- This article is about an in-game mission. For the in-universe event, see Operation Whalebird.
- "Two aircraft carriers lost... I can't believe that's all that left of our force."
- ― Hans Grimm
Rendezvous is the fifth mission of Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
Perrault: Attention listen up. The biggest mistake Yuktobania has made in their blitz attack is they have failed to sink any of our aircraft carriers. We'll evacuate all our intact carriers to our inland sea, then use them as a base to rebuild our counterstrike force. You've been called to service on a very important operation people. Keep that in mind out there.
Briefing Officer: Today at 1500 hours, three carriers from the Third Osean Naval Fleet will rendezvous at Eaglin Straits. These carriers are the Vulture, the Buzzard, and the Kestrel, which has successfully escaped from Port St. Hewlett thanks to your help. Your mission is to coordinate with the Kestrel and provide top cover for all carriers during the rendezvous. Should you encounter enemy attack, defend the three carriers at all costs. The situation is fluid, so be sure to choose an aircraft with good defensive capability against both air and ground-based threats.
The mission's first objective is to defend the carriers and destroy all enemy aircraft. If any carrier is destroyed, the mission will end in failure.
After all enemy aircraft are shot down, the next objective is to move above 5000 feet. If the player is not over 5000 feet, the player will be destroyed in the blast of the ballistic missile. The mission ends after the second ballistic missile hits.
The enemy attack squadron has withdrawn from the area. The aircraft carriers, Vulture and Buzzard were sunk by a powerful burst missile attack. According to hydrophone data analysis, we have determined that the attack was carried out by the Scinfaxi, a Yuktobanian underwater attack carrier. The specs of the ship are unknown, but its existence confirms that the advanced shipbuilding efforts of the Yuktobanians have been going on unabated since the previous war. Ths Scinfaxi is a serious threat to our objectives. -- Emergency transmission from Central. Our Army has decided to deploy the military power of the Arkbird to neutralize the threat posed by this new enemy submarine.
- An E-2C Hawkeye radar aircraft accompanies the Third Fleet, and is the only one apart from Swordsman and the protagonists that survives the Scinfaxi's attack. There is a chance it might be destroyed by the attack.