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Second Battle of Basilisk
Battlesign RMN vs RHN PN
ConflictFirst Havenite-Manticoran War
Date1913 PD
PlaceBasilisk System
ResultHavenite victory in orbital battle
Manticoran victory in terminus battle
Combatants

Royal Manticoran Navy:
* Task Force Basilisk
* Eighth Fleet

People's Navy
Task Force 12.4

Commanders

Vice Adm. Markham
Adm. White Haven

Strength
  • 45 SD
  • 18 DN
  • 10+ BC
  • 39 DD
  • 2 forts
  • 20 SD
  • 8 DN
  • 12 BB
  • 4 BC
  • CA
  • CL
  • DD
Casualties
  • orbital facilities destroyed
  • 8 SD destroyed
  • some BC destroyed
  • 4 SD destroyed
  • 3 SD severly damaged and probably lost
  • all DN and BB destroyed

The Second Battle of Basilisk was an armed engagement between the Royal Manticoran Navy and the People's Navy. It was fought in 1913 PD in the Basilisk System. It was two simultaneous battles in fact, engaged in the terminus space and on the orbit of Medusa.

Prelude Edit

The Havenite Twelfth Fleet attacked the system as part of Operation Icarus.

Admiral White Haven's Eighth Fleet fought its first action during the battle. To arrive at the battle site without destabilizing the Junction and thus prevent following reinforcements, Admiral White Haven ordered the fleet to transit through the Junction from Trevor's Star to Basilisk via Manticore one ship at a time, a feat that required an unprecedented amount of coordination with Manticore Astro-Control Service transit controllers. (HH8)

Order of battle Edit

Manticoran Alliance Edit

  • Task Force Basilisk, CO Vice Admiral Silas Markham
    • task group - orbital picket, CO Vice Admiral Silas Markham
      • a battle squadron (SD)[1]
      • a battlecruiser element[2]
    • task group - terminus picket, CO Rear Admiral Hanaby - not engaged
      • a battle squadron (DN) [3]
      • a battlecruiser squadron[4]
  • Eighth Fleet, CO Admiral White Haven[5]
    • wall of battle, including heavy task force of the GSN, under the command of Admiral Judah Yanakov[6]
    • screen
  • fixed defences of the wormhole junction terminus[7]

People's Navy Edit

Task Force 12.4, command team: People's Commisisoner Eloise Pritchart and Admiral Javier Giscard, Commanding Officer

  • Task Group 12.4.1, command team: People's Commisisoner Eloise Pritchart and Admiral Javier Giscard, Commanding Officer
    • wall of battle (SD),
    • screening element (CL and DD[8]),
  • Task Group 12.4.2, command team: People's Commisisoner Leopold and Rear Admiral Gregor Darlington, Commanding Officer
    • wall of battle
      • battle squadron (DN)
      • battleship element
    • battlecruiser element
    • destroyer element

Course of battle Edit

While the transit itself was a massive success (despite a few accidents), Eighth Fleet arrived too late to prevent the destruction of Vice Admiral Markham's picket force or the devastation of Basilisk's space infrastructure by Admiral Javier Giscard's fleet. Nevertheless, Eighth Fleet managed to destroy the Havenite force tasked with picketing the Basilisk Terminus, an action which saw the first operational use of pod-laying superdreadnoughts. (HH8)

Aftermath Edit

Basilisk's orbital infrastructure was almost completely wiped out in the Havenite attack. (HH8)

References Edit

  1. 8 units, including HMS King Wiliam
  2. unknown number of units
  3. 6 units
  4. 8 units
  5. The battle was also the first incedent of revenge for the 'execution' of Honor Harrington by the Grayson Navy when Adm. Yanakov signaled to all Grayson ships "Lady Harrington and no mercy".
  6. Including: fleet flagship GNS Benjamin the Great and GSN task force flagship GNS Honor Harrington
  7. two forts, Fortress Command
  8. two destroyers survived and escaped


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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