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Below: the crest and insignia of the UEO Subfighter Corps -
An anchor, beset by the trident and laurels of the UEO, flanked and crossed by Dolphins and Harpoons.

Fish, Spears and Anchor

The United Earth Oceans Naval Subfighter Corps

Rise of the Subfighter
Introduction

Knights of the Abyss
Cape Cortez, tactics and pilots

Aces of the UEO
The topguns of the United Earth Oceans navy.

Open War
The beginning of the Alliance War: November 2040

The War Continues
The current state of affairs

Subfighter Squadons and reader submission
Subfighter squadrons of the UEO, and reader-created squadrons.

The subfighter corps is the single largest independant arm of the UEO navy; consisting of a full two hundred squadrons as of the beginning of the Alliance war in November 2040, the logistics and support required to service this massive force and keep it at combat readiness extends well beyond the few thousand pilots of this elite service. Engineers, pilots, mechanics, armament crews and flight controllers work together through often the worst of combat conditions to form a division that is both a hammer and precision tool at the forefront of naval operations. The subfighter corps is the backbone of the navy - without this force, the conventional cruisers, attack submarines and battleships of the fleet would be nothing more than a shadow of the force they project on the world stage.

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Rise of the Submarine Fighter...

The 2020s were a time of rapid development in submarine warfare; the the age of oceanic colonization saw the need for technologies that could take submarines faster, deeper and further than ever before. The third world war, much like the previous two global conflicts of the twentieth century, did much to advance these technologies at a rapid pace. Soon, submarines that were capable of speed greater than 100 knots were common place, and the term "DSV" - Deep Submergence Vehicle - was expanded beyond small, deep-diving research submarines to encompass an entirely new class of military submarine.
In 2021, the UEO signed its first ever high-speed submarine interceptor contract to develop the concept fighter that would spark the beginning of the age of the subfighters. There were two competing designs. The shark-inspired "Stinger" concept was developed by UEO seaQuest's computer technician, Lucas Wolenczak, and the submarine's chief engineer, Lieutenant Commander Katherine Hitchcock, which was revolutionary for being the first manned submarine to utilize a drive mechanism that mimiced sea life; a tail. This design was considered to be a favourite, and had it won, the face of subfighter design as we know it may have evolved very differently. The Stinger however did not win the contract, the UEO instead chosing the more conventional "Vash" (Variable Altitude Submersible Hydrofoil) for its superior maneuverability and durability (and at considerably less cost due to its more conventional propulsion systems.)

Vash was designated YFS-1: prototype fighter submarine one, and underwent extensive development over the next three years under the direction of Lockheed Martin's "Marine Dynamics" division. This would eventually culiminate in the UEO's first front-line submarine fighter, the SF-2/A Spectre, in 2023. Vash itself never became an operational fighter under this program, due to both its prohibitively small size and extremely limited weapons payload. During these early years of development, the UEO Naval Academy trained several classes of test pilots - among the more famous names being Gabriel Hitchcock, who would later become the Wing Commander of the VF-107 Rapiers. These test pilots effectively became the first members of the UEO Subfighter Corps in 2024 when the Spectre entered service to the fleet, although they were considered 'specialists' and still operated as part of the fleet command.

Spectre Subfighter
Above: The SF-2/A Spectre Submarine Fighter, in service as of 2024.

Over the next few years, other companies, governments and agencies offered their own entrants in to this new arena. By 2024, trailing the UEO every step of the way by just a few months, and closely learning from the development of the Spectre, Deon International built its first SA-29/A Lysander class subfighter under contract for the Alliance of Macronesia. By just 2030, there were already over a dozen classes of subfighters around the world, built by virtually every military consortium with even a small vested interest in the development of naval weapons... Despite this, it was the Spectre, and its counterpart, the Lysander, which dominated both contracts and production.

It is a fair enough observation to say that the development of the subfighter contributed heavily to the rapid decline of the surface navy. A small, unbelievably fast, well armed and single-manned subfighter rendered the known and developed defenses of the surface fleet obsolete. Anti-ship torpedoes and ASROC missiles, developed with the express purpose of destroying slow moving attack submarines were completely unable to defend against this new form of attack, and as the world of the submarine continued to offer new and increasingly innovative ways of waging war, the surface fleet struggled to keep up. By 2030, the concept of surface-based Anti Submarine Warfare had all but completely vanished, and the thousands of sub-surface colonies around the world would now have to depend on the continued development of the submarine to defend them.

Knights of the Abyss...

In 2027, the UEO opened the doors of the Cape Cortez Submerged Fighter school for the first time, effectively marking the beginning of independant, non-specialist subfighter operations. Established simultaneously with a new UEO Subfighter Command to co-ordinate the actions, development and tactics of this new form of war, Cape Cortez was the first school of its kind anywhere in the world. Macronesia would follow a year later with the establishment of the Cape York Flight School in Australia, but by that time, the UEO had already put many of its already-experienced test pilots through advanced courses in fighter manuevers, and the first classes of a new generation of pilots were well on their way to graduation.
In 2027, barely eight squadrons of Spectres were in service to the UEO. By the end of 2029, this number had more than quadrupled, with over thirty squadrons now in service within the fleet. Despite this, the Alliance of Macronesia had mad leaps and bounds in its own development of this school of war, and had succeeded in surpassing the UEO's active squadrons at a ratio of nearly two to one.

