Following the New Tuscany Incident, a Manticoran diplomatic mission was sent to the Office of Frontier Security's Commissioner in the Madras Sector. The mission was terminated due to information recieved by the Talbott Quadrant government about a large SLN force observed in the Meyers System. After being notified of Admiral Josef Byng's death in the Second Battle of New Tuscany, Admiral Sandra Crandall led Task Force 496 to the Spindle System to demand the surrender of Admiral Gold Peak and every officer and ship involved in the New Tuscany Incident. (SI2 , HH12)
Order of battle Edit
- "Hammer force", CO - Vice Admiral Gold Peak:
- "Anvil force", CO - Vice Admiral Augustus Khumalo
- cruiser element, CO - Commodore Aivars Terekhov, in control of system defense missile pods (tactical command transfered)
- Carrier Division 7.1 with LAC Group 711, CO - Rear Admiral Stephen Enderby
- HMS Hercules, Vice Admiral Khumalo's flagship, CO - Captain Victoria Saunders
- Destroyer Squadron 301
- wall of battle - nine battle squadrons, including:
- battlecruiser screening element:
- lighter screening elements:
- heavy cruiser screening element
- light cruiser screening element
- a destroyer flotilla
Course of battle Edit
Enormous Solarian losses were caused by only one salvo of 12,228 Mk. 23 missiles, controlled by the cruiser force. The next identical salvo was detonated before it reached the enemy, as the "Exclamation Point" of the battle. After that the Solarian ships struck their wedges, before an equally massive third salvo was needed.
The more than 400,000 surviving crewmembers of TF 496 were transfered to Flax as prisoners/ Vice Admiral Gold Peak decided to treat them as the prisoners of war, a courtesy she wasn't required to undertake, as due to the lack of any formal declaration of war by the Solarian League, TF 496 could be considered pirates.
Admiral Keeley O'Cleary was released to personally report to her superiors.