New Command scenario: The Snipe Incident

May 18, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Author: Mark Gellis

In the 1950s, Chile and Argentina were engaged in a dispute over the possession of several islands off the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego.  This scenario assumes that the dispute escalated into an exchange of shots between warships.


Scenario Notes

In history, while the Argentinians did destroy a Chilean lighthouse, shots were not exchanged between military vessels.  In addition, the ship on station during this period was the Chilean patrol boat Lientur (a former Maricopa-class auxiliary fleet tug).  Both because the Lientur would have been hopelessly outgunned against an Argentinian destroyer and because the Maricopa-class did not appear to be in the CWDB at the time this scenario was written, she has been replaced by a more capable Chilean warship.

A delta template .ini file has been included in the .zip file to assist in updating the scenario to future versions of the database.


*** FLASH *** FLASH *** FLASH ***

ATTN: Commanding Officer, Baquedano


Argentina has again refused to accept our position regarding Snipe Island and the Snipe Lighthouse.  We have reason to believe they plan to conduct a show of force mission in the immediate future.  This may include an attack on the lighthouse itself. 


An Argentinian destroyer has been spotted closing on your position.  As far as we can tell, she is the only Argentinian vessel in your area. 


Your vessel is the only one available for this mission.


Protect the lighthouse on Snipe Island from attack. 


You are free to fire on the Argentinian destroyer if she approaches too closely to the lighthouse.  (The exclusion zone is marked on your tactical map.)  Entering the exclusion zone would place her well within Chilean territorial waters.  Keep in mind, however, that the range of her guns may be superior to the range of your own weapons; success may well depend on stealth and surprise.   


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

Good luck and Godspeed.


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