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{{Unit
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| image = Garuda Team.png
 
| fullname = [[8th Air Division]]<br>28th Fighter Squadron
 
| fullname = [[8th Air Division]]<br>28th Fighter Squadron
 
| emblem = [[File:Official Garuda Team Emblem.png|x100px]]
 
| emblem = [[File:Official Garuda Team Emblem.png|x100px]]
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| equipment = [[F-16C Fighting Falcon]]<br/>[[F-15E Strike Eagle]]<br/>''[[F-15E -Talisman-]]'' {{InfinityStars|4}}<br/>''[[F-15E -Shamrock-]]'' {{InfinityStars|4}}<br/>''player choice''
 
| equipment = [[F-16C Fighting Falcon]]<br/>[[F-15E Strike Eagle]]<br/>''[[F-15E -Talisman-]]'' {{InfinityStars|4}}<br/>''[[F-15E -Shamrock-]]'' {{InfinityStars|4}}<br/>''player choice''
 
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{{Quote|All planes, focus all fire on Garuda Team. The others aren't worth wasting bullets on. |A [[Strigon Team]] member during the [[Battle of the Moloch Desert]]}}
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{{Quote|All planes, focus all fire on Garuda Team. The others aren't worth wasting bullets on.|A [[Strigon Team]] member during the [[battle of the Moloch Desert]]}}
The '''Garuda Team''' is a squadron within the [[Republic of Emmeria Air Force]] Eastern Air Region Air Defense. It served in the REAF's [[8th Air Division]] as its 28th Fighter Squadron.
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{{Nihongo|'''Garuda Team'''|ガルーダ隊|Garūda-tai}}{{Ref|AC6Web-Story|[http://acecombat.jp/ace6/story.html もっと詳しく ACE6 -- 物語の舞台].}} is a fighter squadron in the [[Republic of Emmeria Air Force]]'s Eastern Air Region Air Defense. It serves in the REAF's [[8th Air Division]] as its 28th Fighter Squadron,{{Ref|AC6-AR-45|[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation/Aces|''Ace Combat 6'' Assault Records]] #45 - [[Talisman]].}} and is stationed at [[Gracemeria Air Force Base]].
   
During the [[Emmeria-Estovakia War]], Garuda Team proved to be a very valuable asset to [[Emmeria]], becoming such a threat to [[Estovakia]] that they were force to dedicate entire operations just to take them down. This renown resulted in them becoming national heroes for the Emmerian people.
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During the [[Emmeria-Estovakia War]], Garuda Team became invaluable to the [[Emmeria]]n war effort as it helped decide the outcome of many crucial battles during the war, forcing [[Estovakia]]'s armed forces to dedicate entire operations to the destruction of the squadron. Garuda's renown resulted in its members becoming national heroes for the Emmerian people and helping Emmeria emerge victorious in the war.
   
They were a key factor in deciding the outcomes of many crucial battles during the war, ultimately allowing the Emmerians to emerge from the war as the victors.
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Garuda Team is the player's squadron throughout ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.
 
Garuda Team is the player's squadron in ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.
 
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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===Invasion of Gracemeria===
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[[File:Gracemeria in Ruins.jpg|thumb|250px|Talisman over the damaged [[King's Bridge]]]]
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{{Quote|Garuda 1, you do not have a wingman. Let's see... Shamrock. Shamrock, are you alone, too? Very well. As of now you're Garuda 2.|[[AWACS Ghost Eye]]{{Ref|AC6-M01|[[Invasion of Gracemeria (mission)|Invasion of Gracemeria]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}}}
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As of August 29, 2015, Garuda Team was merely comprised of [[Talisman]], the squadron's leader. On August 30, Estovakia launched an [[invasion of Gracemeria]], Emmeria's capital city. During the emergency scramble, AWACS Ghost Eye assigned [[Marcus Lampert]], callsign Shamrock, to the squadron as Talisman's wingman.{{Refcall|AC6-M01}}
   
=== Invasion of Gracemeria ===
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Garuda Team, along with the rest of the Emmerian forces, fought valiantly to defend Gracemeria. They nearly drove out the Estovakian invaders, but were forced to retreat after the [[P-1112 Aigaion]] wiped out large portions of the defending forces and the elite [[Strigon Team]] entered the battle.{{Refcall|AC6-M01}} During the retreat, one of Garuda's pilots managed to damage Strigon Leader [[Victor Voychek]]'s aircraft; he was forced to eject, injuring his legs in the process and ending his flight career.{{Ref|AC6-Cut03|''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' Cutscene #03: Grounded Hawk.}}
{{Quote|Garuda 1, you do not have a wingman. Let's see... Shamrock. Shamrock are you alone, too? Very well. As of now you're Garuda 2.|[[AWACS Ghost Eye]]}}{{Main|Invasion of Gracemeria}}
 
After scrambling from [[Gracemeria Air Force Base]], AWACS Ghost Eye was quick to realise that Garuda Team only consisted of one member, [[Talisman]]. He shortly after realised that [[Marcus Lampert]] callsign "Shamrock" was also alone and so assigned him to be Garuda Team's number 2.{{Ref|AC6-M01|[[Invasion of Gracemeria (mission)|Invasion of Gracemeria]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
   
