The Battle of Asteroid X7
The Battle of Asteroid X7 occurred on July 15, 2557, when Planetary Union forces met Purist forces at Asteroid X7.
The Gilchrist was first to respond to a distress call from the P.U.V. Blackmouth, which was under attack from Purist Nation forces. When the Gilchrist arrived, Nation marines had taken control of the Blackmouth, and blasted the Gilchrist with a surprise salvo that nearly crippled the vessel and led to the death of 50 percent of the crew on the Gilchrist. Captain Williams of the P.U.V. Gilchrist made the decision to abandon the Blackmouth, saving the Gilchrist and what remained of its crew. Soon after, reports filtered out that the Nation marines raped and butchered the crew of the Blackmouth, earning the vessel the nickname “The Rape Ship.”
The Planetary Union won by small margin causing the Purists fell back to re-group. This fall back was considered the biggest tactical mistake of the war. The Union could not mount another offensive for at least three months, and the Purists could have brought up reserves and regrouped right on the front lines.
As a result of The Battle of Asteroid X7, several notable judgements were made for crimes committed during the battle.
- Antwone Williams - Captain Williams was charged with and found guilty of three serious crimes that were punishable by death, although Williams' action saved his ship and half of his crew. He was initially sentenced by Admiral Boock to Execution by Venting but was given an alternative sentencing of serving a two year tour on the P.U.V. James Keeling at his existing position which he declined in favor of death.
- Travis Ellis - Charged with the same crimes as Cpt. Williams, Commander Ellis was initially sentenced by Admiral Boock to Execution by Venting. However, since Ellis accepted the alternative sentencing of serving a two year tour on the P.U.V. James Keeling and Cpt. Williams did not, Ellis was promoted on the spot to Captain and Commanding Officer.