World War III
in 1985 A Harpoon3 Battleset Diary
Episode Two: Fighting Withdrawal
September 1985 / 01:00:00
Playable sides: NATO
Briefing: The time is 1985 and World War Three has broken
out. Starting only minutes ago, Warsaw Pact troops have
launched a massive and carefully planned air, sea and
land assault on members of the NATO alliance. In Central
Europe, thousands of tanks and APCs are racing across
the borders separating East and West. Overhead, several
hundred Soviet fighters, bombers and attack aircraft
streak across the sky, headed for their targets in West
Germany. The Warsaw Pact achieved almost total surprise,
with NATO's order for a full mobilization coming only
NATO vs Soviet Union
Location: Norwegian Sea
Date/Time: 14 September 1985, 01:00:00
time is 1985 and World War Three has broken out. Starting
only minutes ago, Warsaw Pact troops have launched a massive
and carefully planned air, sea and land assault on members
of the NATO alliance. In Central Europe, thousands of tanks
and APCs are racing across the borders separating East and
West. Overhead, several hundred Soviet fighters, bombers
and attack aircraft streak across the sky, headed for their
targets in West Germany. The Warsaw Pact achieved almost
total surprise, with NATO's order for a full mobilization
coming only hours earlier.
The Kremlin's plan for dealing with
the Northern Flank is simple. NATO forces in Northern Norway
are to be inundated by non-stop tactical air strikes. At
the very beginning of the offensive, a division-sized airborne
assault will capture the airfields at Bodo and Evenes, both
of which are important NATO air bases. Then, six hours into
the war, two large amphibious assault groups will land in
Northern Norway; one at Bodo to reinforce the paratroopers
already there, and a second to capture the air base at Andoya.
These operations will provide the Soviets with three excellent
forward bases, and allows massive reinforcements to move
in by air and sea. Spetsnaz commando teams will also be
inserted by submarine at various critical points along the
coast, while other submarines are to disrupt naval activity
by laying mines off the principal anchorages. The remaining
airbases in northern Norway are scheduled to be knocked
out by Soviet air power or overrun by ground forces within
In Sweden the invasion will start
with Spetsnaz landing on Arlanda/Stockholm airport with
250 troops, seizing it within one hour. At the same time
a ferry will dock in Stockholm port loaded with 30 T-72
tanks and 1.100 soldiers. These will take control of the
Swedish Defense HQ that is only three minutes by car from
the port area. Two hours later a flight of An-12s land Bromma
in midtown Stockholm with a brigade of paratroopers and
one more brigade at Arlanda airport. The only expected resistance
is the Stockholm Police and some scattered soldiers from
the Army HQ and the Royal Castle. And within 36-48 hours,
strike aircraft and ground forces are expected to have knocked
out or captured most of the major airbases in the country.
Finland, with its close military
connections with the Soviet Union, struck a deal several
months earlier which would save the country from war. The
Soviets would be allowed to use the country as the staging
area for an attack on Norway and Sweden, and were given
full access to all airfields and other military facilities.
The main assault on the ground is
to be carried out by Soviet reinforced mechanized divisions
pushing overland from their staging areas in Finland towards
the important Norwegian port of Narvik and the Swedish town
of Lulea. The spearhead of the attack is then to follow
the Norwegian and Swedish coastlines and finally reunite
at Oslo, Norway, linking up with the various Soviet pockets.
The Red Army expects to relieve the Paratroopers at Bardufoss
within 36 hours, and reach as far south as Bodo in one week.
At sea, the Soviets intend to move
a powerful Surface Action Group (SAG) made up of ships of
the Red Banner Northern Fleet down the coast of Norway in
support of the ground operation. It is to assume a position
off the coast and prevent reinforcements from reaching Norway
NATO's carrier-based air power in
the Norwegian Sea must be eliminated early in the conflict.
In addition to its missile submarines, the Northern Fleet
has three Tu-16 long-range naval bomber regiments, each
with 22-23 aircraft. Nearly fifty Backfire bombers from
the 46th Strategic Air Army have also been forward based
on the Kola Peninsula, and will support the Northern Fleet's
This, in a nutshell, is the
plan of operations in Norway and Sweden.
for CMDR NATO Operations
The sudden outbreak of war has caught
a US carrier battle group (CVBG) by surprise. It had participated
in the Ocean Safari '85 exercise off the Norwegian coast
and is currently position well forward of the GIUK gap.
