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BAT90A1 - EC2003 NACV Battleset

In 1990, the government in Iran collapsed and the country was plunged into chaos. The Soviet Union decided to take advantage of this to gain control of Iran's oil and its warm water ports. It invaded, quickly smashed the Iranian military, and took control of the country.

The United States and its allies have condemned the invasion. The Soviet Union and its allies know that the West will eventually attempt to liberate Iran. Along with moving naval forces into the Persian Gulf, they have initiated a campaign of attacks against Western industrial facilities, military bases, and merchant shipping around the world. Their primary goal here is to weaken the West to the point where it will be unable to drive the Soviets out of Iran. In addition, they hope to damage the economies of the United States and its allies badly enough to leave themselves in a position of increased global influence.

With all other assets dedicated to other missions, battle group AAC (Flag Ranger) must intercept and destroy a Soviet battle group en route to the Persian Gulf. The battle group is believed to include a carrier and several escorts.

In addition, you must locate and destroy several Soviet submarines that will otherwise represent a threat to merchant shipping headed towards and leaving Great Britain and Norway; it is likely these submarines are in the waters between Iceland and Scotland.

Author: Mark Gellis

TSETSKLI - EC2003 MEDC Battleset

Today, as the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, Georgia remains piteously poor. And, yet, geographically, it is a country of enormous importance. An immense pipeline passes through Georgian terrirtory, moving vast quantities of oil and gas from the Caspian Sea to a Turkish port. In the wake of the American withdrawal (some might say, ejection) from the Persian Gulf, Caspian oil is seen as crucially important in relieving the dependence on oil from the Gulf region. The Russians are about to withdraw from the republic completely and NATO membership is just around the corner for Georgia. Still, as always, trouble is brewing just below the surface. It is only a matter of time before a soldier calls, “Tsetskli! Tsetskli! Tsetskli!”

Author: Brad Leyte

FORCED INTO A CORNER - EC2003 MEDC Battleset

Chaos reigned in the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein and his regime. The United States failed to obtain sufficient support from the international community for its exercise in nation-building. With the body count rising and a new Administration in Washington, US forces withdrew in late 2004. Continuing political friction with the European Union was only aggravated by the turn of events in Iraq.

The withdrawal of all significant Western presence in the Middle East led to a power vacuum that soon twisted itself into a nightmarish scenario. The intifadah in Israel intensified when the USA pulled out of Iraq. The Israelis responded with a heavy hand. In turn, the long-time enemies of Israel sensed an opportunity and moved with shocking speed.

Author: Brad Leyte

PATRIOT LANE - EC2003 MEDC Battleset

Egyptian and Syrian air strikes against Israel have in large part been repelled but not without a heavy cost in lives and equipment. Worse, Jordan has joined the cause and is supporting a massive overland assault by armoured forces moving through the Golan Heights and across the Sinai. The George Bush carrier battle group has now arrived in the battle zone, having suppressed a hostile Libya, but we can no longer rely on support from the RAF or Aviano airbase in Italy. The situation in Israel is desperate. They are battling valiantly against the Arab incursion, but it is questionable how long they can hold out without reinforcement and resupply. A merchant convoy is enroute to Haifa but they will need protection if they are to make it safely.

Author: Brad Leyte

ISR10A1 – EC2003 MEDC

A few years in the future... A military coup has placed a radical Islamic government in control of Egypt. Mossad has uncovered evidence that the new Egyptian government has sponsored acts of terrorism against Israel and other Western nations.

Israel has decided to impose a blockade on the Egyptian port of Alexandria.
Unfortunately, the E.U. is not entirely convinced that Egypt is guilty of sponsoring terrorism, and refuses to recognize the blockade as legitimate. There is growing concern that one or more European nations will try to run the blockade.

For the present, the United States is staying neutral, but it will assist Israel if additional evidence surfaces. Turkey has also said it will assist Israel if new evidence against Egypt appears (and has been condemned by other Islamic nation for being "Israel's good dog.")

Author: Mark Gellis

ISR10A2 – EC2003 MEDC

A few years in the future... Israel, believing Egypt to be responsible for terrorist attacks, has blockaded the port of Alexandria. The E.U., refusing to believe that Egypt was responsible, attempted to run the blockade; the convoy of tankers escorted by Italian warships was destroyed, a humiliating defeat for the E.U.

The E.U. has decided to punish Israel by destroying as much of its navy and air assets as it can. Two large task forces have been dispatched to take control of the eastern Mediterranean. A large number of air assets have been transferred to Greek air bases in preparation for massive strikes against Israeli bases, surface vessels, and submarines.

The E.U. task force consists of French, Italian, and Greek forces. Interestingly, Germany and the U.K. have invoked their rights as E.U. members to not join these missions. The diplomatic furor over this is huge and there may be repercussions for the E.U. that extend far beyond the fate of the Jewish state.

Author: Mark Gellis

ROM10A1 Ukraine Is Not the Boss of Me – EC2003 MEDC

A few years in the future... Relations between Ukraine and some of its neighbors have become strained. In particular, Ukraine has demanded that Romania stop violating its trade sanctions against other Black Sea nations like Georgia. Romania has politely but firmly replied that it will trade with whomever it pleases. Ukraine appears poised to take this quarrel to the next level...

Author: Mark Gellis

ITA10A1 - EC2003 MEDC Battleset

A few years in the future... Disputes over trade and environmental issues have created friction between Russia and the European Union. After one incident where two of its warships were sunk by E.U. forces, there is evidence that Russia will make a punitive strike designed to "educate" the E.U. The "lesson," of course, is that Europe cannot attack Russia with impunity.

Russia believes that America is unlikely to interefere. The growing global influence and economic power of the E.U. has created tension with the United States. If Russian troops were marching into Berlin or Paris, the United States would act to defend its allies and its strategic interests, but the prevailing attitude in America at the moment is that, for anything less, the E.U. can fend for itself. In fact, there are many Americans who would like to see the E.U. humbled a bit. The loss of a few warships or a few city blocks may be just the thing to do it.

Author: Mark Gellis

Gorby – EC2003 MEDC - Snake Bliskin Strikes Again

Date: August 1991 - In an apparent coup, a committee of Soviet hardliners has taken control of the government. NATO and Soviet military forces have been put on full alert. President Gorbachev and his family have been taken from their dacha in the Crimea to a merchant ship in the Black Sea where his fate will be decided by the de facto Soviet government.

Russian naval officers loyal to President Gorbachev have prepared a plan to rescue him and take him to the West to establish a government in exile and work to free the Soviet Union. The Oscar-class submarine Smolensk (nicknamed the Snake Bliskin for the character rescuing the President in the movie Escape from New York) will be the main instrument of this plan.

Author: Fred Galano

PEL10A1 - Nicobar Waltz – EC2003 IOPG Battleset

A few years in the future... For reasons which are not entirely clear, Indonesia has invaded and occupied part of the Nicobar Islands.

Normally, the United States would leave the matter to India, but by unhappy coincidence, the Indonesians chose to invade while an American film company was on Car Nicobar shooting scenes for a movie. In the confusion of battle, there were a number of American casualties, including two popular young American starlets (one of them a friend of the President's own children and a frequent visitor to the White House). A few days later, an amateur video showing the bodies of Americans killed in the attack surfaced on the Internet.

To make matters worse, the Indonesians have refused to release those Americans who survived the attack; the Indonesians are holding them as hostages to prevent American involvement in the conflict. With American public opinion inflamed, the President has little choice but to act. Whether the Indians like it or not, America will be taking the Nicobar Islands back for them.

Author: Mark Gellis

PEL10A1 - Nicobar Waltz – EC2003 IOPG Battleset

A few years in the future...For reasons which are not entirely clear, Indonesia has invaded and occupied part of the Nicobar Islands.

Normally, the United States would leave the matter to India, but by unhappy coincidence, the Indonesians chose to invade while an American film company was on Car Nicobar shooting scenes for a movie. In the confusion of battle, there were a number of American casualties, including two popular young American starlets (one of them a friend of the President's own children and a frequent visitor to the White House). A few days later, an amateur video showing the bodies of Americans killed in the attack surfaced on the Internet.

To make matters worse, the Indonesians have refused to release those Americans who survived the attack; the Indonesians are holding them as hostages to prevent American involvement in the conflict. With American public opinion inflamed, the President has little choice but to act. Whether the Indians like it or not, America will be taking the Nicobar Islands back for them.

Author: Mark Gellis

SPAT IN THE SPRAT – WestPac

The South China Sea has long been a highly disputed area, and with rival territorial claims to the collection of islands and reefs known as the Spratly and Paracel islands, and potential hydrocarbon resources in the region, this is unlikely to change in the future. Unfortunately, the South China Sea is also a strategic waterway, providing a key maritime link between the Indian Ocean and East Asia. The complexity of the jurisdictional disputes and the underlying nationalism within the various states has already been a catalyst for conflict. China and Vietnam clashed over the Paracels in 1974, and again in 1988 in the Spratlys. In October 1994 Vietnam sought offers from foreign oil companies for commercial development in the disputed zone, an action which angered China and perhaps led to its seizure of Mischief Reef in 1995. Similarly, Vietnam condemned a Chinese deal in November 1997 to exploit the Ledong gas field. And, despite a treaty signed between the two states on December 30, 1999, the potential for conflict continues.