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While UEO pilots continued to be trained at a steady rate over the next several years, Macronesia's efforts to create a subfighter corps virtually exploded. Just two years later in 3032, they outnumbered the UEO's fighter forces at a ratio of 4 to 1. This rapid build up of forces and arms was met by the UEO with both mounting tension and, at last, a growing sense of urgency for the need to produce pilots of higher caliber, skill and tactical expertise. To a degree, the UEO were successful in this school of thought; realising there was no way to out-build Macronesia during a time when the western world was ill-prepared for, or wanting of, war, Cape Cortez expanded its Academy to incorporate an advanced training course that would be called Subfighter Advanced Weapons School (SAWS - derived from the US Navy's "Topgun" course for aviators) and would give the fleet's best pilots the opportunity to study under commanders who had both seen combat, and invested substantial time and effort in to developing advanced tactics that could - and would - drill pilots in skills that the rest of the service did not have the time to emphasize - everything from gunnery marksmanship to high-G situational awareness training subjects that would teach pilots how to survive and fight in the most extreme of dogfights. This was something that Macronesia would never fully capitalize on, and soon, UEO pilots were equipped with the knowledge of how to keep the numerically superior Lysander forces on a back foot through engaging in near-guerilla tactics that put less emphasis on whole squadrons, and more on individual assertiveness or 'creativity' in the field. (In essence, where Macronesian squadrons would engage in cohesive fighting formations that would try to hound and and destroy individual fighters as one group, UEO squadrons schooled in this course would split up, opting to attack the enemy individually or in pairs.)

Pioneers of these tactics included many of the test pilots who saw the development of the SF-2 Spectre in 2022, foremost amongst them, Commander Gabriel Hitchcock, who along with the rest of his squadron, would prove the value of these tactics in 2032 during an engagement which remains virtually unmatched in the UEO's records. On May 13th, 2032, Hitchcock's squadron, the VF-61 Avengers were ambushed by superior Lysander forces while escorting the UEO cruiser Defiant. Outnumbered an unprecedented four to one (this was the first time the UEO was able to confirm the ratio of Alliance fighters to their own) the Avengers held the line for a full thirty minutes (in subfighter terms, this is an exceptionally long time...) and claimed over fifty kills between them; Hitchcock himself managing an as-yet unmatched 12 confirmed kills. The battle saw seven of the twelve Avenger pilots killed in action, with another three successfully ejecting, but bought the Defiant enough time for a nearby squadron to be called in to assist and relieve the outgunned VF-61. The entire squadron was decorated as heroes - many posthumously - and proved in the eyes of UEO command that their tactics were working, and that Macronesia could be fought, despite its apparent advantage in numbers.

For his actions, Hitchcock was subsequently promoted to the rank of Wing Commander, and continued for many years to make a name for himself as one of the finest pilots the world had ever seen. From 2024 to 2040, even without a formal declaration of war, Hitchcock - known in both the Alliance and the UEO as "Swordsman" - had managed to claim an astounding 380 kills; Macronesian, Mercenary, Chaodai and Pirate alike. In those 16 years, he flew 1933 missions, of which 973 were combat sorties. He also holds the record for the most kills of any UEO fighter pilot in a single engagement - Twelve. Many have attributed these records to the relative lack of skill of the enemy pilots (certainly a valid arguement when considering the opposition provided by mercenary fighter forces) and their relative inexperience compared to that of the Wing Commander. (An identical arguement to that given for the records and achievements of WW2 flying ace Erich Hartmann.)
Hitchcock claimed his 400th kill in the first official engagement of the Alliance War in the trenches surrounding the Phoenix Islands. When he retired to the post of head instructor at Cape Cortez in mid 2041, his kill count throughout the early days of the war had pushed his total to 449 kills.

Top Scoring UEO Aces: 2030 ~ 2041

Note: Unless indicated by death or year of retirement, the pilots mentioned are active in the fleet as of June, 2041.

Rank
Name and Rank
Kills
Years
Unit(s)
Subfighter
Status
1
Wing CDR. Gabriel Hitchcock
449
'24-41
VF-61 Avengers, VF-107 Rapiers
SF-2A, SF-2C, SF-37, SF-38
Non Combat

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Wing CDR Alexander Krasnov
319
'24-40
VF-24, VF-66, VF-83
SF-2A, SF-2C, SF-37
KIA
3
Wing CDR Corinn Roderick
292
'31-
VF-23, VF-63; VF-115 Dark Angels
SF-2C, SF-37, SF-38
Active
4
Wing CDR Satoshi Iwamoto
273
'28-
VF-29, VF-133 Longknives
SF-2C, SF-37, SF-38
Active
5
Wing CDR Richard Masters
252
'27-41
VF-19, VF-91 Varmits
SF-2C, SF-37
KIA
6
Wing CDR Johannes Graf
245
'26-
VF-13, VF-119
SF-2A, SF-2C, SF-37
Active
7
CDR Edward Richards
238
'28-
VF-111 Rangers, VF-107 Rapiers
SF-2C, SF-37, SF-38
Active
8
CDR Thomas Parker
236
'32-
VF-116 Peacemakers, VF-123 Ghosts
SF-2C, SF-37, SF-38
Active
9
Wing CDR Andre Fernandez
230
'27-
VF-78, VF-158
SF-2A, SF-2C, SF-37, SF-38
Active
10
Wing CDR William Drake
229
'27-
VF-55, VF-67
SF-2A, SF-2C, SF-37, SF-38
Active


