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'''ACT 1, MISSION 3'''
 
'''ACT 1, MISSION 3'''
  
'''Fighter squadron:''' [[53rd Hammerheads]]'''
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'''Fighter squadron:''' [[53rd Hammerheads]]
'''Description:''' You have been ordered to intercept the Iceni.
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'''Description:''' The 53rd is scrambled to destroy the NTF Iceni before it leaves the Deneb system.
  
 
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==Background==
 
==Background==
The 53rd is scrambled to intercept the [[NTF Iceni|Iceni]], before it reaches Sirius, but somone high up made a mistake... if it was a mistake.
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Alpha wing of the 53rd is scrambled to intercept and destroy the [[NTF Iceni]], before it reaches the [[Deneb]]-[[Sirius]] jump node.
  
 
==Walkthrough==
 
==Walkthrough==
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This is a scamble mission, so you cannot choose your loadout. You will be flying a [[GTF Myrmidon]] armed with two banks of [[GTW Subach HL-7]]s, a bank of [[GTM Tempest|Tempest dumbfire missiles]] and two banks of [[GTM MX-64|Rockeye heat-seeking missiles]].
  
This is a more difficult mission. You seem to have no chance of catching the [[NTF Iceni]], and it leaves the area. After a small conversation between the pilots and Command, two enemy freighters jump in with cargo, who are escorted by some fighters. Prioritize the fighters. Once they are gone, destroy the freighters. Do not splurge much effort at the containers, they are always destroyed by the shockwave of the explosion of the freighter carrying it.
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You will jump in 5000 meters away from the Iceni. The [[Neo-Terran Front]] command ship, on the other hand, is only 2000 meters away from the jump node. Feel free to either hang back or follow Command's orders to catch up to the Iceni; either way, the Iceni will escape.
  
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After a small conversation between the pilots and Command, two enemy freighters will jump in with cargo, escorted by some rebel [[GTF Loki|Loki fighters]]. Destroy the escorts first before attacking the freighters. The cargo containers on these freighters are scannable, but they are not important. Destroy them as well.
  
After the freighters and the fighters are down, two [[NTF]] cruisers (NTC Glorious, NTC Impervious) jump in and make your day difficult. They have fighter assistance as well. Try to lure them away by pulling back at the time they begin approaching on you. Without the assistance of the cruisers, they do not stand much long against you and your wingmen. Attack the cruisers after the fighters. The Glorious is the weaker one, target the anti-fighter beam(s) on it, and attack it with the [[GTM Tempest]]s. Fire at will with your rockets to destroy the cruiser.
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A short while after the freighters and fighters go down, the NTF send in two cruisers with Loki escort: the Glorious, a [[GTC Fenris|Fenris-class]], and the Impervious, a [[GTC Leviathan|Leviathan-class]]. Try to lure the escorts away from the cruisers by pulling back as soon as they approach you. Without the assistance of the cruisers, they will not last very long against you and your wingmen. When the fighter escorts are destroyed, the Psamtik will jump in and open fire on both cruisers with its forward armaments. Attack the Glorius first, as it is weaker. Feel free to unload all your missiles on it and pull back behind the Psamtik if you have to.
  
 
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Attack the Impervious when the Glorious is destroyed. If you still have some wingmen, they will help you take it out. If not, the Psamtik will deploy reinforcements to assist you. Once the Impervious is destroyed, you will be ordered to return to base.
The Impervious is tougher ([[GTC Leviathan]]-class), the [[GVD Psamtik]] jumps in and will destroy it on her own. After these cruisers have been destroyed, you can leave the area. The mission is more difficult to survive than completing its mission goals. Disarm the cruisers of their anti-fighter beam turrets first.
 
  
 
==Tips==
 
==Tips==
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* The Psamtik will not arrive until you take out the Glorious and Impervious' fighter escorts, so make sure you do that first.
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* If you are out of wingmen by the time the Psamtik arrives, or as long as the Psamtik is present, the destroyer will deploy Delta wing to assist you. This is not an option.
  
The Psamtik won't arrive until you take out the cruisers' fighter cover, so make sure you do that first. Despite what command says, the cruiser's anti-fighter beam cannons will not fire at you.
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==Notes==
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* This mission is best known for Admiral Bosch's message to Alpha wing as the Iceni departs:
  
As usual, your teammate's AI is lacking. it may be difficult to keep them alive in this mission.
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::'''''"I regret your efforts to intercept us have failed, pilots. You would be well advised to question the wisdom of your leaders. Helm, engage subspace drive."'''''
  
