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Operation Zeboim


Perya City-State, Fifth Circle Headquarters-

Admiral Tihun Xun grinded his cigarette into the provided ashtray slowly and methodically. The somewhat dimly lit conference room was showing a plotted position of HIN-193, located within the central Geltic Sea. A brief encrypted emergency signal had been received by Kaldana Naval Command and Control (GHLL) and had transferred it to the Fifth Circle command and control. 

On the other side, slightly scrunching up her nose at the smell of the smoke, sat the head of the Seventh Circle, Ria Mel'Ana Velven. Overseeing the security services, both internal and external, she had to be included. 

At the head of the table, Kaorin Huat Jargo Vlos resided. Advocate of the Empress, head of the illusive bogeymen, the Haru intelligence services. Tihun spoke to get things started. So, the news release is out. This gives us a limited time to find HIN-193, ascertain if she can be secured either by naval security officers via DSRV or a retrieval vessel that will be dispatched with assets from the KCN [Kaldana Colonial Navy].

A slow lean into his high backed chair, Tihun glanced over towards the rather imperious and hawk like featured woman and continued. The 8th squadron that was accurately reported by the news outlet, have orders to secure the area, and if HIN-193 cannot be retrieved or secured, to destroy her.

This earned a nod from Ria. However the rest of Eurth perceives us, we cannot allow our encryption communique equipment to find a home other then within our hands. Data retrieval from HIN-193 would be ideal, but also it should not become known that our surveillance craft are cruising about.

Kaorin nodded a bit, looking at a bit of paperwork. We should correctly assume that all hands have been lost, 100 sailors in all. It will be at extreme depth for divers as well. Tihun I am told you have a way around that with this DSRV?

Yes Advocate, the DSRV has been in trials for about a year now, we believe it is ready. It has done two successful deep depth training runs. The HIN-193 is well within the range we believe it to be. He lit another cigarette before proceeding, to calm his nerves more or less. 

Eight Squadron is to locate its precise location via active sonar. Which means they will be very loud, and anyone that is listening will be curious. It will not be a normal instance, it may very well raise the hackles of the naval powers nearby.

Ria chimed in. We know that several Argic nations are or well be in the area following the release by the news. The colonial naval vessels have told not to infringe upon the Argic vessels, and to fly flags in the open. They are to maintain a presence however near the area the squadron is within and be ready to deliver the DSRV once HIN-193 is properly located.

Tihun glanced towards Kaorin. The 8th Squadron should be reaching the first area of sweeping by now, its been several days since the news release.

Eighth Squadron
Geltic Sea, Zones 1-3

HIN-092, one of three  942 Fetuf (Widow) class SSBN's had taken Zone-1. There was some traffic in the area, commercial, and what had been identified as not. Still orders were orders. A slow placement of hands behind back as he stood next to the plotting table. Faint glance to his second in command, then a nod to the junior officer at the sensory station. Active sensor sweep, wide band. Begin. 

Another sailor, headphones on, glanced towards the officer, of which the individual in question bore the rank of Liet. Noting the sweat coming down the enlisted sailor's cheeks he spoke to give him a sense of calm. Keep your eyes on your screen sailor, let the Prata-Khan deal with the stress. We just have to focus. A nod from the sailor and keeping his eyes to the screen.

HIN-096 had been surface running for a bit. The vessels captain, Prata-Khan Yelare Elemmiire had a few officers in the cupola of the conning tower. A contrail behind them in the waves as the eight blades churned and propelled them. Running silent they were not.  After a time, Yelare gave the order to submerge as they entered the area of Zone-2. As with HIN-092, they almost immediately after levelling out, began to actively ping with sonar, hunting for something.

HIN-104 was head of the three, and had already made it to the coordinates for Zone-3. Siet-Khan Ula Yars nodded at her second in command and the boat chief. Rising upwards in depth, moving ahead at quarter flank speed. The second, a Ji, gave the order for active sonar to be applied. Ula did not relish the idea of giving her position away, but such was the case at the moment. On the surface, the colonial navy would have to endure a bit of scrutiny with all the traffic in the area.

