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The '''First Battle of Chin'toka''' was the first offensive launched by the allied forces of the [[United Federation of Planets]], the [[Klingon Empire]], and the [[Romulan Star Empire]] into territory held by the [[Dominion]] and the [[Cardassian Union]] during the [[Dominion War]]. The battle, fought in late [[2374]], was a tactical and psychological victory for the allies, but failed to lead to a general invasion of Cardassian space. ([[DS9]]: "[[Tears of the Prophets (episode)|Tears of the Prophets]]")
 
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| conflict name = First Battle of Chin'toka
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| part of = the [[Dominion War]]
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| image = Akira orbital weapon platform.jpg
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| caption = Cardassian orbital weapons platforms opens fire on an Akira-class starship
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| date = [[2374]]
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| location = [[Chin'toka system]]
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| result = [[Federation Alliance]] victory
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| combatant1 = '''[[Federation Alliance]]'''
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:[[File:United Federation of Planets logo.svg|22px]] {{Federation}}<br />[[File:Klingon Empire logo.png|22px]] [[Klingon Empire]]<br />[[File:Romulan Star Empire logo.svg|22px]] [[Romulan Star Empire]]
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| commander1 = [[Martok]]<br />[[Benjamin Sisko]]<br />[[Kira Nerys]]
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| strength1 =&ge;1 {{class|Defiant}} starship<br /> &ge;5 {{class|Akira}} starships<br />&ge;5 {{class|Galaxy}} starships<br />&ge;6 {{class|Excelsior}} starships<br />&ge;5 {{class|Miranda}} starships<br />&ge;20 [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey|Klingon Birds-of-Prey]]<br />&ge;8 {{class|Vor'cha}} attack cruisers<br />&ge;11 {{class|D'deridex}} Warbirds
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| losses1 = Heavy, including at least:<br /> 18 Klingon warships (including 4 Birds of Prey and 3 ''Vor'cha''-class attack cruisers)<br /> 2 ''Akira''-class starships <br /> 1 ''Miranda''-class starship <br /> 2 ''Excelsior''-class starships <br /> 2 ''D'deridex''-class warbirds
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| combatant2 = *[[File:Dominion logo.png|22px]] '''[[Dominion]]'''
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:[[Jem'Hadar]]<br />[[File:Cardassian Union logo.png|18px]] [[Cardassian Union]]
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| commander2 = [[Weyoun 5|Weyoun]]<br />[[Damar]]
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| strength2 = Several hundred [[Cardassian orbital weapon platform]]s<br />5 [[Jem'Hadar attack ship]] squadrons (&ge;16 ships)
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| losses2 = All weapon platforms <br /> All Jem'Hadar attack ships
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{{aquote|This is a momentous occasion. It's not every day I embark on a journey to liberate my homeworld.|[[Elim Garak]]|2374|Tears of the Prophets}}
 
The '''First Battle of Chin'toka''' was the first offensive launched by the [[Federation Alliance]] into [[Cardassian]] territory during the [[Dominion War]]. The battle, fought in late [[2374]], was a tactical and [[psychological]] victory for the Allies, but failed to lead to a general [[invasion]] of [[Cardassian]] [[space]]. ({{DS9|Tears of the Prophets}}) The [[star system]] remained under almost constant siege by [[Dominion]] forces until it was [[Second Battle of Chin'toka|retaken]] following [[Breen-Dominion Alliance|the Dominion's alliance with the Breen]] in [[2375]]. ({{DS9|The Changing Face of Evil}})
   
==Prelude==
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== Prelude ==
Apart from the short (and successful) campaign to retake [[starbase]] [[Deep Space 9]] in the [[Battle of Bajor]] about eight months previously, the Federation and the Klingons were fighting a wholly defensive war. Key planets including [[Betazed]], [[Coridan (planet)|Coridan]], and [[Benzar]] all fell to the [[Jem'Hadar]], while the core worlds of [[Vulcan (planet)|Vulcan]], [[Alpha Centauri]], and [[Earth]] were coming into range of the Dominion war machine.
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Apart from the short and successful campaign to retake [[starbase]] [[Deep Space 9]] during [[Operation Return]] about eight months previously, the [[Federation]] and [[Klingon Empire]] were fighting a defensive war. Key Federation [[planet]]s such as [[Betazed]] and [[Benzar]] fell to the [[Jem'Hadar]], while core worlds like {{dis|Vulcan|planet}}, [[Alpha Centauri]], and [[Earth]] were coming into range of the Dominion war machine.
   