Garuda Team along with the rest of the Emmerian forces fought valiantly to defend their capital city of Gracemeria. They almost managed to drive out the Estovakian invaders but were forced to retreat from the airspace when cruise missiles launched from the [[P-1112 Aigaion]] wiped out large portions of the defending forces. The enemy ace squadron [[Strigon Team]], led by [[Victor Voychek]] soon arrived after to shoot down remaining aircraft. However, during the retreat Garuda Team managed to damage Voychek's plane forcing him to land and relegating him to ground duty.{{Refcall|AC6-M01}}
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===Khesed Island===
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{{Quote|Garuda 1, I've got a hunch we'll be going home a lot sooner with you on board.|Shamrock to Talisman{{Ref|AC6-M03|[[Sipli Field (mission)|Sipli Field]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}}}
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After the loss of major cities and key locations to Estovakian forces, Garuda Team was forced to retreat to [[Khesed Island]], an island to the west of the Emmerian mainland. They regrouped there with other Emmerian forces to make a stand against Estovakia's invasion.{{Ref|AC6-Cutscene-02|''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' Cutscene #02: Realization.}}
   
=== Khesed Island ===
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On November 24, Estovakia sent a squadron of bombers to [[Bombing of Vitoze|destroy Vitoze and the Emmerian forces stationed there]]. Garuda Team was sent up with other air squadrons to defend the city from the approaching bombers. They were successful in this operation, allowing Emmeria to begin drafting plans for a counterattack.{{Ref|AC6-M02|[[Vitoze Aerial Defense]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
{{Quote|Garuda 1, I've got a hunch we'll be going home a lot sooner with you on board.|Marcus Lampert}}
 
{{Main|Bombing of Vitoze|Battle of Sipli Field|Battle of Bartolomeo Fortress}}
 
After the loss of major cities and key locations on the [[Anea]]n mainland, Garuda Team along with a substantial amount of the [[Emmeria|Republic of Emmeria's armed forces]] were forced to retreat to [[Khesed Island]], an island off to the east of the Emmerian mainland.{{Ref|AC6-Cutscene-02|''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' Cutscene #02: Realization.}}
 
   
The [[Bombing of Vitoze]], Estovakia launched a bombing campaign on the city of [[Vitoze]] where Emmerian forces were stationed to try and bring a swift and decisive end to the war. Garuda Team and other air squadrons were sent up to defend the territory from the approaching bombers. They were successful in this operation and soon began plans to retake the island of Khesed from Estovakian control.{{Ref|AC6-M02|[[Vitoze Aerial Defense]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
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[[File:Garuda Team AC6 Sipli Field.jpg|thumb|250px|Garuda Team flying over Sipli Field]]
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Three days later, Emmerian forces began their counterattack. They aimed to penetrate Estovakia's defensive line in [[Sipli Field]], leading to the [[battle of Sipli Field]]. This was Garuda Team's first operation in which the squadron supported Emmerian ground troops on multiple fronts. Garuda successfully provided close air support, allowing the ground troops to retake Sipli.{{Refcall|AC6-M03}}
   
[[File:Garuda Team AC6 Sipli Field.jpg|200px|left]]
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Garuda Team then participated in the [[battle of Bartolomeo Fortress]] a month later, supporting Emmeria's ground troops as they retook the fortress and regained control of the island. During the battle, two members of Strigon Team attempted to provide support to the stationed Estovakian troops, but Garuda shot down both Strigon pilots.{{Ref|AC6-M04|[[Bartolomeo Fortress (mission)|Bartolomeo Fortress]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
The [[Battle of Sipli Field]], the first step in retaking Khesed was to wipe out a large portion of Estovakian ground forces located in [[Sipli Field]]. This was the first time Garuda Team participated in a battle of this scale but despite this, managed to spearhead the assault and successfully drive all enemy ground forces out of the vicinity.{{Ref|AC6-M03|[[Sipli Field (mission)|Sipli Field]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
   
The [[Battle of Bartolomeo Fortress]], this battle was the final battle fought on Khesed and it resulted in Estovakia being driven off the island thanks to the efforts of Garuda Team and combined efforts from the Emmerian air forces and ground forces. During the battle two members of the Strigon Team arrived to try turn the tide of the battle however they were shot down by the team.{{Ref|AC6-M04|[[Bartolomeo Fortress (mission)|Bartolomeo Fortress]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
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===Recognition===
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[[File:Acecombat6r.jpg|thumb|250px|Garuda Team during the Siege on Silvat]]
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{{Quote|Garuda Team, you guys work too hard. You're stealin' all our thunder!|[[Saker]] after recapturing [[Bartolomeo Fortress]]{{Refcall|AC6-M04}}}}
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After successfully retaking Khesed Island, the Emmerians prepared for a landing operation on the southern tip of the continent in late January 2016. The resulting [[battle of Ortara]] saw Garuda Team support the landing forces on multiple fronts to help establish a beachhead.{{Ref|AC6-M05|[[Anea Landing]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
   
=== Pushing towards the capital ===
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Garuda Team was assigned one week later to act as relief for the Emmerian ground forces surrounded by Estovakians in the ongoing [[standoff in Silvat Town]]. Garuda's arrival over the combat airspace was a source of joy among Emmerian troops as they began to request close air support from the squadron. A front-line Estovakian unit attempted to retreat, with support from two Strigon Team pilots, but Garuda shot down both Strigon planes and destroyed the retreating unit.{{Ref|AC6-M06|[[Siege on Silvat]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
{{Quote|Garuda Team, you guys work to hard. You're stealing all our thunder!|[[Saker]] after recapturing [[Bartolomeo Fortress]]}}
 