GHLL Taskforce
Geltic Sea, Center of the three Zones.

Dra Cayc Knyla (The Seas Grace) Flagship 
Enuh Femm (Iron Will) class ASW Destroyer

Commodore Elias Yarren wore the colonial navy service uniform consisting of a double-breasted tunic with a round collar and matching trousers, a pair of black boots, a belt, and a kepi cap. All in the hue of light bluish-grey to contrast with the boots and the belt. A somewhat burly man, and already nervous about being out of the territorial waters of Imperial territory, he quelled such as the taskforce assembled itself within reach of each of the zones. 

The communication and sonar observation stations were ablaze with activity as the submarine force began. Keen eyes waiting for the blip, any blip to emerge. Admittedly this would have been much easier if the transponder emergency signal had continued, but whatever damage HIN-193 had suffered, had been enough to end the broadcast. Now they had just a general location and news of a training regime to act as a cover. 

The retrieval vessel sat within the center of five other ships. Two Cfunt (Sword) class guided missile frigates, and three 210 Dekan (Tiger) class frigates. A massive tarp covered the DSRV in the center of the retrieval ship, and its open hull, of which allowed the craft to be dropped in and continue on its way.

Prata-Khan Nolis, when we have confirmation, alert the retrieval ship and the DSRV crew of HIN-193's location. Yes sir. We are standing by to receive location data from the 8th Squadron. Very good.

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Context: Reference Post

 

Training Task Force Fian

Location: MGRS-32S |  38°57'42.26"N ,  8° 4'9.36"E

 

12 June, 2020 | 0900 Zebra (Zulu)

Aboard CG-995 Pura Rassa, Flagship of no. 27 Mobile Strike Group

 

Almirante Albein Costas-Fei, Group Leader of no. 27 and organising officer of Geltic Sea Joint Exercise, addressed the collection of admirals, commodores, and captains in one of the executive boardrooms of Pura Rassa, or "The Pure Bred". Designed as a Group Flagship, the Saragossa-Class Cruiser had ample space to play host to such meetings. Costas-Fei had called for a top-level briefing on the morning the exercise was to begin. Assembled were the commands of 6 navies including the Armada Iverica. Thematically named Training Task Force "Fian" for the Warrior-Hunter bands common across a variety of Geltic traditions, the assembled multinational task force totalled an impressive 30+ vessels from @Delamaria, @Gotneska, Iverica, @Nyantastan, @Tagmatium Rules, and the North Adlantic Union (@Seylos).

 

On paper, Exercise Fian was a simple show of unity among nations operating in the Geltic Sea. Only the most ignorant of the public could be fooled with that. The real reason was obvious- Haru Ballistic Missile Submarines were operating around the Geltic. As obvious launch platforms for Ballistic Missiles, the strategic implications were clear. Not a soul on the Pura Rassa was happy about the deployment and the odd collection of governments had been quick to pledge their forces when the Almirantasgo invited a united response. However, recent updates turned unsettling stones and left more questions than there was actionable intelligence. It was this that Costas-Fei wanted to address especially.

 

The moment the last of the assembly had found seats, Costas-Fei cleared his throat and stood. He had been over the intelligence two-score this past morning, so there was no need for the dossier left forgotten on the desk. He merely gestured for this XO to cycle through the projector for visual aids. 

 

"Honoured officers, all. I thank you and your crews for taking this matter seriously enough to muster here. This is a matter of some sensitivity so I will not waste time. The intent of this operation sans the public excuse is to demonstrate the protest of our nations in the face of Haru provocation. While this intent and its succeeding objectives remain the same, we must acknowledge some real strategic opportunities presented to us by this situation. Furthermore, new developments have made it necessary for my staff to reconsider our approach to this operation. I will deconstruct these point by point."

