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  1. A Passage to Lebanon, May 1980. Hypothetical Post-Colonial Scenario.

    A Passage to Lebanon, May 1980. Hypothetical Post-Colonial Scenario.

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for The Middle East Battleset and the HCDB2-170909 (or later) 1980-2025 era Platform Database. This scenario is designed with Advanced Scenario Editor Build 2017.013 and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later.

    Image: HMS Bulwark (R08) in her last commission period 1979-1981, as ASW and assault helicopter carrier (Commando Carrier), equipped then with different Westland Sea King variants. Overflown on this photo by four Sea King, a Wessex and two Gazelle. Image courtesy of http://www.navyphotos.co.uk Navy-photos for fair use, and took in fair use from Wikipedia Commons.

    This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/UK side or from the Red/Syrian side. You should play a few times first the Blue side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red side. It's probably a difficult scenario.

    This is a post-colonial scenario inspired in the Paul French article on SITREP #53 of October 2017. It's inspired on his scenario, but done more complex, as only Computer Harpoon can provide, doing easy the management of higher number of units and platforms.
    In the turmoil of the long Lebanon Civil War (1975-1990), on mid-1980 and with the events exacerbated pointly by the Bashir Gemayel efforts to consolidate all the Christian Maronite fighters factions under his leadership of the Kataeb Phalangist Party militia in the Lebanese Forces Party, United Kingdom decided to extract its last nationals and a few selected collaborators from Lebanon.
    With that aim, a makeshift task force is constituted on Mediterranean Sea, if possible with the support of HMS Bulwark carrying the 45 Commando Royal Marines (Ship and commando historically present in the theatre), and composed mostly of second line Royal Navy ships.
    As the UK permanent military forces were retired from Cyprus from 1974, as consequence of the Turkish invasion, practically only the Task Force ships and a few allied air assets are, if present, available to the British commander at RAF Akrotiri.
    The UK warships are mostly second line warships, as the main Royal Navy elements are deployed in the North Atlantic, to prevent the Soviet constant menace, but it's possible the presence of one or two state of art warships.
    The scenario is some ways similar to the 1982 South Atlantic Campaign against Argentina, with the same case of dissimilar land based air forces against a naval task force. And as explained and as in 1982, the British Task Force ships are not equipped with updated ECM and decoys.
    Is also showed the UK embarked fighter gap present at those times (By two years, between the HMS Ark Royal (R09) last launching of a Phantom FG.1 on 27 November 1978, and January 1981. As although the effective entry in service of Sea Harrier was on 31 March 1980, it was no aircraft carriers on sea except HMS Bulwark (R08, only with helicopters and not ready for Sea Harrier), as HMS Invincible (R05) was commissioned only on 11 July 1980, embarking 800 Naval Air Squadron first time on January 1981, to be later transferred to HMS Hermes (R12) on June 1981, who was in refit from May 1980 to May 1981), fighter gap present also now in our current times of 2017 (By ten years at least on our times, from when the latest Harrier GR.9 of the Naval Strike Wing were retired in 2010, to when F-35B comes into service on HMS Queen Elizabeth deck, scheduled for 2020).
    To put us in the historical situation, the previous month of April 1980 was the failed US raid in Iran Operation Eagle Claw to liberate the US hostages of the embassy in Iran, and the take over by Iranian terrorists of the Iranian embassy in London, resolved by a SAS assault on 5 May.
    As consequence of the regional unrest, the Syrian government of Hafez al-Assad decides can't consent the presence of an UK task force near its coastline, fearing a new Western intervention perhaps in support of Israel or of the Lebanese Forces Party (In opposition to the Syrian occupation of Lebanon 1976-2005, with Syria supporting its own pro-Syria PLA faction opposed to Israel and to the Christian Maronite forces, but with too much nuances to explain it here), and improvises an operation to prevent the positioning of the task force near Syria.
    The confrontation is now settled.

    Enrique Mas, November 19, 2017.

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  2. Al Madinah Attack and Makin Island Operations, January 30, 2017. Hypothetical/Historical Scenario.

    Al Madinah Attack and Makin Island Operations, January 30, 2017. Hypothetical/Historical Scenario.

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the EC2003 The Middle East Battleset and the new HCDB2-170207 1980-2025 era Platform Database. This scenario is designed with advanced Scenario Editor and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later.

    Image: Amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD-8) under way off the coast of Southern California with the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Sept. 5, 2011. DoD photo by Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn, U.S. Marine Corps/Released, and took from Wikipedia Commons.

    This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/Saudi/US and Allies side or from the Red/Houthi Rebels and Allies side. You should play a few times first the Blue/Saudi/US and Allies side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red/Houthi Rebels and Allies side.

    With the world on the brink of an open war after four years of impending Second Cold War, just pending the take of possession and first days of mandate of Donald Trump from January, 20, 2017, another repeated point of naval operations interest popped-up again, diverting in the headlines the situation in Eastern Ukraine, with a new intensification of the Russian operations supporting with GRAD rockets bombardment the separatist actions from 31 January 2017 in the Avdiivka sector.
    After in October 1, 2016, the ex Incat-built very fast (and lightly built) catamaran transport ex Swift (HSV-2), operated by the United Arab Emirates' National Marine Dredging Company (and probably employed in some special operations activities) was attacked and badly damaged by a Houthi Rebels shore-launched C-801 or C-802 anti-ship missile, fired from the coasts of the convolute civil war Yemen, in the Red Sea near the Bad-el-Mandeb strait.
    The next weeks, on 9 and 12 October 2016 USS Mason (DDG-87) detected and shoot-down or deflects with decoys other attacking missiles. In retaliation, on October 13, 2016, USS Nizte (DDG-94) launched five cruise missiles against Houthis' mobile surface search radars near Ras Isa, North of Mukha, and near Khoka, neutralizing them (Probably of the Russian type Cape-M1E). At last on October 15, 2016, USS Mason detected another last but unconfirmed anti-ship missile attack from the Yemen shore. Also present in the zone were USS San Antonio (LPD-17) and USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15), equipped with the first experimental and operational shipborne defensive LaWS laser (weapon not yet represented in the simulation).
    After those events, on January 28, 2017, the fist military operation of the Trump Administration obtained mixed results. A MV-22B tiltrotor raid of SEAL Team 6 operating from USS Makin Island (LHD-8), to capture computers and associated intelligence from AQAP in Houthi territory, Yemen, goes partly wrong, and a MV-22B and the life of Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens were lost.
    Also present in the theatre is USS Cole (DDG-67), damaged in the 2000 Al-Qaeda bombing when in the very near port of Aden, and now updated with SM-3 and Ballistic Missile Defence capabilities.
    Later, on January 30, 2017, an Al-Madinah-class Saudi frigate was attacked and damaged probably by a Houthi suicide boat off Al Hudaydah, Houthi Yemen.
    This scenario speculates with those elements. The Saudi and US ships should cross Bab-el-Mandeb strait avoiding losses and keeping presence in the zone, blocking the Houthi access to sea lanes and its own enemy shores.
    Houthi and other Shiite forces should neutralize the enemy ships, trying to multiply his actions through propaganda if any opposition ship is sunk.
    The historical actions and ships placement are compressed in a shorter period of time.

    Enrique Mas, February 5, 2017.

