New Command scenario: Battle of Strait of Tiran

February 10, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Database – DB3000
Author – Steve Raymond (AdmSteebe)

After the Yom Kippur War in October of 1973, Israel was not content with its security. Egypt continuously harassed Israeli shipping vessels and claims of sabotage were rampant. In October of 1977, Egypt restarted hostilities by blocking the Straits of Bab-el-Mandeb. Israel, determined to free its rights to ship through the Red Sea, decimated the Egyptian Navy and sent six ships to the bottom of the sea.

Egypt has now considered blocking the Straits of Tiran. Logistically it appears to be a shoe-in victory with Egypt controlling half of the Gulf of  Aqaba and a neutral Saudi Arabia who refuses to become involved regardless of the situation.

The port of Tiran is a vital logistics point as it has become a feeder route for bases directly north and are much closer that ports in Tel Aviv. It is imperative that Tiran is secure.

The Battle for Tiran: Israel Briefing

We are coming off a huge victory at Bab-el-Mandeb and must continue the pace to secure the Tiran. Egypt, although weakened by the loss, are still steadfast for defeating us by blocking access to the Gulf of Aqaba.

Friendly Forces

We are escorting two container vessels through the Red Sea that are destined for Eilat. Those vessels are imperative for our armed services and must make their destination. They are escorted by the PCFG’s Eilat and Saar. The Ovda AB, has three squadron’s ready.

Enemy Forces

We have received intel that Egypt has shifted some of their air corps to the Hurghada airbase giving them approximately 5 squadron’s their. Egypt has also violated international laws by placing military assets on the disputed islands of Sanafir and Tiran. Our aircraft have not been able to verify what the assets are but belive that they are FROG-7 anti-ship missiles as well as SA-2 or SA-3 SAM’s.

Neutral Forces

Egypt may be using civilian vessels with advanced radar sets that cannot be attacked under any circumstances, regardless of how the vessel is being used.


Tiran must be secured at any cost.

1)Destroy Egyptian SSM and SAM sites on Sanafir and Tiran.

2)Destroy Egyptian surface vessels within the straits.

3)Inhibit the Hurghada air base from dispatching aircraft. A first wave of F-4 attack aircraft is being immediately deployed as well as SEAD aircraft. Determine as necessary on follow-up attacks.

4)The container vessels must be escorted to the area north of the Straits.


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