In this scenario, the discovery of vast oil resources has prompted the People's Republic of China to reassert its claims to the Spratlys. Malaysia, unhappy with the manner in which the United States has exercised its anti-terrorist policies in the region, has allied with the PRC and pledged its support in a pending joint development project. Vietnam is outraged by the PRC's change of heart and has vowed to protect its claims of sovereignty in the archipelago. Both Thailand and the Philippines have allied with Vietnam.

Author: Brad Leyte

BRING ON THE PAYNE - WestPac

This scenario investigates the use of the planned Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) in its natural environment - the littoral or "brown water" zone. Here, more particularly, in the context of an effort to locate and neutralize a terrorist ship armed with a weapon of mass destruction.

Intelligence reports indicate that a terrorist organization has procured at least one, and possibly two, atomic devices and loaded them aboard ship for transit to a target Western port. The target is believed to be a civilian infrastructure (a port, coastal airfield or city) in either of Australia, Japan or the Philippines. At last report, the terrorist ship (or ships) was believed to be in Indonesian waters and headed east. Recent political conflict between the American and Indonesian governments, fueled in large part by Jakarta's refusal to accept increased US Navy patrols in the Malacca Strait in the ongoing fight against terrorism, is expected to complicate the operation.

The Indonesians have agreed to supply us with information gleaned from their own surveillance efforts, but it remains to be seen how helpful this will be, or indeed, if they will permit us to conduct a vigorous search operation in their waters. The Indonesians have been quite vocal in their opposition to increased American patrols in their territory. President Lee is insistent, however, that we enforce "custodial management" of these waters in order to find and neutralize this extremely serious terrorist threat.

Author: Brad Leyte

JAPFISH1 – WestPac

Fish populations around the world have declined due to global warming, overfishing, and other factors. Japan has responded to dwindling catches by fishing closer and closer to parts of the Russian coast where fish are still relatively abundant. It is not clear whether Japanese fishing boats has actually violated Russian territorial waters or, if they have, how often it has happened, but Russia believes its territory is being violated.

The situation has become very tense. Russian fishermen have fired shots at Japanese fishing boats. Japan has responded by sending armed escorts to accompany fishing fleets. Russia has declared this an unacceptable provocation.

Author: Mark Gellis

FURY – WestPac

The People's Republic of China (PRC) has long intended to see through its policy of intended reunification with Taiwan, and often times engaged in angry warnings and military intimidation aimed at thwarting any possibility of the "rebel province" asserting independence. With Hong Kong and Macau having already returned to the embrace of the Motherland, the problem with Tawain is becoming more prominent as time goes on. And, despite an American policy of both arming, and if necessary, defending Taiwan against Chinese aggression, continuing close encounters across the straits make the danger of miscalculation enormous.

Author: Brad Leyte

ANXIETY – WestPac

The PRC missile and air attacks have pummeled our nation, causing a great deal of damage to our infrastructure and inflicting many civilian casualties. Most of our military airfields and facilities on the eastern coast have either been destroyed or captured, and consequently our remaining air and naval forces have retreated to the western side. The Americans are mobilizing to respond, and will soon begin operations in defence of the ROC. Even so, it is unclear how long we will be able to hold out, as the PRC forces have successfully conducted an amphibious landing and their troops are now fanning out across the island.

Author: Brad Leyte

PRVPRC1 - The Local Bully - WestPac

The PRC has occupied one of the disputed islands in the South China Sea. Any civilian shipping that has come close to the island has been harassed by the PLAN (People's Liberation Army Navy). Lately, some fishing vessels from the Philippines have been attacked by PLAN warships and attacks against Philippine vessels have increased in the past few weeks.

Analysts speculate that the PRC has chosen the Philippines to make an example out of due to its relatively modest military forces and possibly as a warning to Taiwan of the PRC's willingness to use military force.

PRVPRC2 – When Push Comes to Shove - WestPac

The Philippines are in an uproar over the destruction of their naval task group by the PLAN. Questions are being asked as to what the true mission of the task group was and the circumstances surrounding its destruction. The President of the Philippines has stated that the task group was sent to protect its fishing fleet and the attack was unprovoked. The Philippine government has filed a formal protest.

Meanwhile, the PRC is seizing this opportunity to "flex its muscles" and to send a message of its hegemony in the region, especially to Taiwan. The PRC asserts that its flotilla was attacked and approached in a hostile manner by Philippine warships and they only acted in self defense. They have declined to comment on the outpost that they are constructing in the Parcels. Furthermore, they have pledged to retaliate against the "act of aggression” perpetrated by the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Philippine military installations have been put on high alert.

PRVPRC3 – A Cry for Help - WestPac

A combined air and commando attack has crippled theArmed Forces of the Phillipines. The chain of command is in complete disarray and morale is at its lowest. The population is living in fear of the Chinese and the Philippine government has appealed to the international community for help. The Chinese are continuing to make intimidating statements and promising the continued use of force to make the point not to interfere in the Parcel Islands.

The navies of neighboring countries are responding to protect civilian shipping. The closest assets are 2 frigates from Japan and South Korea on a joint exercise

PRVPRC4 – Pushing Back - WestPac

The situation in the Parcel Islands continues to deteriorate. Fire has been exchanged between Chinese and Japanese and Korean naval vessels with each side blaming the other for instigating hostilities. The Chinese are still refusing to disclose the reason for their siezure and fortification of the islands and have insisted on remaining there. In fact, they have dispatched a large occupation force as a garrison for the island. The countries around the region have decided to impose a blockade around the island.

PRVPRC5 – Fight! - WestPac

The Chinese have declared that they are unwilling to abandon their outpost and are committed to defending it. The Allied nations have resolved to launch an assault on the island.

Launch the assault and destroy the Chinese base in the Parcel Islands. Neutralize any resistance

Author: Fred Galano



Operation Pedestal 2 – EC2003 IOPG Battleset

On April 15, India attacked Pakistan (through Kashmir) and the People's Republic of China (through Tibet). In response, on April 17, the US moved a combined carrier battle group/amhibious group into the Indian Ocean via the Sunda Strait as a show of force. India though, was unwilling to accept the US intervention in this conflict (as they had accepted in 1965 and 1971). The group was ambushed by two Indian Type-1500 submarines as they exited the southern end of Sunda Strait. In the action that followed, the carrier USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was heavily damaged by a combination of wake-homing torpedoes and sub-launched SM-39 Exocet missiles. In addition, an escort vessel was sunk by a pair of mines. With their way back through the strait blocked by mines, the group transited to the lagoon at Diego Garcia.

The Indians also conducted a series of assassinations around the region, including the naval commander of the US Persian Gulf Squadron. Shortly after this, the Indian government declared a Total Exclusion Zone (TEZ) for all aircraft and vessels running from 25N 62E (northwest corner) to 5S 62E (southwest corner) to 21N 94E (northeast corner) to 5S 94E (southeast corner), and all airspace over India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Bangladesh. In addition, they blocked the Suez Canal with blockships, and mined the Straits of Malacca, as well as the straits along the Java barrier.

Over the weekend of April 17/18, the United Nations Security Council quickly voted a series of sanctions and resolutions against India. One of these was a specific authorization for member nations to use "all appropriate force" to maintain freedom of navigation in all the common areas of the Indian Ocean, and all associated waters. With this tacit authorization for the use of force, the United States began to move forces into the region to break the Indian TEZ. The key to achieving this objective was maintaining Diego Garcia as a viable operating base. But during the buildup of air, ground, and naval forces, the resources of Diego Garcia were being sorely tasked. In particular, there was a shortage of refined petroleum products to power the aircraft, ships, and vehicles of what was now being called the Indian Ocean Squadron. While the stocks of refined petroleum products from the Maritime Preposition Squadron would last for a while, what was needed was a relief convoy that would supply the needs of the growing force at Diego Garcia.

With this goal in mind, as well as the desire to break the TEZ, the US put together a convoy of seven reflagged tankers (donated by the Kuwaiti government), escorted by a mixed force of US, British, and French warships (Task Force Pedestal).

In addition, the commander of the Indian Ocean Squadron assembled an escort group (Task Force Taffy-1) to go out, and help the convoy get through the "Black Hole" of the TEZ, where Allied land-based air cover could not reach. This escort group would be reinforced by an LHD equipped with F-35 JSTOLs, Harriers, ASW helicopters. The US government chose to publicize the transit of the convoy, in an attempt to show the world that the Indian government's "maritime terrorism" would not be tolerated. The Indian government responded by immediately dispatching almost their entire fleet to intercept the convoy. This included their two aircraft carriers, an independant surface action group, and several submarines. Like the US, they heavily publicized their actions, so as to show the world their ability to enforce the TEZ.

