Mark Andrew Ainsley
Commanding Officer, Atlantis DSV(X) 8100
Date of Birth: July 7th, 1989
Age (As of 2041): 52
Place of Birth: Manchester, England.
Year of Enlistment: 2007 (Age 18)
Joined UEO: 2016 (Rank of Lieutenant)
Assigned to UEO Atlantis: 2039
Position: Commanding Officer
Previous Assignment: CO, UEO Reverence CVSN (Sub-Carrier)
Remarks: Graduated from North Sea Confederation Naval academy with final grade of 84.7 Percent; Decorated in 2030 for valour in the line of fire (Navy Cross) and again in 2035 for conspicuous gallantry and action above and beyond the call of duty (Medal of Honor)
Mark Ainsley enrolled in the Royal Naval Academy y in 2007, and graduated in 2010, shortly before the end of the Third World War. His days in the academy saw him married in 2012 to long-time girlfriend, Samantha, and he graduated in 2010 as a Midshipman in the NSC Navy aboard the ballistic missile submarine HMS Vanguard. As of 2041, Ainsley is still married and has 3 children, each now over 20 years old.
In his first three years of active duty aboard the Vanguard, post-war piracy in the Atlantic was a major problem for the European shipping lanes. Until 2016 the Vanguard was largely responsible for intercepting these raiders and privateers while protecting the NSC’s maritime interests.
On June 26th, 2016, the world changed as the leading powers of the world signed a military, social and economic treaty that would effectively bring an end to all post-war maritime piracy; The United Earth Oceans treaty. The combined and cooperative efforts of the signatory nations (Including the NSC) brought about a major social change on the world where it saw a time of peace lasting 10 years. It was in 2016 as part of the NSC’s military sponsorship to the UEO, then-Lieutenant Ainsley was transferred to the UEO Fleet.
In 2025 and the Great Dissolution of the UEO, Ainsley was a Commander. The crisis saw what he considers a black mark on his record when his vessel, the UEO Attack Submarine Aegis (A post which he shared with future-Aquarius DSV Captain, Lauren Hornsby since 2023) was forced to fire on a North Sea Confederation submarine. Action taken by Ainsley saw that the incident did not escalate any further and he was awarded the Silver Star soon after.
2027 saw the end of his tour aboard the Aegis after a distinguished service of 5 years on the vessel and a promotion to the rank of Captain. His first command assignment was another Attack Submarine; the Nautilus and his command of the vessel, while largely uneventful, would last until 2030. His service on the Nautilus saw many patrol operations around the western Pacific – an area notorious for ‘incidents’ relating to the Macronesian Alliance. The Captain quickly proved he was up to the task of command over the three years by resolving more than 2 dozen disputes without a single shot being fired in anger.
By 2030, the Captain’s star was quickly rising in UEO Command. His service on the Nautilus attracted much attention and before long he was given command of a new Poseidon-Class Sub Carrier; the UEO Reverence. It was this command that made him celebrity throughout the UEO and the NSC navies. Reverence was directly involved in no less than 7 major crises throughout the Pacific. From full blown campaigns against East-Asian nations through to countless, minor border skirmishes throughout the mid-pacific borders, Reverence time and again was the spearhead of many UEO Operations in the Pacific and quickly became a household name throughout the fleet.
In 2036, Ainsley would meet his future executive officer – James Banick – in unscrupulous circumstances. An inebriated Lieutenant Banick struck Ainsley in the jaw during a bar room brawl. Ainsley has never been one to hold a grudge easily, and the Captain did not press charges. Banick would then go on to serve under Captain Ainsley aboard the Reverence later in that year.
Over the 10 years spanning 2030 to 2040, Reverence never saw much respite from action and by the end of 2039 the decision was made to decommission the submarine. At the end of this tour, Captain Ainsley again turned down a position in the Admiralty and as a result was short-listed for command of a new class of highly-classified submarines.
In 2040, he assumed command of the new UEO Flagship, Atlantis DSV 8100 and was in command of the ship during the first two opening battles of the Alliance war; the first of which occured within neutral territory as Atlantis defended the seamount colony of Nintoku from an Alliance attack. Atlantis was responsible for sinking several Macronesian attack submarines, which in turn, was used as the cassus beli of Alexander Bourne's declaration of war several days later on November 11th.
