New Command scenario: Lucid Angel

February 11, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Database – DB3000
Author – Mark Gellis 

In the summer of 1992, President Mohamed Boudiaf of Algeria was assassinated. A transitional government, backed by the military, took power and declared a state of emergency. Thousands of people were arrested and, according to various human rights organizations, the use of torture by the government was widespread.

This scenario assumes that, among those arrested, were several Americans.


ATTN: Commanding Officer, Guam

You are instructed to initiate OPERATION LUCID ANGEL.


Following the assassination of President Mohamed Boudiaf in Algeria last year, the transitional government has arrested thousands of people, including dozens of foreign nationals, on charges ranging from espionage to sedition. Several American citizens are among those arrested.

Last month, reports reached Washington that two of the Americans being held in Algeria had died; few details are being released by the Algerian government. The State Department is calling the situation “deeply troubling.”

We have reliable intelligence that the other Americans who were arrested are now being held–and quite possibly subjected to torture–at the police station in Annaba.

The President has ordered us to conduct a rescue mission.


The Algerians have a variety of Soviet-built aircraft and ships in the region. Air defenses are likely to be moderate, consisting of SA-6 missiles, Soviet era anti-aircraft guns, and similar platforms.


Your task force consists of the Guam, the Radford, and the Wainwright. Aircraft at NAS Sigonella are available to assist you.


  1. Eliminate air defenses surrounding Annaba that pose a threat to your mission.

  2. Marines aboard CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters should conduct an assault on the Annaba police station. You will to keep at least one helicopter over the police station for at least twenty minutes to complete the assault and rescue the Americans being held prisoner.

  3. Destroy any appropriate targets of opportunity. One of the objectives of this mission is to send a message to the Algerian government–the United States will not tolerate having its citiziens tortured and murdered.


Aircraft at Sigonella should conduct an initial SEAD strike and then provide air cover for the task force. You are authorized to conduct secondary strikes if you deem them necessary.

You are authorized to fire at your discretion up to 12 Tomahawk missiles from the Radford.

Avoid serious losses.

Avoid unnecessary civilian casualties.


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

Good luck.


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