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Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:53:37 PM »
November 23, 2017
0750 Hours Local - En-route from Inchon to Seoul

It was the moment that had been looming over the Korean Peninsula since the signing of the armistice in 1953, the moment that many had feared would come time and again but never arrived. But just as the world was sure that yet another round of saber rattling was going to pass like dispelling storm clouds on the horizon, the thunder of artillery from the Demilitarized Zone proved that theory wrong.

To drive the point home even further, while the soldiers along the DMZ were fighting a delaying action while their leaders tried to devise a plan, fighting had broken out across Seoul. Tourists and citizens alike were now caught in the crossfire as well, as popular locations were echoing with staccato of gunfire, the screams of those in terror and pain, and the sirens of the police who were desperately trying to protect those under their care. In the streets, rockets and grenades exploded, and even aircraft were not immune from the chaos as missiles streaked up from rooftops to swat at any aircraft that passed overhead.

At Inchon, the local airport had been already converted to support military operations, while American, South Korean and Australian warships arrived to set up defenses and aid in the plan known as Operation Drawback. A fleet of helicopters, mainly Blackhawk-related variants, but mixed with Apache and Cobra gunships, lifted off from Inchon and were racing for Seoul to render aid. A mix of NATO special forces and Korean Marines, the attack force was to rescue important persons while also dealing with the threats in Seoul.

But their effort was not going to be missed, and the attempt to bring heavy firepower from the skies as a surprise was dampened as various media outlets, as well as social media, ensured that the forces in Seoul knew what was coming well before they had even left Inchon's limits. The ambush was set, and as the assault force reached the Han River, the helicopters were greeted by a hail of surface to air missiles. The skies of Seoul were now a battlefield of their own as helicopters exploded, flares were deployed, and the guns of the various helicopters lit up to try and suppress any further launches.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2018, 02:07:01 PM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Brian was already fired up when he was told he was going into Seoul to evac HVIs from the Embassy, the news had already been going over in their usual rating-grabbing nature the battlefield the city had turned into, but seeing the helos go down in flames, that got him even more fired up. But what would really set him off was seeing one of the Blackhawks near theirs get hit, the tail rotor being blown clean off by a SAM, and then seeing the passengers on board, ROK Marines, being thrown onto the streets and buildings below as the helicopter made its death spiral into a mass of cars along the main road.

"Harrison! Put us down in that intersection, we're going to hike the rest of the way there!" Brian called out, pointing to an intersection ahead of them. Another helo went down, slamming into a high rise on the intersection's northwest corner. It was an Aussie bird, given the camo scheme it wore, likely had another NATO team on board. He then looked to the rest of the team, "Game faces, Kraken! This is worst case, but we got people depending on us!"

The crew chief hastily kicked the ropes out of either door, and the CRO quickly moved to fast rope out of the helicopter and into the crowded intersection. Civilians were fleeing for their lives but without any idea where to go, they were headed every which way but north.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2018, 05:36:29 PM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Harrison had bolted towards his helicopter, his co-pilot in tow as they heard their alarm blaring. Half-dressed in his kit as he settled into the seat, waiting on the systems to fire up. It was not long until they began to see the start of what was turning into a sh*t-show; with helos being shot at, some being taken down.

"Harrison! Put us down in that intersection, we're going to hike the rest of the way there!"

He managed to throw a thumbs up towards the back as he brought the Hawk into a hover above the intersection, keeping an eye on their surroundings. Helos were going down around them, and though he had been briefed before, he hadn't expected this much carnage. Harrison kept the helicopter as the rest of the team did what they had to.

"Good luck, fellas!"

Along with Kraken squad, Alastair Lansbury was sitting, his heart-beat jack-hammering in his chest as the adrenaline kicked in. He breathed deeply several times as the crew chief got up to kick off the fast-ropes. The sight that had greeted them was anything but pretty, with civvies scattering anywhere but the conflict zone and away from the gunfire.

His eyes traveled to Brian Coffin, giving a solemn nod as he filed out after the others, hands and legs wrapping around the rope as he slid down. Once on the ground, he took up a knee, shouldering his rifle to defend the heli from any incoming fire.

They were going to evac HVIs from the US embassy; playing at high stakes with the slight disadvantage of having started in an uprepped state. His heart-rate had lowered, normalising as he found himself in the zone as he waited for the next move.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 10:44:10 PM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Andrew had played the Call of Duty series of games since he was a young teen, starting with the original Modern Warfare. It had shown a possible reality; the Middle East devastated further by a madman with a nuke. The scenes of a modern city smoldering under a rising mushroom, then were awe inspiring. As the series progressed, the similar vistas, metropolis' wrecked by war, we're still impressive. The furthest thought from his mind was how close to a reality they were.