    202 downloads

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  3. Alternative Naval Prelude to Desert Shield, 2 August 1990: Alternate History Scenario.

    Alternative Naval Prelude to Desert Shield, 2 August 1990: Alternate History Scenario.

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for The Middle East Battleset and the HCDB-150928 standard 1980-2015 Platform Database or the HCDB2-170507 new standard 1980-2025 Database. This scenario is designed with advanced Scenario Editor and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ Game Engine or later.

    Image: USS David D. Ray (DD-971) firing an ASROC from the VLS circa 1991 after her Improved Spruance conversion. Original photo published in All Hands magazine, February 1992, US Department of Defence photograph, and as consequence in public domain.

    This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/US side or from the Red/Iraqi side. To avoid a few spoilers you should play a few times first the Blue side, and only later play the Red side.

    This scenario is basically a transliteration for Harpoon HCE/HUCE of Andy Doty's Harpoon 4 (paper rules) scenario "Desert Storm 1990", published in Naval SITREP 49 (October 2015), and with the original author permission.
    An almost pure modern naval scenario, Andy Doty's scenario was inspired by his personal experience on duty in USS David R. Ray (DD-971), on her first cruise after the Improved Spruance with Vertical Launch System (VLS) conversion. In concrete at the dawn of 2 August 1990,when USS David R. Ray was in patrol in the northern Persian Gulf, and was called to investigate rumours of Iraqi warships in the Persian Gulf, just when Saddam Hussein was concentrating Iraqi troops in Kuwait border.

    Enrique Mas, 20 November 2015.

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  4. Attack of the Drone Clones, mid-2013. Hypothetical Scenario.

    Attack of the Drone Clones, mid-2013. Hypothetical Scenario.
     
    Image: A MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle prepares to land after a mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. The Reaper has the ability to carry both precision-guided bombs and air-to-ground missiles. Photo by U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson. Source: Wikipedia.
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Middle East Battleset and the HCDB-130505 1980-2015 Platform Database.
    This scenario is designed to be played mainly from the Blue/CIA-Saudi Arabia side. You should play many times first the Blue side to avoid spoilers, and only later play a few times the Red/AQAP-Yemeni side, if you've interest on it, but I think the victory conditions are almost impossible to get for an AI-controlled Blue side.
    These aircrafts of many names, sometimes called pilotless, remotely-piloted vehicles (RPV), unhabited or unmanned air vehicles (UAV) or simply drones, were they of remote controlled or of autonomous flight, were in the aviation history from his begin, from the very early not manned flying prototypes (as the Samuel Langley's Number 5 of 1896), but those facts are not usually remembered. And later, from the First World War era Low Aerial Targets, Kettering Bug and Larynx, to the inter-wars Reginald Denny experiments and to the long series of Ryan Firebees from 1951, employed fully operational in Vietnam War (particularly for SAM sites hunting), in the Arab-Israeli Wars and in China overflights. As example to illustrate the extensive and widely use of drones historically, at least 578 drones were lost in action over China and North Vietnam between 1964-1975.
    From the 1980s advances in electronics, computing, remote sensors technologies and the Digital Revolution made more factible practical application of them to air vehicles and to the current use of pilotless aircraft. They're the Drone Clones.
    From Cold War end about 1991 and more from the September 2011 World Trade Center attack, the changing international situations and climate and the Global War on Terrorism recommend and permit the widely use of drones first on intelligence missions and supporting special forces operations, and later in strikes against terrorist and his leaders.
    As stated, previously his limited previous use not was cause of technical limitations, the determinant fact for his employ is the political approval (tacit or explicit) of his use in countries harboring terrorists, and as stated a drone is a nimble, of not very instant manoeuvre and fragile aircraft and habitually without RWR, and if it's detected easy prey for a fighter (as demonstrated in the few occasions this has happened, as in Georgia in 2008 or in Iraq in 1999), as consequence his use requires the connivance of the state in the strike receiving end.
    As conclusion, at the current state of art, drones strikes only can succeed on air supremacy conditions, without any opposition of enemy fighters.
    But only on the last years, from the early November 2002 Yemen drone attacks against Al Qaeda terrorist leaders, with the diffusion of the Predator series and the targeted killing tactics and strategies the mass media do attention to these aircraft on his headlines.
    This scenario is based on historical facts and has place in a very exotic country, with reminiscences of the Arabian Nights, near the Queen Balkis old Kingdom of Sheba and the skyscrapers of Sana'a, traversed by frankincense caravans or Three Wise Men, and south of the Empty Quarter Desert where perhaps lurk some innominate things without face neither soul near the nameless lost city of Iram of the Pillars, things without face neither soul as the headless aircrafts nowadays flying on his skies.
    On this scenario the air supremacy is not guaranteed. Because the menace of radical Islamist compelling the Yemen government to prevent drone incursions targeting his leaders and militants, with the excuse to avoid risk to the Yemeni civilian population, the Yemen government in this scenario is forced to used his armed forces to prevent the drone incursions.
    This scenario pretends also to show contemporary power relations and proxy actuations in the Arabian Peninsula.
     
    Unnamed places are:
    Saudi Arabia:
    ATa Tabuk/King Faisal AB, TUU/OETB
    AUa Jeddah/Prince Abdullah AB, JED/OEJN
    AXb Jeddah/King Faisal NB, -/OEJF
    Yemen:
    ZFa Al Anad AB, -/OY74.
    ZTa Al Hodeida IA, HOD/OYHD.
    ZUa Taiz IA, TAI/OYTZ.
    ZVa Sana'a IA, SAH/OYSN.
     
    Notes: this scenario is qualified as historical because it shows the complete Saudi and Yemeni air OOB in 2013, and with 104 aircraft in the USAF inventory, MQ-9 Reaper is probably the armed drone employed by CIA from his not so secret base in Saudi Arabia for the attacks in Yemen.
     
    Enrique Mas, May 2013.
     

    531 downloads

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  5. Battle of Baltim, 9 October 1973, Historical Battle.

    Battle of Baltim, 9 October 1973, Historical Battle.
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Middle East Battleset and the HCCW-120614 Cold War Platform Database.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the Israeli/Blue or the Egyptian/Red side, to avoid spoilers is better to play the first time the Blue/Israeli side.
     
    On the third day of the Yom Kippur War, a couple of days after the Battle of Latakia, on the 8-9 October 1973, a confrontation between Israeli and Egyptian fast missile boats outcome the same result as the previous combat. The same ships and weapons types as in the Battle of Latakia, the Israeli side only can rely on his superior electronics, ESM, ECM and decoys to win, also, the semiactive radar guided missile Gabriel I has less range but more precision than the Soviet SS-N-2a Styx/P-15 Termit. But, if the missiles are expended and they are enemy warships remaining, the Israeli boats are better and longer ranged guns.
     
    Also, at front of the Israeli warships is the same Commander Michael Barkai, called Yoni, first arrived only with two boats on the Egyptian shores with a margin of some hours after the victory off the Syrian coast near Latakia. Up to ten missile boats assembled the Israelis north of Egypt, but as many of them have noy fully refueled after the mission in Syria they retire before the combat (of the four boats retired, only is historically determined the identity of INS Miznak, the initial flagship of Barkai).
     
    On the Egyptian side, four Osa I missile boats sortied from Alexandria to protect the Egyptian north shore, and other four sortied from Port Said to flee to Alexandria but returned when the Israeli counter-offensive stalled.
     
