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Offline Captain Robert Henschel

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2017, 04:38:10 PM »
<RAAF Amberly>

Rob closed his crystal eyes.  This was going to be interesting and scary as all get out.  He had no idea what to expect.  The idea of the landing scared the heck out of him.  Although target practice sounded interesting.   "You have no idea,"he whispered back to Trish.  ""    She sure didn't fill me in on any if this.

He raised a brow, but nodded.  He managed a smile but didn't linger on her as he didn't want either of them getting in trouble.  He looked back at Trish.  "" Good luck.  Catch you on the flip side, he grinned.
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Offline Scott M. Powers

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2017, 03:37:40 AM »
<RAAF Base Amberley>

"Sounds about right, it's magical chairs almost... Where are we going to end up next? Could be worse right?" Scott turned to look across the airfield, shielding his eyes against the midday sun he squinted at the hulking frames of the USAF's C-5 Galaxy's that were disgorging their HH-60G cargo. Looking back at Brian he caught the grin, "My sisters in town, no sh*t." Scott smiled, "Guess I'll have to drop in on her later and say hey. I remember her saying something about being down in this part of the world, didn't put it together that it'd be for Talisman Saber - also didn't think I'd be down here for it either."

Shrugging Scott turned back to Brian, burying his hands in his pockets. "How's life been since RED FLAG?"
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Offline Lukas Schoenert

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #32 on: September 05, 2017, 05:49:55 AM »
<HMAS Canberra>

"Too cold for my liking Lukas and it is a pleasure to meet you despite our initial circumstances. It's rather surprising isn't it that such a large force has been assembled from so many nations. I've personally not seen the like for many years now."

Lukas nodded, taking in the words with a smile on his face. He was certainly used to the cold, he had trained in it before he had even been in the army - as his parents would often take him and Robert out to ski or at least out hiking. He would have liked being here, today, as well as being with his siblings. Once again, he stowed the new bit of information in regards to his rank and the US equivalent.

"I'm not busy on this watch, would you like the Cook's tour then, I've been on the ship more or less for the last eight weeks now, so I'm reasonably familiar with the decks."

"Danke, ma'am. Only if it is not a hassle, I would like the Cook's tour." Lukas replied, nodding his thanks. Being that it seemed most of his team had decided to map out the boat themselves, they would have run into other crew on board the ship.
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Offline GySgt Bob Lee Gerhardt

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #33 on: September 05, 2017, 02:47:10 PM »
RAAF Amberley

Bob Lee stepped off the plane. He was wearing a new pair of desert cammies. He preferred his other salty, faded pair, but those were his lucky cammies. He only wore those when he'd go outside of the wire. He was in friendly territory here, however, so there was no need to risk those being damaged or destroyed for no good reason. He was also wearing his 'hog' tooth. A bullet he had taken from an enemy sniper he had killed that was supposed to represent the bullet with his name on it. He was proud of his status as Hunter of Gunmen.

Not far outside were two officers. Air Force officers. There was no avoiding them, however. He stopped a few feet in front of them, gave them a crisp salute, and spoke. "Beautiful goddamn day, Sirs" he stated.

Offline Commodore Anne MacGregor

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #34 on: September 05, 2017, 05:24:35 PM »
<HMAS Canberra>

Now for Anne, everyday began with her inspection tour of her own facilities, today was no different having already spent the better part of an hour in the ship's generous sick bay come mini hospital. After that she went to the galley, not that it was particularly within her purview, merely that she saw it as part of her overall supervision of the ship's companies health. It wouldn't do her well to know that people were coming to see her staff because of bad food, not that it happened often, but there were those rare occasions that it did. She was on her way to the ship's gym at the time she bumped into Lukas, so with that still in her mind Anne thought the young man might like to take that in as his first stop. Nothing like seeing where it was possible for one to let out any pent up emotions that so often took hold of you while at sea. There may well be particular places on the ship though he had in mind to see, so Anne would let it flow in that direction, far easier than to try and read his mind. "As a new ship, well relatively new Lukas it can be quite impressive, I know I was taken aback when I first posted on board. And since you're going to want to know how to get around quickly from one place to the other, is there anything special you would like to see? My first destination was the bridge of course, that is where most everyone heads for the first time round."