In the face of the massive air and naval onslaught it must
now conduct a fighting withdrawal south towards the UK and
safety. With Norway's airfields threatened by Soviet air,
sea and ground action, your carrier represents NATO's only
on-call and dependable air power in the region. Except from
a handful of Norwegian F-16s, the carrier must rely solely
on its own squadrons of F-14s for protection.
focus of this scenario is your aircraft carrier. Sail at
best speed for the safer waters around the UK. The carrier
must remain operational for six hours signifying its successful
escape. If resources permits, attack the Soviet amphibious
landing group heading for Bodo and sink the 'Sverdlov' amphibious
command ship and as many of the large Ro/Ro vessels as you
weapons are in short supply so use them sparingly. Normally,
a carrier has only 90 AIM-54s, 120 AIM-7s and 200 AIM-9s.
Therefore, all F-14 Tomcats taking off 30+ minutes into
the scenario are to switch from their current 4-Phoenix/2-Sparrow
loadout to the 2-Phoenix/3-Sparrow loadout to save missiles.
Command and Signal:
Flagship - CV 66 America
Recommended EMCON State - B (Limited Emissions)
got word that Soviet ground troops have launched a major offensive
into West Germany. Thirty five minutes ago the task group
centered on HMS Illustrious was simply overwhelmed by a flood
of missiles and simply disappeared off the scope. That leaves
the USS America battle group as the only substantial NATO
naval force to the North of the GIUK gap. Orders come in to
withdraw and link up with reinforcements steaming in from
the Western Atlantic.
Initially confused reports resolve
to a pretty clear picture. There are two invasion fleets bearing
down on the Norwegian coast, a third surface action group
well to the North and a massive air raid rising from fields
in Soviet territory.
1 - Opening situation facing the USS America CVBG.
The nearest of the two invasion fleets
is a scant two hundred nautical miles away but the America
is already too far South to hit the Northern group. For now
the point is moot anyway since strike aircraft are more than
three hours away from being ready. Nevertheless in the attack
squadron spaces, planning for a raid on the Southern-most
Soviet surface group is starting to come together.
are numerous airborne unknown tracks inbound from the north.
ESM cuts classify some of them as Bear-D maritime reconnaissance
platforms; too far away to target the America as yet but they
will have us in a matter of minutes.
We have 8 Tomcats on CAP
nearly enough. The close in CAP pushes north to support the
4 on patrol at the formations edge. The two cats
to the West will likely have to face the music headed their
way without help for now. Pri-fly gives the order to launch
the alert 5s pronto. Two can go now but 10 minutes will
pass before the next two are ready.
2 - TU-95 Bear-D Long range maritime reconnaisance platform.
another Bear-D reconnaissance platform to the West of the
Americas group. The Tomcat CAP on station there is ordered
to intercept. Perhaps if we can deny the bombers targeting
information we can disrupt the impending attack. Hell
have the picket ships in range in a matter of minutes though;
the geometry doesnt look favorable for denying the Russians
at least some kind of updated position data on the battle
Norwegian early warning stations to
the North are reporting MiG-25 Foxbats and MiG-23 Floggers
on the leading edge of the raid coming inbound from Soviet
land bases. The Norwegians dont have much that can compete
with that action: a few F-16A models with sidewinders and
a handful or two of P-3 patrol planes. The Orions scramble
out of Andoya and are dispatched to take a closer look at
the two invasion fleets. Four of their squadron mates already
made one raid on the fleet heading for the coast near Bodo;
they are rearming with more Harpoons but it will be another
hour or so before they can launch. At this point, all hell
Lots of them suddenly appear on four different bearings to
the North with no sign of any launch platforms. The Tomcats
that just launched pick them up visually and identify them
as Sandboxes that can only mean Echo II missile subs.
The Echo II must surface to launch and should take 20 minutes
to fire all eight of their missiles. This day the Russians
get it done much faster than this and if they surface no NATO
units detect them. So much for the intelligence briefings.
3 - Echo II subs launch SS-N-12 missiles.
Norwegians look to have their hands full as well: their meager
F-16A CAP flights in over Northern Norway are being engaged
by the Foxbats. The vipers are outranged and immediately on
the defensive. Heaven help them.
Tomcats are given weapons red free to engage the inbound cruise
missiles. Those precious Phoenix and Sparrow missiles will
be thrown against the wave of inbounds; so much for knocking
down the inbound aircraft before they can launch their own
missiles. The long sticks expended, the Tomcats turn for home
we need to get them on the deck and turned around again but
it will be a good 45 minutes before they can rearm. The first
wave of our missiles makes little impact: the Tomcat crews
claim a handful of missiles or the more than 30 incoming.