{{Main|Battle of Ortara|Standoff in Silvat Town|Selumna Peaks}}[[File:Acecombat6r.jpg|230x230px|thumb|Garuda Team during the Siege on Silvat]]After successfully retaking the Island of Khesed, the Emmerians then went on the draw up plans to retake the mainland. They would land at the southern tip of the Anean continent where the [[Battle of Ortara]] would be fought. Garuda Team played a key role in completing multiple operations during battle.{{Ref|AC6-M05|[[Anea Landing]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
   
The first major operation the Emmerians launched after establishing a beachhead on Anea was to to help rescue a substantial portion their forces pinned down in [[Silvat Town]]. Garuda Team provided support to multiple units across the battle ultimately allowing the [[Standoff in Silvat Town]] to result in an Emmerian victory. Following this decisive battle, Garuda Team would help its allies push further into the Anean mainland.{{Ref|AC6-M06|[[Siege on Silvat]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
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From this point forward, Garuda became well-known among Emmerian forces and Estovakia began to take notice of the squadron. In subsequent missions, Emmerian forces would call on Garuda directly to provide close air support.
[[File:Garuda Team Selumna Peaks.png|thumb|230x230px|Garuda Team over the Selumna Peaks.]]
 
During the operation over the [[Selumna Peaks]], Garuda Team successfully aided the Emmerians in almost successfully pushing through the area when [[Nimbus missile]]s from the [[P-1112 Aigaion]] once again began to pose a threat to them. Due to this, the Emmerians began to pull out and Garuda Team was tasked to escort the evacuating forces. The cruise missiles were being guided by [[UAV]]s which Garuda Team proceeded to shoot down, ending the missile threat for the time being. After te operation was completed, the Emmerian command began to draw up a plan to end the Estovakian cruise missile threat by destroying their [[Aerial Fleet]]. In order to do this however, they needed to secure a staging point from which they could launch their surprise attack. Concluding that an airfield within the coastal city of [[San Loma]] would suffice, the Emmerians began to move towards the city to recapture it from occupying forces.{{Ref|AC6-M07|[[Selumna Peak]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
   
{{Main|Liberation of San Loma|Assault on the Aerial Fleet}}The Emmerians began to move on the city with the main goal of taking control of its airfield. At some point during the sortie, UAVs arrived to guide cruise missiles at the Emmerian forces to try and prevent then from recapturing the city. Garuda Team aided in ensuring that the mission was a success by supporting various operations during the battle. Estovakian ace pilot [[Goran Rosandic]] was shot down over San Loma by the Garuda Team.{{Ref|AC6-AR-20|[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation/Aces|''Ace Combat 6'' Assault Records]] #20 - Goran Rosandic.}}{{Ref|AC6-M08|[[San Loma Assault]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
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===Destroying the Aigaion===
[[File:P-1112 Aigaion Crashing.png|thumb|230x230px|Garuda Team watching the Aigaion fall.]]
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[[File:Garuda Team Selumna Peaks.png|thumb|250px|Garuda Team over the Selumna Peaks]]
Launching from San Loma's airfield, the Republic of Emmeria Air Force flew over the [[Fuscum Sea]] to meet the Aerial Fleet whilst its radars were hampered due to midair refuelling. Garuda Team was the lead squadron during the [[Assault on the Aerial Fleet]]. Shortly after Emmerian forces began attacking the fleet, the several Strigon Team members which were stationed at the Aigaion took off to defend it. [[Lorenz Riedel]], the [[Belka]]n defector responsible for the Aerial Fleet also took flight. There was a fierce battle over the Dead Sea between Estovakian and Emmerian forces but in the end, all Strigon members present and Riedel were shot down with the Aerial Fleet. Talisman of the Garuda Team landing the final blow on the Aigaion which send it crashing down into the sea below.{{Ref|AC6-M09|[[Heavy Command Cruiser (mission)|Heavy Command Cruiser]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}{{Ref|AC6-AR-21|[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation/Aces|''Ace Combat 6'' Assault Records]] #21 - Lorenz Riedel.}}
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During the following [[battle of the Selumna Peaks]], Garuda Team was nearly successful in aiding the Emmerian forces to push through the mountain range. However, the P-1112 Aigaion fired its [[Nimbus missile]]s at the Emmerians once more. They began to retreat while Garuda defended them by shooting down all of the Aigaion's UAVs that helped the Nimbus missile tracking system.{{Ref|AC6-M07|[[Selumna Peak]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
   
=== Defying orders ===
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Emmeria determined that retaking [[San Loma]] would be vital in destroying the Aigaion and its missile system. Garuda Team took part in the [[liberation of San Loma]] on February 15, in which they supported Emmerian air, land, and naval forces as they captured different sectors in the city. Garuda also protected them from cruise missile attacks by destroying Aigaion's drones in the airspace.{{Ref|AC6-M08|[[San Loma Assault]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}} During the operation, Garuda shot down Estovakian ace pilot [[Goran Rosandic]],{{Ref|AC6-AR-20|[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation/Aces|''Ace Combat 6'' Assault Records]] #20 - [[Goran Rosandic]].}} as well as another Estovakian pilot who [[Melissa Herman]] and [[Ludmila Tolstaya]] resuscitated.{{Ref|AC6-Cut10|''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' Cutscene #10 - A Common Burden.}}
{{Quote|Ghost Eye, what the hell do you know about losing a family member? I'll take whatever the hell action I see fit!|Marcus Lampert}}
 
{{Main|Battle of the Moloch Desert}}[[File:Garuda and Hammerhead above Moloch Desert.jpg|thumb|231x231px|Garuda Team with [[Hammerhead Squadron]].]]
 
