This is the third in a series of scenarios featuring Norwegian and Soviet light naval units in conflict off the North Cape. As with the others, you can play both sides, which makes a nice change.
As the Norwegians, you have a pair of ex-US Dealey-class frigates and four pairs of Storm and Hauk-class MTBs. All carry Penguin missiles, which are quite reliable but have a range of just 15 (Mk 1) or 20 (Mk 2) nautical miles.
You face two Kashin-class destroyers, four Nanuchka corvettes and four Osa 2 missile boats. The Kashins actually pose the least threat, being oldish ships with nothing worse than Goa SAMs which have a limited anti-ship capability. The Osas carry Styx missiles with a range of 25nm and the Nanuchkas have Sirens, which range out to 80nm!! You are also warned that the enemy have 'over the horizon' radar.
Norway (despite this) has longer-ranged radar, but this is offset by the short range of the Penguins. In theory, the Soviets just need to get you within reach of their 35-40nm surface search radars and then blast you with Styxes and Sirens.
As the default score of zero was a Disaster, running away wasn't an option!. The only real defence seemed to be to use the mountainous coastline as a backdrop to confuse Soviet radar. Accordingly, I hugged the coast (trying to avoid getting ships stuck, as sometimes happens in these situations) while concentrating my forces as best I could.
Presently, the Easternmost pair of boats detected a couple of Nanuchkas. Either the plan worked a treat or I was dead lucky, as I managed to sink both of them before they could get a shot off.
Shortly afterwards, the next pair to the West met two more Nanuchkas. The short, sharp missile duel didn't go quite so well this time, but the Soviets were disposed of at the cost of the MTB Geir.
About an hour in, the next pair along (surprise, surprise) encountered two Osas. Both were sunk, but I lost the MTB Blink. Another Osa duo followed on the heels of their fellows and attacked my survivor, the Terne. It didn't go well for the Norwegian vessel, but she took an Osa with her.
The remaining Osa then went after the Geir's erstwhile partner, the Tross. Possibly helped by having the shore directly behind her, Tross got lucky and avoided two Styxes, nailing the Osa in response.
Not long afterwards, a pair of Kashins hove in sight in the centre. My Easternmost pair sped to engage from one side while the previously unengaged pair, backed by the frigates, came in from the West and all other boats (out of missiles) helped scout with radar. It was easy enough to keep my distance and pick-off the destroyer Ognevoy, damaging her companion, the Smyshlennyy. The latter then gave me a dose of my own medicine and vanished against the shoreline (probably because the AI got her stuck). Some triangulation resolved the issue and the MTBs finished the job without my frigates having to fire a shot.
The result was a Minor Victory with a score of 1,350. As ever with this type of scenario, I was left wondering how much my success was down to good strategy or good luck...
I will update this post once I've had a go with the Russians.