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Battle of MacGregor
Battlesign RMN vs RHN PN
ConflictFirst Havenite-Manticoran War
Date1915 PD
PlaceMacGregor System
ResultManticoran victory
Combatants

Manticoran Alliance
LAC group of Eighth Fleet

People's Navy
MacGregor System Defence

Commanders

Comm. Tremaine

Commodore Ryan
(Commissioner Halket)

Strength
  • DN
  • BB
  • BC
  • DD
Casualties
  • 5 LACs destroyed
  • 3 LACs heavily damaged

all but DD

The Battle of MacGregor was the complete destruction of the People's Navy MacGregor System Defence through a surprise assault by three wings of Manticoran Alliance LACs as part of Operation Buttercup.

Prelude Edit

In order to elude detection, three LAC Wings, led by Commander Prescott Tremaine, were dropped off over a light-day away from MacGregor, and spent two days approaching the system at low speed, under stealth. (HH9)

Order of battle Edit

Manticoran Alliance Edit

LAC group of the CLAC Squadron 3[1]:

People's Navy Edit

MacGregor System Defence:

  • wall of battle (cold impeller wedges):
    • a battle squadron[2]
    • a battleship squadron
  • screen:
    • a battlecruiser squadron (active impeller wedges)
    • a destroyer flotilla[3] (active impeller wedges)
    • some uncertain units with cold impeller wedges

Course of battle Edit

Having eluded three squadrons of picket destroyers, all Ferret-class LACs fired their entire load-out of ship-killers at the remaining ships sitting in orbit around MacGregor, sending a wave of over twenty-seven hundred missiles hurtling at the ships. Other than a squadron of battlecruisers, the majority of the ships were caught unawares with their impeller wedges down, so most missiles were targeted at the exposed and undefended tops and bottoms.

Three dreadnoughts, five battleships, and a dozen battlecruisers and cruisers were destroyed in the initial volley. The Ferrets then fell into formation behind the Shrike-Bs, which began launching their own salvos at the surviving ships, destroying more un-shielded ships. Captain Tremaine then ordered three squadrons of Shrike-Bs to attack the battlecruisers that had their wedges up, while the remaining LACs mopped up the remains of the dreadnoughts and battleships. Five LACs were destroyed during the assault on the battlecruisers.

Before her dreadnought was destroyed, Commodore Gianna Ryan ordered her destroyers to withdraw, in order to warn the People's Navy forces in other systems about the power of the Manticoran LACs. The rest of the PN forces were annihilated. (HH9)

Aftermath Edit

References Edit

  1. 252 Shrike-B-class and 72 Ferret-class
  2. DN, including PNS Rene d'Aiguillon, Commodore Ryan's flagship
  3. three squadrons
Operations of the
First Havenite-Manticoran War
Perseus | Allied Counteroffensive 1905 | Allied 6th Fleet Offensive | Stalking Horse | Dagger | Commerce Raiding in Silesia | Cerberus System | Icarus | Scylla | Bagration | Buttercup
Battles of the
First Havenite-Manticoran War
Talbot | Poicters | Casca | MGX-1403 | Yalta | Air | Seaford Nine Ambush | First Hancock | First Seaford Nine | Third Yeltsin | Chelsea and Mendoza | First Nightingale | First Minette | Fourth Yeltsin | Candor | Second Minette | Second Nightingale | Tyler's Star | Schiller | Selker Rift | First Seabring | Second Seabring | Trevor's Star | Micah | First Adler | Second Adler | Third Adler | Second Hancock | Second Seaford Nine | First Zanzibar | First Alizon | Second Basilisk | Third Seabring | Cerberus | Elric | Solway and Treadway | Barnett | MacGregor | Hyacinth

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