At California Base, Jou was assigned to the Kurogane.
In Peru, Tam Silvo saw what appeared to be an asteroid crash into the ocean.
The Kurogane arrived in Peru just in time for the “asteroid” to launch giant cricket-looking mechanoids, which made no attempt to communicate and immediately went on the attack. The “asteroid” turned out to be a conch-shell shaped carrier vessel.
The Kurogane managed to destroy the enemy vessel. The aliens have been codenamed the insectoids
Chuck’s character agreed to join the Kurogane crew as a civilian contractor.