The above aces, while showing no doubt impressive records of service, do not represent the present nature of the UEO navy. A case study of Wing Commander Hitchcock shows that the most active times of his service were not necessarily against the 'traditional' enemies associated with the UEO navy. Indeed, most of the kills he achieved during the years of 2024 to 2034 were in a turbulent period during the Dissolution of the UEO. (which had beginnings as early as January 2024) This time of virtually undeclared war was marked by frequent attacks by well-equipped privateer and mercenary groups when the UEO subfighter corps was still in its infancy, and there were very few pilots to whom the burden could be passed. Considering this, the actual number of military fighters within Hitchcock's nonetheless impressive kill tally may number less than a third of his total count. As the 2030s progressed, and this kind of piracy was slowly brought to a halt by the world's navies, there was a marked decline in the number of engagements UEO pilots participated in. The onset of war in 2040 obviously did alot to change the nature of the UEO's tactics as the full weight of the Alliance navy was brought to bear, and as a consequence, the turn-over of pilots was therefore significantly increased. Aces the likes of Hitchcock and his contemparies could therefore be considered the last of an 'old guard' whose main role in the fleet increasingly represented symbols of morale and aspiration for other pilots.

One aspect of this which the UEO was careful to consider is the so-called "primadonna" syndrome which was suffered by aces of years past. In the second world war - a conflict in which pilots are frequently portrayed glamorously and held up as examples of the highest orders of skill - many of Germany's top aces became such valuable tools of propaganda that in some cases, commanders were afraid to send them in to the air, or, worse yet, they were sent in to the air in conditions that were detriment to the of the rest of their squadron. Because of this, the UEO's 'aces' are deployed to units where their skills are used to best teach or otherwise train inexperienced units. There are some exceptions to this rule, where entire elite units are formed from aces, and only aces (such as the VF-107 Rapiers and VF-115 Dark Angels) in an attempt to create a 'shock unit' capable of attempting missions deemed otherwise too risky for other squadrons. These units are controversial in higher offices, as they represent a double edged sword; while their effectiveness is not disputed, the feeling pervades the upper echelons of the service that they are also some of the highest-risk units in the fleet. Should such a squadron be destroyed outright, the loss of that many experienced pilots would have far-reaching consequences.

Sadly, new aces are becoming an increasingly rare breed; the result of so many losses in parts of the fleet, and the loss of an entire flight school in San Diego meaning that Cape Cortez has been forced to train pilots in less than half the time in dangerous 'accelerated training' courses, with casualty rates in the subfighter corps on a slow and steady rise. It seems likely that those who do attain exemplary records will be sent to assignments where their skills are used in more administrative or training roles, rather than combat positions. In 2041, Gabriel Hitchcock retired from active duty in a combat unit for this very reason, and now oversees the training of new pilots from Cape Cortez in an attempt to give these new pilots every chance they can get when they finally get put to the test.

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Open War...

In November of 2040, Macronesia formally declared war against the UEO and set in motion events that would lead to the largest war of attrition since world war two. After nearly a decade and a half of cold war, the industrial capacity of both powers meant that money was no object, and hundreds, if not thousands of subfighters were produced in remarkably little time. For the UEO, then, It's a staggering thought that a force that numbered just eight squadrons in the late 2020s could expand to a full two hundred squadrons within a decade, (VF-1 to VF-200 respectively) and then continue to grow and/or change after the declaration of war. It should certainly be noted that as of 2040 and the declaration of war, the UEO's Naval intelligence reported that the ratio of Alliance to UEO subfighters had finally plateaued at six to one. Many claim this to be impossible as it would mean the combined strength of the Alliance subfighter corps would well exceed one thousand squadrons, which, in turn, would imply the overall strength of the Alliance subfighter corps to be greater than fourteen thousand subfighters(!)

The actual explanation for this is not a question of numbers, but a question of military intelligence. Macronesia's intelligence services are known to closely monitor the position and disposition of UEO forces in a combat theatre with an almost religious fervour; where they find a single squadron of subfighters, they will deploy six, often leaving other areas of the front line under strength and vulnerable to a counter attack - something the UEO has learnt to exploit on various occasions. Macronesia is only able to do this with any success due to the fact that their submarine carrier force remains one of the largest and most mobile in the world. More conservative estimates of Alliance fighter strength put the physical ratio of forces at closer to three to one, indicating Macronesia's subfighter corps maintains anywhere between 500 and 600 squadrons... Even with sound tactics, the UEO considers itself to be at a serious disadvantage with such weight of numbers

Raptor Subfighter
Above: The UEO's newest fighter, the SF-38/A (Pilot: Lt. CDR Jane Robets, VF-107 Rapiers)

In any event, the number of fighters Macronesia has deployed at any one point in time is a constantly debated figure inside of UEO naval intelligence. A direct comparison of the forces is also made difficult due to the widely differing tactics and equipment employed by both sides.

