Destruction of Picon Fleet Headquarters

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Destruction of Picon Fleet Headquarters
A Cylon fleet bombards Picon from orbit.
A Cylon fleet bombards Picon from orbit.
A Cylon fleet bombards Picon from orbit.
Conflict: First Cylon War
Related Episode(s): Battlestar Galactica Deadlock
Place: Picon
Result: Cylon Victory
Colonial Fleet Cylons
Unknown Multiple Basestars and Cerberuses
Materiel Losses
Picon Fleet Headquarters, plus other unknown materiel losses. Unknown
Battle Chronology
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Day One Destruction of Picon Fleet Headquarters Chapter 1 - Daidalos

The Destruction of Picon Fleet Headquarters[1] takes place during the First Cylon War. In one of the many attacks during the war, Cylons launch a devastating orbital bombardment on Picon, targeting both Picon Fleet Headquarters and multiple capital cities on the colony.


Understanding the threat of the new Jupiter-class battlestars, Cylons decide to attack Picon to target Picon Fleet Headquarters, the seat of Colonial Fleets leadership. This is days before Jupiter-class battlestar Athena, assigned to Picon as per the Articles of Colonization, is set for delivery and deployment to Picon.


The Cylons are able to launch a massive orbital bombardment, destroying Fleet Headquarters and many capital cities. Picon is in flames, the admiralty is annihilated, leading to the greatest potential of defeat that the Twelve Colonies of Kobol have ever been accustomed to.

Related Video

Segment describing the attack on Picon.
Segment describing the attack on Picon as part of the Battlestar Galactica Deadlock: Season One Finale Trailer.


Rear Admiral Lucinda Cain assumes command of Colonial Fleet from Daidalos, doubling both as the construction center for Project Jupiter and as the ad-hoc Colonial Fleet Headquarters leading the war effort against Cylon aggression. As she does so, Cylons also launch an attack on Daidalos and the Scorpion Fleet Shipyards as it prepares to depart for Picon (Battlestar Galactica Deadlock).


  • It can be inferred that the Cylons attacked Picon knowing that Athena was days away from deployment, and seizing a window of opportunity presented by its absence.


  1. This is a Battlestar Wiki descriptive term.