Mission seems to be working fully as intended now, and it's better than before! With 4 days left:
Illinois detected a Delta IV Stretch and an escorting Akula off of Greenland. She is keeping a tail on her, monitoring as it works at the seafloor. I'm fairly confident I've remained undetected.
Ohio is sitting out of range of a cluster lance, waiting on Dallas to transit from the Bering Sea to Kotelny Island and disable the sensors (almost there).
Jimmy Carter has been inspecting the reactor for about a day now, without a peep of nearby activity. Dallas will rejoin her as an escort once the SEAL insertion is complete.
Mississippi is checking out each inactive Cluster Lance site, hoping to catch a construction sub. She just identified an SSN which may be a possible escort.
Seawolf got very, very interesting. I had her transiting along the ridge, alternating above and below the layer. Suddenly, an Akula was detected sprinting right for her, above the layer and about 15 miles out. I crash dove under it and went all silent, waiting for her to noisily pass overhead. This was rewarded because not far behind was the Belgograd Oscar II construction sub, about 50 nm behind the escort. The detection of this sub, combined with the Delta IV stretch and reactor inspection was apparently enough evidence for Washington to authorize me to "persuade" the Russians that we meant business, giving permission to give a Russian sub an "accident". Although Illinois had been trailing the Delta IV for 2 days at this point with a perfect firing solution, I gave Seawolf permission to sink the Belgograd since she was well under the ice pack whereas the Delta was not. My reasoning being that this would make follow up inspections to determine a cause very difficult, especially at 11,000 feet. Plus, Kursk recently suffered a disastrous explosion so it's not like the type is known for it's safety... With that in mind, a single ADCAP torpedo was enough to eliminate the monstrous construction submarine, without a hint of return fire. I'm not allowed to engage any others, as fun as it would be.
Exciting stuff, Gunner. Great mission!.
< Message edited by Tailhook -- 8/1/2017 10:16:08 PM >