 

"First, on the matter of our operation goals. Our goal is to positively ID any of the 3-5 SSBNs operating in inside the grids 31S and 32S and obstruct their activities in any manner not constituting an act of war. Aiding in this objective will be satelite Imaging Intelligence of some 6 Haru surface ships operating in the grids. Our targets will likely be loitering close to their surface support. A further aid to our operation is the relatively low depth of the Epipelagic and Mesopelagic waters within those grids."

 

"Second, on the strategic opportunity mentioned earlier- this provocative action by the Haru has given us a unique opportunity to stalk and harass the Haru 942-class SSBN. If we are successful in intercepting these submarines, we will be in an unprecedented position to collect acoustic and other signals data. Such data will assist us in identifying this class of submarine in the future without any OSINT pieces to announce its involvement. This will also be an excellent opportunity for less-experienced personnel to learn how to take turn-counts, use frequency modulation for their sonar pulses, and get real experience with sonar usage against submarines."

 

"Third and last, new intelligence indicates that the SSBNs are using active sonar. Assets we have in the Dolch noted a ping sonifying from a point of origin less than 1,500kms from their receivers. This was further confirmed when an SUA-80 from General Alston Airbase, Estaria, dropped several clusters of sonobuoys and ATAC/DLC ELINT buoys which narrowed our target AO into a circular zone. The centre point of this zone is 34°17'39.91"N, 3°57'54.05"E and has a radius of 150km around. We have also outlined possible paths the target SSBNs appear to be taking based on the directional changes of their pings over time. the SUA-80 Asset will continue to support us with daily sonobuoy drops. This third point is especially important because it suggests that the targets are actively looking for something important enough to risk detection with active sonar. Thus, our secondary objective is to shadow the target SSBNs and ID whatever it is they are searching for. As of now, we have no indication of what the Haru target is."

 

"With that in mind, I will clarify our Rules of Engagement and our navigation plan. We are not to engage unless we are engaged first, however, we are free to use whatever non-lethal or indirect methods we have at our disposal to obstruct the targets' actions. All captains, at their discretion and in their regard for safety, are free to engage in very-close tailing and interception manoeuvres that might otherwise threaten a collision. While I do not advise any untoward or potentially deadly course of action, I would like to remind this assembly that surface ship hulls are in all probability, more survivable than the hull of a submarine. Furthermore, the use of variable depth sonar to physically or acoustically obstruct the target submarine may be a useful last-resort course of action. Bear in mind that towed sonar cables may present a physical threat to a submarine."

 

"Our navigation plan has already been forwarded, along with the staggered echelon and line abreast formations that will be employed in a classic anti-submarine screen. As you can see, we will be heading due south-west at an average speed of 18 knots until the first navigation point, at which point we will break into Task Units. Frigates and Corvette Task Units will proceed aggressively to the target AO at 28 knots, slowing again to 18 knots toward the final navigation point."

 

"Be advised that your task force mates will be employing rotor assets to use dipping sonar and Magnetic Anomaly Detection devices. Along with that, later phases of this operation will have our task force operating beyond visual range of one another, hence we have set up a data link and IFF coordination schemes to prevent any untoward incidences."

 

"That is all. Please consult your mission packets for more details. God speed and happy hunting."

 

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OOC: Tag and Seylos joined. I dont really expect anyone to respond to Costas' briefing but you can if you really want to.

 

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Kaldana City Aeroport
2nd Long Range Aero-Wing Squadron

Siet-Khan and senior pilot Torna Vek sat within the cockpit of the long range strategic bomber aerocraft, a HAD LRADO-8N variant outfitted with sonar buoys and detection systems where a bomb bay would have been. His copilot was currently going through the flight checklist, the communications operator gave a thumbs up as to the equipment working.

Navigation, flight engineer and the gunnery officers all checked in. With list marked blue for complete, and the control tower authorizing take off, he pulled slowly on the throttle, letting the rather large aerocraft nose forward slowly on the tarmac towards the runway.

