New Command scenario: Montevideo reach

December 8, 2013 · Posted in Command 

Database – CWDB
Author – Mark Gellis

In 1973, a coup in Uruguay placed a military junta in control of the country.  In history, the junta crushed all opposition; trade unions and political parties were illegal for a decade following the coup. 

This scenario assumes that leftists were more successful in resisting the government crackdown, eventually triggering a general rebellion.  It also assumes the Soviet Union has decided to support the rebels in the hopes of eventually establishing another socialist state in Latin America.


ATTN: Commanding Officer, Guadalcanal

You are instructed to initiate OPERATION MONTEVIDEO REACH.


The recent coup in Uruguay has left the country in chaos.  We have reliable intelligence reports that a Soviet task force is en route to Uruguay.  Its exact intentions are unknown, but it appears likely that the Soviets intend to establish (or at least threaten) a blockade in order to intimidate the Uruguayan government into making pro-socialist concessions. 


The Soviet task force is likely to consist of two or three warships, an auxiliary vessel, and two or three submarines.  The exact composition is unknown but is believed to include at least one Victor-class submarine and one Kresta-class cruiser.


All available forces have been chopped to your command.  This includes LPH 7 Guadalcanal, CLG 4 Little Rock, DD 880 Dyess, FF 1061 Patterson, and SSN 653 Ray.

A Uruguayan destroyer-escort and Uruguayan aircraft are on patrol in your area and will provide you with intelligence.


The Soviets must not be allowed to establish themselves in Uruguayan territorial waters.  Any Soviet forces entering the exclusion zone marked on your tactical map may be treated as hostile and attacked.  Any Soviet forces initiating hostilities with your forces or Uruguayan forces may be treated as hostile and attacked.


Guadalcanal should remain in the region of Montevideo, with Little Rock as her primary escort.  Patterson, Dyess, and Ray should patrol the waters to the northeast of Montevideo and track any suspicious contacts.

We have reliable intelligence that the Soviets have a ballistic missile submarine, possibly a Hotel-class, is in your area.  If hostilities break out, it is essential that you neutralize this strategic threat.


Command: Guadalcanal
Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck.


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