Offline Lukas Schoenert

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #35 on: September 06, 2017, 05:24:12 PM »
<HMAS Canberra>

"...My first destination was the bridge of course, that is where most everyone heads for the first time round."

Lukas knew that the bridge was one of the more important parts of the ship, though there was another bridge; the combat room in which the ship's captain would reside to if they were under attack. He had been a boarding party before, having practiced on various ships, though had not had the chance to simply walk through at a lesser pace. He nodded, "Ja, that would be most useful. Thank you. Perhaps later we can visit the mess?"

That was one of the other important places, as well as toilets. But, he was certain that toilets would have been found by his team mates. There was no need to bother a woman who was already being kind enough to show him around the ship
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Offline Flt Lt Robyn Hatfield

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #36 on: September 07, 2017, 01:24:59 AM »
<RAAF Amberly>

 Robyn's eyebrows shot up. Something clicked when AJ made that reference, something that didn't sit well with her, even though she knew the other woman was having a joke with her, Hatfield's sense of morale code was triggered. Yet with that in mind, she knew also how to be diplomatic, she had to be spending 90% of her time with rough mouthed men. "I guess different strokes for different folks, in my family the brothers are meatheads we try to avoid." Good enough, but not the truth of course. With her brother helping to pay for her education, Bobbie wouldn't be where she was today, most likely working as a checkout chick at some supermarket. "In MacGregor's case AJ, I think it helps having an Admiral and a friggin Commodore as her parents, add all that brass together and there is some weight there right?"

 So it was left at that, with the selections being made for the buddy up. Bobbie had nothing else but to wait for Cate's command for the crews to scramble.

Offline Lt Trish Ramirez

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #37 on: September 07, 2017, 01:52:01 AM »
<RAAF Amberly>

"No I guess I don't. Having known your girl for almost a year when she was with us, you'd think I would. Man I do not know how you do it; she's like the weather in San Fran, four seasons in a day." Which was like many cities on the West Coast, possibly Seattle could even top that. "She wouldn't, we know that much Rob.....so you're telling me there is a light side to all this?" Finally Trish had something to smile at, as she waved him off, her attention now drawn to Adrianna, it came out of left field really, with Trish imagining that somehow she'd end up with one of the others or at worst the woman's husband just so he could make her really uncomfortable.

 Such was the life of the Squadron 'Nugget', it had been much the same back home. "Yes ma'am." She said obediently, as if she could refuse. Somewhere deep inside, Trish wanted to throw up, the mere thought of doing this was turning her stomach to acid.

Offline Sqdn Leader Catherine MacGregor

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #38 on: September 07, 2017, 02:09:28 AM »
<RAAF Amberly>

 Time was up, they had twenty minutes to be in the air and over the big blue Coral Sea, exciting times ahead for all of them. Even though it wasn't the real deal, the heads of the exercise had gone to great lengths to ensure it would certainly feel as if it was. Topped off with the prospect that with the Marines of 542 and the JSDF 3rd TFS running RedFor, it was very likely at some point they were going to get bounced and bounced hard. That part she simply wasn't going to tell them. "Squadrons, dismissed. You have exactly...." She checked her watch. "....eighteen minutes to be airborne, Lieutenant Commander Pierce will lead, followed by your flight positions. I will be last, merely so I can keep an eye on you lot. ETA over the Halifax is 1730 hours, don't be late."

Offline Captain Robert Henschel

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #39 on: September 07, 2017, 08:26:07 AM »
<RAAF Amberly>

Rob frowned a bit.  'Yeah, you're right.  She wouldn't have said anything." He knew some things were a need to know basis and this was one thing that he hadn't needed to know until now.  And if he was honest, if he had known about the dark landing he wasn't sure how he would have reacted.  He laughed a bit.  "I sure hope there is.  Have a good flight.  I'll catch you afterward." Rob pushed up from his seat as everyone else started to disperse and slowly made his way up to where Cate was watching everyone.  "That was quite a shock you gave us all, Squadron Leader," he whispered.

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #40 on: September 08, 2017, 03:43:12 AM »
<USS Bonhomme Richard>

"There's only four of us!" Cried Specialist Daryl Khan, doing his best to refrain from laughing any harder than he already was.

