Aug 11 2016

Operation Twisting Tides: A Review

Operation Twisting Tides was conducted on Sunday the 7th of August. While the mission was a lot of fun, we couldn’t help but highlight some of the funnier moments from the evening – sit back and enjoy some glorious stupidity from CTB

Oct 01 2015

OP – INQUISITORS [UPDATED]

Type: Tactical Co-Op

Date: 5th October, 2015 – 8PM
Rally: 1930 HR AEST
Start: 2000 HR AEST
Addons:
STANDARD CTB REPO PWS link
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SITUATION
INQUISITORS takes place in the fictional area of VT5. For the purposes of this mission, it is somewhere in Eastern Europe. NATO troops are in open conflict with insurgent separatists in the region. 24 hours ago, an Osprey (on a return flight from inserting Special Forces troops) was shot down by insurgent forces approximately 100km’s from BLUFOR positions. A distress beacon was activated by the pilot following the crash. Intel has ascertained that the pilot has been picked up by insurgent forces and taken to a nearby facility. We, as USMC Force Recon, have been tasked with the location and extraction of the pilot “RAMIREZ”. Civilians are active in the area and casualties should be kept to a minimum. AI A-10A “THUNDERBIRD” is on station to assist, pending AA.

Jul 17 2015

[TAC] INQUISITORS

Date: Monday 27th of July.
Rally: 1930 HR AEST
Start: 2000 HR AEST

Addons:
STANDARD CTB REPO

SITUATION
INQUISITORS takes place in the fictional area of VT5. For the purposes of this mission, it is somewhere in Eastern Europe. NATO troops are in open conflict with insurgent separatists in the region. 24 hours ago, an Osprey (on a return flight from inserting Special Forces troops) was shot down by insurgent forces approximately 100km’s from BLUFOR positions. A distress beacon was activated by the pilot following the crash. Intel has ascertained that the pilot has been picked up by insurgent forces and taken to a nearby facility. We, as USMC Force Recon, have been tasked with the location and extraction of the pilot “RAMIREZ”. Civilians are active in the area and casualties should be kept to a minimum. AI A-10A “THUNDERBIRD” is on station to assist, pending AA.

Mar 28 2015

CAMPAIGN: Long October

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OPERATION LONG OCTOBER

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MISSION ONE - EARLY APR 2015, 8PM QLD TIME

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MEDIA

News Report Excerpt - September 14th, 2015.

[...]There are believed to be hundreds of foreigners—from Syria, Afghanistan and other middle-eastern areas—engaged in Isla Duala as private soldiers or jihadists. It is unclear whether they are taking active roles in the fighting between Molatia and Boko Haram, as several reports say, or providing training and technical support for foreign-bought weapons, as the Dualan government claims. Soviet-made armoured vehicles have been sighted in and around the key cities on the island.

In a renewed Boko Haram campaign over recent weeks, which delayed the Dualan presidential election now set for October 28th, the rebels have made significant headway in the war. The Boko Haram psuedo-government claimed the victories due to its own forces, but much of the progress seems to have been helped by foreign contractors, as well as military intervention by neighbouring jihadi Al Qaeda fighters. Boko Haram now controls the majority of Isla Duala, having pushed the pro-Western Afrenian government to the very southern reaches of the province.[...]

News Report - September 20th, 2015.

NDJAMENA, Chad — Deep in the Sahara, late at night, a Reaper drone silently tracked a six-vehicle convoy crossing the desert into Niger from Libya. Minutes later, French attack planes and helicopter gunships swooped down on the convoy of Qaeda-backed fighters, turning the militant caravan into smoldering wreckage.

The raid last July by French combat aircraft and commandos killed or captured 15 Islamist fighters, and recovered nearly three tons of weapons, including Russian-designed SA-7 shoulder-fired missiles and several hundred anti-tank rockets, all bound for guerrilla operations in Isla Duala, French officials said.
The attack also provided a view of an increasingly violent, multifront campaign that France has joined here in the Republic of Duala, a vast area on the south eastern flank of the African Coast. The battle is being waged to combat Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa and other Islamist extremists in Mali, and more recently to thwart Boko Haram, a violent militancy that is spilling across from Nigeria to attack Chad, Niger and Isla Duala.
Last summer, France reorganized its 3,000-member force in West Africa to carry out its counterterrorism fight more effectively in some of the harshest terrain on the planet.
The French military has concentrated its air power and mission headquarters here in Chad, its reconnaissance drones in Niger, its special operations troops in Isla Duala, and its logistics hub in Ivory Coast. It has also deployed about 1,200 soldiers to Gao and another site in northern Mali to fight the remnants of militant organizations that French-led forces rolled back in early 2013.
“The fight against terrorist groups is our daily business,” said Gen. Jean-Pierre Palasset, the commander of the operation, called Long October. General Palasset also led French troops in Afghanistan and the Ivory Coast.
The mission is expanding to support regional African forces fighting Boko Haram, France’s defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said last week. That will likely mean more operations like the one last month in which a French team in the city of Diffa, in southeastern Niger just across from Nigeria, collected intelligence on Boko Haram.
French officials have paid close attention to fast-shifting developments in the Republic of Duala. The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, held meetings in Chad, Cameroon and Niger last month to discuss security threats.
France, which has the United Nations Security Council presidency in March, is also pushing for a resolution by early April that would back the regional African force to fight Boko Haram, providing it with crucial financing to carry out operations.
The Obama administration, which is already fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has been only too eager to provide financial, logistical and intelligence support to France to avoid having to put American combat forces on the ground in yet another global hot spot.
“There’s a lot of merit to partnering with the French who have sort of staked out their claim in the Dualan region of North Africa,” James R. Clapper Jr., the American director of national intelligence, told a Senate committee last month. “They have history and heritage there, access, and have committed to deploying troops in that area, boots on the ground, which we can supplement.”
Last August, President Obama authorized the Pentagon to send France $10 million to help pay for troop transport and aerial assistance.
“There’s already an unprecedented degree of coordination, with both the U.S. and France bringing complementary strengths to the table,” said Michael R. Shurkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst who is now at the RAND Corporation. “The more the U.S. and France work together, the greater the regional alliance’s chance of success.”
That regional cooperation began in earnest in January 2013 when French forces led a military operation that largely expelled Qaeda-linked extremists from a vast area they had controlled in northeastern Mali.
Since last August, personnel assigned to the French counterterrorism operations, working with African security forces, have killed or captured about 100 militants, French officials said. French and American attack planes have carried out several strikes in just the past few months in northern Mali.
In addition to the threat from Boko Haram, French officials have voiced increasing concern about members of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, and other extremists using southwestern Duala as a safe haven and as a logistic base mainly for fuel and ammunition.
It is an area that is also commanding increasing concern in Washington, and drawing the two countries closer. “We have absolutely overlapping interests here,” James Knight, the United States ambassador to Chad, said in an interview here. “The cooperation is seamless.”
It is believed that France will deploy troops in the near future to Duala in an effort to quell the strength held by Boko Haram, and recently Al Qaeda. These troops will benefit from the assistance provided by American attack and logistical aircraft.

