The following is excerpted from issue #9 of the Sol Bulletin, an ad hoc news sheet distributed electronically among survivors of the Battle of Earth in the chaotic period following the firing of the Crucible. Issue #9 was released eleven days after the Crucible fired.
Arcturus Flotilla Returns Through Charon Relay
The Arcturus Flotilla returned to the Sol system today, seven days after it first departed and five days after its predicted return. The Flotilla's flagship, the famous SSV Normandy, marked its return by broadcasting the message, "Welcome back to the galaxy, Sol. You're welcome." Celebrations matching the ebullient tone took place through out the Sol system in recognition of what Admiral Hackett called in a statement, "The first step toward restoring galactic civilization."
However, the festive mood was quickly dampened when observers noted the absence of two ships, the Asari frigate Joyous and the Alliance cruiser SSV Manila. The entire Flotilla moved beyond the Oort cloud at the edge of the Sol system and in what some experts say looks suspiciously like a quarantine procedure.
The Inter-species Summit began a closed-door meeting hours after the Flotilla's return. No explanation has yet been given for the missing ships or for their current station beyond the Oort cloud. Admiral Hackett did issue a brief statement on behalf of the Summit. He stated that the Flotilla's mission was a success and that it did not encounter any Reapers, active or otherwise. He confirmed that the Joyous and the Manila were both lost with all hands, but said that the Flotilla took no other casualties.
"I'm sorry, but we don't have all the details yet," he said. "We'll release them to you as they become available.