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Operation Able Sentry
« on: March 28, 2018, 02:51:09 PM »
November 23, 2017
0820 Hours Local

<Approx. 20mi E of Gangneung, ROK - Sea of Japan>

"Allied aircraft approaching from vector two-one-zero, this is AWACS Spy Glass. Stand by for reassignment, mission cannot have three separate commanders calling the shots here. Cowboy, you are now flight leader, reassign callsign to Shooter Lead. Carnage One, reassign callsign to Shooter Two. Falcon One, Falcon Two; reassign to Shooter Three and Shooter Four. All others, reassign in descending order."

"Hostile aircraft have been detected on intermittent contact bearing three-two-five, approach vector has shifted to put them feet dry at Gangneung. Possible target is the airbase there. Contact likely intermittent due to low altitude approach. Shooter Flight, you are to descend to Angels Three and begin a CAP along Gangneung coastline. All hostile bandits are considered valid targets, you are cleared to engage."

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2018, 09:59:33 AM »
Sea of Japan

Burgin was happy to be back in the air. Recently, the Gipper had become rather crowded, what with taking aboard several allied aircraft and other American squadrons in addition to the ship's nominal complement. They had just gone feet wet again when the AWACS Spy Glass came on net, assigning him as the formation's leader. "Shooter One, copy." he replied. As if sensing his thoughts, his WSO chuckled.

Then another call came, giving him instructions. There were bogeys on a course for the airbase at Gangneung. He was to drop to 3000 feet and begin a combat air patrol. "Shooter One, received." he again replied before going into a slight left-hand turn and descending. "All Shooter callsigns, this is one. Let's extend our line a little. Two, I want you ten miles to my lift. Three, ten miles to my right. Four, stay behind us ready to reinforce wherever needed." he relayed to everyone.

Offline Sqdn Leader Catherine MacGregor

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2018, 06:15:11 PM »
*1 hour ago*

<Osan Air Base ROK>

 It wasn't too long after arriving on the CVN that Cate was once again in the thick of it. Sometimes she wondered if she could have followed another career path in life, perhaps a journalist, that would have been cool, although maybe not as exciting. Unless of course with her luck she ended up as a war correspondent; yes that would have been her lot.

 Things had changed for her unit, Jack and AJ had been reassigned to a US Navy Squadron, the RAAF Super Hornets were kept behind in the Middle East, with Cate's squadron buddies placed under the command of VFA-2, except for Rob, he had been given the responsibility of representing his ANG group with 36th Squadron. Poor Robyn Hatfield, Cate felt sorry for her since it was discovered she suffered with chronic sea sickness, she missed out on a wonderful trip from the ME theater of operations, having to endure a daggy flight in a C-17. At least she did have Beckett and 'Wonder dog' for company. The girl would still have to suffer the occasional adventure of sea operations, after of course loading herself up on ginger tablets to quell the nausea, but for the most part they were land based now. At least they were still altogether, relatively speaking.

 Now they were at war again. Nothing new there. Standing on the hardstand next to a F-16 Falcon, Cate was in deep conversation with the young man who had stolen her heart. Kim was waiting in the background somewhere, idly looking everywhere but at the two nearby, with MacGregor feeling under the spotlight from Burgin somewhere even further away near the parked F18's. After reassuring Rob they weren't going to be split up, at least not any time in the foreseeable future, Cate kissed him quickly (far too quickly for her liking), donned her helmet as she slowly walked away from him to join Kim before climbing into their own bird.

*Present Time*

<Sea of Japan>

  Clear blue skies greeted them as they climbed to their operating altitude, Cate fighting a little turbulence along the way, making her sweat around the collar. After being given a new callsign, it took some adjustment in her head before having it sink in, eventually. (all of five minutes) She had Kim in back as her WSO (weapons system officer), so a party of two for them. "Beautiful day for a war isn't it Kim?" She said laconically over her coms before replying to Burgin and the AWACS. "Shooter Two copy. Shooter one, confirm to your 'port' ten miles?" It was a balance of logic, her brain working in metric while receiving orders in imperial. Which went against the grain really, as it did add to some confusion now and then. She radioed Rob after that. "Shooter six, take top cover directly above us at 12,000." Then to Robyn. "Shooter five 16 clicks astern at angels 8." Layered, that would give them a full coverage.

