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  • [AAR] Patrol Ops 2: A Nuclear Threat- Takistan -11/18/12-Bravo

    Patrol Ops 2: Early morning of 11/18/12 on Bravo
    Here recorded are the thoughts and recollections of Garthra, Command.

    Bravo team lead by OPS, Delta Team (with recon attached) Lead by Dimitrius, Armored Crew lead by Liquid and TalkingBEER. Air support by LowSpeedHighDrag.

    A nuclear threat was detected while we were milling around at base, and suddenly time was very short. We had one hour. The report was that the bomb was either in Garmarud or Garmsar. My first priority was to setup a good communication net, and I gave orders for the vehicle crewmen and LowSpeed to sling rope the relay station and take to the south of the region to maintain good radio communications for future operations. Meanwhile, Bravo and Belta teams were loading up in vehicles for a convoy operation. However, due to a problem with the sling ropes this had to be abandoned. Eventually a hasty convoy was established, with orders for a Styker in lead and in rear. Nevertheless when we left base both strykers were at the front of the convoy, with no rear security element. The middle of convoy was not given a specific order, an embarassing oversight by command. After what seemed like hours getting the convoy ready we departed, as I watched the time tick down and down.

    Mid way a driver of one of the strykers had a heart attack. Having insufficient trained crew to operate both pieces of armor and not wishing to wait, I gave orders to abandon that stryker, and have a new pilot flown out from base to man it. The convoy proceeded onward.

    The plan was to approach Imarat, engage targets of opportunity from a distance, then have Delta clear it as Bravo provided cover. As we approached Imarat we took fire and several members of Delta were wounded. I could not afford to delay, and so while Delta licked their wounds, Bravo proceeded into Imarat and began clearing. Although these men did not sign up for CQB, they adapted beautifully to the change in plan. Support was provided by TalkingBEER and the remaining stryker. Once Delta was up and running and they joined in the urban clearing. We had a suicide bomber, and several casualties, but soon enough the town was clear, and our abandoned styker had rejoined the fold. The whole affair played out with a bit more chaos and improvisation than I would have liked, but the adrenaline was pumping as we all considered a radioactive wasteland. While we were doing this I requested and received A-10 support.

    Garmarud now stood before us. I briefed the squad leaders, and after discussion a plan was agreed on. The Strykers would head East from the main road, and provide overwatching fire support from the hills north east of town. Meanwhile Delta would advance first down the road into town, covered and supported closely by Bravo. They would clear house to house until they located the device. Everyone returned to their vehicles and moved out, the stykers heading off to the east, the rest proceeding south east on the road. About now I was informed over radio of a technical issue with the A-10 that prevented CAS at this time, I was frustrated, but figured CAS would not be too much of a help in this urban fighting. The doughboys would shine today without it.

    As usual, the assault went, almost, but not quite, according to plan. I found myself with in rifle range of the town with Bravo, taking and receiving sporadic fire, with Delta no where in sight. Bravo eventually moved up into town, sending one fire team forward as the other covered. A few minutes later Delta roared past us on their jackals and entered town. I was not sure where Delta had been, but I was glad they were Oscar Mike now; they were equipped for and skilled in urban clearing. (The specific soldiers in Delta were a very experienced in CQB and ideal for this sort of operation.) Bravo and Delta moved building to building, clearing the town. I was uncertain if we had enough explosives. Bravo radioed in they had a potential nuclear device, I ordered other assets clear of that point and bravo detonated the object in question. Although the explosion was massive, we still had radiation readings indicating that the nuclear threat persisted. Drat! It had been a decoy, and how we had only ten minutes to clear another town!

    My first thought was to pull back to base, forgetting in the confusion that the second town was so close and could easily be reached. TalkingBEER reminded me of Garmsar’s proximity, and we scrambled towards it.

    At this point overall force cohesion broke down. I arrived in in the North west section of Garmasar without knowledge of where the strykers or Delta were located. However, both were filled with skilled soldiers, and I had little doubt that they were doing their job and clearing the town or assisting in that goal. There was near constant contact in Garmasar, and the minutes still ticked by without a report of finding the device. I could hear constant gun fire and lost radio comms with Delta. According to my rough time estimate we had only 5 minutes left until the detonation. I decided that I would not lead my men to certain death. I called for an evacuation Chinook to be brought in to a courtyard surrounded by high walls. We would leave the vehicles and rapidly escape the blast radius by air.

