Have just finished playing Bay of Bengal, 1999. Finished, but not accomplished. Although I've got a major defeat result, I really enjoyed the gameplay – an important thing, when you fail a long scenario, isn't it?
My carrier squadron was proceeding to the north-east, when I spotted enemy's surface forces. They were split in four groups, including main carrier group and two vanguard destroyer groups. I decided, that I had enough time to eat that cow in pieces.
I made a couple raids of Hornets, armed with Harpoon missiles against vanguard groups. Unfortunately during the first one, I lost two of four my ASuW pre-loaded plains in a stupid way, so I had to rearm four more Hornets with Harpoon missiles. It took 6 hours, so I head to retreat… or, let's say – make a wide loop to the west in order to avoid close contact, until I'll deal enough damage to Indians.
After I had easily done with vanguard, the aircraft carrier became my prime target. I used Hawkeyes and Prowlers for reckon from the beginning, so I already knew, what did main enemy group consist of. But Prowlers seemed to be almost useless with their 800 nm ELINT radius until one of them detected a Goblin, detected and immediately classified it from 115 nm according to its emissions. And the Prowlers were, who classified all the members of enemy carrier group from 225 nm.
So, I sent six Hornets to strike the carrier with Harpoons, but all twelve missiles were shot down. I made another attempt in 6 hours, but hadn't succeeded again. And lost two more Hornets.
Doing all that things, I hadn't even noticed, that my time was running low.
And there's one another bladder-hurting moment, I haven't mentioned before. Fifteen anti-ship missiles (likely, submarine launched) appeared out from nowhere in just 25 nm from my surface forces. And they managed to deal with them all! So I wonder now, how could I get that Indian aircraft carrier?
The total score I had was “Major Defeat” with 400 points for four vanguard destroyers and four Hornets lost.
I understand, that it was only a first part of the scenario, I couldn't break through to go further, but I promise to report about my further success.
< Message edited by aheadflank -- 12/15/2015 8:20:43 PM >