Admiral Dev Larren, who founded the Caldari Independent Navy Reserve over three years ago, returned to active service this week after spending two years in retirement on New Caldari. While his return has been greeted with a great deal of excitement among the Reserve's rank and file, he made it clear that he thought the Reserve had made great strides during his absence. "Under me, it was a small-bit private club, but under FADM Van Cleef it seems to have truly become a formidable military organisation. I hope I can meet the standard."
Admiral Larren formed the Reserve in early 107 with a small group of former Caldari Navy pod pilots, and during the first year of its existence, the Reserve clashed with a number of enemies, including the Star Fraction and the Ushra'Khan, most notably when the Reserve hunted down renegade Zainou Biotech scientist Dr. Ullia Hnolku in fall of that year and prevented him from falling into Ushra'Khan hands. It wasn't long after that that Admiral Larren was forced to begin a leave of absence, which left many of the Reserve's oldest members at a loss for his guidance.
However, despite a rocky period in early 108 filled with wars against a number of pilots who would later on establish the pirate syndicate known as The Church, the corporation managed to recover from the loss of the admiral's leadership, with current Fleet Admiral Van Cleef taking the helm of the corporation in April 108, shortly after the Reserve joined the now-defunct Kimotoro Directive. Admiral Larren has still be a constant source of inspiration for Reserve pilots however, with two Reserve space platforms bearing his name over the course of the last two years.
Though, as Admiral Larren claims, he knows "more at the moment about raising lifestock than flying an Eagle," his return has been a strong morale booster for the Reserve and the Fourth District, especially coming on the heels of the District's strong showing in the group stages of the Fifth Alliance Tournament. With Admiral Larren joining the Reserve's officers, both new recruits and veterans, in cheering on ADM Derrys Otireya and CDRE Ladel Teravada's tournament team, spirits are riding high both at Reserve bases in the State and at the Reserve's Pure Blind operations base as the spring of 110 dawns on New Caldari.