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

File Submitter: broncepulido

File Submitted: 20 Nov 2015

File Category: Middle East



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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Minimum modification 21 November 2015: pressured by hard work, the main warship and leitmotiv of the scenario was erroneously named!

Now Improved Spruance-class John Hancock is correctly named as David R. Ray (John Hancock was just a near name in the name scroll menu).


Also the name in the scenario background and description was erroneouly spelled "David D. Ray", now is the correct David R. Ray (I hope!).

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Modification 21 November 2015: FFG Halyburton-class Rentz replaced by the historically correct FFG OH Perry-class Reid, I confused both names.

But beware, at current times (Build 2015.26) the ship names can be mixed sometimes in Game Engine or Scenario Editor, is pending of resolution.

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Notes 21 November 2015: now I remember Penguin missiles were used from SH-60B from late quarter 1993-early 1994 (I think were purchase only some 100 Penguins by USN, and deleted circa 2012), and Hellfires from circa 1994. We should not use them in this scenario, and limite the US helicopter use to search (but is clearly more funny to play with the air-launched missiles). Initial scenario loadouts in consequence corrected.




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