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Exercise Dynamic Manta 2022 (DYMA 22), February 21-March 4, 2022. Historical Training Scenario.


Exercise Dynamic Manta 2022 (DYMA 22), February 21-March 4, 2022. Historical Training Scenario.

A Harpoon Commander's Edition scenario for EC2003 Battle for the Mediterranean 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/NATO side or from the Red/NATO side. You should play a few times first the Blue side to avoid spoilers, and only later play the Red side.

Image: Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 ships, other allied ships and submarines sail in formation in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Sicily, Feb. 21, 2022, during Exercise Dynamic Manta 22 (DYMA 22) (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the French navy by OR-8 Stephane Dzioba, and in consequence on public domain) 220221-O-NO101-1122

From the eventful year of 2014 the World was beginning the so-called Second Cold War, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin (ex-KGB lieutenant colonel) was showing clearly his plan to recover the Russian Empire and later Soviet territories for reinstitute the greatness of his Russia, and to guarantee his passage on the History as saviour of the Rodina.

At last the Russian campaign for the invasion of Ukraine started on February 24, 2022.

But was only the apex and last outcome of a succession of military actions. From May 2014 Putin was 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, shoot-down by Turkish F-16 fighters equipped with AIM-120 AMRAAM on 24 November 2015 of a Russian Su-24M as consequence of the repeated unlawful overflights of Turkey by Russian warplanes based in Latakia, and after two months of repeated warning, March 2016 detection by the French of a Russian submarine near Bay of Biscay and the SSBN base, the propaganda stunt of the deployment of the only one Russian aircraft carrier Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Kuznetsov steaming (a lot, literally) from Kola Bay towards Eastern Mediterranean from October 15, 2016, and with constant and multiple Russian overflies with military warplanes entangled in potential incidents with commercial flights in Europe, so far as at the Portuguese shores.

That without counting in other unrelated naval incidents aside the upcoming Second Cold War, just as the Iranian seizure of the merchant Maersk Tigris in 28 April 2015, the shore-based anti-ship missile attacks against the catamaran transport ex Swift (HSV-2) and US destroyers on the Red Sea in October 2016 and the ulterior retaliation, the first military operation of the Trump Administration on January 28, 2017, the MV-22B tiltrotor raid of SEAL Team 6 operating from USS Makin Island (LHD-8) against Houthi Yemen, and later on January 30, an Al-Madinah-class Saudi frigate was attacked and damaged probably by a Houthi suicide or drone boat off Al Hudaydah, Houthi Yemen. (And neither counting in great landlocked actions, as the counter-Daesh operations in Middle East).

And meanwhile, more towards Far East a less perceived and growing problem was China, as reflected in the transfer of the 60% of the USN and USAF combat forces to the Pacific Theatre of Operations from 2012, move to be completed by 2020.

The first iteration of this scenario was designed five years ago, based in the big anti-submarine exercise Dynamic Manta 2017 begun in 13 March 2017, and was not interpreted by many journalists as an answer to the latest Russian actions and menacing postures as in the case of Dynamic Mongoose 2015, as it was actually a yearly exercise. But in the current world situation was legit to think otherwise. Four years later the reality was probably those and other continuous exercises, the NATO Baltic Air Policing, and the deployment of token NATO ground forces in the Baltic States and rest of Eastern Europe, are showing to Putin's Russia the resolution to defend Europe and allies as a whole, and preventing the development of a hot war.

But from 2017 to 2022 the international situation was going worse. Increased tensions and open conflicts in Eastern Ukraine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, the recent, fast, innovative and decisive war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and the increased foreign operations of Iran, Qatar and the UAE, including proxy attacks against Saudi Arabia and the crescendo of the Turkish military power cutting ties with the Western alliances. Not an easy near future for the new President Biden and the traditional European partners.

As novelty in Dynamic Manta 2022 the scarce presence of US warships, probably escorting the Truman carrier strike group in Eastern Mediterranean, and the presence of no less than three Spanish frigates (Including one in Standing NATO Maritime Group 2, composed this time by the flagship Italian Navy FREMM ASW-variant frigate Carlo Margottini F-592, Turkish Perry-modified frigate Goksu F-497, and Spanish Aegis ship Blas de Lezo F-103).

Of course this is a training exercise and actual shots, torpedoes and missiles aren't fired and nobody is hurt ...

Enrique Mas, February 25, 2022.


