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Convoy Raider

Try out this scenario and reprise the role of Captain Langsdorff (or at least the Russian version of him) and become the terror of all commercial vessels in the Indian Ocean. Freek Schepers has worked hard to add a new side to his latest scenario, Indian, so that it is now enjoyable from either perspective.

Indian_R


The war in the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Barentz Sea has swung in favour of the Americans. Our long-range airpower has been destroyed and our remaining tactical fighter squadrons are barely sufficient for defense of the Motherland.

However, our alliance with China has brought good results; Thailand and Indonesia have been defeated and India has suffered terrible losses and has secretly opened Cease-fire negotiations with China and Russia.

MISSION OPERATION BRESHNJEV

Your mission is to permanently destroy the US influence in the IO. You are ordered to destroy the airbase and defensive installations on Diego Garcia. Secondly, you are ordered to sink the Maritime Prepositioning ships based at DG. These ships are pre-loaded with enough armour, artillery, and stores for 2 fighting divisions now being airlifted to the IO Theatre of war. They must be destroyed. Upon completion of your mission make your way towards Cochin, India, where repair facilities will be made available under our Cease-fire agreement.

Author: Freek Schepers

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The 54th new scenario of the year!

Tin Man Mission

The sixth installment of "The Cyprus Affair" battleset has been released.​


NEW WORLD ORDER SERIES: THE CYPRUS AFFAIR CAMPAIGN #2

When the NSC made good on its promise to deliver SA-10 Grumble SAM systems to the Greek Cypriots in the spring of 1995 despite Turkish protests, the stage was set for another conflict in Cyprus. The presence of the advanced weapons shifted the delicate balance of power as it put nearly all aircraft operating from the Turkish side of the island at risk.

NATO was embarrassed when regular Turkish forces stormed the island a few months later. It had not been aware of Turkey's intent to reclaim Cyprus once and for all. Hand-in-hand with the economic boom in the NSC came military modernization and revitalization; funding for which was fueled at least partly by an unprecedented level of arms exports. The NSC would no longer sit idly by while its national interests were decided by others. It launched a major attack against Turkey on June 3, 1995.
The NSC did not believe that NATO would intervene in the Cypriot affair after having been snubbed by its Turkish partner and after the beating it had received in the Baltic conflict the previous year.

The NSC was about to be proven wrong.
#6 TIN MAN MISSION

The Tin Man Missions comprise a series of attacks on key NSC-occupied bases in Cyprus and Turkey. The objective is to suppress enemy air defences and airfields in preparation for the liberation of these areas from NSC occupation.

Author: Herman Hum, Brad Leyte

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New Harpoon 3 scenario: LIONHEART

The 55th new scenario of the year!
LIONHEART
The seventh installment of "The Cyprus Affair" battleset has been released.​

NEW WORLD ORDER SERIES: THE CYPRUS AFFAIR CAMPAIGN #2

When the NSC made good on its promise to deliver SA-10 Grumble SAM systems to the Greek Cypriots in the spring of 1995 despite Turkish protests, the stage was set for another conflict in Cyprus. The presence of the advanced weapons shifted the delicate balance of power as it put nearly all aircraft operating from the Turkish side of the island at risk.

NATO was embarrassed when regular Turkish forces stormed the island a few months later. It had not been aware of Turkey's intent to reclaim Cyprus once and for all. Hand-in-hand with the economic boom in the NSC came military modernization and revitalization; funding for which was fueled at least partly by an unprecedented level of arms exports. The NSC would no longer sit idly by while its national interests were decided by others. It launched a major attack against Turkey on June 3, 1995.
The NSC did not believe that NATO would intervene in the Cypriot affair after having been snubbed by its Turkish partner and after the beating it had received in the Baltic conflict the previous year.

The NSC was about to be proven wrong.

#7 LIONHEART

Pound an enemy as much as you like but you cannot seize and hold territory from ships at sea or from aircraft aloft. You must put troops on the ground. The amphibious force now approaching Turkish shores, code-named Lionheart, must be protected. The amphibious landing will be accompanied by a major airborne assault on Cyprus. It is expected that the NSC will be pulling out all the stops to destroy these assets before they can reach their destination.

Author: Herman Hum, Brad Leyte

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New Harpoon Classic scenario

The 57th new scenario of the year has just been released!

Black Valour - EC2003 Battleset​


A few years in the future... Tensions between Turkey and its neighbors in the Black Sea region have increased during recent years. The causes have ranged from trade issues to environmental concerns. Romania has been among the most vocal in its protests against Turkey, going so far as to threaten the use of force if Turkey continues to interfere with its international agenda. The situation has been made more serious because Ukraine has declared itself a guardian of the slavic Black Sea nations and has made it clear that Turkish aggression against any of these nations, even those it has squabbled with in the past, will not be tolerated. A few months ago, Romania purchased long-range ballistic missiles from China.