    Unnamed places are:
    ZRb and ZUp: Baltim, Egypt.
    ZTp: Damietta, Egypt.
     
    Enrique Mas, November 2012.

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  6. Battle of Baltim, 9 October 1973, Hypotetical Scenario

    Battle of Baltim, 9 October 1973, Hypothetical Scenario.
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Middle East Battleset and the HCCW-120614 Cold War Platform Database.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the Israeli/Blue or the Egyptian/Red side, to avoid spoilers is better to play the first time the Blue/Israeli side.
     
    On the third day of the Yom Kippur War, a couple of days after the Battle of Latakia, on the 8-9 October 1973, a confrontation between Israeli and Egyptian fast missile boats outcome the same result as the previous combat. The same ships and weapons types as in the Battle of Latakia, the Israeli side only can rely on his superior electronics, ESM, ECM and decoys to win, also, the semiactive radar guided missile Gabriel I has less range but more precision than the Soviet SS-N-2a Styx/P-15 Termit. But, if the missiles are expended and they are enemy warships remaining, the Israeli boats are better and longer ranged guns.
     
    Also, at front of the Israeli warships is the same Commander Michael Barkai, called Yoni, first arrived only with two boats on the Egyptian shores with a margin of some hours after the victory off the Syrian coast near Latakia. Up to ten missile boats assembled the Israelis north of Egypt, but as many of them have noy fully refueled after the mission in Syria they retire before the combat (of the four boats retired, only is historically determined the identity of INS Miznak, the initial flagship of Barkai).
    On the Egyptian side, four Osa I missile boats sortied from Alexandria to protect the Egyptian north shore, and other four sortied from Port Said to flee to Alexandria but returned when the Israeli counter-offensive stalled.
     
    On this hypothetical scenario are included the Israeli and Egyptian warships who by few minutes retired and elude the historical battle.
     
    Unnamed places are:
    ZRb and ZUp: Baltim, Egypt.
    ZTp: Damietta, Egypt.

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  7. Battle of Latakia

    Battle of Latakia
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East Battleset and the HCE Cold War (HCCW) Database.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side.
     
    The Battle of Latakia was a small naval battle fought on 7 October 1973, during the Yom Kippur War. It was the first naval engagement to involve an exchange of anti-ship surface to surface missiles and in which electronic warfare played a principal role. The Syrians were equipped with Soviet supplied Project 183 Komar and Project 205 Osa class missile boats armed with the P-15 Termit (NATO SS-N-2 Styx), a weapon that had already stung Israel almost exactly six years earlier, with the loss of the destroyer INS Eilat on 20 October 1967. The Styx had twice the range of the Israeli Gabriel, and a much larger warhead. To meet the threat, the Israelis would need every ounce of guile, wit and and courage that they could muster.
     
    Brad Leyte, January 2011

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  8. Bubiyan Turkey Shoot, January 29, 1991. Historical Scenario.

    Bubiyan Turkey Shoot, January 29, 1991. Historical Scenario.

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for The Middle East Battleset and the new HCDB2-170430 1980-2025 era Platform Database. This scenario is designed with advanced Scenario Editor and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later.

    Image: The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Leftwich (DD-984) at anchor off Sitra, Bahrain, Persian Gulf, on 16 May 1993, one of the US Navy warships present at the action of Bubiyan. Of interest in this photo is USS Leftwich was one of the only seven Spruance-class destroyers no refitted with VLS vertical missile launcher replacing the forward ASROC mount and its under-deck magazines, but receiving two light ABL armoured containers both sides of the ASROC launcher, each one capable of four diverse types of Tomahawk cruise missiles, of anti-ship or anti-fixed ground installations variants. As in the other Spruances not equipped with VLS, in USS Leftwich the ASROC was deleted circa 1991, as showed on the photo. Also, in the Bubiyan action Leftwich was equipped with two SH-3 Sea King helicopters, no with a SH-2 Seasprite as showed, in the Bubiyan action the US Navy helicopters were not yet armed with anti-surface missiles. Official photo by OS2 John Bouvia, a serviceman on duty, as consequence in public domain, and took from Wikipedia Commons.

    This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/Saudi/US and Coalition side or from the Red/Iraqi side. You should play a few times first the Blue/Saudi/US and Coalition side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red/Iraqi side.

    The Battle of Bubiyan, named by the near Island of Bubiyan, was the greatest naval engagement of the 1991 Gulf War for the liberation of Kuwait, invaded previously from 2 August 1990 by Iraq. It was in part mostly a one-sided and confuse melee where the bulk of the Iraqi Navy was engaged and destroyed by Coalition warships, airplanes and helicopters. A few units fled to Iran, just as in the case of the Iraqi Air Force.
    Also related to the Bubiyan action was a simultaneous attempted Iraqi amphibious assault to the coastal town of Khafji in Saudi Arabia, achieving a temporary propaganda victory in that sector with the Iraqi ground forces. This movement was spotted by the Coalition naval forces and subsequently destroyed the amphibious force. The last action of the Iraqi Navy was to fire two supposed Silkworm Chinese anti-ship missiles from a shore launcher at the battleship USS Missouri (BB-63); but one was intercepted midflight by a ramjet-powered Sea Dart surface-to-air missile from the British destroyer HMS Gloucester, and the other splashed on the water.
    After the Bubiyan action, the Iraqi Navy ceased to exist as a fighting force at all, leaving Iraq with very few ships, all in poor condition.
    This scenario is inspired in that with the same historical name in "Troubled Waters", one of the original 1992 "Harpoon" booklet supplements, I think the only one I have not had (The others were purchased in a real physical game store some twenty-five years ago!) and found and purchased through Internet only two weeks ago.
    The scenario represents the first night of the fight, and tries to reflect the chaos and randomness of the historical situation, and just as represented in "Troubled Waters", with very few licenses and historical updates.
    Is an apparently simple scenario, but difficult to master.
    The forces are a little scarce, appear very randomly in the scenario, and their capabilities are very diverse, for more fun and scenario replayability. Many of the ships and aircraft are of interest, as are modelled in the Harpoon Database depicting the special modifications developed for service in the Gulf War of 1991 campaign.
    The scenario can be considered historical, as all the forces present were historically present and the randomness represents the chaos and confusion of the melee.

    Enrique Mas, 1 May 2017.

    372 downloads

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  9. First Lightning

    First Lightning
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East Battleset and the official HCE Database (HCDB).
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the RED side only.
     
    It is October 1984. A financial crisis in Latin America has led to huge loan defaults in Argentina, Brazil and Chile. American banks, who had heavily financed the development efforts in Latin America, have been caught by surprise and are now in a serious slide. Washington took drastic steps and imposed a freeze upon banking transactions across the nation.
     
    Then, a week ago, a terrorist bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, claimed the life of the US ambassador and numerous civilians. At the same time, a guerrilla movement believed to have ties to that terror attack and backed by the Soviet Union, toppled the Omani government in the wake of massive financial losses in its banking sector.
     
    American peacekeepers have moved into Saudi Arabia after rebellious elements of the Saudi army moved to occupy the holy city of Mecca. It is the largest commitment of American troops since the Vietnam war. Moscow has bitterly criticised the American presence in the Persian Gulf, calling it a grave act of provocation.
     
