The Danube was an outerplanetary ore freighter. With only a small crew complement of two, the ship was easily hijacked by Jonas Simbacca of the Pirate Clans for it's cargo. Shortly afterwards, the Resolute arrived for search and rescue with J.T. Marsh's Able Squad boarding and securing the ship before a work shuttle was to dock. Onboard, a lone survivor was found but in the effort to extract him from debris, Kaz Takagi unwittingly activated a fusion bomb left by the pirates. Able Squad quickly evacuated the doomed vessel and managed to warn off the Work Crew Shuttle, but the resulting fusion explosion of the Danube still engulfed the shuttle. The destruction of the Danube and the Exofleet Work Crew Shutle, resulted in the Homeworlds Congress declaring war on the pirates.