It was awarded to pilots who participated in the first campaign to hunt down Grand Admiral Zaarin. Though the campaign failed to capture or destroy the traitor, it managed to push his forces back and liberate a sector of space from his control (hence the name of the medal). The Imperial Navy also secured the Vorknkx Project.
The ribbon had gold and blue linings, and was primarily blue with some red linings as well as a more simplistic depiction of the Imperial Crest at the center. The medal itself had gold linings, and was silver and red in the middle. The medal's shape was similar to an arrowhead, only it also had two spikes on each side.