 

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After Action Report

 

*SPOILER ALERT*

Using the surface group pre plotted course as my search zone I launched all my land based fixed wings into asw search patrols (using F3 formation tool) to cover most of my search zone concentrating in the eastern 2/3s. I used my land based helos to patrol the western 1/3 (or there abouts). All but four ship based asw helos were put into search sectors mid way out in the pre defined formation, and most of the frigates came out one ring to dash and creep about the formation.

Using Enrique's tip I cranked up the time acceleration pulling it back when contacts were had. In my last but one command I got a severe reprimand for torpedoing a whale (lucky it was kept out of the papers) and the admiral of the court marshal pointed out the consequences of sinking a neutral submarine so this time around I made certain of all contacts before letting fly any fish. This did use up a lot of sonar buoys but it also meant that if I got a Red Contact I had plenty air units to pummel it.

I generally prosecute each contact by sending in 3 - 4 air units hopefully including at least one of the fixed wing that carry the best sonar buoy. The P8s and the old Froggy 'Antiques' :P have beauties. I use a combination of direct 'attack' F1 commands, and plotting courses to the centre or selected part of the contact uncertainty area then use Toolbox ASW patrol to encircle the area. Once a solid contact proves an exact location of a confirmed enemy  I again use the Toolbox 'cover' command to get on top  of the quarry and either drop a torp or if I have fish out hunting then hover/loiter to maintain the fix. After a sink I'll usually set up another Toolbox ASW patrol around the victim looking for any possible friends.

Caution paid off, no reprimands and in fact a commendation :D 

 

The following is an extract form the AARdll report logging our actions:

[Initial Start]
Actual Date=26/02/2022 20:50:37
Scenario=C:\Matrix Games\HUCE\addons\medc\2003\2022-02 DYNAMIC MANTA 2022.sco

[Log]
session start=21 Feb 2022, 16:00:00
Actual Date=26/02/2022 20:50:45
Event=21 Feb 2022, 19:13:50  1 x SH-90A NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Carlo Margottini F592
Event=21 Feb 2022, 19:14:10  1 x SH-90A NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Alpino F594
Event=21 Feb 2022, 19:14:20  1 x SH-90A NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Carlo Margottini F592
Event=21 Feb 2022, 19:14:30  1 x Caiman NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Provence D652
Event=21 Feb 2022, 19:15:50  1 x AB.212ASW 84 (ASW-2) ready on the ACS Aegeon F460
Event=21 Feb 2022, 19:53:19  Group AGA 163 degree turn delayed 82 seconds; Group ATA=5, OldCourse=136, NewCourse=333
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:01:00  1 x S-70B1 HS.23 03 (ASW-LR) ready on the ACS Navarra F85
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:01:40  1 x S-70B1 HS.23 03 (ASW-LR) ready on the ACS Navarra F85
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:02:40  1 x S-70B1 HS.23 03 (ASW-LR) ready on the ACS Alvaro de Bazan F101
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:04:00  New contact: 00U SS Katsonis (T214) Method: SONOBUOY
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:07:27  The Papanikolis S120 unit ZW000, a Katsonis (T214) class, is sinking!
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:08:12  Air Unit AIA's target was destroyed. Loitering at last coordinates as per orders.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:50:00  New contact: 00U Sub contact from ACS Alpino F594 at a bearing of 47 degrees Method: PASSIVE SONAR
Event=21 Feb 2022, 20:50:18  Group AFA 106 degree turn delayed 53 seconds; Group ATA=5, OldCourse=204, NewCourse=310
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:18:44  2 x Merlin HM.2 14 (ASW) ready at AEa MARISTAELI Catania-Fontanarossa , Italy
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:20:50  1 x SH-90A NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Alpino F594
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:23:50  1 x AB.212ASW 84 (ASW-2) ready on the ACS Aegeon F460
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:33:42  Group AFA 91 degree turn delayed 46 seconds; Group ATA=5, OldCourse=136, NewCourse=45