However, with the sudden entry of the Romulans into the war (c.f. [[DS9]]: "[[In the Pale Moonlight]]"), the allies had enough combined firepower to launch a full offensive on Dominion-held territory. [[Starfleet Command]], in conjunction with the Klingon and Romulan [[high command]]s, agreed that the war could be won only by taking the war into enemy territory.
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However, with the sudden entry of the [[Romulan Star Empire]] into the war ({{DS9|In the Pale Moonlight}}), the allies had enough combined firepower to launch a full offensive on Dominion-held territory. [[Starfleet Command]], in conjunction with the [[Klingon]] and [[Romulan]] high commands, agreed that the war could be won only by taking the war into enemy territory.
   
[[Image:Chin'toka_tactical_map.png|thumb|left|The invasion plan.]]
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[[File:Chintoka tactical map.jpg|thumb|left|The invasion plan]]
 
The [[Chin'toka system]], located on the [[Cardassian border]], was chosen because the Dominion had drastically weakened the complement of [[warship]]s defending the system &ndash; only five [[squadron]]s of [[Jem'Hadar attack ship]]s were left to defend Chin'toka, while the rest were sent to fight on the Romulan border. Admiral [[William Ross|Ross]], [[General]] [[Martok]], and [[Senator]] [[Letant]] ordered an immediate buildup of warships at Deep Space 9 for an attack on Chin'toka.
   
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{{bginfo|A [[deleted scene]] also depicted the [[Ventani system]] and [[Torg'Q system]] as possible invasion targets, before settling on Chin'toka.}}
After some heated deliberation at Deep Space 9, the allies chose the [[Chin'toka System]] as the target for their attack. (Alternative targets included the [[Ventani System]] and the [[Torg'Q System]].) Chin'toka was chosen because the Dominion had drastically weakened the complement of warships defending the system only five squadrons of [[Jem'Hadar attack ship]]s were left to defend Chin'toka, while the rest were sent to fight on the Romulan border. [[William Ross|Admiral Ross]], General [[Martok]], and Senator [[Letant]] ordered an immediate buildup of warships at Deep Space 9 for an attack on Chin'toka.
 
   
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[[File:Cardassian orbital weapon platform.jpg|thumb|Orbital weapon platforms]]
However, the Chin'toka System was not left as undefended as the allies believed. The Cardassians had developed a new type of [[orbital weapon platform]] that compressed a huge amount of weaponry into an independently-deployable hull barely fifty meters long. The platforms were protected by [[regenerative shield]]s, and armed with 3 heavy [[disruptor]] cannons and 1,000 [[plasma torpedo]]es.
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However, the Chin'toka System was not left as undefended as the allies believed. The Cardassians had developed a new type of [[Cardassian orbital weapon platform]] that compressed a huge amount of weaponry into an independently deployable hull. The platforms were protected by [[regenerative force field]]s, and armed with three heavy [[disruptor]] cannons and one thousand [[plasma torpedo]]es. Hundreds of the platforms were placed around the two inhabited planets in the Chin'toka system.
   
 
The allies' intelligence detected the deployment of these weapons barely three days before they were scheduled to go online. However, because of the lack of other vulnerable targets, the decision was made to take the small window of opportunity and attempt to destroy the platforms before they became operational.
[[Image:First Battle of Chin'toka 1.jpg|thumb|Orbital Weapon Platforms.]]
 
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== The battle ==
The allies' intelligence detected the deployment of these weapons barely three days before they were scheduled to go online. However, because of the lack of other vulnerable targets, the decision was made to take the small window of opportunity available and attempt to destroy the platforms before they became operational.
 
 
As the combined fleet entered the Chin'toka System, it seemed as if the allies' projections had been true &ndash; Chin'toka was practically undefended and the automated defenses were off-line. Quick victory appeared within reach, with the odds overwhelmingly in the allies' favor.
   
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[[File:Vorcha class destroyed.jpg|thumb|left|A ''Vor'cha''-class attack cruiser is destroyed by the Jem'Hadar]]
==The Battle==
 
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[[File:USS Galaxy.jpg|thumb|The USS ''Galaxy'' and a Cardassian orbital weapon platform exchange weapons fire]]
As the combined fleet entered the Chin'toka System, it seemed as if the allies' projections had been true Chin'toka was practically undefended and the automated defenses were offline. Quick victory appeared within reach, with the odds overwhelmingly in the allies' favor.
 