Orders:
Romania has continued to use provocative language regarding our trade, environmental, and defense policies. We maintain that our nation has acted in accordance with international law. We remain willing to address these issues in such forums as the United Nations, and to abide by the will of the global community. Unfortunately, our neighbors appear unwilling to do the same. We have reason to believe that sometime in the next few hours Romania will attack Turkish vessels in the Black Sea as "retribution" for our policies. Those ships are ordered to go on high alert, but unless they are attacked first should not fire on Romanian vessels or aircraft. If they are attacked, they are directed to defend themselves and are free to attack any other targets of opportunity. It is also possible that Romania will attack Turkish bases. Be prepared for this possibility.

If Romania should attack Turkish assets or Turkish territory, all available assets are directed to initiate Operation Black Valor. Your objectives are as follows:

1. Destroy the base at Kogalniceanu.
2. Locate and destroy the ballistic missile launchers located near Kogalniceanu.
3. Destroy any Romanian vessels you encounter.

Ukrainian aircraft have been observed near Kogalniceanu and may attempt to prevent attacks against Romania. Do not fire on these aircraft unless you are attacked first. If you are attacked, you may defend yourselves and you may attack any Ukranian assets that appear to be a threat to your forces. Do not under any circumstances attack Odessa.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b9 or later and also the HCDB_051221 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Mark Gellis

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New Harpoon 3 scenario: Incoming Mail

The First new scenario of the year has just been released!

Incoming Mail

Incoming Mail is a rebuild of a scenario from the original paper rules of Harpoon as was published in "Battles of the Third World War." It is Dave's fourth scenario effort. Thanks for sharing it with the community.


The Soviets have two weapons that can reach NATO convoys in the Atlantic: submarines and long-range aircraft. Long-range bombers on the Kola peninsula can easily hunt the Atlantic. With Iceland in Soviet hands, however, they can attack at will and their range would be greatly increased.

A standard NATO convoy crossing the Atlantic would consist of 40-50 merchant ships. Eight to ten escorts and, if they are lucky, a helicopter carrier, will provide protection from submarine and air attack.

Here, a large NATO convoy has been detected by a Soviet Radar Ocean Reconnaissance Satellite (RORSAT) and Tu-95 Bear Ds are sent out to pinpoint their position. Following close behind the Bears are two squadrons of Backfire bombers.

This could be a very bad day for NATO...


Author: Dave Steinmeyer

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Harpoon 3 scenario digitally re-mastered - Axis of Evil

Axis of Evil II


The largest scenario ever written for Harpoon3 has now been digitally re-mastered and is hereby re-released for your enjoyment. It is the Mother of All Monster scenarios. Be forewarned. Examine the Readme.txt file carefully. The magnitude of this scenario may cause problems for your computer and should not be attempted by those with processor-challenged systems.

The Chinese economic bubble has burst and it has fallen into recession. The economic picture is mirrored worldwide. Russia is plunged ever further into social and monetary chaos. In an effort to raise hard currency, Russian resorts to selling almost everything within its arsenal. China moves to maintain its market share and matches prices and terms. Iran takes advantage of the prices and buys from both nations. A radical fundamentalist regime very similar to the Taliban is elected in Iran. Iran announces its nuclear power status with an atmospheric test. NATO leaders unanimously demand the immediate removal of the missiles and the extradition of Bin Laden.

Author: Herman Hum, Tim Eastburn

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New Harpoon Classic scenario: Crete Convoy - EC2003 MEDC

The 2nd new scenario of the year!

Crete Convoy

Not even one week into the new year and Mark Gellis has published a second scenario for the Harpoon community to enjoy. At this rate, I shudder to think how many great scenarios he will produce in the upcoming year. Thanks for sharing another game with us.

Crete Convoy - EC2003 MEDC Battleset


It is 1990 and the world is at war. America and its allies are gradually preparing to liberate Iran from the Soviet Union, which invaded that country earlier this year. Several allies of the Soviet Union have declared their support for the Soviet invasion.

Blue Orders:
Convoy AAS (Flag Robison) should proceed to the waters off the southern shore of Crete in preparation for a rendevous with other vessels. Once at the rendevous point, you will receive additional orders. Libya has declared its support of the Soviet invasion of Iran. It is possible that Libyan aircraft, surface vessels, or submarines will attempt to attack your convoy. Soviet submarines may also be in your area.

Greek aircraft are available to provide air support for your convoy. You are free to fire on either Libyan or Soviet assets if they attack or appear to threaten the convoy or allied assets. You are not directed at this time to attack Libyan territory.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b9 or later and also the HCDB_060103 or later in order to function properly.
Author: Mark Gellis

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The full and complete Harpoon3 "MatchPlay" battleset

MatchPlay
The full and complete "MatchPlay" battleset is now available!​


The second and third rounds of the "MatchPlay" battleset have been publicly released. These four scenarios have previously been unavailable to the Harpoon public. Now that the PlayersDB contest is complete, they are hereby posted for your enjoyment.

