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Operation Retribution

November 10 @ 19:30 - 23:00

Operation
RETRIBUTION

RSVP: 22 11 11 – 19:30 (please sign-up asap though, as it makes things easier to plan)
Activity: Mission – CAP, Air Interdiction
Theatre: Caucasus
Modules: F/A-18C, AJS 37, A-10C, AH-64
Prerequisites: None

LINEUP

F/A-18C CAP ARCTIC11 (400): Johnny ARCTIC12 (401): Tryggast ARCTIC13 (402): Lillfilly ARCTIC14 (403): Capone

F/A-18C SEAD BENDER21 (404): leka BENDER22 (405): Blichten BENDER23 (406): frefeh BENDER24 (407): Vennyyo

AJS 37 Strike GRIM71: Goofy GRIM72: Urist GRIM73: Scaniax GRIM74:

A-10C Air Interdiction HAWG81: DeadGun_SWE HAWG82: BigSwede HAWG83: JackFlash HAWG84: Decoy A

F-16C CAP INDY91: Mags INDY92: pahi INDY93: INDY94:

F-16C SEAD JESTER11: Moldy JESTER12: Seb JESTER13: Badger JESTER14:

AH-64D Air Interdiction RAGE91: Shiggan / Arrow RAGE92: Creedarn / RobinM RAGE93: -= J i n x =- / Troll RAGE94:

AWACS STINGRAY: Apollo STINGRAY: Mink STINGRAY: Ulvar OBSERVER: Insop

Airport Ground: Tower: Control:

Carrier Marshal: Tower: LSO:

1 SITUATION

1.1 Overview

The Russian surprise attack a few weeks back was a large blow to the Georgian moral. Not to mention the status of Kutaisi airfield and our operations in the area. Georgian authorities reports that they have received many reports of small “Russian speaking” groups targeting critical infrastructures. We must stay alert.

1.2 Area of operations

N and W of Kutaisi (CAUCASUS).

1.3 Time and weather

* April 18 – 2022
* 07:00 local time
* Weather Broken @ 7,500 – 12,000 Scattered @ 21´ – 23,0000
* Wind 310 / 6kts
* FORCE QNH 2992 / 1013

1.4 Air threats

MiG-29

MiG-29s have been reported in the region. Expect main threat from closest enemy air bases, located at Beslan, Sukhumi and Naltsjik. Intel estimates that the Russian Air Force will have routine CAP over Besland, Sukhumi and can launch 8-10 fighters in short succession from bases close to these airbases. Additional fighters can reinforce from other bases after a time span of 30 mins from first engagements.

1.5 Ground threats

Infantry, T-72, T-90, 23mm AAA, 60mm AAA, BMP, ZSU-23 Shilka, MANPADS, SA-10, SA-6

The north “disputed” border to Abkhazia is heavily defended by Russian armor, infantry and supported by mobile SA system. The same goes for the area at South Ossetia. We have an SA-10’s located at Beslan, Sotsji and one SA-6 at Naltsjik.

1.6 Friendly forces

N/A, we are the only blue forces in the AO.

1.7 Civilian/3rd part

Civilian air traffic is only active to and from Batumi.

2 MISSION

The NATO Air Defense Committee (NADC) orders attack on the two SA systems located at Beslan and Naltsjik, and ground operations at the disputed border at Abkhazia. Together with Georgian defense forces NATO want to move the border back to Sukumi.

EXECUTION

3.1 Commander’s intent

Destroy the two SA systems located at Beslan and Naltsjik. Push Russian ground forces at Abkhazia back towards Sukumi. Establish CAP at designated locations.

3.2 Packages

The mission contains 1 package, callsign RINGO. All flights are part of package RINGO.

3.3 Order of events

This operation is divided into five phases which will be conducted chronologically: Establish CAP to defend our forces. Destroy the SA-systems and push the enemy back towards Sukhumi, RTB.

  1. AH-64 from Kutaisi to locate and engage the enemy FOB located north and south of Kutaisi, and then provide security around Kutaisi.
  2. F-16 from Kutaisi and F-18 from CV-72 will establish CAP at designated locations.
  3. F-16 from Kutaisi and F/1-18 from CV-72 will strike the two SA-systems at Beslan and Naltsjik.
  4. A-10s to engage Russian positions located north-east of the river Inguri and continue to drive the enemy back to Sukhumi.
  5. AJS 37s to strike the airfield at Sukhumi to reduce the enemy’s capabilities.

3.4 Rules of engagement

ROE: C
As per SPINS
Addition: Weapons free on all enemy installations unless they are moving into built up areas.

3.5 Acceptable level of risk

ALR: MEDIUM
As per SPINS

3.6 Flight tasking

ARCTIC1
Establish cap at either CAP C or CAP D depending on the request from Stingray. High possibility of enemy cap close to the border at Sochi and further enemy aircraft from Novorossijsk.