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Fig 1 – AREA OF OPERATIONS MAP

 

Mission One (WIP)

 

Situation

  • Enemy Forces
    Ground troops and wheeled or tracked vehicles of ex-Soviet decent belonging to or sympathizing with Boko Haram and potentially Al Qaeda. Unlikely to make contact with Al Qaeda militia. Possibility for encountering armed civilians. Reports suggest mercenaries are active in the area.
  • Composition, Strength
    Intel suggests that there are approx. 200 men in immediate area. Believed that approx 100 of those are armed. Most civilians have fled the area, or have taken up arms. Mainly centered around buildings, cross roads, fuel depots, airfields, military camps.
  • Enemy Capabilities
    Anti-aircraft launchers, anti-tank launchers, small arms, long-range rifles. Use of armed technicals with machine guns. Dug-in machine guns. Enemy may be able to rapidly deploy with use of wheeled or tracked vehicles. Mortars and IEDs are expected.
  • Enemy Limitations
    Believed that enemy has access to mainly ex-Soviet bloc vehicles and weaponry. Enemy is believed to have access to only short-range communications. Poorly trained soldiers.
  • Enemy Most Likely Course of Action
    Enemy will likely set up road blocks and prepare ambushes, as well as strengthen tactical points of interest. Enemy will likely fortify airfield and nearby town(s).
  • Friendly Forces
    Afrenian (Pro-France Government) troops are present, however mostly dissipated and unlikely to assist.
  • Nearby Units
    French and American combined fleet off coast of Duala. French and American attack, logistic, transport vehicles and helicopters at disposal. 
  • Support
    Logistical support will be available via helicopter(s). Attack aircraft are available. MEDEVAC is available. Units, if dead, will respawn at Castle Base.

Mission

  • Who
    BLUFOR – France, United States, Afrenian Government
    OPFOR – Molatia, Mercenaries
    INDFOR - Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, Mercenaries
    CIV – Local Civilians
  • What
    Perform reconnaissance at airfield, and attack/secure if possible.
  • When
    Early October, 2015 (In-game time) – April 2015 (real time).
  • Where
    Fictional Republic of Duala (just off coast of North Africa).
  • Why
    To provide support for embattled post-colonial Dualan (Afrenian) government. Assist in global counter-insurgency. Assist in conflict against Boko Haram and Al Qaeda.

Execution

  • Concept of Operation
    The mission should take approximately two hours. We, as French soldiers, will spawn with no gear. Gearing up will take place at base, while commander informs team leaders of mission execution flow. Team-wide briefing will take place, followed by movement to identified waypoints. The river will be crossed into enemy territory, and we will move with stealth and speed to an overwatch position on the airfield to perform reconnaissance. If the airfield is deemed possible to assault, we will do so. If it is too heavily guarded, we will neutralise any enemy assets possible, and conduct seek and destroy operations against the enemy. Once enemy operations have been severly hampered or disabled, either team will return to base or fortify position at the airfield.
  • Tasks
    1. Cross into enemy territory (across river).
    2. Perform reconnaissance on airfield.
    3. Assault airfield if possible / Seek and destroy enemy assets so as to disable airfield.
    4. Destroy any enemy anti-aircraft capability.
    5. Fortify airfield / Return to Castle Base
  • Command Structure

HIGHER (Logistics/Combat Support) AI
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PARIS (Command Team) / Support Team
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TEAM 1, 2, 3, 4 / Sniper Team

 

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Addons (Non-bold are standard CTB list)

  • All In Arma Terrain Pack
  • ASDG_JR
  • CBA
  • CSE
  • FHQ Accessories
  • HLC G3s
  • Isla Duala
  • Leights OPFOR Pack
  • MCC
  • MRT Accessory Functions
  • R3F Objects
  • R3F Units
  • R3F Weapons
  • RDS East Static Weapons Pack
  • RHS RF
  • RHS US
  • Shacktac Fireteam HUD
  • Task Force Radios
  • TFA

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