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|Richelieu class battleship|
|Gallic Royal Navy|
The Carcassonne was the Flagship of Gallic Royal Navy forces preparing to enter Languedoc and "liberate" the system from the Council in 816 AS. However, the plan of attack had to be delayed when the Council and Maquis jointly attacked the Navy in Burgundy and the Core Worlds in the same year. This bought time for the Council to eliminate Navy defences near the Languedoc mine field, and finally breach the field itself. Carcassone eventually entered Languedoc in the middle of 817 AS as the forerunner of the larger Navy fleet, and with the push into Sirius, was one of the ships to spearhead the taking of Tau-31. Heavily damaged during multiple engagements with the Kusari Naval Forces, the ship was unable to keep pace with the main fleet as it advanced into Edinburgh.
Carcassonne was returned to full operational status in late 818 AS, and was chosen to be one of the ships to lead the Gallic push into Leeds. After securing the Leeds / Tau-31 Jump Gate and Stokes Mining Station, Carcassonne and her support fleets were ordered to bypass Planet Leeds and secure a bridgehead to Newcastle. The Bretonian scuttling of the jump gate prevented any ships from making it through. Unable to advance further, the ship took up position by the heavily damaged gate while engineers assessed the prospects of bringing it back online. Over the ensuing months the project was determined to be impossible and the gate irreparable. Despite this, the Carcassonne remained in place for several years while Solar Engineering, which was later divided between EFL and Ile-de-France Shipping, researchers attempted to disassemble and reverse engineer what remained of the ruined Sirian technology.
With the Battleship Villeneuve and Oubli destroyed in 822 AS, the Carcassonne was sent into the Magellan system. This was intended to prevent further counter-attacks into Leeds and also to drive a wedge between Bretonia and Liberty. The Carcassonne's captain is one of the most vocal supporters of "Starvation Doctrine", in which it is believed that by severing the connection between the two Houses, Bretonia will quickly run out of supplies and capitulate. This is considered vastly preferable to an immediate head-on attack, which would require an intensely bloody assault upon the Bretonian capital.
The Gallic Royal Navy intends to solidify its position further in the corridor between Bretonia and Liberty. Having successfully repelled Liberty Navy forces and toppled their control of Freeport 4 in Magellan and maintained a blockade near the wreck of this station for some time, Carcassonne received orders to make its advance into the neighbouring Cortez system. A system where opposition is far more tenacious and organized. Royal Navy command has trusted the captain of the Carcassonne to replicate its Magellan success in the Cortez system, despite facing greater odds both in terms of opposition and logistical support
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