"We're five..." Corporal Mark Harrison replied matter-of-factly not looking up from his iPhone.

"No, you don't count. You don't even have a superpower!"
Khan quipped, tossing a piece of pocket lint towards Harrison.

"I do have one! I can assemble Ikea furniture correctly!" Harrison snapped back at his teammates, rolling his eyes the sarcasm oozing from his response still not breaking his gaze from his phone.

"Did you know that you're both idiots?" Sergeant First Class Alex Reynolds cutting in, looking between the two of them before shaking his head and returning to his Toughbook.

"Well, you learn something new every day. What did I do this time?" Harrison deadpanned, looking up from his phone for the first time.

Reynolds cracked a grin, not looking up from his work. Pointing over the screen towards Harrison, "Yes, so, we've got a new intern starting today and I'd like you to show them around."

"M-Me?" Harrison snapped up from his lounging position, "Why me?"

Walking up from behind the lounging Corporal, Andrew smacked him on the head with his field book. "Why do you let them egg you on, Corporal?"

"W-Well, uh, S-Sir I..."

"That was rhetorical Harrison, we all know why."
Andrew quipped as he pulled up a folding chair next to Sergeant First Class Reynolds, tossing his field book down on the gear case Reynold's was using for a desk. "As for your intern, we don't actually have one. You're off the hook this time."

Harrison went to make another quip but was cut off by the epic arse chewing two Marine boots were receiving from one very p*ssed off SEAL Lieutenant, the whole group and that of the SEALs watched riveted as the Lieutenant finished with the Lance Corporal's and banished them.

"Well, I'll say... I'm gonna go make friends with our friendly neighborhood SEALs." Andrew said standing up with a pop, a grin plastered to his face.

"Oh yeah... Make friends!" Sergeant John Scarbro made little air quotes with his fingers, in between parts while reassembling his sidearm, a Glock 19.

"Cállate Diablo Perro! Leave the young Romeo to his romance! ... Here I think I've got some crayons for you to eat..." Staff Sergeant Cameron Ford dug through his assault pack coming up with a middle finger instead of a box of crayons, eliciting laughter from the group.

Andrew couldn't help but smile and laugh as he walked away from his team towards the Navy Seahawks the SEALs were lounging around. Closing in Andrew approached the group, "Uh, hey Lieutenant you guys by chance have a spare beach ball we could borrow?"
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Offline William Bishop

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #41 on: September 08, 2017, 06:02:09 AM »
<USS Bonhomme Richard>

The flight deck was abuzz with activity as a UH-60 made its final approach, touching down gracefully. The starboard door slid open and Colonel Bishop made his way out and towards the hatch into the tower, with Colonel Victor Franklin, his counterpart in the Australian Army Special Operations Command. As soon as they entered, they were taken to the Bonhomme Richard's CIC, where two more officers in Special Operations, Navy Captain Paul Vogel and Marine Colonel Robert Neal were waiting.

"Gentlemen. I was just informed that the Air Force finally deployed their PJs today, they're offloading at Amberly. And last I checked, we got ourselves a lot of operators who are not operating, so let's change that, shall we?" Bishop said as soon as they gathered in the middle of the room.

"As part of the simulated campaign, the Marines of 26th MEU, along with Japanese Airborne, secured their objectives on Townshend Island. They are currently awaiting reinforcements from the 31st MEU and elements from 4th BCT, but OPFOR is planning a counter attack today." Franklin explained.

"BLUFOR is to hold the beach defenses they captured on the eastern beachhead and the helicopter landing site further inland. Once 31st MEU and 4th BCT arrive, they're to push inland to secure the enemy HQ and supply depots. Enemy ships are also moving in to reinforce." Vogel added.

"Alright. We need to mix it up some, then. OPFOR is going to request to deploy Special Forces assets in order to soften up both points, BLUFOR will deploy Special Forces ahead of the main reinforcements to harass the enemy prior to the offensive. What do we have and who can we throw into the fire?" Bishop asked. He already knew the answer, he just wanted to see what came up.