The incident resulted in an inquiry in to the Captain's actions, yet he was found to have no case to answer for - a result which left many in the Admiralty divided; with those wanting the Captain to shoulder the blame for the war being at odds with the conservative members of the UEO command who quietly praised his actions which almost certainly saved the colony. The record shows that Ainsley's actions on the day were in accordance with upholding the UEO charter's obligation to render assistance to any who request it. The decision sparked debate that continues in some offices of the UEO general assembly - the North Sea Confederation in particular lodging an official protest as Ainsley's actions as an officer of the Royal Navy also had the dual consequence of putting the NSC in to a state of undeclared war with Macronesia.
The incident had further repurcussions. Tactically, the Alliance's attack on Nintoku was engineered to draw the Atlantis away from the seaQuest, which was operating nearby. The diversion allowed the Alliance to capture the seaQuest in a simultaneous attack, and Atlantis was forced to seek out the former UEO flagship; culminating in an attack on the Phoenix Islands in the Tongan trench. When Atlantis destroyed seaQuest, Atlantis was under the command of Commander James Banick - Ainsley was still in Hawaii, answering the board of inquiry in to his previous actions. Ainsley resumed command of the ship shortly after, and was tasked with recovering the logs of the seaQuest from behind Alliance lines. This mission was successful, and seaQuest was subsequently buried when the trench in which it resided was collapsed; ensuring the wreck couldn't fall in to enemy hands.
Atlantis was redeployed to the Atlantic shortly after this action. Atlantis' duties there saw the dismantlement of a mercenary operation working under the employ of the Macronesian Alliance, and the first contact in nearly 30 years with the nation of South Africa - now the Nycarian Empire. Ainsley coordinated his actions with the Nycarian Viceroy, Narius Rhodes, in his successful bid to shut the Mercenary/Alliance operation down. He was commended for his actions by both the NSC/UEO commands, and the diplomatic offices of the Nycarian Empire. This praise came at a time when his command was in question, and his ability to complete the mission with a crippled ship (Atlantis had been ambushed and badly damaged several days prior to the attack) did much to silence many of his critics.
The Captain and his ship were again thrown in to controversy the following year in 2041, when sent on an operation in to the Chaodai confederation. After the rescue of a Marine Force Recon unit operating in the Philippines, (a unit being led by his son-in-law, Thomas Parker) Ainsley directed the destruction of a large Alliance taskforce headed by no less than nine Honorious class fleet carriers; nearly half of Macronesia's Pacific carrier forces. The victory would have been utterly decisive, were it not for the detonation of a seismic weapon which devastated the Philippines and led to the belief within the Alliance that the UEO had employed weapons of mass destruction on their territories. The victory became phyrric when Macronesia responded by destroying the city of San Diego with nuclear weapons ahead of an invasion which pushed the UEO out of every one of its territories - including the fortress of Pearl Harbor - and forced them back to San Angeles - the last UEO bastion of power in the Pacific.
it was during this tumultuous period that Ainsley was sent with the Atlantis to South Africa to respresent the UEO in a failed attempt to negotiate a cease fire between Macronesian and the UEO during talks mediated by the Nycarian Empire. Against Ainsley's better judgement, the UEO used the talks to stall for time ahead of what they knew would be an all-out Alliance offensive. The Nycarians expressed concern that was shared by Ainsley regarding the continued use and repercussions of Nuclear and Subduction arms - concerns that did not fall on deaf ears - but Atlantis was recalled to Pearl Harbor before anything concrete could be decided. Ainsley commanded the vessel again during the UEO's fighting withdrawal from the Hawaiian Islands in order to cover the evacuation of as many government officials and UEO military personnel as possible.
Ainsley's actions in the Philippines and at Pearl Harbor were not entirely in vain. On both ocassions - in particular, Pearl Harbor - the Alliance was forced to commit a great majority of its front line forces to battle. Ainsley's leadership proved instrumental in both cases in destroying or crippling these forces, and even in the grim aftermath of Hawaii's fall, it ensured that the Alliance lacked the forces or logistics to push their advance any further in to what remained of UEO territory in the far-eastern Pacific.
