AAR this time as RED
I started by organizing CAPs over my two surface groups. This was quite stressful, since no tankers are available and range is an issue here.
I was not sure if overflying Denmark was actually allowed, since the scenario background said something about nuclear blackmail but did not state I had to use international space to get to the theater of operations.
All in all and the long range AAMs of the Flankers and PAK-50 are very effective and F/A-18s and Typhoons were easily killed. Some AEW assets were also destroyed.
Some air strikes did get through, mainly undetected and I had to face Harpoons and Harms.
The Chinese group took most of the beating and was finally destroyed. I did manage to get a good bearing on the enemy carrier group before this happening and fired several salvoes of missiles, only to see them get downed by Aegis cruisers/destroyers. I tried switching the loadout of some of the Flankers to SEAD/Standoff roles, but there was simply no adequate loadout other than some very short-ranged weapons, which would mean the aircraft's destruction against overwhelming SAMs.
I was able to divert two of my Kilo submarines against the battle group.
The first attack resulted in the sinking of an Arleigh Burke destroyed and a British frigate. My submarine got killed in the process however.
The second attack was more successful, damaging the American carrier and killing two more escorts. My submarine got away, having run out of weapons.
Further volleys of cruise missles were launched from the Russian surface group, killing another escort.
But then I ran out of missiles...
My Oscan SSGNs were still quite off in the North and out of range, although I had ordered them into the theater at flank speed once making contact with the enemy carrier group.
By now, I had achieved air superiority, having killed over 60 enemy aircraft. Attacks from the American came very seldom and were repelled well enough.
I moved closer to the enemy group, only to be confroned by a barrage of Harpoon missiles, which killed a Udaloy destroyed and a frigate.
In the end I had to resort to gun fighting, shelling the enemy vessels.
I considered manuevering a Typhoon SSBN which was in the region closer in for a torpedo attack, but it would have been clearly madness to risk such an asset in order to make a surface kill.
Shelling of the enemy group continued, although the Americans shelled me back, killing one missile boat and damaging a frigate.
The Queen Elizabeth went down first, to be followed by the American carrier. I continued shelling the group, until the last vessels were sinking.
Total victory already achieved, I spotted a distant enemy frigate, which seemed to have been operating apart from the carrier group. Luckily, an Oscar SSGN was in range and obliterated it with a volley of 6 cruise missiles.
My surface group had to run away from an enemy torpedo attack. Apparently the enemy carrier battle group was escorted by an SSN. I launched some helicopters, but was unable to spot the enemy submarine.
Having already won, I wondered what was next...
For the fun of it, I granted myself nuclear release and nuked half of Great Britain to rubbles with Bulava SLBMs from my Typhoon. What a nice way to end this beautiful scenario!