As another sunrise breaks over the shimmering Iranian desert horizon, things in the Gulf are about to change in a big way. It appears that the I.R.G.C is no longer subservient to the Clerics as before. Fuelled by the recent severe international sanctions its new aggressive leader by the name of ‘Asad’ has sworn to take full control of the Straits of Hormuz. In response, an international force has been deployed to the area with the USS Abraham Lincoln at its heart.
In the Black sea Lieutenant Scott Waters, call sign ‘Ford’, deployment on USS John C Stennis draws to a close. Both he and his wingman are soon to become part of this new force in the Gulf.
Things are balanced on a pin head, tensions in the Gulf are about to be raised to breaking point …. and beyond………….
This Campaign follows on from Ford’s exploits at the Black Sea on board the USS John C Stennis in the ‘Serpent’s Head 2 Campaign’.
The Campaign ethos, as before, is not to capture reality but create an imaginative, immersive, and engaging set of missions linked together with a developing plot narrative.
(This campaign can be fully enjoyed without having flown the SH2 Campaign prior.)
· 15 Detailed missions linked by an ongoing story line.
· ‘Ford’ is now joined by his wingman, Lieutenant Larry Jackson, call sign ‘Wave’.
· As before a VR friendly design with careful control of resources and including recall of airborne coordinates.
· Over a thousand voice overs performed by voice actors.
· Detailed briefs for each of the missions including PDF versions.
· Kneeboards for each mission.
· Personalised aircraft skins
· Alternate optional campaign version with ‘Easy Air to Air Refuel’ for those who have not yet mastered the art of catching the basket.
· Mission bypass system. This allows the pilot in the first 5 minutes of a mission to select, via the F10 menu, to move up to the next level even if they fail the mission.
The 'Super Carrier' module and 'Straits of Hormuz' map are also required.
As your eyes slowly morph into focus, they come to rest on the gridded pattern of your State Room ceiling. You relax back in your bunk and allow yourself another couple of minutes, after all this had been your last night on the Stennis. In your peripheral vision hangs your flying suit with the ubiquitous flight patch secured with Velcro. Embroidered below the Naval Wing’s insignia reads Lt Scott Rivers, “Ford”.
As you think back, it only seems yesterday that the Ossetia Georgian conflict had blown up and you had found yourself on the Black Sea aboard the USS John C Stennis. This the heart of a multinational response Task Force. As a F/A-18C Hornet Pilot you had operated off the carrier as part of VFA-34, “Blue Blasters”. There was no doubt the conflict had stretched the Task Force. Challenging at first, then relentless and in the end, for you, personal. This, when the air show you were displaying at was attacked and many innocent civilians had lost their lives on your watch. You had tried to take out the extremist leader responsible known as “Snake” unsuccessfully on numerous occasions. It was only when he had outlived his usefulness to his allied supporters that it had been possible for you to successfully take him out with a well-placed GBU12. Since then the whole of the conflict had thankfully dissipated. In the past couple of months the Georgian situation had got back to normal and so had the on-board operations on the Stennis. The whole crew were now anticipating the long-awaited orders from Central Command to move out of the area for a long overdue spell of R&R.
It had only been a week since you had been called into see CAG. He had explained the world was a changing place and that this was never more true than in the region of the Gulf. Three things had changed in the region which had caused Central Command sleepless nights at the highest level. Firstly, there had been the rapidly increasing tension with Iran as a consequence of the intense international sanctions which were having a significant effect on their economy. Secondly, there had been a recent step change in the relationship between the Clerics and the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps). Since the revolution in 1979 the IRGC had been subservient and, in fact, formed to uphold the ideals of the revolution and its religious leaders throughout the country. This dynamic appeared to be changing and the IRGC where now taking a leading role. Lastly, the IRGC had a new aggressive leader, who amongst other things, had sworn to take full control of the Straits of Hormuz. This, in his words “To squeeze dry the oils supplies to the West” in response to the sanctions. He was an ex-pilot who had risen the ranks and was known as “Asad”, meaning ‘Lion’.
As Central Command had anticipated trouble in the area, and in response to growing concerns from the
GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) they had already deployed a Task force in the Gulf. This had the USS Abraham Lincoln at its heart. CAG had appreciated it was a big ask but requested that you volunteer to join the Task Force on the ABE, you would fly with the VFA 113 “Stingers”, this to help provide additional support in anticipation of the growing conflict.
There was a movement on the other side of your State Room. It was “Wave”, your wingman, he was also just waking from a good night’s sleep, it had been a long day yesterday. Lt Larry Jackson had been your wingman now for many months and you both had grown into a strong team. Flying with him in the Caucasus had been a real pleasure and you were confident he always ‘had your back’. His rather cruel call sign had come about on account of him being extremely follicly challenged for his young age. You were surprised, but also pleased, when he also volunteered to follow you down to the Gulf, “To keep the team together”, as he put it.
You climb out of your bunk it is time to get some chow and get things moving, you both have plenty to do before your departure briefing at 16:00 hours in the VFA-34 Ready Room 6. The Stennis launch slot for your flight is booked at 19:00 hours............