From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Kushan04, Thank you. Very Helpful! So one of the issues with El Dorado Canyon is the French lack of cooperation wasn't because of rampant Anti-Americanism, as many Conservatives love to claim, but the fact we left them hanging on Beirut Retaliation in 1983 (Personal note: I loved it when the French hit the Bekaa Valley and watched their ingress/exit from the BIA Control Tower!!!!). Also France was actively fighting Libya in Chad and they wanted to totally take out Libya with a regime change, not a single strike. I'm working on a scenario where the French convince the Reagan Administration for a larger, joint mission, but the U.S. convinces France to hit them with a force degradation operation short of regime change.
So would be French CVBG (FOCH most likely)
The Sara CVBG (doesn't exit the Med)
America and Coral Sea CVBG (As historical)
F-111s base out of Corsica
About a 3-4 day operation (after that I suspect munitions would run low).
< Message edited by BeirutDude -- 11/26/2020 12:52:11 AM >
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, 1985
I was Navy, but Assigned TAD to the 24th MAU Hq in Beirut. By far the finest period of my service!