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2018, 03:11:40 PM »
<sea of Japan>

Rob blew out a breath as he guided his little bird along with the others.  Things had certainly changed quickly.  One minute he was watching his friend get knifed and the next they were at war again,  what a mess.  He just hoped that Beckett and Bobbie were alright.

He was pulled our of his thoughts by his fiancee's voice.  "Copy that, Shooter two.  Headed up."  Rob pulled up on his controls, angling to the right altitude.

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 03:14:50 PM »
<sea of Japan>

Kim was grateful to be riding as Cate's WSO, but she had hated leaving Beckett and Bobbie behind.   She just hoped that they were all back together agsin soon and that Beck was really as alright as Bobbie had said.

Kim rolled her eyes.  "Can't believe we're at it again, " she said.  "And it's odd not to have the others. "

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2018, 02:04:38 PM »
<Approx. 20mi E of Gangneung, ROK - Sea of Japan>

Jack and AJ had both flown over Korea more than a few times while stationed in Japan. They had flown alongside the US Air Force squadrons stationed there, as well as the South Korean Air Force. It had always felt like there was a stormcloud hanging over North Korea, somewhere people talked about but no one dared go near it. And on paper, there was little to fear in the air from them, the intel briefs all said that the Korean People's Air Force was in such a sorry state that amateur pilots in the US got more flight hours in their little Cessnas than the KPAF's MiG pilots. Add to it that they were flying aircraft that might've held up as late as the 1990s but were so out of touch with the 21st Century, and it was a widely held belief that this would be a turkey shoot.

After all, how would a poorly maintained Chinese copy of the MiG-19 be able to ever hold its own against a battle tested and proven Super Hornet flown by regularly trained and drilled crews? But, then again, the very same question had been asked half a century over; how would a gun only armed MiG-17 be able to ever hold its own against the advanced state-of-the-art missile armed F-4 Phantom? The answer had proven to be quite eye opening for the world.

Being returned to the US military hadn't come as a surprise, though it had come as one that AJ wasn't sent back to Japan or California, but rather temporarily reassigned to VFA-137 with Jack on the USS Carl Vinson. It was also one that No. 1 Squadron was here, already in country. Given their approach vector, it was likely they had been shifted to Osan AB.

"Shooter Three, copy." Jack said, banking his fighter away from AJ's to assume a new position in the flight. After the mess back in August, Jack was glad to be back in the single-seat Echo Super Hornet, he and his Australian WSO had a pretty bad falling out, even if matters had been otherwise resolved.

"Shooter Flight, Spy Glass. Gangneung reports they have scrambled all of their aircraft for CAS missions along DMZ, they do not have any aircraft on hand to render support. Intermittent contact spotted, bearing three-two-five. Unknown size and composition. Negative IFF. Estimated range is one-five miles. Be advised, contact is fading again, ground clutter is making target acquisition difficult." The AWACS reported.

"Spy Glass, Shooter Four. Does Gangneung have friendly birds they intend to launch?" AJ asked, referring not to their aircraft but rather their SAMs.

"Shooter Four, they will fire if bogies cross within five miles of the base. Recommend avoiding that area to prevent blue-on-blue."

"Shooter One, recommend we close range and engage before they can get Feet Wet. I trust the locally produced stuff, but as for the I-HAWKs, well, let's not see what the pride of the 1970s has in store." Jack commented. Even if he would have preferred to do this BVR with AMRAAMs, if they were 15 miles out, it would just be easier to go to the Sidewinders and do it that way. The way his father had when he shared the skies with Randy "Duke" Cunningham.

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 01:49:57 PM »
Sea of Japan

"Spyglass, Shooter Lead. Copy all" Burgin said, having waited to copy until the AWACS was done explaining things to number four.


