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Hornet Leader: IRAN 2014
Short USMC Campaign (Day 5 of 5)


Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
Ned Dolan



*for a complete description about this campaign and starting pilots selection and the previous days session reports, please refer to :

Day 1 Mission (primary & secondary) :
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/693468/hornet-leader-short-c...

Day 2 Mission (primary & secondary) :
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/693909/hornet-leader-short-c...

Day 3 Mission (primary only) :
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/694594/hornet-leader-short-c...

Day 4 Mission (primary only) :
http://boardgamegeek.com/article/7387733

Day 5 Mission (primary only) :
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/694865/hornet-leader-short-c...


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DAY 5 PRIMARY

PRIMARY TARGET : (59) CARRIER DEFENSE (Scramble, Objective : 6xSU7)
IMPROVEMENT : n/
STAT : HIT=8 , VP=3 , RECON=1 , INFRA=1
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* Target Area Range Band , -2 WP, +2 Stress

After the destruction of their prized Nuclear Reactor yesterday, the iranian are mounting an attack to our carrier. But considering the size of their attack it seem we have damaged their airforce severely and all they can send to attack was 6 old Sukhoi 7.


*Primary Target


The SUKHOI-7 Bombers are located in the center area and surrounded by fighter escorts. this is a straight air to air dueling, first thing is to kill the escorts after that everything is just a walk in the park.


ARMING / WEAPONS LOADOUT :


Since this is the last day , i get all my available pilots to repulse the attack. My Strike group for this target consists of :
- THOR (Skilled F35) , 4xAIM120 , 3xAIM9
- RUDDER (Average AV8) , 5xAIM9 , 1xECMPOD
- CRISPY (Green AV8) , 5xAIM9 , 1xECMPOD
- MYSTIC (Green AV8) , 5xAIM9 , 1xECMPOD

My current SO = 9. i spend 4 SO for Aerial Refueling and 4 Free Weapon SO for 4xAIM120. that left me with 5 SO for secondary mission.


*Pilot Selection and Ordnance Loadout


TARGET-BOUND FLIGHT :

At Target bound flight, I got a 'TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY : May Discard 3 WP of AtG counter to gain 1 VP' Event Card. I ignore this event since i dont have AtG weapons.

This time my strike group approach the bombers from the East Stand-Off area. Then the bandits showed up and now i understand, this is a suicidal attack by the iranian air force, a last gasp of dying enemy. The 6 ancient bombers are escorted by only 2 fighters, 1xMIG25 and 1xMIG29.

Over Target i draw a "SHOULDER LAUNCHED SAM : Add 1 site to random pre-approach area". I roll the dice and got 1xSA88 on the SOUTH PRE-Approach area. it is a range:1 AAA that can target both HIGH and LOW flying aircraft.


* Tactical Display showing events before TURN#1


OVER-TARGET TURN #1


THOR (F35, +1 AtA) using his 1xSA to launch multiple AIM120 to multiple target :
- 1xAIM120 to 1xMIG25 = HIT
- 1xAIM120 to 1xMIG29 = HIT
- 1xAIM120 to a group of SU7 = HIT
- 1xAIM120 to a group of SU7 = HIT

That took care of the escorts and 2xSU7. There are 4xSU7 left and i must destroy them all. I need to close up the distance for AIM9 Sidewinder Launch.

My Strike group moved toward the SU7s


* Tactical Display showing events before TURN#2



OVER-TARGET TURN #2


Still too far away to launch AIM9 Sidewinders.. so my flight continue to chase the SU7..


* Tactical Display showing events before TURN#3


OVER-TARGET TURN #3


Thor (F35 FAST pilot) fired 1xAIM9 to a SU7 group and he killed another one. Then he give 1xSA to enable RUDDER (AV8) to attack a SU7 and sadly he miss..
The AAA site that spawned in SOUTH Pre-Approach area fired at RUDDER . Lucky his ECM pod saved him..

Now every plane launch their AIM9 to the SU7s bomber group :

- Thor launched 1xAIM9 and kill 1 SU7
- Rudder launched 1xAIM9 and missed again
- Crispy launched 1xAIM9 and kill 1 SU7
- Mystic launched 1xAIM9 and kill the last SU7

After destroying the last of iranian bomber , the strike group hit afterburner and went home.. I still got lots and lots of AIM9 on my strike group, but its always better to have but not need than to need but not have..

ERROR: THOR already used his 2xSA and he cannot attack twice in this turn. that means 1xSU7 is still alive at the end of this turn, not that it would help him, just need 1 more turn and the last SU7 is toast..


HOME-BOUND EVENT:

I drew a "SHORT RANGE THREAT : Roll 2 Attack against random aircraft or spent 1 AtA counter to negate each attack". Since i still got left over sidewinders, i spend 2xAIM9 to negate this attack..


DEBRIEFING :

- Everyone got 2 XP and +2 Stress
- I got 4 VP for this mission and 1 Recon , 1 Infra

SCORE : 26 VP


*Campaign VP Rating


MISSION LOG :

a sweat and blood stained Mission Log..



Pretty high score but all my pilots are exhausted and if this campaign continue beyond day 5 i need to rest them for while. with only 5 SO points left i cant buy another RnR...

NOTES :

Thats the end of this day's primary mission.. My campaign got enough VP to be classified as GREAT. but considering the many mistakes i made everyday, i think i accept a GOOD score =D

As i already draw a SECONDARY mission card (43) LABORATORY, i will see if i got enough pilots to do this mission. i think all my other pilots are either unfit or shaken..

** as im planning the secondary mission , i found out that i only got 2 pilots available. a shaken F35 pilot and a newbie pilot. and seeing the target need 13 HITS and i dont have anymore point for JDAM , i think its impossible to complete the mission, so i end this campaign before i lost pilots ..

Thanks all for watching this Campaign Session Series !1


* Pilots, WSOs, AirBoss,LSO ,CAG , Ordnance chief and Cinematographer =D



The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952


Salute to the Marines, Semper Fidelis



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Photo of the day : Hornet Aggressor Squadron in Miramar (TOP GUN / NAVAL FIGHTER WEAPONS SCHOOL) after a mid-air collision with another Hornet

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G'day,

Great AAR's!

You've put a lot of work into these and it shows. Well done.

Cheers,
Cameron
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plugger wrote:
G'day,

Great AAR's!

You've put a lot of work into these and it shows. Well done.

Cheers,
Cameron


Thanks Cameron =D

Im hoping to get another AAR in another campaign with the US Navy's A6 Intruders, A7 and F14.. maybe simulating a Navy Carrier Air Wing before Hornet F/A-18 A/B..

i think for AAR i'll choose the SHORT format, easier to play and document at the same time =D

Cheers mate
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