    Three days ago, the new regime in Oman allied with Tehran to impose a toll on tankers passing through the Strait of Hormuz. All tanker traffic in the Gulf has now come to a stop.
     
    NOTE: This scenario is loosely based on the October 1984 television movie Countdown to Looking Glass. Note as well that you play RED in this scenario, i.e. the Soviet, Iranian and Omanian side.

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  10. First Navy Jack

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East Battleset.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side.
     
    In 1980, then Secretary of the Navy Edward Hidalgo directed that the US Navy ship with the longest active status should display the First Navy Jack until its departure from service. With the decommissioning of the carrier USS Kitty Hawk in May 2009, the honor of flying the First Navy Jack passed to the USS Enterprise. Now, during the final deployment of her career, the Big E has been diverted from her return voyage to take on one final mission: put an end to the carnage in Syria. The First Navy Jack will be flying high.

    359 downloads

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  11. Gates of Sorrow (Part 5 of 5)

    Gates of Sorrow (Part 5 of 5)
     
    A Harpoon Commanders Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East Battleset.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side only.
     
    This is the final instalment of the five part series that began with the scenario Threshold.
     
    With much of the Middle East now laying in smoking ruins, chaos reigns in the region. A follow up nuclear strike against Tehran, believed to have been carried out by cruise missiles launched from an Israeli submarine, has leveled that city. Most of the Russian military support deployed there, having arrived under the pretense of peacekeeping, was annihilated in the attack. Even so, the Russians have now redoubled their presence in the region, shifting forces to the east and south. Potentially worse, however, is the political upheaval in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. Outrage over the nuclear exchange, most of it directed at Israel and the West, has split the alliance. The Saudi regime is in turmoil. A terror attack and hostage taking at the busy port of Jebel Ali in the United Arab Emirates has inflicted serious damage and casualties among foreign corporations and their workers, many of them Westerners. Emerging factions on both sides of the crisis have split the UAE, plunging it into civil war.
     
    The region has become a nest of vipers from which escape is now in doubt.

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  12. Hammerfall (Part 4 of 5)

    Hammerfall (Part 4 of 5)
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East Battleset.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side.
     
    Thus far, this multi part campaign has witnessed Israel carry out a preemptive strike in defense of the nation, only to ignite a wider regional conflict which resulted in the destruction of both Nevatim and Damascus by nuclear fire. Russia has condemned the action and come to the aid of Syria and Iran, moving troops into both countries to help defend against them against what they have called Israel's bald faced nuclear aggression. Though continuing to put up a vigorous defense, Israel is clearly out muscled by the combined power of its enemies. Though late arriving on the scene, an American carrier strike force is now pushing north through the Red Sea.
     
    [Version 2.0]

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  13. Interesting Times, Part One

    In late 2017, the Americans launch an ill advised attack on Iran. Here is the first of a series of scenarios regarding the results. Escape from the Red Sea with a scratch team.

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  14. Iran-Israel 2010, Survival of Israel ?

    Note: In this scenario, to avoid spoilers, it is compulsory to play the Israeli/Blue side a few times, and only after play the Iranian/Red side.
     
    This scenario also wants to be a study about the feasibility of a strike erasing the future nuclear capabilities of Iran.
    My intention in this scenario was also to reproduce the Israel and Iran OOB in 2010.
     
    Some months after the political and tactical semi-failure of the Mavi Marmara affair doctored by the IHH, a supposed Turkish Islamic charity, the Foundation for Human Rights and Freedom and Humanitarian Relief (May 31, 2010), a new Israeli coalition Government, leaded by the moderate Premier Shlomo Ben-Ami, ex- Foreign Affairs Minister and former Ambassador in Spain, very influenced by his pair of mysterious Spanish counsellors (Code-named Hello Kitty and SpongeBob SquarePants), is impelled by the Western Powers to actuate as a scapegoat and to stop the Iranian military nuclear program, doing the mission the Western Powers are afraid to do because his multiple political implications.
    The strike must be realised before the imminent Iranian deployment of the new and powerful S-300/SA-10 SAMs, complement of the previous deployed long-range SA-5 Gammon.
     
    Only credible and political admissible action is a conventional attack with Precision Guided Munitions, a limited and surgical strike without collateral damages will be also the only political acceptable Israeli option gullible for the mass-media.
    The Heyl HaAvir and the Heyl HaYam are only five days to obtain the victory, before the US and other countries will be forced reluctantly to stop the strikes because the usual pressure of unoccupied demostrators worldwide the week-end after the first strike.
     
    And the only possible income of the battle is the Total Victory, with the annihilation of at least all the designated targets: Bushehr comprising his nuclear reactor (ZPa) the Nuke Sites 1 (YSb), 2 (YRb) and 3 (YQb), the Terror Camps 1 (YDa), 2 (YCa) and 3 (YBa), and the TBM Site (YFb) (first you must to localize some of those targets).
     
    Is compulsory for Israel to no lose more than 60 planes, to avoid a propagandistic victory by Iran.
     
    Also, as a side diversion, the Israeli player must resolve the question of a undetermined number of apparent merchant ships with the manifested intention of repeat the facts of the first Gaza flotilla, supposedly waiting in front the Israeli coast, and a few armed blockade-runners. But in this time, if open hostilities with Iran are opened, the supposed civilian ships can be freely sunken.
     
    You can expect also a imminent surface-to-surface missile attack after the breakout of the hostilities.
    The pro-Iranian faction Hezbollah in Lebanon and Syria can also provide some support to the Iranian side.
     
    The air corridors between Israel and Iran are guaranteed (for both contenders) by the disengagement of the conflict by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and mostly Iraq, a sort of terra nullius (also, after the withdraw of the US forces, lefting only a embrionary air force in Iraq).
     
    Enrique Mas, August 2010

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  15. Kuznetsov at Bay. 9 November 2016. Hypothetical/Historical Scenario.

    Kuznetsov at Bay, November 9, 2016. Hypothetical/Historical Scenario.

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for The Middle East Battleset and the HCDB-150928 1980-2016 era Platform Database or the HCDB2-170507 new standard 1980-2025 Platform Database. This scenario is designed with advanced Scenario Editor and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later.

    Image: Admiral Kuznetsov on the Mediterranean in 1996. USN photo in public domain, took from Wikipedia Commons.

    This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/NATO side or from the Red/Russian side. You should play a few times first the Blue/NATO side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red/Russian side.