"I agree, Three. " the Commander stated, only pausing for a moment. "Lead to all Shooter callsigns. Form up in pairs and come about heading three-two-five." He didn't like having to switch up his strategy so soon after forming it, but such was the nature of combat. The enemy never did what you wanted them to do.

Burgin sighed a little. "Alright Paps, let's start looking" he said on the plane's internal channel. "Will do boss" his WSO replied. The title 'boss' still made him feel a tad bit uncomfortable, only having received it about a month ago quite unexpected.

While his WSO was looking at the radar, Burgin was looking for the Korean planes using the Mk.I Eyeball. After a minute or two, they spotted them. They were flying almost nap-of-the-earth, as quick as they could. "Lead to all Shooter callsigns. Bandits eleven o'clock low. Three Floggers. Keep an eye out, I doubt they're alone." he informed the others in his flight.

At the same moment, he armed his weapons and prepared to get a good lock on the lead plane. "Spyglass, Shooter Lead. We have three times Flogger, bulls zero-four-six for three hundred. Suspect there are more." he told the AWACs


 

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 11:19:46 PM »
<Sea of Japan>

 After all they had been they were as Kim had stated over the airs, back at it again. Luckily the sea didn't get to her this time on the transfer, although she did have to do the odd landings and take offs from a carrier, that didn't bother her as much. With her new WSO Trish in back, she felt relatively safe, only wishing as much as she still disliked MacGregor, that she was lead instead of the Yank. Not that she had anything against Americans, she was after all destined to marry one eventually. That thought reminded her all to clearly of Beckett, she hoped he and Kodiak were okay back at the base where she left him, that was damned hard to do. Another random thought coursed through her mind, his pet project that enormous Monster truck he was building. Kind of weird really to her, a fiberglass body of an old Toyota Hi-lux sitting on a tubular frame with a wheel/tyre combination that were as tall as she was. Still, she was willing to help him pay for it.

 No she had nothing against Commander Burgin, he was actually a nice guy. Robyn was just far too adjusted to the Aussie way of doing things which was Cate all over. Total arse wipe off duty, but she was a superb leader in the air.

 "Shooter five copy." She replied forming up on Rob. "Shooter six I'm on your wing, alter to three-two-five, we have bandits at eleven below us. Keep a mark one eyeball out on our asses."

 "Trish you alright in back?" She asked her WSO.
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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2018, 12:23:02 AM »
<Sea of Japan>

-]Shooter five WSO[-

 No she wasn't alright to be perfectly truthful, despite her early morning cheery face. Last night while enjoying a nice local meal with some ANG buddies she had found, it soon not long after that got friggin serious when one of them suggested a bar he knew not far away. Even though Trish was well aware that she could well be called up the next day, she was bored after the long sea trip. They hit the bar and it was getting late when Ramirez was about to call it a night. Not so fast apparently. Several ROK Airwomen came to join them, it was all fun and games even to the point of doing a few shots. But somehow between midnight and four am Trish found herself in a scene from her worst nightmare; she didn't remember a thing in those four hours except when she did awake, she was stark naked in bed with two of the women, on the floor nearby one of her male buddies was humping another of them and she could clearly hear through a boozed up head the sounds of sexual delight coming from the adjoining room.

 In disgust she somehow found her clothes and fled, vowing never to meet up with those guys again. But the sickness she felt was lasting despite the tomato juice with Tabasco sauce she had downed the moment she got back to base. No, she wasn't okay at all, but no one would know hopefully. "I'm okay Bobbie, but I should warn you we have more bandits." Quickly broadcasting Trish made the call. "Spyglass, shooter five WSO, confirm more contacts at two four three, angels 30."

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2018, 02:45:51 AM »
<Sea of Japan>

~Shooter Two~

 "Shooter One, Shooter Two, closing on you fifty meters astern, ten meters below to your port." Cate knew exactly where she was needed, the most valuable cover position for her lead.

