AAR: Helios Alpha Recon
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COLONIAL FLEET MEMORANDUM

12 January 2005

FR: Major Zachary Sheperd
TO: Rear Admiral Louis Jameson, Commander Gillian Faulkner
CC: Lieutenant Colonel Marcus Petra
RE: Recon Mission: Helios Alpha

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Introduction

Starting on the evening of 11 January 2005 and carrying until the early morning hours of 12 January 2005, I took my assigned ECO, Lieutenant Sebastian Teague in a Raptor-R modified configuration in a series of jumps and baffles to lead us to the edge of the Helios Alpha system. We plotted a course that would start us at the outside of the system and take us into the innermost planets of the system. The following is what we observed on this mission:

Naval Station Persephone

Condition

The Naval Station appears to have been left in an automated defense mode. We attempted to make contact with the station with a decoy drone. The drone was engaged by automatic cannons and destroyed. Scans of the station revealed several heat signatures. The fuel teams may still be on station, or refugees may have found their way there. There was no sign of the fighter squadrons that patrol the area, it is believed that they left the station unmanned and went to engage the Cylon forces. The station can supply for up to six months to crews at the station, but if there are refugees there, these supplies may run thin.

Recommendation

The fuel station could be exploited for supply use. We will need to find a way to assault the station and disarm the automated systems to move a tanker into position to drain the station. I am currently working with the Marines and preparing for such a contingency plan. Such a mission could take several minutes to an hour, so it will be crucial to draw away any possible Cylon counterattack. Perhaps a secondary raid to keep them at bay.

Tauron

Condition

Tauron was hit with an unknown but extremely high number of nuclear yield warheads. The planet's surface has been turned molten by nuclear fires and there is no chance of rescue. Survivability is 0%.

Recommendation

None. There is nothing that can be done for Tauron.

Minos

Condition

Minos was hit by several conventional strikes and low yield warheads that targeted the spaceports of the moon colony. Several more warheads were detonated away from the cities. It is believed this was done intentionally to force the citizens of Minos to slowly die off as the nuclear fallout will destroy their crops and supplies, and the radiation levels remain low enough to be terminal in a prolonged exposure of a year or more.

Recommendation

With no spaceports that can handle a large scale evacuation of the moon, any attempts to rescue the citizens of Minos will have to be by shuttle and Raptor. If we were to go for a large scale evacuation, it could take weeks. Months. And it would draw the attention of the Cylons that still patrol the area. Suggestion is that if we are to go there, it is only to withdraw mission essential personnel and abandon the rest.

Picon

Condition

The planet of Picon is currently blockaded by at least three known basestars patrolling the planet. However, we were able to pass through the defensive net to the planet below. There has been no known nuclear detonations on the surface and the planet is embroiled in resistance to a Cylon invasion force. FLEETCOM was still intact on last contact. We were able to withdraw a few people from a choke point and hopefully they can provide better intel of the situation.

Recommendation

If we can get a recon into Picon and verify that the way is clear, there is a chance to run a recovery mission there. Orion would be massively outnumbered against the basestars. If there is a way to withdraw personnel that is seen as mission critical, would suggest the use of trained CSAR drivers.


Due to the capacity of wounded in the Raptor, we were unable to complete the reconnaissance of the twin planets Caprica and Gemenon. Considering the fleet action there earlier in the week, it should be accepted that the situation has not changed.

PERSONNEL

CASUALTIES

  • None

FULL REPORT

Please see attached.

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