The early stages of the war led to several stalemates in different theatres across the Pacific; with neither force being entirely willing to commit to an all-out battle for supremacy. With so much at stake, both sides played cool hands and conducted their operations cautiously, and often surgically. There were only three engagements in the six month period between November 2040 and May 2041 that involved multiple subfighter wings. The first was the Second Battle of Phoenix Island, where the First Carrier Sea Wing based aboard Atlantis DSV engaged multiple elements of the Alliance's 2nd fleet; including the elite 188th squadron. (known as the Blackravens) This was the first time where the UEO's elite VF-107 had ever faced the 188th, and the engagement marked the first time a UEO fighter squadron had ever managed to walk away from a fight with Macronesia's elite unit.

The second went considerably worse for the UEO, and ocurred in a deep-trench action in the Japan Sea, specifically, the Ryukyu trench. Four entire subfighter wings (Some sixteen squadrons) based on the carriers Ticonderoga, Trident, Royal Oak and Archangel engaged in a sector-wide action against the Chaodai confederation which ultimately ended in a stalemate with both the UEO failing to take the initiative in an assault, and the Chaodai failing to break the UEO carrier line. Of the sixteen squadrons the UEO committed to battle, nearly two thirds were wiped out to a man; the largest single loss of pilots in UEO history, with over 130 pilots having been killed, and at least 30 more suffering injuries that would effectively end their careers. Those who survived were consolidated in to new units, formed from the remains of squadrons deemed 'combat ineffective', and some pilots moved on to positions of command, at least one prominent example being Commander Edward Richards of the VF-111 Rangers, who would later become the commanding officer of VF-107 Rapiers.

Hitchcock's speech.

The third and final example of this kind of engagement occurred less than a month after the diastrous Ryukyu Trench, (which rapidly became known in Fighter circles as "The Abattoir") when the UEO began a fighting withdrawal at Pearl Harbor. This engagement came at a particulary bad time for the UEO, with the Alliance having just days earlier launched a nuclear attack against the city of San Diego. The loss of this city and its naval base had serious repurcussions for the subfighter corps, as the primary shipyards that produced the SF-37 and SF-38 Raptor subfighters were based in San Diego's Coronado Naval Station. The UEO entered the battle of Pearl Harbor with the knowledge that the losses it incurred would not be replaced any time soon, and the strength of a full twenty four wings, based aboard as many carriers, was brought to the center of the UEO's order of battle. The ninety six subfighter squadrons of this massive formation (some 1152 fighters...) faced many times their number in Alliance forces. The objectives of the Alliance fleet were clear from the start; not only did they intend to capture Pearl Harbor, they intended to do so while simultaneously annihilating a full half of the UEO's combined fleet.

When the battle began, the squadrons of subfighters were quickly given the job of defending the powerful groups of capital ships that had formed a perimeter between Pearl Harbor's two forward defence stations; Fort Saratoga and Fort Lexington. Under the direction of Fleet Admiral Jack Riley, the UEO managed to hold the line long enough to complete a withdrawal of their forces and diplomatic offices located on Oahu. This small victory did not come at an easy price. Of the nearly 100 squadrons of fighters and bombers present at the battle, the UEO lost over a third, with most of those squadrons not wiped out having incurred losses at some level. Between these losses, and those suffered throughout the war to that point, the UEO Subfighter Corps had effectively been reduced to nearly half its total strength inside just six months. It has never been clear just how many of their forces the Alliance lost, but Macronesia's apparent inability or lack of desire to push their front further towards San Angeles - the last bastion of UEO power in the Pacific - seems to imply that at least some of their capacity to carry the war has been lost, and having opened a second front with the Nycarian Empire, it's almost assured that Macronesia will be unable to carry out another incursion like the one they took Hawaii in for quite some time. As attrition losses continue for both sides, it seems likely that the caliber of pilots and the state of equipment will steadily decline.

Pearl Harbor was also marked by the death of UEO Wing Commander Richard Masters, who between the years of 2027 and 2041 had accumulated 252 subfighter kills. His death was a major blow to the UEO's morale, and was used prominently by the Macronesian Alliance as propaganda touting the 'superiority' of their own forces.
(The circumstances of Master's death and the loss of his squadron, however, are not something which is included in Alliance reports. Isolated from the rest of their sea wing - well behind the Alliance line - the VF-91 Varmits, a squadron of 12 SF-37/F Raptors led by Masters was able to destroy many times their number in Alliance fighter. Over the course of the battle, they claimed over 80 confirmed kills; averaging an astounding 7 kills for every pilot in the squadron. They were all posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, and were given double-promotions. Masters himself was awarded the Medal of Honor, which was accepted by his son - Lieutenant Luke Masters (an officer of the fleet) - two months later.)

