Well that was the plan. But as we learned really fast you should never underestimate the perseverence of our surface guys. On my way towards OPAREA SIERRA one of the cruisers tasked to hunt us catched up with us:
And what a trigger happy captain this guy was. Not soon after we picked him up on our sonar he already shot the first torpedos:
But we also had some aces up our sleeves and managed to avoid the torpedos with ease and got some distance between us and the cruiser. Overall the cruiser shot four torpedos at us but neither were able to pick us up and hone in. Lucky us:
With the cruiser out of the picture we were able to finally focus on phase 2 of the excersise. For phase 2 we were tasked to sink an Indian taskforce consisting of three ships before they can exit the oparea. And sure enough i picked up their active sonar pinging half an hour befire the start of the excersise. Maybe we should tell the Indians not to be so ping happy if they are about to be on the recieving end of a submarine, as it makes my job a lot easier:
At this point i only picked up 2 of the 3 contacts, so i decided to come up to perisope depth and try to get a better picture with our ESM mast, which is able to pick up radar emissions. And sure enough i found all three north of me. I also picked up 2 ASW helicopters in the east. I have to watch out for them. You can also see our current orders in the top left:
At this point i was sure that the three targets were still quite a distance out and since i was already at periscope depth i decided to take a look through the periscope. Can you spot the frigate?
After identifying all three contacts (A frigate V02, a destroyer V03 and an auxilliary ship V01) and calculating their distance, i got this picture:
I waited for another 15 minutes to let them come closer and then fired three torpedos at the group:
Torpedo 1 was able to sink the auxilliary ship with ease, but Torpedos 2 and 4 were not so fortunate. Torpedo 4 did explodes, but must have hit a decoy from the destroyer. Torpedo 2 was outmanouvered and outrunned by the frigate and shutdown after an extensive chase:
I quickly ordered my crew to reload the tubes for another attack run. While they were busy, i raised the periscope again to get an overview over the situation. I noticed that both targets left have recovered from my attack and now came back towards me to hunt me down. So it was time to shoot the second salvo. This time i opted to stay on the perisope to help guide the torpedos in as i reckoned i would not have time for a third try. And this time my torpedos hit the mark. First was the frigate:
And 15 minutes later the destroyer:
My XO was screaming with joy again. I'm starting to suspect that he takes some kind of drugs:
This concludes phase 2 of our mission. Not long after we sank we recieved the orders for phase 3 which you can read about in the last post.