Reality... reality was much, much worse. The sites and sounds, but the smells too. Something, Andrew'd never thought of, penetrating deep into his brain. Now it was real, and it was terrifying, utterly terrifying.

Snapping back to reality, Andrew flinched as a Blackhawk in their flight was struck by a roof launch SAM, sending the aircraft and its crew of ROK Marines to their most likely deaths. "Jesus Christ! We need to get out of the air now Captain!" Andrew shouted into space, knowing full well, that no one would hear him. As if the Captain had been reading his mind, he more felt than anything else the airframe shift position making its way, under its own power towards the ground.

Flinching again, he threw his hand in front of his face as another Blackhawk ate a SAM, this time straight to its engines through the troop compartment. It dropped like a rock but didn't fall far as it plowed full speed into a highrise.

 "Game faces, Kraken! This is the worst case, but we got people depending on us!" Andrew heard the mission commander, Captain Coffin shout over the commotion.

Laughing almost manically, Andrew added his own retort, "I can't hear you over the sound of melting city, Sir!" Grabbing the fame to steady himself as the Pavehawk flared out into a hover. "But I'm right behind you!" Scooting across the troop bay, Andrew tucked in behind the crew chief as he tossed the fast ropes out the doors.

It couldn't have been more than 20 seconds later that Andrew was on solid ground sprinting for cover as the rest of Kraken fast ropped into Seoul - their mission, assist in extracting some HVI's from the American Embassy, which was currently under attack by DPRK special operations forces. Waving a group of Korean nationals out of his way, Andrew took up a covered position. "Kraken-2 is up."
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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2018, 11:45:46 AM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Jason could honestly say he was surprised by this turn of events. The way everything had unfolded as far as his current assignment. Was truly something. He had planned to be back with his recon team. Either already in country, or cuing up with the rest of Batt amd. Getting ready to jump in. Still here he was with that mixbag group again and. Reassigned for this op.

Currently he was a little out of his norm, loadout wise. He was rolling with an M4A1 Using a sixteen inch daniel defense upper. Tac-on Iron sights, along with a Specter DR for his optic. Everything else was fairly standard, peq, torch, angled grip. He had a bipod packed away as well but was sure he wouldn't need it. It was more of a just in case type of deal. Additionally standalone amd rigged to his plate carrier with five-fifty was his M320. Figuring he’d go back to his line days and pack some 40 mike. He carried six HE, four HEDP, and two LVG’s. Just to keep himself versatile. Aside from that he had assorted smoke shells in his drop leg holster next to his Glock 26, and it's spare mags.

As their Blackhawk flared and ropes were kicked out, Jason reached partially down past the shemagh loosely tied around his neck and pulled the skull lower mask up over his face as he contemplated the makeup of the team. It was...a safe group to say the least, considering what he knew of them and what the objective actually was.

Ghost made his way out towards the rope, his gloved hands gripping as he moved from the platform and slid to solid ground. In a daft motion he shook the gloves free of his hands and took up his rifle, scanning as he pushed out and took a knee to pull security. "...lot of people," he muttered.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2018, 11:53:05 AM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Leah was a little taken back by the sight of all of this. She hadn't been to her parent's homeland since she was a kid visiting family. To see it all like this now...it was enough to stop her heart at times, at least it felt that way.

The SWCC couldn't believe how crazy it was that she was even a part of something like this, at least in this capacity. She dreamed of going to the teams following boat time, but this… Of course she understood the need for her being here. Simply put they wouldn't be lost in translation at the very least.

She glanced inwards toward the captain to check on the team. More so to keep her mind off of the carnage outside. The CRO was solid, seemed to be the boss on this one which was fine for her. She’d take the bulk of their medical burden and just piggyback meds and the like off of him if that were the case. No need in the One-man having to double clutch like that.

Her kit was simple, aidbag, usual carrier and assortment. IFAC, Mk18 for the shooting, an 870 MCS at her left leg, and the usual P226. Her eyes drifting from her visual inspection of the group, locked on the sight of another Blackhawk going down. Leah felt her stomach sink before their bird started to lurch and lower. “Christ,” she muttered to herself.

Before long everyone started moving out and down the rope. She was last, calling her up and signalling to the bird so t could dust off. The SWCC couldn't help but scoff a bit at their callsign. Considering it was her boat teams name. Something that settled with her, more or less. She did wonder what they were up to as she took up a spot behind cover and aimed downrange until Kraken started moving. "This is crazy."

