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To: @Iverican Armada, TRIDENT members ( @Andalla @Girkmand @Variota @Gallambria )
From: Hunter S Grey, Defence Minister of the United States of Prymont

 

To whom it may concern,

As you may be aware, the Socialist Federation of @Ahrana have recently launched a sizeable convoy of militarised ships along a route that will take them to Xara, a nation in the Mediargic Sea that Ahrana claims to control. As of late, growing tensions within the Canamo region have led the United States to become increasingly wary of the actions of the Socialist Federation, such as the formation of the Confederation of Independent Socialists, allowing an autonomous region controlled by @Derthalen, and of course, succumbing to a questionable communist regime.

As you will also know, the Socialist Federation faulted on providing assistance to our joint operation within The Hellenic Rus, causing our forces significant casualties and great difficulties in bringing the stricken nation out of its downward spiral. Ahrana has repeatedly disappointed and failed the United States, and relations are unfortunately deteriorating. I'm sure that you will understand my worries regarding their naval movement to Xara; currently, the United States is confident that Ahranaian forces are committing war crimes in the nation, which Secretary General Greggor Ivanoff confirmed was legal by Ahranaian law in a recent meeting with President Duval. The United States believes that the movement of these vessels is to further strike fear into the hearts of innocent Xara nationals, and to further destabilise the country so as to allow less resistance to an Ahranaian invasion. 

With your great nation being a close ally and firm friend of the United States, we humbly ask of you to support us in preventing Ahrana from having their sinister way. I ask of you to enact a naval blockade in the waters of the Verde Sea, therefore preventing Ahrana from progressing towards their destination. The USP Navy are currently preparing ships for deployment to assist in this blockade, and I ask that fellow TRIDENT members also prepare for involvement. The spreading of Ahrana's twisted, corrupt ways must be prevented at all costs to ensure the safe futures of our people. 

I hope that you will assist the United States in their aim.

 

Yours sincerely,

General Hunter S Grey
Defence Minister of the United States of Prymont

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Corregidor Maritime Command | 0600-IST
9th April 2018
Corregidor
Argon, Iverica

 

The sun dawned lazily over the Corregidor military compounds, casting a hazy warm glow--betraying not the rapid energy of high-priority messages being shot to and from the Júnt Capos Office in Intreimor, the Chief of Armada Operations Office inside the Maritime Command Compound, and the Home Fleet Group Forces Command.

Earlier, the TRIDENT Liaison Office had dispatched an urgent communique to the Office of the Júnt Capos, whose secretaries promptly read it with many a raised eyebrow. Queries were sent and answered from both sides so the communique, now an Operations Proposal, was shot to the Office of Primo--who upon grumpily reading the message, was jolted awake from morning stupour. Now cleared by civil authority, the OP went to the Chief of Armada Operations for study and delegation.

The message continued the circuit and landed on the desk of the Director of Naval Intelligence who, miffed that he hadn't known about this before everyone else, grudgingly activated the relevant analysts. After a brief feasibility check, the message was once again on its way, finding itself interrupting the pillar of paperwork on the Fleet Readiness Director's office, who checked that indeed, the ships of the Home Fleet Group had not miraculously disappeared from their berths and were awaiting instruction as they had been for the past 20 years.

Relevant checks and studies done, the message which-- at this point had covered enough ground to go to New Halsham and back in the space of two hours--was finally in the Operations Room of Home Fleet Group Forces Command, who were now equally giddy and stunned that they were in fact, at the metaphorical heart of the action.


 

 

Printers whirred and buzzed, their produce ripped and paperclipped with the speed and efficiency that could only come from the fattest and most paper-cut of Armada desk jockey corps. Donuts and Churros were, for once in the HFG-FG Office, thrown aside or hastily gobbled (careful, don't choke) as orders and intelligence dockets were thrown to half a dozen separate naval and aerial formations.

Almirante Aqbarr, sitting in his swivelly command chair aboard the Carrier, VRI Deiargon, had just been pondering how the recent Donna Parass Hijacking had all been a trap when the envelope fell into his lap. His eyes bulged (they always got weirdly bulged when the group was activated) and ordered that all ships of Iverica's defending pride, the Strike Group Deiargon, prepare and refresh formation drills, readiness transition drills, and the like. After all... this could be another trap.

Contra-Almirante Sullo, had been walking his rather large pack of Derthaler Shepherds on the deck of his command, the Assault Ship VRI Del Pilar. The runner, bearing his orders had almost been swarmed by the horde of excitable hounds as he tried, in a somewhat undignified manner, to escape their licks and playful pawing as he reached over and nearly threw the docket at the Almirante. Over the barking and yipping, Sullo told the man to ready Amphibious Assault Task Group (Reserve) Del Pilar for immediate activation.

