Jolly, Nimitz and Liaoning: Six new Command scenarios available

April 14, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Miguel Molina has updated the Command community scenario pack. The new release contains six brand-new scenarios:

  • Podengo Monday, 1968Tanzania embraces communism, receives Soviet help and destabilizes Mozambique to liberate it from Portugal . The Portuguese navy is intructed to intervene.
  • Great Asian War: Southwestern Front, 2018 : The Second Sino-Vietnamese War, or Great Asian War, was marked by the PLA air forces launching the largest air campaign in mainland Asia since Operation Linebacker. In the course of this campaign, the Chinese used the Liaoning strike group in attacks on Cambodia, Vietnam’s vassal. This is China’s first use of a carrier group in anger.
  • Sandies and Jollies, 1968 : A Marine Corps F-4J was shot down over southern North Vietnam and both crew members ejected.  A rescue mission is on standby at Da Nang Airbase.  Take command and pick up the downed aircrew!
  • Med Conflict, 1990 : US assets and citizens in Libya and Algeria have been attacked. Available USN assets in the Med are placed on DEFCON-2, and the Marine group SAG-386 is instructed to move in to stop further atacks. Are these events isolated, or is it a Soviet trap?
  • Red Storm – Fill the Gap, 1990 : A coup in the Kremlin triggers World War III. NATO, having been taken by surprise by the coup, reacts as quickly as possible but fails to stop the capture of Iceland by the Soviets. With the GIUK line now compromised, the American, Norwegian and British Navies rush to fill the gap to contain the Soviet forces.
  • Red Storm – Vampire,Vampire!, 1990 : Soviet forces have captured Bodo and are preparing to assalt US carrier forces in the Norwegian Sea. The Nimitz CVBG is instructed to strike at captured Keflavik and defend against incoming Backfire raids. Can a single carrier hold the line?

As always, the community scenario pack is available at the Command downloads page: http://www.warfaresims.com/?page_id=1876

There are now 120 released Command scenarios!

New Command scenario: Red Storm – Vampire, Vampire!

April 14, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Database – DB3000
Author – Doug Joos ‘djoos5′

NATO vs. Soviet Union

Date/Time: 20th November 1990
Location: G-I-UK Gap and Iceland
Playable Sides: NATO

In 1990, inside the Soviet Republic, hardline Communists within the politburo and military, who do not abide President Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost stage a coup d’état and wrest the control of the Soviet power to themselves. Knowing NATO would be quick to react against them and would try to return the former president to power; they unleash the Soviet Navy and ramp up Eastern European Bloc forces. It is the onset of World War III.

NATO has finally had a chance to organcize its forces, but it is still a reactionary situation. The United States Navy having stopped the Soviet’s efforts to move missile subs into the Atlantic Ocean has moved their carrier battle group north to project power over Iceland and into the Norwegian Sea. The predictable move was expected, if not anticipated, by the Soviet Naval Air Command who now have the ultimate opportunity to sink the vaunted American carrier. It is time to see if land based bombers can overcome the Nimtz’s air and sea defenses and take the ship out of the fight. To do so will open up the sea lanes to Soviet bombardment, which will bring a rapid end to the war in Europe.

Note

This is Scenario 2, Vampire Vampire!, of a three-scenario campaign called Red Storm. In this second encounter, the United States, along with its NATO allies have finally had a chance to organize themselves after the sudden assault, but it was not without loss. Soviet forces have pushed into northern Norway and along with a sea-based landing, were able to capture the airbase at Bodø. The player still faces a situation with limited assets and a number of objectives, of which the Primary will be the ultimate goal for success of the scenario. Points will be earned on all objectives, but scores are affected most by primary goal success.

The final scenario will pick up where the last has left off and take into account munition usage, maintenance and losses, along with reinforcements. Additional assets will be made available to each side as the war progresses and the combatants gain a better control of their situations.

Orders for Commander NATO Forces

DEFCON-1. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT OPTION ALPHA NOW IN EFFECT. THIS MESSAGE IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT HOSTILITIES BETWEEN NATO AND THE WARSAW PACT HAVE INITIATED. NUCLEAR OPTIONS ARE RESTRICTED UNLESS ORDERS COME FROM COMMAND AUTHORITY. TAKE ALL MEASURES CONSISTENT WITH THE SAFETY OF YOUR COMMAND.

