New Command scenario: Take it, Brave York

March 12, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Database – DB3000
Author – Mark Gellis

This scenario assumes that the winter of 1990 saw increased tensions between the Soviet Union and NATO.  The Soviet Union, on the verge of collapse, was concerned that NATO was planning some kind of aggressive action, possibly even a decapitating nuclear strike.  Sorties of naval vessels and submarines increased during this period, as the Soviets attempted to gather intelligence and to position military assets where they would be of the most use if war did break out.  This, naturally, increased concerns on the part of NATO that the Soviets might be planning some kind of attack.

The title is taken from William Shakespeare’s Henry V.  Henry is responding to the Duke of York’s request to lead the British vanguard at Agincourt, a decision that ultimately results in the Duke’s death.

*** FLASH *** FLASH *** FLASH ***

ATTN: Commanding Officer, HMS York.


Soviet activity in the North Sea has increased in recent weeks.  Whitehall and Washington are both increasingly concerned that the Soviets are planning to attack Europe.

A Soviet submarine has been spotted in the waters northeast of RAF Leuchars.


Unknown.  At least one submarine and one Soviet cruiser are known to be in your area, but additional details are currently not available.


Available forces in your region are York (D 98), Brazen (F 91), and the American submarine Dallas (SSN 700), which is chopped to your command.

Aircraft at RAF Leuchars are available to assist you.


Locate and identify the Soviet submarine in your area.  If the Soviet submarine violates the exclusion zone marked on your tactical map, force it to surface and surrender.  If the Soviet submarine attempts to flee, or if your forces are attacked, you may assume the submarine has been placed in British waters with hostile intent and you may consider yourself free to sink it.


Avoid initiating a confrontation with Soviet forces in international waters.  If your forces are attacked, you are free to return fire.


Command: York

Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck.  God save the Queen.


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