 
The small contingent of Jem'Hadar attack ships defending the system had little care for the odds, though, and brazenly attacked the fleet's flank. In the space of just two minutes, the Jem'Hadar ships managed to cripple or destroy at least 15 Klingon warships &ndash; many by ramming the Klingons directly. Undaunted, the fleet advanced into the midst of the deactivated platforms and proceeded to demolish them without resistance.
   
 
However, the Cardassians were able to get the weapon platforms on-line before the allied fleet had a chance to destroy too many of them. The orbital weapons platforms' effect proved devastating &ndash; protected by their powerful regenerative shields, the Cardassians could pour heavy fire upon the attacking fleet while suffering practically no losses themselves. Several starships were disabled or destroyed by the platforms' furious barrage. Rather than retreat, however, Captain Sisko chose to continue the fight, correctly believing that if the defense platforms could be defeated, then the system would fall to the allies.
The small contingent of Jem'Hadar attack ships defending the system had little care for the odds, though, and brazenly attacked the fleet's flank. In the space of just two minutes, the Jem'Hadar ships managed to cripple or destroy at least 15 Klingon warships many by ramming the Klingons directly. Undaunted, the fleet advanced into the midst of the deactivated platforms and proceeded to demolish them without resistance.
 
   
 
In the chaos of the battle, an unusual anomaly was detected by [[Elim Garak]] &ndash; none of the weapons platforms carried their own power source, but were instead powered by a single central generator. This generator was located on a small [[asteroid]]al [[moon]] in a low orbit around one of the two inhabited Chin'toka planets. If it could be destroyed, the platforms would be powerless.
[[Image:First Battle of Chin'toka 2.jpg|thumb|left|The platforms open fire.]]
 
   
 
[[File:Chintoka asteroid-moon exploding.jpg|thumb|The platforms' power generator explodes]]
However, the Cardassians had prepared a trap for the allies, making it appear that the weapon platforms were deactivated. Moments after the fleet entered orbit, the platforms flared to life — the defense network had already been completed, and the Cardassians had merely been waiting for the allies to close to point-blank range before opening fire.
 
 
The allies attempted a frontal assault, but proved unable to penetrate the asteroid's defensive shields even with the sustained fire from multiple starships. Chief [[Miles O'Brien]] of the {{USS|Defiant|2370}} proposed tricking the automated platforms to fire on their own power source. Using the ship's [[deflector array]], O'Brien imprinted a Federation [[warp signature]] on the generator, making it appear as if it were an enemy vessel. The orbiting platforms immediately locked onto this large new signal, pouring fire into the asteroid and quickly destroying it.
   
 
Without more incoming power, the orbital platforms quickly fell silent and were once again easy targets for the allied fleet. Once the grid was shut down and thus posed no more threat, General Martok began transporting ground troops to the surface of both planets. ({{DS9|Tears of the Prophets}})
The orbital weapons platforms' effect proved devastating protected by their powerful regenerative shields, the Cardassians could pour heavy fire upon the attacking fleet with practically no loss taken themselves. Several dozen starships were disabled or destroyed by the platforms' furious barrage. Rather than retreat, however, Captain Sisko chose to continue the fight, correctly believing that if the defense platforms could be defeated, then the system would fall to the allies.
 
   
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== Starships present ==
In the chaos of the battle, an unusual anomaly was detected none of the weapons platforms carried their own power source, but were instead powered by a single central generator. This generator was located on a small [[asteroid]]al [[moon]] in a low orbit around [[Chin'toka II-A]]. If it could be destroyed, the platforms would be powerless.
 
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The following is a partial list of [[Federation Alliance]] starships present at the battle.
   
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The allies attempted a frontal assault, but proved unable to penetrate the asteroid's defensive shields, even with the sustained fire from multiple starships. Chief [[Miles O'Brien]] of the [[USS Defiant (NX-74205)|USS ''Defiant'']] proposed tricking the automated platforms to fire on their own power source. Using the ship's [[deflector array]], O'Brien imprinted a Federation [[warp signature]] on the generator, making it appear as if it were an enemy vessel. The orbiting platforms immediately locked onto this large new signal, pouring fire into the asteroid and quickly destroying it.
 
