Baldar, Battle of

Quadrant 7. Grid 637064.

Based on information received concerning Earther tactics, a massive, high intensity attack was made, with widespread use of nuclear weapons whereever possible. The Martian fleet encountered the Exterminators who had been bombarding Baldar colony and had already destroyed Baldar Station. The firepower from one of the Exterminators was less than expected, although still formidable, and is is suspected that this one may have been damaged in some previous fight. The Admiral ordered a concentration of fire on the damaged Exterminator, and after an extremely costly battle managed to completely destroy it. The other Exterminator, although damaged, was able to escape the system, and given the losses of the fleet, the Acting Admiral Peabody chose to let it go rather than risk further losses in a pursuit. Having bravely led the fleet into action, Fleet Admiral Kim Stanley-Robinson was reported killed when the INVINCIBLE blew up with all hands in the final stages of the battle.