Starbright missiles are also
spotted now one of those subs must have been a Charlie. SM-2ER
Standards are launched from the escort ships in the group
but there are simply too few launchers to defeat an attack
with surprise this complete.
the incoming missiles seem to converge on the Nassau. A Starbright
smashes into the ship just above the waterline amid ships
and a second right behind it detonates in the engineering
spaces aft. Initially damage reports tell of flooding but
that is quickly contained but fire breaks out in engineering
and rapidly flares out of control.
4 - USS Nassau takes the brunt of the missile strike.
Three more Starbrights impact and
then more than a dozen Sandbox missiles. Nassau officially
reports that she is sinking and the order to abandon ship
is given but the ships complement must already have been decimated
by such a tidal wave of high explosives.
North our outlying Tomcat CAP flights are ordered to intercept
the fast moving aircraft heading for the battle group. They
quickly report the contacts as Backfires and are ordered to
one Bear-D! The western CAP flight leader confirms the kill
but the Bear is well inside 200 miles range to the center
of the battle group formation. More than likely he was able
to get off a position report to the bomber formations before
the massive Phoenix missile cut short the flow of information.
missiles launched at the inbound Backfire bombers in the North
start to merge with their targets. Our crew claim four kills
but that still leaves more than 40 inbound and its clear
that those are backed by heavy jamming and yet more reconnaissance
platforms. The Tomcats press on to close to Sparrow range
even though they are outnumbered 10 to one. The CAP flight
to the West are ordered Northwards to intercept some of the
bombers at a run rate of one hit in two, perhaps their remaining
AIM-54Cs can thin another two or three Backfires from
the onrushing tide. Sparrows knock down two more and the last
of the Phoenix missiles take two more. Visions of King Canute
dance in the mind of the battle group commander. Its
just a matter of time now before the Backfires launch their
payload towards the America.
5 - Regimental strength bomber strike headed right for the
USS America CVBG.
need better targeting data for planning the raid on the southern
invasion fleet. We can track the ships but to make an effective
strike we need to sort out the air defense ships and high
value targets. Norwegian command agrees to push the Orion
that is shadowing the target group to firm up targeting information.
Its obviously a one way ticket but the Norwegian crew
doesnt hesitate and soon they are starting to classify
the combatants in the group and paint the formation picture
for us. Two Sovremennyy DDGs will be high on the targeting
priority list as will the Sverdlov class command ship the
Norwegians report in. The Kresta II flanking the group to
the North should be no factor in our attack plan. The tail
end of the enemy formation is fat with Ro-Ro transports and
is short on air defenses.
It will be another two and three quarter
hours before an air strike can be mounted but there are eight
TASMs loaded aboard the Peterson. Four are A models
and though the Norwegians are facing desperate odds, release
of special weapons is out of the question; for now. There
are no more conventional Tomahawks in the magazines either
so four will have to do. They are launched with targeting
data for the Sverdlov command ship but with so few missiles
its more of a gesture than a serious threat.
Tomcats have closed to point blank rage with the Backfires
and are launching heaters. A couple more bombers fall but
we lose two Tomcats from the scope as well. No word of their
fate, they just disappear. The remaining Tomcats are Winchester
now and without any missiles to fight with the controllers
order them to recover for rearming. Damn! Two more Tomcat
tracks disappear from the scope.
it comes. Macdonough, King and Biddle all report vampires
inbound. The Backfires have executed a text book coordinated
attack and there are 10s of cruise missiles are heading
if we needed any reminder the Norwegians are totally overmatched:
the F-16 HAVCAP protecting the AWACS bird out of Orland are
blasted from the sky and the E-3A dives for the deck to try
and evade itself. Foxbats are far too fast for the encumbered
707 airframe to outrun though and the AWACS winks out on the
tactical display. Ticonderoga now takes over the group air
defense net and we hunker down awaiting the inbound missile
Its pretty clear whats
happening with the raid that originated at the Russian land
bases: they are making a massive strike against the northern-most
Norwegian airbases and taking out the early warning radar
installations. For us its good news that the raid isnt
aimed our way but the Norwegian forces are practically without
a means to defend themselves. A few A model Falcons with sidewinders
just arent going to make an impression. Its frustrating
to feel so helpless just watching the onslaught heading for
Evenes, Bardufoss and Andoya knowing that theres not
a thing we can do about it. As is often the case, the CIA
comes in for an in-absentia pasting: how could the intelligence
services not have seen this coming??
