Having rescued Maarek Stele, a member of the Secret Order of the Emperor and ace TIE fighter pilot, Imperial forces set out to locate the fleeing Admiral Harkov. Imperial commanders dispatched Assault Gunboat patrols to locate Harkov among Rebel outposts, presumably taking on supplies after the disconnection from Imperial logistics. Stele was told to inspect all cargo containers to find out what supplies are needed for Harkov's fleet.
Assault Gunboats from flight group Mu arrived near XQ1 Platform DS 5, as they were approaching the platform a YT-1300 light freighter called Cimigo departed from the platform, potentially too far away to be intercepted and jumped into Hyperspace. As a more remote installation, DS 5 deployed aged Z-95 Headhunters, from Wolf Squadron but also mustered a group of B-wing fighters to intercept the encroaching Imperial scouts. Not long afterwards the Protector (the admiral's flagship) arrived and started launching its TIE Avengers. Stele, inspected the cargo containers near XQ1 Platform DS 5 to find water, Liquid gas, ground vehicles and grain. Following the reconnaissance of Harkov’s logistical necessities Gunboats Mu proceeded to destroy the precious supplies. As ordered, the Assault Gunboats proceeded to leave the system upon the arrival of the Protector, easily motivated by the swift introduction of TIE Avengers from Protector’s hangar.
The destruction of the containers meant that the Rebels had to bring in more supplies to Harkov. Meanwhile, at Coruscant Emperor Palpatine ordered Darth Vader to capture Harkov alive to find all the traitor's under his command.
Behind the scenesEdit
This raid appears in Star Wars: TIE Fighter. It is Battle 5 mission 2. This article assumes completion of both "Primary and "Secondary". In bonus objectives the transport Cimigo must be inspected and destroyed before it can jump into hyperspace. Other objectives include inflicting starfighter casualties on Harkov's TIE Advanced squads, as well as the A-wing squadron. Lastly, the Protector has to be attacked.