Pearl Harbor resulted in an unprecedented 18 Medals of Honor and 7 Victoria Crosses being awarded to officers of the UEO navy and marine corps; the most ever issued in a single day of fighting. Two of them went to officers based aboard the Atlantis DSV - Wing Commanders Corinn Roderick and Gabriel Hitchcock. eleven more were issued to pilots in the rest of the subfighter corps, while two went to officers serving in the fleet, and three more were issued to marines. Of the VCs awarded, 4 were awarded to pilots (3 of them posthumously) and 3 were awarded to members of the British Commonwealth (NSC soldiers) serving in the UEO marines.

Wing Commander Gabriel Hitchcock's citation reads as follows;

Medal of Honor Citation

The war continues...

After Pearl Harbor, the nature of the war changed for both sides. With so many losses, both the UEO and the Alliance were forced on to their back feet, and stared at each other over the shattered front lines, unwilling to commit any more forces to battle on such a scale. Increasingly, subfighters became the instruments of choice in a steady string of raids across the Pacific; each aimed at keeping the enemy on their toes, and reminding them that no place was safe from attack. Despite this, rumours persist as of July 2041 that the UEO may be regrouping to retake the ground it has lost.

From the Atlantic, the North Sea Confederation formally declared war on the Macronesian Alliance on July 28th, and began a major build up of carrier forces in the Pacific. The purpose of these forces seems clear, but as yet, the NSC have not committed them to major engagements along the border. It seems likely, that at least for the immediate future, the UEO Subfighter Corps will continue to bear the brunt of Alliance attacks, and whatever is being planned by the UEO High Command will remain veiled in secrecy.

This article was written following the events of Atlantis DSV Episode IV: The Silence Within.

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Squadrons of the UEO Subfighter Corps

Carrier Sea Wing 1
Above: the crest of the UEO first carrier sea wing, based aboard Atlantis DSV

Back by popular request, this section is dedicated to allowing the readers of Atlantis DSV to have their own work and imaginations added to the story.

If you have ever wanted to fly your own subfighter, I'm afraid the bad news is that they won't be invented for another 20 or so years. The good news is that here at Atlantis DSV, we like to keep our readers involved in any and every way we can. This is the closest you will probably ever get to flying a subfighter for the UEO navy - this is where you can submit your own squadron for inclusion in the Subfighter Corps, and if you're very lucky, it may even appear alongside the likes of the Rapiers or Dark Angels in the stories themselves. The VF-123 Ghosts, VF-201 Havoc Wreakers and even the VF-115 Dark Angels were all created by people just like you... So what are you waiting for? We've got incoming and you're on the ramp in five! Move it, pilot!

To submit a squadron for review and possible inclusion in this list, simply drop us an email detailing the following information;

  1. Squadron name and preferred squadron number. This can be anything you like, within reason, of course. Keep it sensible!
  2. Squadron commander's name.
  3. The subfighter they fly. It may be any of the following;
    • SF-37 Raptor fighter
    • SF-2 Spectre fighter
    • SF/B-6 Stormhawk bomber.
  4. A logo or idea for a graphic you would like to see in the squadron's patch. This is a personal badge which reflects the theme or idea behind the unit.
  5. (optional) The squadron's motto.
  6. (optional) The squadron's history, if any. Try to keep this contained; we're not looking for an epic!
  7. (optional) A list of pilots in the squadron's roster. (There should be twelve, if you decide to include this)
  8. (optional) The year the squadron was created and pushed in to service (Any time between 2030 to 2041)
  9. (optional) Your name, so we can credit you for your creation.

If you're looking to maybe see your squadron in a story of Atlantis DSV one day, the best squadrons are often the ones that include all of the above, contain fresh ideas, and are - most importantly - the most interesting to read about. Again, use discretion here; sensible submissions are far more likely to make it in to a story than those which might take 'creativity' to extremes. Once you're done, email us below;

 

Submit your Squadron

 

Present squadrons on the UEO duty roster...

VF-107 Rapiers

VF-107 "Rapiers"

Name and Designation: 107th Fighter Squadron. (VF-107) "Rapiers"
Commanding Officer: Commander Edward Richards (from May 2041)
Craft: SF-38/A "Raptor" II
Motto: "One sword at least thy rights shall guard..."
Active since: October 2040
Assignment: 1st Carrier Sea Wing (CSW-1), UEO Atlantis DSV 8100
History:
The Rapiers have the distinction of being the first Raptor squadron commissioned in to UEO service. They were formed officially in early 2040 when the UEO selected an elite group of pilots to undertake an advanced training course ahead of the commissioning of the SF-37 Raptor in to fleet service later that year. These pilots would be later divided in to two squadrons, the first becoming the VF-107 Rapiers, and the second becoming the VF-115 Dark Angels.

Under the command of Wing Commander Gabriel Hitchcock, the Rapiers quickly gained a place under the UEO's public relations spotlight - never in the history of the UEO subfighter corps had such a specialized and skilled group of aces been assembled in to one squadron, and their early engagements in the UEO-Alliance War made them a unit that was as respected in the UEO as it was feared in the Macronesian Alliance. It was an unspoken fact that the Rapiers had been assembled by Hitchcock as a counter to the renowned Macronesian 188th Subfighter Squadron - the Blackravens.

