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The '''Battle of Deep Space 9''' was the opening battle of the [[Dominion War]], in which the combined forces of the [[Dominion]] and the [[Cardassian Union]], led by [[Gul]] [[Dukat]], launched an assault on the [[Federation]]-held [[starbase]] [[Deep Space 9]]. Although the station was captured by the Dominion, the battle was a strategic victory for the Federation because they successfully mined the [[Bajoran wormhole]], preventing the Dominion from sending reinforcements to join the battle from the [[Gamma Quadrant]]. ([[DS9]]: "[[Call to Arms]]")
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| part_of = the [[Dominion War]]
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| imagecap = Dominion ships open fire on Deep Space 9
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| date = [[2373]]
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| location = [[Deep Space 9]], [[Bajoran sector]]
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| result = Pyrrhic Dominion Tactical victory<br/>Decisive Strategic Allied victory;<br />
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:Bajoran wormhole successfully mined<br/><br/>Complete withdrawal of Allied forces from Bajoran space
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{{disambiguation|the Klingon assault of 2372|First Battle of Deep Space 9}}
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The '''Second Battle of Deep Space 9 '''was the opening engagement of the [[Dominion War]], in which the combined forces of the [[Jem'Hadar]] and the [[Cardassian Union]], under the nominal command of [[Gul]] [[Dukat]], captured [[Federation]] [[starbase]] [[Deep Space 9]].
   
==Prelude==
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Fought in mid [[2373]], the [[Dominion]] launched the assault to prevent a catastrophic strategic loss; the mining of the [[Bajoran wormhole]], which would effectively sever supply lines from the [[Gamma Quadrant]]. Two days after [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] rejected [[Weyoun|Weyoun's]] ultimatum to remove the minefield, a large task force of Dominion and Cardassian warships launched an assault on the station, intending to capture it before the [[USS Defiant (2370)|''Defiant'']] could complete the minefield.
Following the annexation of the Cardassian Union around stardate 50560 ([[DS9]]: "[[By Inferno's Light]]"), the Dominion began fortifying their foothold in the [[Alpha Quadrant]] by sending weekly convoys of warships and troops through the wormhole. As time went on, [[Cardassian]] space became a veritable fortress teeming with [[Jem'Hadar]] soldiers and their [[Vorta]] overseers.
 
   
Although a technical state of war did not exist, and neither side had fully committed to immediate combat, numerous skirmishes took place along the border during this period. Aside from the Dominion's attempt to destroy the [[Bajor System]] using a [[trilithium]] bomb, the Jem'Hadar and the Cardassians attacked and destroyed numerous [[Federation]] and [[Klingon]] patrol ships in a sustained campaign across the border sectors. ([[DS9]]: "[[In the Cards]]")
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Although the Dominion successfully captured the station from the [[Federation]] and drove [[Federation Alliance|Allied]] forces from [[Bajoran space]], the losses they incurred were severe; fifty ships were destroyed in the battle, and the Dominion were unable to prevent the activation of the minefield.
   
In addition to the military advances, the Dominion made major inroads into the Alpha Quadrant politically as well, signing nonaggression pacts with several regional powers, including the [[Miradorn]] and the [[Tholian Assembly]], and offered similar pacts to Bajor and other independent worlds in the area. The Dominion's greatest diplomatic achievement, however, was the signing of a [[nonaggression pact]] with the [[Romulan Star Empire]], the third major power in the region. The Dominion's goal seemed clear: to isolate the Federation politically and militarily. Its classic strategy of divide-and-conquer seemed to be succeeding admirably; aside from the [[Klingon Empire]], the Federation stood virtually alone in opposition to the Dominion. With peaceful means failing to slow down the Dominion's advance, Deep Space 9 [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] observed, "...a war may be our only hope."
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Despite being starved of reinforcements from the [[Gamma Quadrant]], the Dominion launched a highly successful campaign into Allied territory, bringing them tantalisingly close to victory. However, the [[Dominion]] began experiencing critical supply shortages of both [[ketracel-white]] and warships as a result of the wormhole being mined, preventing them from attaining an early total success in the war. ({{DS9|Call to Arms}})
   
