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|“|| Take out Nod turrets along shore so Gunboats can move in safely on the Nod base. The Nod base must be destroyed. If gunboats can get in, they should be able to destroy the base with no difficulty. Keep an eye out for the new weapon Nod is rumored to be working on.|
- Mission briefing
Secure the Danube is the eleventh mission during GDI's European campaign in Tiberian Dawn.
J.C. Carter had devised a cunning plan to prevent further losses, constructing gunboats along one of the tributaries of the River Danube he hoped to destroy Nod bases along the river. Specifically the one north of Budapest.
Despite this he was coherent enough to give James Solomon orders to destroy the Turrets along the river. James Solomon arrived with an MCV to the north of the river, established a base and began the destruction of the northern turrets while a Chinook moved a small force of Grenadiers and Rocket soldiers to destroy the turrets south of the river. J.C. Carter had hoped that James Solomon would have eliminated the Turrets so that his gunboats would arrive in the base and destroy it.
Nod however had preempted his plan. They had built one of their new defensive weapons, the Obelisk of Light which had been invented for the primary purpose of sinking enemy ships. Nod sank all the gunboats with it's Obelisk of Light. J.C. Carter is believed to have died in the gunboats or to have been rendered insensible by Tiberium sickness before his death and was unable to give any new orders to James Solomon.
With the base destroyed the GDI were able to conquer Budapest, installing a GDI government there and having eliminated the Obelisk of Light, GDI gunboats were able to advance down-river the bombard Nod forces. GDI gained control of the Hungarian section of the River Danube and shortly afterwards Nod resistance in Hungary collapsed.
The Ways and Means Committee of the United Nations which had previously cut GDI funding following the Bialystok scandal had finally reversed it's earlier decision due to Mark Jamison Sheppard's diplomacy. As a result he was assume command over James' forces in Europe.