BATTLE OF PENNEE
Admiral Cappacino sat stoically on his command centre as the raw power of the F430 Task Force of the Royal Bourboni Navy jumped into the Pennee System. Immediately the control stations of his crew began to illuminate with all sorts of alarms.
“My Admiral” It was Captain Corelone who commanded the Aquillia “one Garabaldian fleet to our fore and…”
“Spit it out man”
“Another has just jumped in behind us – Sir they’re in our aft arc – our weapons can’t bear-“
“At last –a fight! Engage the Fleet in front – maximum velocity ! and Captain”
“Si, Admiral ?”
“Get every bird in the air you can from his tub – the fighters might make all the difference – AVANTI!”
“AVANTI!” Returned the crew as one
TASK FORCE F430 Admiral Cappacino
Carrier Aquillia (4 squadrons Carvour fighters)
2 Battleships Vittorio Veneto & Littorio
1 Heavy Cruisers Tarantino
1 Light Cruiser Alberto de Giussano
3 Destroyers Francesco Crispi, , Fracccia & Saetta
Garabaldian Fleets –
1st Fleet – Vice Admiral Franco – to the force of F430
Light Cruiser Striker
2nd Fleet – Rear Admiral Rennarta – to the rear of f430
Heavy Cruiser Trieste
Light Cruiser Raphel
Frigate Da Vinci
F430 charged into close quarters with the 1ST Garabaldian Fleet where a vicious exchange of fire took it’s toll on the ships. The slow moving 2nd Garabaldian Fleet fired parting shops into the Bourboni forces which they could return. 2 Fighter Squadrons where launched and destroyed a destroyer.
Then the problems began – F430 initial speed meant it was taking a very long time to turn. As it’s ships shot off (leaving the newly launched fighters standing) they presented their rear arcs to both Garabaldian forces which moving slower where able to manoeuvre to bring all weapons to bear.
The bulky clumsy Aquilla couldn’t cope and rather than fail to launch any fighters due to a turning arc exited the battle – Cappacino giving command of the fleet to Captain Carbonari of the Vittorio Veneto.
The launched fighters took out some destroyers before being left behind by the relatively fast moving capital ships. Another sweep of the fleets occurred in which the Tarantino and destroyers where destroyed and a badly damaged Alberto de Giussano excited the table suffering from major systems failures. Numerous blows where landed on the Garabaldian forces but no knock out blows on anything heavier than a destroyer.