Welcome back to the Indo-China campaign for Castles in the Sky from Osprey Games. Last game, the British defeated the French attempt to mine the airway to Laem Chebang. The failure of the French to secure the smuggler's depot and mine the airways gave the Siamese government the space they needed to secure the Kra Isthmus back from the rebels.
The British took the lead in the campaign again, 5 to 4. The first side to 7 and leading by 2 will allow them to trigger the Final Battle. The first to 7 get to set the scenario and choose to be the attacker or defender.
The French cruiser the Tourane was so severely damaged that she went into port in Saigon for refit. The British cruiser the HMS Achilles in Laem Chebang after taking heavy damage in a previous engagement. The French destroyer Tromblom took serious damage last battle, and still has 2 armor peeled away going into this engagement.
Commodore Duckworth went on the offensive. He immediately gathered what remained of his fleet and set sail for Indo-china, Saigon. Of course, ground observers quickly relayed the sightings of the British fleet to Commodore Aubre who set sail to meet him with the fleet he had available. The two were patrolling to find each other and engage.