By donaldseadogBATTLESET: Southeast Asia (By Divefreak)
DATABASE: HCDB2 170909
SCENARIO VERSION 7 requiring GE 2021.009
A simple situation where sealanes have been mined and perpetrators (and the mines) are pursued by local countries co-ordinated by Malay AirForce.
By donaldseadogUse Divefreak's Indochina battleset and official dtabase HCDB 110531 (or newer).
Chinese carrier group with land based air cover muscles in on the Spratley's under the protection of a combined Australasian surface/ subsurface groups with limited air support.
A Harpoon Commanders Edition (HCE) scenario for the Indochina Battleset and the HCCW database (HCCW-110319 or later).
This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side only.
Disrupting the critical flow of men and materiel south was a primary objective of the US Air Force throughout the Vietnam war. Lacking good road and highway links, the North relied heavily on its railroad to support its offensive. Despite repeated and systematic bombing by the Americans against the rail network, however, the North had become quite adept at making rapid repairs and building bypasses. It seemed the craters were filled in and the new track was laid almost as quickly as American jets faded out of sight. One of the most critical parts to escape heavy damage was the Paul Doumer Bridge over the Red River, just northeast of Hanoi. Four of the major railways met here. It had thus far been off limits to the bombing campaign, but in Summer 1967, President Johnson finally agreed to a list of targets that would include the Paul Doumer Bridge. The list was a critical component of Operation Rolling Thunder, Phase IV.
The bridge was no easy target, however, being somewhat of an engineering marvel, not to mention being heavily defended. The first serious attempt at dropping the bridge came on 11 August 1967, when a large force of F-105D Thunderchiefs carrying 3000 lb bombs were sent north. Hammering the bridge with over 90 tons of explosives, they managed to drop three spans and brought all truck and rail traffic into Hanoi to a halt. Inside two months, however, the North Vietnamese had put the bridge back into operation. On 25 October the F-105s struck again, and again knocked out the bridge. Within a month, it was back up. Twice more in December the F-105s dumped bombs on the bridge and inflicted more damage. The North Vietnamese began to compensate by building a pontoon bridge downriver, but this too was struck by a Navy Intruder. Nearly 400 more tons of bombs were dropped on the Paul Doumer Bridge before President Johnson halted the bombing campaign in the North in late 1968.
The reprieve gave the enemy just what it needed: time to repair the bridge and bolster the defences around it. It was not until Spring 1972, under the auspices of Operation Linebacker, that US Air Force jets returned to try and finally bring down the Paul Doumer Bridge once and for all. This time they brought a new weapon, the smart bomb.
By donaldseadogKangaroo Exercises
A scenario for HCE utilising the database HC_65to80_DB_110226 (by divefreak)
and battleset Australia (by donaldseadog)
An early - mid 1960s small scale joint Naval exercise (Australia/USA/NZ) off the Australian coast proximate the Coral Sea. Things go wrong when a USSR shadow gets in the firing line.
Australian, USA and NZ joint naval exercises have been progressing for ten days of the Australian Great Barrier Reef and into the Coral Sea.
Two days of continuous at sea replenishment exercises completed 24 hours ago and two surface groups are preparing to conduct warfare exercises.
The replenishment group is returning to Brisbane via the 'tight' “inside passage” of the Great Barrier Reef....
By donaldseadogCirca 1941 Japan invading Singapore, but not factually based.
Uses Divefreak's Indo china battleset and CV32's HCWW database (version 100326 or newer).
Plenty of aircraft action but at the end of the day Blue must deal with a superior naval force.
By divefreakWhat happens when Argentina trys again to take the Malivinas?
Get your group around the Type FF near the Falklands and sink the LCF Hercules!
By TeTeTStrike at Cam Pha
This scenario is based on a strike by CVW-11 from Kitty Hawk in April 1966 and b
est played as blue player.
An aerial campaign called "Rolling Thunder" started in 1965 to strike targets in
North Vietnam. For political considerations the campaign did not start with all
out blows against infrastructure targets, but intensity increased over time. Th
is gave the North Vietnamese the time to also increase air defense density and e
ffectiveness over time.
Now is the time to strike the North's supply lines. While the harbor of Haiphong
is off limits for the "Rolling Thunder" interdiction campaign, the nearby coal
port Cam Pha has been put on the target list.
On the US side Carrier Air Wing 11 (CVW-11) stationed on CV Kitty Hawk is availa
ble for the strike. On the North Vietnamese side MiG interceptors based at Kep a
nd a tightly integrated air defense system over Haiphong and Cam Pha is in place
The target Cam Pha lies in Route Package VIb.
19th April 1966, CVA-63, CVW-11
Strike Cam Pha (ZXp) harbor and inflict considerable damage to the facilities. Intel has revealed that several SA-2 SAM and AAA batteries guard the harbour. Care has to be taken to at least suppress the SAM batteries while the strike is on target.
Any shipping visually identified as hostile is a priority target and has to be sunk. Take care that no neutral shipping is affected by those strikes.
