New Command scenario: Novi Pazer Pursuit

March 12, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Database – DB3000
Author – Mark Gellis


In the late 1990s, Kosovo attempted to gain independence from Yugoslavia.  This resulted in armed conflict.  A cease fire was brokered in 1998, but within weeks fighting had broken out again.

After a massacre of civilians in Kosovo, in early 1999, NATO decided to use force to stop the fighting.  This was known as OPERATION ALLIED FORCE and including bombing operations against Yugoslavia that lasted from March to June of 1999.

This scenario is an attempt to present a NATO mission that could have taken place during OPERATION ALLIED FORCE.

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ATTN: Commanding Officer, Vella Gulf


We have reliable intelligence that a battalion of Yugoslavian armored vehicles is making its way to the town of Leposavic in Kosovo.  The column will pass through the towns of Novi Pazer and Raska on its way to Leposavic.

Many of the people living in Leposavic are ethnic Serbians and it is believed that Yugoslavia intends to use the town as a base from which to launch other attacks in Kosovo.

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) believes that destroying this armored column is essential to advancing OPERATION ALLIED FORCE.


In addition to the armored column, other Yugoslavian forces, including SAM battalions are operating in the area.


Vella Gulf is the only naval vessel available for this mission.  You will coordinate the attack.  Aircraft at Ghedi air base have been chopped to your command.


1. Destroy the bridges at Novi Pazer and Raski.  This should slow the advance of the armored column while they find alternate routes to Leposavic.

2. Destroy the armored column moving through Novi Pazer and Raski en route to Leposavic.  If you cannot destroy the column en route, identify where it has stopped advancing and attack it at that location.

3. Defend your forces from attack.

4. Destroy any targets of opportunity that present themselves.


Vella Gulf is cleared to use her Tomahawk missiles.

Avoid unnecessary civilian casualties.

Avoid serious losses.  We do not wish to hand the Yugoslavians a political victory.


Command: Vella Gulf
Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck.


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