    I gave the ground forces a minute more to clear, then ordered them to fall back to my location for evacuation. Communications were less than ideal with both Bravo and Delta, due to injury or the fog of war, and both were not responding to my radio at times. Around now a Styker was destroyed by enemy fire. There were wounded crewmen who would have to be evacuated from the smoldering wreck, costing previous minutes more. The “pop-pop-pop” of its ammo detonating added the final touch to the chaos. Reports also came in that both infantry teams had wounded they needed to treat before moving on. I watched the seconds tick by, wondering if any of us would make it out in time. The Chinook landed perfectly in the desired LZ, and did not spin down its blades.

    I moved out into the city, trying to figure out where my forces were and how to get them to the bird safely. I found Delta holding just a hundred meters from the LZ, putting down covering fire, engaging targets, and treating its casualties. I was relieved to find them so close, but still worried about Bravo and my stryker crewmen.


    It seemed to take forever, but eventually everyone was inside the bird.
    Communication and chatter was disorganized, tinged with excitement or fear.

    As we took off one or more people jumped out of the chopper, why I cannot imagine. I gave orders for them to take ground vehicles and drive as fast as they could. Apparently unaware of this order and unwilling to leave men behind, the pilot circled back to pick them up. When he landed and discovered the missing infantry were already gone, rolling away I hoped, we took off again. Someone inquired if we should not land before the nuclear blast, and I debated mentally the pros and cons of landing: Land too soon/close and we are all dead, stay airborne and maybe be killed by the shockwave. I decided we would continue flying, and hope we lived through the shockwave.

    As if a nuclear threat was not enough, we began to take anti-aircraft fire. LowSpeed did an excellent job, and guided us safely through it. As we flew, the sky suddenly changed colors, and I realized I was witnessing a nuclear bomb. Someone in the chopper said to look away from the blast and I wondered if looking away would save us; what good are eyes to the dead? Miraculously, despite AA fire and an atomic bomb, we arrived back at base safely.

    In summary, while I understand the failure to complete this mission likely cost me my command, and ended my military career, I want to thank every trooper involved in this operation. I am glad to have served with such capable men, and commend them on their performance under difficult circumstances.
    Last edited by Garthra; 11-18-2012, 02:41 PM.
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  • #2
    Re: Patrol Ops 2: A Nuclear Threat- Takistan -11/18/12-Bravo

    Excellent, Excellent AAR Garthra.

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    • #3
      Re: Patrol Ops 2: A Nuclear Threat- Takistan -11/18/12-Bravo

      As for the people falling out of the helo....

      Turns out it was almost full and the rear gunner seat was kicking.people off in mid flight. After my body hit the ground the bomb went off much to my chagrin. On respawn there were 6 others waiting for me at main who had also chosen the wrong seat.


      • #4
        Re: Patrol Ops 2: A Nuclear Threat- Takistan -11/18/12-Bravo

        Originally posted by Portable.Cougar View Post
        As for the people falling out of the helo....
        Turns out it was almost full and the rear gunner seat was kicking.people off in mid flight. After my body hit the ground the bomb went off much to my chagrin. On respawn there were 6 others waiting for me at main who had also chosen the wrong seat.
        Ahh that explains it!
        The question foremost in my mind is "what will bring the most tactical fun to the server?"


        • #5
          Re: Patrol Ops 2: A Nuclear Threat- Takistan -11/18/12-Bravo

          Great write up.

          That A-10...pesky A-10...loved to have had to radio "Two rifle" back to JTAC then watch the bomb hit its lazed target.
          but...pesky A-10...

          I was rather annoyed that when I landed the Chinook for the second time to pick up the poor soul. He vanished not even a body to be seen.
          Later I heard that he made it safely back to base...miracle or a ghost? :)

          ProTip for leaders: Inform the pilot/driver if your men are all in or not (vehicles/rotary wings/fixed wings/school buses)
          If you're not the leader with the all mighty radio, keep your chat to a minimum. When in vehicles, ACRE loses its glory some what due to us all being within the 'direct chat' bubble. So hearing stuff on the radio gets to be challenging.

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