    With the world for months keeping on the brink of an open war, just the day after the election of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States on November 8, 2016, Russian media denounced the incursion of a Dutch submarine near his Admiral Kuznetsov carrier battle group on Mediterranean Sea, near Cyprus and Syria, and commenting she was repelled by the escort warships.
    The only one Russian aircraft carrier Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov was steaming (a lot, literally) from Kola Bay towards her Mediterranean deployment from October 15, 2016, pretending to be employed in anti-Daesh operations, but most as a propaganda and power showing stunt because her limited air wing (some ten Su-33 with SVP-24 navigation/attack system, employing 500 Kg dumb bombs, only four MIG-29KR/KUBR, and an undetermined number of Ka-52K and other helicopters). The CVBG arrived into theatre near November 4, 2016, and started limited air-to-ground attacks against supposed Daesh forces near November, 12 (a two-seater MIG-29KUBR was lost by technical issues on November 13, only a day after the symbolic strikes begun).
    Also, after the faked coup in Turkey by the Erdogan Administration on July, 15, 2016, employed as alibi for a pogrom between the Turkish civil and military servants, in the Universities, in the Media and in the Arts, all them accused of Gulenist Terrorists (in fact, the moderate Islamist Fethullah Gulen, now exiled at Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, was a political ally of Erdogan for near 38 years), Turkey was approaching Vladimir Putin's Russia.
    As consequence, in this Alternate History scenario, and to affirm the Trump declaration to go towards a 350 ships' navy and increase the compromise with NATO of the European Allies, NATO submarines are forced to show Admiral Kuznetsov to demonstrate her futility.
    The hostilities will be limited to the forces in theatre, and some diplomatic excuses related to Syria, confusion in cooperative orders, Freedom of Navigation, errors of navigation, and economic compensation will be provided to guarantee the situation far of the escalation and from a total conflagration.
    In change, Russia will lose his only aircraft carrier, an important propaganda tool, and his capability to use a high sea fleet with air cover.

    Remember the Second Cold War was originated middle in the second presidential term of Vladimir Putin, from May 2012. As related, after the full of naval, military and security global incidents year of 2014 the world was beginning the so-called Second Cold War. Mostly as result of President of Russia Vladimir Putin (ex-KGB lieutenant colonel) actions, provoking in succession the Crimea, Ukraine, Donetsk, Baltic States, October 2014 Swedish submarine incursion, G-20 Brisbane meeting naval crisis, November 2014 Faslane submarine incident, frigate Yaroslav Mudryy February "Channel Dash", April 2015 Finnish submarine incursion (for many observers causing the pre-mobilization of Finland reserve forces), Russian intervention in Syria from 30 September 2015, violation by Russian military helicopters of the Finnish and Georgian borders on 10 December 2015, March 2016 detection by the French of a Russian submarine near Bay of Biscay, violation by Russian military helicopters of the Polish border on 18 April 2016, the confuse Russian submarine B-265 Krasnodar incident with Polish warships (and the consecutive Putin sack of Russian Baltic Fleet numerous commanders), the HMS Montrose confuse and dangerous encounter with the new Baltic Sea Fleet Russian corvette Soobrazitelnyy in middle of the BALTOPS 2016 exercise in June 2016, and with constant and multiple overflies with military warplanes entangled in potential incidents with commercial and military flights in Europe. That without counting with other unrelated naval incidents, just as the Iranian seizure of the Maersk Tigris in 28 April 2015, or the mid-October 2016 launching of anti-ship missiles against UAE and US warships from the Yemen shores and the successive retaliation with cruise missiles by US forces (and neither counting in landlocked actions, as the continuous counter-Daesh operations in Middle East).
    And all those incidents without counting others more towards Far East with China as a less perceived and growing problem, and his own many types generated incidents. China was building structures with military capabilities, including from 2012 more relevant structures, as the 3000+ meters long (Very Large Airport in Harpoon parameters) runway in Fiery Cross Reef (finished at March 2016), and more important, building multiple artificial reefs and islands above previous simple shoals for claiming territory, and for. At last in an undetermined date late April 2015 China claims as territorial waters the 12 nautical miles circling his "new" islands.
    As the US official doctrine is Freedom of Navigation (FON) worldwide on international waters (same in Baltic and Black Seas), and as in this case with fears about a decision not to send naval vessels into the zone would inadvertently help the Chinese build their own case for sovereignty in the area, some air and surface elements of US Navy begin to orbit near the Chinese claims, but not crossing the 12 nm line.

    Will be vital for both sides to prevail these two first days of theatre-limited conflict, for Russia as propaganda and to show his force keeping presence on the Eastern Mediterranean, for NATO side (less Turkey) to show resolution and positive results in the opposition against Putin's Russia just in the border of his new cryptoally the Islamist Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Enrique Mas, November 20, 2016.

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  16. Latakia Bastion advanced base, October 2015. Historical Scenario.

    Latakia Bastion advanced base, October 2015. Historical Scenario.

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for The Middle East Battleset and the HCDB-150928 standard 1980-2015 Platform Database. This scenario is designed with advanced Scenario Editor and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later.

    This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/Israel side or from the Red/Russian side. To avoid a few spoilers you should play a few times first the Blue side, and only later play the Red side.

    Image: Sukhoi Su-34 Fullback strike fighter, in Russian service from 21 March 2014. Photo taked by Dmitry Terekhov in 30 August 2015 at MAKS 2015, retrieved from Wikipedia Commons.

    After the full of naval, military and security incidents year of 2014 and the not less eventful first eight months of 2015, the World was beginning the so-called Second Cold War. Mostly as result of President of Russia Vladimir Putin (ex-KGB lieutenant colonel) actions, provoking in succession the Crimea, Ukraine, Donetsk, Baltic States, October 2014 Swedish submarine incursion, G-20 Brisbane meeting naval crisis, November 2014 Faslane submarine incident, frigate Yaroslav Mudryy February "Channel Dash", April 2015 Finnish submarine incursion (for many observers causing the pre-mobilization of Finland reserve forces), and with constant and multiple overflies with military warplanes entangled in potential incidents with commercial flights in Europe. That without counting in other unrelated naval incidents, just as the Iranian seizure of the Maersk Tigris in 28 April 2015 (and neither counting in landlocked actions, as the ISIS operations in Middle East).
    At last at the start of September 2015, and in face of the mild Western answer at his previous action (but aside constant and intensive military drills worldwide) Vladimir Putin decides to higher his stakes, His last decision surprised the World and was centred in a new theatre of operations for Russia: That was Syria and his four-year long civil unrest and war.
    With the alibi of destroy the Islamists of Islamic State/Daesh, Putin start to place considerable warplane assets in Bassel Al-Assad International Airport (a simple and small base now called Khmeimim AB) and to fortify it. The base is near Latakia and Tartus, both Syrian Mediterranean ports of call with a discrete previous Russian military presence, limited mostly to intelligence and support dedicated ships. But actually the alibi was only aimed to neutralize and destroy with ground attacks not the Islamic State/Daesh forces, but other Syrian rebel forces, not so Islamist, menacing Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the own Russian global strategic position.
    But that's public excuses and covert actions could be a calculus error and more dangerous for Putin ambitions than he expects, as the region politics and power balances are all less easy. Probably at long run a decision more erroneous than the limited US support to Afghanistan Mujahideen in the 1980s, and one feeding growing concern in Israel ...
    Note: this scenario was initially inspired in current fake claims posted in dubious Internet sites about the Israeli fighters fleeing as consequence of the presence of Russian fighters.

    Enrique Mas, October 15, 2015.

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  17. LCS in the Gulf, late 2022. Hypothetical Scenario.