==Provocation==
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== Prelude ==
[[Image:Battle_of_DS9_3.jpg|thumb|USS Defiant lays the minefield.]]With its strategic advantage rapidly eroding, the Federation resolved to prevent the Dominion from sending further reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant by mining the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole. Maintenance engineer [[Rom]] suggested using [[self-replicating mine]]s equipped with [[cloaking device]]s for the blockade; not only would such a minefield be undetectable to approaching ships, but it would also be virtually indestructible, because each mine destroyed could be replaced by other mines in the vicinity. [[Miles O'Brien]] and [[Jadzia Dax]] quickly developed a working model, and the [[USS Defiant (NX-74205|USS ''Defiant'']] immediately began laying the minefield.
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Following their annexation of the Cardassian Union around [[stardate]] 50560, the Dominion began fortifying their foothold in the [[Alpha Quadrant]] with weekly [[convoy]]s of warships and troops through the wormhole. As time went on, [[Cardassian]] space became a veritable fortress, teeming with [[Jem'Hadar]] soldiers and their [[Vorta]] overseers. ({{DS9|By Inferno's Light}})
   
This action could be seen as nothing less than a provocation for war, however, and the Dominion's primary overseer, [[Weyoun]], demanded that the mining of the wormhole be halted immediately. Captain Sisko flatly refused.
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Although a technical state of war did not exist, and neither side had fully committed to immediate combat, numerous skirmishes took place along the [[Federation-Cardassian border|border]] during this period. Aside from the Dominion's attempt to destroy the [[Bajoran system]] using a [[trilithium]] bomb, the Jem'Hadar and the Cardassians attacked and destroyed numerous Federation and [[Klingon]] patrol ships in a sustained campaign across the border sectors. Casualties of these attacks included the {{USS|Tian An Men}} and the {{IKS|B'Moth}}. ({{DS9|Soldiers of the Empire|In the Cards}})
   
An intricate dance of lies and intimations began: Weyoun claimed that the Cardassians, having suffered terrible damage during the [[Klingon-Cardassian War]], required massive assistance in rebuilding their infrastructure and defenses following the Klingon invasion. Sisko played along, claiming to have had no idea that the Cardassians' situation was so bad. The two representatives arranged a deal, in which the Federation would remove the minefield, and the Dominion would restrict further convoys to nonmilitary personnel and material. However, both sides were merely using this repartee as a ruse to buy time Weyoun to prepare the Dominion fleet for the attack, and Sisko to complete the minefield.
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In addition to the military advances, the Dominion made major inroads into the Alpha Quadrant politically as well, signing [[nonaggression pact]]s with several regional powers, including the [[Miradorn]] and the [[Tholian Assembly]], and offering similar pacts to [[Bajor]] and other independent worlds in the area. The Dominion's greatest diplomatic achievement, however, was the signing of a [[nonaggression pact]] with the [[Romulan Star Empire]], the third major power in the region. The Dominion's goal seemed clear: to isolate the Federation politically and militarily. Its classic strategy of divide-and-conquer seemed to be succeeding admirably. Only the [[Klingon Empire]] stood with the Federation against the Dominion. With peaceful means failing to slow the Dominion's advance, Deep Space 9 [[Captain]] [[Benjamin Sisko]] observed, "''...a war may be our only hope.''" ({{DS9|In the Cards|Call to Arms}})
   
With war imminent, Sisko, acting as [[Emissary]], requested that the [[Bajoran Provisional Government]] sign the non-aggression pact offered to them by the Dominion, ensuring the planet and its people were kept out of the now-inevitable conflict.
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== Provocation ==
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[[File:USS Defiant deploying mines.jpg|thumb|''Defiant'' lays the minefield]]
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With its strategic position rapidly deteriorating, the Federation resolved to prevent the Dominion from sending further reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant by mining the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole. Maintenance [[engineer]] [[Rom]] suggested using [[self-replicating mine]]s equipped with [[cloaking device]]s for the blockade; not only would such a minefield be undetectable to approaching ships, but it would also be virtually indestructible, as each mine destroyed would be replaced by another mine in the vicinity. [[Senior chief petty officer|Chief]] [[Miles O'Brien]] and [[Lieutenant Commander]] [[Jadzia Dax]] quickly developed a working model, and the {{USS|Defiant|2370}} immediately began laying down the minefield.
   