To date, these two squadrons have crossed swords only twice - once during early December 2040, and again in July 2041 not long after the battle of Pearl Harbor. They remain stationed on the Atlantis DSV under the command of the Commander Ed Richards, who assumed command in May 2041 afer the retirement of Gabriel Hitchcock.

The Alliance sometimes refers to the Rapiers as "The Swords of Satan", or ocassionally more light-heartedly as the "Toothy Tigers"; a nod to the iconic shark teeth livery that adorns the nose of their Raptors. Dark Angel pilots have been known to call the Rapiers the "Epees", "Foils" and ocassionally "Pocket Knives".

The Rapiers' full motto, "One sword at least, thy rights shall guard" is an allusion to the Irish folk song "The Minstrel Boy". This motto was adopted in July, 2041. Their previous motto was "Unas omnia: omnia unas;" a not-so-subtle reference to Dumas' Three Musketeers.

The Rapiers were originally created by Atlantis DSV writer James Ward.

Present pilots of VF-107:  

Commander Edward Richards (USA) - Rapier 1
Lt. Commander Jane "Deadstick" Roberts (JPN) - Rapier 2
Lt. Commander Wilhelm "Reaper" Shraeder (DEU) - Rapier 3
Lt. Commander Jeffrey "Teabag" Tomlinson (GBR) - Rapier 4
Lieutenant William Mason (GBR) - Rapier 5
Lieutenant Alexander Kosynski (UKR) - Rapier 6
Lieutenant Jacques Toussaint (FRA) - Rapier 7
Sub Lieutenant Samuel Miles (GBR) - Rapier 8
Lieutenant JG James Hargrove (USA) - Rapier 9
Ensign David Jackson (CAN) - Rapier 10
Ensign Hans "Blue Baron" Richthoffen (DEU) - Rapier 11
Ensign Antonio Bardem (ESP) - Rapier 12

 
VF-115 Dark Angels

VF-115 "Dark Angels"

Name and Designation: 115th Fighter Squadron. (VF-115) "Dark Angels"
Commanding Officer: Wing Commander Corinn Roderick
Craft: SF-38/A "Raptor" II
Motto: "Mortis et Immortalis" (Immortal in Death)
Active since: October 2040
Assignment: 1st Carrier Sea Wing (CSW-1) UEO Atlantis DSV-8100
History:
The Dark Angels were formed alongside their notorious comrades, the VF-107 Rapiers, in mid-2040 as part of the UEO's advanced training course for the Raptor subfighter. Since then, the squadron has risen to fame through a series of notorious exploits under the command of Wing Commander Corinn Roderick.

The Dark Angels, presently assigned to the Atlantis DSV, are rapidly gaining a reputation of being the most dangerous squadron in the UEO navy - with many wagering they will soon step out from under the shadow of the Rapiers due to their high-profile posting, and ever-growing popularity of their commander.

Previously assigned to the Aquarius DSV, the Dark Angels are often seen as one of the more morbid outfits in the UEO fleet; both through their choice of black, razor wings as their squadron coat-of-arms, their use of black Raptor subfighters, and their squadron motto - 'Mortis et Imortalis' (Literally, "Immortal in Death")

They share a fierce (but otherwise friendly) rivalry with the Rapiers; the two squadrons together sharing a common level and caliber of training and skill, if not drastically opposing livery.
Their commander, Wing Commander Corinn Roderick, is famous in naval circles for several reasons; Professionally, she is both the youngest officer - and only female - to ever attain the rank of "Wing Commander" (2038, age 28) and is also presently the UEO's top-scoring ace following the retirement of Gabriel Hitchcock (who was a personal mentor), and the death of Alexander Krasnov...
... Unprofessionally, she also has the dubious distinction of being the pin-up girl of virtually every sailor in both the 2nd and 3rd fleets. (Aboard the Atlantis; suspicion exists of a relationship with the Alliance's top ace, Captain William Bishop... although pilots are careful not to spread this rumour...)

Recent Dark Angel actions have led to them being given several other monikers in the Macronesian Alliance, including, but not limited to the "Black Aces", "Grim Reapers" and even "The Demons of Ryukyu", in reference to their rescue of embattled UEO forces engaged in what has become known as "The Abattoir." In less flattering fashion, the Rapiers refer to them as "Tipsy Pixies" - a joke shared between the squadrons over the five-foot-one Irish Commander Roderick's supposed ability to drink any other pilot aboard the Atlantis under the table. (This is yet to be proven...)

The VF-115 Dark Angels were created by Jessica Ackerman in 2003. They have since been featured in Episodes III, IV and Episode V of Atlantis DSV.

