3rd Fleet HQ. At this point, order all your wingmen to defend the installation.
The GTD Messana, an Orion-class destroyer, will jump in approximately one minute into the mission. It would be wise to assign Delta wing to protect it, as some Shivan bombers will divert their attention to the destroyer. You should concern yourself with guarding the HQ.
When Lambda 1 undocks, order Alpha wing to guard the transport. Shivan fighters will jump in momentarily to attack it. You can forget about defending the installation for now; that's why the Shivan bombers only jump in 5 kilometers away from it.
Once Lambda docks with the Messana, get Alpha wing to defend the installation again. Lambda 2 should jump in a few moments after Lambda 1 jumps out.
When Lambda 2 undocks with all the remaining survivors from 3rd Fleet HQ, abandon the station and concentrate on protecting the transport only.
3rd Fleet HQ will be self-destructed by the Messana a short while after Lambda 2 docks with the destroyer and jumps out with it. Do not fly in front of the Orion or stay near the installation. The resulting shockwave from the self-destruction of the HQ should wipe out any remaining Shivan fighters or bombers. If not, destroy them and return to base when you are done.
If the Messana is destroyed before 3rd Fleet HQ is self-destructed, the SD Nebiros will jump in and finish the Messana's task of blowing up the installation, and you will be ordered to return to base.