    LCS in the Gulf, late 2022. Hypothetical Scenario.
     A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for EC2003 Battle for The Middle East Battleset and the HCDB2-170308 new standard 1980-2025 Platform Database. This scenario is designed with advanced Scenario Editor and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later.
     This scenario is designed to be played from the Blue/US side or from the Red/Iranian side. You should play a few times first the Blue side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red side.
     Image: The Freedom-variant littoral combat ships USS Wichita (LCS 13), USS Billings (LCS 15), and their embarked aviation detachments, as the in the photo MH-60S, participate in a maritime training exercise in the Caribbean Sea with the Freedom-variant littoral combat ship USS Sioux City (LCS 11), July 4, 2021. This exercise marks the first time three Freedom-variant littoral combat ships are deployed and operating together. Sioux City, Wichita, and Billings are deployed to the U.S. 4th Fleet area of operations to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter-illicit drug trafficking missions in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marianne Guemo/Released/A serviceperson on duty and in consequence on public domain)
     
    This scenario is inspired by the "Pasdaran Swarm Attack" by Chris Carlson published in Harpoon Naval SITREP 61.
    With the world centred early 2022 on the Russian menaces to Ukraine anything can happen the next months.
    The deployment of Freedom-class LCS in the Persian Gulf for late 2022 was announced January 2022.
    This scenario is simple on its planning and execution, but perhaps difficult to master.
    US ships steam near the Saudi east coast, protecting the sea lanes in the Saudi territorial waters, while waiting for a probably Iranian harassment attack with minor and irregular units.
    Because the complex world crisis land-based air (Or other type) support is not expected, as Gulf countries negate its bases use in this action for no irritate Iran.
    At last the LCS are alone on first line of battle, just what they were not designed for.
     
    Enrique Mas, January 30, 2022.

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  18. Operation Opera, June 7, 1981. Historical Scenario.

    Operation Opera, June 7, 1981. Historical Scenario.

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for The Middle East Battleset and the new HCDB2-170522 1980-2025 era Platform Database. This scenario is designed with advanced Scenario Editor and to be run with HCE 2015.008+ or later.

    Image: Israeli Air Force F-16A Netz '243', aircraft flown by Colonel Ilan Ramon in Operation Opera. This was the eighth and last to drop its bombs onto the reactor. CIAF, Brno-Turany, 4 September 2004. Image by KGyST, took from Wikipedia Commons.

    This scenario is designed to be played only from the Blue/Israeli side. The Red/Iraqi Saudi side is programmed, but not fully playable.

    Operation Opera was a historical strategic long-range operation of the Israeli Air Force, aimed to prevent the supposed use by Saddam Hussein's Iraq of a French supplied nuclear reactor to build nuclear weapons.
    The experimental reactor Osiraq (Or Osirak, composite word of the Osiris type reactor and Iraq or Irak) was placed at Al Tuwaitha Nuclear Center, near Bagdad.
    The reactor was previously attacked without results by the Islamic Republic of Iran with F-4E Phantom on September 30, 1980 (Operation Scorch Sword), as only were attacked the auxiliary installations to avoid the risk of radioactive fallout, because the limited intelligence on the target status.
    Also previously to the Israeli attack, another Islamic Republic of Iran Air force attack against the H-3 airfields complex, on 4 April 1981, degraded the capabilities of the Iraqi Air Force.
    Operation Opera was executed by the first batch of brand new F-16A, received by Israel from July 1980.
    Were employed only Mk84 dumb bombs, two carried by each F-16A, but at least eight of the 16 bombs launched hit the reactor dome, a notable achievement. Some bombs were equipped with very long time delayed fuses, to prevent reconstruction attempts.
    At last, the reactor was destroyed in the 1991 Gulf War, including the Package Q Strike attack of 19 January.
    Could you replicate the Israeli achievement in this apparently simple scenario?

    Enrique Mas, 28 May 2017.

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  19. Operation Praying Mantis 1988, Historical Scenario

    Operation Praying Mantis 1988, historical engagement.
     
    Note: This scenario is designed mostly to be played from the US/Blue and it's better to play that side in first place, and to play it later from the Iranian/Red side because it can be a little frustrating and boring, but the victory is also possible.
     
    Operation Praying Mantis was the Reagan administration answer to the Irani attacks on neutral tanker shipping and inmediate consequence of the mining deployed from the LST Iran Arj against the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) on 14 April 1988. This operation is often cited as one of the five historical naval actions to decisively stablish the USN supremacy in a determined theater of operations. It also marked the U.S. Navy's first exchange of anti-ship missiles by ships.
    In the context of Iran-Iraq War the Tanker War phase (1984-1988) was one of the more complex post-WWII campaigns from the naval viewpoint.
    Both Iran and Iraq attacked oil tankers and merchant ships, including those of neutral nations, to deprive the opponent of trade earnings. As higher stage answer the Iranians might close the Strait of Hormuz to all shipping, but as United States had threatened several times to go to war if the Strait was closed the Iranians refused to take the risk,, limiting their attacks in retaliation first to Iraqi commercial ships but also extended to neutral shipping. After several Iranian attacks on Kuwaiti and other neutral shipping, the United States Navy started in March 1987 to escort Kuwaiti tankers the United States after had reflagged half of Kuwait's fleet of twenty-two tankers. In April 1987, the then Soviet Navy also started escorting Kuwaiti tankers.
    Praying Mantis was a one-day retaliation strike focused in oil rigs and other instalations where the Iranians small forces were based to assault the neutral and Western shipping. Those had included bases for the minelaying operations that damaged the USS Samuel B. Roberts.
    The US forces were organized in three groups and with air support and air defence of the CVN-65 USS Enterprise Carrier Air Wing Eleven, escorted by CGN-35 USS Truxtun and FF-1063 USS Reasoner:
    VF-114 Aardwarks with F-14A Tomcat.
    VF-213 Black Lions with F-14A Tomcat.
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks with A-7E Corsair II.
    VA-94 Shrikes with A-7E Corsair II.
    VA-95 Green Lizards with A-6E/KA-6D Intruder.
    VAW-117 Wallbangers with E-2C Hawkeye Group 0.
    VAQ-135 Black Knights with EA-6B Prowler ICAP I (ICAP II from late 1988).
     
    Surface Action Group Bravo, targets Sassan and Rahkish/Rahksh oil platforms (renamed Salman and Resalat after the Islamic Revolution):
    DD-976 USS Merrill, with 1xSH-2F.
    DDG-8 USS Lynde McCormick.
    LPD-14 USS Trenton, with 4xAH-1T, 2xCH-46, 2xUH-1, and the USS Samuel L. Roberts SH-60B.
     
    Surface Action Group Charlie, target Sirri oil platform (renamed Nasr after the Islamic Revolution):
    CG-28 USS Wainwright.
    FFG-56 USS Simpson, with 1xSH-60 and 1xUH-60.
    FF-1069 USS Bagley, with 1xSH-2F.
     
    Surface Action Group Delta, composed partly of former escort ships from the Enterprise group, with target the Iranian warship FFL Sabalan, because her reputation for deliberately attacking the crew quarters of neutral ships:
    DDG-16 USS Joseph Strauss.
    DD-975 USS O'Brien, with 2xSH-2F and 1xUH-60.
    FFG-24 USS Jack Williams, with 2xSH-2F.
     
    The rest is history ... or not.
     