"We've got a SEAL AFO onboard, plus an Army EOD team. HMAS Canberra has the KSM team, plus I believe Marine Force Recon put some shooters there. Amberly is where we've got an ODA, plus the PJs, and I think the South Africans got their team in not too long ago. I know we've got SBS and SAS assets as well, just no one has bothered to update where they're at." Vogel replied.

"Alright. Any flight ops going up?" Bishop looked over to Franklin.

"Amberly is putting up a flight today to do some practice runs with the Halifax. I believe we've got the Marines flying with the Japanese against them as well." The Australian Colonel replied, pulling out a small notepad from his pocket and flipping through it, "The Air Force strike package from Williamtown is due there in support of the reinforcement operation, but likely won't be on station for what you've got in mind."

"We can put up some Venoms and Lightnings for CAS." Neal finally said.

"So, here's what I'm thinking. HMAS Canberra is OPFOR, they're going to deploy their SOF teams to mark targets for airstrikes at the beachhead, task the Dutch to assign some of their birds to the job for that. But, let's spice it up...have the Japanese boarding team simulate an attempt to take Canberra out of the picture." Bishop explained, "The Marines, have 'em try to take out ranking officers at the beachhead to sow chaos. I want to see just how good the defenses there are."

"Their SBU teams have been chomping at the bit, this should be a good test." Franklin commented.

"Task the PJs to a CSAR behind enemy lines. That should put them in contact with elements of 7 RAR. The ODA, they'll attempt to knock out the enemy's main comms outpost at the center of the island, so 7 RAR will have their hands full. That just leaves the SEALs, Brits, South Africans and EOD." Bishop continued.

"We can deploy the South African team as OPFOR against the helicopter landing site, put the Marines on their toes. The SEALs, we can have them board the HMNZS Endeavour, the tanker the Kiwis sent, and then have the SBS attempt to retake it. The EOD and SAS can pull a joint op to deny the enemy use of the northeastern beach near Raynham Reef. Elements of B Squadron's armor is supposed to land there today, so could prove interesting." Franklin said.

"Alright. Contact the units in question, start getting things set up. We'll set up appropriate live fire targets in some cases, but otherwise, it's all simulated engagements. Any questions before we send out the notices?" Bishop asked.

"No, I think it all looks good. Should throw some wrenches into some machines, things went a little too clinically on the initial landing phases." Vogel said.

"Yeah, I raised my concerns about how little of a challenge was made, particularly at the beachhead. The Japanese commander was less than impressed with the lack of resistance, he said that with all the trouble it took to get his men out here, they didn't want something they could have just as easily staged back in Japan." Franklin said.

"Wanting to show off a little bit?" Neal asked with a grin.

"More pride I think. He wants to show his men can perform just as well as anyone else, if not better. 7 RAR's CO was told to step it up, everyone's here to play the game, not appease the dumb sods chanting outside the gate." Franklin replied.

"Fair enough. Ensign, stand by for orders to be transmitted to Amberly, the HMAS Canberra and to Excercise Command." Vogel ordered.

"Aye, sir." The young officer manning the CIC's communications post replied.


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  • Opposing Forces (OPFOR)
    • KSM - Repel boarding team from JMSDF SBU team aboard HMAS Canberra. If successful, make landfall on Townshend Island's southeastern area to mark targets for simulated airstrike against BLUFOR beachhead (JGSDF 2nd Infantry Btn (Airborne). Success is achieved if targets are marked for simulated airstrike for 312 Sqn RNLAF and team is able to successfully withdraw, either to HMAS Canberra or to OPFOR lines on Townshend Island)
    • Marine Scout Snipers - Repel boarding team from JMSDF SBU team aboard HMAS Canberra. If successful, make landfall on Townshend Island's southeastern area to target simulated HVTs (JGSDF 2nd Infantry Btn (Airborne) will set up targets within their perimeter as live targets. Success is achieved if targets are eliminated and team is not discovered by BLUFOR)
    • SBS M Squadron - After AFO Mako secures HMNZS Endeavour, effect a boarding action to retake ship from BLUFOR
    • SASDF Special Forces - Deploy to the southeastern part of Townshend Island to attempt to attack the helicopter landing site that BLUFOR secured with the beachhead, 1 mile southwest of the beachhead. (USMC Battalion Landing Team 3/2. Success is achieved if enough simulated damage renders the landing site unusable).