Author: Kelly Crawford
 
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Med Maul - EC2003 MEDC Battleset


SITREP: PACT Forces have crossed the intra-German border and attack US forces worldwide. Currently, there is fighting in Europe, the Red Sea, South China Seas, and in and around Japan. You are hereby assigned to assume command of task force 60 and secure your forces in their areas. Currently, Soviet forces are in full move across the theatre as assumed by NATO OP Plan 99-04. As of yet, there has been no use of NBC weapons in this theatre or any other where US/NATO forces are currently engaging Soviet/PACT forces. Due to attacks against French shipping in the Kiel Canal and against French harbors, France is honoring her Atlantic Alliance agreements and has turned over some of her forces to your local command. Libyan forces are currently stepping up mobilization. Syrian forces and Islamic terrorists have begun massive mobilization in Lebanaon and along the Golan Heights. CIA and DIA analysis believe that the Syrians and Islamic groups may attack Israel to keep her busy during this confilct and limit her ability to help us. Soviet, Bulgarian, Romanian forces have landed or crossed the borders of both Greece and Turkey. It is believed that they are trying to secure free access of the straits in and out of the Black Sea. At this time, Yugoslavia and Austria have both declared their neutrality in this conflict. Do Not Attack or violate their neutrality.

Author: Charles Berlemann

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Foothold - EC2003 MEDC Battleset


Following independence from France in 1956, President Habib Bourguiba established a strict one-party state. He dominated the country for 31 years, repressing Islamic fundamentalism and establishing rights for women unmatched by any other Arab nation.Tunisia has a diverse economy, with important agricultural, mining, energy, tourism, and manufacturing sectors. Located in a strategic location in central Mediterranean; Malta and Tunisia are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf between their countries, particularly for oil exploration.

A Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake has hit the Kairouan region in central Tunisia. In an emergency session of the UN, the Tunis Government has requested international aid of food, water and civil and structural engineers. The Tunisian Army is stretched to the limit at this time trying to re-establish order.

In an astounding announcement at the UN table, it seems that Libya is making threatening overtones to block all aid underway to Tunisia. Following France's reluctance to put it's navy in harm's way to aid an ungrateful colony, the United Kingdom has agreed to provide an escort for the humanitarian ships now assembling at Portsmouth.

Author: Daren Lorentz



Thunder Dragon Meets Gold Eagle- WestPac


One of the most significant obstacles to a forced reunification between the PRC and the Republic of China (ROC, commonly referred to as Taiwan) is the US Navy. The presence of a US Navy carrier strike group in the vicinity would pose a very serious danger to PRC military action. Does the PRC possess the capability to neutralize the threat? Try it and see for yourself.

Author: Brad Leyte



LaGrange Six - EC2003 MEDC


LaGrange points are intersections in space where gravitational and centrifugal forces balance out to provide orbital stability. There are five known LaGrange points, but if there were a sixth, within the context of world history and geopolitics, it might be found in Europe.

In this scenario, the ties and alliances between a host of European nations (old and new, alike) have broken down. War has broken out once again between newly reformed states, failed states, and age-old enemies. This time, the relationships evidenced by NATO, the EU and the like, have also crumbled. France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Slovakia have joined the battle on the side of Croatia, while the US, UK, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and the Ukraine have pledged to support Macedonia and the Former Yugoslavia.

Peacekeeping in the region is no longer a viable option, and American and British forces are now being pulled out in an effort to avoid to impending quagmire...



My Love is Vengeance - EC2003 IOPG


The civil war in Iraq has spawned a multitude of terrorist organizations and networks, eclipsing the old enemy Al Qaeda and fostering new predilections among Middle Eastern states. Yemen has since turned its back on the USA, refusing to continue the pursuit and prosecution of suspected terrorists operating in its territory. There are now in fact strong indications that Yemen is harboring and propping up the terror networks. In a strange but somehow gratifying twist of fate, the USS Cole has returned to the scene of the crime perpetrated against her, this time to exact justice from the terrorists.



Third Idea - WestPac


Negative sentiments flowing from Japan's role in the Second World War continue to run deep in Asia, even six decades later. This remains especially true in China. Nevertheless, Beijing took steps to rein in vehement anti-Japanese rallies in the spring of 2005, ostensibly with the intention of protecting its own internal stability. And yet there was a deeper strategy at work. A newly revitalized relationship between Russia and the PRC, on both economic and defence levels, resulted in a joint plan to seize a commanding position in the Asian sphere of influence. The only obstacles (?) were Japan and its ally, the United States.

Author: Brad Leyte



Stage Fright - 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 tri-lateral road network with Myanmar and Kunming in China. While the Super Highway is being purpose-built to advance multi-lateral 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.



Crimean River - EC2003 MEDC


Our support of the Ukraine in its border conflict with Russia has broken up most of the enemy offensive, except in the Crimea, where the war is bogging down. Intelligence indicates that many Russian units are no longer getting consistent support or orders from Moscow and that some isolated groups of Russian forces are either surrendering or "melting away". There is, unfortunately, at least one exception. A rogue general in the Crimea has taken the opportunity to seize a nuclear powerplant. His intentions are unknown, but he and his compatriots are known to have ties to the criminal underworld in the Caucasus region. Our fear is that he may begin disassembly of the nuclear facility and sell weapons grade nuclear material to the highest bidder. The reactor and its support facilities must therefore be disabled or destroyed.

Author: Brad Leyte



HUNGRY LION – EC2003 NACV


It is 1990 and the world is at war. The Soviet Union has invaded and occupied Iran. The United States and its allies demanded that the Soviet Union remove its forces from Iran immediately and threatened to use force if necessary.

The Soviet Union responded with a series of lightning strikes that destroyed a large number of military bases in Europe. The Soviets then initiated a massive campaign of submarine warfare designed to cripple the West. Their goal does not appear to be to invade Europe but to leave the West so weak that it will be unable to force them out of Iran until their control of that country effectively becomes the status quo.

Author: Mark Gellis



Black Valour - EC2003 MEDC


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.

Author: Mark Gellis



Crete Convoy - EC2003 MEDC


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.

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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.

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Author: Mark Gellis

 
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BAT90B1 - EC2003 GIUK Battleset

It is 1990 and the world is at war. England is in jeopardy. As in the last two World Wars, the enemy is attempting to bring England to its knees by denying it access to the sea lanes and to the food and oil that an island nation of seventy million people must have to avoid starvation and industrial collapse.

As part of the war effort, convoys carrying food, oil, and goods are in transit from the United States to England. And, as one might expect, the Soviet Union is very interested in making sure these ships never reach the British Isles.

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COLDNO1 - EC2003 NACV Battleset

The Russian military has been experiencing a loss of discipline and an increase in the number of desertions and mutinies among its ranks brought on by little or no pay and loss of morale. Of late, several older ex-Soviet warships that were laid up prior to de-commissioning have turned up missing. More disturbing is the fact that the ammunition for these warships stored in a nearby warehouse, prior to their destruction, has also turned up missing.

In another development, oil has been discovered in and around the coast of northern Greenland and several oil rigs and a base camp have been set up. Contact has been lost with the whole operation. It is feared that an unknown force has seized the facilities. NATO has been tasked to investigate

Author: Fred Galano

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MedWar1 - EC2003 MEDC

The Eastern Mediterranean has erupted into chaos. Israel's enemies Syria and Libya have decided to wipe Israel from the map. Meanwhile, the Egyptian government has been accused by Libya of being "a traitor to the Arab cause" and is massing troops along the common border. Intelligence sources have been observing an increase in readiness levels of both Libya and Syria in the past few months. In addition, both governments have purchased a large amount of Soviet equipment.

In an unforeseen development, Soviet paratroopers and Marines have taken over the Suez Canal zone in a "caretaker and peacekeeping" mission in order to "protect the canal until regional tension abates." The United Nations has condemned this action and is demanding the withdrawal of Soviet forces from the region. Intelligence sources have observed a large number of Soviet reserve forces being mobilized and returned to active service. In addition several Northern Fleet units have entered the Mediterranean Sea supposedly headed towards Sevastopol for overhaul. Contact has been lost with these units.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b7 or later and also the HCDB_050123 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Fred Galano



MCMForceNorth - EC2003 GIUK

In the Baltic, especally in the northeast and east, there are many mines and torpedos laid or fired in WWII which have not yet been cleared. After the cold war, a multi-national Force has been sent. MCMForceNorth is one of the NATO standing naval forces.

You must clear 5 mines at a minimum and 10 for total victory. Do not forget that we are in peacetime so do not shoot down a red plane or ship! Also neutral forces should not be involved in MCM action. Perhaps there is still another small bad surprise!