During the battle in the [[Moloch Desert]], Emmerian forces were on the brink of victory when they received an order to retreat in response to the Estovakian WMD threat. As the order was being relayed, the Strigon Team entered the combat airspace. Shamrock, outraged by the order decided to go against it claiming he wouldn't stop this close to reuniting with his family in Gracemeria and Garuda Team proceeded to down all Strigon planes that had arrived.{{Ref|AC6-M11|[[The Moloch Desert]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
   
When they returned to base, Talisman and Shamrock were penalised for defying a direct order and were restricted to doing nothing more than accessing their barracks.{{Refcall|AC6-M11}}
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[[File:P-1112 Aigaion Crashing.png|thumb|250px|Garuda Team watching the Aigaion fall]]
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A battle plan to destroy the Aigaion and its [[Aerial Fleet]] was drawn up from San Loma's airfield. Garuda took part in the [[assault on the Aerial Fleet]], acting as the lead squadron in the attacking force. Shortly after initiating attack, Aigaion's escorts—the [[P-1113 Kottos]] and [[P-1114 Gyges]]—as well as the Strigon Team engaged the Emmerians, resulting in a massive and fierce air battle. Garuda whittled away at the Aigaion's escorts and Strigon Team, and eventually Talisman dealt the final blow on the Aigaion, sending it crashing into the sea.{{Ref|AC6-M09|[[Heavy Command Cruiser (mission)|Heavy Command Cruiser]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}} Garuda also shot down [[Lorenz Riedel]], a [[Belka]]n defector responsible for the Aerial Fleet's design.{{Ref|AC6-AR-21|[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation/Aces|''Ace Combat 6'' Assault Records]] #21 - [[Lorenz Riedel]].}}
   
=== Redemption ===
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Estovakia now considered Garuda Team (especially its squadron leader, Talisman) a major threat. Strigon Team, which had been using the Aigaion as a mobile base, was relocated to Gracemeria and assigned a new squadron leader: [[Ilya Pasternak]], who was given the task of shooting down Talisman.{{Ref|AC6-Cut11|''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' Cutscene #11 - Changing of the Guard.}}
{{Quote|Looks like you're going to have to face the music. Eliminate those enemy planes!|AWACS Ghost Eye}}
 
{{Main|Fort Norton infiltration}}
 
The Emmerian military soon realised that they would need to deal with the newly discovered WMD threat posed by Estovakia. They would need to infiltrate [[Fort Norton]] and destroy the enemy's WMD catalyst. They understood that the only team within their ranks which would be able to successfully complete the mission is Garuda Team and permitted them to go on sortie.{{Ref|AC6-M12|[[Weapons of Mass Destruction]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
   
Garuda Team successfully destroyed the WMD catalyst but on their way back to base they were intercepted by an entire battalion of enemy fighters which they would need to fight. It was an arduous battle but Garuda managed to hold off until allied re-enforcements arrived.{{Refcall|AC6-M12}}
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===Defying orders and redemption===
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[[File:Garuda and Hammerhead above Moloch Desert.jpg|thumb|250px|Garuda Team with [[Hammerhead Squadron]]]]
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{{Quote|Ghost Eye, what the hell do you know about losing a family member. I'll take whatever the hell action I see fit!|Shamrock{{Ref|AC6-M11|[[The Moloch Desert]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}}}
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Emmeria continued to advance towards Gracemeria, resulting in the [[battle of Ragno Fortress]] and the [[battle of the Moloch Desert]]. Garuda Team participated in both battles, providing close air support and dealing the final blow especially to Ragno's air defenses.{{Ref|AC6-M10|[[Ragno Fortress]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
   
When they arrived back at base, all of their previous commendations and medals were restored.
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During the battle of the Moloch Desert, Emmerian forces were ordered to retreat after Estovakia threatened to use weapons of mass destruction on Gracemeria if Emmeria advanced any further. Shamrock, who had not been told the gravity of the situation, disobeyed the retreat order; Strigon Team entered the airspace to shoot down Garuda Team, and Shamrock returned fire. Talisman supported him in shooting down all of the Strigon members. When they returned to base, Talisman and Shamrock were penalized for defying a direct order and were restricted to doing nothing more than accessing their barracks.{{Refcall|AC6-M11}}
   
=== The Liberation of Gracemeria ===
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Over the next 24 hours, the Emmerian military gathered intelligence on Estovakia's WMD plans, discovering that the chemical catalyst was being transported in [[Fort Norton]]. The Joint Chiefs of Staff conceded that the only squadron capable of this infiltration mission was Garuda Team, so they lifted Talisman and Shamrock's restrictions and ordered them to go on this sortie.{{Ref|AC6-M12|[[Weapons of Mass Destruction]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
{{Quote|They've opened up the gate to our city! We've got the Garuda Team to thank for this!|[[Republic of Emmeria Army|Emmerian Ground Unit]] following the success of [[Operation Free Gracemeria]]}}
 