Present pilots of VF-115:  
Wing Commander Corinn "Archangel" Roderick (IRE) - Dark Angel 1
Lt. Commander Dustin "Bouncer" Coyle (USA) - Dark Angel 2
Lt. Commander Jake Seabury (CAN) - Dark Angel 3
Lt. Commander Sanjei Kasumiko (JPN) - Dark Angel 4
Lieutenant Alejandro Chavez (ESP) - Dark Angel 5
Lieutenant Brooke Anderson (USA) - Dark Angel 6
Lieutenant Charles Spencer (GBR) - Dark Angel 7
Lieutenant JG Jason Sheridan (USA) - Dark Angel 8
Lieutenant JG Jack Pickford (USA) - Dark Angel 9
Ensign Nigel Thompson (SCO) - Dark Angel 10
Ensign Malcolm Townes (USA) - Dark Angel 11
Ensign Caitlin Walsh (GBR) - Dark Angel 12
 
VF-130 Praetorians

VF-130 "Praetorians"

Name and Designation: 130th Fighter Squadron. (VF-130) "Praetorians"
Commanding Officer: Commander William Burkhalter
Craft: SF-38/A "Raptor" II
Motto: "Alea Jacta Est " (The Die is Cast)
Active since: 2030
Assignment: 6th Carrier Sea Wing (CSW-6), UEO seaQuest DSV 4600-III
History:
With a title descended from the ancient Roman Empire, the “Praetorians” were the personal protection of the Emperor, and answered only to the emperor himself, in this the VF-130 “Torries” as they’ve become known are little different from their ancestors; at least in name.

Piloting the new SF-38/A Raptor II, the Torries are very distinguishable from other units due to their prominent purple tail fins, adorned with the silver, festooned helm.
Originally commissioned by the office of Secretary General Thomas McGath (Secretary General - 2021 to 2035) to serve as a personal honour guard of "UEO One", this squadron has not been particularly noticed in the halls of the subfighter realm - its duties usually kept it far from the front line - their sorties usually always flying escort for the Secretary General in areas very deliberately far away from potential danger. In the line of protection services; no news is good news.

This changed with the capture of Pearl Harbor, and with Macronesian forces running over the Pacific, Secretary General Nathan Bridger signed an executive order reassigning the Praetorians to the newly commissioned seaQuest DSV in an effort to rotate fresh, experienced pilots to the front line. As a squadron however, the Praetorians have built up a mindset associated with would-be Elites - seeing themselves as both indispensible and 'above' the 'menial' tasks of a line-fighter unit. This arrogance that accompanied their former assignment has no place on the front lines, where the unit is set to learn harsh lessons of war.

The VF-130 Praetorians were created by the officers and airmen of the United States Air Force 1st Special Operations Wing, based on Hurlburt Field, Florida.

Present pilots of VF-130:  

Commander William "Dragon" Burkhalter (WSM) - Torrie 1
Lt. Commander Frank "Gus Gus" Bogucki (POL) - Torrie 2
Lt. Commander Jesse McCabe (SCO) - Torrie 3
Lt. Commander Ronnson Norris (IRE) -Torrie 4
Lieutenant Kira "Phoenix" Deweese (GBR) - Torrie 5
Lieutenant Daniele "True" Trudeau (CAN) - Torrie 6
Lieutenant Brian Canaday (USA) - Torrie 7
Lieutenant Kenneth Freeman (USA) - Torrie 8
Lieutenant JG Jady Groves (USA) - Torrie 9
Lieutenant JG Gabriel "Squirrel" Antone (ESP) - Torrie 10
Ensign Virginia "Ginny" Cummings (SCO) - Torrie 11
Ensign John Paul "Mac" McIntosh (SCO) - Torrie 12

 
VF-201 Havocwreakers

VF-201 "Havocwreakers"

Name and Designation: 201st Fighter Squadron. (VF-201) "Havocwreakers"
Commanding Officer: Commander Edward Akios
Craft: SA-33/A "Broadsword"
Motto: "...Let slip the dogs of war."
Active since: 2041
Assignment: Unknown
History:
VF-201 is an oddity in the UEO Navy for several reasons. Firstly - there is officially no such thing as the 201st Subfighter Squadron. (UEO subfighter units are numbered from VF-1 to VF-200 as of 2041) Secondly, they are the only squadron in the entire subfighter corps that makes use of Macronesian subcraft - the SA-33 Broadsword - and thirdly,
every pilot in the unit is officially listed as having been either Missing or Killed in Action since May 2041, and the battle of Pearl Harbor.

The unit's history is shadowy and, at best, built on a combination of rumour and suspicion. During the opening stages of the battle for Pearl Harbor, the Havocwreakers - VF-87 - were on a training bivouac on the island of Oahu, seperated from their regional command. The unit failed to report in after the attack began, and in the ensuing chaos, they were all but forgotten by those in Hawaii's Subfighter Command. After the battle, when casualties and losses were recorded by the UEO - their names finally came up, and the members of VF-87 were listed as Missing in Action, presumed killed.

Exactly how they survived the Macronesian invasion is a matter of conjecture. Some dubious reports suggest that the squadron was involved in a high speed chase on the Farrington Highway, just outside the UEO's Waipahu fighter base. Other's suggest that the squadron was captured and literally blasted their way out of an Alliance fleet carrier to escape. More 'approved' reports simply say that they were aided off the island by the clandestine Office of Naval Intelligence. Indeed, there is no sure way of knowing if the squadron survived at all.