Anyone interested in playing the battleset as a consecutive / connected series is welcome to play the first scenario in the series and send in the results to Freek Schepers at freek_schepers@yahoo.com and he will send out the next scenario in the series and customize it to your losses in the previous round.

MATCHPLAY
Terrorist attacks on the Belgium Royal family have left the Dutch Crown Prince next in line to the throne of Belgium. Popular mourning and an uprising has quickly resulted into civil war between the French-speaking Walloons in southern Belgium and the Dutch-speaking Flemish in northern Belgium. Holland has quickly moved ground forces into Belgium to assert its claim to the throne, while France has tried unsuccessfully to mobilise the UN. But, as the Israelis showed in 1967, the UN cannot operate at the pace of modern warfare…



ROUND 2:

ANTI-CARRIER PLAY
Second in the MATCHPLAY battleset, playable from the Dutch side.To reinforce the French fleet, the Carrier Charles de Gaulle is moving from the Mediterranean to Brest. The UN has stopped all combat and your mission is to sink Charles de Gaulle using your remaining Dutch submarines


CARRIER PLAY
Second in the MATCHPLAY battleset playable from French sideUN has enforced a ceasefire after a day of 'hyperwar'. The French Department of Defence has announced that around 60 Dutch F-16 fighters and a frigate have been destroyed. While the Dutch divisions in Belgium have been hit hard, reinforcements have taken their place and Flanders is firmly in Dutch hands. BDA suggests that our air strikes have destroyed the revetments, tarmacs, and hangars on Florennes and destroyed all Belgian F-16s based there on the ground. The amphibious landings on Walcheren failed within sight of the objective. All four landing ships were damaged and Jeanne d'Arc had to be towed clear of the area and is now in drydock in Brest. A shock has gone through the French press as the losses are becoming apparent; 150 (one hundred and fifty!) of our best front-line fighters destroyed, as well as two of the priceless E2 and E3 AEW planes! Never in the history of French warfare has there been such a bloody defeat against an enemy that, apart from a recent struggle with Norway over oil (See OILFIRE.SCN), has only practiced war, not waged it.The Navy has been hard hit, as well. Apart from the damage to Jeanne d'Arc, 10 Frigates and Destroyers were lost. The 10 Rafale fighters have done well before they were shot down and a few replacements have even been found straight off the production lines.The worst stain on France's honour has been that the damaged heavy lift vessels packed with Marines have had to surrender and become prisoners of war in Belgium.

ROUND 3:

SUB PLAY
Third of the MATCHPLAY battleset playable from the German (allies of France) side.The Charles de Gaulle has safely entered Brest after sinking two Dutch submarines, but losing a frigate, her last Rafale, and one of our two remaining Hawkeye's. All point-defence weapons were used up in our last action and both sides, astonished by the supremacy of defensive firepower, refrained from gun actions and withdrew. One Achilles' heel remains that we can exploit; the Dutch are totally reliant on merchant traffic to Rotterdam and Antwerp. Unfortunately, our amphibious landing on Walcheren to close the entrance to both ports failed and France lacks the resources to implement a Maritime blockade of the North Sea.


SPECIAL OPS PLAY
Third of the MATCHPLAY battleset, playable from the Dutch side.Netherlands has lost a lot of F-16s against France, but most pilots have bailed out over friendly territory and are fit to fly. Belgian F-16s, captured intact, are being readied for operations.Denmark also flies 62 F-16MLUs, based on two bases in Skrydstrup and Aalborg. A daring plan has been developed to raid the Danish airbase of Skrydstrup, neutralise the defences, bring in pilots and maintenance crews by plane, and fly the aircraft to Netherlands.

Author: Freek Schepers

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Operation Wizard
The eighth and final installment of "The Cyprus Affair" battleset has been released.​

NEW WORLD ORDER SERIES: THE CYPRUS AFFAIR CAMPAIGN #2

When the NSC made good on its promise to deliver SA-10 Grumble SAM systems to the Greek Cypriots in the spring of 1995 despite Turkish protests, the stage was set for another conflict in Cyprus. The presence of the advanced weapons shifted the delicate balance of power as it put nearly all aircraft operating from the Turkish side of the island at risk.

NATO was embarrassed when regular Turkish forces stormed the island a few months later. It had not been aware of Turkey's intent to reclaim Cyprus once and for all. Hand-in-hand with the economic boom in the NSC came military modernization and revitalization; funding for which was fueled at least partly by an unprecedented level of arms exports. The NSC would no longer sit idly by while its national interests were decided by others. It launched a major attack against Turkey on June 3, 1995.
The NSC did not believe that NATO would intervene in the Cypriot affair after having been snubbed by its Turkish partner and after the beating it had received in the Baltic conflict the previous year.

The NSC was about to be proven wrong.