* Depart Mother 07:15
* Report to STINGRAY and standby for CAP tasking
* Refuel at ARCO1 or ARCO5
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (CAP)

Waypoints:
1. Tanker
2. CAP C
3. CAD D
4. Tanker
5. Mother

Total: 234 nm

BENDER2
Take out the SA-6 site at Naltsjik. We need it to be completely offline (meaning all search capabilities offline). Secondly strike parked aircraft at the Naltsjik AFB. Designated WP are within 10 feet of accuracy.

* Depart Mother 07:20
* Report to STINGRAY.
* Push to WP2 and WP3
* Refuel at ARCO1 or ARCO5
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (SEAD)

Waypoints:
1. Tanker
2. SA-6
3. Secondary trg
4. Tanker
5. Mother

Total: 386 nm

GRIM7
Your mission is to render the runway at Sukhumi. Due to the frontline and heavy air defense in that area you might need to attack from the east to west via the mountains. Air defense at Sukhumi consist of mainly 23mm and 60mm. No SAM systems reported other than the SA-10 at Sochi.

* Depart Kutaisi 07:30
* Report to STINGRAY.
* Push to WP11
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (STRIKE)

Waypoints:
1. Exit north
2 – 10 Nav
11. Target
12. Kutaisi

Total: 178 nm

HAWG8
Your mission is a bit complicated. The Russians do not expect an attack, especially not from the air by us. We expect them to start move back ones we start our attack. Your targets are located on the northeast of the Inguri river. Waypoint H, I and J. We want you to press them hard to force them to fall back to their lines at Sukhumi. If they don’t move…. Well sorry on their part.

* Depart Kutaisi 07:30
* Report to STINGRAY.
* Push to WP2,3,4
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (STRIKE)

Waypoints:
1. Exit west
2. H
3. I
4. J
5. Kutaisi

Total: 88 nm

INDY9
Establish cap at either CAP A or CAP B depending on the request from Stingray. High possibility of enemy cap close to the border.

* Depart Kutaisi 07:15
* Report to STINGRAY and standby for CAP tasking
* Refuel at SHELL
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (CAP)

Waypoints:
1. Exit north
2. CAP A
3. CAP B
4. Tanker
5. Kutaisi

Total: 167 nm

JESTER1
Take out the SA-10 site at Beslan. We need it to be completely offline (meaning all search capabilities offline). Secondly strike at the command center located downtown at Beslan. Designated WP are within 10 feet of accuracy.

* Depart Kutaisi 07:20
* Report to STINGRAY.
* Push to WP2 and 3
* Refuel at SHELL
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (STRIKE)

Waypoints:
1. Exit north
2. SA-10
3. Command bunker
4. Tanker
5. Kutaisi

Total: 262 nm

RAGE9
Your mission is to clean out any or all the enemy FOBs located in and around the town of Kutaisi and closed to Kutaisi AFB. There is a strong possibility that the enemy forces will launch an attack when they know what we are up to. Secondly to provide security around Kutaisi AFB.

* Depart Kutaisi ASAP
* Report to STINGRAY.
* Push to WP1 and 2
* Refuel and rearm at Kutaisi
* RTB on order from STINGRAY

Loadout: FL decides (STRIKE)

Waypoints:
1. FOB A
2. FOB B
3. FOB C (if needed by STINGRAY)
4. Kutaisi

Total: 91 nm

4 ADMINISTRATION AND LOGISTICS

4.1 Airfield operations

* Kutaisi
* TCN: 44X
* Active runway: 25
* Departure via Exit North
* Approach via Entry East

4.2 Carrier operations

* CASE 1
* BRC: 296
* Departure time: 07:15
* Departure sequence: ARCTIC, BENDER
* Charlie time: 08:50

As per Carrier Ops SPINS

4.3 Tankers

As per Aerial Refueling SOP

5 COMMAND AND CONTROL

5.1 Commander

* Mission commander is STINGRAY
* Mission commander deputy is TBA
* Package RINGO lead is TBA

5.2 Frequencies

As per Comms SOP

5.3 Authentication

RAMROD: GRANDSLICE
As per Authentication SOP

5.4 Freq flow (Airfield flights)

7, 9, 3/5, 7
Remain on Tower (ch 7) during startup and departure. Go to Check in (ch 9). Expect Tactical (ch 3) or CAP A (ch 5). Use Tower (ch 7) for recovery.

5.5 Freq flow (Carrier flights)

1, 9, 3/5, 16, 1
Remain on Tower (ch 1) during startup and departure. Go to Check in (ch 9). Expect Tactical (ch 3) or CAP A (ch 5). Use Marshal (ch 16) and Tower (ch 1) for recovery.

5.6 Brevity

* OVERLORD – Mission declared successful
* RED-DAWN – Abort mission
* ROLLING THUNDER – SA-systems neutralized

6 ANNEXES

Maps

Details

Date:
November 10
Time:
19:30 - 23:00
Event Category:

Venue

Caucasus

Organizer

Ulvar
Email:
andreas@fotograferiksson.no

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