Shortly after the Battle of Spindle, the Solarian Governor Damián Dueñas in the Saltash System seized two Manticoran merchantmen, the Argonaut and the Carolyn, and detained their companies on undefined legal grounds, asserting ex post an unspecified medical emergency.
When news of this act reached Spindle through an Andermani trade vessel, Admiral Gold Peak detached Destroyer Squadron 301 to collect and repatriate the two ships and their companies by any means necessary. Dueñas refused to turn over or permit an inspection of the freighters or their crew, and the squadron prepared to engage the defending Solarian forces and rescue the prisoners. (HH14)
Order of battle Edit
Star Empire of Manticore Edit
Destroyer Squadron 301, Captain Jacob Zavala commanding:
- Destroyer Division 301.2 - Captain (JG) Frank Morgan
- Destroyer Division 301.1
Solarian League Edit
- Battlecruiser Squadron 491, SLN (a division) - Vice Admiral Oxana Dubroskaya commanding
- destroyer element, SLN - Captain Myau Ping-wa commanding
- 10347th Independent Battalion, Solarian Gendarmerie - Major John Pole commanding
Course of battle Edit
Using its range advantage, which was unknown to the enemy, Destroyer Squadron 301 destroyed the Solarian battlecruisers with four salvos, killing three quarters of their crews. The remaining destroyers in orbit of the planet Cinnamon were then abandoned once their senior officer realized the RMN force's complete tactical superiority.
After trying in vain to convince the System Governor to stand down, Captain Zavala's ships proceeded for Cinnamon orbit to board Shona Station and retrieve the Manticoran merchant crews held there, as well as their ships. The brig section of the station was boarded and part of the Gendarmerie battalion holding it was neutralized, while the captives were freed. (HH14)