Haiphong (ZYp) and harbor facilities are off limits. There is a 20 mile no fly zone around Haiphong for this strike.
Kep airfield (ZZa) is also off limits for this strike.
Aboard Kitty Hawk is a squadron of A-1 Skyraider. While carrying a huge bomb load these planes are considered unfit for combat over Route Package VIb and should be kept as a reserve in case need for any SAR mission comes up.
Approximately 100nm north of the carrier group (AAC) a guided missile cruiser (Chicago) is on Red Crown duty, coordinating air interceptions (ABS).
SAR coverage has to be provided by the carrier group (AAC) itself. It is recommended to send helicopters to Red Crown station (ABS), refuel them there and be on alert from there.
Your strike force consists of
Kitty Hawk and escorts (AAC) with CVW-11
A-6A for strike and SEAD VA-85 "Black Falcons"
A-4C for strike and SEAD VA-113 "Stingers"
A-1H for reserve and SAR VA-115 "Arabs"
A-3B for tanker VAH-4 Det C "Four Runners"
E-2A for AEW VAW-11 Det C
F-4B for CAP and armed escort VF-114 "Aardvarks"
F-4B for CAP VF-213 "Black Lions"
RA-5C for recon RVAH-13 "Bats"
UH-2 for SAR HC-1 Dl Unit C
RA-3B for recon VAP-61 Det
EA-3B for EW VQ-1 Det
Chicago and escorts (ABS)
By TeTeTOperation Knight
This operation reflects a series of armed recce missions during Rolling Thunder. It is a fictional operation that takes place after the Tet offensive. The operation is best played as blue (US).
Besides so called alpha strikes against major targets Up North, Rolling Thunder was an interdiction campaign against the supplies and reinforcements sent from North Vietnam to the south. For operational purposes North Vietnam was divided into 'Route Packages'. The different Route Packages were assigned to Navy or Air Force.
Task Force 77, consisting of two carriers (AAC) plus support vessels, is tasked to conduct armed recce missions over North Vietnam in Route Packages III and IV. This is roughly the area from Thanh Hoa (ZPa) to north of Dong Hoi (ZQa). In the middle between these airfields lies Vinh (YFm), a major hub on the way south. Vinh also marks the southern most extension of the SAM defense, which extends from there all the way to the north of Haiphong.
The Task Force's supporting assets are the guided missile cruisers Horne and Biddle and escorts. Biddle and escort (AES) is on PIRAZ duty, providing intel on activities in the red river delta and is also acting as forward defense for the fleet. Horne and escort (ADS) is acting as Red Crown and coordinates air interceptions. Augmenting the fleets effort is a destroyer group (AFS), cruising closer to the area of operations. Navy Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopters can be found on Biddle (AES) and Horne (ADS). The SAR helicopters are supposed to work with the destroyers (AFS) in case of a SAR operation.
US Air Force (USAF) forces in Korat, Thailand (ABa), are ready to strike the Dong Hoi (ZQa) airfield, which lies in the middle of Route Package II. A squadron of F-4C (escort) and F-105D (strike) and support aircraft are available for this task. The F-105D Thunderchief lack the endurance to make it to the target, so the KC-135 tankers should be used to extend their range.
Further USAF forces are in Nakhom Phanom (ACa), ready for any SAR task..
The operation consists of several parts:
1) Close Dong Hoi (ZQa) airfield (USAF)
2) Conduct iron hand missions north of Dong Hoi (ZQa) to Vinh (YFm) (USN)
3) Conduct iron hand missions north of Vinh (YFm) to Thanh Hoa (ZPa) (USN)
4) Conduct armed recce north of Doing Hoi (ZQa) to Vinh (YFm) (USN)
5) Conduct armed recce north of Vinh (YFm) to Thanh Hoa (ZPa) (USN)
6) Lookout for a stranded pilot, shot down yesterday (neutral); if found launch rescue mission from Nakhon Phanom (ACa) or the destroyer group (AFS)
Rules of Engagement:
Do not engage enemy outside of Route Package II, III and IV, e.g. north of Thanh Hoa.
Vinh is a protected zone. Only engage air defenses in the city perimeter when attacked first.
Any shipping targets most be positively visually identified first.
Your aircraft is composed of the following:
Bon Homme Richard
F-8E for CAP (VF-51 "Screaming Eagles")
F-8E for Armed Escort (VF-53 "Iron Angles")
A-4E for Strike (VA-93 "Blue Blazers")
EKA-3B for Jamming (VAW-13 Det 31)
A-4E for SEAD (VA-94 "Mighty Shrikes")
RF-8G for Recon (VFP-63 Det 31)
E-1B for AEW (VAW-III Det 31)
F-4B for CAP (VF-92 "Silver Kings")
F-4B for Armed Escort (VF-96 "Fighting Falcons")
A-4E for Strike (VA-56 "Champions")
A-6A for Strike (VA-35 "Black Panthers")
EKA-3B for Jamming (VAW-13 Det 65)
RA-5c for Recon (RVAH-1 "Smokin' Tigers")
E-2A for AEW (VAW-112)
KA-3B for Tanker (VAH-2 Det 65)
A-1H for Rescue support (1st Special Operations Squadron )
HH-3 for SAR (37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron)
F-105D for Strike (34th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Rude Rams")
F-4C Phantom II (497th Tactical Fighter Squadron "Hooters", historically deployed in Ubon)
EB-66C for Jamming (42nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron)
EC-121 for AEW (552nd Airborne Early Warning & Control Wing)
By TeTeTThis scenario has been made for the 65-80db and Indochina battleset.