 
==Notable ships present==
 
==Notable ships present==
[[NTF Iceni]]
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* [[GVD Psamtik]]
 
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* [[FreeSpace_2_Rebel_Ship_Database#NTC_Glorious|NTC Glorious]]
[[GVD Psamtik]]
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* [[FreeSpace_2_Rebel_Ship_Database#NTC_Impervious|NTC Impervious]]
 
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* [[NTF Iceni]]
==Notable quote==
 
 
 
This mission is quite well known for the opening dialogue in the mission.
 
 
 
Command: Engage full burners and intercept the Iceni. They are two kilometers from the Sirius jump node.
 
 
 
Alpha 2: Command, we're five clicks from that corvette! Those coordinates you gave us were bogus! We don't stand a chance of    catching that ship!
 
 
 
Command: You have your orders, pilot.
 
 
 
Alpha2: Command, where's the blockade? Why isn't the Alliance guarding this node?
 
 
 
Command: Our line of defense has been reprioritized for engagements elsewhere in the system.
 
 
 
<b>Iceni Jumps</b>
 
Enemy Leader: I regret your efforts to intercept us have failed, pilots. You would be well advised to question the wisdom of your leaders. Helm, engage subspace drive.
 
 
 
Beta1: The Iceni has jumped! I repeat. The Iceni has jumped!
 
 
 
Command: Acknowledged, pilot.
 
 
 
Alpha2: Request a status brief, Command! What the hell is going on here?
 
 
 
Command: You're out of line, pilot!
 
 
 
Alpha2: Out of line? I don't think so. We're risking our lives out here! We deserve a straight answer!
 
 
 
Command: You can discuss this at your debriefing. We now have reports that rebel vessels are heading for the jump node. Stand by for mission update. Command out.
 
 
 
Alpha2: Damn it! Command let Bosch escape!
 
 
 
Alpha3: What are you talking about?
 
 
 
Alpha2: They pulled the blockade. They gave us the wrong coordinates. There's no other explanation.
 
 
 
Alpha3: Why? Why would they let him go?
 
  
Alpha2: You tell me, pilot. I'm informed on a need-to-know basis.
 
  
Alpha3: Stand down. We're on your side here.
 
 
<i>Alpha2: Why did we attack the Iceni? Why did we destroy that cargo? I can live with being a pawn if the game makes sense.</i>
 
 
[[Category:Main Freespace 2 Campaign]]
 
[[Category:Main Freespace 2 Campaign]]

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ACT 1, MISSION 3

Fighter squadron: 53rd Hammerheads

Description: The 53rd is scrambled to destroy the NTF Iceni before it leaves the Deneb system.


Background

Alpha wing of the 53rd is scrambled to intercept and destroy the NTF Iceni, before it reaches the Deneb-Sirius jump node.

Walkthrough

This is a scamble mission, so you cannot choose your loadout. You will be flying a GTF Myrmidon armed with two banks of GTW Subach HL-7s, a bank of Tempest dumbfire missiles and two banks of Rockeye heat-seeking missiles.

You will jump in 5000 meters away from the Iceni. The Neo-Terran Front command ship, on the other hand, is only 2000 meters away from the jump node. Feel free to either hang back or follow Command's orders to catch up to the Iceni; either way, the Iceni will escape.

After a small conversation between the pilots and Command, two enemy freighters will jump in with cargo, escorted by some rebel Loki fighters. Destroy the escorts first before attacking the freighters. The cargo containers on these freighters are scannable, but they are not important. Destroy them as well.

A short while after the freighters and fighters go down, the NTF send in two cruisers with Loki escort: the Glorious, a Fenris-class, and the Impervious, a Leviathan-class. Try to lure the escorts away from the cruisers by pulling back as soon as they approach you. Without the assistance of the cruisers, they will not last very long against you and your wingmen. When the fighter escorts are destroyed, the Psamtik will jump in and open fire on both cruisers with its forward armaments. Attack the Glorius first, as it is weaker. Feel free to unload all your missiles on it and pull back behind the Psamtik if you have to.

Attack the Impervious when the Glorious is destroyed. If you still have some wingmen, they will help you take it out. If not, the Psamtik will deploy reinforcements to assist you. Once the Impervious is destroyed, you will be ordered to return to base.

Tips

  • The Psamtik will not arrive until you take out the Glorious and Impervious' fighter escorts, so make sure you do that first.
  • If you are out of wingmen by the time the Psamtik arrives, or as long as the Psamtik is present, the destroyer will deploy Delta wing to assist you. This is not an option.

Notes

  • This mission is best known for Admiral Bosch's message to Alpha wing as the Iceni departs:
"I regret your efforts to intercept us have failed, pilots. You would be well advised to question the wisdom of your leaders. Helm, engage subspace drive."

Notable ships present