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| {{USS|Defiant|2370}}
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| NX-74205
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| {{class|Defiant}}
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| {{USS|Galaxy}}
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| NCC-70637
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| {{class|Galaxy}}
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|-
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| {{USS|Hood|Excelsior class}}
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| NCC-42296
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| {{class|Excelsior}}
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|-
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| {{USS|Nautilus}}
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| NCC-31910
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| {{class|Miranda}}
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|-
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| {{IKS|Rotarran}}
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| N/A
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| [[Klingon Bird-of-Prey]]
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| {{USS|ShirKahr}}
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| NCC-31905
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| {{class|Miranda}}
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|-
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| {{USS|Tian An Men}}
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| NCC-21382
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| {{class|Miranda}}
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|-
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| {{USS|Valley Forge}}
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| NCC-43305
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| {{class|Excelsior}}
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|-
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| {{USS|Venture}}
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| NCC-71854
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| {{class|Galaxy}}
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|-
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|}
   
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==Aftermath ==
[[Image:First Battle of Chin'toka 3.jpg|thumb|The platforms' power generator explodes.]]
 
 
Although the hoped-for grand offensive into Dominion territory failed to develop after Chin'toka, the battle nevertheless had major consequences for the conduct of the remainder of the war. The Dominion faced their first major defeat since Operation Return, as well as the spectacular failure of the orbital weapons platforms, which had been a key plan for the Cardassians to upgrade their defensive capabilities. Although the system was lost to the Dominion in the [[Second Battle of Chin'toka]] approximately eight months later, Chin'toka had played an important role in the course of the war.
   
 
The allies also had the opportunity to examine Dominion technology like [[AR-558|Relay Station AR-558]], which boosted the Allies' knowledge of enemy capabilities. However, although the Chin'toka system was nominally in Federation control, it was constantly under attack by Dominion forces. ({{DS9|The Siege of AR-558}})
Without more incoming power, the orbital platforms quickly fell silent and were once again easy targets for the allied fleet. With near-orbit space secured, General Martok began transporting ground troops to the surface of both planets. Although there was some resistance from Dominion and Cardassian soldiers, the major population centers quickly fell to allied control.
 
   
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==The Aftermath==
 
Although the hoped-for grand offensive into Dominion territory failed to develop after Chin'toka, the battle nevertheless had major consequences for the conduct of the remainder of the war. The Dominion was faced with their first major defeat since the [[Battle of Bajor]] six months previously, as well as the spectacular failure of the orbital weapons platforms, which had been a key plan for the Cardassians to upgrade their defensive capabilities.
 
   
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Perhaps most importantly, however, the allies had the opportunity to examine large caches of Dominion weapons and technology (most notably [[Relay Station AR-558]]), which provided a crucial boost on the allies' knowledge of enemy capabilities. However, although the Chin'toka System was nominally in Federation control, it was constantly under attack by Dominion forces. ([[DS9]]: "[[The Siege of AR-558]]")
 
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"This is a momentous occasion. It's not every day I embark on a journey to liberate my homeworld."

The First Battle of Chin'toka was the first offensive launched by the Federation Alliance into Cardassian territory during the Dominion War. The battle, fought in late 2374, was a tactical and psychological victory for the Allies, but failed to lead to a general invasion of Cardassian space. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets") The star system remained under almost constant siege by Dominion forces until it was retaken following the Dominion's alliance with the Breen in 2375. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")

Prelude

Apart from the short and successful campaign to retake starbase Deep Space 9 during Operation Return about eight months previously, the Federation and Klingon Empire were fighting a defensive war. Key Federation planets such as Betazed and Benzar fell to the Jem'Hadar, while core worlds like Vulcan, Alpha Centauri, and Earth were coming into range of the Dominion war machine.

However, with the sudden entry of the Romulan Star Empire into the war (DS9: "In the Pale Moonlight"), the allies had enough combined firepower to launch a full offensive on Dominion-held territory. Starfleet Command, in conjunction with the Klingon and Romulan high commands, agreed that the war could be won only by taking the war into enemy territory.

The invasion plan

The Chin'toka system, located on the Cardassian border, was chosen because the Dominion had drastically weakened the complement of warships defending the system – only five squadrons of Jem'Hadar attack ships were left to defend Chin'toka, while the rest were sent to fight on the Romulan border. Admiral Ross, General Martok, and Senator Letant ordered an immediate buildup of warships at Deep Space 9 for an attack on Chin'toka.

