New Command scenario: Kiwi Strike

March 11, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Database – DB3000
Author – Nick Dowling, ‘NickD’


From 1991 until 2001 No. 2 Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force was stationed at the Royal Australian Navy’s air base, HMAS Albatross. As well as providing conversion training for the RNZAF’s A-4K Skyhawk pilots, the squadron provided a training asset for the Royal Australian Navy. This training typically involved the squadron’s Skyhawks making simulated low-altitude attacks on RAN warships during exercises off the south coast of New South Wales.

This scenario simulates a full-squadron attack against the guided missile frigate HMAS Canberra in early 1998.


The guided missile frigate HMAS Canberra is sailing north from the Jervis Bay area towards Sydney. The ship is at full readiness.


Launch No. 2 Squadron’s A-4Ks to locate and destroy the frigate using their radar systems and Maverick guided missiles.

HMAS Canberra is at battle stations and can be expected to put up a strong defence. A coordinated low-altitude attack is likely to be the only way of penetrating the frigate’s air defences without suffering crippling losses.


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