Situation

NATO forces have had a successful start to the war, since the loss of Iceland. The Soviet Yankee subs that had attempted to break past Iceland through the G-I-UK gap were persecuted and destroyed before they could disappear into the expanse of the Atlantic. Still, the engagement did not go without losses of air, surface and sub-surface forces. The Nimitz has moved into a position project power over Norway, England and Iceland but now presents itself as a grand target for the Soviet Maritime Air assets.

The war in Europe has also had nominal results. The Soviet Army trying to make a quick knockout punch against Germany, and by so doing, break up the NATO alliance, has stagnated against vicious allied counterattacks. NATO air assets have had a demoralizing affect against the Soviet Army by hitting as many command and control positions, along with bridges and other transits along the Red Army’s path. But materials for war are on the side of the Soviets, who have a seemingly endless supply, and NATO Forces lines are starting to come undone due to this fragility. Resources from the United States are greatly needed and the resupply efforts are now priority. Convoys out of New York and North Carolina are now plying the seas in an effort to make the crossing with as little loss as possible.

Enemy Forces

The primary threat from the Soviet Union at this time is fast attack subs that pushed through the G-I-UK gap and air assets based in Iceland, Bodø and Kirovsk. Although the Nimitz battle group was able to damage the Soviet forces based in Keflavik, Iceland, the air corridor over the island is still open for the Soviet Backfire bombers to interdict the NATO efforts to resupply.

It is imperative that the bombers be shut down.

Friendly Forces

CVBG -9 [CVN 65-Nimitz (Nimitz), CG 52-Ticonderoga (Bunker Hill), CG 49-Ticonderoga (Vincennes), DD 963-Spruance (Stump), DD 965-Spruance (Kinkaid), FFG 9-O.H. Perry (Wadsworth), FFG 7-O.H. Perry (O.H. Perry), AOR 1-Wichita (Wichita)]

CAW:  12 F-14A, 12 F-14B, 24 F/A-18A, 10 A-6E, 4 EA-6B, 4 E-2C

SSN 704  SSN 704-Los Angeles (Baltimore)

SSN 713 SSN 713-Los Angeles (Houston)

Stornoway, UK AB  [7 P-3C, 4 Nimrod, 14 F.3]

Convoy-900 [CG 59-Ticonderoga (Princeton), DD 977-Spruance (Briscoe), FFG 10-O.H. Perry (Duncan), FFG 21-O.H. Perry (Flatley), 8 Commercial vessels]

The USAF F-15C fighter regiment that had been redirected to Scotland at the onset of battle has been reassigned to its original stationing in Ramstein, Germany.

TOP SECRET: Having doubled the efforts of the yard in Norfolk, Virginia, the U.S.S Dwight D. Eisenhower will be putting to sea along with her entire carrier wing, and escorts, in seven days. The Eisenhower will be moving to position in support of Nimitz.

Primary Objective

  1. NATO forces are to protect the two convoys that are transiting the Atlantic Ocean and see it to Le Havre, France.

  2. CVBG_9 is to commence attacks on Keflavik, Iceland.

  3. CVBG_9 is to seek and destroy as many of the TU-22M Backfire bomber raids that it can.

Secondary Objective

  1. CVBG_9 is to be protected from the Soviet Naval Air attacks at all cost.

Execution

At your discretion; destroy enemy high-value targets.

Command & Signal

Command: USLANTCOM
Signal: EMCON StateC, unrestricted emissions

Rules of Engagement (RoE)

Only nuclear weapons are restricted unless ordered from USLANTCOM.

New Command scenario: Red Storm – Fill the Gap

April 14, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Database – DB3000
Author – Doug Joos ‘djoos5′

NATO vs. Soviet Union

Date/Time: 10th November 1990
Location: G-I-UK Gap and Iceland
Playable Sides: NATO

In 1990, inside the Soviet Republic, hardline Communists within the politburo and military, who do not abide President Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost stage a coup d’état and wrest the control of the Soviet power to themselves. Knowing NATO would be quick to react against them and would try to return the former president to power; they unleash the Soviet Navy and ramp up Eastern European Bloc forces. It is the onset of World War III.

