Ah, I see.
Similar situation here.
Although by now the men, at least most of them, rotating in a couple of rookies at a time, 2-3 green men, (pun intended;))
are now quite seasoned. Alpha squad is, at least. Beta team is made up of those in training, accompanying alpha squad, charlie team is back at base and rotated between two men in alpha, a third in beta.
Just took the new sonic pulser research to the field, and boy did it equalize!
Gill men, cruiser-sized vessel, lots of small twisty airlock-like passages. One squaddie exploring those, carrying a jet harpoon and a stunner entered a passageway with a wall jutting out, separating the two doors at either end, providing cover, but not much, decided to see "what's behind door number two?"
CONGRATULATIONS! you win two gill men, and as a Brucie bonus, a shiny new sonic cannon and blaster. Albeit a few inches past your face, narrowly avoiding liquifying half your skull.
(aquanaut retreats behind cover wall, 'panting' heavily, if one can be said to pant with lungs full of liquid, muttering something very rude in ASL sign. (Commander here is somewhat fluent)
Rests a turn, kneeling down and covering the passageway with his rifle, then primes the dirty great big satchel charge he's carrying, rests again behind that doorway, no longer kneeling so as to be ready to leg it the hell out of the way the moment its loose out of his hands, primed for detonation on impact.
Guy tosses the charge the second he opens the door, spins round, dives round the corner of the tunnel and back out of the other end of the access shaft, nicely held open for him by one of the team's heavy weapons specialists, a girl armed with a hydrojet cannon, covered on her blind side by another hydrojet gunner in training, although good enough with it, and a gas cannoner/HE, but who'd stowed the cannon in favor of a squat little pistol captured off a gill man felled a few minutes prior to the demo-pack induced shitstorm in a teacup, just as well too, because the aquanaut who'd just lobbed the charge, using that bit of cover to shield from any fragments from the blast, just about got out in time to duck out of the way of the overpressure, only to nearly run into a blast from an unseen gunner, who the HJC gunner caught onto, as did the girl with the pistol and stunner, the shooter from the other chamber in the USO missed, barely, standing behind some sort of greyish sphere on a pedestal thing, in partial cover. HJC rounds blasted first the back wall, then took the cover out, to a volley of shots from the captured pistol. Damn....thing made short work of the gill man sniper, who was carrying a large weapon, didn't see what exactly, but thats probably just as well
Dropped the sniper, then the charge went off, to a LOUD , and very pained-sounding high pitched shriek, like rusty nails down a blackboard.
Moments later, the lightly armed (well, in terms of weight, but packing an awful lot of punch compared to even the squad gas cannons and armor-piercing rounds from the hydrojet) pistol-packing chick, a real stunner, too
went to check the scene, after having a backup cover her standing, whilst she ducked down, dye grenade overhead for cover. No need. The corridor was empty. Just a few bits of the tech formerly carried by the two gill-men, now no longer in evidence anywhere. Corridor was a blind passage, bar a small alcove sealed off by a door, empty of anything of interest. The two gillmen had both been atomized by the huge satchel charge going off from just behind the door.
Damn....that aquanaut was a complete nutcase, dropping that thing right at his feet, primed to go off on impact and relying solely on the seawater arresting the descent of the blasting pack to get out of there alive. But he did. Just. Dropping the charge rather than throwing it at the two bugs to avoid alerting them and drawing fire, then spinning on his heels and getting the flying fuck out of that hole!
WHAT a mess that left behind.
Only other eventful happenings after the initial approach and fight towards the USO, A short distance from the LZ, but infested with a few gillmen carrying rifles, and one with a load of grenades and some sort of blade weapon, none of them got to do much, only casualty was a minor injury (relatively speaking) caused by an own goal from an inexperienced trooper with a gas cannon. Thankfully not a fatal accident, but only by luck. And the tank shot at several times by a gill man rounding the southeast corner of the USO, instantly reacted to by a trooper who'd been camping a patch of dense rocks with lots of little hidey holes and different heights to pop out from, burst of HE fire from a hydrojet, all three rounds connect, two with the gill man and one with the USO outer hull immediately to the rear resulting in nothing at all, not even the unfortunate, and short-lived bug's equipment remained, that I could see, assuming it had had any from the outset, if it did then the entire lot, gill man, weapon and equipment had just been neatly erased from the face of the earth. Davy Jones' took his due for the mission.
On the way to a terror site now, after having a really narrow, messy intercept attempt, all three fighters dispatched to a large vessel, big enough that one hit almost obliterated an interceptor, tried attrition tactics, launching DUP heads, and backing off, but even the three interceptors together couldn't down it. Damned thing seems to have dropped a cargo of...well....don't know what but the squad are about to find out................