As of 3059 the Sovetskii Soyuz-class heavy cruiser Nygaard was serving as the CSA Nygaard within the Clan Star Adder touman. The Nygaard was one of two Sovetskii Soyuz-class vessels serving within the Star Adder touman at the time - the other being the CSA Divine Conquest - and the Nygaard was serving with the Command Keshik. The Nygaard remained an active part of the Star Adder touman for the next decade and into the Wars of Reaving.
Wars of ReavingEdit
The Nygaard and the Nightlord-class battleship CSA Absolute Truth were blockading the York system in August 3073 when two Clan Diamond Shark WarShips, the Potemkin-class cruiser CDS Titanic and the Fredasa-class corvette CDS Swift Strike attempted to run the blockade.
The Titanic and the Swift Strike were being used to transport several DropShips full of supplies and materials for Clan Blood Spirit from the Diamond Shark holding of Nyserta in the Inner Sphere to the Blood Spirit enclaves on York. The goods transported by the Swift Strike and the Titanic represented one of the last bargained contracts between the Blood Spirits and the Diamond Sharks, and also included a gift from the Diamond Sharks: several Stars of Crimson Hawk BattleMechs.
Despite having been subject to a bombardment in 3072 that was sufficiently extensive to have altered the ecology of the world, York was still technically a Blood Spirit holding, and the Star Adders were blockading the system in the hope that they could intercept the remaining Blood Spirit warriors still at large. The Diamond Shark vessels requested passage to the planet, citing the arrangements which had been bargained out between the two Clans, but Star Admiral Fortunato Gena of the Star Adders refused to allow either Diamond Shark vessel to pass.
The decision by Admiral Gena forced the Diamond Sharks to try and run the blockade in order to make good on their agreement to deliver to the Blood Spirits; the Star Adders responded by engaging the Swift Strike and the Titanic. The heavier Star Adder vessels first maneuvered to block the path of the Diamond Shark vessels to the planet, and then when the Titanic refused to deviate from its course, launched broadsides against the Titanic. The two broadsides were enough to destroy the Titanic, breaking the ship along her jump core. The Titanic's DropShips scattered and attempted to make it past the Star Adder vessels, but only half of them actually made it down to the planetary surface.
Despite long range fire from the Absolute Truth damaging the Swift Strike, the small Diamond Shark ship managed to jump out of the York system to Albion, and then subsquently to a Diamond Shark holding in the Chainelane Isles, although it would take until November 3077 for the Swift Strike to complete the journey.
- Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 119, "Naval Assets"
- Field Manual: Updates, p. 50, "Naval Assets"
- The Wars of Reaving, p. 137, "Titanic Voyage of the Swift Strike"
- The Wars of Reaving, p. 168, "WarShips"