NATO, having been taken by surprise by the coup, reacts as quickly as possible but fails to stop the capture of Iceland by the Soviets. With the G-I-UK gap now compromised, the American, Norwegian and British Navies rush to fill the gap with attack subs so as to contain the Soviet forces. With SOSUS mostly out of commission, it is the only way that NATO can keep Soviet Boomers from sailing off their coasts. In France and Germany, the land forces clash and the Europeans desperately cry to the United States for resources. The US Navy 2nd Fleet, hampered by scheduled servicing of its ships, turns its one active carrier, the USS Nimitz, north towards Iceland and the Faroe Islands to project power at the island nation as well as into the Norwegian Sea.

Note

This is Scenario 1, Fill the Gap, of a three-scenario campaign called Red Storm. In this first encounter, the United States, along with its NATO allies have been taken by surprise by the Soviet aggression. The player will face a situation with limited assets and a number of objectives, of which the Primary will be the ultimate goal for success of the scenario. Points will be earned on all objectives, but scores are affected most by primary goal success.

The following scenarios will pick up where the last has left off and take into account munition usage, maintenance and losses, along with reinforcements. Additional assets will be made available to each side as the war progresses and the combatants gain a better control of their situations.

Orders for Commander NATO Forces

DEFCON-1. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT OPTION ALPHA NOW IN EFFECT. THIS MESSAGE IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT HOSTILITIES BETWEEN NATO AND THE WARSAW PACT HAVE INITIATED. NUCLEAR OPTIONS ARE RESTRICTED UNLESS ORDERS COME FROM COMMAND AUTHORITY. TAKE ALL MEASURES CONSISTENT WITH THE SAFETY OF YOUR COMMAND.

Situation

The Soviet Union has made a surprising initial strike against NATO forces both within Europe and at sea. Using a modified freighter, the Soviet Army was able to infiltrate troops into Reykjavík and captured the capital of Iceland. Their forces quickly took control of the airport within the capital along with the one at Keflavik and began to ferry in more troops, SAM batteries, and fighters.

With the capture of Iceland, the SOSUS net was disrupted and now it is unknown the threat that comes from Soviet fast attack and boomer subs. NATO must race to get their own subs in place to stop the Soviet submarines from leaving the North Sea and taking up positions along allied coasts. At the same time, the USS Nimitz is being moved north towards Iceland to project power and eliminate the Soviet forces before they can reinforce.

Enemy Forces

The primary threat from the Soviet Union at this time is fast attack and missile subs escaping out of the North Sea into the Atlantic. The presence of both classes of submarines will disrupt re-supply convoys to Europe along with increase the threat of tactical nuclear strikes against NATO.

Also, air units based in Iceland will also hamper shipping and air corridors between the United States and Europe. It is not certain but Norwegian spotters believe that a flight of Tu-16′s were seen passing over soon after the loss of Reykjavik. We can only assume that the bombers are now located on Iceland and could be a threat to land and ship forces.

Satellite and snooper vessels along the Norwegian and Kola Peninsula have reported the surge of nine subs – both nuclear ballistic missile boats and their fast attack escorts. The Soviet Typhoons have not been reported leaving their arctic patrols, but not so the Yankees. These less capable subs need to be maneuvered south to increase their potential strikes on NATO territories, both in Europe and the United States.

These initial unit advances are a priority for all NATO units operating in the Atlantic and North Sea.