 It was time to focus, with combat right at their feet she couldn't agree more with the sentiments. Bandits going for the deck was always a much harder bargain to counter. The F/A18F was built though for exactly that kind of work. "Kimbo, weapons free girl we have work to do.." Right now Cate was sweating like a sinner in a Baptist Church, it was always the same even on exercises. It didn't really bother her, just made her flight suit a bit uncomfortable. "Call Fox 2, we have a bead on the lead." "All Shooters, Shooter two. Range sixteen clicks."


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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2018, 08:01:01 PM »
<sea of Japan >
Shooter Two


Kim glanced out her window.  They were fast approaching battle and that actually worried her a bit.  Not to mention  she was worried about her brother.  She hated leaving him behind when they had just joined up again.

"You got it," she grinned at Cate,  pulling up her weapons system.  "Lets see if we can get this shut down quickly."

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2018, 11:41:47 AM »
<sea of Japan>

Shooter Six


Rob didn't like this.  What had started out as some time to just relax and get their heads back in the game had turned into  another war.   "Roger that Shooter five.  I see the bandits and am repositioning now." Rob quickly tangled, glad to have Bobbie on his wing.   

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2018, 02:25:06 PM »
<Approx. 20mi E of Gangneung, ROK - Sea of Japan>

"Shooter Three, that puts us pretty close, going to have to do this Fox Two." Jack said, already toggling over to his AIM-9X Sidewinders, and cycled the left DDI to go from showing navigational information to weapons status. He had four Sidewinders, two on the wingtips and two on the outer most hardpoints. The remaining stations were loaded with AIM-120 AMRAAMs, and the centerline point was occupied by the drop tank. The same was for AJ's Hornet, as they were both loaded by the same squadron techs.

His headset then filled with the alarm chiming from the RWR, a threat had just locked onto him.

"I'm being spiked. Four you see him?" Jack asked.

"Neg...affirmative. Shooter Flight, break break break. Hostile formation zooming to engage, right under us." AJ called out. Right then, the chime turned into a launch warning. Jack yanked hard back on the stick and hit the release for countermeasures, spraying flares as he executed a fairly standard roll, letting the nose continue to go up until he was facing the ocean. Missiles streaked past all of them and then so did the enemy fighters.

"Spyglass, tally on additional bogies. MiG-21s. Shooter Four, engaging." AJ reported.

"Shooter Three, tally bogies. Engaging." Jack added, hitting the toggle to jettison the drop tank and angled around to re-acquire the MiG-21s. They were already turning to cut back into the mixed formation, while the MiG-23s were maintaining their low altitude high-speed approach for the South Korean coast line.

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2018, 02:16:20 PM »
Sea of Japan

Burgin was behind one of the Floggers but he wasn't getting a lock. He pushed the throttle and merged into the furball. He flipped a switch, and the gun display came up on his HUD. "Shooter Lead, guns guns guns." he stated to the rest of his flight as he pulled the trigger. He let go a 1-second burst, sending some 100 rounds towards the enemy. They ripped into the plane's fuselage. The fuel tank was hit, and the plane immediately set on fire, causing Burgin to break.

"Scratch one bandit" he then said before suddenly there were MiG-21s on them as well. He positively punched the switch that released his drop tank, immediately feeling a lot more manoeuvrable as it plummeted to the ground. He switched back to his Sidewinders. As he came up on one of the fighters the incessant buzzing notified him that he had a missile lock. "Fox two, fox two" he yelled as the missile dropped from its rail.

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Re: Operation Able Sentry
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2018, 04:45:17 PM »
GM POST - AWACS "Spy Glass"

"Roger, splash two. Shooter Flight, formation is in two groups. We're tracking six Fishbeds and currently confirm that Shooter Three and Shooter Four are engaging them. Confirm splash on two Floggers, picture shows four more, Shooter One is engaging them. We're tracking the Floggers still on course, vector unchanged. Floggers will be Feet Wet in two mikes, and will be within the free-fire zone in five mikes." Spy Glass reported.

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