The Silent Service is here!

March 1, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

The scenarios of The Silent Service – Part 1
The scenarios of The Silent Service – Part 2
Companion to The Silent Service: The v1.14 update

The scenarios of The Silent Service – Part 2

February 22, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

The Silent Service, the new standalone expansion for CMANO, is due for release on March 1, using the new v1.14 game update. Following Part 1, we now conclude coverage of the  scenarios of this new battleset. We use the default listing order (easiest to hardest) but players can also choose to try the scenarios in chronological order, or in any order of their preference.


Date: 25 March 1987
Location: West Atlantic
Playable Side: Soviet Union
Duration: 32 hours

The United States enjoyed technical superiority in terms of sonar, signal processing and submarine quieting for the majority of the Cold War. In the mid-1980s however, the Soviet Union made massive leaps in quieting their submarines, with the newest Victor-III class submarines being comparable in stealth to the United States Sturgeon class. These dramatic advances were in no small part the result of the Walker spy ring, and the Toshiba-Kongsberg affair.

After decades of being ‘one step behind’ in terms of operational freedom, in the spring of 1987 Admiral Chernavin initiated Operation Atrina, known afterwards in US naval intelligence circles as ‘The Great Soviet Sub Suckerpunch’ – and some of the finest Soviet submarines ever assembled surged out on the Atlantic.

The Enemy Below

Date: 28 August 1950
Location: Sea of Japan
Playable Side: United States
Duration: 2 days

The UN intervention in Korea is going poorly. The Korean People’s Army (KPA) has pushed UN forces back to a pocket extending approximately 60nm from the port of Busan. The remnants of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Army and the US 8th Army are currently preparing to mount a desperate defense of this perimeter along the Nakdong River.

The speed and momentum of the KPA assault has exceeded all pre-war calculations; intelligence suspects that the KPA is receiving material assistance from the Soviet Union and People’s Republic of China. While the bulk of the US 7th Fleet prepares to mount a counter-attack at Seoul, the USS Segundo is tasked with identifying Soviet shipping that may be assisting in the war effort.

The Good Shepherd

Date: 7 September 1978
Location: Adriatic Sea
Playable Side: United States
Duration: 16 hours

The arrival of USS Preserver (ARS 8) in Tivat, Yugoslavia on the 8th of August 1978 marked the first time in history a United States Navy vessel had entered a Yugoslavian port for routine repairs, and was a significant step forward in US-Yugoslavia relations.

NFSP-01–the first convoy carrying military materiel from the United States to Yugoslavia under president Carter’s military aide programme–is approaching its destination port of Split and is due to arrive in 12 hours at 0900L. Meanwhile, the Soviet union has announced a ‘Naval Quarantine’ of the Adriatic and has publicly committed to preventing arms reaching Yugoslavia.

The USS Memphis, operating with the support of the USS John F Kennedy CVBG in the Mediterranean, is tasked with guiding NFSP-01 safely to its destination and avoiding a confrontation with the Soviet Union…

They Shall Not Pass

Date: 29 November 1985
Location: GIUK Gap
Playable Side: NATO
Duration: 2 days

Following an incident at sea between a US destroyer and a Soviet spy ship, the world teeters on the brink of World War Three.

As the Soviet Red Banner North Fleet sorties from its bases in the Barents Sea, NATO submarines in the east Atlantic scramble to form a barrier and intercept the Red submarines before they can break out into the western Atlantic.

How many subs will slip through?

Beans and Bullets

Date: 6 December 1985
Location: North Atlantic
Playable Side: Soviet Union
Duration: 1 day

World War III has been raging for a full week, and as yet neither side has secured a firm advantage. The Soviet Union has made rapid gains in Europe, but the Red Army is suffering heavily from NATO air attack. On the Naval front, NATO has managed to contain the Red Banner North Fleet within the Norwegian Sea and yesterday conducted a massive carrier-borne air offensive against the Soviet Union with heavy losses on both sides. The Soviet Navy will now retaliate, starting with the carrier group’s supply train.

