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  • AAR BlackBuck 1

    My orders were to fly a Vulcan from Ascencion to Port Stanley and hit the runway. the refueling plan was clearly laid out and well planned. I launched 15 Victor tankers and the Vulcan and as planned, refueled the Vulcan 4 times, every time also refueling victors and returning the remaining ones to base. Around refueling point 3, closest to the Argentinian coast, I detected numerous ship contacts (all British) and weak ESM air contacts. They included Boeing 707, P2 Neptuneís and even mirages. Further south, harriers were detected. I classified the mirage as hostile, hoping the harrier would attack it. During refueling, my planes were seen by a 707, but it trailed a Victor and the Vulcan could continue south. After the last refueling, i flew towards the IP East of Port Stanley at vHigh altitude. At 200 nm this revealed a ground radar as well as the cruiser General Belgrano with Radars up. I dropped the Vulcan to vLow altitude and decided to make a low level attack.flying in from the east, at 31 meters, the enemy Radars reaquired me at about 10 nm and I switched on jammers. At 2 nm I dropped all bombs on the runway, and defensive gunfire opened up. Seconds after seeing the runway reduced to STOL, my Vulcan was shot down. I had been fired upon my 35 mm but also by the cruisers big guns!
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    • Good use of the terrain to mask your approach.
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      • AAR Black Buck 1 - alternate UK side

        i chose to play the UK Task Force side. my orders were to support BlackBuck by strike missions on Port Stanley as well as recce the defenses.

        Two main problems, HMS Hermes was out of range of the Falklands, and had half my strike harriers embarked. So I planned to fly some of my 4 spare Victors down to execute the longest harrier strike in history, over 900nm using aerial refueling. Second I had no spare bombs embarked for any followed strike, so moved the Munition carriers towards my aircraft carriers for replenishment at sea. Unfortunately I had no helicopters available for cross decking ammo, nor could the returning harriers Land at the Munition ships.

        While my victors were transporting fuel down, my sea harriers were hunting down recce planes. everyone seemed to want a front seat, I even intercepted a Bear D Recce plane!
        Sea harrier recce Planes could not give more details of the Port Stanley defenses, these were too well camouflaged.

        As the Victor overflew Hermes, the three available harriers with 454 kg bombs joined up. hours and two refueling later , they overflew Invincible and were joint by three more harriers. The enormous size of the victor meant it could easily support three harriers.
        the harriers made their attacks from vHigh altitude. As they approached, two warships were detected in Harbour, adding to the aerial defenses, these must just have arrived! The harriers flew around these and attacked from north and south. The Avgas facility was blown up but the few bombs could only damage the apron and ammo dump. Two harriers fell to guns, in spite of flying at 15k altitude (I remember someone saying that in H3, guns can kill satellites, though I never saw it happen).

        Hermes and invincible meanwhile had joint up with their ammo carriers and transferred the next loads of bombs. Those turned out not to be needed though as the fire at Port Stanley finished off the damaged facilities and I was awarded victory. oh, and the Gentlemen from RAF Bomber command Never turned up......typical.
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        • AAR Between Ascension and San Carlos.

          In this hypothetical scen, intel reports an Argentine SAG broken into the Atlantic, trying to intercept a critical escorted supply tanker.

          My tanker was escorted by a missile destroyer and two frigates, and we had 4 helos embarked. These were equipped with radar and optical equipment, so I launched three and rearmed one with AS12s.
          i split off on FF and once it was about 60nm from the HVU, it switched on radars. Apart from the occasional Alouette, I did not detect anything for hours. After numerous helo sorties, I finally found a the typical Argie laughingstock; a potentially superior force around Belgrano, a type 42 and two WW2 upgraded DDs with guns and SSMs, wallowing stationary in the Atlantic. looked like Belgrano engines had failed. I kept my FF just outside missile range and raced my tanker group south undetected. Eventually boredom made me organize a two helo ASM attack on one of the tin cans which damaged her. When my supply ship reached safety and victory had been awarded, Belgrano was still in the Atlantic at 0 knots, and winter was coming.....