#8 OPERATION WIZARD

Although numerically plentiful, the NSC ground forces are relatively poorly trained. The operation to re-take Turkey is going well, although it is considered bloody. Cyprus has already been re-claimed. The U.S. learned valuable lessons from Desert Storm, including the following rule: it makes no sense not to finish the job. Task Force Scarecrow has moved into the Aegean and more aircraft are being ferried to newly re-built airbases in Turkey for the upcoming operation. The mission: destroy the NSC Black Sea Fleet and neutralize neighbouring military facilities in the Crimea.

Author: Herman Hum, Brad Leyte

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SEVEN new Harpoon Classic scenarios!

SEVEN new scenarios!​
Happy Chinese New Year! To help bring in the new year, Brad Leyte has released SEVEN new scenarios! Yes, that's right 1, 2, 3,....7! Everyone thought that his previous five scenario release in October was an earth-shattering event. Looks like Brad is publishing according to the prime numbers. Let's all hope that the next release is for 11 scenarios! The Year of the Dog definitely looks like a prosperous year for the Harpoon community.

Storsjoodjuret - EC2003 GIUK


The worst case scenario for Sweden has just come to pass. Failed promises of prosperity after EU integration, combined with persistent high unemployment, have suddenly brought down the government in Finland and replaced it with one friendly to an aggressive Russian Federation. Russian armed forces have been granted access to Finnish airspace and territory as part of a mutual defence pact. This includes the Aland Islands, which are rumoured to have been "leased" (some say sold) to Russia, and already military forces are reported to be digging in around the islands and constructing fortifications there. This is extremely alarming to Sweden, whose protests have gone unanswered in Helsinki and Moscow.



Constant Glance - EC2003 MEDC


Relations between the Ukraine and Russia have degraded into a shooting war after a prolonged dispute over gas supplies. Elements of the US-Eastern European Task Force (EETAF), established at a forward location in Romania, are being called into action to support and defend the West friendly government in Ukraine.



Stage Fright Pt. II - EC2003 IOPG


Chinese political influence over the path of the Asian Super Highway has threatened plans for the future expansion of Indian trade ties in Indochina. China has convinced Bangladesh and Myanmar that their economic interests would be better served by linking Chittagong with a trilateral road network with Myanmar and Kunming in China. While the Super Highway is being purpose built to advance multilateral commerce, China has been keen to extract military advantages. There is strong Indian opposition to the Chinese "meddling" in plans that they had already believed finalized. In reply, the PRC has followed up on its political pressures by convincing both Bangladesh and Myanmar to participate in high level "joint" military exercises on very short notice.



Last Stan - EC2003 IOPG


Iran's stubborn refusal to submit to the authority of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with regard to its nuclear program led to its emergency reference to the UN Security Council. Resolutions aimed at sanctioning Iran and leaving the door open for further action were vetoed by both Russia and China. The EU3 (France, Germany and the UK) and the United States nevertheless pressed ahead with their cooperative efforts to find a way to bring punitive action against Iran. The debacle in Pakistan, however, badly aggravated the situation. US intelligence discovered (thanks to a tip from the Mossad) that Pakistan had covertly assisted in the escape of mastermind Osama bin Laden across the border into Iran, and that the Al Qaida mastermind was now rebuilding its terror camps with the help of Tehran. The apparent link between terrorism and the Iranian nuclear program was too much for the EU/US coalition to accept, and the wheels were put into motion to put a stop to Iran's nuclear ambitions. Russia, China and Pakistan denied there was sufficient evidence of any such link, and vowed to oppose any aggression against Iran that had no Security Council support.



Blame it on the Kellys - EC2003 WestPac


A growing dispute between Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea about rights to a newly discovered uranium deposit on their mutual border has led to the intervention of China and Australia on opposite sides. China, eager to gain access to the uranium, has sent a sizeable force into the region to support the Indonesian claim. Indonesia has likewise shifted considerable military assets eastward into the disputed area. Overflights of Papua-New Guinea airspace by unknown (and presumably Chinese) aircraft have already been reported. Meanwhile, Australia is moving to support its old colony, and New Zealand is pledging assistance.



My Pet Dragon - EC2003 WestPac


The European Union has long been unhappy with American economic and military sanctions against the People's Republic of China. In recent years, the EU has grown increasingly concerned that the sanctions were unduly stifling European prosperity by blocking access to a huge market. The EU continued to bring diplomatic pressure to bear on Washington as the sanctions dragged on, hoping that eventually they would be lifted. Instead, when American intelligence community insisted that it had discovered an apparent link between China and the Iranian nuclear weapons program, the sanctions were tightened, much to the chagrin of the EU. The focus has now shifted away from diplomacy, and the EU is determined to exploit potential economic opportunities in the PRC. Cargo ships are now enroute from the EU to China, carrying Ariane 5 rocket components from France and Type 212 submarine technology from Germany. The convoy is defended. The Americans are incensed and vow to stop the shipment.