Carrier Killer

Date: 6 December 1985
Location: East Atlantic
Playable Side: Soviet Union
Duration: 8 hours

Yesterday NATO conducted a massive carrier-borne strike against Soviet facilities in the Kola Peninsula and occupied Norway, severely damaging several airfields and logistic centres. In retaliation, Soviet Naval Aviation executed a multi-regiment missile strike on the NATO carrier group, sinking the carriers USS John F Kennedy and USS Dwight D Eisenhower. The remaining carriers USS America and USS Forrestal are headed south to replenish their magazines, with the presumed intent to return to the Norwegian Sea to assist in the sea control campaign.

While the carrier strike group retreats to re-arm, the Red Banner Northern Fleet’s Submarine Division has one final surprise in store: an Oscar-class cruise missile submarine is assigned to eliminate the NATO group.

Click HERE to read the detailed mission briefing for this scenario!

Mid-Atlantic Blues

Date: 9 December 1985
Location: East Atlantic
Playable Side: Soviet Union
Duration: 32 hours

After nearly two weeks of fighting, NATO force in Europe are beginning to falter. The front line is slowly but surely slipping west of the Rhine, with heavy losses on both sides. The surprise counter-attack by the Soviets in the Norwegian Sea has put extra pressure on NATO Sea Lines of Communication between mainland Europe and the United States.

In order to bolster their flagging defences, NATO is relying on a number of convoys from the United States carrying troops and materiel. While the Greenland-Iceland-UK submarine barriers are containing the bulk of Soviet submarine activity, a small group of Soviet submarines has managed to get into position off the west coast of France…

Long in the Tooth

Date: 12 December 1985
Location: West Atlantic
Playable Side: Soviet Union
Duration: 36 hours

The Third World War has raged for a week. Soviet ground forces have made massive gains in Europe, steam-rolling West Germany and pushing NATO back to the French border. Desperate fighting is taking place in Belgium and the Netherlands, while Norway is under attack in the north.

Due to the efforts of NATO anti-submarine forces, the Red Banner Northern Fleet submarine force has been largely contained within the eastern Atlantic where they are creating havoc with Allied shipping. Unbeknownst to the NATO alliance, an elderly November class attack submarine has managed to approach the US East Coast undetected, and has just received orders to make her presence felt…

By Other Means

Date: 18 December 1985
Location: Cam Ranh Bay
Playable Side: United States
Duration: 12 hours

The arrival of NATO reinforcements from the United States dramatically changed the situation in Europe, with the Soviet ground forces being pushed back beyond the East German border from their furthest points of advance in Eastern France and the Benelux. With neither side seeming likely to employ the use of nuclear weapons, peace negotiations are underway in Geneva.

Meanwhile in the Pacific theater, Vietnam and North Korea are under increasing pressure from the Soviet Union to open a second front to strengthen the bargaining position of the Warsaw Pact at the negotiating table. With the bulk of the Soviet Pacific fleet concentrated in the safety of the Okhotsk bastion, Naval Special Warfare Command in conjunction with the 7th Fleet has been tasked with sending a clear message to would-be adversaries in the Pacific.

The scenarios of The Silent Service – Part 1

February 13, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

The Silent Service, the new standalone expansion for CMANO, is soon to be released by Matrix Games, together with the new v1.14 game update. In this two-part series we cover the eighteen scenarios of this new battleset. We use the default listing order (easiest to hardest) but players can also choose to try the scenarios in chronological order, or in any order of their preference.

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Date: 9 October 2017
Location: Arctic Ocean
Playable Side: Russia
Duration: 16 hours

As the Russian Federation re-asserts its role as a major world power following the collapse of communism, tensions have increased over several flashpoints in the Russian sphere of influence. Senior members of the Russian Defence Ministry wish to demonstrate that Russia retains and is improving its strategic submarine-launched nuclear missile capability.

As part of a series of drills to improve readiness within the Russian Navy and to demonstrate capability to the world, a Delta-IV SSBN is tasked to evade a capable force of the Northern fleet’s most modern vessels, before delivering a nuclear strike against an airfield on the Kamchatka peninsula.

