by Michael Sprague
I was able to squeeze
in the 3rd scenario in the WWIII-1985 battleset last night. This is a
small scenario and can be played quickly if you really crank up the time
compression. The goal is to sink a convoy of ships that are used to
service Soviet boomers. You have two Los Angeles class SSNs to do it. You
must sink the entire convoy and not lose any of your subs.
you that the convoy should be moving West to East towards the bastion. I
sent the Corpus Christi (the western most sub) heading on a ESE course in
hopes of paralleling the convey and having it 'catchup' with the convoy.
I sent the Baton Rouge steaming a full speed to the choke point where I
figured the convey had to go in order to reach the bastion. I then
cranked up the time compression.
The Corpus Christi
didn't detect much of anything. I put it as deep as it would go but as it
moved along its course the water kept getting shallower. I was trying to
avoid what I figured would be heavy airborne ASW assets.
Meanwhile I think I
stationed the Baton Rouge right in the middle of a sonobuoy field!
Shortly after it reached its station (at shallow depth), I started to
detect ASW planes (probably Mays) and was eventually attacked. I ran away
at flank speed and managed to evade the torpedoes. By this time I was
getting some contacts with the convoy. They had sailed right by the
Corpus Christi. I only had 1 sub to attack with. In case it would help, I
put the Corpus Christi on flank speed to see if it could get in range
with its Harpoons.
To keep the convoy
from getting by me I pulled what is probably a submariner no-no. I put
the Baton Rouge to periscope depth and lit up the radar. Bam! The convey
was only a few miles to the south of my position! I launched 2 Harpoon
missiles at each Grisha and quickly reloaded with Mk48s. I then launched
a barrage of torps, 1 to each ship in the convoy, until all were sunk.
During this whole time I did not come under any attack from airborne ASW.
Not sure why.
In any case, once the
convoy was sunk, I went deep and quiet and turned North to get out of
Dodge. Shortly the scenario ended in victory!
Here are the losses:
4 x Harpoon IB
10 x Mk48 Mod 4
2 x Grisha I
2 x Supply Vessel
2 x PRTB Lama
2 x PRTM Amga
1 x FB Urga
4 x AT-2M
I only saw one AT-2M
so they must have fired at 'ghost' targets too. :)
Overall I liked this
scenario. It was pretty quick and you have to dodge a lot of airborne
ASW. Usually I'm the one doing the ASW so it's nice to be on the other
side of fence on this one.