Author: René Haar

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SubHunt - EC2003 GIUK


The Baltic Sea has long been a highly disputed area. With Soviet claims for access to the Atlantic independent of the ice region, this is unlikely to change in the future. Unfortunately, the Baltic is also a strategic waterway; providing a key maritime link between Russian oil fields, coal mines, and their foreign customers.

It has many choke points such as the Cadet channel, Copenhagen / the belt, and sound areas, for example. The former Soviet Baltic Fleet was caught in a big Mousetrap. Only their submarines could some times try to escape through the only deep waterway. Therefore, it was one of the most important tasks for the German and Danish Navies to keep the Warsaw Pact Navies within this trap.

Here, in this scenario, some red diesel subs try to make it througt the belt waters out to the Kattegat. NATO is going to stop them. The time of this scenario is somewhere in 1970-1980; so no modern ASW-weapons are available.

Author: René Haar

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BAT90B2 - EC2003 GIUK Battleset

It is 1990 and the world is at war. The Soviet Union has invaded and occupied Iran. In response, the United States and many of its allies have declared war on the Soviet Union. One of the objectives of the Soviet Union is to destroy oil rigs in the North Sea, as this will cause serious economic and strategic harm to the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe. The less oil the West has, the more difficult it will be for them to defeat the Soviet Union. Early in the war, the Soviets attacked Norway, damaging many military installations and capturing others in the north of that country. They are now using some of those bases to attack Western forces.

Author: Mark Gellis

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WW III - WestPac Battleset

Chaos is rampant in the Pacific. Japan and Russia are engaged over a large find of oil reserves at Sakhalin Island. China must crush Hong Kong secessionists who have declared their independence; failure is not an option as Taiwan and others would surely follow suit. North Korean brinksmanship is at a new peak. DPRK forces are massed at the border and threatening to invade the ROK unless Pyongyang is granted an impossible package of economic concessions. In short, every hot spot in the region is about to boil over!

Author: Fred Galano

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Part III: Resolve - WestPac Battleset

The destruction of the PLAN convoy near Daishan has effectively prevented the reinforcement of PRC troops already landed in Taiwan, and within the last few days, most of these troops have either surrendered or been destroyed. Marines from the Essex ARG have landed ashore and are assisting Taiwanese Army forces in mopping up PRC resistance. Meanwhile, air strikes from the Chinese mainland have been considerably reduced in volume and intensity. Intelligence and media reports indicate a great deal of confusion - some say chaos - in Beijing, and HUMINT sources say there is a power struggle underway between revisionist democratic leaders and the governing party. While this is promising in some respects, there is also an associated danger. The Chinese ballistic missile base at Datong shows signs of increased activity. Indeed, it appears the base will be fully operational and ready to launch its missiles within 48 hours. It is possible that hardliners have issued orders for the isolated base to commence a ballistic missile attack upon enemies of the PRC.

Author: Brad Leyte

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In Self Defence - WestPac Battleset

The failure to implement a comprehensive peace treaty between Japan and the Soviet Union after the end of the Second World War has acted as an obstacle to the resolution of an outstanding territorial dispute over the Kuril Archipelago. In recent years, the Russian attitude toward the issue appears to have moved toward one of consolidating control rather than giving up the territory. Now, the Russians have moved significant military forces into Etorofu, and it appears they are bent on consolidating their illegal hold. A Japanese fishing vessel has gone missing in the area of Shikotan. The Japanese Self-Defence Forces have been mobilized.

Author: Brad Leyte

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Continental Connection - BAT10B11 - EC2003 GIUK​

A few years in the future... French intelligence operatives have learned that Russia plans to sell a number of older tactical nuclear weapons to their allies in the Third World. The European Union has demanded that Russia abandon the plan. Russia has responded by insisting that the French have been misled by unreliable sources. However, satellite photographs reveal that a convoy consisting of Russian warships and merchants has just entered the Norwegian Sea.

All available E.U. forces (including Danish aircraft that have been scrambled to Vagar) are directed to patrol the Norwegian Sea and intercept a Russian convoy believed to be escorting a merchant vessel carrying nuclear weapons for sale in the Third World.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b7 or later and also the HCDB_050327 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Mark Gellis



Kilo Krush – BAT10D1 - EC2003 MEDC​

A few years in the future... Libya has purchased two Kilo-class submarines from Russia. The European Union does not wish the transfer to take place. There is serious concern in the E.U. that the new government of Libya is too hostile to the West and that these submarines represent a potential threat the European merchant fleets and military forces.

Libya refuses to reconsider the deal, claiming that since it has abandoned its WMD programs, it has every right to expand its conventional forces. (In fact, there are persistent indications that Libya is again involved in terrorism and the development of chemical and even nuclear weapons.)

Russia has declared that the E.U. has no right to interfere with its arms deals. It has also issued a stern warning that, since Russian crews are currently on board the Kilos, any attack against these submarines will be seen as an attack on Russia. The United States is remaining neutral on this issue.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b7 or later and also the HCDB_050327 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Mark Gellis



Operation Spanish Fury - BAT10D2 - EC2003 MEDC

A few years in the future... Revolutions in Algeria, Libya, and Egypt have left these countries in the grip of radical Islamic governments that are hostile to the United States and the European Union.

In recent months, there have been a number of terrorist attacks in Spain. While the Algerian government is not directly responsible for these attacks, they have fostered an atmosphere of hatred against the E.U. and they have done nothing to prevent terrorists from organizing and training in their country. Spain has decided to destroy three command bunkers in Algeria in retaliation for the recent terrorist attacks. The purpose of this attack is not only to reduce the effectiveness of the Algerian military but also to send their government a message.

Author: Mark Gellis



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Emerald Action – BAT10C3 - EC2003 GIUK​

Recent ecological factors have led to the collapse of fish populations around the world. The European Union has decided to treat certain regions of the Atlantic Ocean as "fallow zones" in the hopes that fish populations will recover and a worldwide food crisis will be avoided. Not all nations recognize these Fallow Zones, though...

Norwegian fishing boats have once again entered Fallow Zones to the west of Ireland. Irish forces are directed to locate these fishing boats and seize them; if they attempt to flee, sink them. These boats must not be allowed to return to Norway. Norway is aware that the E.U. is ready to use force against its fishing boats. A Norwegian frigate may be on patrol in these waters. Avoid this warship. She carries anti-surface missiles and your vessels are unlikely to survive an encounter with her.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b7 or later and also the HCDB_050510 or later in order to function properly.

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Roman Thunder - WestPac

A few years in the future... Tensions between Algeria and the E.U. have increased. Algeria is now controlled by a religious dictatorship that is hostile to the West. The E.U. believes Algeria is responsible for several recent terrorist attacks in Europe. Current thinking in Europe is that the most likely solution to the problem is regime change.

Intelligence officers have been in communication with a coalition of rebel groups in Algeria--it would probably be too much to call them pro-Western, but they would certainly be an improvement over the current lot. They will view an E.U. attack as a signal to initiate their own attacks against the Algerian government. If the rebels can overthrow the current regime, it may mark the start of a period of improved relations with Algeria.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b7 or later and also the HCDB_050812 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Mark Gellis



Qian Kong Kuai - WestPac

"The Senkaku/Diaoyu islands comprise small volcanic islands and three rocky outcrops at the eastern edge of the East China Sea. The dispute between China and Japan over their sovereignty goes back 500 years, and with the potential of huge offshore oil and gas reserves in the region, shows no sign of resolution. Now China has begun to exploit the resource, and Japan has responded in kind. Now that the Taiwan and Korea questions have been answered, China feels daring enough to enforce its claim on the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Once again, competing economic interests in dangerous proximity result in military action."

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b7 or later and also the HCDB_050819 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Brad Leyte



Nicobar Vengeance - IOPG Battleset​

A few years in the future...

Friction has been growing between Indonesia and its neighbors. Among other issues, Indonesia claims that other nations have been illegally fishing in its waters while other nations accuse Indonesia of not doing enough to reduce piracy.

Four days ago, an Indonesian submarine in the waters between the Nicobar islands and Sumatra sunk an Indian merchant that it mistook for a commercial fishing boat. Sixteen Indian sailors were killed in the incident.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b7 or later and also the HCDB_050902 or later in order to function properly.

Author: Mark Gellis



Strike - EC2003 GIUK

SITREP: The strike two days ago by NATO submarines against Soviet naval bomber bases and Soviet AF bomber bases on the Kola Peninsula was not as successful as SacLant had hoped. However, we are presented with a golden opportunity to hit them again since heavy weather has closed their bases. With Strike Fleet currently tied down just south of the Narvik line while trying to re-arm and filter Pact sub forces, our only chance is to strike them hard with USAF tactical fighter bombers.

ORDERS: Using 60 bombers from your wing, fly with tanker support as far north as Tromso. Land there and re-fuel. We have a 36 hour window to strike them before the weather clears up. We will understand and expect heavy losses. Try to limit them to the best of your planning. You are also being provided with a squadron of F-15Cs from the 48TH TFW to provide limited tactical escort.

