Command Modern Operations : Baghdad Bash
It’s the 4th day of the Iraq War. January 20th, 1991. Saddam Hussein is in possession of one of the largest and, on paper, most dangerous militaries in the world. Opposing them is the Coalition air force and ground forces that are at peak shape after the Cold War and itching to beat the shit out of an opponent that is the Not Soviets.
We have 24 hours to knock out the Chemical Production Facilities at Al Taqaddum and to destroy hardened facilities at H2/H3 Air Bases.
What the hell is this?
This is Command Modern Operations. A military grade simulation of naval, sub surface, and air combat. Previously known as Command Modern Air and Naval Operations, someone in marketing was sacked and they renamed it Command Modern Operations. Used by such people as the United States Marine Corps, Brute Krulak Center, Northrop-Grumman, and some flunky nerds in the Chinese military.
Who are you two?
I’m Yooper. My partner is Alikchi. You may know me from such escapades as Strike Command. Alikchi is currently embroiled in a match against Pharnakes over dominance in the Pacific, 1941.
How does this work?
A gentleman named Musurca came up with a PVP PBEM framework for CMO called IKE. Except instead of us being adversaries, we’re playing the scenario with a common goal. Alikchi is in command of the US Navy, I have the bulk of the US Air Force. Each of us has three rounds in each turn. At the start of each round we can adjust orders, but then we have to watch the missions unfold until the following round. If we make a mistake, we have to chalk it up to the fog of war and watch everything go to shit. Each of our turns is about 30 minutes long. This simulates high command better and prevents micro-managing in an unrealistic way.
I don’t get to see what happens during Alikchi’s turn, but I do get a summary of what bad things happened. So my units have to be given broad enough orders to survive until I can unfuck them later.
Are you going to drink and live stream it?
No! I moved to a new house on the edge of a National Forest and my internet is glacially slow. But Elon Musk is sending me some Starlink later this year and then maybe we’ll live stream it. Until then you’ll get annotated Screen Shot Let’s Plays, Old School.
Alikchi may, if he chooses, post here. If not then we’ll treat this as two distinct command organizations. He and I will coordinate via Discord, but both of us are equal in the scenario so I need his F-14 CAP as much as he needs my SEAD/DEAD.
If you don’t know what any of that shit means it’s ok. Just ask! CMO is the land of acronyms. There is a lot of very esoteric information that is incredibly crucial and not something most of us know anything about.
Do we do missions and shit?
Yes. Kind of. There will be some community involvement but it won’t be as detailed as Strike Command was.
So we’ll get two rounds of this. The first is my initial orders, then I pass the file to Alikchi, then he passes it back to me and I get my normal rounds. For now this’ll just get the fuelers up and my AEW.
Tabuk (King Faisal Air Base) consists of the 27th and 71st Tactical fighter squadron. F-15C! Our loadout is AIM-7M Sparrows. These kind of suck, but it’s what we got.
Jeddah (King Abdul Aziz Airport)is the 1705th Air Refueling with KC-135E’s and the 1202nd with KC-10A’s.
Taif (King Fahd Air Base) is a hopping place. First is 4 EF-111A’s from the 42nd Electronic Combat Squadron. These guys are rocking some offensive OECM. Next is 24(!) F-111F Aardvarks packing with GBU-12’s (hardened targets) and GBU-10’s (unhardened targets). These things are low terrain hugging bombers with as much bomb load as two B-17’s.
Riyadh Air Base has a mixed bag of support aircraft. E-3B Sentry, E-3A Sentry, E-8A Joint Stars (side scanning radar), KC-135E Tankers, and a pair of EC-130H with OECM.
Al Kharj (Prince Sultan Air Base) is another F-15C air base with a dozen Eagles from the 58th Tactical Fighter Squadron.
Dharan Air Base has some Tornado’s. 10 of the ADV’s (AA loadouts) and 6 of the GR.1A’s sporting both cluster bombs and the excellent ALARM’s. The two aircraft with ALARM’s can launch 3 each for a very hefty anti-radar strike package. But best of all, these things have huge gas tanks and a strike radius of 1025 nautical miles.
Sheik Isa Air Base is Wild Weasels! 13 F-4G with HARM’s and Mavericks. On top of that is 4 recon RF-4E’s that are straight up missile magnets.
Al Dhafra Air Base is where our Vipers live, the F-16’s. We’ve got MK82 iron bombs, mavericks, cluster bombs, and 9 KC-135R’s to fuel them up as the F-16’s have gas tanks about as large as a Mazda Miata.
Our Navy friends have a whole range of crazy shit from Hornets to Tomcats to Prowlers. Ideally my support assets will help his strikers and CAP stay aloft longer and strike further.
First I’ll get two lines of fuelers with the AEW right behind. We’ll adjust these back a bit once we see the radar rings coming from Iraq. No one wants to lose a tanker to a MIG-21…
And now I send it off to Alikchi so he can make his initial moves. It’ll be a back and forth between the two of us.
We’ll dig into targets, challenges, and how we can best get the Navy to meatshield for our expensive and highly trained pilots.
Who will win?
This is a mirror of my Let’s Play at SomethingAwful.