Ground Pounder

Date: 9 March 1992
Location: Indian Ocean
Playable Side: United States
Duration: 8 hours

Emboldened by the military defeat of their neighbor and enemy Iraq, the Iranian Khamenei regime has become increasingly belligerent towards the Gulf states and United States. The recent acquisition of Russian Su-24 Fencer strike aircraft with anti-ship missiles has added weight to Ayatollah Khamenei’s threats to close the Straits of Hormuz to foreign shipping.

With an air strike considered to be too risky, President Bush has authorised a cruise-missile strike to remove the threat of the Iranian Su-24s.




Image result for swiftsure kiev screwsChicken Kiev

Date: 14 April 1977
Location: Barents Sea
Playable Side: Royal Navy
Duration: 12 hours

The Soviet Union’s first aircraft carrier, the TAKR 075 Kiev, entered service in early 1977 and caused a stir throughout NATO naval intelligence circles. Not only was the threat of Soviet carrier aviation a new and dangerous challenge for the West, but frustratingly little intelligence was available on the actual design and capability of the carrier itself.

While on patrol in the Barents Sea monitoring the annual Red Banner Northern Fleet exercise Sever-77, HMS Swiftsure of the Royal Navy was able to seize a rare opportunity to get up-close and personal with a Soviet capital ship and gain valuable photographic and acoustic intelligence…


Date: 28 May 1969
Location: Barents Sea
Playable Side: United States
Duration: 2 days

Intelligence reports indicate that the Soviet Air Defence Force (PVO) is testing a new fire control radar in a major air defence exercise centered around the Kola Peninsula. The Office of Naval Intelligence and National Security Agency are keen to analyse the electromagnetic emissions of this new radar in order to develop countermeasures.

While returning from her North Pole deployment, USS Whale (SSN-638) is tasked with covertly recording the emissions from coastal air defences along the Soviet coastline.

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Lone Wolf

Date: 13 October 1998
Location: Okhotsk Sea
Playable Side: United States
Duration: 2 days

Following an attempted mutiny and hijacking of an Akula SSN in Severomorsk on 10th of September, there has been increasingly concerning indications of an impending coup by elements of the Russian Navy.

The chief concern is control of Russian strategic nuclear weapons, particularly within the submarine force. USS Seawolf (SSN-21) has been dispatched to the Okhotsk Sea to monitor Russian naval activity and provide a first-strike capability if the situation requires it.

Click HERE to read the detailed mission briefing for this scenario! Death

Date: 28 October 1998
Location: Pacific Ocean
Playable Side: Russia
Duration: 2 days

During the removal of the failed Yeltsin regime earlier this month, the strategic submarine K-44 Ryazan disappeared in the sea of Okhotsk under suspicious circumstances. Recent imagery from remotely operated vehicles at the search site indicates that the Ryazan was torpedoed.

Despite denials from the United States, our newly instated President Zyuganov realises that there is only one party who could be responsible for this unprovoked act of war. In response, President Zyuganov has ordered the most advanced submarine of the Russian Pacific Fleet to implement OPERATION TIGER SHARK, and exact revenge on the United States.

Image result for special forces from submarineLanding Party

Date: 26 May 2002
Location: Arabian Sea
Playable Side: India
Duration: 36 hours

Tensions between India and Pakistan are at an all time high, following an attack on the Indian Parliament in December of 2001. Both India and Pakistan have mobilized their forces, deploying hundreds of thousands of troops along the border. Mortar and artillery fire has been exchanged in the Kashmir region, and 2 days ago the Pakistani government commenced a series of nuclear tests.

As part of the war plan, the INS Shalki of the Indian Navy is tasked with deploying a MARCOS special operations team to the port of Karachi to conduct reconnaissance. The Pakistani forces are on high alert, and the entire region is on a thermonuclear hair-trigger…

Image result for USS NautilusGamechanger

Date: 17 July 1956
Location: Western Atlantic
Playable Side: RedFor
Duration: 4 days

The advent of nuclear propulsion with the introduction in service of the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) was a watershed event for naval forces worldwide. Nuclear propulsion for the first time offered the capabilities that submarine operators had long waited for; true independence from the need to surface or come to periscope depth to replenish air, great underwater speed offering unprecedented tactical and operational freedom, and greatly enlarged available electrical power to support advanced command, sensor and weapon systems.