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These four scenarios use the HutchDB.

Avenge New York (AvengeNY.zip): Carry out tactical nuclear strikes on Yemen in retaliation for its sponsorship of a terrorist attack on New York using chemical weapons.

Bekaa Night (BekaaNT.zip): Carry out Alpha Strikes against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon.

The Run (TheRun.zip): Break the blockade of Sao Tome and Principe and reinforce the U.S. units already there.

The Hammerhead Incident (THI.zip): Destroy a French SSBN that is trying to deploy.

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You are in command of four Australian frigates with orders to protect merchant shipping in an Indonesian exclusion zone.

Author: Harold Hutchison

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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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.



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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.



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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.



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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.



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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.



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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.


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 desalinization 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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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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.


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].

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.


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.

Author: Brad Leyte

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.


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

These scenarios require the HCDB_060103 and the HCCE release b10 for maximum efficiency.



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.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b10 or later and also the HCDB_060103 or later in order to function properly.

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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.

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 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.

Author: Mark Gellis


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.

Author: Mark Gellis


Refugee - EC2003 GIUK



During the summer of 1975, along the Mecklenburg coastline, a sport boat, with 4 persons aboard, managed to make its way free to the high sea. Thanks to the cover of dusk, she escaped security forces from the GBK.
Despite the DDR's best efforts, the sport boat managed to get to a BGS patrol boat. The East Germans asked to be brought aboard as they wanted to go the West. One hour later, two GBK boats rushed after the Duderstadt and tried to stop her. However, the BGS boat managed to escape since it was already in international waters near West Germany.

Author: René Haar

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b11 or later and also the HCDBEuro_060322 or later in order to function properly.


United They Sail - EC2003 IOPG


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

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b11 or later and also the HCDB_060316 or later in order to function properly.


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

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b11 or later and also the HCDB_060522 or later in order to function optimally.


Operation Island Wind
- WestPac



North Korea has recently been threatening to test a long range ballistic missile, shrugging off the concerns of the world community. Despite the threat of sanctions, they have persisted with preparations.

Author: Akula

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b11 or later and also the HCDB_060615 or later in order to function optimally.


Cruise Control - EC2003 MEDC


Following the Israeli-Lebanese War of 2006, Lebanon was left weakened and unstable. Syria felt it was in its best interests to occupy the country. Beirut has come under attack and American forces are scrambling to rescue refugees.

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b14 or later and also the HCDB_060614 for maximum efficiency.

Author: Mark Gellis


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Fortress - EC2003 GIUK




The battle for the GIUK Gap has reached its climax. Who controls Iceland will control the gap. The Russians are approaching in strength; Iceland has been reinforced by several USMC units. Will it be enough?

Author: Ralf Koelbach

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b14 or later and also the HCDB_070414 for maximum efficiency.


Duel in the Pacific - WestPac



This is a "What if?" scenario. What would happen if a US and a Russian CVBG meet in the Pacific? The US airwing rests on F-18s ; the F-14 are retired. The Russians have a full airwing on their Kusnetzov carrier. And they have very strong escorts. To worsen matters, they have bases, too.

So - hide and seek in the Pacific! Do not shoot at unidentified contacts - there are maybe some neutrals around.

Author: Ralf Koelbach

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b14 or later and also the HCDB_070414 for maximum efficiency.


The Visitors - EC2003 MEDC



There have been ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia in the last months.

US satellite data shows there is a Russian CTF approaching, several LSTs included.

That is clearly an aggressive act. Be on your guard!

Author: Ralf Koelbach

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b14 or later and also the HCDB_070414 for maximum efficiency.


The Battle of El Arish




Shortly after the Six Day War, Soviet forces joined briefly with Egyptian forces against Israel in a "War of Attrition." Although this failed to seriously damage Israel, it laid the foundation for future joint Soviet-Egypt military action.

By 1990, the progress towards peace made by Sadat and Begin fifteen years earlier has mostly fallen by the wayside. Soviet forces have returned to Egypt. Intelligence suggests that they may again initiate joint attacks against Israel.

Author: Mark Gellis

This scenario requires Harpoon Classic version 16b14 or later and also the HCDB_070105 for maximum efficiency.



Re-Take - EC2003 MEDC Battleset



Ukraine's "Orange Revolution" has failed. The pro-Russian party which had won the last elections has used its renewed power to move the country back towards Russia and an autocratic regime.

Russian forces were invited to "secure" Ukraines borders against "potential aggressors". There has been a massive inflow of Russian naval aircraft and Ukraine is now "guarded" by Russian warships and subs too.

Few hours prior to that parts of Ukraines armed forces declared they will not follow any orders of the new regime dominated by Russia. They have taken side for "Free Ukraine" - a political movement of those still believing in the "Orange Revolution".

The "Free Ukrainian Forces" (FUF) have joined a US carrier group which has arrived in order to protect Romania against any Russian attack out of Ukraine.

Stakes are high and an epic clash is about to begin.

Author: Ralf Koelbach

This scenario has been tested for compatibility with the HC_Euro_DB (edited by Rene Haar) which can be found at HarpGamer.com


117 new Harpoon Classic scenarios




David Ennis has kindly decided to share his private collection of vintage Harpoon Classic scenarios with the Harpoon community. All 117 of these scenarios have never before been publicly available.

Comments and suggestions are encouraged by the author.

These scenarios are made with the older Harpoon Classic 97 version, but play just fine in the latest Harpoon Classic Gold release.


Korean Gulf



A few years in the future...

A recent dispute in the United Nations regarding the relationship between North Korea and Iran has escalated in recent weeks because of remarks made by South Korean government. Iran has declared it will no longer allow South Korea to export oil from the Persian Gulf. South Korea has responded by moving warships into the area to escort tankers. They have also transferred a number of military aircraft to the area, basing them at Abu Dhabi.

Author: Mark Gellis

This scenario requires the latest release of the HCDB available at HarpGamer.com


Foxes in the Hen House



A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Westpac battleset.

The Soviet HEN submarines - the Hotel class SSBNs, the Echo class SSGNs and the November class SSNs - that began deploying in the early 1960s introduced a major technological breakthrough that gave them a dramatic acoustic advantage over the US Navy's Skipjacks and Skates. The new concept was rafting - where a submarine's engineering plant was placed on a flexible mount or raft within the submarine - dramatically reduced the transmission of mechanical vibrations through the hull, and into the water.

Author: Brad Leyte

Iron Wolf




A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the EC2003 GIUK Gap battleset.

The three small Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are no strangers to a hard life of aggression, occupation, and oppression. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, a determined populace grabbed the opportunity for independence once again. But history had taught them a lesson: that their long term survival was dependent upon becoming part of an international alliance. In Spring 2004 they became full members of NATO. Without any strategic depth, there is nothing that the Baltic states could do to stop a reasonably determined Russian attack, so instead NATO has opted to do such things as emphasize early warning and control, improve the defensive capabilities of local light forces, and have NATO air forces take turns in providing fighters for territorial air defence. There is at least one significant flaw in the arrangement. The Baltic states still rely heavily on Russia for their supplies of natural gas and oil, and their power grids remain linked. In 2007, they entered into an agreement with neighbour (and NATO partner) Poland to replace the ageing (Chernobyl type) nuclear reactor at Ignalina in Lithuania. The Ignalina reactor has now been shut down, and the new powerplant is still under construction, despite the protests of Russia and Belarus regarding the increased pressure on the regional fossil fuel supply. The Baltic states therefore remain critically exposed, and their former ruler has decided to make its move.

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No Place Like Home



A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the EC2003 GIUK Gap battleset.

The time is the present, and the Kosovo crisis and the resulting Serbian invasion has led to long simmering tensions between Russia and the US exploding, with the sinking of an American submarine found within Russian territorial waters near Archangel. The Commander of the ASW frigate involved has been cashiered for his aggressiveness, but the loss of USS Dallas and 155 American sailors has the US public infuriated, and the US government is bent on revenge. American diplomatic staff have been recalled, and war is imminent. Unfortunately, the AFS Kuznetsov with his escorts is in the Atlantic on exercises, far from friendly ports and exposed to American attacks. The US has claimed that this task group is a threat to American shipping and must surrender to US forces. Your job is to get him and his escorts home safely in the face of overwhelming opposition.

Author: Patrick Howard


Serhiy's Decision



A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the EC2003 Battle for the Mediterranean Battleset.

Although formally established by presidential decree on a warm summer day in August 1992, the slow and painful partition of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet between Ukraine and the newly independent Russian Federation took several more years. Arguably, the first ship of the Ukrainian Navy came into being on 26 January 1992 and in considerably less peaceful fashion. The collapse of the USSR in December 1991 caused the crew of the Project 159A (NATO Petya II) class light frigate SKR-112, most of them Ukrainian by nationality, to make a fateful decision. That morning in January, captain-lieutenant Serhiy Nastenko raised the state flag of Ukraine aboard his ship and together, he and his crew took an oath of allegiance to their new motherland. Black Sea Fleet Command was outraged, compelling Nastenko and his crew to eventually flee from the Russian naval base at Donuzlav, hoping to seek refuge in Odessa. Ships and aircraft of the Black Sea Fleet still loyal to Moscow set out in pursuit of the mutineer.