Friendly Forces

CVBG -9 [CVN 65-Nimitz (Nimitz), CG 52-Ticonderoga (Bunker Hill), CG 49-Ticonderoga (Vincennes), DD 963-Spruance (Stump), DD 965-Spruance (Kinkaid), FFG 9-O.H. Perry (Wadsworth), FFG 7-O.H. Perry (O.H. Perry), AOR 1-Wichita (Wichita)]

CAW:  12 F-14A, 12 F-14B, 24 F/A-18A, 10 A-6E, 4 EA-6B, 4 E-2C

SSN 719 SSN 719-Los Angeles (Providence)

SSN 704  SSN 704-Los Angeles (Baltimore)

SSN 713 SSN 713-Los Angeles (Houston)

S 107 S 107-Trafalgar (Trafalgar)

S 318 S 107-Kobben (Kobben)

Stornoway, UK AB  [10 P-3C, 12 F.3, 12 F-15C]

The outbreak of war and early loss of Iceland caused for a re-direct of a USAF F-15C fighter regiment to the United Kingdom. CINCLANT ordered the aircraft to be stationed in Stornoway, UK to assist with air cover until the US Navy could get carrier task force CVBG-9 into position. Once on station, the F-15C regiment is to move to Germany.

Due to other current operations, it will be at least 72+ hours before additional forces can be expected to arrive.

Primary Objective

  1. NATO forces are to search for and destroy all three Soviet missile subs (SSBN and SSGN) that sailed from Polyarny within the last week. Destruction of the fast-attack subs is discretionary, but will assist in the overall effort.

Secondary Objective

  1. CVBG_9 is to transit the Atlantic North/NorthEast and assist by rapidly attriting Soviet military capabilities stationed on Iceland.  In particular: neutralizing air fields, land-based anti-air missile batteries and other high-order threats. As it is the only operational carrier in the region at this time, it is paramount that no damage comes to the ship.

Execution

At your discretion; destroy enemy high-value targets.

Command & Signal

Command: USLANTCOM
Signal: EMCON StateC, unrestricted emissions

Rules of Engagement (RoE)

Only nuclear weapons are restricted unless ordered from USLANTCOM.

New Command scenario: Med Conflict

April 14, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Database – DB3000
Author – Doug Joos ‘djoos5′

NATO vs. Soviet Union

Date/Time: 12th March 1990
Location: Mediterranean
Playable Sides: United States

In 1990, President Gorbachev’s perestroika and glasnost did not appeal enough to the more hardline Communist party members, and so he was deposed. With control of the Soviet power back in conservative hands, the Warsaw Pact’s posture resumed its Cold War stance against NATO. The U.S. President’s efforts in trying to break the Soviets through an arms race had had a significant effect, but had caused an inverse result. The hardline Communist masters deemed it necessary to stave off the Americans through force and initiate a plan to embarrass the United States by crushing one of her vaunted carrier groups – the one within the Med.

Information gathered through KGB agents inferred that the mindset of European and US population was no longer interested in more Cold War build up. In fact, the anti-war rallies across Germany proved that the United States was no longer welcome and that all the U.S. President was doing was creating a wedge. It is assumed that if the Red Army can succeed in such a strong attack, the political ramifications would reverberate through NATO and break their will to back the United States. Once done, NATO would no longer have the unity or strength and the U.S. would be forced to pull its forces out of Europe. With no more foothold near the Soviet Union, America would pose less of a threat.

Though a threat, the nuclear option could not – would not – be taken by the United States, as they would no longer have the political currency with their former NATO allies. If they did decide to use weapons of mass destruction against the Soviet Union, they would be the pariah of civilized nations.

Before the Soviets can make their strike, the United States must be drawn out and seen to be the aggressor. To do this, the Soviets use their networks throughout the Muslim nations of Algeria, Libya and Syria. In each country, United States interests are attacked and threats from the American President ignored.

As predicted, the U.S. maritime forces are increased in alert status and the United States Marines are sent to secure the situation.

Note

This scenario provides two action groups for the United States player, along with a lone submarine. Save for course and speed, no other presets have been made. It will be the responsibility of the player to set up the CVBG defenses and air postures.

Orders for Commander United States Forces

DEFCON-2. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT OPTION BETA NOW IN EFFECT. THIS MESSAGE IS TO BE UNDERSTOOD THAT HOSTILITIES BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND NORTH AFRICAN NATIONS HAVE INITIATED. NUCLEAR OPTIONS ARE RESTRICTED UNLESS ORDERS COME FROM COMMAND AUTHORITY. TAKE ALL MEASURES CONSISTENT WITH THE SAFETY OF YOUR COMMAND.

