Rico Presents: “Nordic Trident” 8

Following our successful attack on Kirkenes airfield, a NATO ASW carrier group with HMS Invincible moved toward the Northern Norwegian coast and engaged Soviet forces threatening to isolate the Nordic Trident. With Soviet capital ships closing on the GIUK gap, larger more capable ships, including the US carriers and cruisers, were out of range for this operation. The ASW carrier group was attacked and has suffered heavy losses and is requesting air support from Norrbotten Wing to cover their withdrawal.

INTRODUCTION

 January 1983

The Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden, which form the “Nordic Trident”, are at risk of invasion by the USSR. Two of those countries are members of NATO, and while Sweden’s public stance has always been one of neutrality, the threat of Soviet invasion, along with their pact with Norway and Denmark as part of the “Trident” has Sweden secretly cooperating with NATO.

The Soviet objective to control the North Atlantic and submarine access to the sea routes between the United States and Europe is well known. To achieve this, the Soviet Union must reach the North Atlantic as rapidly as possible. NATO believes the Soviet attack plan is not to invade Sweden but to go around the country, across the Danish Belts, and also to attack northern Norway from the Kola Peninsula. Sweden would then be “isolated”.  NATO thinks Moscow is hoping that Sweden will remain neutral as it did in the Second World War, when Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.  What the Kremlin does not know is that neutrality for Sweden is something of a sham. We will not hesitate to come to the defense of the Nordic Trident when faced with invasion.

 

Norrbotten Wing  (F 21)

Norrbotten Wing (F 21) is a Swedish Air Force wing dating back to 1941 and the second World War, tasked with defending northern Sweden. F 21 has received their dispersal orders and formed a rapid response unit. While our main base is located in Luleå in northern Sweden, we are currently operating from a network of improvised road bases near or inside the border with Norway, above the arctic circle.

 

BRIEFING
The NATO ASWCG used the cover of a storm to screen their advance before engaging the Soviets, and met with initial success, including damaging the Soviet ASW Carrier Leningrad and sinking several Soviet submarines, disrupting their attempts to move troops and supplies into Norway by ship. However, a coordinated missile attack this morning by Soviet Naval Aviation bombers, guided missile submarines, and a surface action group destroyed the NATO task force, sinking all but three ships. The remaining ships, HMS Invincible, USS Kidd and USS Antrim, are headed South, being pursued by a Soviet Surface Action Group (SAG). HMS Invincible has suffered damage to her machinery and is only able to make turns for 10 knots.

Our mission is to cover the withdrawal of the remaining NATO naval forces. ELINT indicates the presence of 4-6 Soviet ships including a Slava-Class Guided Missile Cruiser, several Destroyers and Frigates. This means two layers of SAM protection, and numerous AA guns and CIWS. HMS Conqueror, a British submarine operating in the area, reported active ASW operations including the use of helicopters and aircraft. Conqueror was driven off by an attack before she was able to get close enough to the Soviet task force to engage it. The failure of the NATO naval action off the Norwegian coast could spell disaster for Norway and Sweden by allowing unimpeded movement of Soviet convoys along the coast. Wing Command has directed you to report any additional Soviet shipping in the area, and possibly engage them once the SAG has been turned back.

Viggens will launch from FOB Bergman and proceed to the expected location of HMS Invincible. Following this you are to turn north and attack the Soviet Surface Action Group (SAG) in an effort to allow the surviving NATO ships to escape South. Success can be achieved through destruction of the SAG, or simply convincing them that further pursuit of our ships will result in losses.

FOB BERGMAN

Is located near the north cape, close to the Russian border. Its location is strategic and a secret… we must strive to keep it that way.

It’s in heavily wooded country, and difficult to spot from the air. So we’ve established the following approach procedures to assist.