Author: Brad Leyte


Oubliette



A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Westpac Battleset.

The war in Central Europe is bogging down, and although NATO has suffered horrendous losses, the Soviet armored thrust has lost its momentum. There are rumours of growing dissension and unrest among the upper echelons of military command in Moscow. The risk of the Soviets resorting to the use of nuclear weapons in desperation has climbed considerably in the past few days. US Navy ballistic missile submarines, already deployed and at sea, have been directed to their patrol stations in case things go south. Several of these boomers, including the USS Tennessee, have been ordered to take up positions where they could potentially exploit depressed trajectory launches of their missile load, reducing warning time substantially.

Author: Brad Leyte


The Origin of Storms



A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the EC2003 GIUK Gap battleset.

This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side.

Environmental terrorists have disabled the world's first floating nuclear power plant, the massive Russian Rosenergoatom-Sevmash platform in the Barents Sea, inadvertently triggering a meltdown of one of the two reactors and a resultant environmental catastrophe.

The eco terrorists are a previously unknown group, going by the name Desdenova, and with apparent links to Norway. The Norwegians were opposed to the floating nuclear power plant from the outset, and Russia now blames Oslo for having masterminded the attack, claiming an attempt to grab oil and gas reserves in the region.

The Royal Norwegian Navy is moving to protect its territorial integrity and to attempt to contain the contamination, but the Russians have declared an absolute exclusion zone in the Barents and have prohibited all foreign entities from entering the area. A Royal Navy carrier group is caught in the storm.

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Original Cold War Battleset

At a time when the potential loss of life from a failed nuclear gambit went beyond rational comprehension, conventional warfare was seen by some to be the last best hope of preserving their ways of living. The war of political rhetoric and posturing that had been raging for nearly four decades was about to come to an end. In its wake though, there would be no quick peace. The time for brinksmanship was past. Now the children of the Cold War would see the heat of battle.

Securing sources of oil and trade shipping routes were key factors in the forging of the wartime alliance between the Soviets, the Chinese, and assorted lesser Pacific Rim countries. Opposing this coalition, the United States, Japanese, Canadian, Australian and European governments fight to remove the perceived threats to their own economies. Most of the smaller countries around the world do not rush to the call for war. They saw that for them, the path to their best possible victory was to not get involved.

This Battleset was originally made for Harpoon3 v3.6.3 and has been re-built for compatibility with the PlayersDB with the consent of AGSI.

WATCH THAT FIRST STEP

LOCATION : NW PACIFIC, COASTAL SEATTLE
DATE/TIME: 12 FEBRUARY 1985, 06:00:00 ZULU

With the first war shots, DEFCON ONE status was automatic. Every submarine in the inventory that was capable of getting underway left port for the greater safety of the open sea. Only those boats with mechanical deficiencies remained docked, to leave when their problems were fixed. As a part of standing plans, all the assets of the United States Coast Guard were folded into the Navy's TOE, to be employed in such a way as to free regular Navy assets for higher priority missions. Their mission: sanitize the area around the sub bases, allowing the remaining subs to get to open water.


AIR LANE RAIDERS

LOCATION : GUAM
DATE/TIME: 12 FEBRUARY 1985, 18:00:00 ZULU

In response to building tensions before the outbreak of actual shooting, CINCPAC executed standing plans to enhance the ELINT capabilities of Guam. The transit schedule for the personnel of the units and members of CINPAC's staff was not hard to obtain and the PACRIM was presented with an opportunity to cripple both a critical ELINT unit and CINCPAC's staff with one blow. For the U.S. commander, the objective will be to escort the ELINT unit through a Soviet air blockade.


FISH IN A BARREL

LOCATION : RED SEA
DATE/TIME: 4 MAY 1985, 03:00:00 ZULU

As the tensions with India increased, U.S. Forces began redeploying the Carrier Battle Group operating in the Mediterranean through the Red Sea and into the Indian Ocean. What was usually a peaceful transition went terribly wrong. An S-3 on a standard patrol ahead of the Battle Group picked up multiple large objects floating in the approaches out of the Red Sea. On closer examination they turned out to be mines; very sophisticated, variable-depth captor-like mines. As the Battle Group turned, something even more surprising occurred. Two large cargo vessels exploded almost simultaneously, blocking the Suez Canal. The American Battle Group was now stuck in a very small ocean. The only potentially hostile nation capable of developing such a mine was the Soviet Union. The tensions with India and the sudden explosion of war with the Soviets have caught an U.S. Carrier Battle Group in a bad place -- transiting the Red Sea. The Soviets and the Egyptians have each mined one end of the Sea, leaving no exit.


BLACK SEA SURPRISE

LOCATION : BLACK SEA
DATE/TIME: 20 May 1985, 02:00:00 Zulu

World wide systems analysts have unanimously agreed that NATO Forces were at least 2 generations ahead of the Soviets in command and control systems. Stolen technical materials confirmed the limited processing power of Soviet tactical computer systems. No one in the West could have predicted the almost seamless operation of Soviet offensive forces. NATO has devoted considerable assets to uncover the secret to their advanced operations. Soviet Black Sea Forces have been operating in an extremely coordinated manner. Their C3I Network has performed better than expected. An obvious conclusion that can be drawn is that somewhere, not far away, a very large and powerful computer center is crunching numbers very rapidly. A very high value target indeed.


CAR CARRIER CONVOYS

LOCATION : COASTAL JAPAN/WESTERN PACIFIC
DATE/TIME: 13 FEBRUARY 1985, 02:00:00

Predictably, when the opening shots of the Pacific Rim War were fired, merchants of all the involved countries - and a great number of neutrals - began to scream for protection. Having taken the lessons of the last World War to heart, Japan knew that the lanes of commerce to the home islands were particularly vulnerable to the threat of submarine attack. The challenge would be to quickly gather the merchants into something at least resembling a convoy, while avoiding losing either the civilian ships or any of their ASW platforms to the PACRIM submarine forces.


END RUN

LOCATION : COASTAL CUBA/HAITI/FLORIDA
DATE/TIME: 01 SEPTEMBER 1985, 10:00:00 ZULU

Cuba has a long history of providing troops to augment the forces of other Communist states. Only recently, however, was Cuba implicated in acts of international terrorism. In the space of a single week, which was proclaimed Siete Dias del Diablo (Seven Days of the Devil) by Castro, more than a dozen acts of terrorism, including bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations aimed at U.S. citizens and interests around the world, were carried out by Cuban-led hit squads. In response, the President of the United States requested from Congress the authority to declare a 100-mile maritime exclusion zone around Cuba. In simultaneous session, both Houses of Congress approved the request in less than an hour. No official response was forthcoming from Moscow, but a SAG centered on the Kirov changed course toward Cuba and has entered the exclusion zone.


BRING ALONG SOME FRIENDS

LOCATION : EASTERN ATLANTIC
DATE/TIME: 01:00:00 ZULU

The war has entered its second month, and the Soviets are exploiting their early gains. Control of Iceland has allowed Soviet surface ships to slip into the North Atlantic to attack convoys of troops and supplies headed for Europe. This scenario will highlight Harpoon II's ability to model theoretical units. The ARAPAHO program was at its peak in the mid-1980s and was discontinued because it was seen as a superfluous system for the needs of the time. However, at a time of global naval warfare, such a system would indeed be very valuable for the U.S. Navy.


ENEMY ON ISLAND

LOCATION : NORTH ATLANTIC
DATE/TIME: 15 FEBRUARY 1985, 04:00:00 ZULU

Soviet Backfire and Badger bombers have pummelled the military facilities on Iceland, and the main amphibious assault is about to begin. There are very limited resources available to counter the landing because of tremendous pressures being applied by the Soviets and their allies. There is no hope that the landing can be stopped, only that it can be delayed or crippled. It is DAY 3 of the war, and the Soviets are grabbing territory they can use for negotiating chips.


MIDWAY REVISITED

LOCATION : CENTRAL PACIFIC
DATE/TIME: 15 MARCH 1985, 18:00:00 ZULU

At least one PACRIM SAG is loose in the Pacific. Centered on the Kirov-class cruiser Frunze, this powerful group must be eliminated quickly. CINCPAC has ordered the Kitty Hawk battle group to locate and engage the Frunze SAG as soon as possible. No additional air support is available, although runways and refuelling/rearming facilities at Midway remain operational. This will be a race to get to Midway, winner takes all.