  • Friendly Forces (BLUFOR)
    • ODA 3333 - Effect landing on central area of Townshend Island and conduct an attack against OPFOR's main (simulated) communications post on the island. (AUS Army 7 RAR. Success is achieved if the post is destroyed and ODA successfully withdraws by either evacuating from Island or reaching BLUFOR lines)
    • A Troop, SAS - Protect team from US Army 28th Ordnance Company in denying use of central eastern beach on Townshend Island. (AUS Army 7 RAR, AUS Army B Sqn. 1st Armored Rgt. Success is achieved if the beach is declared inaccessible for deployment of armored assets by Exercise)
    • 28th Ordnance Co. - Using simulated explosive means, render the central eastern beach on Townshend Island inaccessible for the landing of OPFOR armor (AUS Army 7 RAR, AUS Army B Sqn. 1st Armored Rgt. Success is achieved if the beach is declared inaccessible for deployment of armored assets by Exercise)
    • "Silver" Team, 58 RQS - Insert onto the western beach area of Townshend Island and conduct a Combat Search & Rescue of downed friendly pilot (Volunteers welcome). (AUS Army 7 RAR. Success is achieved if downed pilot and team are all successfully evacuated)
    • AFO Mako, USN DEVGRU - Conduct a board and seizure of HMNZS Endeavour, and then hold the vessel from counter attack.

Offline Brian Coffin

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #42 on: September 08, 2017, 07:20:24 AM »
<RAAF Amberly>

"Ah, the same ol same ol. Laughing at the new guys overdoing it in Vegas, hanging out at Havasu, ducking my ex on social media. The usual." Brian replied. His ex-wife, a British nurse, had a penchant of trying to harass him at every chance, there was a fair bit of spite in her after their divorce. A classic case of a "psycho ex" if there ever was one.

"Well, I'm looking forward to this, and if nothing else, we can enjoy some of the sights and whatever in country." Brian said, looking around.

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #43 on: September 08, 2017, 03:57:08 PM »
<USS Bonhomme Richard>

"Six o'clock." Ice said quietly as he started to put his earbuds back in and go back to the show he was binge watching. Michelle turned around to the approaching soldier, still finding it odd that the Army had anyone onboard but this was one hell of a trip.

"Nope. Might go kick around some dumbass jarheads if we don't get to see some action soon, though." Michelle replied.

"Yo, why do they have you grunts on this tin can?

"That's Voodoo. I'm Gambler, the quiet one is Ice, the USELESSLY trying to find something online to beat my truck is Midas," She pointed to the SEAL with his nose in a tablet, "And Deuce." Michelle said, pointing to each of her SEALs in turn, who then nodded in greeting.

Offline Captain John Gallagher

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Re: Exercise Talisman Saber
« Reply #44 on: September 08, 2017, 06:13:23 PM »
USS Bonhomme Richard

"Bugger me silly," Sergeant Hayes muttered eliciting some grins and chuckles from the troop. "You're getting married, boss?" he then asked, still not quite believing the announcement Gallagher had made to the men. The Captain just smirked and nodded his head. "Bugger me," Henno muttered again. "Despite all me warnings about married life?" he asked. Again, the Captain nodded. In truth, the Sergeant had never been a very reliable source for marriage life, having been divorced four times already.

Gallagher let the comments go on for a while before he broke it up. "Righ' you lot. Let's head over up ta this hang'r." he suggested while in fact it was anything but. He led the way, despite not knowing left from right on this ship. He had joined the bloody Army for a reason. He hated ships, and he hated bodies of water larger than a puddle. The fact that he had been forced onto a Yankee ship didn't make it any better. Unconsciously though, he began whistling the tune to Yankee Doodle as he entered the hangar.

There were already several people in there, and once again the Sergeant had to state it. "Bugger me dead and bury me pregnant" he said, almost yelled. Louad enough for everyone in the hangar to hear him. He touched one of his pockets, and was relieved that his cigarettes were still there. "Any a ya lot knoow where ah can smook a fag 'roond 'ere?" he asked the people there, his Scottish accent very present, having just returned from Scotland visiting his parents. Bloody yankee ships.
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