==The Battle==
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This action could be seen as nothing less than a provocation for war, however, and the Dominion's primary overseer, [[Weyoun]], promptly demanded that the mining of the wormhole be halted immediately. Captain Sisko flatly refused.
[[Image:Battle_of_DS9_1.jpg|thumb|left|The first shots of the Dominion War]]
 
Intent on preventing its lifeline to the Gamma Quadrant from being blocked, the Dominion launched a massive assault fleet towards Deep Space 9, with Gul Dukat himself in command. For reasons then unknown, the Federation had not reinforced its position at DS9, leaving only the Defiant and the [[IKS Rotarran|IKS ''Rotarran'']] to supplement the station's defenses. Anticipating the enemy attack, Sisko ordered the ''Rotarran'' to patrol the border and provide advance warning when the Dominion fleet approached.
 
   
The Dominion assault force comprised nearly 300 Jem'Hadar and Cardassian warships. Captain Sisko confidently refused Dukat's offer to surrender, and both sides prepared for the onslaught.
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An intricate dance of lies and intimations began: Weyoun claimed that the Cardassians, having suffered terrible damage during the [[Klingon-Cardassian War]], required massive assistance in rebuilding their infrastructure and defenses following the Klingon invasion. Sisko played along, claiming to have had no idea of the Cardassians' dire humanitarian situation. The two representatives arranged a deal, in which the Federation would remove the minefield, and the Dominion would restrict further convoys to nonmilitary personnel and materials. However, both sides recognized this repartee as nothing more than a ruse to buy time &ndash; Weyoun to prepare the Dominion fleet for the attack, and Sisko to complete the minefield.
   
As the Dominion fleet opened fire, Weyoun and Dukat were unpleasantly surprised to find DS9's shields holding up under the barrage Federation deflector shields had previously been impotent at defending against the Jem'Hadar's [[phased polaron beam]] weaponry. Dukat ordered more ships to open fire on the station.
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With war imminent, Sisko, speaking both as a [[Starfleet]] captain and the [[Emissary of the Prophets]], advised that the [[Bajoran Provisional Government]] sign the nonaggression pact offered to them by the Dominion, thus ensuring that the planet and its people were kept out of the now-inevitable conflict. The pact was passed, and [[First Minister]] [[Shakaar Edon]] ordered the evacuation of all Bajoran personnel from the station. ({{DS9|Call to Arms}})
   
Meanwhile, the ''Defiant'' herself was coming under fire as she was laying the minefield. The ''Rotarran'' provided interference and covering fire, giving the ''Defiant'' enough time to complete and activate the minefield, sealing off the wormhole.
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== The Battle ==
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[[File:DS9 under attack 2.jpg|thumb|left|The docking ring under attack]]
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Intent on preventing its lifeline to the Gamma Quadrant from being blocked, the Dominion launched a massive assault fleet towards Deep Space 9, with Gul Dukat himself in command. For reasons then unknown, the Federation had not reinforced its position at Deep Space 9, leaving only the USS ''Defiant'' and the {{IKS|Rotarran}} to supplement the station's defenses. Anticipating the enemy attack, Sisko ordered the ''Rotarran'' to patrol the border and provide advance warning when the Dominion fleet approached.
   
[[Image:Battle_of_DS9_2.jpg|thumb|The Docking Ring under attack.]]
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Captain Sisko confidently rejected Dukat's offer to surrender, and both sides prepared for the onslaught. Dukat ordered five Jem'Hadar attack wings to intercept the ''Defiant'', while his remaining ships targeted the station.
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As the Dominion fleet opened fire, Weyoun and Dukat were unpleasantly surprised to find Deep Space 9's [[shields]] holding up under the barrage &ndash; Federation deflector shields had previously been impotent in defending against the Jem'Hadar's [[phased polaron beam]] weaponry. Dukat ordered more ships to open fire on the station.
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Meanwhile, the ''Defiant'' herself was coming under fire as she was laying the minefield. The ''Rotarran'' provided interference and covering fire, giving the ''Defiant'' enough time to complete and activate the minefield, sealing off the wormhole.
   