BATTLE OF THE NORTH SEA

LOCATION : NORTH SEA
DATE/TIME: 22 AUGUST 1985, 06:00:00 ZULU

Warsaw Pact occupation of Denmark and Norway has opened the North Sea to the smaller Warsaw Pact units that normally operated in the Baltic. Each side has occupied and armed several of the oil and gas rigs which dot the North Sea, protecting vital energy sources. Each side raids the other's fields, and a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse ensues among the giant platforms.


REINFORCING THE NORTHERN FLANK

LOCATION : COASTAL NORWEGIAN WATERS
DATE/TIME: 13 FEBRUARY 1985, 02:00:00 ZULU

This scenario occurs just as the war starts, with the NATO player trying to reinforce positions along the coast of Norway, and the Soviet player setting off what will become a long war. This scenario shows us the results of pitting a low-end CTOL carrier against a CVHG, and how the planes perform against each other.


TREMORS

LOCATION : California Coastline
DATE/TIME: 14 February 1985, 02:00:00 ZULU

A major component of any successful offensive operation is the element of surprise. To achieve surprise during the Cold War, long term planning and careful execution have to be the order of the day. The sudden outbreak of war has left many Cargo Vessels at sea without protection. Soviet attack submarines deployed just before the commencement of hostilities have positioned themselves perfectly. Lightly armed trawlers are also creating havoc.


VISIT TO VALDEZ

LOCATION : Alaskan Territory
DATE/TIME: 6 July 1985, 15:00:00 ZULU

America now finds itself in much the same position as pre World War II Japan, depending heavily on the import of raw materials, mainly oil. Soviet submarine forces have managed to stop, at least in the short term, the supply of crude oil from the Persian Gulf. Every drop of domestic production is now critical to the operation of America's Military and Industrial Complex. Should America's domestic supply be interrupted even for a short time, it could force the Americans to negotiate a Peace Treaty very favourable to the Soviet Union.


VIETNAM ESCORT

LOCATION : Western Pacific
DATE/TIME: 20 April 1985, 13:00:00 ZULU

The Vietnamese government has announced a 200 mile territorial limit off the Coast and has begun seizing the merchantmen in transit between Bangkok and Hong Kong. The Soviet Union immediately announced support for the seizures and has agreed to assist the local Government in enforcing its new boundaries. Most of the seized vessels have been returned to their owners after large "transit fees" have been arranged. The United States and the United Kingdom have vowed to reopen the sea lanes.


BATTLE OF THE WESTERN APPROACHES

LOCATION : North Atlantic
DATE/TIME: 8 December 1985, 05:00:00 Zulu

The war has dragged on into winter, and the loss of the North Sea oil and gas rigs is causing an energy crisis in Europe. The extra mouths to feed are also putting a severe strain on food supplies. NATO is required to force convoys through to keep food on the table and keep the population from freezing. A convoy carrying natural gas, fuel, and food is enroute to Liverpool. Iceland is still held by the Soviets, although constant attacks have somewhat weakened the forces operating from the island.

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As the world shifts away from the familiar bi-polar power structures (NATO vs. PACT), decades old alliances and rivalries are being re-examined and found wanting. The counter-revolutions have torn down the hated ColdWar order and replaced it with... anarchy.

Here then we lay our scene; in a world rife with civil war and UN interventions. Some countries are forced by hungry citizens to sell off their great arsenals for bread. Others see the opportunity to strike at hated neighbours, and buy up whole air forces and navies from those who can no longer afford to keep them. Still others proclaim a "new world order" and begin dismantling theirs.

With rabid nationalism, economic hardship and interlocking obligations, the world once again begins to resemble pre-World War I Europe.

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ASSAULT ON ZION
PLO VS ISRAEL

LOCATION : EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA
DATE/TIME: 19 JANUARY 1995, 06:00:00 ZULU

Although the Israeli government and the PLO had signed a Peace Accord in 1993, by late 1994 it was obvious that little had changed. PLO hardliners continued to launch attacks from Lebanon and Southern Syria in an attempt to force Israel to compromise by giving up more land. Israeli counterattacks, especially into Syria, aroused the ire of the Syrian President, which led him to covertly support PLO naval training in conjunction with Syrian naval personnel. PLO personnel trained intensively as "Syrians" for their first real "naval" assault on Israel.

The struggle between Israel and Palestinians is far from over, peace accord or not. Both sides have their radical factions who are not happy with the accords, and are willing to use violence to force change on the Israeli government. Syria has been a long-time backer of the PLO, including the hard-line factions that commit terrorist actions. The backing includes money, training facilities, and equipment for the terrorists to use. For Israel, there is a constant threat of attack from land and sea. Despite increased naval patrol activity, the volume of civilian traffic in the area increases the chance of successful infiltrations by terrorist units.


TAKING OF THE BLACK SEA FLEET
RUSSIA VS UKRAINE

LOCATION : BLACK SEA
DATE/TIME: 10 JULY 1994, 02:48:00 ZULU

By the summer of 1994, the Russian government had grown weary of continued negotiations with the Ukrainian government over the final fate of the Black Sea fleet. Since the break-up of the former Soviet Union in 1991, the Ukrainians dragged their feet over the issue of fleet control. At risk was control of over 100 significant combatants, paid for by the former Soviet Union. Because of the split, experienced technicians and spare parts became scarce, forcing the majority of the fleet to remain at pier side, deteriorating from neglect. Several agreements had been reached, but no final settlement or arbitration had ever come about.
The Russians have decided that such a major investment (which could be sold for profit if serviceable) can not be allowed to rust away. A plan has been formulated, operation "Trojan Horse," which will allow the Russian government to reclaim its "lost" property.
A major fleet exercise has been scheduled for November 1994, to be combined with a fleet visit to Sevastopol to "show the flag." Initially the Ukrainians are delighted their Russian naval counterparts were going to visit, perhaps even helping to restore some of the ships. On the 10th of July, 1994, they realize their error, perhaps too late.


BREAK THE BLOCKADE
BRITAIN VS EUROPEAN ECONOMIC COMMUNITY

LOCATION : NORTH SEA & ENGLISH CHANNEL
DATE/TIME: 20 APRIL 1995, 09:00:00 ZULU

With the collapse of the major world powers' economies in late 1994, the European Economic Community (EEC) was left in a precarious position. As long as the EEC acted together, it would emerge as the new economic powerhouse in the world. There was one problem though -- Great Britain. For years, the British had resisted a total union with Europe because it meant surrendering a large part of their national sovereignty.
In order to protect their unstable economic status, the EEC decreed that the British convert their economic system and fold their currency into the new "European Dollar". The British refused and withdrew from the EEC. The EEC immediately voted to force the British back into the union, by force if necessary. After a series of heated debates and several at-sea incidents, the French and German governments decided on a blockade to force the recalcitrant British back into the EEC. The British, realizing their national sovereignty and heritage were at stake, issued a general call-up and sortied the Royal Navy.
Off the southern coastline of Great Britain, two of the EEC task forces holding the blockade have set up anti-ship patrol regions. The EEC forces currently control the waterways from the Atlantic, thru the Dover Straights, to the southern reaches of the North Sea. To break this part of the blockade, the British have mustered two task forces. Their objective was before them - break the EEC hold on the seas south of Great Britain, securing the waterways for British shipping traffic.


BLOOD FEUD
CHINA VS TAIWAN

LOCATION : STRAIT OF TAIWAN
DATE/TIME: 27 NOVEMBER 1994, 17:00:00 ZULU

The economic turmoil in the West, the rise of Japan in the Far East, and the collapse of the former Soviet Union forced the Chinese to accelerate their extensive military modernization program. In addition to the modernizing of the military, a new style of aggressive Chinese leadership began to supplant the "Old Guard". By late 1994, China stood ready to take back "what already belonged to them".
Taiwan had been preparing for the worst since the onset of the collapse of the world market in 1994. They knew that war with mainland China was inevitable and had been preparing for that eventuality since early 1994. Aggressive naval patrolling by the Taiwanese had prevented several attempted infiltrations by the Chinese Special Forces.
The Chinese realized that the straits had to be secured from any Taiwanese Naval units before any invasion fleets could cross. They set out to accomplish that goal on November 27th, 1994.


A NAVAL BORDER WAR
ECUADOR VS PERU

LOCATION : GULF OF GUAYAQUIL
DATE/TIME: 30 SEPTEMBER 1994, 19:00:00

With the attention of the world focused on economic upheaval, and the inability of the United Nations to deal with conflicts around the globe, some smaller nations decided this was the time to act. Animosities that had lain dormant for decades came to the forefront.
Ecuador and Peru had fought a series of small "wars" over the exact demarcation of their mutual border. At stake was a seemingly unimportant strip of worthless land, that is, until a huge oil bearing rock formation was discovered directly beneath the border. Both nations desperately needed to exploit the oil deposit to bolster their sagging economies.
Although both nations called on the U.N. to mediate their border crisis, a series of small border clashes has erupted into full scale war. Neither side has been able to gain the advantage. In order to break the stalemate, the Peruvian High Command has ordered the Peruvian Navy to close the key port of Guayaquil. This would stop all resupply of Ecuadorean Army units and lead to victory.


