Unit:Crater Cobras (789th Striker)

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Disposition: Mercenary Unit
Faction: Federated Suns
First Officer: Colonel "WBCReaper" Josh Wolf
Major "????"
Established: 3025
Com Star
HPG Node: http://cratercobras.webs.com/
Forum: http://s3.zetaboards.com/Wolfs_Dragoons_HQ/index/
Code: English

Unit History[edit | edit source]

Formed during the 1st Succession War from the remnants of several SLDF regular army units as Baldwin's Cobras Heavy Brigade, the unit found their reliance on artillery frequently earned them the nickname "Crater Makers"; Alexander Baldwin responded by naming the Brigade the Crater Cobras.

The 2nd Succession War took a heavy toll on the Brigade, which barely survived with the 789th Striker Regiment and the Black Cobra Regiment intact. The weakened command was hired by the Federated Suns in the wake of the 2nd Succession War, and found itself stationed on Deneb Kaitos. Not only did the Cobras refuse employment from the Draconis Combine, whose ruling House the command blamed for the collapse of the Star League, but their contract to the Federated Suns saw them engaged in numerous conflicts with Kuritan units. One DCMS unit, the 30th Dieron Regulars, initiated a blood feud with the Cobras, which eventually led to the complete destruction of the 30th.

In 3025, the Crater Cobras were working for the Federated Suns, and were based on Deneb Kaitos in the Draconis March. A combined-arms unit at this point, the Cobra 'Mechs were a mixture of medium and assault weight 'Mechs, supported by medium weight fighters, armor and infantry.

The 4th Succession War found the Crater Cobras redeployed during Operation RAT from Deneb Kaitos to Nopah alongside the Blue Star Irregulars, Redfield Renegades, 4th Davion Guards RCT, 33rd Avalon Hussars RCT and 4th Deneb Light Cavalry RCT. The Crater Cobras remained on Nopah during the first four waves of Operation RAT, but were soon deployed after the mid-war lull.

In early 3029, the Crater Cobras, the 2nd regiment of the Screaming Eagles, 5th Syrtis Fusiliers RCT and 15 assorted conventional regiments were assigned to the invasion of Sarna. The capital of the former Sarna Supremacy, and perhaps the most important target of the second half of the war for the Federated Suns, Sarna maintained a political and symbolic importance within the Sarna Commonality, and was far from the front lines established during the fourth wave of Operation RAT.

Unfortunately, the attack on Sarna didn't go as planned; if it wasn't for the 5th Syrtis Fusiliers deliberately approaching Sarna faster than dictated within the original plan and triggering the Capellan ambush, all of the Federated Suns units dispatched to attack Sarna might well have been lost. As it was, the 5th Syrtis Fusiliers were almost completely wiped out, but their actions – and their fate – alerted the Screaming Eagles and Crater Cobras to the presence of all 5 regiments of McCarron's Armored Cavalry on Sarna.

Rather than abandon the attack and face censure, the Crater Cobras and Screaming Eagles decided to go ahead with the attack on Sarna, but altered the attack plan to drop several hundred miles away from the original drop zone, in a position that would allow them and the remaining attached conventional regiments to prepare defences and hold out for reinforcements. Unbeknown to the mercenaries, fake messages were received by their supporting JumpShip fleet indicating that the attack was going to plan, which led to them jumping out of the system, leaving the mercenaries stranded.

The combined mercenary and AFFS forces manage to hold out for several months, inflicting more casualties on McCarron's Armored Cavalry than they received, but had their defences breached and were on the verge of being overwhelmed when relief forces arrived. The relief forces didn't realise that they were relief forces until frantic messages from the Cobras and the Eagles reached them mid-deployment, but their arrival managed to save the mercenary units and eventually chase the Big Mac off Sarna.

Recruitment[edit | edit source]


Officer[edit | edit source]


Unit Ranks[edit | edit source]

Please note we use SLDF Rank Insignias
Lieutenant General
Brigade / RCT Commander
Regimental Commander
Battalion Commander
Company Commander
Lieutenant Senior Grade
Senior Officer
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Junior Officer
Sergeant Major
Senior NCO
Master Sergeant
Veteran NCO
Staff Sergeant
Veteran NCO
Veteran NCO
Regular NCO
Regular NCO
Untrained NCO

Dragoon Ratings[edit | edit source]

Dragoon Rating: A-

Unit Structure[edit | edit source]


Experience Level: Veteran
Home Planet/Base:
Loyalty Rating:Reliable
Military Assets:
2 Regiments( Regular)

:Naval Assets

1 Overlord "Death Adder"
1 Union dropship "Icarus"