    Historical Note:
    This scenario represents aproximatively only the historically engaged forces, as the US side decides to not attack mainland Iran to prevent a escalade, and the Iranian response was limited to a few warships and warplanes and not launching shore-based SSM (they are contradictory reports about that) because the Iranian fears to US retaliatory strikes over mainland Iran, and as in the case of the Gadaffi's Libya on 1981 and 1986, the fear of heavy losses on his own side could weak his position as regional power (In the case of Iran we should remember was in war with Iraq on 1988, and the outcome of Praying Mantis also forced Iran to settle the peace with Iraq).
    In the historical aftermath, Iran losed the FFL Sahand, the PTM Joshan (after be notified many times of "stop your engines, abandon ship, I intend to sink you", Joshan launched the last operational Harpoon in the Iranian Navy againts the CG-28 USS Wainwright who decoyed it, receiving in interchange a salvo of six Standard SM-1 and one Harpoon) and some three PG type Toragh/Boghammar based in the Abu Musa Island to attack commercial shipping, and also the FFL Sabalan resulted crippled, but was returned to service on 1989. The oil platforms of Sassan and Sirri, employed as bases for the attacks on commercial shipping, rested unoperative after the previously demanded evacuation and subsequent combined attack of warships, Cobra helicopters and SEAL and USMC teams. The attack against the Rahksh oil platform was called off to ease pressure on the Iranians and denote a desire for de-escalation. The FFL Sabalan not was sunk also because when Defense Secretary Carlucci asked Admiral Crowe, then CJCS, what he thought about launch another strike to finish she, Crowe responded, "Sir, I think we've shed enough blood today".
     
    Enrique Mas, January 2012
     
    Edited 7 January 2012 because bad characters in the text file.

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  20. Operation Praying Mantis 1988, Hypothetical Scenario

    Operation Praying Mantis 1988, All-Out Engagement.
     
    Note: This scenario is designed mostly to be played from the US/Blue and it's better to play that side in first place, and to play it later from the Iranian/Red side because it can be a little frustrating and boring, but the victory is also possible.
     
    Operation Praying Mantis was the Reagan administration answer to the Irani attacks on neutral tanker shipping and inmediate consequence of the mining deployed from the LST Iran Arj against the USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG-58) on 14 April 1988. This operation is often cited as one of the five historical naval actions to decisively stablish the USN supremacy in a determined theater of operations. It also marked the U.S. Navy's first exchange of anti-ship missiles by ships.
    In the context of Iran-Iraq War the Tanker War phase (1984-1988) was one of the more complex post-WWII campaigns from the naval viewpoint.
    Both Iran and Iraq attacked oil tankers and merchant ships, including those of neutral nations, to deprive the opponent of trade earnings. As higher stage answer the Iranians might close the Strait of Hormuz to all shipping, but as United States had threatened several times to go to war if the Strait was closed the Iranians refused to take the risk,, limiting their attacks in retaliation first to Iraqi commercial ships but also extended to neutral shipping. After several Iranian attacks on Kuwaiti and other neutral shipping, the United States Navy started in March 1987 to escort Kuwaiti tankers the United States after had reflagged half of Kuwait's fleet of twenty-two tankers. In April 1987, the then Soviet Navy also started escorting Kuwaiti tankers.
    Praying Mantis was a one-day retaliation strike focused in oil rigs and other instalations where the Iranians small forces were based to assault the neutral and Western shipping. Those had included bases for the minelaying operations that damaged the USS Samuel B. Roberts.
    The US forces were organized in three groups and with air support and air defence of the CVN-65 USS Enterprise Carrier Air Wing Eleven, escorted by CGN-35 USS Truxtun and FF-1063 USS Reasoner:
    VF-114 Aardwarks with F-14A Tomcat.
    VF-213 Black Lions with F-14A Tomcat.
    VA-22 Fighting Redcocks with A-7E Corsair II.
    VA-94 Shrikes with A-7E Corsair II.
    VA-95 Green Lizards with A-6E/KA-6D Intruder.
    VAW-117 Wallbangers with E-2C Hawkeye Group 0.
    VAQ-135 Black Knights with EA-6B Prowler ICAP I (ICAP II from late 1988).
     
    Surface Action Group Bravo, targets Sassan and Rahkish/Rahksh oil platforms (renamed Salman and Resalat after the Islamic Revolution):
    DD-976 USS Merrill, with 1xSH-2F.
    DDG-8 USS Lynde McCormick.
    LPD-14 USS Trenton, with 4xAH-1T, 2xCH-46, 2xUH-1, and the USS Samuel L. Roberts SH-60B.
     
    Surface Action Group Charlie, target Sirri oil platform (renamed Nasr after the Islamic Revolution):
    CG-28 USS Wainwright.
    FFG-56 USS Simpson, with 1xSH-60 and 1xUH-60.
    FF-1069 USS Bagley, with 1xSH-2F.
     
    Surface Action Group Delta, composed partly of former escort ships from the Enterprise group, with target the Iranian warship FFL Sabalan, because her reputation for deliberately attacking the crew quarters of neutral ships:
    DDG-16 USS Joseph Strauss.
    DD-975 USS O'Brien, with 2xSH-2F and 1xUH-60.
    FFG-24 USS Jack Williams, with 2xSH-2F.
     
    The rest is history ... or not.
     
    Historical Note:
    This scenario represents a What if? scenario, with a full compromise of all the Iranian forces against the US side, without the prudence demostrated in the historical engagement.
    In the historical scenario the US side decided to not attack mainland Iran to prevent a escalade, and the Iranian response was limited to a few warships and warplanes and not launching shore-based SSM (they are contradictory reports about that) because the Iranian fears to US retaliatory strikes over mainland Iran, and as in the case of the Gadaffi's Libya on 1981 and 1986, the fear of heavy losses on his own side could weak his position as regional power (In the case of Iran we should remember was in war with Iraq on 1988, and the outcome of Praying Mantis also forced Iran to settle the peace with Iraq).
    In the historical aftermath, Iran losed the FFL Sahand, the PTM Joshan (after be notified many times of "stop your engines, abandon ship, I intend to sink you", Joshan launched the last operational Harpoon in the Iranian Navy againts the CG-28 USS Wainwright who decoyed it, receiving in interchange a salvo of six Standard SM-1 and one Harpoon) and some three PG type Toragh/Boghammar based in the Abu Musa Island to attack commercial shipping, and also the FFL Sabalan resulted crippled, but was returned to service on 1989. The oil platforms of Sassan and Sirri, employed as bases for the attacks on commercial shipping, rested unoperative after the previously demanded evacuation and subsequent combined attack of warships, Cobra helicopters and SEAL and USMC teams. The attack against the Rahksh oil platform was called off to ease pressure on the Iranians and denote a desire for de-escalation. The FFL Sabalan not was sunk also because when Defense Secretary Carlucci asked Admiral Crowe, then CJCS, what he thought
    about launch another strike to finish she, Crowe responded, "Sir, I think we've shed enough blood today".
     
    Enrique Mas, January 2012

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  21. Paralyzer (Part 2 of 5)

    Paralyzer (Part 2 of 5)
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East Battleset.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side only.
     
    This scenario is the second in a multi part campaign. In the first scenario, called Threshold, we examined what happened when the Israelis carried out a preemptive air strike against what they believed to be a Syrian nuclear weapons research facility. In the aftermath of that action, full scale war has now broken out between Syria and Israel, and Iran is vowing to join the cause against the Zionist aggressors.

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  22. Red Line

    A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East battleset.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side.
     
    During the past few years, and even more so during 2012, the international news headlines have been dominated by stories of the suspicion surrounding the nuclear activities of Iran, whether that nation is actively pursuing a nuclear weapons program, and if so, the mortal threat faced by Israel. Slowly but surely the story has been building toward a potential flashpoint, with increasing concern about the possibility of unilateral action by Israel to forestall that threat. To paraphrase the recent words of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu - 'those who refuse to put red lines before Iran have no moral right to put a red light before Israel'. Whether Israel actually has the ability to stop or even delay an Iranian nuclear weapons program in any appreciable way, remains a matter of debate. What is certain that there exists a red line that, once crossed, will compel action. The only question is who will act.