All around Iverica's coasts, Patrol Task Units were alerted to Readiness 1.5, being informed by the ever-reliable intercomm system that all the kerfuffle was indeed, not a drill. As per procedure, Submarine formations were likewise activated and complemented to Iverica's home defence formations. The Fuersas L'Aire was likewise put on alerts, with coastal squadrons already launching AEW&C sweeps and ground crews wrestling anti-ship missiles into pylons.

By the time diesel electrics hummed and roared to life, CIWS spooled and loaded arm-sized rounds, and guidance and telemetry were pinged and readied--an approximate 180 minutes had passed since Primo Deitorr had signed.

With heat about to brew in their own backyard, the Republic would take no chances. The Condició dei Defensa, or CONDEF clock in Corregidor's war room had ticked forward, now displaying the yellow of Level 3, Destrictus.

 

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To: The Minister of Defense of the United States of Prymont, his excellency Mr. Hunter S. Gray,

From: The Minister of Defense of the Commonwealth of Andalla, Mr. Björn Hagerström.


Mr. Gray,

It is with greatest regret that I must inform you that the Andallan Commonwealth Navy will be unable to participate in this blockade. We cannot risk severing our long-standing friendly relations with the Socialist Federation of Ahrana, even in this time of darkness. I have talked with Foreign Minister Bendtsen regarding this issue, and, even he does not favor the idea of showing any aggression towards Ahrana.

However, Foreign Minster Bendtsen and I are both aware of our duty to defend any TRIDENT ally in case of attack. Therefore, if any TRIDENT warships are engaged by their Ahranaian counterparts, the Andallan Commonwealth Navy will be given the permission to deploy warships to wherever they may be needed. If the situation, however, may escalate into war between the nations of TRIDENT and the Socialist Federation of Ahrana, the Commonwealth of Andalla will be ready to send military aid. War can only be declared if passed by 3/4 vote in Congress, therefore, the situation must be appropriate and the odds extreme if Andalla must declare war.

I wish you all the best in your efforts.

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II Armata Amphitrite was the fleet responsible for the mass movement of troops over water, and on this occasion, it was doing just that. Along with its normal complement of combat vessels and support ships, several additional support and supply ships were being attached to the fleet, primarily for the purpose of supporting the humanitarian mission. Several ships normally used for tending submarines were loaded up, as Wolfpack V was accompanying them for a tour of duty there and back, although they were not intending to stay for longer than necessary to offload troops and supplies. Additional transport ships were necessary to carry the supplies required for such a major infrastructure operation, as it was not always possible to get parts and certain specialized materials in a host nation, as had been found out in the former Coalition islands. Also in this band of merry band of flesh and steel was the experimental ANS Gemini and its smaller satellite tugs, this being its maiden voyage. Four F/N-5 aircraft were detached from Classis VIII based in Valencia and rebased to CVHA-1 Gaia, having passed their initial trials and there being few other chances to be tested operationally. None of these modifications were anything out of the ordinary for a fleet movement of this size, as it was a rare and restrictively expensive to field anything larger than a task group for anything other than routine patrols and exercises. High Command wanted to make the most of this limited expeditionary experience, and they did just that. So much so, in fact, that three legates were present in the Armata: Brandt Muninn, overseeing the movement, Jakob Huginn, for the purpose of gaining valuable command experience with the movement, and Andrade Kvothe, who was High Commander of the Imperial Corps of Engineers.

What was unusual, however, was the Imperial Intelligence Operatives embedded in the crews; fresh transfers from I Armata listed as 'Must Accompany' for such expeditionary operations unlikely to be carried out outside of wartime. They were mainly bridge crew, but some were assigned to surface and subsurface detection posts. They carried with them heavy duffel bags with few personal belongings and many heavy 'care packages' from 'loved ones', which were hand-waved when the captain was asked about inspecting them. The bridge crew and the captain were the only people who knew of the operative's mission, outside of Armata and Fleet Command. Such underhanded tactics used routinely by the Eye-Oh were kept securely under wraps, and great pains were taken to keep these actions from the public eye. Such great pains, in fact, that they existed almost entirely outside the government, acquiring their budget from shady low-cost, high-return operations, strictly unsanctioned and unmentioned by the government. Every nation had a dark side; a price they paid for freedom, sovereignty, and power. It was simply that some kept their skeletons far deeper in the closet than others.

