- This article is about an in-universe event. For the in-game mission, see The Liberation of Gracemeria.
Operation Free Gracemeria, also known as the Liberation of Gracemeria, was one of the largest battles of the Emmeria-Estovakia War, and marks the liberation of the Republic of Emmeria from the Federal Republic of Estovakia's hegemony.
In the past few months, the Emmerian military managed to retake most of the Anean continent from Estovakian hegemony, razing every single main enemy installation in their way. Along the road back to Gracemeria, they managed to score several victories, such as the destruction of the Aerial Fleet and the P-1112 Aigaion, and even managed to subvert a scorched-earth policy threat to the capital. With nothing able to stop them now, the Emmerian were finally ready to free Emmeria once and for all.
On March 31, 2016, the Emmerians started the recapture of their capital, Gracemeria. Approximately 393 Estovakian vehicles fought to protect the territory, while 141 Emmerian vehicles fought to take back their beloved land. The mission was set into six operations:
- Operation A, where the Steel Gunners Battalion took back Gracemeria Air Force Base.
- Operation B, where the Dragon Busters Battalion and the Emmerian Special Forces take back the capitol building.
- Operation C, where Warlock Separate Battalion in taking back the radio station.
- Operation D, which was a naval battle between the Estovakian Navy and the Republic of Emmeria Navy.
- Operation E, where Windhover Squadron and others destroyed all Estovakian ESM planes.
- Operation F, where Avalanche Squadron and others destroyed Estovakian radar jammer aircraft.
This battle became very intense, but eventually, the city was successfully recaptured.
After the city's liberation, the Strigon Team arrived on station, whereupon their new leader, Ilya Pasternak, ordered all 9th Tactical Fighter Squadron members to retreat and head back to Estovakia, explaining to them that he alone would handle the Garuda Team. Pasternak then flew into Gracemeria and challenged Talisman to a dogfight to see which was truly an Ace. After a long and deadly battle, Pasternak was defeated.
Following the Emmerian victory, Emmerian and Estovakian leaders began arranging for a ceasefire agreement to end hostilities between the two nations. During negotiations, Estovakia was forced to return all territories it had captured, including Mante. However, on the night of Gracemeria's liberation, Estovakian military forces that opposed the treaty signing commandeered the Chandelier and used it to fire cruise missiles at the city. Luckily, numerous Emmerian squadrons were on patrol and managed to prevent Gracemeria's destruction.
- The Liberation of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- Briefing prior to The Liberation of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- Ragno Fortress, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- Heavy Command Cruiser, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- Weapons of Mass Destruction, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
- Aces At War: A History 2019, page 059.
- Mission 14: "Gracemeria Patrol", Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.