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  23. Scimitar (Part 3 of 5)

    Scimitar (Part 3 of 5)
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition (HCE) scenario for the Middle East Battleset.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the BLUE side.
     
    In this third instalment in a five part series, the crisis in the Middle East has deepened and expanded into a regional war in which old superpowers threaten to become involved. The Israelis have struck the Iranian nuclear facility at Esfahan, and have largely decimated the Syrian air force. But the Syrian army has nevertheless managed to seize positions in the Golan Heights, and ominously, appear to be enjoying Russian military support. So called Russian 'peacekeepers' are arriving in force in Syria, and it appears, in Iran as well.

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  24. The Capture of Ibrahim al-Awal, 1 November 1956.

    Shore Bombardment of Haifa and the capture of Ibrahim el-Awal, 1 November 1956.
    Historical scenario.
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Middle East Battleset and the HCCW-120614 Cold War Platform Database.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the Israeli/Blue or the Egyptian/Red side, but it's a historical and very unbalanced scenario.
     
    The almost forgetted Suez Crisis or Second Arab-Israeli War was a very interesting campaign with some novelties, as the History first heliborne assault. And ever the future Syrian president al-Asad participed in the shoot-down a British Canberra PR.7!
    After the US refused to pay the building of the Aswan dam project, the Egyptian president Colonel Nasser decides to nationalize the Suez Canal on 26 July 1956 to pay for the dam building.
    British and French, interested on the recuperation of the Canal and in the freedom of navigation, signed with Israel the then and for many years secret Protocol of Sevres on late October 1956.
    On 29 October 1956 Israel attacks the Sinai Peninsula in the designated as Operation Kadesh.
    With the alibi of protect the freedom of navigation in the Canal and his approaches (and because the secret treaty with Israel), Britain and France launched an ultimatum to the fighting factions calling to withdraw from within 16 km of the Suez Canal. When Egypt refused, the British and French launched Operation Musketeer to secure the Canal zone, with the ruse of separating Egyptian and Israeli forces.
    Operation Musketeer, comprising a massive air strike (in part failed) from the carriers, Cyprus and Malta against the Egyptian airbases and airborne, heliborne and landing occupation, inclusive with heavy armour, of Port Said, his twin city Port Fuad and the Canal Zone.
    Some days later, on 7 November 1956, as both President Eisenhower, the not-alligned States and the Soviet Union strongly opposed British-French military action, was acorded a cease-fire and the Anglo-French troops retired from the Canal Zone.
    As a Egyptian counter-strike in the first hours of the war against Israel, the solitaire assignation of the Egyptian destroyer Ibrahim el-Awal (An old Hunt type I class frigate, previously also in service in the Nationalist China) to bombard the Israeli shore city of Haifa with the main Israeli port in the Mediterranean was almost condemned to failure because his lack of support, but only after firing some 160 shells of 4 inches on Haifa in 20 minutes.
    After to be rocket-fired by two Israeli Ouragans, the Ibrahim el-Awal was seized by the Israeli forces and put in service in the Israeli navy as INS Haifa.
    Only some hours later, with the intervention of Britain and France in secret vinculation with Israel through the Protocol of Sevres, with the alibi of protect the Suez Canal for sake of freedom of navigation, the Anglo-French strike and occupation of Port Said, his twin city Port Fuad and the Canal Zone begun.
     
    Unnamed places are:
    ZYp and ZVb: Baltim, Egypt.
    ZpX: Damietta, Egypt.
     
    Some warships and planes are represented by equivalent types of other countries.
     
    Enrique Mas, December 2012.

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  25. The Capture of Ibrahim al-Awal, Hypothetical Scenario.

    Prelude to Musketeer, an hypothetical scenario about the capture of the Egyptian destroyer Ibrahim al-Awal.
     
    Image: Dassault Ouragan at the Israeli Air Force Museum in Hatzerim, 2004 by
    Oren Rozen. Source: Wikipedia.
     
    A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for the Middle East Battleset and the HCCW-120614 Cold War Platform Database.
     
    This scenario is designed for play by the Israeli/Blue or the Egyptian/Red side, but to prevent some spoilers is better to play first the Blue side some times and only after play the Red side.
    It's recommended to play the scenario in slow time compression, between 1 seconde and 1 minute most of the time.
     
    The almost forgetted Suez Crisis or Second Arab-Israeli War was a very interesting campaign with some novelties, as the History first heliborne assault. And ever the future Syrian president al-Asad participed in the shoot-down a British Canberra PR.7!
    After the US refused to pay the building of the Aswan dam project, the Egyptian president Colonel Nasser decides to nationalize the Suez Canal on 26 July 1956 to pay for the dam building.
    British and French, interested on the recuperation of the Canal and in the freedom of navigation, signed with Israel the then and for many years secret Protocol of Sevres on late October 1956.
    On 29 October 1956 Israel attacks the Sinai Peninsula in the designated as Operation Kadesh.
    With the alibi of protect the freedom of navigation in the Canal and his approaches (and because the secret treaty with Israel), Britain and France launched an ultimatum to the fighting factions calling to withdraw from within 16 km of the Suez Canal. When Egypt refused, the British and French launched Operation Musketeer to secure the Canal zone, with the ruse of separating Egyptian and Israeli forces.
    Operation Musketeer, comprising a massive air strike (in part failed) from the carriers, Cyprus and Malta against the Egyptian airbases and airborne, heliborne and landing occupation, inclusive with heavy armour, of Port Said, his twin city Port Fuad and the Canal Zone.
    Some days later, on 7 November 1956, as both President Eisenhower, the not-alligned States and the Soviet Union strongly opposed British-French military action, was acorded a cease-fire and the Anglo-French troops retired from the Canal Zone.
    As a Egyptian counter-strike in the first hours of the war against Israel, the solitaire assignation of the Egyptian destroyer Ibrahim al-Awal to bombard the Israeli shore city of Haifa and his port was almost condemned to failure because his lack of support.
    This scenario speculates about the possibility of a open naval-centered fight in the first hours of Operation Musketeer, just before the Anglo-French intervention.
    In the scenario the Egyptian side compromisses most of his naval assets in the sea to support the Ibrahim al-Awal mission, and both sides have assigned some air assets for support of his naval forces (about the 40% of each initial air force is represented in this scenario).
    Is 1956, and air-to-air missiles and effective search radar in fighter planes are yet some years in the future. Israel has an heteroclit composition air force with even very vulnerable liquid-cooled engine F-51D propeller fighters and two operational B-17 Flying Fortress, Egypt has some few Spitfire F.22, Hawker Fury and Lancaster bombers in the reserves.
    Both sides must use intensively ground control to keep track of the enemy and to direct his fighters to intercept the enemy planes. At that moment some countries, as Syria, haven't any ground-based radar, and Egypt has only an handful of them concentrated in the Canal Zone, the Soviet radars were not yet in service when Muskeeter begin.
     
    Some warships and planes are represented by equivalent types of other countries.
     
    Enrique Mas, December 2012.

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