Huzzah for Industrial Plaxma cutters, and Well armed Starships!
Some body pick up the Phone....
Still puzzled. Not sure why tanks of ice would be a military problem.
Major Matt Mason
Reaction mass? Warship supplies?
Bulk water is the major working fluid for everything. Heat management, mass distribution, even atmospheric control. And it gets cracked for fuel and/or breathable oxygen and can be used as reaction mass and bulk shielding. To take the water away, especially in a semi-destructive manner, means that the station then has to deal solely with that problem instead of any war supporting activity.
Water in orbit is worth it's mass in, Spices, or letters from home. Gold is rather Cheap in comparison.