As predicted, the evac of the facility was uneventful. Gulg and the base commander were evacuated on the first trip with the team's ground element. The three mecha pilots stayed on station as Obsidian moved in its own recovery team. Dwer's recon of the VF-11's crash point found an empty crater, albeit strewn with damaged armor plates and a horribly mangled shield. The pirate ace had managed to limp away during the fight.
A few hours found everyone back aboard the Damask Rose. Their mecha secured, the three pilots met back up with the rest of the team in a cramped storage room hastily converted into a briefing room. Alexi had a modest table and chair set up with a projector, while everyone else stood shoulder to shoulder. The projector hummed to life and projected Ops Director Russo's face along the wall.
"Good work, people. Good, but not perfect. We managed to recover all our personnel along with every government official taken hostage during this incident. We did loose a lot of proprietary hardware, but that was beyond your control. It seems these pirates were after more tangible resources than just ransom money. The enemy shuttle managed to slip out under the radar, so to speak. That isn't good, we need to be more watchful with that."
Eric groaned slightly, but shrugged. Russo's tone made it clear that it was an acceptable oversight, nothing to be too concerned about.
"The ground team performed well. Director Boa sends along his appreciation of your efforts, though there was a single complaint regarding..." Russo shuffled through some papers "... proper securing of combat enviromnets. I wouldn't sweat that either, he's just very particular for by the book actions. Admirable in an engineer, unrealistic in a 'combat environment.' Moving along, CCS is going to help cover some of the expense of the repair work, though this did allow us a more extensive refit for the drone control stations. Also, good job on taking some of them alive. The intel branch of the Obsidian Self Defense Force has them now and is questioning them for the location of their base of operations. Which brings me to my last point:
"Obsidian has already started negotiations to extend the security part of our contract to both extend duration and scope. You'll have about a day or two before we get you any solid orders regarding this change, in which time you'll meet with a civilian freighter we're sending with the rest of your equipment and supplies. Take the time to rest up. Don't be surprised if we are contracted to go hunt down the base of operations for the pirates in this system. Until then, sit tight. I turn everything over to you, Alexi, for an particulars you feel need addressing."