Wolves vs. Wolves

By Wargamer Staff 31 Oct 2010 0

Scenario: ANW 3.10 HUD3 Parson Scenario

Reporter: Adam Nagao

Location: English Channel

Date/Time: November 13, 1994

Briefing: There are several Soviet submarines that are trying to pass through the English Channel from the east to break through the Atlantic Ocean. Not stopping them will mean greater danger for our Atlantic convoys.

My assets: NATO side

  • S 606 Perle Rubis nuclear attack sub
  • S 11 Orpheus Oberon electric sub
  • S 194 U-15 Type 206A electric sub
  • S 192 U-13 Type 206 electric sub

Tactical Decisions/Game Play 

NATO has 4 very quiet subs that are holding a choke point in the English Channel. The Soviet subs are quicker, but they practically cannot see the NATO forces. Using this advantage, NATO will ambush the Soviet subs as they attempt to pass through to the Atlantic using superior stealth and sonar.

Game Play:  NATO side

The general pattern of the Soviet subs at the start of the scenario is shown in the second screenshot.

 

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Upon starting the scenario, NATO detected several neutral ships in the area, which gave a bit more problems for targeting enemy subs. However, at 12:11:30 Zulu a sub contact was detected by the U-15?s strong passive radar. 

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At the same time NATO ordered the two subs in the back of the formation to move to the front to assist in ambushing the Soviet subs as they pass the choke point.

 

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The Soviet sub was identified and because it was only 17.2 nm away, NATO forces ordered the U-15 to the northwest to assist the U-13 in engaging the Soviet sub. Using the U-15 superior active sonar, NATO obtained a strong and constant sonar contact of the enemy sub, which turned out to be a Project 671 RT Smega nuclear Russian sub.

 

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 Since NATO?s subs have great capabilities in shallow water operations, and the U-13 is made of non-magnetic steel, NATO simply just waited for the Soviet sub to enter a range in which if NATO fired a torpedo, the soviet sub would not be able to flank around it in time. The first attempt at firing a DM2A3 Seehecht at the Soviet proved unsuccessful since the Soviet sub was able to outrun NATO?s torpedo.

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NATO used a torpedo with active sonar targeting, and this successfully sunk the Soviet sub.

 

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After developing a relatively full-proof plan of using the U-15?s superior sonar, active sonar targeting torpedoes, and the correct range in which to fire these torpedoes, NATO conducted the rest of their engagements similarly. After making contact with a second Soviet sub, NATO used this same plan to successfully sink another Soviet sub, giving minimum victory conditions.

 

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Evaluation: NATO side

Beating this scenario requires using NATO?s superior stealth and the U-15?s sonar to detect the Soviet sub early, and engaging them in a way to where they cannot escape a torpedo by flanking. Since the Soviet subs can flank at 30 speed, there is a possibility of them outrunning a torpedo, and breaking through the blockade setup by NATO. As long as one ambushes the Soviet subs properly, the Soviet subs will not stand a chance of escape into the Atlantic. Also, bring the two submarines from the back to create a wall and cover flanking angles if the Soviet sub manages to outrun a torpedo. Boxing the Soviet subs in will give one certain victory.

Overview: NATO side

Kills:

  • 1 Project 671 RT Smega
  • 1 Project 671M Shchuka

 

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