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Updated 05-23-2021 version in thread below...
Shandong Lashes Out, 2021
Al "Beirutdude" Sandrik
The Time Is: 14 August, 2021, 11:00 Zulu/14 August 2021, 18:00 Cam Ranh Bay Time
Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
Playable as PLAN Only
Duration: 1 day 12 hours
Built under C:MO v1.02 – Build 1147.23
Database: DB3000 v488
Background: On July 31st a Vietnam People’s Navy (VPN) supply vessel on a resupply mission to Amboyna Cay, Spratley Islands was deliberately shouldered (rammed side-to-side) by a large PRC Coast Guard vessel. Two days later she returned with the VPN Gepard Class Frigate Đinh Tiên Hoàng (HQ-011) acting as escort. Upon arrival the VPN vessels confronted the PRC Coast Guard vessel blocking access to the pier area. After some frantic maneuvering the Zhaotou class cutter Haijing 2901 shouldered the Vietnamese frigate causing some damage. In the excitement the gun crew of the Đinh Tiên Hoàng‘s 76.2 mm/59-caliber AK–176 gun engaged the Chinese vessel raking the Bridge and killing 12 members of the crew including the both Ship’s Captain and Political Officer.
The engagement only took a few seconds but the damage was done. The Vietnamese vessels quickly retired making their best speed for their home port of Cam Ranh Bay. That evening they were found and engaged by four Su-30MKK fighter jets from Subi Reef dropping KAB-500L laser-guided bombs. Five bombs hit the supply vessel leaving it a burning hulk and two near misses caused severe damage to systems on the Gepard. After picking up survivors from the supply vessel the Đinh Tiên Hoàng returned at best speed to Cam Ranh Bay for repairs.
Tensions spiked between the PRC and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Accusations were traded in the U.N., Media and, most importantly, between both sides’ military commanders. PLA forces began a build up along the Vietnamese border drawing in Vietnamese reinforcements. Western analysts were on TV and radio hyping a repeat of the 1979 The Sino-Vietnamese War but the PRC leadership had no intention of crossing the border, the buildup was just a diversion. In fact, the PRC Central Military Commission determined a message must be sent to all of the counties disputing their South China Seas/Nine-Dash Line claims, the carrier Shandong, supported by H-6Ks would destroy the Đinh Tiên Hoàng and other vessels/facilities at Cam Ran Bay.
Saturday evening, August 14th, the Shandong Carrier Strike Group (CSG) departed Yulin Naval Base and turned west toward Haiphong harbor. This too was a ruse, after sunset and just outside the shipping lanes the CSG turned south and began a high-speed run toward Cam Ranh Bay. Meanwhile H-6Ks at Leiyang Air Base were readied with cruise missiles to support the attack. A Ming Class SSK and Type-093G SSN have also been assigned to support your attack and are taking up positions near Cam Ranh Bay.
Mission: Your mission is to destroy VPN vessels and facilities at Cam Ranh Bay while avoiding losses to your assets.
< Message edited by BeirutDude -- 6/11/2021 10:30:12 PM >
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