Survival Training

In my last post I mentioned that I was now actively helping patrol the systems of Providence, under the command of my superiors at AUF. This is generally accomplished in a small, free roaming fleet or gang. Since the vast majority of the combat hours I’ve logged since leaving the accademy have been in the service of one agent or another, flying solo or paired up with Suri, I find myself a little wet behind the ears. Fortunately, the fleet- and wing-commanders of AUF are well versed in the tactics of survival and combat in low- and null-sec space, and are more than willing to share their expertise.

To that end, I’ve been receiving some valuable survival training. Training is delivered in-flight during our regular roams through Providence, or through dedicated sessions for things that require more hands-on practice. Perhaps one of the most useful of these hands-on training sessions has been in the use of the on-board directional scanner all capsule-fitted ships are equipped with.

Simply put, the directional scanner allows a pilot to quickly determine the approximate location of another pilot in system. Unfortunately, the pirate factions that haunt the asteroid belts and keep agents runners busy are invisible to these scans, but other capsuleers are not. Thus, the scanner is a valuable tactical tool for both offence and defense.

Offensively, the scanner allows you to determine target locations and ship types, allowing you to assess the strength of your enemy and engage on your terms. Defensively, the scanner allows you to detect the approach of an enemy ship or ships, giving you time to get away before they land on top of you.

I don’t have space here to go into details on using the scanner; that’s something much better learned through guided practical experience. However, a little reading can go a long way, so if you’re interested in some self-directed study, I highly recommend purusing one of the many scanning guides; there’s a decent one here, for example. It’s not nearly as difficult to master as it sounds when you read about it, so find a safe system with active pilots and have a go, too!

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~ by Laurie on February 25, 2009.

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