New Command scenario: A Day at Red Flag

June 6, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Author: Coiler

The Red Flag exercises introduced in the 1970s brought a new level of realistic training to the American air forces. This early Red Flag features the USAF’s fighter squadrons against highly trained Aggressors in a mission to attack a heavily defended target.

-Welcome to Red Flag.

-Today’s mission consists of an attack on a heavily defended POL storage facility. There are numerous fuel tanks and trucks gathered around. To simulate a chaotic environment, friendly forces have no access to any sensors beyond the ones on their fighters.

-The Aggressor defenses consist of a battalion of SAMs, a company of SPAAGs, and two squadrons of fighters from nearby airfields.

-You are to destroy as many fuel storage facilities as possible. Try to limit casualties, but remember that this is an extremely well-defended target. The Aggressor crews are very skilled.

-Good luck.

New Command scenario: Needle in a Wet Haystack

June 6, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Author: Coiler

As an Ecuadorian Navy Commander, perform the thankless task of hunting for a smuggler submarine on very limited intelligence.




New Command scenario: Operation Square Peg

June 6, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Author: Coiler

Although the F-22 was conceived of as a pure fighter, it has developed some bombing capability. This scenario is to show how the bombing capability of the F-22 could be used.

ATTN: Commander, US Forces

You are to execute OPERATION SQUARE PEG.


There is credible evidence that the Syrian regime is modifying L-39s for specialized chemical attack. The L-39s are located at Marj Ruhayyil airbase. The decision has been made to strike them. The urgent nature of this strike mission does not allow time for a thorough preparation, so F-22s, armed for a role they were not designed for, have been chosen to conduct it.

The Syrian air defense system, consisting of SA-2, 3, 5, and 6 SAMs is active. While MiG-29s have been spotted deploying at Damascus International Airport, it is unclear if they will intervene.


Your command consists of a squadron of F-22s based out of RAF Akrotiri. The squadron armament consists of a mixture of AMRAAMs for escort against potential enemy air intervention and SDBs for the airfield attack.


Attack Marj Ruhayyil. The L-39s are hidden in shelters, so place a priority on destroying those.


This is to be a limited strike. While you are free to engage any MiGs in the air, do not attack Damascus International Airport.


Command: RAF Akrotiri.

EMCON: State C (Unrestricted Emissons).

New Command scenario: Salalah station

June 6, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Author: Mark Gellis

In history, there was a short-lived civil war in Yemen in 1986. This scenario assumes that the conflict escalated and resulted in Yemen firing on targets in western Oman. Oman responded by bombing targets in eastern Yemen.

Yemen has declared war on Oman and requested assistance from its ally, the Soviet Union. The Soviets have sent several ships into the area and is using various diplomatic and economic channels to pressure and punish Oman.

Oman has requested assistance from the United States, which is trying to stabilize the situation without risking either a larger war or a “loss of face” on the international stage. The United States has moved a small task force into the region.

This scenario is loosely based on one that I wrote about a year ago for Harpoon 3 ANW. It is a lot more complex, with more land and air units, and it takes advantage of Command’s ability to handle, at least to a degree, land-based combat.
A delta template .ini file has been included in the .zip file to assist in updating the scenario to any future versions of the database.


ATTN: Commanding Officer, Reeves

You are instructed to initiate OPERATION VIVID CICADA.


Efforts to stabilize the situation between Yemen and Oman continue.  It is hoped that our presence in the area will convince Yemen to cease hostilities.


Yemen has moved a battalion- to regiment-sized force to its border with Oman.  This force may initiate hostilities at any time.

Yemen has a squadron of MiG-21 aircraft based at Al Ghaidah.  In addition, at least one of their Osa-class missile boats is in your area.

Several Soviet warships, including a Slava-class and a Kara-class, and at least one Soviet submarine are in your area of operation.


Your task force consists of CG 24 Reeves, FF 1063 Reasoner, and SSN 724 Louisville.

A four-ship detachment of F-18s has been chopped to your command.  They are currently en route to your location.  They will operate out of Salalah for the duration of your mission.


  1. Move the Reeves and the Reasoner to the patrol area marked on your tactical map.  Remain on station as a visible sign of American power and of our commitment to our allies until you receive further instructions.

  2. Louisville should patrol the waters surrounding your patrol area and gather intelligence about the size and disposition of Yemeni and Soviet naval forces operating in your area.

  3. Provide defensive assistance to Oman.  You are free to attack any Yemeni forces that have attacked or are attacking Omani territory or forces.  This includes engaging Yemeni forces with naval gunfire.

  4. You are free to defend yourselves against any clear threat to your forces.


Omani forces will not be under your command.  Your mission is to assist Oman by providing their forces with intelligence and by providing cover for their forces and civilian population against any incoming attacks.  You are NOT authorized to attack targets in Yemen itself.

Do not initiate hostilities with Soviet forces.  You may return fire if you are attacked.

The situation is extremely volitate.  While it is hoped that we can bring this crisis to a peaceful solution, you should be prepared for hostilities to start up again at any time.  Once you engage Yemeni forces, it is very likely that they will attempt to attack your vessels. The real question is what the Soviets plan to do.

Special weapons release is NOT anticipated.


Command: Reeves

Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck and Godspeed.

New Command scenario: Vivid Sentry

June 5, 2014 · Posted in Command · Comment 

Author: Mark Gellis

This scenario assumes that, a few years in the future, tensions have increased between Venezuela and the Netherlands.


Scenario Notes:

An earlier version of this scenario was written for Harpoon 3 Advanced Naval Warfare.

A delta template .ini file has been included in the .zip file to assist in updating the scenario to any future versions of the database. 



ATTN: Commanding Officer, Johan de Witt

You are instructed to initiate OPERATION VIVID SENTRY. 


Venezuela continues to harass Dutch vessels and aircraft en route to and from Aruba.  The government believes we can defuse the situation by moving naval vessels into the region as a "show of force" that will demonstrate our commitment to our Caribbean territories. 


At least one Venezuelan warship is known to be deployed in your area.  In addition, Venezuelan military aircraft are likely to approach your vessels.  It is not known if any of the Kilo-class submarines recently purchased from Russia are currently at sea.  


Along with the de Witt, your forces consist of the frigate Van Amstel and the submarine Zeeleeuw.  A detachment of F-16s has been stationed at Queen Beatrix Airport and these aircraft are chopped to your command.


1. Move the de Witt within the patrol area marked on your tactical map.  Remain on station until you receive further instructions. 

2. Van Amstel should remain close enough to the de Witt to protect her from attacks.

3. Zeeleeuw should patrol the waters to the south and southwest of Aruba.  If any Venezuelan vessels are spotted in the area, she should close to torpedo range without being detected and take photographs of them through her periscope.  This may prove useful in convincing the Venezuelans that we can and will project power anywhere in the world if we have to. 

4. F-16s at Queen Beatrix Airport should provide air cover for naval vessels.


Do not initiate hostilities with Venezuelan forces.  Venezuela may be trying to provoke your forces into firing on them, which it could then use to justify "punitive" measures, including strikes against Aruba.

If hostilities should break out, defending Aruba from attack is your main priority.  However, if Venezuela attacks either Aruba or your forces, you are free to fire on any Venezuelan forces that present themselves as targets of opportunity.


Command: Johan de Witt

Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck.

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