February 4, 2018 at 22:20 #598
Welcome to the Black Sea Region, Gentlemen!
In the coming days and weeks, Georgia and NATO forces will invade Abkhazia and South Ossetia. These separatist’s regions have been a real pain in the ass to Georgia, and the region. Despite Russia’s complete economic collapse, the two Separatists regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, are strongly backed by our favorite landmass to its North, Russia. With lots of Russian equipment being thrown their way, the Abkhazians and South Ossetians have obtained complete control of their separatist’s regions, forcing Georgia’s military out. Rumors of ethnic cleansing have surfaced, which makes us helping to put a stop to this, all the more critical. The Harrier’s and Warthogs focus for today, is to hit some targets along the border to let them know we’re here, and that we mean business. There has been quite a lul in the action as of late, so this should hopefully come as a surprise to the separatists. Some important Georgian Intel on our Abkhazian friends are that they are operating a somewhat sizable Mig21 force, crewed by old mig Vets, and new pilots alike, the exact number of Migs, we do not know. Georgia doesn’t exactly have a sizable air force of their own, which makes air superiority over top of Abkhazia, interesting. Mirage 2000’s will have your back for CAP on the way in, and during your attacks. It Is the final leg of our journey to get to our deployment airfield Kutaisi. We join the flight in the air over the southern portion of the Black Sea. Warthogs have received their light payload before takeoff in turkey. The Harriers, have just taken off from the USS Tarawa. The M2000’s will be escorting you the entire way. For everyone to get there, especially harriers, Ya’ll are going to have to tank up! A KC135 and IL76M will be just a few miles ahead of you having intercepted your flights. You have around a 45 minute flight, plenty of time for you all to refuel! Take your time. The objective for today gentlemen, is to strike hard and fast, and get out! We DON’T need any lollygagging. After the strikes near the bridges, Georgian forces will be able to bound up and secure the area.
All flights have the same waypoints
WP2 – HARRIER’s Target area. Abkhazian Command Center area. Take out command center and targets of opportunity nearby.
WP3 – A10’s Southwestern most Bridge area. Destroy any roadblock fortifications that you find, and any hostile forces nearby
WP4 – A10’s another Southwestern Bridge area this one near the southwestern tip of the island. Destroy any roadblock fortifications that you find, and any hostile forces nearby
WP5 – A10’s Northeastern Bridge area this one near the Northeastern tip of the island. This is the largest bridge to go over the Inguri river. Destroy any roadblock fortifications that you find, and any hostile forces nearby
WP6 – A10’s Way to the Northeast is the dam to the Inguri river. Hostile forces have a roadblock area just south in the valley from the Dam. Destroy it and any hostile forces nearby.
IMPORTANT NOTES!!!!! DIVERT FIELDS. Closest is Kobuleti, then Senaki at 5 extra miles. IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO AIR TO AIR REFUEL. Divert to one of these fields. DO NOT jettison your weaponry. The ONLY airbase that has received NATO weaponry is Kutaisi. The DIVERT Fields are for FUEL ONLY
AFTER ACTION REPORT
Holy cow….. The scenery was incredible. with being winter the contrails were lower. I flew Enfield 1-1 and Thump and I tanked up, and heading for the coast! AWACS had a pop up group from Suhkumi, and they went strait towards Georgia. why, we’ll never know. But before Thump and I could reach them, they both got shot down. The two Mig21’s that were supposed to scramble after that, decided to never take off. A bit frustrating. but it was great to see everyone take out their targets from our vantage point, and great practice tanking up a few times during our patrol
MY REPLAY FROM TWITCH – https://www.twitch.tv/videos/225736971
MOLDY’s REPLAY – https://www.twitch.tv/videos/225731808
GRIMES REPLAY – https://www.twitch.tv/videos/225745274
February 5, 2018 at 04:39 #599
Stink Eye – AFAC
Overall a really awesome experience from my POV and a ton of DCS and VFS firsts. 1st AAR in a sortie. 1st time filling a AFAC role, and 1st time playing a true intro to SA.
I’ll just start going down the line with things off the top of my head
Briefings are briefings not much to say here I enjoyed the somewhat formal introduction to SA as I’ve never played it before so that was fun.
The “Einstein comms plans” seem to be a good thing and I’m a huge fan because it cuts down on the telephone games and doesn’t leave a lot of comms questions. Good stuff Einstein.
Briefing Images, Gray if you want help with these I can/would like to help. I know you spend the majority of your time with the meat and potatoes of the missions. If you want help with shiny things that don’t necessarily have to do with the editor hit me up before the Sunday post goes up and I can do some art. Just bringing it up because you made a comment that they were “ghetto”.
Ingress to the AO – really enjoyed this and wouldn’t mind seeing more. I feel like a good ingress gives flight leads and their wings time to take a step back and unfuck their brains before it all starts going down. Let’s people warm up the stick a little and relax. Would absolutely be okay with more AAR as a requirement. That being said Grimes mentioned to have a back up tanker..can’t say that I agree with this for a sortie. Hard mode is preferred for me personally. I do always think there should be a divert airfield if things don’t go as planned which they more than likely almost never will. (Harriers managed to pull it off, well done)
Not much needs to be said about the A-10’s AAR mishap. Shit happens, they rolled with it and did what they had to do.
After that event I was tasked with getting eyes on the command center at STPT 2, once I was on station I prioritized spotting out SAM/AAA threats for Uzi while Enfield scanned the skies. I relayed targets to Uzi lead(keen) and they were able to persecute seemingly well from my POV.
I felt like I got sucked into the command center target while the A-10s were landing and refueling because before I knew they were in the air and enroute to their targets. One comment about that as being the AFAC I was under the impression I was somewhat in charge of the priorities of work if you will, so I would have liked a heads up when Hawg flight was starting to engage. (Maybe I missed it radios were off the heezy all 3 were screaming).
So once the A-10s started working on the bridges I made my way back over to them to start doing my AFAC thing but felt a little useless due to them having their own targets already and just doing their thing. So I kinda looked for work and dropped a GBU-12 on a MANPAD west of the bridge at STPT 3. Fun times.
At this point I switched over to Hawg 1-3s freq and was able to talk them on to a group of armor and dismounted infantry via SPI at the northern most OBJ and they did some work.
Fast forward a little bit and Enfield 1-1 was requested a GBU to ensure the destruction of the command center so I retasked an aircraft to do so, eventually the tasking was completed and the command center was confirmed destroyed.
At this point I made my way back to STPT 3-4 to do a sweep of the TGTs to get a good BDA while 1-3 and 1-4 cleaned up the northern target areas. Eventually we linked up at STPT 4, cleared it together, and then linked up east for our egress out of the AO.
Also I had WP rocket pods but didn’t fire a single one for a couple reasons.
1. It was a winter wonderland and my smoke would have probably been lost against it.
2. I was able to walk people on to things with sensors so it would have been redundant.
3. It was dangerous down there, so I would have been hesistant to get close due to MANPADs/AAA threats.
Not much else happened from here. Frank had some technical difficulties at the end but minus him everyone landed and high fives one another.
Some final comments to close here,
AFAC and radio jumbling is something I’d love to do again and be proficient at, id love to have some feedback on ways to improve/any docs on hand i.e. AFAC for dummies.
AAR in a sortie is always a +1 from me. Maybe a midweek training/cert could do us well. (Not calling anyone out, it’s something everyone always needs to train)
I had a another awesome time flying with DFA. Look forward to Sunday’s every week dudes.
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