Situation

In two separate, albeit similar events, the U.S. interests in Algeria and Libya have been attacked by what seems to be Islamic extremists. Civilians have been killed and some taken hostage. Although there are no U.S. Embassies in these Soviet allied nations, there are still business interests and because of it, the remaining U.S. citizens are threatened and being held.

President Bush has issued command to Carrier Battle Group-9 and a surface action group centered on the U.S.S. Missouri, along with two Tarawa-class amphibs, to commence actions against these rogue nations. The Tarawas will take up a position off of the coast of each country and begin rescue operations.

Although there are NATO allies in the area, they will not be participating in any of the operations staged by the U.S. Navy.

Enemy Forces

The primary threat to U.S. Forces in the Mediterranean will come from aircraft and patrol vessels off of the coast of Africa. Although both countries are allied to the Soviet Union, there is little chance that the Warsaw Pact will make any aggressive movements towards the U.S. efforts.

Friendly Forces

CVBG-9 [CVN 65-Nimitz (Nimitz), CG 52-Ticonderoga (Bunker Hill), CG 49-Ticonderoga (Vincennes), DD 963-Spruance (Stump), DD 965-Spruance (Kinkaid), FFG 9-O.H. Perry (Wadsworth), FFG 7-O.H. Perry (O.H. Perry), AOR 1-Wichita (Wichita)]

CAW:  12 F-14A, 12 F-14B, 24 F/A-18A, 10 A-6E, 4 EA-6B, 4 E-2C

SAG-386 [BB 63-Iowa (Missouri), DDG 19-C. F. Adams (Tattnail), DDG 37-Farragut (Farragut), LHA 1-Tarawa (Tarawa), LHA 2-Tarawa (Saipan), FFG 8-O.H. Perry (McInerney), FF 1052-Knox (Knox)]

SSN 702 SSN 702-Los Angeles – Flight I (Phoenix)

Primary Objective

1.      U.S. SAG_386 is to approach the coasts of Algeria, at Annaba, and Libya at Benghazi. The SAG will remain in each location long enough for the United States Marines to take control of the cities and rescue any American, or NATO, civilians that are being held.

2.      CVBG_9 is to transit along with the Missouri surface action group and provide any air cover needed to protect the Marine’s incursions.

Execution

 At your discretion; destroy any high-value targets if they should present themselves as hostile. Do not anticipate any assistance from NATO allies.

Command & Signal

Command: USLANTCOM
Signal: EMCON StateC, unrestricted emissions

Rules of Engagement (RoE)

Only nuclear weapons are restricted unless ordered from USLANTCOM.

Note

To fulfil the mission at each of the North African cities, the player must transit the SAG to each location and have one of the Tarawa-class amphibs enter the locked reference point areas off each coast. The amphibs must remain in each area for two-hours of game time to ‘capture and rescue’ any hostages.

New Command scenario: Sandies and Jollies

April 14, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Database – CWDB
Author – Chad Wemyss ‘cwemyss’

March 1968

A US Marine Corps F-4 was shot down over southern North Vietnam and both crew members ejected.  A rescue mission is on standby at Da Nang Airbase.  Take command and pick up the downed aircrew!

Total Units:  Approx. 40
Scenario Time:  3 hours

An F-4J from VMFA-334 working an Iron Hand mission over Route Package Two was shot down late yesterday.  Both crew members ejected with only minor injures in the hills west of Dong Hoi and made contact with other aircraft before going to ground for the night.

An O-2, call sign Nail, launched just before dawn to fix the exact location of the downed crew.  A rescue force is on standby at Da Nang to pick up the two men.  Enemy ground forces are expected to be moving to find and capture the crew; air opposition is possible but considered unlikely.  Radar coverage is provided by Red Crown (USS Chicago) in the Tonkin Gulf.

The approximate location of the two crew is marked.  Once friendly aircraft are within range they will make contact via survival radio.  To initiate rescue the helicopter must hover over a downed airman’s position for 60 seconds to make the pickup.

Assigned forces are as follows:

Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
One O-2, call sign Nail
One HC-130, call sign King
One HH-53, call sign Jolly
Four AD-6, call sign Sandy

VMFA(AW)-235 Death Angels
Six F-8E, call sign Cartwheel

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