From: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Thanks for the help!
Sorry drawing a blank "QTR?" (Edit: Quick Turn Around, see comment below)
Formation, it is worth setting this up properly for a) the AI side as it does not do well on its own and b) the player side for a better look & feel. Having the TGs on a heading at a speed in a reasonable formation at start. I often do this by importing the formation into a blank scenario, set it up and run it so it looks good then re-import it back into the base scenario so your timings etc don't get messed up.
I usually do myself but don't when units teleport. Originally I had the TF teleporting, so will fix that. Actually the Soviet SAG is positioned.
-The lead MPA might be closer to the patrol area, these guys would operate on station for days and weeks, so wouldn't leave the area uncovered.
Originally had the USN MPA out of Souda Bay but under human control. That was a real game changer with the Harpoons, so moved them to Sig at first. Then later put them under computer control. Will move back to Souda under computer control. I was actually thinking along the same lines.
-There are probably some land based radars, both air & surface search on Crete that would be useful and realistic for the NATO player to have. Most of the info these would provide would be about the civilian shipping
Agree but the entire reason for the merchant shipping, other than their actually being there, is to make it a little harder to pick out the SAGs.
The P-3 from Sigonella get fixated on all the commercial traffic in the western half of their patrol zone. Perhaps base the P-3s out of Souda Bay Crete and they may make a more random patrol with a better chance to find the Sovs. The SH-60B is the real player for finding the Soviets though.
See above on P-3Cs and totally agree on Sh-60s.
Composition or probable composition of the Soviet TG should be known in a little more detail. There are a lot of intelligence sources in the Med and they would have all come through either the Bosporus, the Suez or the Straits of Gibraltar and been tracked constantly since that point. Maybe a ship name or two.
In the real world I agree totally, in the scenario world looking for a bit more surprise/mystery. I mention Slava as being brand new and with 16 Sunburn canisters she drew a lot of attention in my day.
-Description: So if that isn’t your thing, that’s OK but is you really want
-NATO side brief: CENTERED ON USS SARATOGA, WILL TRANSMIT THE CRETE OPAREA WITHIN (Transit)
Para 4.b. second sentence is a bit awkward
Picking nits is good. Thanks.
CLASSIFICATION TOP SECRET NO FOREIGN EXCEPT NATO
Should probably be:
CLASSIFICATION TOP SECRET REL NATO (REL = releasable)
Been about 35 years! I seem to remember typing the verbage my way for the USN message traffic, but then again these days I'm lucky I remember my name if I don't check my licence! I'll change it as you likely remember better than I!
Nice scenario, quick and tricky.
Thank You, I'm going for smaller scenarios these days, people seem to like them more.
< Message edited by BeirutDude -- 10/15/2019 1:08:50 AM >
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