A deleted scene also depicted the Ventani system and Torg'Q system as possible invasion targets, before settling on Chin'toka.

Orbital weapon platforms

However, the Chin'toka System was not left as undefended as the allies believed. The Cardassians had developed a new type of Cardassian orbital weapon platform that compressed a huge amount of weaponry into an independently deployable hull. The platforms were protected by regenerative force fields, and armed with three heavy disruptor cannons and one thousand plasma torpedoes. Hundreds of the platforms were placed around the two inhabited planets in the Chin'toka system.

The allies' intelligence detected the deployment of these weapons barely three days before they were scheduled to go online. However, because of the lack of other vulnerable targets, the decision was made to take the small window of opportunity and attempt to destroy the platforms before they became operational.

The battle

As the combined fleet entered the Chin'toka System, it seemed as if the allies' projections had been true – Chin'toka was practically undefended and the automated defenses were off-line. Quick victory appeared within reach, with the odds overwhelmingly in the allies' favor.

A Vor'cha-class attack cruiser is destroyed by the Jem'Hadar

The USS Galaxy and a Cardassian orbital weapon platform exchange weapons fire

The small contingent of Jem'Hadar attack ships defending the system had little care for the odds, though, and brazenly attacked the fleet's flank. In the space of just two minutes, the Jem'Hadar ships managed to cripple or destroy at least 15 Klingon warships – many by ramming the Klingons directly. Undaunted, the fleet advanced into the midst of the deactivated platforms and proceeded to demolish them without resistance.

However, the Cardassians were able to get the weapon platforms on-line before the allied fleet had a chance to destroy too many of them. The orbital weapons platforms' effect proved devastating – protected by their powerful regenerative shields, the Cardassians could pour heavy fire upon the attacking fleet while suffering practically no losses themselves. Several starships were disabled or destroyed by the platforms' furious barrage. Rather than retreat, however, Captain Sisko chose to continue the fight, correctly believing that if the defense platforms could be defeated, then the system would fall to the allies.

In the chaos of the battle, an unusual anomaly was detected by Elim Garak – none of the weapons platforms carried their own power source, but were instead powered by a single central generator. This generator was located on a small asteroidal moon in a low orbit around one of the two inhabited Chin'toka planets. If it could be destroyed, the platforms would be powerless.

The platforms' power generator explodes

The allies attempted a frontal assault, but proved unable to penetrate the asteroid's defensive shields even with the sustained fire from multiple starships. Chief Miles O'Brien of the USS Defiant proposed tricking the automated platforms to fire on their own power source. Using the ship's deflector array, O'Brien imprinted a Federation warp signature on the generator, making it appear as if it were an enemy vessel. The orbiting platforms immediately locked onto this large new signal, pouring fire into the asteroid and quickly destroying it.

Without more incoming power, the orbital platforms quickly fell silent and were once again easy targets for the allied fleet. Once the grid was shut down and thus posed no more threat, General Martok began transporting ground troops to the surface of both planets. (DS9: "Tears of the Prophets")

Starships present

The following is a partial list of Federation Alliance starships present at the battle.

Ship Name Registry Class
USS Defiant NX-74205 Defiant-class
USS Galaxy NCC-70637 Galaxy-class
USS Hood NCC-42296 Excelsior-class
USS Nautilus NCC-31910 Miranda-class
IKS Rotarran N/A Klingon Bird-of-Prey
USS ShirKahr NCC-31905 Miranda-class
USS Tian An Men NCC-21382 Miranda-class
USS Valley Forge NCC-43305 Excelsior-class
USS Venture NCC-71854 Galaxy-class

Aftermath

Although the hoped-for grand offensive into Dominion territory failed to develop after Chin'toka, the battle nevertheless had major consequences for the conduct of the remainder of the war. The Dominion faced their first major defeat since Operation Return, as well as the spectacular failure of the orbital weapons platforms, which had been a key plan for the Cardassians to upgrade their defensive capabilities. Although the system was lost to the Dominion in the Second Battle of Chin'toka approximately eight months later, Chin'toka had played an important role in the course of the war.

The allies also had the opportunity to examine Dominion technology like Relay Station AR-558, which boosted the Allies' knowledge of enemy capabilities. However, although the Chin'toka system was nominally in Federation control, it was constantly under attack by Dominion forces. (DS9: "The Siege of AR-558")

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