As of July 2041, he remains in command of the Atlantis DSV, despite offices in the the NSC command still calling for his removal as the vessel's commanding officer.
Ainsley represents an oddity amongst UEO Captains - the thought of promotion being entirely unappealing to him. Those under his command have grown to respect a more relaxed style of command, but know that what he asks is sometimes difficult. He has held the post of Captain for over 13 years, making him the most senior command officer in the entire UEO Navy, and second to no other Captain or Wing Commander. Because of this, he frequently wields a great deal of influence in the affairs of the UEO Admiralty, counting Pacific commander-in-chief Fleet Admiral Jack Riley, and even the Secretary General, Nathan Bridger, amongst his list of friends.
Marine detachments serving under him have a unique respect for the Captain's keen tactical sense; he has frequently demonstrated superior knowledge in warfare that extends well beyond just the command of his ship. He will often involve himself in the combat decisions of his Marine officers; making sure to learn and understand every planned strategy and order of battle that his soldiers plan use on the ground. On more than one ocassion, Ainsley has used his knowledge of warfare to devise strategies and tactics that have been described as everything from "ingenius" to "insane." The one constant through this habit however, is that these tactics never fail to turn tides of battle that would be lost to other commanders; a fact not lost on the Admirals who are content with letting him stay in the Captain's chair.
United Earth Oceans Service Medals and Awards:
- Medal of Honor - Awarded 2035 for conspicuous gallantry under overwhelming fire.
- Navy Cross - Awarded 2030 for action above and beyond the call of duty during Ryukyu Crisis.
- Silver Star (3) - Awarded 2023, 2027, 2036
- Bronze Star (2) - Awarded 2029, 2038
- North Sea Confederation Military Service Medal - For naval service between 2010 to 2016
- UEO Service Medal - 14 tours of Duty spanning 2016 to 2041
- UEO Defence Superior Service Medal - For recognition of conspicuous military service to the fleet
- Macronesian Campaign Medal; 2030 - UEO Reverence CVSN battlegroup
- Joint Services Achievement Medal (3) - For recognition of meritorious achievement in cross-service joint operations
- Joint Services Medal (8) - Joint operations with UEO Marines and Air Forces (2016-2041)
- Purple Heart (3) - Wounded in action; 2023, 2033, 2037
- Legion of Merit - Awarded 2036 for consistent recognition of actions goingabove and beyond the call of duty. (Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Stars... etc)
- Expeditionary Service Medal - For extended operations in overseas command theatres
- Defence Meritorious Service Medal (Wartime) - Awarded 2037 for meritorious service to the Navy during conflicts spanning 2016 to 2036
- Meritorious Service Medal (Peacetime) - Awarded 2030 for meritorious service to the Navy in peacekeeping and humanitarian missions spannign 2016 to 2029
- Livingston Trench Citation - In recognition of participation in the Livingston Trench Crisis of 2016
- European Service Medal - For military service in Europe (2013-2016, 2023-2026)
- Atlantic Service Medal - For military service in the Atlantic (2016-2019, 2041)
- Pacific Service Medal - For military service in the Pacific (2020s, 2030s, 2040s)
- Second Cold War Service Medal - Veteran of the Second Cold War, spanning 2025 to 2040
- North Atlantic War Service Medal - Veteran of the North Atlantic War; 2010-2012
- Palau Islands Peackeeping Service Medal - For peacekeeping action in the Palau Islands
- Caroline Islands Peacekeeping Service Medal - For peacekeeping action in the Caroline Islands
- Marshall Islands Peacekeeping Service Medal - For peacekeeping action in the Marshall Islands
- Challenger Liberation Medal - Veteran of the Challenger Colony campaign of 2038
- Marianas Peacekeeping Medal - For peacekeeping action in the Marianas
- Nexus Liberation; 2032 - Veteran of the Nexus Colony campaign in 2032
- Solomon Islands Peacekeeping Service Medal - For peacekeeping action in the Solomon Islands
- Good Conduct Citation - Awarded in recognition of consistent service to the fleet in a manner that upholds the codes and morals of a Naval Officer
- Combat Action Citation - Combat Veteran