New Command scenario: Vivid Sentry

June 5, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Author: Mark Gellis

This scenario assumes that, a few years in the future, tensions have increased between Venezuela and the Netherlands.


Scenario Notes:

An earlier version of this scenario was written for Harpoon 3 Advanced Naval Warfare.

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



ATTN: Commanding Officer, Johan de Witt

You are instructed to initiate OPERATION VIVID SENTRY. 


Venezuela continues to harass Dutch vessels and aircraft en route to and from Aruba.  The government believes we can defuse the situation by moving naval vessels into the region as a "show of force" that will demonstrate our commitment to our Caribbean territories. 


At least one Venezuelan warship is known to be deployed in your area.  In addition, Venezuelan military aircraft are likely to approach your vessels.  It is not known if any of the Kilo-class submarines recently purchased from Russia are currently at sea.  


Along with the de Witt, your forces consist of the frigate Van Amstel and the submarine Zeeleeuw.  A detachment of F-16s has been stationed at Queen Beatrix Airport and these aircraft are chopped to your command.


1. Move the de Witt within the patrol area marked on your tactical map.  Remain on station until you receive further instructions. 

2. Van Amstel should remain close enough to the de Witt to protect her from attacks.

3. Zeeleeuw should patrol the waters to the south and southwest of Aruba.  If any Venezuelan vessels are spotted in the area, she should close to torpedo range without being detected and take photographs of them through her periscope.  This may prove useful in convincing the Venezuelans that we can and will project power anywhere in the world if we have to. 

4. F-16s at Queen Beatrix Airport should provide air cover for naval vessels.


Do not initiate hostilities with Venezuelan forces.  Venezuela may be trying to provoke your forces into firing on them, which it could then use to justify "punitive" measures, including strikes against Aruba.

If hostilities should break out, defending Aruba from attack is your main priority.  However, if Venezuela attacks either Aruba or your forces, you are free to fire on any Venezuelan forces that present themselves as targets of opportunity.


Command: Johan de Witt

Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck.


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