Indeed, take a runabout and buff the equipment up. You can take it from your main ship. You certainly don't need the best of the best, but flying a shuttle mission, with one that just comes from the shelf ... I don't know, never tried it.
Tac team is a good boff abillity, gives shield redistibution, attack buff etc.
Oops I didn't see this thread, and made my own. Anyways I did pass it in the Federation side, but its really difficult, and really frustrating. I'm currently playing KDF side, and I'm on this mission, and really piss off with it, and I'm probably will be up all night trying to beat it. I'm on normal difficulty, and you would think that it would be easy, but nooooo. Plus if you get kinda far, and you die you have to start all over again witch makes it even more frustrating.
Operation Gamma is probably the easiest mission in the whole game. Dealing with the Stations sensors are easy, just prioritize offing work bees while avoiding the fighters until all of the bees are eliminated, spending a bit of EC to get a Danube shuttle rather than using the default giveaway shuttle is a worthwhile investment, have shield batteries handy and a Boff with an ensign level hull repair and it's not a bad idea to have a leadership trait either on your captain or on the Boff you use. , there are a number of places you can go to to get the walkthrough for the various salvage missions, I have a hint sheet printed out that has the processes listed out that I pull out for when I'm doing Gamma, Trialus satellite repair or a group of other puzzle missions.When dealing with the swarms at the end move to the exit of Faraks cave and just withing firing range of the 3 swarms that spawn, they won't attack you if you stay at the limit of firing range, then shoot at only one group to aggro the groups in to you one at a time rather than being swarmed by multiple groups by flying to them. Then all that's left is to decide whether or not you want to kill Farak.
I realise this is an old thread, but since I got stuck on the same part of this (seemingly impossible) mission myself, experiencing a level of frustration similar to that expressed by the OP, I thought I'd put in my two cents anyway. Especially since I managed to solve the problem.
I attempted to complete the first stage of this mission for over an hour before realizing I could reset my difficulty settings of the game from "Advanced" to "Normal". It got a hell of a lot easier after that.
In fact, I dare say this mission is impossible on any other setting than Normal. There is simply no way of destroying one worker bee before another is already halfway done with its repair job (and I'm at the wheels of a top dollar Delta Flyer, which is packing).
I guess the different difficulty settings explain why some people found this mission a breeze, while others, like me, found it excruciating.