Thirst for Victory - EC2003 WestPac


The relationship between Singapore and Malaysia has never been particularly great, due in large part to historical sensitivities, some stemming from the time of their separation in 1965. Diplomatic level interventions by Australian in the 1980s (through the Five Power Defence Arrangement, or FPDA) helped to encourage better dialogue and cooperation, particularly in defence matters, but there remains an underlying friction between Singaporeans and Malays. Modern era difficulties include unresolved territorial and airspace disputes, customs and immigration issues, new cross-border bridges and railways, and the continued reliance of Singapore upon fresh water supplies from Malaysia.

A devastating terrorist attack on an liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker in the Malacca Straits served to aggravate these tensions, especially after Singapore called upon US Navy assistance to begin more closely patrolling the region's waterways. This did not sit well at all with Malaysia and Indonesia, both of whom held the bulk of the territorial claim to the Malacca Straits. Indonesia reacted by shutting down its brand new water pipelines to Singapore, and after huge anti-Singapore and anti-America protests in the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian government followed suit. The Tuas desalination plant and the reservoir at Marina Bay were then contaminated in a new terrorist attack, and suddenly the tiny nation of Singapore was plunged into crisis.

Author: Brad Leyte

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Four new Harpoon Classic Scenarios

FOUR new scenarios!​
It looks like the best recipe for Harpoon scenarios is a cold winter’s day and a one avid scenario designer. Brad Leyte is releasing another four new scenarios for us to enjoy.

Waking the God of the Dead - EC2003 GIUK


It has been said in recent years that modern warfare clearly favors the attacker. Whether true or not it is true, it is also said that this perception may encourage countries to favour pre-emption. It is certainly clear from recent conflicts that early battles usually determine the success of entire campaigns, and in fact, a highly successful pre-emptive strike may prevent (or at least delay) future war. Israel is no stranger to pre-emption. In the late 1970s, Iraq persuaded France to construct a research reactor near Baghdad. This light water nuclear reactor was named Osiraq by the French, an amalgam of the name of the Egyptian god of the dead, Osiris, with that of Iraq. This expansion of Iraqi nuclear know-how was alarming to Israel, so much so that when Israeli intelligence discovered Baghdad's intent to use Osiraq to produce weapons, the decision was made to attack and destroy the facility before it went hot. In the words of the then Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces: "The alternative is our destruction".

On 7 June 1981, the elite pilots of the IDF/AF finally spotted their target after a long low level flight through neighboring Jordanian and Saudi airspace. In little over a minute, the gleaming dome of the Osiraq reactor had been ruined by a rain of 2,000 lb iron bombs. The attack raised considerable debate over the legitimacy of anticipatory self-defence and the application of international law. Years later, when Desert Storm swept through the Gulf, the Iraqi nuclear site was struck again. But it wasn't until the concluding days of the campaign, after some nine different air strikes, that the ability of the facility to conduct nuclear research or processing was severely degraded.

Now, 25 years after the Osiraq raid, Israel once again faces a monumental decision about the value of pre-emption. Iran is pressing ahead with nuclear research despite broad international opposition and concern about it possibly acquiring nuclear weapons. The Iranian leader has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map". It’s time to wake that old god of the dead.


Pinger Charlie - EC2003 GIUK


During the Cold War, the Baltic Sea was the "playground" of maritime reconnaissance and electronic surveillance assets of both NATO and the Warsaw Pact. Both sides employed their assets to continuously monitor each other's activities. The West German Naval Air Arm's Atlantic maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) of Marinefliegergeschwader 3 (MFG3) "Graf Zeppelin", based at Nordholz, flew continuous patrols over the Baltic Sea and Danish approaches to monitor the buildup of Soviet naval forces which would have to transit through these waters to reach the North Atlantic. The area was vital to NATO's overall defence strategy, which depended on countering any offensive brought by Warsaw Pact forces in the event of war. ASW operations in the region were all the more difficult by constantly changing temperatures, the salinity of the shallow water, and numerous shipwrecks. ["Pinger Charlie" is the nickname given to a certain sonobuoy pattern used by MFG3 Atlantics].


Shroud Over Turin - EC2003 MEDC


The eruption of a new civil war in the Balkans on the eve of the XX Winter Olympics drastically complicated European efforts at achieving security in Torino. The air forces of Switzerland and Italy were already working closely to ensure the Games were safe from terrorist attack, but the sudden outbreak of armed conflict on their doorstep was completely unexpected. Their accord did not cover military threats. The situation in the Balkans was still very unclear, but it appeared that several of the former territories of Yugoslavia were ganging up on Slovenia. Preliminary intelligence analysis indicated that the conflict may be rooted in tensions arising from Slovenia having joined NATO in March 2004, and if this was in fact the case, the possibility of attacks against neighboring NATO countries cannot be ruled out. The aggressors are warning against outside intervention, and previously little known factions within the former Yugoslav republics are threatening attack against the Games should NATO interfere.


