Soon after the Battle of Yavin, an elite Rebel SpecForce team known as Reekeene's Roughnecks began opposing Sakai. To do so, they used the CEC customized HT-2200 medium freighter Reekeene's Retribution in 1,200 armed attacks against their forces, as well as other resources. The Roughnecks were credited with the destruction of 872,000,000 tons of Imperial equipment including an orbital starship yard, which might refer only to their actions against Sakai.
Sakai managed to discover the identities of several members of the Roughnecks and contacted with the special forces of the Imperial Navy. They assigned a special unit, codenamed Venom Guard, to track and execute the Roughnecks. After a multi-ship compound attack of the Rebel fleet against an Imperial fort in Thuris sector, the Retribution was infiltrated by intruders; this ship did not join the rest of its fleet.