session start=21 Feb 2022, 21:35:59
Actual Date=27/02/2022 12:29:05
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:50:30  New contact: 0AU Sub contact from ACS Alpino F594 at a bearing of 291 degrees Method: PASSIVE SONAR
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:51:23  Group AFA 35 degree turn delayed 18 seconds; Group ATA=5, OldCourse=343, NewCourse=18
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:52:12  Group AHA 151 degree turn delayed 38 seconds; Group ATA=10, OldCourse=50, NewCourse=201
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:53:00  ITER_SAVE_GAMETIME C:\Matrix Games\HUCE\ITER_SAVE_GAMETIME\manta.0003.hpo
Event=21 Feb 2022, 21:53:40  2 x EH101 Srs100 (ASW) ready at AEa MARISTAELI Catania-Fontanarossa , Italy
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:04:31  We have lost contact with group 0DU.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:13:19  Group AHA 47 degree turn delayed 12 seconds; Group ATA=10, OldCourse=11, NewCourse=58
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:15:29  Group ALA 121 degree turn delayed 30 seconds; Group ATA=10, OldCourse=126, NewCourse=247
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:18:39  Group AFA 1 degree turn delayed 1 seconds; Group ATA=5, OldCourse=201, NewCourse=200
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:29:40  Air Group AIA has completed landing.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:35:30  Air Group AGA has completed landing.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:50:00  Air Group ALA has completed landing.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:52:20  1 x SH-90A NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Carlo Margottini F592
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:53:10  1 x SH-90A NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Carlo Margottini F592
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:54:10  1 x S-70B1 HS.23 03 (ASW-LR) ready on the ACS Blas de Lezo F103
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:56:00  1 x Caiman NFH 13 (ASW) ready on the ACS Provence D652
Event=21 Feb 2022, 22:56:40  Air Group AHA has completed landing.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:07:30  New contact: 00U Sub contact from ACS Alpino F594 at a bearing of 67 degrees Method: PASSIVE SONAR
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:07:35  Group ANH 28 degree turn delayed 4 seconds; Group ATA=20, OldCourse=313, NewCourse=341
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:20:30  New contact: 00U SSN Amethyste (00) Method: SONOBUOY
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:20:39  Group APH 1 degree turn delayed 1 seconds; Group ATA=40, OldCourse=0, NewCourse=359
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:27:07  The Rubis S601 unit ZZ000, a Amethyste (00) class, is sinking!
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:27:08  Air Unit AFA's target was destroyed. Loitering at last coordinates as per orders.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:27:53  The Rubis S601 unit ZZ000, a Amethyste (00) class, is sinking!
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:28:02  The BLUE side has met their minimum victory conditions
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:28:02  The BLUE side has met their total victory conditions
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:29:40  1 x P-8A Poseidon 14 (ASW) ready at AAa Catania-Sigonella
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:29:40  Air Group ANH has completed landing.
Event=21 Feb 2022, 23:32:00  GAME ENDED

[Time Factor]
21 Feb 2022, 16:00:00=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 16:01:48=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 16:01:53=TimeFactor = 1:30
21 Feb 2022, 16:02:23=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 18:27:00=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 18:27:14=TimeFactor = 1:30
21 Feb 2022, 18:27:44=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 19:02:40=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 19:02:50=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 19:53:10=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 19:53:28=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 19:53:33=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 20:04:01=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 20:04:57=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 20:10:18=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 20:10:48=TimeFactor = 1:300
21 Feb 2022, 20:35:20=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 20:35:42=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 20:35:47=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 20:50:01=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 20:51:17=TimeFactor = 1:10
21 Feb 2022, 21:33:40=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 21:33:49=TimeFactor = 1:10
21 Feb 2022, 21:35:59=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 21:37:00=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 21:37:05=TimeFactor = 1:10
21 Feb 2022, 21:37:25=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 21:50:31=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 21:52:21=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 21:52:26=TimeFactor = 1:10
21 Feb 2022, 22:37:29=TimeFactor = 1:30
21 Feb 2022, 22:37:59=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 23:07:31=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 23:09:35=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 23:09:40=TimeFactor = 1:10
21 Feb 2022, 23:09:50=TimeFactor = 1:60
21 Feb 2022, 23:20:31=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 23:22:46=TimeFactor = 1:5
21 Feb 2022, 23:22:51=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 23:25:30=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 23:25:50=TimeFactor = 1:1
21 Feb 2022, 23:26:48=TimeFactor = 1:5

[Unit Sunk]
21 Feb 2022, 20:04:57=ZWU::00
21 Feb 2022, 23:26:48=ZZU::00

[Kill Detail Red Side ]
Katsonis (T214)/Submarine=1
Amethyste (00)/Submarine=2

[Kill Summary Red Side ]
Submarines:=3

But Hmm, God's Eye (alt-ctr-s) tells me there was more fishing to be done! Rumor has it we're to be sent back to finish the job .....

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Thanks Enrique, another great Harpoon Classic scenario

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