Bad Moon Rising – WestPac


The launch of a Chinese lunar module experiment has failed, with the spacecraft returning to earth somewhere in the central Sea of Okhotsk (according to USAF Space Command). What is alarming, however, is that a scientist from the Chinese space program has defected to Japan, and he has some ominous news. He claims that the rocket was actually carrying an anti-satellite weapon that was being launched by the PRC as a prelude to an impending attack against Taiwan. The race is on to recover the module.


Author: Brad Leyte

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New Harpoon Classic scenario

The 15th new scenario of the year!

Congratulations to Christopher Stoner [a.k.a. DarkNite] who is the thirteenth scenario designer to release a scenario for the community to enjoy. This is Chris' first scenario and it looks like one torn straight from newspaper headlines. Thanks for sharing it with us, Chris. We look forward to many more to come.



Prelude – WestPac

Admiral Chen Loo looked over the morning paper with terse disbelief. Taiwanese intelligence had recently delivered corroborated evidence that an oil exploration team working for a joint Chinese/Philipino consortium and using the latest petroleum exploration techniques had confirmed the existance of enormous oil and natural gas deposits in the contested South China Sea. His ROC naval intelligence officer had immediately tied this to recent activities in the region which made an offensive operation to claim the disputed area a distinct possibility.

Monitoring assets had detected shipping activities preparing for embarkation in Guangzhou that included troops, weapons, and equipment earmarked for apparently mundane purposes, but all focusing on operations in the South China Sea. Believing it too much to be a coincidence, Admiral Chen had recommended subtle shifts in the

Taiwanese defense posture to guard against a sudden Chinese incursion. Although the national leadership had agreed, they also showed great concern about the growing ties between the Chinese and Filipino governments. China had invested heavily in the Philippines as of late, including the renovation of the old US Navy Subic Bay facility in Luzon- ostensibly to support 'resource recovery operations'- and the provision of older Chinese patrol vessels and F-7M Airguard aircraft to supplement the Filipino military. Against Admiral Chen's wishes, they had brokered a deal with Malaysia, who also had a claim on the contested region, and aligned with them to repel any Chinese mischief.

Now all his careful subterfuge was for naught. The headlines of the morning papers across Asia blared the news of the massive oil find, leaked to the public by a disgruntled survey worker. The cat was out of the bag and China would be moving quickly to consolidate their hold on the chain of islands, reefs, and cays that would solidify their claim on the energy reserves.

The Spratly Islands - Admiral Chen looked to the situation board. His initial forces were still in transit. The Chinese had several warships sortie and the transports he had been watching sailed from their southern ports. More concerning was the sudden increase in activity flaring at the Chinese military facilities across the Taiwan Strait. Knowing that “the jig was up”, they were escalating issues here to pin down Taiwanese forces and keep them from responding in the Spratlys.

His eyes focused on a small speck in the middle of the South China Sea. Taiping Island, barely a kilometer square, was the largest land mass in the region. It was Taiwan's only possession in the Spratlys and a direct affront to the Chinese claim. Grabbing his hat, Admiral Chen hurried for the operations center.

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A total of five new Harpoon scenarios have been released by Brad Leyte and Christopher Stoner. There goes my weekend... ;-)

Allegro – WestPac


The PRC has initiated an attack on Taiwan's base in the Spratly chain at Taiping Island (ZMm) via bomber and paratroop assault. They have also increased force levels and op tempo at their southern bases and enclaves in the Philippines. Taiwan stands on the brink of all-out war with Mainland China. PLAA aircraft are aggressively probing the ROC ADIZ and PLAN vessels have sortied with the intent of blockading the island.

A small force of Taiwanese ships has been dispatched to make their way south, re-take Taiping Island (ZMm), and degredate PRC/Philipino strongholds in the area. They are supported by a contingent of ROCAF aircraft and Malaysian forces operating near Borneo. Additionally, one of Taiwan's precious submarines, Hai Hu, has been tasked to support this operation.

Significant PLAN surface and submarine forces are expected to be ready to intercept a Taiwanese response in the Spratlys. High-value air units are known to patrol PRC holdings in the area, most likely staged from Subic Bay (ZXb) and southern China. They have increased defensive capabilities on their outposts of Thitu Island (ZZb), Fiery Cross Reef (ZYm), Mischief Reef (ZOm), and Subi Reef (ZNm) - including the addition of ASM batteries.

All civilian sea and air traffic has been re-routed, causing global economic impact. However, the Vietnamese are re-enforcing their position on Spratly Island (OBm) and are defiantly patrolling the area.

