On Monday, June 16th, at approximately 9pm EVE time, Nulli Secunda and Provibloc clashed in the system of 1-1I53 in Southern Providence. The source of this fight? A CVA POS had come out of reinforcement, and was rumored to be covering an R64 moon.
Provibloc had already been formed up for over an hour when Nulli Secunda began to form for the upcoming battle. Earlier that night, Providence forces began moving their staging location back to F-YH5B, reversing their relocation to Yong which took place a few weeks ago. This played a significant role in the fight as Provibloc members were able to reship far more easily than Nulli Secunda's.
The fight started off as the Provi fleet waited on the 1-1l53 gate in ZT-LPU. Corebloodbrothers (the Provi FC) made the call for pilots to jump in and hold their cloaks. Provi scouts around the POS saw multiple bubbles instantly spring up at the command of Rots Mijnwerker (Nulli Secunda FC). Provi forces waited on the gate for Nulli to come to them; however, they knew that the longer they remained on gate the more likely that Nulli would destroy the POS and claim the valuable moon for their own. As Provibloc landed on grid near the POS they noticed half a dozen Archons and half a dozen Dreadnoughts belonging to Nulli Secunda had already nearly destroyed the POS. Provibloc forces engaged the Nulli fleet and for a while were trading battleships for Ishtars at an even rate. However, Nulli has substantially greater financial resources than Provi alliances do, and trading ships at 50-60% efficiency falls short of what Provi considers to be a "win." Nulli Secunda’s bomber gang warped onto the grid to bomb off sentry drones, in an attempt to reduce the incoming damage to their own fleet. They got caught in bubbles, however, and were taken out in short order. Provi bombers led by Yulai Federation pilot sbrodor caught Nulli Secunda’s Ishtars midway through an MWD cycle and proceed to destroy nearly two dozen of them. While this was going on, both FCs claim to have been the target of the other’s headshot attempts. With their Ishtar numbers now greatly reduced, Nulli decided to withdraw from the field secure in the knowledge that their objective to destroy the POS was a success.
Shortly after Nulli Secunda’s departure from 1-1l53 a Tactical Narcotics Team Harpy gang camped the remaining Provi forces in system. This oddly worked well for the locals, as they were able to keep enough members in system long enough for their replacement POS to come online without Nulli interference. As both sides headed home and the killboards began to tally up the night’s bloodshed, Provi found themselves on top after killing approximately 13 billion ISK of Nulli Secunda ships. Nulli Secunda only took down 9 billion ISK worth of Provi ships, and owed their limited success in no small part to the sbrodor's successful bombing run.
Fast forward 24 hours. The I-HUB of system 7MD-S1 is minutes away from coming out of its final reinforcement timer, and Providence residents have formed up a fleet of more than 200 pilots. While primarily favouring sentry Battleships and Battlecruisers, they are supported by squads of Bombers and sniping Tornadoes. The Unthinkables, knowing they would be outnumbered, decided to form up a fleet of Navy Apocalypses supported by heavy logistics, numbers numbering around 100 pilots in total. While expensive, this fleet would allow The Unthinkables to face superior numbers on a more equal footing. 7MD-S1 is one of 6 Provibloc systems located in northern Catch; while the system does not have a station, it does have tactical significance as a border system between Providence and Catch.
The fight started off as Provibloc entered system just before the I-HUB came out of reinforcement. While Provi forces sat on the T-RPFU gate, The Unthinkables entered through the ERVK-P gate. Provibloc charged into the spread-out Unthinkables fleet and immediatly dropped all their sentries in the same place. At first, both sides had little success, struggling to break either battleship or logistics tanks. That changed, however, when both sides commenced significant bombing runs. The Provi bombing run was more successful, breaking the rep chain and allowing Provi forces to take down a number of Guardians before beginning to take down Navy Apocolypses. The fight continued for several minutes, with The Unthinkables taking the majority of the losses until a Nulli Secunda bombing gang uncloaked and took out nearly a dozen Provi Battlecruisers. The fight became increasingly one-sided as Provi forces systematically dismantled the Unthinkables fleet while suffering minimal losses.
As The Unthinkables withdrew, Provibloc warped to the nearest SBU and removed it in short order. They repaired the I-HUB, resetting all of The Unthinkable's work. The Unthinkables claim to have only hit the system to generate "good fights," and by that measure, the battle was certainly a success for Provi forces. As killboards updated, The Unthinkables found themselves on the receiving end of more than 21 billion ISK in damages while Provibloc forces only sustained losses of 5 billion ISK.
The past few days have been positive for Provibloc as they manage to reverse their streak of losses in recent weeks (D-G, G-B, several R64s). There were positives for N3 as well, as they manage to generate more fights. There are currently no active timers in Providence, and it seems likely that Providence alliances will soon move to recapture G-B22J and D-GTMI from Nihilists Social Club and Northern Coalition. respectively.