The enemy had managed to take control of a system in a nearby region from one of our friends. The TCU was reinforced earlier, so it was our job to mop up.
The only snag in the whole thing was that because this system was the only one that the enemy owned, it automatically got assigned as their capital, so they got a nice bonus to their activity index and therefore increased the time we needed to capture each command node. But as usual, the enemy was not keen on defending their new turf.
The first contact with the enemy was an Ishtar Heavy Assault cruiser, but since it was travelling alone I don't think that the enemy had any organized resistance in mind. The fleet caught up with it and blew it up mere moments after I entered the correct system, so there were no action screenshots to be had. The Ishtar did have a 100+ million Entosis Link II, which was quickly put into use. It's more difficult to fit into a ship than the T1 version, but it's also much faster.
After we had caught up with the Ishtar, reports started arriving of an enemy Destroyer gang moving in the constellation. The fleet hurried back, and we chased them around the system a bit. Eventually they tried to engage one of our Entosis ships. Unfortunately they chose the one where the Entosis Link was fitted to a Drake. The Caldari "flying brick" battlecruiser may not be popular in PvP due to it's slow speed and complete reliance on missiles, but as the nickname might imply, it can take a beating. In PVE, it can even handle level 4 missions, although it's damage output starts to suffer when compared to it's big brother, the Raven.
Speaking of Ravens.. One of the newer members had brought a Raven to a Ferox fleet. A battleship in a cruiser fleet can slow the whole fleet down, but that wasn't an insurmountable issue; If he pays attention and moves independently of the rest of the fleet, he can keep up and not slow down fleet warps. He eventually got annoyed, started arguing with people (including the fleet commander) and eventually posted a link to a picture of a beheading. The fleet commander decided to teach him a lesson and ordered the entire fleet to open fire on his (only) ship.
Lessons were learnt and us logistics pilots patched up his ship afterwards.
Right, the enemy destroyers. My guess is that they expected to find only frigates that they could oneshot out of the sky, but a Drake could take their fire all day. So when the Feroxes caught up with them, it ended quickly. They managed to shoot down one of our tacklers, an Atron and tried to kill one of our Vigils, but the Vigil managed to limp back and into range of our shield emitters. We got two of them and their tackler, and they stayed well away from us for the rest of the encounter. We captured the rest of the command nodes without any further incidents, installed our own TCU and went home. #eveonline