Despite this, rumours have persisted over the weeks and months since that rogue fighter units - answering to, and commanded by groups or officials that have so far slipped beneath the eyes of Naval Intelligence(...) that have been involved in various raid actions on and even within the borders of the UEO and Macronesia. Radio callsigns of "Hotel-Whiskey" have led some to believe that one of these units is the former 87th Fighter Squadron - the Havocwreakers.

The VF-201 Havocwreakers were created by Nathan Leong, who has since become a member of the staff here at Atlantis DSV.

Present pilots of VF-201:  

Commander Edward Akios (USA) - HW01
Lt. Commander Gerard Langley (GBR) - HW02
Lt. Commander Matthew Lee (USA) - HW03
Lieutenant Andrew McKenzie (IRE) - HW04
Lieutenant Todd Lacey (USA) - HW05
Lieutenant Kathy Atreus (DEU) - HW06
Lieutenant Thomas Kroker (CAN) - HW07
Lieutenant Mariah Lampe (USA) - HW08
Ensign Paul Ransom (CAN) - HW09
Ensign James Nolan (GBR) - HW10
Ensign Sarah Tyler (GBR) - HW11
Ensign David Berrille (USA) - HW12

 
VF-123 Ghosts

VF-123 "Ghosts"

Name and Designation: 123rd Fighter Squadron. (VF-123) "Ghosts"
Commanding Officer: Commander Thomas Parker
Craft: SF-38/A "Raptor" II
Motto: "Until hell calls our names..."
Active since: 2041
Assignment: 2nd Carrier Sea Wing (CSW-2), UEO Aquarius DSV 8200
History:
Perhaps one of the more tragic UEO fighter squadrons, the "Ghosts" of VF-123 are the remnants of several subfighter squadrons present during the Battle of Ryukyu Trench, primarily; the VF-111 Rangers, and VF-116 Peacemakers. The unit was formed by former Ranger-commander, Commander Gavin Mackenzie (the present Wing Commander of the Aquarius DSV) and their name is as much a memorial to the hundreds of pilots who were killed or wounded in the disaster as it is a reminder of the fact that they count themselves merely lucky to be alive.

The squadron served for a short time aboard the UEO Victorious in the months of March to May, 2041. Following this, they were reassigned to the UEO Atlantis DSV and participated in one of the largest fighter operations to date in the Alliance war - Operation Black Thunder, headed by Wing Commander Gabriel Hitchcock and the VF-107 Rapiers. Along with the other squadrons of the First Carrier Sea Wing, the Ghosts succeeded in effectively destroying nine Alliance fleet carriers, before pulling back with Atlantis to participate in the Battle of Pearl Harbor. Shortly after this, Commander Gavin Mackenzie was promoted to Wing Commander, and the Ghosts were placed under the charge of former Peacemaker XO, (and coincidentally, Son-in-Law of Atlantis Captain Mark Ainsley) Commander Thomas Parker. Presently, the Ghosts are assigned to the 2nd Carrier Sea Wing aboard Aquarius DSV.

The squadron's motto, "Until hell calls our names," is a double reference, chosen both as a reminder of the squadron's history, and is a line from the song "Pirates", by Emerson, Lake and Palmer; a band often cited by Commander Stephen Patrick as a personal favourite. (Patrick was the commander of the Peacemakers, and was the brother-in-law of Commander Gavin Mackenzie. He was the highest ranking member of the Rangers and Peacemakers to be killed in action in the battle of Ryukyu Trench)

The VF-123 Ghosts were created by former Atlantis staff member Nicholas Frankpitt, who wrote and featured the Ghosts (as the Rangers and Peacemakers) in the short story "Full Fathom Five". Mr. Frankpitt still remains close to the series.

Present pilots of VF-123:  

Commander Thomas Parker (USA) - Ghost 1
Lt. Commander Kate Stephenson (USA) - Ghost 2
Lt. Commander Evan Harrison (GBR) - Ghost 3
Lieutenant Timothy Johnson (NZL) - Ghost 4
Lieutenant Anna Phillips (USA) - Ghost 5
Lieutenant Oren DeMillo (FRA) - Ghost 6  
Lieutenant Jacob Marks (SCO) - Ghost 7
Lieutenant J.G. Olivier Crossan (FRA) - Ghost 8
Lieutenant J.G. Michael Royce (USA) - Ghost 9
Ensign Kevin Lien (CAN) - Ghost 10
Ensign Debra Kelling (USA) - Ghost 11
Ensign Lars Rhone (CAN) - Ghost 12

 

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Honour Roll:
Retired and Reserve Units
(Since January, 2007)

The following subfighter units are no longer 'active' - the original data files were lost when Atlantis suffered a major data loss in 2006. The following squadron badges were recovered from the original website... If the 'commanders' of these squadrons email me, they can be updated and included in the main list...

VF-126 Ghosts
VF-75 Daredevils
VF-103 Birds of Prey
VF-139
VF-134 Shadow Wolves

 

 

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