The United States faces extensive force commitments elsewhere at this time and is under severe diplomatic pressure to avoid involvement. However, some passive strategic assistance has been made available from their base at Anderson Field (ALa), whose involvement cannot be revealed to the PRC under ANY circumstances.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b10 or later and also the HCDB_060207 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Christopher Stoner



Dynasty – WestPac


The war with the Americans and its puppet allies is several days old and going well. So well, in fact, that there are signs of severe fractures in the political support for the war in Washington. Beijing believes the American President is becoming increasingly fearful of losing the war and may try to neutralize our nuclear deterrent as a prelude to their own escalation to nuclear conflict.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b10 or later and also the HCDB_060207 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Brad Leyte



Predator or Prey – WestPac


Having taken responsibility for its own defence and in the face of increased dialogue and openness on the part of the North, the Republic of Korea has tacitly encouraged the departure of US troops from the Korean Peninsula. Responsibilities elsewhere have accelerated this re-deployment and re-shaped the American presence from a military force into a wholly diplomatic delegation. An end to the decades old stand-off between the two Koreas appears imminent, and yet something is not quite right about this new atmosphere of peace and re-unification. Key anti-Communist legislation was recently dismantled in Seoul and regular military exercises with the Americans have been called off this year due to financial pressures. While the mood seems ripe for reconciliation, everyone knows that a predator will always choose to strike when the prey is least expecting attack.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b10 or later and also the HCDB_060207 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Brad Leyte



The Ninth Immortal – WestPac


War with the People's Republic of China is several days old, and going well. So well, in fact, that there are signs of severe fractures in the political structure in Beijing. National Command Authority is becoming increasingly concerned that the PRC may raise the stakes and risk nuclear escalation rather than face humiliation. Satellite reconnaissance indicates a brand new Chinese ballistic missile submarine is preparing to go to sea.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b10 or later and also the HCDB_060207 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Brad Leyte



Get Your Goat - EC2003 MEDC


Relations between Spain and Morocco deteriorated after the departure of the Socialist government in Madrid thereby re-opening numerous old wounds. A brief, but anxious, confrontation in July 2002 had failed to resolve a long-standing quarrel over certain disputed territories in the Strait of Gibraltar, principally among them Leila (called Isla Perejil in Spain), Ceuta, and Melilla. Morocco now claimed sovereignty over all three areas, declaring that Spain should be satisfied enough with its claim to the Canary Islands. In reply, Spain has renewed a permanent military presence at Ceuta that had not existed there since 1960, asserting not only its 400 year old territorial claim, but also contending it had a "responsibility" to guard the region against illegal immigrants, smugglers, and terrorists who might exploit the strategic value of the Strait of Gibraltar.

NATO and the EU, pre-occupied with a host of their own problems, declared the matter a bi-lateral dispute and refused to intervene. The Arab League, however, already exasperated with perceived European insensitivities to Arab issues, pledged vigorous support for Morocco's claim. Notable among these advocates was Algeria. Relations between Morocco and Algeria had improved significantly after the two nations were able to reach an agreement regarding the Talsint oil field and the issue of Western Saharan separatism. The only question remaining was how far each of them was willing to go.

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The 21st new scenario of the year!

The Java Sea Incident – WestPac.


It is the early 1990s and Indonesia has become increasingly hostile towards its international neighbors. In the last six months, there have been several incidents in the region, including the sinking of a fishing boat the Indonesians claimed refused to stop when challenged by one of its frigates. Three weeks ago, two Singaporean A-4s were shot down when they strayed into Indonesian airspace.

A large shipment of arms is on its way from Russia to Jakarta. Singapore and Australia are increasingly concerned about Indonesia and its long term plans for the region and have decided that this shipment must not be allowed to arrive.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b08 or later and also the HCDB_060212 or later in order to function properly.

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The 22nd new scenario of the year!

Beida-La Boom - EC2003 MEDC​



History is full of interesting surprises. The mercurial leader of Libya, having made much of his reputation as a foe of the West, ultimately decided that the future of his country (and his own future) might be secured more easily by adopting a policy of moderation. He was promptly ousted and forced into exile.

The new regime is openly hostile to the West. Its ultimate goal is to dominate North and Central Africa and it has started an aggressive campaign of purchasing weapons from nations such as China, North Korea, Russia, and Iran. In addition, it has purchased materials necessary for the creation of chemical and biological weapons.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b10 or later and also the HCDB_060308 for maximum efficiency.

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The True North Strong and Free

The 23rd new scenario of the year!



When President Gorbachev was notified in 1989 of a plot to bring down the Berlin Wall later that year, he made several crucial strategic decisions. The Russian President decided to suppress the East-German Revolt, speed up the privatisation and efficiency-focus in the Russian state industries, and invest in maintenance, spare parts, and training for the military.

For President Bush and his successors, the emergence of an Eastern European market and the stabilisation of the Middle East meant they could peacefully cooperate with, though quietly dislike, Russia. However, Europe found itself more and more at odds with President Gorbachev and his direct successor Putin. At the end of 2003, NATO found itself opposing a high quality Russian military.

Icelandic politicians had ended the defence pact with the US and closed Kevlavik AFB.

Annual years of bumper grain crops in the mechanised Russian agricultural industry effectively competed with Canada's farmers, reducing tax income, and limiting investments in Canada's armed forces.

