Cortana gritted her teeth as the ship rolled to avoid a MAC round that came within a few inches of hitting an exposed area of the hull.
As they neared engagement range, the platform suddenly stopped firing. "What the..." one of the officers said confusingly as he watched the display. The MAC Platform rotated slowly, as if returning to a standbye order.
Then suddenly they saw it; thousands of drone fighters appearing in the distance on a course straight for the vessel. "Cortana...." said Rasola nervously as he stood there pondering the next course of action.
Outside, Longsword and Seraphan fighters moved into engagement range. While the Seraphan fighters fired plasma at the incoming drones, the Longsword fighters locked missiles and opened up with those. Cortana rolled the ship once and let lose a MAC round.
The ship shuddered and groaned as the shell spat out from the understand of the ship and cleared the outer barrel. It sped through space and wiped out several drones before exploding in the center of the formation, destroying many more in the process.
Cortana, however, continued to listen in on the communications channel and noted a few things of interest. "Captain, this AI is requesting assitance from any UNSC ship. It's reporting us as a Covenant vessel," she said to the captain.
"I wonder if it has to do with the Seraphan fighters..." he rubbed his chin thoughtfully.
"It might also have to do with some of our weapons being reverse engineered from Covenant technology," Cortana said matter of factly as she stared off into space. Rasola just shrugged and continued to watch the fighters fly around and swat the drones.
"Cortana, I want that platform disabled. Order the first and second squads to board dropships, I want the Elites to help out as well, so get them involved," Ordered Rasola as he turned toward one of his officers and barked an order. "Also, Tell Zeno to please go along, as well as Johnson," he knew the experience of both would help in this mission.