The fully-equipped and supplied force departed Valencia late in the night, allowing for the early morning shift to get plenty of rest. They maintained active and passive sonar and radar sweeps, with a few helicopters circling over the horizon, keeping a watchful eye while staying as visible as possible. They didn't want to incur any unnecessary conflict by sneaking up on enemy fleets, and they made a point to be the first to detect in any situation. Keeping outside of high-traffic shipping lanes was problematic at first, but once they reached the open sea near Little Flau and Andalla, it was much easier to find relatively quiet waterways. They made their way north, boldly, but tempered with caution. Everyone was well aware of the tension in the region they were going, and were not anxious for a confrontation of any kind. They had one port of call, and one only. Their mission was clear, their temperaments were sober.

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Southern Ahranaian Fleet, APS Alexsandra | 0700 AT

As the Fleet was moving along with its voyage they received a transmission from the Naval High Command stating new Orders from the Secretary General, the Southern Fleet was to be gifted to the Asgeirrien Navy in a moderation agreement between the two nations Governments. The orders stated the following:

APS Gustov will return to Ahranaian Northern Port, APS Alexsandra, APS Olexi, APS Rudolf, APS Greggor, APS Marshal, APS Lockiee, APS Lux and the APS Oleg will fly the Asgeirrien Naval Colors and National Color and will sail to the Republic of @Asgeirria to be gifted as a Military Exchange. Orders are final and to be implemented at once. All Ahranaian Rules of Law and Sea are to be dropped for the Asgeirrien rules of Law and Sea. 

-Orders from Secretary General Ivanoff 0300 13 April 2018

It was at it stated a gift to the Asgeirrien Navy and Government in order to modernize their Navy in a way to better relations between the two nations. The Republic would of course fly its own Admiral and Capitan to the Ships to further show that the Ships were now Asgeirrien now.

The Captain on APS Alexsandra imidetially put the orders into effect and thus made him now Acting Captain till the new Captain arrived to control the ship. The only problem was still the blockade which was still a day away, the Fleet would have to await the orders from the Asgeirrien Naval High Command or just risk the risk of seeing what happens now.

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To: TRIDENT members
From: Jørgen Lassen, Admiral of the Fleet of the United States of Prymont Navy

 

Esteemed TRIDENT members,

Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your eagerness to participate in our Verde Blockade operation. It is of utmost importance to the United States that Ahrana's reign of fear and terror does not spread into the Mediargic Sea, and we are deeply humbled by your willingness to assist in our cause. As for our @Andallan colleagues, we appreciate your neutral stance and respect your choices thus far. As long as you do not choose to assist the evil in this world, the United States finds it tolerable that you remain unbiased.

Now, as for the movement of our socialist points of interest, I'm confident you're all aware of their recent announcement to fly the majority of their southern fleet under the Asgeirrian naval flag. As to whether this is a ploy or not, we remind our members who are currently at the blockade location to remain vigilant. On behalf of President George Duval, I hereby issue executive orders to refuse militarised Ahranaian and Asgeirrian ships entry into the Verde Sea. It is understood that, while sailing under the Asgeirrian colours, the former Ahranaian ships are still staffed by dedicated socialists who are eager to fulfil the Secretary General's malicious agenda.

I thank you for your continued support, cooperation, and dedication to the cause.

 

Yours sincerely,

Admiral of the Fleet Jørgen Lassen

 

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To: TRIDENT members
From: George Duval, President of the United States of Prymont

 

Respective TRIDENT leaders,

As those have done before me, I would like to offer my humble, sincere thanks to you all for your unwavering support in the Verde Blockade. With tensions ever rising in the red fog of central Argis, and with Ahrana now paving the way for the unification of all socialist states under one confederation, it is of utmost importance to our everyday values and ideals that we prevent the unsteady progress and violent expansion of these dangerous nations. A main aim of the United States is to promote peace and safety within Argis, and it is only because of TRIDENT that we are able to do this. Once again, I thank you all.

It has recently become apparent that the threat of Ahranaian ships travelling through the Verde Sea towards the Mediargic Sea and the final destination of Xara is no longer imminent. With several ships of their southern fleet now flying the Asgeirrian flags, and others returning to recognised Ahranaian ports in the Canamo Sea, it is a waste of our resources to continue pursuing this blockade. Prymontian naval vessels that are currently arriving at the mouth of the Verde Sea will be redirected to various Iverican ports for refuelling and rest. The United States will remain in close contact with the Republic of Iverica to act swiftly in case an emergency ever arises again in the near future.

I would like to remind TRIDENT members to remain vigilant and aware of the ever escalating situation around us. Thus far, we have asserted our superiority over sub-par socialist forces, but I have no doubt that they will continue their effort to spread their reaches and inflict pain and conflict upon our neighbourhood. 

 

Yours sincerely,

George Duval
President of the United States of Prymont

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