New Command scenario: Cape Road

October 31, 2013 · Posted in Command 

Author – Mark Gellis


ATTN: Commanding Officer, Tabar

You are instructed to initiate OPERATION CAPE ROAD.


Tensions between India and South Africa have increased over the last several years.  Two days ago, South Africa has informed us that our fishing vessels will no longer be allowed to operate in its Exclusive Economic Zone.  We intend to comply with this, but we have no intention of surrendering our right to freedom of navigation.


South Africa has one of the most powerful militaries in sub-Saharan Africa.  Even so, it relies primarily on equipment that is at least ten years old, such as JAS 39 Gripen aircraft and Type 209 submarines.  It is not clear which forces if any are operating in your area and if they represent an actual threat.


Your task force consists of the frigates Tabar (F 44) and Betwa (F 39).


Indian fishing trawlers are moving to a rendevous point outside of South Africa’s Exclusive Economic Zone.  Guide these vessels to the rendevous point and protect them from attack.


It is recommended that you place one frigate ahead of the fishing boats and scout ahead for submarines and surface vessels.  The other frigate should be placed behind the fishing boats to screen them from possible attacks by aircraft.

South African intentions are not very clear at the moment.  It seems unlikely that South Africa wishes to actually start a war with us, but the economic difficulties that they have faced in the last decade have made them especially sensitive to the protection of their natural resources, fisheries, and so on.  They may be looking for an excuse to “send a message.”  If you believe their actions pose a genuine threat to Indian civilians, or Indian military forces, you are free to take what you believe to be appropriate action.


Command: Tabar

Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck.


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