The Alexander launched a fighter screen and attempted to flee while avoiding making a direct hit on the pursuing Clarkstown. However, as the engagement wore on, it became clear that they could not hope to outrun them in normal space. Unwilling to jump immediately and abandon their fighters yet unable to bring them in safely, the Alexander took advantage of the Clarkstown's inoperable forward interceptors and opened fire with its aft batteries. The shot scored a direct hit, punching through the Clarkstown's hull and completely destroying it.
The captain of the Clarkstown , who had attended Earthforce Academy with General Hague, had been introduced to Major Ryan by Hague in the summer of 2259. He had a wife back home on Earth, three small children, and an Abyssinian cat named Max.