Using his knowledge as the station's former commanding officer, Dukat was able to cut main power to DS9's shields. With the wormhole now blocked, and the station becoming an impossible position to hold, Captain Sisko ordered all Starfleet personnel to evacuate Deep Space 9. As Dukat ordered his reserve units to enter the battle, the station's crew boarded the ''Defiant'' and the ''Rotarran'', taking all sensitive equipment with them and leaving the station in the hands of the [[Bajoran Militia]].
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[[File:IKS Rotarran and USS Defiant retreat from DS9, Call to Arms.jpg|thumb|The ''Rotarran'' and the ''Defiant'' depart Deep Space 9]]
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Using his knowledge as the station's former commanding officer, Dukat was able to cut main power to Deep Space 9's shields by directing all Dominion firepower into section 17 of the outer [[Deep Space 9#Docking Ring|docking ring]]. With the wormhole now blocked, and the station becoming an impossible position to hold, Captain Sisko ordered all Starfleet personnel to evacuate Deep Space 9. As Dukat ordered his reserve units to enter the battle, the station's Starfleet crew boarded the ''Defiant'' and the ''Rotarran'', taking all sensitive equipment with them and leaving the station in the hands of the [[Bajoran Militia]].
   
[[Image:Battle_of_DS9_4.jpg|thumb|left|The Rotarran and the Defiant depart DS9.]]As the evacuation neared completion, Sisko addressed the remaining station residents on the Promenade, promising, "[[Media:Battle_of_DS9_1.ogg|I will not rest until I stand with you again, here, in this place where I belong]]."
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As the evacuation neared completion, Sisko addressed the remaining station residents on the [[Promenade]], promising, "''I will not rest until I stand with you again, here, in this place where I belong.''" {{audio|file=Battle_of_DS9_1.ogg}}
   
Once the ''Defiant'' and the ''Rotarran'' had safely departed the station, resistance elements remaining on the station activated [[Program Sisko 197]], which totally sabotaged the station's computer and power systems, leaving the station a nearly lifeless hulk. The Dominion and Cardassian troops boarded the station, officially reclaiming [[Terok Nor]], which they had abandoned in orbit of Bajor five years previously.
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Once the ''Defiant'' and the ''Rotarran'' had safely departed the station, [[Major]] [[Kira Nerys]], now the Bajorans' representative to the Dominion, activated [[Program Sisko 197]]. The program completely [[sabotage]]d the station's computer and power systems, leaving the station a nearly lifeless hulk. The Dominion and Cardassian troops boarded the station without resistance, officially reclaiming [[Terok Nor]], the station they had abandoned in orbit of Bajor [[2369|five years]] before. ({{DS9|Call to Arms}})
   
==Aftermath==
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== Immediate aftermath ==
[[Image:Battle_of_DS9_5.jpg|thumb|Dominion forces board DS9.]]Dukat and the Dominion may have captured Deep Space 9 from the Federation, but the battle was ultimately nothing but a pyrrhic victory, because the minefield operated independently from the station and proved resistant to all initial attempts to dismantle it. Likewise, the sabotage of the station itself meant that it would serve little function other than as a command and supply outpost behind the front lines.
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[[File:Dominion boards DS9.jpg|thumb|left|Dominion forces board Deep Space 9]]
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Dukat and the Dominion might have captured Deep Space 9 from the Federation, but the price they paid of more than fifty Dominion ships destroyed ultimately won them nothing more than a Pyrrhic victory. The minefield operated independently from the station and proved resistant to all initial attempts to dismantle it. Likewise, the sabotage of the station itself meant that in the short term it would serve little function other than as a command and supply outpost behind the front lines.
   
In addition, while the Dominion had thrown its full force towards capturing the station, a combined Starfleet-Klingon taskforce crossed the border into Cardassian territory and destroyed the [[shipyard]]s at [[Torros III]], nearly unopposed. This victory would have much greater impact in the short- and mid-term course of the war, as the Dominion's shipbuilding capabilities were seriously affected by the loss of that major facility.
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In addition, while the Dominion had thrown its full force towards capturing the station, a combined Starfleet-Klingon taskforce had crossed the border into Cardassian territory and destroyed the shipyards at [[Torros III]]. This victory had much greater impact in the short- and mid-term course of the war, as the Dominion's shipbuilding capabilities were seriously affected by the loss of that major facility. ({{DS9|Call to Arms}})
   
Ultimately, the station would be recaptured by a joint Starfleet and Klingon assault in the [[Battle of Bajor]] approximately five months later.
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Second Battle of Deep Space 9
Part of the Dominion War
Dominion fires.jpg

