by Kip Allen
Here's my AAR for
First Contact in the WWIII in 1985 battleset. The bad guys won.
At opening, launched
two P-3 Orions from Andoya to check out the two Soviet Amphibious groups.
Also, launched four F-16s from Bodo in two two-plane elements. Commanded
the British TF to take off to the southwest at flank speed. It is no
match for a Kirov SAG should this situation get hot. Left naval surface
forces, except the British, stationary until Soviet ship ID and
intentions made clear. One element of two F-16s diverted from patrol to
the Andoya area for CAP and Recon purposes.
Both P-3s airborne at
five minutes into the scenario. One is plotted over the Andoya Amphibious
group and the other to cross the Bodo Group. Both Orions are at max
altitude and speed, but passive. At six minutes into the scenario, both
F-16 elements from Bodo are tasked to investigate helicopters and ships
from the Bodo Amphip group. Three Soviet Osa IIs are identified in the
Andoya Amphib group by a Norwegian P-3. However, Soviets take no hostile
action. A total of six Osa IIs identified in the Andoya group. Still no
hostile action by the Soviets. Even though not hostile, two Norwegian MTB
groups of two Storm-class guided missile boats each are ordered at flank
speed to be in attack position if necessary. At seven minutes and 20
seconds into the scenario, the Soviets are classified as hostile. Weapons
A RNoAF Falcon 20C
ECM is ordered closer to the Bodo Amphib group to increase its jamming.
Two MTB groups of two Storm-class guided missile boats ordered at flank
speed to approach the Bodo Amphib group on its left flank. The intent is
to create a hole in their perimeter defenses that Harpoon-carrying P-3s
might be able to penetrate. ESM detects a Soviet Tu-16R Badger D maritime
recon aircraft to the northeast of the Royal Navy task force. Vampire
contacts detected apparently aimed at a Norwegian MTB group to the east
of the Andoya amphib group, identified as SS-N-2b Styx anti-ship
missiles. Missile boats Kjekk and Rokk struck by Styx and reported
sinking at 9:18 into the scenario.
At 00:11:06, RNoAF
F-16 Falcons identify two Soviet Nanchuka IIIs screening the Bodo Amphib
group to its front. Those F-16s are now ordered to investigate two other
suspected hostile missile boat contacts to the east. At 00:11:22, two
skunks ID'ed as Nanchuka IIIs. Two bogies noted near Sea Harrier patrol.
More hostile Nanchuka IIIs identified screening Bodo group.
At 00:12:16, a P-3
identifies a Kresta II on the left flank of the Bodo group. This may be a
possible target for missile boat attack. Two more Nanchuka IIIs
positively identified in Bodo group. F-16s to investigate more targets.
Krivak II positively identified in Bodo group at 00:13:16. A few seconds
later, the same P-3 identifies a Ro/Ro vessel and an Udaloy I in the Bodo
group. With the ID of the Ro/Ro, the Harpoon-carrying Orions will have a
priority target. More Ro/Ro vessels and a Sverdlov-class light cruiser
also confirmed in the Bodo group. Presence of an Alligator confirmed. SAM
launch detected from a Kresta II against the P-3 shadowing the Bodo
group. A Ka-27 Helix A from the Andoya group was destroyed by Sidewinders
fired from RNoAF F-16s at 00:14:56.
At 00:15:16, two
RNoAF F-16s launch two Sidewinders at a Ka-27 Helix A from the Bodo
group. At the same time, a Nanchuka III launches an SA-N-4b Gecko SAM at
the F-16s. Helix is destroyed; the Geckos miss the F-16s. Spoke too soon;
an F-16 was just shot down, suspect one of the Geckos got through after
all. A second group of F-16s fires Sidewinders at another Helix to the
north east of the Bodo group. The Helix is destroyed at 00:15:13. A
second Falcon is lost south of the Bodo Group. I have no idea what got
At 00:16:19, two
Yak-38 Forgers identified near southern British Harrier patrol. Harriers
ordered to intercept. Looks like the Orion shadowing the Bodo group
escaped the SAM launch. At 00:17:13, one Forger shot down. Two Harriers
Winchester and are RTB. At 00:22:01, vampire launch detected from
Nanchuka IIIs in the Bodo group at F-16s. Meanwhile, two Forgers ambushed
the northern CAP of the British task force and shot down both Harriers.
The F-16s escaped.
At 00:23:44, multiple
vampires spotted closing on British task force from the northeast.
Probably air-launched. At 25:15, vampires identified as AS-6 Kingfish.
Very bad news indeed. HMS Illustrious and Phoebe struck and reported
sinking. HMS Argonaut hit and sinking. HMS Exeter struck and sinking. The
entire British task force has been destroyed.
At 00:31:03, three
Harpoon-carrying P-3 Orions reported ready at Andoya. They are ordered to
immediate launch and will be used to intercept the Bodo group.
At 00:32:55, an MTB
group of two Storm-class missile boats worked its way into position to
strike three groups of Osa IIs in the vanguard of the Andoya group. Six
Penguins are launched. Two of the Osa groups return fire immediately.
Five Osas are sunk in the immediate exchange. The Storm is lost. The
Blink fires its last remaining Penguin at the surviving Osa. The Osa
fires a Styx. Both boats sink each other. The Americans finally decide to
get into the act by launching a Harpoon at a Soviet intelligence trawler!
All three Harpoon-carrying P-3s are airborne from Andoya at 00:37:20.
They will make a low-altitude approach to the Bodo group and launch at
the Ro/Ro ships.
Vampire detected at
00:37:47. Looks like it is targeting one of the MTB groups closing on the
left flank of the Bodo group. The MTB group launches 8 Penguins at a
Kresta II in response. More vampire launches, this time targeting the
northern MTB group approaching the Bodo group. This MTB group is still
too far out to launch, so it will try to run and hide behind a nearby
fishing trawler. Both missile boats in the southern-most MTB group
approaching the Bodo group have been sunk by incoming vampires. One missile
boat from the northern MTB group has been sunk by vampires as of
At 00:39:31, multiple
hits recorded on the Kresta II. Also, incoming vampires detected
apparently targeting both an MTB group and the Norwegian frigate
Stavanger near Bodo. Stavanger and one missile boat struck and sunk at
00:40:45. Also, more vampires detected aimed at the one surviving missile
boat in the north and a group of two in the south near Bodo. Northern
missile boat destroyed and one from the southern group destroyed.
At 00:42:17, three
Harpoon-carrying P-3s are in range of the Bodo amphibious group and
launch. Two Ro/Ros targeted with six Harpoons each. At 00:48:21,
something shot down the Orion tailing the Bodo group. At 00:48:48, two
Harpoon hits on a Ro/Ro registered.
No further offensive
weaponry remains for NATO, so game accelerated to playout. Game lost. No
Soviet merchantmen were sunk.