{{Main|Operation Free Gracemeria}}
 
On March 31st, 2016 the Emmerian military launched [[Operation Free Gracemeria]]. The goal of the operation was to liberate their capital and end the Emmeria-Estovakia War. Garuda Team was the core flight on this mission and their support ultimately resulted in the capital city Gracemeria being liberated and freed from Estovakian control.{{Ref|AC6-M13|[[The Liberation of Gracemeria]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}[[File:Garuda vs.jpg|235x235px|thumb|Talisman facing off against Ilya Pasternak]]However soon after the battle the newly appointed leader of Strigon Team, [[Ilya Pasternak]] piloting a [[CFA-44 Nosferatu]] arrived in Gracemeria with many [[UAV-45]]s. His goal was to defeat the Garuda Team and to allow the remaining Strigon Team survivors to flee the battle and survive. He was unsuccessful in defeating Garuda Team but his sacrifice managed to allow the rest of his team to escape.{{Refcall|AC6-M13}}
 
   
=== Estovakia retaliates ===
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Garuda successfully [[Fort Norton infiltration|infiltrated Fort Norton]] and destroyed the WMD catalyst, but on the pilots' return flight, they were intercepted by a large battalion of Estovakian fighters. Garuda fought off the opposing aircraft long enough for other Emmerian squadrons to arrive and provide support. With their combined firepower, the Emmerian squadrons shot down all Estovakian fighters. Garuda's commendations and medals were restored following this operation.{{Refcall|AC6-M12}}
{{Quote|What the hell is with these guys? Haven't we seen enough death?!|Marcus Lampert}}
 
{{Main|Gracemeria cruise missile attack}}
 
The night after Gracemeria was liberated, the Emmerian pilots took to the skies to patrol their newly recaptured capital in case of an enemy re-invasion. It is here where Shamrock reveals that his wife and daughter were both killed during the war and goes onto say that this was going to be his last mission. After their patrol mission, [[Snake Pit]] detected something on radar. Cruise missiles escorted by Estovakian fighters began entering the airspace on course to destroy the city and every air force squadron and missile defence platform moved to destroy all incoming cruise missiles. Garuda Team aided in defending from the missiles and soon after AWACS Ghost Eye triangulated where these missiles were coming from.{{Ref|AC6-M14|[[Gracemeria Patrol]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
{{Quote|Let's go, Garuda 1! It's time to finish this!|Marcus Lampert}}
 
{{Main|Battle of Sonne Island}}[[File:Defenders of Chandelier.jpg|236x236px|right|thumb]]
 
The [[Battle of Sonne Island]] is the last known deployment of Garuda Team and it was to be one of their fiercest yet. The Estovakians completed their asteroid defence railgun, the [[Chandelier]] and were now using it as a weapon against the Emmerian capital. During the battle, Marcus Lampert bravely went in to acquire key data on the Chandelier's back up cooling unit, successfully transmitting the data but getting shot down in the process. Garuda 1 then flew in and destroyed the backup cooling unit thanks to the data provided by Garuda 2, though this was not the end of the Chandelier and Talisman was forced to fly into the gun barrel of the giant rail gun to destroy its final area. Talisman then flew home with the rest of the Emmerian air force and Shamrock was picked up by a rescue team.{{Ref|AC6-M15|[[Chandelier (mission)|Chandeleier]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
 
   
=== After war ===
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===Liberation of Gracemeria===
{{Quote|Talisman, this is it. This is what we've been fighting for.|Marcus Lampert}}[[File:052.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Marcus "Shamrock" Lampert after war.]]Not much is known what happened to Garuda 1 after the war but it is currently believed he is still a part of the Republic of Emmeria Air Force.
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{{Quote|They've opened up the gate to our city! We've got the Garuda Team to thank for this!|[[Republic of Emmeria Army|Emmerian soldier]] following Gracemeria's liberation{{Ref|AC6-M13|[[The Liberation of Gracemeria]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}}}
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On March 31, 2016, the Emmerian military launched [[Operation Free Gracemeria]] in an effort to liberate Gracemeria and end the war. Garuda was the core flight in the operation, having to support at least four different front lines to recapture certain sectors of the city. The squadron's support ultimately resulted in Gracemeria being mostly liberated from Estovakian control.{{Refcall|AC6-M13}}
   
Marcus Lampert, now confined to a wheelchair for the time being due to his crash now resides in Gracemeria. He then visited [[Melissa Herman]]'s home, where he finally met the person whom he had heard on the radio during his final mission.{{Ref|AC6-Cutscene-17|''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' Cutscene #17: A Brand New Day.}}
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[[File:Talisman vs Pasternak.jpg|thumb|250px|Talisman facing off against Ilya Pasternak]]
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Shortly afterward, Pasternak—the new squadron leader of Strigon Team—entered the airspace piloting a [[CFA-44 Nosferatu]] and ordered his squadron to retreat. Garuda engaged him, and after an extended battle, Talisman shot Pasternak down. While Pasternak was unsuccessful in defeating Garuda, his sacrifice allowed Strigon to escape the combat area.{{Refcall|AC6-M13}}
   
