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#13919183 Dec 10, 2018 at 04:33 PM · Edited 2 minutes ago
Colonel
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Operation Atlantic Resolve

Where: Crimea, Ukraine.
When: Stage 1: Dec. 22nd, 2018 starting 1900z to 0300z Dec. 23rd. - Stage 2*: Dec. 23rd 0400z to 0800z - Stage 3*: Dec. 23rd 1900z to 0100z Dec. 24th.
Format: BLUFOR (NATO + Ukraine, base UKON) vs OPFOR (Russia, base URKA).
What: Russia has invaded Crimea and started aggressive military activities which violate Ukraine's sovereignty. NATO has stepped in support of Ukraine to retake control of the region.
ROE: NATO forces cannot enter Russian airspace, this to avoid major consequences.

*: Following stages happen depending on the number of participants, asset presence, etc.



Backstory:
DISCLAIMER: The following is loosely based on real-life facts and adapted for event purposes.

After a failed disruption of Exercise Trident Juncture in Norway early last month, Russia hadn't had enough of the defeat and quickly raised tensions with Ukraine in contested Crimea region. After illegally annexing it back in 2014, Russia militarized the region and ultimately built a bridge in the Kerch Strait, linking Crimea directly to Moscow. This bridge has been reportedly used to violate the 2003 treaty of shared seaspace between the two nations, which unfolded into the aggression and seizing of 3 Ukrainian Navy ships which were heading to the Sea of Azov.
This episode resulted in an evergrowing escalation with both countries readying their armed forces in case a conflict would unfold. In this process, Russia among the rest has shipped to the border several SAM batteries and intensified the military occupation and naval forces in and around the peninsula while Ukraine doesn't have sufficient weaponry yet that could face such threats.
Multiple EU governments, UN and NATO in particular condemned the use of force in the Kerch Strait with the Alliance stating that "We remain concerned by the heightened tensions in and around the Sea of Azov. There can be no justification for Russia's use of military force against Ukrainian ships & sailors. [Russia] must immediately release the sailors and ships they seized & allow freedom of navigation." claiming that NATO has a "strong support for Ukraine" and "Russia is putting 30 years of stability at risk and such behavior can no longer be tolerated."
This strong support is referred to Operation Atlantic Resolve, an ongoing effort in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine, mainly the War in Donbass. The U.S. took several immediate steps to demonstrate solidarity with NATO, such as augmenting the air, ground and naval presence in the region, and enhancing previously scheduled exercises, such as Exercise Clear Sky.
A number of war and military experts claim that as time goes by, the risk of entering an armed conflict between NATO and Russia is again imminent. Since the incident, multiple NATO recon planes have been constantly soaring closely to the involved area
to gather precious data about what kind of threats are present, with Alliance assets being silently moved at the border and within Ukraine soil for a rapid response in case of a major Russian invasion.
In addition, in a recent press release it has been said that "the Kremlin has to release the Ukrainian sailors and ships, restoring completely freedom of navigation to and from the Sea of Azov. [...] Any other hostile acts conducted by Russia in the region won't be tolerated and they will have consequences".
Earlier today (Dec. 21st), Russian frigates on patrol in the Kerch Strait area reportedly opened fire on another Ukrainian ship, apparently a medium-size cargo who was attempting to cross the Strait. The Kremlin's Navy stated that the cargo was "maneuvering dangerously" close to the Crimean Bridge in an attempt to damage it. Crew status is unknown at this time. NATO partners quickly agreed that at this point a conflict is inevitable.

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Plan:
- BLUFOR will start from its base UKON, fielding an E-8R JSTARS plane for SIGINT and ground target recognition while escorting planes will fly with it south towards the Crimean peninsula in an attempt to conquer a foothold at base UKFI. Once the airfield is seized and airspace secured, ops can begin.
- OPFOR will start from its base URKA in Russia and have a variety of assets available throughout the conflict, as long as pilots acting as aggressors. The goal obviously is to prevent BLUFOR from gaining advantage as usual.

Assets will be spawned by who is able to do so in the multiple parts that the event is divided in. INTEL reports and tasks will be given for both BLUFOR and OPFOR teams in #event-chat Discord channel.

Good luck to all airmen!

Mav
Breakin' the sound barrier everyday!
Peace through superior AIRPOWER

Buzzard Viper Driver, 510th FS.
Reaper Eagle Driver, 493d FS.
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#13925496 Dec 20, 2018 at 12:43 PM
Colonel
564 Posts
Actually I must say I am not sure we are going to have it the way I've wanted it mainly because of lack of personnel who can run assets throughout the weekend so we can start it and see what's gonna happen and adjust accordingly. Anyhow it'll be some social gathering for us so I'm not that upset for it.
Let's see, plan is done I'll write up the initial part for BLUFOR to follow and the rest I'll give to OPFOR for assets/pilot organization.
Mav
Breakin' the sound barrier everyday!
Peace through superior AIRPOWER

Buzzard Viper Driver, 510th FS.
Reaper Eagle Driver, 493d FS.
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#13925807 Dec 20, 2018 at 11:57 PM · Edited 7 days ago
1st Lieutenant
28 Posts
I have a second machine which could run an asset, if I'm not here, then I can leave 2 machines online with assets.

B-1B Driver,
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#13926016 Dec 21, 2018 at 10:32 AM
Colonel
564 Posts
Sounds good.
Then I'll need to know each one who can spawn and also maintain assets via Discord PM in order to better organize each part.
The plan will be released this afternoon for BLUFOR and OPFOR.
Mav
Breakin' the sound barrier everyday!
Peace through superior AIRPOWER

Buzzard Viper Driver, 510th FS.
Reaper Eagle Driver, 493d FS.
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#13926273 Dec 21, 2018 at 06:12 PM
Captain
1 Post
I have a second machine but very old not sure if it will run FG i will test and get back to you on discord

Venom
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#13926312 Dec 21, 2018 at 07:10 PM
Colonel
564 Posts
First post updated with all essential info.

Required for this event is the Kerch Bridge standalone asset downloadable HERE.
Mav
Breakin' the sound barrier everyday!
Peace through superior AIRPOWER

Buzzard Viper Driver, 510th FS.
Reaper Eagle Driver, 493d FS.
+0
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