New Command scenario: Sideshow in the South China Sea

February 11, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Database – DB3000
Author – Russian Heel

Date/Time: 20 MAR 85 / 2200 Zulu – 21 MAR 85 0500 Local 
Location: South China Sea
Playable Sides: United States

In March of 1985, after a week of build up and failed diplomacy the much prepared for military confrontation between the Warsaw Pact and NATO has begun. In the South China Sea, far away from the main theater of the war, two groups of bases face off against each other in a battle that will determine control of the South China Sea.

Orders for Cmdr US Joint Forces


At 0400 20 MAR 85 ZULU hostilities began between NATO and WARPAC forces. Heavy fighting is occurring in the Central and Northern European theaters as well as in the North Atlantic. The Western Pacific has only small scale operations. 7th Fleet ships have been removed from the South China Sea due to the presence of the Soviet base at Cam Ranh Bay.

Enemy Forces

Stationed at Cam Ranh Bay is the 169th Guards Separate Composite Regiment of Naval Aviation-Pacific Fleet (VVS-TF) The regiment consists of:

  • 1st Squadron 20x Tu-16 BADGER aircraft consisting of 12-14 bombers, 4-6 EW aircraft and at least 2 refueling aircraft.
  • 2nd Squadron 4x Tu-142 4x TU-95TS BEAR aircraft making up the maritime recon component
  • 3rd Squadron 12x MiG-23MLD FLOGGER K make up the fighter component. This squadron is manned by the most capable pilots in the Soviet Navy.

We are aware that at least 1 BN of SA-6 have been to deployed to Cam Ranh Bay for at least 2 weeks, and it is possible SA-10s have been deployed as well.

Satellite intelligence has noted that 3 submarines left port 3 days ago. There is a limited amount of Soviet naval activity in the South China Sea and a submarine tender in Cam Ranh Bay.

Friendly Forces

  • Clark AFB: 2x F-4 Squadrons (3rd TFS, 90th TFSw/ 8 F-4Gs) 6x KC-135A, 1 KC-135Q
  • NAS Cubi Point: Marine Detachment (12x A-4, 6x A-6, 4x EA-6, 2x KC-130) 4x P-3C
  • Andersen AFB: 8x B-52G (2 Harpoon capable) 6x KC-135A 1x SR-71


  1. Cam Ranh Bay must be neutralized as a base for Soviet forces in order to establish control over transit of the South China Sea.

  2. Cam Ranh Bay itself must be mined to prevent normal operations or resupply by sea.

  3. Any Soviet naval units are considered high value targets and are to be attacked.


At your discretion.

Command & Signal

Command: PACAF, 3rd Fighter Wing
Signal: EMCON State C, unrestricted emissions

Rules of Engagement (RoE)

Vietnam has declared neutrality in the conflict. Entry of their airspace is limited only to the area of Cam Ranh Bay. Vietnamese forces are only to be attacked in self defense.


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