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2018, 09:13:35 AM »
South of the US Embassy, South Korea

Most of Gallagher's gear was already back in the UK. Originally slated for an exercise in Australia, this was cancelled only a few days in. As such, his gear had been packed up again and sent back home on the earliest available flight along with the rest of his Troop. The only things he really had were his MTPs, and his bergen. He was forced to wear an American IOTV, which was at least slightly compatible with his camouflage but still made him stick out like a sore thumb. He didn't even have a helmet, instead wearing his MTP boonie hat, which was still a step up from the sand-coloured beret in terms of noticeability.

He also had been loaned an Australian AUG. It felt a little weird in his hands, but it wasn't something he'd never used before. It wasn't his trusty C8 or the old MP5, though. At least he had a weapon, though.

The helicopter settled into a hover, and the ropes were let go. Gallagher grabbed hold of one and slid down to the ground. Once his feet hit, he let go and took up his position, his rifle pointing down the road.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2018, 12:52:38 PM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

As soon as they were all on the ground, Brian took a moment to get them off the street and onto the sidewalk while going to his radio.

"Kraken Zero-One to Tombstone Actual."

"Tombstone Actual, send traffic Kraken." Colonel Bishop replied, back at Inchon Harbor on the HMAS Canberra.

"Kraken cannot make LZ, had to drop out early. On foot, requesting location update." Brian said, while civilians just continued to panic all around them, abandoning their cars in the gridlock to flee on foot. If they took any notice to the team, they didn't seem to show it. While waiting, he flipped the magnifier on his M4A1 into place behind the Micro-T1 red dot sight. He had opted for the mid-length 14.5in barrel for his rifle, plus it had a short vertical foregrip, PEQ on the 3 o'clock rail, high power tac-light on the 9. But since he had to carry medical supplies, Brian didn't have a secondary, just his sidearm, an H&K HK45C.

"Wait one."[/i] Bishop replied, and a new voice took over, the RAN Intel officer on the Canberra.

"Kraken, you're approximately 3.2 klicks south of the LZ." The map reference came after, before the rest of the message, "Proceed north, but keep your eyes open. Last police chatter had hostile contact roughly two hundred forty meters north of your position, near the Women's University there. Tombstone Actual requests that any SAMs are to be designated as priority targets of opportunity but do not deviate from mission objective. How copy, over."

"Solid copy on all, Tombstone. Kraken out." Brian replied, before looking to his teammates.

"Alright, we've got two miles between us and where we were supposed to be. Local cops were engaged just north of here. And if you see anyone with a SAM, drop 'em quick, fast and in a hurry. We're on the clock here, let's get moving." Brian said, taking the lead down the sidewalk.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2018, 12:15:02 PM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Ghost only offered a nod as he picked up in the number two spot behind Coffin for this initial movement. He scanned the area above them and across the street with his Elcan as they continued on. He gave an occasional glance back at the other members of the team on occasion.

His eyes would lock on the occasional civilian, picking apart details. Expression, body language, overall demeanor. Too much time in the sandbox made you suspicious of most civilians. There was no such thing as a non combatant in this world. Still they were all modeled to be discretionary warriors and all that jazz.

The thought quickly left him as the Ranger continued forward. He looked to his extended left arm, locking in on the garmin on his left wrist. They were still on track and making good time. He had a feeling in his gut, this would most likely be one. Hell of a grab.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2018, 12:16:02 PM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Leah released a breath she didn't know she was holding. A quick visual check of her mk18 and the SWCC was ready to go. She picked up quickly enough, falling in with the rest of the team’s formation. It was a tough time to say the least.

Her eyes darted around, watching the people they passed, seeing the panic and how their only purpose at that moment was to escape the  madness. She did watch for more than that however. Training took over as she looked for any signs of hostility in her sector. Still everything seemed to be relatively okay.

Leah was more worried of the possibility of ambush in this environment. Having civilians run about made that in more of a pain. This was a very devoted enemy. There was no telling what lengths they'd go to. That in itself was enough to worry her.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2018, 01:03:40 AM »
<2 Miles South of US Embassy, Intersection of Hangang-daero & Itaewon-ro>

Andrew indexed his Mk.17 CQB off the hood of the car he'd used as his cover, still facing down the street in the opposite direction of the teams' movement. The sound of sporadic gunfire and the thump-hiss of SAM's and rockets, the sounds of war reflecting off the buildings of Seoul. Turning his head, Andrew decided that the team was far enough along and stepped off after them, bring up the rear of the unit.

Kicking himself, Andrew hefted his weapon, wishing he would have brought the standard length Mk.17 instead of the CQB variant, but it would have to do. The rifle was outfitted with an SU-230/PVS dual role weapon sight, LA-5A/PEQ IR/visible laser, SU-233/PVS LED illuminator, GPS-02 grip pod and a quick detach suppressor.