Dominion ships open fire on Deep Space 9

Dominion ships open fire on Deep Space 9
Date: 2373
Location: Deep Space 9, Bajoran sector
Result: Pyrrhic Dominion Tactical victory
Decisive Strategic Allied victory;
Bajoran wormhole successfully mined

Complete withdrawal of Allied forces from Bajoran space
Belligerents
Federation Alliance
United Federation of Planets
Klingon Empire
Dominion forces
The Dominion
Cardassian Union
Notable commanders
Benjamin Sisko
Martok
Dukat
Damar
Weyoun
Strength
1 Federation starbase
1 Federation ship
1 Klingon ship
~200 ships
Casualties and losses
Deep Space 9 captured 50 ships destroyed
For the Klingon assault of 2372, please see First Battle of Deep Space 9.

The Second Battle of Deep Space 9 was the opening engagement of the Dominion War, in which the combined forces of the Jem'Hadar and the Cardassian Union, under the nominal command of Gul Dukat, captured Federation starbase Deep Space 9.

Fought in mid 2373, the Dominion launched the assault to prevent a catastrophic strategic loss; the mining of the Bajoran wormhole, which would effectively sever supply lines from the Gamma Quadrant. Two days after Captain Benjamin Sisko rejected Weyoun's ultimatum to remove the minefield, a large task force of Dominion and Cardassian warships launched an assault on the station, intending to capture it before the Defiant could complete the minefield.

Although the Dominion successfully captured the station from the Federation and drove Allied forces from Bajoran space, the losses they incurred were severe; fifty ships were destroyed in the battle, and the Dominion were unable to prevent the activation of the minefield.

Despite being starved of reinforcements from the Gamma Quadrant, the Dominion launched a highly successful campaign into Allied territory, bringing them tantalisingly close to victory. However, the Dominion began experiencing critical supply shortages of both ketracel-white and warships as a result of the wormhole being mined, preventing them from attaining an early total success in the war. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

Prelude Edit

Following their annexation of the Cardassian Union around stardate 50560, the Dominion began fortifying their foothold in the Alpha Quadrant with weekly convoys of warships and troops through the wormhole. As time went on, Cardassian space became a veritable fortress, teeming with Jem'Hadar soldiers and their Vorta overseers. (DS9: "By Inferno's Light")

Although a technical state of war did not exist, and neither side had fully committed to immediate combat, numerous skirmishes took place along the border during this period. Aside from the Dominion's attempt to destroy the Bajoran system using a trilithium bomb, the Jem'Hadar and the Cardassians attacked and destroyed numerous Federation and Klingon patrol ships in a sustained campaign across the border sectors. Casualties of these attacks included the USS Tian An Men and the IKS B'Moth. (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire", "In the Cards")

In addition to the military advances, the Dominion made major inroads into the Alpha Quadrant politically as well, signing nonaggression pacts with several regional powers, including the Miradorn and the Tholian Assembly, and offering similar pacts to Bajor and other independent worlds in the area. The Dominion's greatest diplomatic achievement, however, was the signing of a nonaggression pact with the Romulan Star Empire, the third major power in the region. The Dominion's goal seemed clear: to isolate the Federation politically and militarily. Its classic strategy of divide-and-conquer seemed to be succeeding admirably. Only the Klingon Empire stood with the Federation against the Dominion. With peaceful means failing to slow the Dominion's advance, Deep Space 9 Captain Benjamin Sisko observed, "...a war may be our only hope." (DS9: "In the Cards", "Call to Arms")

Provocation Edit

USS Defiant deploying mines

Defiant lays the minefield

With its strategic position rapidly deteriorating, the Federation resolved to prevent the Dominion from sending further reinforcements into the Alpha Quadrant by mining the entrance to the Bajoran wormhole. Maintenance engineer Rom suggested using self-replicating mines equipped with cloaking devices for the blockade; not only would such a minefield be undetectable to approaching ships, but it would also be virtually indestructible, as each mine destroyed would be replaced by another mine in the vicinity. Chief Miles O'Brien and Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax quickly developed a working model, and the USS Defiant immediately began laying down the minefield.

This action could be seen as nothing less than a provocation for war, however, and the Dominion's primary overseer, Weyoun, promptly demanded that the mining of the wormhole be halted immediately. Captain Sisko flatly refused.

