This is the first of six steps during an attack.
The attacker declares the defender and the attacking hull zone, if any. If the defender is a ship, the attacker declares the defending hull zone. Measure line of sight to the defender to ensure the attack is possible and to determine if it is obstructed.
- If the attacker is a ship, the defending squadron or hull zone must be inside the attacking hull zone’s firing arc and at attack range of the attacking hull zone.
- If the attacker is a squadron, the defending squadron or hull zone must be at distance 1.
The next step during attack is Roll Attack Dice.