Kitchens. There are just too many to bother counting the tracks
individually. This is going to hurt.
6 - The Backfires bearing down on the CVBG carry anti-ship
are well above what the air defense saturation models predict
that even the vaunted Aegis system can shield us from. The
last Phoenix missiles meet the wave head on and there are
four less cruise missiles for us to worry about; its
a drop in the proverbial bucket. The Sparrows that follow
them in are not expected to make much of an impression either
and they dont.
The Russian bombers turn tail and
fade away to the North taking their jamming aircraft with
are merging with the incoming missiles now and the group is
swathed in the smoke from their launches. Its an awesome
and terrible sight to behold when the Aegis system kicks into
high gear in all out defense of the fleet.
By now we have a pretty good picture
of the Soviet invasion force bearing down on Bodo but the
Norwegian P3 crew paid the ultimate price. They could dodge
only so many SAMs. If we can just ride out the attack presently
headed our way we can put the targeting data they paid so
dearly for to good use.
first of the Russian cruise missiles reaches the Biddle. Point
defenses knock down the first three but the fourth hits squarely
and must have found the magazine for theres a huge explosion
and the Biddle is taking on water and sinking fast. No fewer
than 20 more Kitchens slam into the defenseless cruiser.
King too has clearly drawn the attention of the incoming missile
strike: from the first impact its clear that she too
will be lost although in the end we count 11 impacts. This
is far more punishment than any USN hull currently in the
fleet can hope to survive; speed and layered defenses have
made building for survivability a distant memory.
continue to come in from the Norwegians desperate for relief
as their Falcons are ripped apart by the waves of Foxbats
and Floggers swarming over the border. The Falcons have no
answer to the BVR capabilities of the Russian fighters. With
Sidewinder missiles as their main armament they are brave
and aggressive but might as well be trying to stop a herd
of elephants with a pea shooter. We continue to steam southwest
unable to offer the Scandinavians any meaningful help at all.
sneaky Russians tried to send a Bear-D after us; no doubt
they are hoping to maintain contact to steer another raid
our way. While the Tomcats are out of long sticks one pair
has sidewinders left and enough gas to make the intercept.
They hasten eastwards to catch the spy before he can get in
range to find us on his surface search radar. It takes two
heaters to knock him down but the Tomcat crews call in the
kill and turn for home having reached bingo fuel already.
Theyll be landing on fumes by the time they recover
aboard but we have no tankers in a position to meet them.
strikes begin pounding Andoya and fires rage out of control
after a direct hit on one of their ammo dumps. So much for
the P3s re-arming with Harpoons to go after the Russian
invasion fleets again: they are torn apart as they sit on
the ramp. A number of the early warning radar stations are
now off the air as well. Presumably they too have been targeted
by the Soviet air assault.
assault troop transport planes are spotted heading for the
Andoya and Bardufoss. Damage reports from Bardufoss after
the initial bombing raids tell a grim tale: the base is on
fire and crews are struggling to contain the conflagration
before it gets totally out of hand.
reports show one of the Sovremennyy DDGs in the southern invasion
fleet falling out of formation.
7 - A Russian destroyer is in trouble but it's not clear why.
it be that one or more of the TASMs made it through and picked
out a DDG target?? We have no one close enough to put eyeballs
on the target to be sure.
too now comes under direct air assault. Again, there is nothing
we can do.
are paratroopers descending on Evenes according to the latest
reports. The base will soon be overrun.
COMNON headquarters unit at Bodo airbase went off the air
moments ago having reported a large number of Russian bombers
pounding the field. We are still powerless to do anything
more than listen and wait for our chance to strike back.
first six of our Tomcats to recover after the initial attack
on the battle group are rearmed and refueled. The ordies and
grapes have done a sterling job turning the jets in a mere
45 minutes or so. The pilots arent happy though: orders
have come down to reload with only three Phoenix not four.
All six launch with fresh pilots in order to re-establish
some semblance of CAP around the CVBG and protect the Hawkeye
still circling more than a hundred miles north of the carriers
finally reports that the air strike packages are ready and
the handlers have the jets marshaled and ready to go. The
plan receives a final review; its pretty simple but
then we havent had time to get too creative and resources
The attack will come along two axes;
a simple left and right hook to disguise the point of origin
for the attack. Itll mean 100nm more flying than a straight
line course to the target area but having knocked the Bear-D
out of the picture there seems little sense in giving the
Russian commander an easy fix on our position.
