At the beginning of the Second Tiberium War it was besieged during the opening Nod offensive. General Vega's forces attacked from Texas and neutralized surprised local GDI forces. The base's Tiberium refinery and barracks were destroyed, but the construction yard remained operational. Base Commander Peter Tao urgently requested reinforcements before being captured and killed by General Vega. Only one lone trooper survived when reinforcements arrived on scene.
General James Solomon dispatched Commander Michael McNeil to relieve Phoenix. Drop pod infantry and Wolverines deployed by dropship repelled the immediate threat. The Nod presence in the area was subsequently removed.