DAWN PATROL
NORWAY VS RUSSIA

LOCATION : COASTAL NORWEGIAN WATERS
DATE/TIME: 17 OCTOBER 1994, 05:00:00 ZULU

In this remake of the now-classic Harpoon scenario, two missile boat squadrons encounter each other in a fast-paced meeting engagement off the rocky Norwegian coastline.
Perhaps more than any other scenario offered in Harpoon, this engagement most dramatically illustrates the fundamental principles of modern naval combat:
1. Because each combatant has enough
firepower to sink three opponents,
missile combat tends to be sudden and
violent.
2. Once events get ahead of you and you're
behind 'the curve', you will be
condemned to playing catch-up.
Get ahead early!
3. Attack effectively first.


A FIGHT TO THE DEATH
RUSSIA VS UNITED STATES

LOCATION : NORTH ATLANTIC
DATE/TIME: 19 DECEMBER 1994, 12:00:00 ZULU

With aircraft carriers being sold (as scrap) for $10.00 per ton, the spectre of an all-out NATO vs. Pact war no longer seems so realistic. However, much debate and speculation on the outcome of such a conflict still seems to hold much interest and attention.
To satisfy this historical curiosity, we have crafted just such a scenario for all of the whimsical what-if students, such that they may seek their own answer to this question.
This scenario is balanced only in that the Russian side is given a fairly new complement of equipment along with access to SNA assets based at Keflavik Air Station (assumed to be in Russian hands). The US CVBG is pared down to match early 1990's proposed force-level cuts as well as platform retirements.


INCHON AGAIN
S. KOREA/UNITED STATES VS N. KOREA

LOCATION : YELLOW SEA
DATE/TIME: 6 AUGUST 1994, 05:00:00 ZULU

The war has begun. The North Korean Army, almost a million strong, has swarmed over the DMZ and is rapidly pushing south. The ROK army has inflicted hideous losses on PRK forces, but the overwhelming numbers cannot be stayed. Seoul, expected to fall within hours, has held out instead for three weeks. Inside the shrinking perimeter, the besieged US 2nd Infantry Division fights for its life.
Since Japan is withholding use of its airfields while the Diet decides if they may legally intervene, US air power must fly from Okinawa and cannot make its full strength felt. Now the US Marine Corps has arrived to relieve Seoul... But can they get through in time?


OPERATION LIGHTNING BOLT
SOUTH AFRICA VS C.I.S.

LOCATION : COASTAL SOUTH AFRICA, INDIAN OCEAN
DATE/TIME: 1 OCTOBER 1994, 05:00:00 ZULU

As the world economies became more unstable, the continuing regional conflicts around the globe increased the demand for high quality, low cost weaponry. Russia, as a means of raising capital to fund efforts to end bloody border conflicts with neighbouring republics, decided that some of its naval units could be sold on the world markets. Such opportunities came to the attention of the ruling party in Mozambique. The conflicts between the ANC and existing South African government agencies have endured steadfastly, despite several campaigns to end the bloodshed. By way of aiding their ANC brothers to the south, Mozambique purchased five warships from the Russian government to be used in military efforts to bring about the downfall of the current regime in South Africa. Because the arrival of the ex-Russian units would tip the scale towards the ANC, the South African government decided that their destruction was a critical priority.


MALVINAS PART II
ARGENTINA VS BRITAIN

LOCATION : MALVINAS ISLANDS
DATE/TIME: 15 MAY 1995, 11:00:00 ZULU

On April 1st, 1995, a large force of Argentinean commandos, supported by air strikes and naval gunfire attacked the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands. After 3 days of bitter hand to hand fighting, the Royal Marine garrison was annihilated. Immediately, the Argentineans set forth to fortify the islands against assault. The British, appalled by the blatant use of force, decided to retake their sovereign territory. The U.N. Security Council, while providing no forces to help, gave the British assurances that the British NATO forces could be temporarily withdrawn to be used in the campaign. On May 15th, 1995, the first elements of the British fleet arrived in the war zone. Combat was imminent.


OKINAWA
JAPAN VS UNITED STATES

LOCATION : OKINAWA
DATE/TIME: 15 MARCH 1995, 18:00:00 ZULU

As the Western economies continued towards collapse, Japan moved forward in its desire to re-assert dominance in the Far East. In order to force the United States to relinquish its forward bases in the Pacific, the Japanese military moved into action. A naval and air blockade was placed around Okinawa Island.
The U.S. government, backed by strong public opinion, decided to respond with a show of military force. The Japanese, knowing they could not stand toe-to-toe with the U.S. Navy, decided the best option would be to operate within range of their land based aircraft. They hoped that preventing the resupply of Okinawa, and, in the course of maintaining the blockade, inflicting significant losses on the U.S. Navy, would cause the U.S. government to reconsider their claims on Okinawa.


OPERATION RATCATCHER
SWEDEN VS UNKNOWN SUBMARINES

LOCATION : COASTAL SWEDEN, NORTH ATLANTIC
DATE/TIME: 20 DECEMBER 1994, 12:00:00 ZULU

During the late '70s and early '80s, a large number of unknown submerged contacts plagued the Swedish navy. Although one Soviet Whiskey class sub was caught, many other intruders escaped. The break-up of the Soviet Union should have lessened the frequency of intruders. However, the unknown contacts continued to stymie the best efforts of the Swedish armed forces.
The Swedish military has decided that an aggressive defense of Swedish territorial waters is the best way to deter future intruders. Orders were issued to all fleet units that the Swedish bases of Karlskrona and Solvesborg were to be protected with a maximum use of force.


TO PROTECT THE QUEEN
BRITAIN VS RUSSIA

LOCATION : NORTH SEA AND ENGLISH CHANNEL
DATE/TIME: 12 DECEMBER 1994, 05:00:00 ZULU

In the fall of 1993, the Russian dam burst. The Russian government, beset by a bitter civil war supported by various Western nations, was desperate to find a way to end the conflict. Any hopes of peace went up in a nuclear fireball when the rebels, backed by the West, found a way to launch an SS-25 ICBM at Moscow. It was estimated that over 1 million people perished in the blast and ensuing radiation. The Russian government, blaming Great Britain for the incident, mustered all available naval forces to destroy the British navy and "punish the war loving British people."
Although lacking the resources to invade Britain, the Russian government believed that with the Royal Navy destroyed, they would be able to attack key British cities and then dictate terms to the government. With the European Community and the United States busy with other crises around the globe, the British stood alone. January 1st, 1994, a general mobilization call was issued. War was imminent.
With the current Russian government in shambles and the military in the driver's seat, one could well imagine a return to the "old days." Both Russia and the other Republics have blamed the West for supporting rebel forces within the former Soviet Union. Nuclear weapons control has been a key issue recently, with the Russian government making repeated assurances that none of their over 30,000 nuclear weapons are loose.


THE TAKING OF SAKHALIN
JAPAN VS RUSSIA

LOCATION : SEA OF JAPAN
DATE/TIME: 31 OCTOBER 1994, 19:00:00 ZULU

For the victorious and the defeated alike, the end of World War II saw the reshaping of national borders around the globe. Just beyond the northern border of today's Japan, off the eastern coast of Kamchatka, lies the island of Sakhalin. Prior to the war, this island marked the northernmost reach of Japan. Today it does not.
Over the past few years, the Japanese and Russian governments have been haggling over the return of Sakhalin Island to Japanese control. Neither side has been willing to compromise on true control of the island. For the Japanese, it is a matter of national pride and economic exploitation. For the Russians, it is a matter of national defense, as the length of the island spans two vital chokepoints and provides a buffer for the naval base at Vladivostok.
The last channels of negotiation have been broken off. The government of Japan has issued an ultimatum: leave the island or be thrown off. The Japanese are mobilizing. The Russians are on alert. The world is watching.


WHITE DEATH
CHILE VS ARGENTINA

LOCATION : ANTARCTIC PENINSULA
DATE/TIME: 20 JANUARY 1995, 08:00:00 ZULU

With the industrialized nations of the world struggling to put their economies back on track after the crash of 1994, most South American countries were on their own economically. Faced with the hard fact that Western aid was no longer available, national well-being hinged on the availability of petroleum products. The Chilean government formed several expeditions to explore the Antarctic region in search of new oil reserves.
The discovery of the "Allende" field, with over 20 billion barrels of recoverable oil, sent shock waves through the South American economic community. The Chileans announced that a final survey, to determine the boundaries of the massive oil field was to be carried out immediately. The Argentineans, through a preliminary survey of their own, found that the field was exclusively in Chilean territory. This situation would lead to Chilean ownership of the region and a crippling blow to the Argentinean plans for regional dominance. The Argentinean High Command decided to stop the Chilean survey before the results were announced.

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