Mercy Mission to K'tsa-Kar Briefing

The CMS ___________, without a proper set of trials to test the newly built ship, must escort 3 freighters and an ag ship from Cassidine to K'tsa-Kar. 

The Space Fleet frigate, UPFS Driadia was previously lured into an ambushed in the outer system of Cassidine. She was beset by a squadron of fighters and barely survived and is now in the SCC shipyard orbiting Cassidine. (PCs should get a briefing from the Driadia's acting CO.) Driadia obtained maximum range scans of the mother ship but the data is fuzzy. What is known is that it appears to be some sort of auxiliary freighter launching fighters from cargo containers converted to hangers.

Even though the CMS _________ is a smaller vessel than the UPFS Driadia it's not believed that the pirates will be able to replace their fighter craft losses in time to bother the convy providing it leaves now. 

The PCs could also poke around Boneyard station asking questions and learn that just recently 4 mothballed Corsair fighters were purchased. 

2 small freighters (1 is armed)
1 large freighter (Armed)
1 Ag ship (unarmed)
1 digger shuttle which is piggy backed on the large freighter and intended to mine comets for water supplies once at K'tsa-Kar.

Use large and small deckplans from the KHs box set for the freighters all ships have ion drives except the digger shuttle which has an atomic drive so that it can land the mined water. 

Other potential assets:
The Driadia will complete repairs and make all speed for K'tas-Kar ASAP

The former NAAR conglomerate privateer vessel K'zz is ferrying the limited supplies it can carry from White Light to K'tsa-Kar has some armament and can be called on for help.

Since part of the trip goes through White Light, the Royal Marines will be available to call on for support. 
Threat Intel:

The pirate Aux Carrier is not likely to pose a threat as several of her fighters were destroyed by the Driadia.

A frigate class pirate vessel and a couple of privateer vessels have been operating in the Cassidine & Dramune systems over the past 10 months. No hard data is available on these vessels other than one of the privateers appears to be a Thruster Class vessel.

The most radical of the Freedom Committees on Kdikit is rumored to have obtained boarding shuttles. The rhetoric from this group's leaders implies a willingness to attack NAAR vessels and potentially freighters delivering relief to K'tsa-Kar. 

PCs should have or host a briefing with the civilian captains before departing and outline plans for what to do if X happens. If they do not then the civilian captains will likely do random things that may not actually help during a crisis.