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          • Yes, "Between Ascension and San Carlos" was one of the scenarios originally created for the Harpoon miniatures game. This scenario was played in multi-player and did not exhibit any problems because there was a human player on both sides. I checked the scenario and found that the mission for the Belgrano had been created, but the TF had not been assigned to it. So, the AI did not know what to do and just sat there for your game. Oops! Sorry for the inconvenience.

            The scenario has been fixed and the Library installers have been updated with the corrected scenario. Thanks for the report.
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            • AAR Belgrano

              I can be quick about this one. North wood directed me to the wrong place, and although I initially had clear passive sonar bearings on Belgrano, these deteriorated during the day, and in spite of sprint drifting and even using the radar I did not locate the cruiser!

              AAR May Day

              I remember this as one of my favorite scenes (to build), but donít remember any specific tactics of the AI. Reading the orders, I realized that defending the carriers in important, but they are well defended. Defending the unarmed and long supply line is another matter.
              So my strategy was
              1. Execute air strikes early so I have chance of a second strike.
              2. Use the shore bombardment SAG to the max at Stanley, so the harriers can handle the less well defended Good Green
              3. keep a three plan CAP and use the subs as air raid warning
              4. Detach Sheffield as a forward SAM trap, and detach a Leander to provide radar coverage over the supply line, so Harriers can be called in on time.

              as I reconnoiter the defenses of Stanley, a pair of mirages draw first blood by killing my helicopter. In the next hours, turboprops from Stanley and goose green attacked SAG Glamorgan, and the Sea Slug missiles got a real workout. Some of the enemy planes died in sight of my DD and FFs, but my ships were not hurt.
              Mirages proved the harrier CAP, but the harriers prioritized the enemy patrol planes trying to find the supply ships. The harriers did well, but one or two were lost to the fast jets.
              After about 2 hours I organized a 12 plane air strike on Goose Green and Stanley. About half the targets were hit but the ground defenses brought down 4 harriers - 20 percent of my air power.

              on landing I rearmed some of the strikers for air to air. TF Glamorgan was now bombarding the Stanley defenses and targets, while staying out of range of enemy guns. If Iíd had amphibious I could have landed right in the harbour!

              things were going well although planes and helos were occasionally sighted in far off places, but attempts at helicopter searches for argentine fleet units were unsuccessful.

              The main argentine air attack came from 16 planes from 4 airbases, beautifully coordinated for time on target. The harriers got about a third, and the Sea darts and some gunfire got the rest. At this point, I was nearly out of sidewinders, and Decided to patrol the supply lines with gun armed harriers.

              as I was pursuing a distant P2 target, I overflew three Argentine frigates, 30 miles from the supply ships. My one gun armed Leander interposed itself, but it was 5 harriers making strafing attacks that sank the lightly armoires frigates. At the cost of 2 more harriers.

              The second strike down Goose Green finished off the last primary targets, and I was lucky then when the TF ran into a sub, it was Broadsword in contact. She was fast enough to avoid enemy torpedos and the helos finished off the argentine sub. victory was awarded shortly afterwards, I lost 8 harriers and a helo vs 50-odd argentine planes, three frigates and a sub destroyed, on top of about a dozen ground units.
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              • AAR Pebble Island

                The helicopter assault on Pebble island was cancelled when my forward deployed HMS Hermes got word that CV de Mayo was within 200nm of her. I needed 3 hours to arm harriers with iron bombs, meanwhile I ran OCA missions in the relatively small playing field, and got some Sea Kings en route to hidden bay in the falklands to provide recce.

                first I encountered patrol planes and helicopters, intermingled with some super etendards and Skyhawks. I shot down the unarmed planes, but found out that somehow the Argentines had acquires sidewinders. At the end of the recce war I lost one harrier against 12 argentine planes. My Sea Kings radars localized the enemy TF and her escorts.

                Six bomb armed harriers set off and coordinated an attack from North and South on de Mayo. All 18 bombs were dropped, but the pilots were severely distracted by the heavy flak, and only one hit was observed. Some harriers even strafed the enemy, but seconds after bomb release, all six harriers were shot down. Fortunately the CV had sustained damage and I was awarded victory.
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