8 - At last NATO forces can deliver a punch.
From the south, 6 Intruders escorted
by 2 Tomcats and a Prowler for standoff jamming support will
engage the Sverdlov command ship and the two AAW DDGs. Timed
to arrive just after the wave of harpoons from the A-6s,
a dozen Corsairs will launch long range Walleyes from the
West, hoping chew on the tail of the invasion fleet and send
some of the armor that must be aboard those Ro-Ros to
the bottom of the Norwegian sea. The corsairs too will have
a pair of Tomcats riding shotgun and a Prowler to cloak their
The Sovremennyys only have Gadlfy
SAMs: they wont be able to reach the Intruders since
the harpoons outrange the SA-N-7 by a wide margin. If the
harpoons are successful range of the Gadflys wont be
a factor in the Corsairs mission but even so the extended
range Walleyes should keep them out of range, especially with
Prowler support degrading the Russians ability to get
a clear picture.
CAG worries that the strike groups
are too lightly escorted but the admiral is firm: no more
Tomcats can be stripped from the defensive positions around
the carrier. Its a calculated risk but the plans call
for the strike groups to transit at wavetop heights until
they close the pincers turning to their final attack vectors
and popping-up to deliver their weapons. The Soviets dont
have CAP flights in the air and they have no air search assets
in the area beyond the target group itself. The strikers will
be below the horizon for much of the run in so they should
be well masked.
The order to launch is given and the
air boss commences the evolution to get the strike off the
two strike groups made their runs without incident and the
Sentry and Hawkeye crews continue to report picture
clear and no apparent reaction from the enemy surface
ships. The Prowlers started the music when the strikers reached
attack height. They will mask the attackers and loiter to
degrade the Russian air search and targeting radars. That
should shorten the reaction time for their SAM systems and
be a good force multiplier for our missiles. So far the mission
profile has worked perfectly and 24 harpoons start their run
to the target.
Corsairs launch their weapons and circle while they nurse
the weapons along via the datalinks. With luck the wave of
harpoons tracking in to the target 50 miles to the south and
west will keep the defenders busy while the glide bombs bore
in on their assigned targets.
Russians do finally get SAMs in the air in a vain effort to
knock down the inbound missiles. Five harpoons slam into the
nearer of the two Russian DDGs but somehow he seems to continue
on course apparently able to maneuver still at least. Seven
harpoons find the Sverdlov command ship and it is ablaze and
dead in the water; that ought to put a crimp in the invasion
fleet commanders day. Moments later the Sovremennyy
trailing the formation takes and handful of harpoon hits as
well and this time the damage is catastrophic: the ship vanishes
beneath the waves in seconds.
one-two punch seems to catch the Russians just like we hoped:
our pilots estimate 17 of 24 Walleyes find their mark and
4 Ro-Ros are headed for the bottom and another is dead
in the water. The admiral seems pleased but he orders the
strike aircraft to recover at best speed: he wants them ready
for follow up strikes as fast as possible and time is more
important that conserving fuel at this point.
For the next hour things are mercifully
quiet as we recover our strikers and get two more CAP flights
up to seal our air defense perimeter a little better.
strike aircraft are back aboard safely and the entire evolution
completed without a single lost aircraft. The spirits of the
air wing are visibly lifted. CAG reports that the strike aircraft
will take a good six hours to rearm and refuel. Planning for
a follow up strike gets underway immediately but as weve
already seen, a lot can happen to change the picture in six
9 - Prowlers recover last under the watchful gaze of the Hawkeye
our west another Bear-D is probing trying to locate us. The
Ticonderoga picks up ESM cuts even before the Hawkeye can
see him. Fortunately we have a pair of Tomcats lurking silently
for just such an eventuality they get the buster
signal and a vector and they accelerate westwards.
lead Tomcat pilot has the Bear-D on his own radar now and
calls judy to take over the intercept. In seconds
two Phoenix missiles close the gap and the first to arrive
dispatches the intruder. The intercept takes place at around
220 miles from the carrier so he likely didnt get a
fix on our ships. The fact that hes searching now though
makes everyone nervous: the Russians must be setting us up
for another raid.
enough, the few air search radars that the Norwegians have
left that can look towards the Kola Peninsula call in multiple
bogies rising from the airfields there. Could this be another
Backfire raid headed our way??
lead elements of the Russian air raid are plotted at over
1300 knots; these can only be Foxbats and sure enough Norwegian
F-16 pilots confirm the supposition as the sleek silver jets
blow by them high and fast. Its clear that these guys
are headed our way. A fighter sweep ahead of a wave of missile
armed bombers perhaps??
