When I first got my hands on Command, I dived straight into this scenario. I tried it a couple of times and needless to say, I failed miserably each time as I did not know what the heck was going on, and how deep the mechanics of ASW are. So, I went and did all the other in game tutorials before attempting this again.
I thought it would be good for me to do an AAR so that I can learn from my mistakes, and for other newbies to this game to learn from. Without further ado.... here we go:
010300Z JUN 85 - FLASH PRIORITY
TO: COMMANDING OFFICER EXETER (D 89)
SUBJ: NORWEGIAN SEA PATROL
1. SITUATION: A WX: BROKEN CLOUDS FORECAST NEXT 24-36 HOURS. NO SIGNIFICANT PRECIPITATION EXPECTED IN AO. WINDS NE AT 12 KTS, SEA STATE 4.
B. ENEMY: SOVIET FORCES IN YOU AO EXPECTED TO INCLUDE A SMALL SAG AND ONE OR TWO SSNS OR SSGNS.
C. FRIENDLY: NO CHANGE.
D. ATTS AND DETS: BREMEN (F 207) AND KORTENAER (F 807) ARE ATTACHED TO YOUR COMMAND EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.
2. MISSION: PATROL THE RECTANGULAR AREA BOUNDED BY 70°N 65°N 10°W AND 20°E.
LOCATE AND DESTROY ALL SOVIET FORCES IN YOUR AOR.
3. EXECUTION: WEAPONS TIGHT. YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO INITIATE HOSTILITIES, BUT ONLY AGAINST TARGETS IDENTIFIED AS HOSTILE.
B. GROUPINGS AND TASKS: NO CHANGE.
SUPPORT EL NO CHANGE.
C. COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS: NO CHANGE.
D. OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS: RELEASE OF SPECIAL WEAPONS IS NOT AUTHORIZED OR ANTICIPATED AT THIS TIME.
4. ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS: NO CHANGE.
5. COMMAND AND CONTROL: A. EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions).
B. COMMANDING OFFICER EXETER (D 89) IS OFFICER IN TACTICAL COMMAND.
6. GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HUNTING, CINCLANT SENDS.
NORWEGIAN SEA PATROL
Date: Saturday, 1 June 1985
Duration: 1 day
Location: Norwegian Sea
Weather: Moderate Middle Clouds 7-16 ft, Light Rain, 20C, Wind/Sea 4
World War III has broken out in 1985. As commander of a small surface action group (SAG). Your job is to hunt Soviet ships and submarines and destroy them before they can get out into the Atlantic ocean, where they could threaten NATO convoys.
• Locate and Destroy Soviet Forces
- BPK Kresta II [Pr.1134A Berkut A]
- BPK Kashin Mod [Pr.61M]
- SKR Krivak II [Pr.1135 Burevestnik-M]
- PLA-671RTM Victor III [Shchuka]
- Ka-25BSh Hormone A
Intelligence: A small SAG and one or two SSNs or SSGNs
- x1 D 89 Exeter [Type 42 Batch 2]
- x1 F 207 Bremen [Type F122]
- x1 F 807 Kortenaer
- x1 Wasp HAS/.1
- x1 Lynx SH-14B [Mk27]
- x1 Lynx Mk88
The Exeter class was designed to provide area air defence for the task force with sonar capabilities limited to hull. The Bremen on the other hand while build for ASW, lacks a towed array. Lastly, the Kortenaer has a passive-only Towed Array Sonar system which would be helpful to detect OpFor submarines.
The Viktor III has a 5nm torpedo and a 8nm torpedo with a nuclear warhead. We need to be able to detect it at least 10nm away to take it out safely. For that, I will need the Kortenaer to tow its array, probably just above the layer.
Sea State 4 means that waters are pretty choppy which will provide extra acoustic cover for any submarines.