At such a range, the blast was extraordinarily deadly. Every gun fired hit and one such broadside at optimal range could have crippled such ships alone. Now it was point blank. Ripping through whatever shields remained, many of the shells tore through the hull of the escort cruiser and detonated deep. Subsequent, secondary explosions killed thousands more of the crew. The Orks inflicted a heavy toll on the Emperorís navy that day.