This scenario is fictional, taking place at the height of the Vietnam War two months after the infamous Tet offensive. Best played on Blue side.
After the Tonkin Gulf incident hostilities between the US, allied to South Vietnam, and North Vietnam increased. In 1965 an aerial interdiction campaign named "Rolling Thunder" against targets in North Vietnam was started. While frequently suspended for bombing halts, the campaign went on continuously. The fictional operation weaver is part of this interdiction campaign. Defenses over North Vietnam increased dramatically over time. While at first only AAA and MiG-17s were found, over the years SAMs and modern MiG-21s became real threats to US operations.
Target areas in North Vietnam were divided into 'route packages'. The subject of operation weaver is to strike in route package VIb, namely Haiphong. This important harbor and infrastructure hub was off limits to Rolling Thunder for most of the time. For the North Vietnamese the supplies and replacement parts coming in from Haiphong are very important, hence defenses are tight around the city.
Subject of the operation is to find targets on sea and on land and inflict maximum damage to them. The aircraft from two carriers cruising in the Tonkin Gulf at an area known as 'Yankee Station' are available. Depending on external factors additional CAP and jamming aircraft from Da Nang might be available.
The North Vietnamese side has an integrated air defense system composed of SAMs, AAA and MiGs available. Often the North Vietnamese fighters will be able to sneak up to US aircraft and jump them.
By TeTeTA small scenario during the 1972 Easter Offensive of the NVA. Blue airforce is tasked to destroy a small number of tanks, while red airforce should hinder them.
One question remains open: The A-7 Corsairs have Maverick in their loadout, not sure if this was eligible in 1972.
By divefreakA smal scen trying to reenact the gulf of Tonking Incident.
By TeTeTScenario for the Indochina battleset and the 65-80 db.
A small scenario depicting a Marines action against NVA regulars on their move to the DMZ, taking place in summer 1965. This is my first scenario, looking for any feedback.
A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the custom Bering Strait Battleset.
This scenario is intended for play by the BLUE side only.
Tensions with the Soviet Union are at an all time high. The President and the Joint Chiefs have just ordered Defense Condition 2 (DEFCON 2), as it is believed that an attack by the USSR may be imminent. Intelligence reports and analysis indicate that if it comes, it will occur sometime within the next forty-eight (48) hours. In preparation to meet the threat, Strategic Air Command (SAC) has launched a previously unannounced Giant Bracket exercise, directing the forward deployment of elements of the 97th Bomb Wing to Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Its aircraft (primarily a force of B-52 bombers) are now operating there in conjunction with other supporting USAF units. In the event that National Command Authority (NCA) orders Defense Condition 1 (DEFCON 1), which will be a confirmation of an impending Soviet attack, SAC assets are directed to immediately take up their fail safe positions and stand by for further orders.
By MgellisA small scenario pitting Mexican forces (with a little help from the United States) against Colombian ones. This scenario uses the HCDA database.
By CV32Under Fire
A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Caribbean Basin battleset. (This is a custom battleset right now, available for download here at HarpGamer, but it is intended to become an official battleset in an upcoming patch for HCE. Once that patch is released, I will upload a new version specifically for that battleset).
This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side only.
The death of Manuel Marulanda, the founder and longtime leader of the narco terrorist group FARC, in early 2008 spelled the beginning of the end of its insurgent activities in Colombia. Although FARC had been historically resilient and was still in possession of considerable resources, Bogota and Washington seized this opportunity to further weaken the organization. Previous clandestine efforts by Venezuela to provide financial and military support to FARC were fully exposed, much to the embarrassment of the regime in Caracas. Within a few short years, the combined efforts of the USA and Colombia had reduced FARC to a mere shadow of its former self and democracy in Colombia was thriving as a result. When an American Congressional delegation was sent to Colombia to investigate and report back on the success of their efforts, unhappy neighbors saw an opportunity to dampen the celebrations.
By MgellisFRENCH IVORY
France needs to teach the Ivory Coast a lesson. Algeria does not approve.
This scenario uses the South Africa battleset map and the HCDB.
By wmarsh5th scenario of battleset, the Pebble Island Raid and preparation for invasion.
By wmarshThe opening Argentinian Invasion.
Now includes the ex-Gearing "Comodoro Py"
By wmarshThe 4th scenario in my upcoming battleset, this shows the approach of the British Task Force to the Falklands, including the sinking of the General Belgrano and the Sheffield. It works with HCDA and the South Atlantic battleset available on this site. Black Buck Raid is possible, orders are written, and both RN and Arg air contingents have been updated with better information.