== Gallery ==
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===Estovakia's retaliation===
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{{Quote|Let's go, Garuda 1! It's time to finish this!|Shamrock{{Ref|AC6-M15|[[Chandelier (mission)|Chandeleier]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}}}
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Later that night, Garuda joined other Emmerian squadrons in patrolling Gracemeria's airspace. Shamrock revealed to Talisman during this patrol that Shamrock's wife and daughter were both killed during the war, and informs Talisman that he's retiring following the patrol mission.{{Ref|AC6-M14|[[Gracemeria Patrol]], ''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]''.}}
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Suddenly, [[Guy Stewart]] and Ghost Eye detected cruise missiles and Estovakian fighter squadrons approaching Gracemeria. Garuda and the other Emmerian squadrons entered battle formation, destroying all of the cruise missiles and protecting the city from further harm.{{Refcall|AC6-M14}}
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Emmeria's armed forces determined the source of the cruise missiles to be [[Chandelier]], an asteroid defense weapon thought to be abandoned. Garuda led the Emmerian squadrons in the [[battle of Sonne Island]] to destroy Chandelier's cooling units, supported by data provided by Victor Voychek (who had betrayed his country to prevent mass civilian casualties), Melissa Herman, and her daughter [[Matilda Herman|Matilda]]. After the Emmerians destroyed all of the cooling units, Shamrock bravely entered Chandelier's backup cooling area, gathering data but getting shot down in the process. Talisman destroyed the backup cooling unit, then flew into Chandelier's gun barrel and destroyed its core. Chandelier began to collapse, and the Emmerians declared victory. Talisman flew home as Shamrock was supposedly picked up by a rescue team.{{Refcall|AC6-M15}}
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===Postwar===
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[[File:052.jpg|thumb|250px|Shamrock after the war]]
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{{Quote|Talisman, this is it. This is what we've been fighting for.|Shamrock}}
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Shamrock, whose legs were damaged in the crash, was confined to a wheelchair until he began physical rehabilitation, likely grounding him permanently. He visited Melissa Herman's home after the war concluded in order to meet her and Matilda, since their assistance helped them destroy Chandelier in his final sortie.{{Ref|AC6-Cutscene-17|''[[Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation]]'' Cutscene #17: A Brand New Day.}} It is not known if Talisman retired as well, or still served for Emmeria's Air Force for some time after the war.
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==Gallery==
 
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==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*There is evidence to suggest that Garuda Team was a three-man squadron early in the game's development.
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*There is evidence to suggest that Garuda Team was a three-man squadron early in the game's development:
 
**Early screenshots show three pilots using the same aircraft (see [[#Gallery]]).
 
**Early screenshots show three pilots using the same aircraft (see [[#Gallery]]).
 
**The Garuda Team emblem shows three stars, implying three aircraft in the same way that [[Galm Team]]'s emblem shows two stars for two aircraft.
 
**The Garuda Team emblem shows three stars, implying three aircraft in the same way that [[Galm Team]]'s emblem shows two stars for two aircraft.
**The prototype video for ''[[Ace Combat: Assault Horizon]]'', which is based on ''Ace Combat 6''{{'}}s engine and believed to be set in [[Gracemeria]], shows the player forming up in a flight of three at the end of their air battle.{{Ref|ACAH-Prototype|[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v = <nowiki>kfjwqFzJuz8 エースコンバット アサルト・ホライゾン 初期イメージ映像]. YouTube. Uploaded on September 11, 2011.</nowiki>}}
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**The prototype video for ''[[Ace Combat: Assault Horizon]]'', which is based on ''Ace Combat 6''{{'}}s engine and believed to be set in [[Gracemeria]], shows the player forming up in a flight of three at the end of their air battle.{{Ref|ACAH-Prototype|2=[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfjwqFzJuz8 エースコンバット アサルト・ホライゾン 初期イメージ映像]. YouTube. Uploaded on September 11, 2011.}}
 
*The {{Wp|Garuda}}, in both {{Wp|Hindu mythology|Hindu}} and {{Wp|Buddhist mythology}}, is a large bird-like creature that acts as the mount of {{Wp|Vishnu}}.
 
*The {{Wp|Garuda}}, in both {{Wp|Hindu mythology|Hindu}} and {{Wp|Buddhist mythology}}, is a large bird-like creature that acts as the mount of {{Wp|Vishnu}}.
 
**"Garuda" is used in Hindu to refer to the constellation {{Wp|Aquila (constellation)|Aquila}}, after which the [[Yellow Squadron]] was named.
 
**"Garuda" is used in Hindu to refer to the constellation {{Wp|Aquila (constellation)|Aquila}}, after which the [[Yellow Squadron]] was named.
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"All planes, focus all fire on Garuda Team. The others aren't worth wasting bullets on."
― A Strigon Team member during the battle of the Moloch Desert

Garuda Team (ガルーダ隊 Garūda-tai)[1] is a fighter squadron in the Republic of Emmeria Air Force's Eastern Air Region Air Defense. It serves in the REAF's 8th Air Division as its 28th Fighter Squadron,[2] and is stationed at Gracemeria Air Force Base.

During the Emmeria-Estovakia War, Garuda Team became invaluable to the Emmerian war effort as it helped decide the outcome of many crucial battles during the war, forcing Estovakia's armed forces to dedicate entire operations to the destruction of the squadron. Garuda's renown resulted in its members becoming national heroes for the Emmerian people and helping Emmeria emerge victorious in the war.

Garuda Team is the player's squadron throughout Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.

History

Invasion of Gracemeria

Gracemeria in Ruins

Talisman over the damaged King's Bridge

"Garuda 1, you do not have a wingman. Let's see... Shamrock. Shamrock, are you alone, too? Very well. As of now you're Garuda 2."
AWACS Ghost Eye[3]

As of August 29, 2015, Garuda Team was merely comprised of Talisman, the squadron's leader. On August 30, Estovakia launched an invasion of Gracemeria, Emmeria's capital city. During the emergency scramble, AWACS Ghost Eye assigned Marcus Lampert, callsign Shamrock, to the squadron as Talisman's wingman.[3]

Garuda Team, along with the rest of the Emmerian forces, fought valiantly to defend Gracemeria. They nearly drove out the Estovakian invaders, but were forced to retreat after the P-1112 Aigaion wiped out large portions of the defending forces and the elite Strigon Team entered the battle.[3] During the retreat, one of Garuda's pilots managed to damage Strigon Leader Victor Voychek's aircraft; he was forced to eject, injuring his legs in the process and ending his flight career.[4]

