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A spokesman for the Zhodani Consulate Navy today confirmed rumors that the 117th Fleet has been lost. She declined to elaborate on the Fleet's mission, but did state that it was engaged in exercises outside the Consulate.
The spokesman refused most questions, but stated categorically that the 117th Fleet's mission had indeed been cleared beforehand with the Imperium in accordance with the Treaty of Quar. She also said that negotiations were in progress for the return of the survivors, and that she could assure that they were being treated well and were safe.
She refused to confirm or deny whether the 117th Fleet was subject to a natural disaster, or had been defeated in battle.
Names of the casualties and the survivors are being held until relatives
have been contacted.