He knew his teammate's eyes were up, watching people and their hands, and the roofs above. It allowed Andrew to watch the ground, after 14 years fighting a war in which the use of IED's had become the norm. He wasn't going to put it past the North Korean's to utilize them as well.

Having walked a few dozen steps, Andrew turned and walked backward for a few, scanning the city to their rear. No one was trying to sneak up behind them. For the moment, the street behind them was just abandoned cars and the citizens of Seoul fleeing the oncoming war.
« Last Edit: May 11, 2018, 04:09:25 AM by L. Andrew Cannon »
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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2018, 04:49:20 PM »
<<Hangang-daero, Approaching Sookmyung Women's University>>

Kraken's advance had been only hindered by the civilians, but they made good time up to the Women's University. They had just reached, of all places, a KFC restaurant when Brian put up a hand. It was awfully quiet for somewhere that was supposed to be alight with weapons fire. In the middle lane, two box trucks, both white and nondescript, had seemingly had a head-on collision here. There were also a lot fewer civilians around them but plenty of dead bodies.

"Something isn't right here. I'm thinking that side street looks..." Brian wasn't allowed to finish his statement as the doors on the box trucks both swung open, the rear facing them revealing an RPD machine gun protected by improvised plates to make a gun shield on either side. The machine gun began spraying their position almost instantly while armed attackers, wearing dated tactical gear over worker's coveralls and armed with a mix of AKs and Yugoslavian M56 SMGs, jumped out from either side door and began to take up positions among the abandoned cars. The sidestreet next to them exploded in chaos as several cars that seemingly had just been crashed there were now set ablaze.

The only saving grace right now was that Kraken had plenty of cover as well, either from the abandoned cars or the raised concrete platform in front of the KFC, as well as the possibility of the structure itself.

"Return fire! We need to neutralize that strong point!" Brian called out as he took cover behind the concrete platform. He came up with his M4 and fired off several shots before being forced back down behind cover.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2018, 01:00:06 PM »
<<Hangang-daero, Approaching Sookmyung Women's University>>

Ghost’s eyes lowered into a glare as they approached the scene. Everything in him would scream at this layout. His eyes darted to the KFC briefly just before the van doors sprang open and hostiles started to open up and advance. The Ranger quickly brought his M4 in to play and fired two quick rounds before sliding to the cover of a car.

With his weapon in safe, Ghost let the sling catch his weapon as he pulled a tab and upholstered his M320. “HEDP!” He called out as he loaded a single 40 mike mike. He remained on a knee for a while until he felt comfortable with his allies fire rate. “Firing!”

Ghost quickly scrambled back on a knee, giving himself some room as he angled the launcher and fired towards the center of the two vans. The 320 was quickly switched back to safe before he gripped his M4 again and started to fire i  transition, picking up and moving to their right flank to close it off.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2018, 01:03:33 PM »
<<Hangang-daero, Approaching Sookmyung Women's University>>

Leah sucked in a sharp breath once she heard the snaps nipping at the air around them, and the cars being pelted. She wasn't exactly used to being on the receiving end of big guns. She attempted to fire from her position, however the incoming rounds forced her down.

She growled low in her throat as she moved over towards one of the cars lining the roads and opened fire with her MK18. She went to full and fired several bursts. “Damn...I should've brought something bigger,” she internally cursed at their fire superiority. Or initial lack thereof.

The call of HE going out though was a welcome relief. The makeup of their team was...safe, yet fast. For the mission at hand it made sense. However it was situations like this that would force such a group to think outside the box.

Leah ducked back behind the vehicle, switching firing hands and emerging from the otherside. She fired a quick hirst, dropping one of the assailants.

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Re: Operation Drawback - Phase IA
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2018, 06:36:36 AM »
<<Hangang-daero, Approaching Sookmyung Women's University>>

"Smoke!" Gallagher yelled as he took out a white screening smoke grenade out from the pocket on his vest. He pulled the pin, waited a second, and then threw it as hard and as far as he could towards the enemy strongpoint. The closer the smoke was to the enemy, the more room it gave his allies to move.

Of course, the MG kept firing through the smoke. The upside, however, was that now they couldn't see what they were shooting at. He fired a couple of shots, emptying his magazine. "Magazine!" he yelled as he ejected the spent magazine and grabbed a fresh that he then inserted. "Back in" he stated when he was done.

He was now ready to move, so he got up and began running for the next piece of cover. Midway through his run he suddenly felt down. "Fack!" he yelled as he let go of his rifle and gripped his arm. He gritted his teeth and crawled on. When he got to cover a minute later, he propped himself up against the car and took out a bandage from his first aid pouch. He applied it and then moved his arm. It didn't hurt much right now. Obviously he could feel it, but it wasn't as painful due to the adrenaline in his sytem. There'd likely be hell to pay tonight though.