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Battle of Azati Prime
Part of the Xindi incident
Enterprise battle with Xindi ships near Azati Prime.jpg

Enterprise in battle against the Xindi

Enterprise in battle against the Xindi
Date: 2154
Location: Azati Prime system
Result: Tactically Indecisive
Xindi Council division increased
Belligerents
United Earth Xindi
Notable commanders
Commander T'Pol Dolim
Strength
Enterprise NX-01 2 Reptilian warships
2 Insectoid warships
Casualties and losses
18 killed
24+ wounded
Enterprise heavily damaged
1 Reptilian warship destroyed

The Battle of Azati Prime was an indecisive military conflict fought during the Xindi incident in 2154. Four Xindi warships under the command of Dolim launched an unauthorized attack on the Enterprise while in the Azati Prime system. Dolim was ordered by Degra, with the backing of the Xindi Council, to call off the attack before Enterprise was destroyed.

Prelude

Prior to the battle, Enterprise Captain Archer formulated a plan to destroy the Xindi superweapon in a suicide attack. However, upon entering the oceanic expanses of the planet Azati Prime, Archer was captured and delivered to the Reptilians who proceeded to torture Archer for information. Upon learning of the destruction of a Xindi lunar outpost, the Reptilians ascertained the location of Enterprise, now under the command of Commander T'Pol and unilaterally decided to launch an attack, with the intention of destroying the Earth vessel. Two Reptilian warships and two Insectoid starships under the command of Dolim launched an attack on Enterprise.

Battle

Facing four Xindi ships, Enterprise was severely outgunned and outnumbered. With the Xindi's superior technology, the first few shots easily penetrated Enterprise's hull plating, leaving the hull exposed to Xindi weapons fire. Despite being outgunned, Enterprise's weapons fire managed to destroy one of the attacking Reptilian ships, before it began to sustain heavy damage. Enterprise's limited defensive capabilities led to its systems becoming exposed, as the Xindi targeted crucial systems, including weapons, communications and propulsion. Defenseless, Enterprise came perilously close to destruction, when the attack abruptly halted. Degra, with the backing of the Council, had ordered Dolim to withdraw.

Aftermath

Enterprise severely damaged, 2154

Enterprise after the battle

The battle ended in a tactical stalemate; the Xindi had lost one vessel, and Enterprise suffered extensive damage. Following the disengagement, Dolim remained resentful toward the other members of the Council for having to suspend an attack on an enemy vessel in Xindi space, which served to further divide the Council and the eventual launch of the superweapon under control of only two of the Xindi sub-species, the Reptilians and Insectoids.

The damage to Enterprise had been heavy. In addition to the extensive hull damage that could only be repaired upon its return to Earth, the primary warp coil was destroyed in the attack, rendering the ship unable to travel at warp speed. In addition, the starboard warp nacelle took heavy damage. The weapons systems were also severely damaged; following the battle, only the aft torpedo launcher was working, although the phase cannons and forward launchers were eventually repaired. Most of the primary systems were rendered inoperative, although they were eventually repaired over the course of the mission. C, D and E decks suffered hull breaches (three people were blown into space when C Deck decompressed). In addition, Enterprise crew suffered eighteen killed and approximately twenty-four wounded. (ENT: "Azati Prime", "Damage")

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