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Bozkashi Jones14 Nov 2021 3:23 p.m. PST

The Air Warfare Officer on the USS Hayler stood mesmerised, looking over the shoulder of the enlisted man at the monitor. They were both staring the flickering contact closing on the ship, the last of four which had been detected less than a minute ago. They'd taken two of them out with Standard MR missiles and another had been jammed by Scorpion 31, an EA-6B Prowler covering them as they sailed over Muammar Qaddafi's "Line of Death".

They could do no more.

The AWO shook himself into action; grabbing the microphone he screamed to the ships company on the tannoy: "Missile inbound BRACE FOR IMPACT!"

* * *

Henry and I got a cracking little modern naval game in this weekend complete victory for me as the Americans, but it was a close run thing and I made a mistake for which I was very, very lucky not to get my backside kicked.

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boggler14 Nov 2021 4:03 p.m. PST

Cracking stuff!

Bozkashi Jones15 Nov 2021 3:22 a.m. PST

Cheers Jim – I got lucky!

Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2021 5:03 p.m. PST

You're killing it man, those unidentified contact markers are fantastic, and the game was awesome too, and very lucky.

So you were there, eh? That's pretty cool man. Not to make ya feel old, but I was a kid and remember very well this incident (and the earlier one 1981, as well).

I love your concepts/gaming mechanisms for the overmatched bad guys hiding amongst the civilian clutter.


Bozkashi Jones16 Nov 2021 5:22 a.m. PST

Cheers Jack, glad you enjoyed it!

No, I wasn't there I'm afraid – when I said I was on 'one such mission', I meant in the game.

The American naval battles of the '80s make for really good games – you have all this kit but it's difficult to use it all because of all the commercial traffic. The Libyans or Iranians can use that to their advantage – and they did!


Just Jack Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2021 9:11 p.m. PST

"… I meant in the game."
Hmmm, indeed. Well, reading comprehension has never been my strong suit! ;)

I look forward to more batreps.


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