10 - Foxbat interceptors streak westward toward the Norwegian
There are two groups on roughly parallel
tracks, the southern group headed right for us and the northern
group making a bee line for the E-2C. All the F-14s that are
airborne are vectored East to form two walls that will meet
the MiGs as near head-on as time will allow. Geometry looks
promising for the northern flank at least.
now its clear that the aircraft following the Foxbats
are slower and smaller types than the bomber force that we
at first feared. The Foxbats continue to charge hard though
and we position our fighters to intercept them while ordering
the Hawkeye to the rear and warning the Norwegians to pull
back the E-3 lest the Russians make a turn to the south and
attempt to blind us a little by going after it. We now have
an accurate head count on the Foxbats: 16 headed our way at
full throttle. We launch an EA-6B too just to throw a little
more noise into the picture for the Russians to sort through.
the classic interceptor dual: Tomcats versus Foxbats and both
teams are lobbing missiles at the other for all they are worth.
The Tomcats are outnumbered two to one but they have the AWG-9
and Phoenix; reach and the ability to guide on multiple targets
should even out the exchange.
MiG-25s fall in the first volley but so does one of
our F-14s. In the north things go well and all eight
MiGs are downed for the loss of two Tomcats. That luck
doesnt hold in the south though as we lose four Tomcats
and the remainder go winchester leaving three Foxbats still
bearing down on our position.
remaining Foxbats are nearing the limits of their endurance
and they start to sweep to the north and turn for home. Surely
they cant have seen our ships on radar because it seems
they are flying right into the Aegis basket and in a few minutes
well have them well within engagement range for the
block I Standards. For good measure some of the Tomcats that
were north or our position race to the south to see if they
can cut off the Russians escape path.
oversees eight Standards fired at the MiGs which are
traveling so fast that eight SAMs is all we have time to get
in the air before they pass through the envelope and out the
other side. The initial launches do get their attention though
and they seem to lean further North looping around our position
which drives them right into the path of our oncoming F-14s.
Unfortunately only one Foxbat succumbs to the SM-2MR volley.
one of the few bright spots of the day so far we spring the
trap on the last pair of Foxbats and the Tomcat pilots take
one apiece with the last of their precious Phoenix missiles.
11 - AIM-54's knock down the last Foxbats with the advantage
of good geometry.
on the Norwegian mainland are not so good however. The airfield
at Andoya is being pounded again from the air. Same thing
at Evenes and there reports come in of large numbers of paratroop
transport aircraft. NATO forces are pretty much powerless
to resist this latest development: only the Norwegian air
defense fighters could likely have made a dent in this assault
but they are mostly already impaled on the fighter sweeps
that have raked across the sky twice in the last four hours.
and Bardufoss too report in with similar stories and equally
desperate pleas for help and reinforcement. These will go
unanswered and it seems inevitable now that NATO will lose
control of the northern part of Norway within a couple more
America has made it under the umbrella of air cover from the
south and this represents a measure of safety we havent
felt during the opening hours of the war. We have executed
one very successful strike against the Russian invasion fleet
but clearly the aerial bombardment and air assault troops
landing on and taking key Norwegian bases say they have the
upper hand as we scuttle hastily out of harms way. However,
that first strike bolsters the confidence of the America battle
group; you can see it in the quiet air of confidence and determination
of the ships crews.
We may have been forced to back away
for the first round but only in order to preserve our strength,
regroup and link us with reinforcements. Its clear that
if we can tip the force ratio scales in our favor a little
more we can make the Russian bear pay for the incursion now
Next Episode: Barents
Sea, Part 1 - The Boomer Bastion Raid
NATO forces meet victory
9 - Radar sites
1 - Tarawa
10 - Tomcat
2 - Sentry
6 - Orion
1 - J. Daniels
1 - Farragut
2 - Ammo Dump
3 - Radar Site (western)
7 - barracks
1 - a/c revetment
4 - AAA 40mm
1 - Hangar (4)
1 - C3CM Bunker
3 - Hangar (hardened)
6 - Companies, Norwegian army
- Bear D
12 - Backfire B
4 - Helix A
5 - Flogger G
2 - Fitter H
1 - Fencer C
4 - Cub A
1 - Sverdlov Mod
1 - Sovremenny I
4 - Cargo Vessel (Ro-Ro)
16 - Foxbat E
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