Khesed Island

"Garuda 1, I've got a hunch we'll be going home a lot sooner with you on board."
― Shamrock to Talisman[5]

After the loss of major cities and key locations to Estovakian forces, Garuda Team was forced to retreat to Khesed Island, an island to the west of the Emmerian mainland. They regrouped there with other Emmerian forces to make a stand against Estovakia's invasion.[6]

On November 24, Estovakia sent a squadron of bombers to destroy Vitoze and the Emmerian forces stationed there. Garuda Team was sent up with other air squadrons to defend the city from the approaching bombers. They were successful in this operation, allowing Emmeria to begin drafting plans for a counterattack.[7]

Garuda Team AC6 Sipli Field

Garuda Team flying over Sipli Field

Three days later, Emmerian forces began their counterattack. They aimed to penetrate Estovakia's defensive line in Sipli Field, leading to the battle of Sipli Field. This was Garuda Team's first operation in which the squadron supported Emmerian ground troops on multiple fronts. Garuda successfully provided close air support, allowing the ground troops to retake Sipli.[5]

Garuda Team then participated in the battle of Bartolomeo Fortress a month later, supporting Emmeria's ground troops as they retook the fortress and regained control of the island. During the battle, two members of Strigon Team attempted to provide support to the stationed Estovakian troops, but Garuda shot down both Strigon pilots.[8]

Recognition

Garuda Team Silvat

Garuda Team during the Siege on Silvat

"Garuda Team, you guys work too hard. You're stealin' all our thunder!"
Saker after recapturing Bartolomeo Fortress[8]

After successfully retaking Khesed Island, the Emmerians prepared for a landing operation on the southern tip of the continent in late January 2016. The resulting battle of Ortara saw Garuda Team support the landing forces on multiple fronts to help establish a beachhead.[9]

Garuda Team was assigned one week later to act as relief for the Emmerian ground forces surrounded by Estovakians in the ongoing standoff in Silvat Town. Garuda's arrival over the combat airspace was a source of joy among Emmerian troops as they began to request close air support from the squadron. A front-line Estovakian unit attempted to retreat, with support from two Strigon Team pilots, but Garuda shot down both Strigon planes and destroyed the retreating unit.[10]

From this point forward, Garuda became well-known among Emmerian forces and Estovakia began to take notice of the squadron. In subsequent missions, Emmerian forces would call on Garuda directly to provide close air support.

Destroying the Aigaion

Garuda Team Selumna Peaks

Garuda Team over the Selumna Peaks

During the following battle of the Selumna Peaks, Garuda Team was nearly successful in aiding the Emmerian forces to push through the mountain range. However, the P-1112 Aigaion fired its Nimbus missiles at the Emmerians once more. They began to retreat while Garuda defended them by shooting down all of the Aigaion's UAVs that helped the Nimbus missile tracking system.[11]

Emmeria determined that retaking San Loma would be vital in destroying the Aigaion and its missile system. Garuda Team took part in the liberation of San Loma on February 15, in which they supported Emmerian air, land, and naval forces as they captured different sectors in the city. Garuda also protected them from cruise missile attacks by destroying Aigaion's drones in the airspace.[12] During the operation, Garuda shot down Estovakian ace pilot Goran Rosandic,[13] as well as another Estovakian pilot who Melissa Herman and Ludmila Tolstaya resuscitated.[14]

P-1112 Aigaion Crashing

Garuda Team watching the Aigaion fall

A battle plan to destroy the Aigaion and its Aerial Fleet was drawn up from San Loma's airfield. Garuda took part in the assault on the Aerial Fleet, acting as the lead squadron in the attacking force. Shortly after initiating attack, Aigaion's escorts—the P-1113 Kottos and P-1114 Gyges—as well as the Strigon Team engaged the Emmerians, resulting in a massive and fierce air battle. Garuda whittled away at the Aigaion's escorts and Strigon Team, and eventually Talisman dealt the final blow on the Aigaion, sending it crashing into the sea.[15] Garuda also shot down Lorenz Riedel, a Belkan defector responsible for the Aerial Fleet's design.[16]

Estovakia now considered Garuda Team (especially its squadron leader, Talisman) a major threat. Strigon Team, which had been using the Aigaion as a mobile base, was relocated to Gracemeria and assigned a new squadron leader: Ilya Pasternak, who was given the task of shooting down Talisman.[17]

Defying orders and redemption

Garuda and Hammerhead above Moloch Desert

Garuda Team with Hammerhead Squadron

"Ghost Eye, what the hell do you know about losing a family member. I'll take whatever the hell action I see fit!"
― Shamrock[18]

Emmeria continued to advance towards Gracemeria, resulting in the battle of Ragno Fortress and the battle of the Moloch Desert. Garuda Team participated in both battles, providing close air support and dealing the final blow especially to Ragno's air defenses.[19]

During the battle of the Moloch Desert, Emmerian forces were ordered to retreat after Estovakia threatened to use weapons of mass destruction on Gracemeria if Emmeria advanced any further. Shamrock, who had not been told the gravity of the situation, disobeyed the retreat order; Strigon Team entered the airspace to shoot down Garuda Team, and Shamrock returned fire. Talisman supported him in shooting down all of the Strigon members. When they returned to base, Talisman and Shamrock were penalized for defying a direct order and were restricted to doing nothing more than accessing their barracks.[18]