The HAD LRADO-8 continues the Haru fascination with both push-props and contrarotating propellers.

Each of the engines, two per wing, has two propellers, the second one spinning in the direction opposite the first. This not only counteracts the torque created by the rotational airflow of the first propeller, but harnesses it for greater speed. Contrarotating propellers are therefore modestly more efficient, yet they are very, very noisy. So much so that submarine crews and jet pilots have spoken of it.

The tips of its eighteen-foot diameter propellers actually spin at slightly over the speed of sound. The LRADO is also one of very few propeller planes with swept-back wings, which only benefit aircraft capable of flying at higher speeds.

Two twin-barreled twenty-three-millimeter cannons in the belly and tail, and a single fixed gun in the nose complete the standard armament, though for the 8N the belly and nose armament are removed. The 8N such as the one that Vek is flying, is officially a maritime reconnaissance variant: it has surface-search radar system, and in the nose, is a Magnetic Anomaly Detector in a nose boom, that replaces the cannon armament as listed above.

Traditionally the LRADO platform serves as aeroborne cruise missile deployment system for the Haru aero-services.

Navigation officer Turek spoke through the headset that the naval taskforce that had left earlier, was already aware of several foreign nation vessels in the area. This was confirmed with orders that they were to fly below radar, yet if detected to ascend to a level where the detector system could still operate effectively.

He groaned a bit as there was no air-cover provided either. Kaldana's fighter aerocraft were busy elsewhere and there was no carrier involved where they could land given the ferry range. 

As the wheels left the runway, and levelling out was proceeded, he nodded to the co-pilot putting them on a course towards the taskforce at a ceiling level of just under six-hundred meters. A bit nerve wracking to be piloting a massive aeroframe just over the ocean's licking waves to be sure.

GHLL Taskforce
Geltic Sea, Center of the three Zones.

The taskforce had spread out a bit more, two to three kilometers between the vessels, with its center being the cargo/research vessel. ASW helicopter variants of the Ryfg (Hawk). 

Specifically the AH-02/N2/ASW versions replaced their anti-armor belly cannon with a sonar pod. These were skittering about the zones of reference and acting as mobile picket forces at the moment. Instead of anti-aerocraft or armor missiles, each helicopter carried an ASM on each hard point. 

Commodore Elias Yarren had already predicted rightly to those officers under his command that the nations in the area would produce some sort of response. A steady gaze to the tactical monitors within the CNC of the flagship was therefore an unwelcome reminder to the truly ridiculous affair that was currently ongoing.

His second in command stood nearby, though stoic in presentation, even the smallest slipup would lead to tragedy for sure. Yarren spoke to Dolis. Inform our pilots that should they run into a foreign vessel, they are to return the taskforce. We will not be the ones to initiate some damn fool combat while we're here. Yes Sir. He paused, right hand to forehead. If they are fired upon, they are to report it and return fire if capable. The Prata-Khan made a slow nod of head. We are tracking our aerocraft, if one is shot down we will know it anyways, but I will alert the pilots. It was Dolis's turn to pause. What of the S-Boat commanders, if one of them is targeted, and they respond, they could start a war Sir.

Yarren made a slow nod of head to that logical assessment. Send encrypted transmissions to their captains. Wont the other vessels in the area be able to track such? My friend, the S-Boats are pinging away, what wont give them away now is the better question. You have a point Sir, I will inform communications to send a teletype to the boats in the area.

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(Colonial Taskforce

Geltic Ocean Operation

HIN-092

HIN-096

HIN-104

Naval Taskforce Decision

Authorized by Commodore Yarren, GHLL Taskforce

Declaration of Teleptye, k2/22

Confrontation orders

1.       Continue with operation detection

2.       Acquire target for DSRV

3.       Avoid hostilities

4.       If fired upon, or otherwise engaged, only they are you allowed to return fire.

Response not required, will be assumed orders received.

Protocol 28-F in effect.)

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