An intricate dance of lies and intimations began: Weyoun claimed that the Cardassians, having suffered terrible damage during the Klingon-Cardassian War, required massive assistance in rebuilding their infrastructure and defenses following the Klingon invasion. Sisko played along, claiming to have had no idea of the Cardassians' dire humanitarian situation. The two representatives arranged a deal, in which the Federation would remove the minefield, and the Dominion would restrict further convoys to nonmilitary personnel and materials. However, both sides recognized this repartee as nothing more than a ruse to buy time – Weyoun to prepare the Dominion fleet for the attack, and Sisko to complete the minefield.

With war imminent, Sisko, speaking both as a Starfleet captain and the Emissary of the Prophets, advised that the Bajoran Provisional Government sign the nonaggression pact offered to them by the Dominion, thus ensuring that the planet and its people were kept out of the now-inevitable conflict. The pact was passed, and First Minister Shakaar Edon ordered the evacuation of all Bajoran personnel from the station. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

The Battle Edit

DS9 under attack 2

The docking ring under attack

Intent on preventing its lifeline to the Gamma Quadrant from being blocked, the Dominion launched a massive assault fleet towards Deep Space 9, with Gul Dukat himself in command. For reasons then unknown, the Federation had not reinforced its position at Deep Space 9, leaving only the USS Defiant and the IKS Rotarran to supplement the station's defenses. Anticipating the enemy attack, Sisko ordered the Rotarran to patrol the border and provide advance warning when the Dominion fleet approached.

Captain Sisko confidently rejected Dukat's offer to surrender, and both sides prepared for the onslaught. Dukat ordered five Jem'Hadar attack wings to intercept the Defiant, while his remaining ships targeted the station.

As the Dominion fleet opened fire, Weyoun and Dukat were unpleasantly surprised to find Deep Space 9's shields holding up under the barrage – Federation deflector shields had previously been impotent in defending against the Jem'Hadar's phased polaron beam weaponry. Dukat ordered more ships to open fire on the station.

Meanwhile, the Defiant herself was coming under fire as she was laying the minefield. The Rotarran provided interference and covering fire, giving the Defiant enough time to complete and activate the minefield, sealing off the wormhole.

IKS Rotarran and USS Defiant retreat from DS9, Call to Arms

The Rotarran and the Defiant depart Deep Space 9

Using his knowledge as the station's former commanding officer, Dukat was able to cut main power to Deep Space 9's shields by directing all Dominion firepower into section 17 of the outer docking ring. With the wormhole now blocked, and the station becoming an impossible position to hold, Captain Sisko ordered all Starfleet personnel to evacuate Deep Space 9. As Dukat ordered his reserve units to enter the battle, the station's Starfleet crew boarded the Defiant and the Rotarran, taking all sensitive equipment with them and leaving the station in the hands of the Bajoran Militia.

As the evacuation neared completion, Sisko addressed the remaining station residents on the Promenade, promising, "I will not rest until I stand with you again, here, in this place where I belong." Listenfile info

Once the Defiant and the Rotarran had safely departed the station, Major Kira Nerys, now the Bajorans' representative to the Dominion, activated Program Sisko 197. The program completely sabotaged the station's computer and power systems, leaving the station a nearly lifeless hulk. The Dominion and Cardassian troops boarded the station without resistance, officially reclaiming Terok Nor, the station they had abandoned in orbit of Bajor five years before. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

Immediate aftermath Edit

Dominion boards DS9

Dominion forces board Deep Space 9

Dukat and the Dominion might have captured Deep Space 9 from the Federation, but the price they paid of more than fifty Dominion ships destroyed ultimately won them nothing more than a Pyrrhic victory. The minefield operated independently from the station and proved resistant to all initial attempts to dismantle it. Likewise, the sabotage of the station itself meant that in the short term it would serve little function other than as a command and supply outpost behind the front lines.

In addition, while the Dominion had thrown its full force towards capturing the station, a combined Starfleet-Klingon taskforce had crossed the border into Cardassian territory and destroyed the shipyards at Torros III. This victory had much greater impact in the short- and mid-term course of the war, as the Dominion's shipbuilding capabilities were seriously affected by the loss of that major facility. (DS9: "Call to Arms")

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