My first reaction to seeing this scenario was to groan, coming as it did so soon after Southern Fury. It's another UK-Argentina affray in the Falklands. But, despair not, it is sufficiently different to provide a new-ish experience. Forces on both sides are scaled-down from Southern Fury, you can play both sides and there is no invasion attempt. In this scenario, Argentina is still a democracy and the Government in Buenos Aires is seeking a propaganda coup to give it the edge in upcoming elections. They hope that, by demonstrating Britain's inability to defend the islands, they can prompt a handover of control.
The British forces have been pared to the bone by defence cuts and the war in Iraq and all they have in-theatre amounts to a single frigate (the Portland) and a quartet of Typhoons, plus tanker and chopper support. The tanker Wave Ruler, notionally escorted by the patrol boat Clyde, is heading into Port Stanley from the SE and needs protection.
An Argentine task force comprising two destroyers and three corvettes (all with Exocets) is at sea, along with the submarine Santa Cruz. These ships are supported by Orion and Turbo Tracker patrol planes, Super Etendards and A-4 Fightinghawks.
I decided that Portland would be most unlikely to survive a Super Etendard attack with her short-ranged Sea Wolf SAMs, so I switched her radars off and used her Merlin chopper for recon. I had to be sparing with my CAP, having just the four planes (two of which carried a mixed loadout of AMRAAMs and 4nm range Paveways).
About 1.5 hours in, the Merlin detected three obvious Argentine warships approaching from the W. When these went to 25 knots, I deemed their behaviour warlike enough to deserve a pre-emptive strike. Outranging them with her Harpoons, Portland sank the destroyer Almirante Brown and the frigate Espora, but the destroyer Heroina got away with some damage which cut her speed to 11 knots. Out of missiles, Portland disengaged. I was keen to get her to the Stanley approaches in case the Santa Cruz was lurking there.
A Turbo Tracker came-in from the SW and an Orion from the NE. Neither lasted long against my duty Typhoon. Judging the Heroina to be out of SAMs, I sent the plane against her with Paveways to make the most of her sortie. To be on the safe side, I bombed from high altitude, which was probably a mistake as all four of the short-ranged weapons missed.
Two more corvettes, the Spiro and Robinson, were then detected to the S of the islands, trying to intercept Wave Ruler and Clyde. Scrambled my second Paveway-armed Typhoon. The ships had no effective air defence and a Paveway each sent them to the bottom. Unfortunately, I then got cocky and tried to finish-off the Heriona with my remaining two Paveways. It turned-out that the ship still had Aspide SAMs left, after all. Even then, I could have pulled clear, but foolishly pushed my luck and lost the plane.
One of my two air-to-air-only Typhoons bagged another Orion and Turbo Tracker. Probably worth it to deny the enemy intel and reduce the chances of a strike.
At this point, the Santa Cruz was detected near the Portland's initial position, dubiously using her air search radar at or near the surface. Portland was still near enough to close and engage with her Merlin, which efficiently terminated the sub.
Once my remaining Paveway Typhoon had re-readied, I sent her against the Heroina. To my disbelief, she STILL had Aspides left and I was lucky to spoof a pair of them. Decided to play safe and disengaged to a CAP position.
Nothing much else happened and I ran down the clock for a final, non-judgemental score of 3,290, which surely amounts to an emphatic British victory.
I'll play this again as the Argentines and add to this post once this is done. Coincidentally, I had quite a good holiday in Argentina in 2011. Brits are actually very welcome there, but they do like to discuss the Malvinas issue. When my hotel manager in Buenos Aires heard I was flying to Ushuaia, he asked me if I was going there to finish the war!. Had to laugh...