by Mike Mykytyn
Ah once again a great
ASW scenario and this one's a gripper. Your job in this one is to begin
the CVBG advance into the Norwegian Sea (four CVBGs). You've got plenty
of assets including several lines of SSNs, a couple of ASW groups and
tons of Nimrods and Orions from Keflavik and Kinloss.
Well there's nothing
worse than torpedo transients and no sub contacts and that seems to be
the theme of this one which either speaks for the editors skill or this
players lack there of. I started by tasking my CVBG's north with some
SSN's in the lead. I also set up some ASW zones near the ref point areas
to let the SAGs do their work. Surprisingly my first contacts began
showing far from these zones and I tasked some air to patrol those areas.
I was rewarded with a kill or two only to be surprised a short time later
with torpedo transients near one of my CVBG's... I quickly re-tasked some
carrier borne ASW aircraft and killed whatever was there... I think...
and lucked out none of the torpedoes struck home. I began to assess my
overall strategy... It was time to get more aggressive and started
getting alot of contacts in a particular zone and started random torpedo
drops... I began to prosecute SOSUS contacts and was rewarded with some
more kills. Finally, and probably my proudest moment of this scenario was
killing a Juliett although it cost me... That Juliett gave me trouble by
damaging AOE Detroit and scaring the crap out of me. Managed to pop up
unloose it's Sanbox load and then fire some torps. Very nice:) I quickly
launched some Sea Kings and some Leanders and started what seemed a
lengthy search/battle... I fired no less than 9 torpedoes at this contact
and was finally rewarded with the kill... Victory was mine a short time
after... I managed to kill 2 Whiskey's, 2 Tango, 3 Juliett, 2 Echo II, 1
Victor II and 2 Victor III's. I did take some losses- SSN Boston,
Providence and Memphis all died.
I came out of this
one with two thoughts. First was that the DB2000 sonar values are
marvelous... I remember the olden days when Whiskey's, Foxtrots, etc
where nothing more that targets. Now they will kill you. Definitely
outside the typical RSR model. I look forward to fighting the rest.