Procedo con il terzo scenario del Battleset, che si svolge in contemporanea con i primi due. Sembra uno scenario davvero bello tosto. 13 Febbraio 1994, ore 13:00 Zulu, 08:00 Locali Nel porto di New York è una tranquilla domenica mattina. Fa freddo e c’è vento. L’argomento principale di discussione alla stazione della Guardia Costiera di Sandy Hook, nel New Jersey, è il fiasco avvenuto alle Olimpiadi. Questo scenario è giocabile da entrambe le parti, ma è molto più stimolante giocarlo dal lato americano e, inoltre, fornirà interessanti spunti per gli scenari futuri. Giocarlo dal lato sovietico è divertente ma piuttosto facile. In qualità di giocatore sovietico, il vostro obiettivo è di disturbare il traffico marittimo nell’area del porto di New York. In qualità di giocatore americano, invece, dovrai condurre le normali attività di pattugliamento della Guardia Costiera. La situazione si svilupperà. Come consigliato, quindi, giocherò dal lato americano. Prima o poi giocherò anche dal lato sovietico ma, visto che la NATO gioca in difesa e si trova spesso e volentieri in inferiorità numerica, essendo in corso un attacco più o meno improvviso da parte dell’URSS, guidare il lato NATO è senza dubbio una sfida maggiore. Passiamo quindi al briefing. Non ho molta voglia di tradurlo, onestamente, perciò, a chi non ha dimestichezza con l’inglese, consiglio di utilizzare Google Translator. US Side Brief: You are the shift commander at USCG Station Sandy Hook, you started your 12 hour shift half an hour ago at 0730, most of your 6 man shift has worked together for many years and they know their business - but Sunday morning shifts are always the hardest, people lose focus and talk about last night’s Hockey or ball game. This morning it’s the Olympics! Situation: Weather: 28° (-2C), winds moderate from the NW, cloud cover heavy, Sea state 3 moderate. Precipitation, wet snow or sleet, moderate but some chance of squalls. Resources: • USCGC Dallas is departing on a 4 day fisheries patrol, will exit our area in a couple of hours • USCGC Tahoma is inbound from Kittery Mane for scheduled maintenance at Governors Island • WPB Adak is on routine harbour patrol out of Staten Island • Coast Guard Rescue has 1 x JHawk and 1 x Dolphin ready at Gabreski • 102 Rescue Sqn up at Gabreski Air base has 1 x C-130 on standby, a second Hurc should report in shortly - in time for the day-sailors to show up, although with weather like this, there won’t be many. 101 Rescue is on stand-down today but has two Pave-Hawks on quick reaction if needed. Military: It was pretty quiet until just before your shift. There must be some sort of an exercise going on because there are National Guard F-16's patrolling out of Gabreski ANGB, and some Marine F-18's out of Oceania doing the same. Before that the only military traffic we had was the USS Mahan coming in to do some testing at the Bayonne Naval Yards. (Note 1) We also have a notice that a submarine will be transiting our area, but we never see those guys anyway! Civil traffic: Surface: Fairly light overall: Outbound: 7 Inbound: 10 including the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 Transiting: 4 Pleasure craft: 2 large, two dozen or so small craft, will likely climb to over 100 by noon (not in game) Other: A Soviet surveillance vessel has been patrolling the area for the past two weeks, we've tasked the Dallas to check her out but she keeps well out to sea and beyond the 12 mile limit. Air: Standard Sunday morning stuff. Private aircraft will be out in force shortly after 0800 when the weekend warriors and flying schools go into full force. Concerns: One of the outbound ships is a Bulgarian fishing trawler, she is very far from home and was in port for maintenance. You have just tasked the Adak to board her and inspect for contraband. You settle down with a hot cup of coffee and the Sunday morning paper – two more shifts and you have a week off. Note 1: The Farragut Class DDGs have been retained due to increased threat environment, The Mahan was the testbed for the NTU (New Threat Upgrade) project which is being refitted to all 10 of the class. Six have been completed including the Mahan, all are based on the East Coast and will appear in future scenarios of this battleset. Note 2: There will be quite a few messages delivered to the player early in the game, this simulates the hectic pace in an operations room during an unexpected emergency. In order to replicate your staff, you would be well advised to have a word or spreadsheet program running in the background to keep track of events and tasks Note 3: Special messages should be turned ON in the message log. If possible the message log in a separate window is very helpful due to the high volume of messages. Scenario events should be turned OFF as many events occur in the game and it could become distracting, all key events have a message to keep you up to date. Note 4: On a typical Sunday morning JFK international will have over 100 departures and 120 arrivals per hour; LaGuardia and Newark will each typically have over 40 departures and 20 arrivals per hour. Small aircraft based at the 20 local airports represented in scenario number over 3100, with over 2000 flights per day. In the interest of manageability this has been drastically reduced in this scenario Note 5: This is not a standard war fighting scenario but adds depth to the Battleset storyline. As such, victory is not critical but by playing through you learn several key factors affecting decisions yet to come in future scenarios.