The Roughnecks are an elite unit of the Federation Navy under the command of Admiral Raczak. They are based in Spacedock V in Nesre Secundus system, a turbulent aria on the borders of Auroran and Federation Space. It’s because of this that the Roughnecks see a lot of action and produce capable veterans quickly.
There is a lot of tension between the Roughnecks and the Mercenary group the Wild Geese, and between Raczak and the Wild Geese leader, Eamon Flannigan. The reason for this is unknown, though it may be connected to the Admirals report after The Battle of Kerella, where he painted the Wild Geese in bad light.
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There is no mission string for the Roughnecks themselves, but they do play a large role in the Federation String.
The name Raczak's Roughnecks is actually a reference to Starship Troopers.