Contents of the CONTROL.TXT file
A Mediterranean Scenario for HARPOON
by Joe Faraone
SITUATION: After the successful conclusion of the Persian Gulf war, Libya has
begun a holy war of terrorism against several European countries and U.S.
interests in Italy and France. Khaddaffy has publicly called for Jihad against
members of the unholy anti-Iraq coalition. In reply to this call for
anarchy, a gang of terrorists struck the U.S. Consulate in Marseilles, France.
Libyan terrorists exploded a car bomb near the NATO compound in Naples, Italy.
In a most tragic event, hundreds were killed in a grenade and rocket attack at
the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport in Rome.
Western governments are outraged, their politicians and populations demanding
military action. In retaliation, U.S., French and Italian air forces strike
several Libyan airfields. Allied naval forces engage two Libyan task forces,
sinking or disabling ten vessels.
At the outset of hostilities, the Soviet Union maintained neutrality,
attempting again to intervene diplomatically. The Soviet overtures of peace
fall on deaf ears in Washington and Tripoli, but they are successful in
convincing Greece and Turkey to "sit this one out". Unwilling to see
another of their "client states" fall to Western military power, the Soviet
Union begins deploying aircraft to Tobruk and Tripoli. Soviet naval forces
prepare to get underway from their anchorages at Kithira and Hammamet.
The Allied forces, unwilling to provoke the Soviet Union by
destroying Soviet aircraft on the ground at Tripoli and Tobruk,
continue their air campaign against Khaddaffy, totally destroying his
remaining airbases. As the FORRESTAL CVBG sorties from Naples after rearming
for the final blow against the Libyan dictator, Soviet forces are given
their war orders.
THIS SCENARIO SHOULD BE PLAYED AS THE BLUE SIDE.
BLUE ORDERS: BLUE Naval forces are to enter the Central Mediterranean to
conduct air and naval operations against Libyan and Soviet forces. Destroy
any and all air and naval contacts that present themselves. The FORRESTAL CVBG
is to remain on station for at least 24 hours. COMSTRIKFORSOUTH and Allied
intelligence estimates that the USSR and Libyan forces will sue for a cease
fire if their forces in the area are decimated. Nuclear release has NOT been
INTELLIGENCE REPORT: Soviet surface forces are believed to be underway from
their anchorages east of Tunisia (Hammamet) and northwest of Crete (Kithira).
Several SSNs and diesel boats are known to be operating in the MED. USN P-3s
based in Rota lost contact on several Soviet subs passing through the straits
of Gibraltar. A Victor III SSN is believed to be heading eastfrom Gibraltar
after relieving a Charlie II. Allied Intelligence shows unusual activity
at two Soviet airbases in the Crimea. SNA aircraft could attempt a lightning
strike against the FORRESTAL. A French CVBG centered on the carrier FOCHE
with attached U.S. units may be available. Good luck and good hunting Admiral.
BLUE TOTAL: FORRESTAL OR FOCHE CVBGs on station in CENTMED for at
least 48 hours.
BLUE MARGINAL: FORRESTAL OR FOCHE CVBGs on station in CENTMED for at
least 24 hours.
RED TOTAL: Sink both Allied CVs
RED Marginal: Sink 1 Allied CV, or maintain at least 10 ships afloat
GAME LENGTH: 4 Days.