In addition to revolutionising submarine ops, the nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) also made existing ASW forces virtually obsolete overnight. The US and NATO navies had already been surprised once, by the impressive capabilities of the German Type-XXI “Elektroboot”, and with the knowledge that the Soviet Navy would base its new submarine designs on it, had been forced during the first post-WW2 decade to undergo several expensive ASW modernization programs. At a stroke, the introduction of the SSN (and the acquired intelligence that the Soviets were already building their own first production run, the “November” class) threatened to make this investment all but useless. Nuclear-powered submarines were simply so much faster, so much more elusive, so much more capable that the hardware, tactics and operational concepts that had been perfected in the second battle of the Atlantic and further refined post-war would have to be re-examined from the ground up.

In order to fully develop tactics for its newest addition to the force, as well as train its existing ASW forces and discover ways to deal with the fast-approaching Soviet SSN threat, the US Navy performed a series of exercises between 1955-60, often with the participation of other NATO forces (such as Operation Strikeback in 1958 which involved over 200 warships, 650 aircraft and 75,000 personnel). This scenario represents a hypothetical ASW exercise off the eastern seaboard in the summer of 1956, in which you can choose to control either the Nautilus or a top-line conventional fleet submarine. This is your chance to experience first-hand the nuclear-power revolution.

USS ParcheThe Crown Jewels

Date: 26 August 1984
Location: Barents Sea
Playable Side: United States
Duration: 16 hours

Tensions between the United States and Soviet Union have reached heights not seen since the 1970’s, with harsh rhetoric on from leaders on both sides, large scale military exercises (including the almost catastrophic Able Archer ’83), and most recently the boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, the US Navy has been successful in placing tapping devices on Soviet sub-sea communications cables in the Okhotsk and Barents seas. Following the Soviet discovery of the Okhotsk cable after a tip-off from a spy within the NSA, USS Parche (SSN-683) is dispatched to the Barents Sea to retrieve data from the Barents tap before it can be discovered by the Soviet Union. Tensions are high, and the crew of the Parche are well aware that a compromise in their mission at this critical moment could spell disaster…

Command: The Silent Service announced

January 31, 2018 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Announcement at MatrixGames

Product page at MatrixGames

Command PE v1.13 released, plus new editions

January 30, 2018 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Command_PE3It took a while, but it has been worth the wait. The v1.13 update to Command Professional Edition is now available for download by existing users, and will also be integrated to the installers for new customers.

The new update includes a wide range of tweaks, fixes and improvements, but the headline feature is undoubtedly multiple-instance execution. Put simply, it is now possible to run multiple instances of Command-PE in parallel. This can offer two main advantages, particularly in the context of scenario analysis with multiple scenarios or variations of the same basic scenario:

  • The multiple scenarios can be set up to run for analysis concurrently on the multiple instances, instead of sequentially. As the outputted results can be examined as they are generated, well before each analysis run is concluded, this allows much faster comparison of the results of different scenario inputs.
  • It allows better utilization of system resources in modern powerful hardware (especially with lots of cores/threads available, like AMD’s Ryzen/ThreadRipper/Epyc or Intel’s new HEDT beasts), thus dramatically reducing the time necessary for sophisticated analysis runs.

Version 1.13 is also important for other reasons, as it introduces two additional editions for Command-PE:

  • Student Edition is suitable for use by military academies and other teaching/training environments where an affordable, mass-deployed software solution is desirable. It is very similar in feature set to the commercial version of CMANO but differs in licensing and pricing options.
  • Academic Edition is suitable for government & private-sector organizations that require Command-PE’s powerful analysis features but do not need to alter the simulation’s default data & models.

A detailed breakdown of the features & functionality available in each edition can be found on the Command PE page.

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