  • WP1 is the outer marker for FOB BERGMAN.  All approaches to BERGMAN are conducted by flying to WP1, the outer marker
  • Within 12km of reaching the outer marker (WP1), a ground spotter will pop a green smoke marker to help incoming pilots identify the outer marker.
  • Just prior to reaching the outer marker, turn to a heading of 030 for landing on Road Runway 03
  • On final approach, upon passing the inner marker, a green flare will be set-off by security forces on the ground, to assist in locating the runway threshold, which will be marked with lights as before.
  • While the road runway is 60 feet wide and 6000 ft long, it is bracketed by tall evergreens and light posts.  You will need a steady hand and rudder to remain lined-up down the middle.

 

 

FLIGHT PLAN LOADED ON TO YOUR DATA CARTRIDGE

  • Depart FOB BERGMAN Road Rwy HDG 207
    • When ready to taxi, Follow-me bikes will lead each Trident to the runway.  LOKI should yield to ODIN out of the hangar, as they share a taxiway and follow-me bike with ODIN.
    • STOL procedures… 6000 ft long rwy requires ZONE 3 afterburner
    • Rotate nose @ 225 airspeed to avoid bouncing and gear damage on takeoff
    • Road Rwy INS align Procedure: Data Selector to “HDG LIMIT” > “IN” > 2070 > “LS SKU” > “OUT” > “CUR POS”   This necessary step will ensure your CK37 INS is aligned prior to takeoff.
  • WP1- Outer Marker
  • WP 2-3 through mountains
  • WP 4 at Coast/ INS alignment opportunity
  • WP 5- last known position of NATO Task Force – turn N/NW and begin searching for Soviet SAG
  • RTB by proceeding to WP4 and fly the course in reverse, following procedures for landing at FOB Bergman

 

  •  NOTAM:  FOB BERGMAN PROCEDURES
    • Remain at or below 1000m within 40km of FOB to avoid detection and giving away the new FOB location
    • If you are mud spiked within range of FOB, shame on you!, you’ve just shown up on SA-10 radar and can be tracked!
    • Landing Road Rwy HDG 030
    • Follow approach procedures documented above, using WP 1 as Outer Marker
    • STOL procedures… AFK Mode 3 with 15.5 button ON.
    • Watch your approach speed… no higher than 270.  Landing HOT will result in disaster!
    • Caution: tall evergreens create a “Death Star” trench effect that can disorient pilots.
    • At conclusion of mission, taxi forward to runway end markings,  meet up with a follow-me bike, which will then guide your Trident to their assigned aircraft hangar

 

 

SKILLS REQUIRED FOR THIS MISSION

  • Employ RB-04E or RB-15 anti-ship missile
  • Radar Usage
  • STOL Takeoff and Landing
  • AFK (Autothrottle) Mode 3 usage for short field landing  – AFK engaged and 15.5 button ON
  • Waypoint Navigation

 

COMM PLAN

  • Important: You must cycle the FR-24 Radio knob from NORM + GUARD to the RIGHT and then BACK to NORM + GUARD to initialize SRS Radio.  This will allow you to listen in on Guard (243) while using your discrete FR22 radio.  With this configuration, SRS Radio 1 is Discrete FLT, and SRS Radio 2 is Guard.

  • Discrete FR22 Radio Button assignment as follows
    • Thor:  Button 1
    • Odin: Button 2
    • Loki: Button 3
AIR TASKING ORDER
THREE Tridents… 3 Elements of 3 aircraft each  (* element leader)

THOR FLIGHT

  • SkyKnight*
  • Floundog
  • Airdog

 

ODIN FLIGHT

  • Rico*
  • Baldawg
  • Skunk

 

LOKI FLIGHT

  • Hook*
  • Vulcan
  • Zero

 

Your assigned flight will remain your flight for duration of mini-campaign, unless attendance dictates otherwise.

 

PILOT DUTY ROSTER

Enter your Callsign and confirm your availability for this mission by selecting either

(Flying) or (Grounded)

 

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