Over the next 24 hours, the Emmerian military gathered intelligence on Estovakia's WMD plans, discovering that the chemical catalyst was being transported in Fort Norton. The Joint Chiefs of Staff conceded that the only squadron capable of this infiltration mission was Garuda Team, so they lifted Talisman and Shamrock's restrictions and ordered them to go on this sortie.[20]

Garuda successfully infiltrated Fort Norton and destroyed the WMD catalyst, but on the pilots' return flight, they were intercepted by a large battalion of Estovakian fighters. Garuda fought off the opposing aircraft long enough for other Emmerian squadrons to arrive and provide support. With their combined firepower, the Emmerian squadrons shot down all Estovakian fighters. Garuda's commendations and medals were restored following this operation.[20]

Liberation of Gracemeria

"They've opened up the gate to our city! We've got the Garuda Team to thank for this!"
Emmerian soldier following Gracemeria's liberation[21]

On March 31, 2016, the Emmerian military launched Operation Free Gracemeria in an effort to liberate Gracemeria and end the war. Garuda was the core flight in the operation, having to support at least four different front lines to recapture certain sectors of the city. The squadron's support ultimately resulted in Gracemeria being mostly liberated from Estovakian control.[21]

Talisman vs Pasternak

Talisman facing off against Ilya Pasternak

Shortly afterward, Pasternak—the new squadron leader of Strigon Team—entered the airspace piloting a CFA-44 Nosferatu and ordered his squadron to retreat. Garuda engaged him, and after an extended battle, Talisman shot Pasternak down. While Pasternak was unsuccessful in defeating Garuda, his sacrifice allowed Strigon to escape the combat area.[21]

Estovakia's retaliation

"Let's go, Garuda 1! It's time to finish this!"
― Shamrock[22]

Later that night, Garuda joined other Emmerian squadrons in patrolling Gracemeria's airspace. Shamrock revealed to Talisman during this patrol that Shamrock's wife and daughter were both killed during the war, and informs Talisman that he's retiring following the patrol mission.[23]

Suddenly, Guy Stewart and Ghost Eye detected cruise missiles and Estovakian fighter squadrons approaching Gracemeria. Garuda and the other Emmerian squadrons entered battle formation, destroying all of the cruise missiles and protecting the city from further harm.[23]

Emmeria's armed forces determined the source of the cruise missiles to be Chandelier, an asteroid defense weapon thought to be abandoned. Garuda led the Emmerian squadrons in the battle of Sonne Island to destroy Chandelier's cooling units, supported by data provided by Victor Voychek (who had betrayed his country to prevent mass civilian casualties), Melissa Herman, and her daughter Matilda. After the Emmerians destroyed all of the cooling units, Shamrock bravely entered Chandelier's backup cooling area, gathering data but getting shot down in the process. Talisman destroyed the backup cooling unit, then flew into Chandelier's gun barrel and destroyed its core. Chandelier began to collapse, and the Emmerians declared victory. Talisman flew home as Shamrock was supposedly picked up by a rescue team.[22]

Postwar

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Shamrock after the war

"Talisman, this is it. This is what we've been fighting for."
― Shamrock

Shamrock, whose legs were damaged in the crash, was confined to a wheelchair until he began physical rehabilitation, likely grounding him permanently. He visited Melissa Herman's home after the war concluded in order to meet her and Matilda, since their assistance helped them destroy Chandelier in his final sortie.[24] It is not known if Talisman retired as well, or still served for Emmeria's Air Force for some time after the war.

Gallery

Trivia

  • There is evidence to suggest that Garuda Team was a three-man squadron early in the game's development:
    • Early screenshots show three pilots using the same aircraft (see #Gallery).
    • The Garuda Team emblem shows three stars, implying three aircraft in the same way that Galm Team's emblem shows two stars for two aircraft.
    • The prototype video for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, which is based on Ace Combat 6's engine and believed to be set in Gracemeria, shows the player forming up in a flight of three at the end of their air battle.[25]
  • The Garuda, in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology, is a large bird-like creature that acts as the mount of Vishnu.
    • "Garuda" is used in Hindu to refer to the constellation Aquila, after which the Yellow Squadron was named.
  • The callsigns of the two members of Garuda Team - Talisman and Shamrock - are both symbols of good luck.
  • In Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception, an enemy ace named Garuda can be found in the mission Pinned Down. The ace flies a Mirage 2000D.

References

  1. もっと詳しく ACE6 -- 物語の舞台.
  2. Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #45 - Talisman.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Invasion of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  4. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #03: Grounded Hawk.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Sipli Field, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  6. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #02: Realization.
  7. Vitoze Aerial Defense, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Bartolomeo Fortress, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  9. Anea Landing, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  10. Siege on Silvat, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  11. Selumna Peak, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  12. San Loma Assault, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  13. Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #20 - Goran Rosandic.
  14. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #10 - A Common Burden.
  15. Heavy Command Cruiser, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  16. Ace Combat 6 Assault Records #21 - Lorenz Riedel.
  17. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #11 - Changing of the Guard.
  18. 18.0 18.1 The Moloch Desert, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  19. Ragno Fortress, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 The Liberation of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  22. 22.0 22.1 Chandeleier, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  23. 23.0 23.1 Gracemeria Patrol, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  24. Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Cutscene #17: A Brand New Day.
  25. エースコンバット アサルト・ホライゾン 初期イメージ映像. YouTube. Uploaded on September 11, 2011.
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