I received a secure communications half past 1 a handful of days ago. I had orders to secure ships of the Imperial Navy in order to bolster our own fleet, but also gain insight into the inner workings of the cabal. With much hesitation I boarded the FNS Alice Hamilton and had the engineers apply a fresh coat of paint to her and re-badge her temporarily to obfuscate her origins. I set off for the Imperial systems of Mainani and Ngalinn and set off to work. I greased the wheels of progress with a few million credits and countless Imperial Navy courier missions (of course, the data was re-distributed to our own agents as well). By the end of the mission I had acquired a handful of ships, including the INV King Henry VIII. I can certainly see why a full-on conflict between us and them would become a difficult one. While largely difficult to maneuver, it is truly an insanely fast ship, and the creature comforts within are certainly nothing to scoff at. I hate to admit it, but I do like this ship.