Furthermore, Canadians increasingly resented passage of unannounced American submarines and icebreakers through the Davis Strait and Perry Channel into the Arctic Ocean.

In the late 1990's Canada took over control of the Northern Warning System of radar sites in Canada, automated the stations to reduce costs, and opened the North Bay Signals Centre [operated jointly with NATO, but under Canadian authority]. Automation of the radar sites meant that their nearby airstrips were closed and only four Forward-Operating-Locations for Canada's Hornets remained.

Early November, NATO detected 25 Russian Tank and Infantry Divisions moving into East-Germany on pre-announced 'Mutual friendship exercises'. Russian submarines also surged into the Atlantic one week ago, and the possibility exists that Russia is also trying to bypass the G-I-UK gap by sending subs through Canada's North.

Tensions are rising and the first line of defence of North America in Canada's North seems flimsy at best.

Hours ago, the UK reported torpedo attacks on patrolling submarines in the Atlantic. Casualties are unknown.

The Canadian Government has announced that it will deploy the Air Force forward to the FOLs. It has asked the US to provide AEW and tanker support and authorised flights over Canada by US planes.

Author: Freek Schepers


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United They Sail


The 25th new scenario of the year!

United They Sail - EC2003 IOPG Battleset

The Middle East has seen many shifts in alliances and political friendships over the years. Recently, Iran has become increasingly hostile to many of its neighbors in the region, which it describes as "puppets of the West." After the U.A.E. openly criticized Iran about its policies and suggested OPEC take action against Iran for its support of groups like Hamas, Iranian leaders threatened that the U.A.E. would pay for its "treachery."

Author: Mark Gellis

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Battle of Britain II


The 26th new scenario of the year!

Matchplay #4 - Battle of Britain II

The purpose of this scenario is to investigate war between pretty much the entire military forces of two modern countries.

Holland has moved ground forces into Belgium and defeated French attempts to interfere. The Charles de Gaulle has been sunk and the French air force is licking its wounds.

The UN has authorised all members to take steps to reverse this situation and the UK has taken up the call of duty.

Author: Freek Schepers

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New Harpoon Classic scenario: Labrador Lightning

The 26th new scenario of the year!

Labrador Lightning - EC2003 NACV


The collapse of fish populations around the world due to overfishing has created serious international friction. This is particularly true in the Atlantic. More and more often, European fishing boats have illegally entered Canadian waters. Canada has attempted to resolve the issue via diplomatic channels, but without success.

Two months ago, the Canadian people elected a new government. The new Prime Minister warned that Canada would deal harshly with illegal fishing. Barely a month later, Canadian warships sank three Spanish fishing boats in the Labrador Sea; twenty Spanish sailors perished in the icy waters.

Spain has declared it will not tolerate these barbarous acts. It has warned Canada that its fishing fleets will now be protected by naval vessels and that any Canadian warships approaching them will be fired on. Other European nations have also expressed their outrage at these events. Whether they will assist Spain in any Atlantic operations remains to be seen. The United States has tried to serve as a moderator and ease tensions between Canada and Spain, but has met with little success to date.

Author: Mark Gellis

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Harpoon 3 [ANW] scenarios for the PlayersDB

MATCHPLAY & OIL ON THE FIRE

Here are the first two PlayersDB scenarios for the upcoming Harpoon3: Advanced Naval Warfare simulator. The game hasn't been released, yet, but Freek Schepers has been busily testing the Beta version and feels that these two scenarios are ready to go in case there are any other Beta-testers out there who are bored with testing the same old scenarios and would like to try some new material.



MATCHPLAY

Terrorist attacks on the Belgium Royal family have left the Dutch Crown Prince next in line to the throne of Belgium. Popular mourning and an uprising has quickly resulted into civil war between the French-speaking Walloons in southern Belgium and the Dutch-speaking Flemish in northern Belgium.

Holland has quickly moved ground forces into Belgium to assert its claim to the throne, while France has tried unsuccessfully to mobilise the UN. But as the Israelis showed in 1967, the UN cannot operate at the pace of modern warfare...




OIL ON THE FIRE

It started when the Swedish Euro Vote failed the second time. Denmark followed. Finland pledged to stay out of NATO. Norway left NATO, the EU grew eastward and crumbled northward. Having received much praise for their social and peaceful policies, the Dutch and Norwegian economies have floated for years on bubbles of gas and oil, North Sea Oil. Nicely divided up by treaty when oil was plentiful, the Norwegian and Dutch oil companies, StatOil and Shell, respectively, co-operated to make a killing.

However, the traditional fields ran out at a time of high oil prices. Shell and StatOil discovered a rich new field right underneath the demarcation line between both countries' claims. An ownership fight ensued. The Dutch and Norwegian governments talked and talked until the Dutch elections. The Netherlands elected radicals that would look after their future even at the cost of others. Talk soon stopped and ships sailed with orders "to send a message".


Author: Freek Schepers, Herman Hum

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