New Command scenario: Out of Meggido – Battle of the Arabian Sea

June 22, 2014 · Posted in Command 

Author: Mark Gellis

The Out of Megiddo scenarios assume that, in response to Soviet threats to intervene on behalf of Egypt and Syrian the Yom Kippur War, on October 25, 1973, President Richard Nixon initiated a massive series of attacks on Soviet forces around the world.

The scenarios assume Nixon is not interested in actually destroying the Soviet Union.  Instead, he is convinced the only way to prevent the situation from escalating into a nuclear exhange is to strike first, but to do so in a way that simply prevents the Soviet Union from projecting power.

Nixon is sure that as long as there is no direct threat to the Soviet homeland (and he is making sure that message is being communicated through diplomatic channels), the Soviets will not launch their strategic weapons even if they lose the war at sea because there will be no need for them to do so and no real advantage in it, either.  It is a huge gamble, but Nixon thinks this is now his only real option.


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. 


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

ATTN: Commanding Officer, Coral Sea

At the direction of the President of the United States, we are initiating attacks on Soviet forces.


During the last several weeks, in possible preparation for attack against the United States and its allies, the Soviet Union has deployed many elements of its navy to forward staging areas around the world.

It is vital that the supply of oil from the Persian Gulf remains available to the United States and its allies.  It is equally vital that the Soviet Union is denied the use of oil from the Persian Gulf.


A Soviet convoy consisting of two or three warships and ten to fifteen tankers is currently exiting the Gulf of Oman.

A Soviet surface action group (SAG) was recently observed in the Arabian Sea to the east of your position.

Between four and ten Soviet submarines are known to be operating in and near the Arabian Sea.  At least one of these has been identified as a Charlie-class missile submarine.

Soviet aircraft based out of Socatra may represent a threat to your forces.


Your battle group consists of CV 43 Coral Sea, CG 29 Jouett, DDG 46 Preble, and FF 1044 Brumby.

DD 938 Jonas Ingram and SSN 677 Drum are on patrol in your area and are chopped to your command.


1. Locate and destroy the Soviet convoy exiting the Gulf of Oman.

2. Destroy any other Soviet forces in your area of operation.  It is of particular importance to eliminate the threat of Soviet submarines in the Arabian Sea, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf.


The Soviet Union has very limited air power in this region and we believe your battle group is superior to any surface forces they may have in the area.  The most serious threat your forces are likely to face will be from Soviet submarines.

Do not under any circumstances violate the neutrality of India.

Weather conditions may affect the performance of some guided weapons.

You are authorized to use special weapons.  Repeat.  You are authorized to use special weapons.


Command: Coral Sea

Signal: EMCON State C (Unrestricted Emissions)

Good luck and Godspeed.


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