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A/1 - OPERATION HERA I - 151900ZSEP19

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OPERATION ORDER

 

TO: 1Pl, A COY, 2 PARA BN.

FROM: SILBOT, LT, OC 1Pl, A COY, 2 PARA BN.

SUBJECT: OPERATION HERA I 151900ZSEP19.

 

 

++++++++++++++++++BEGINS++++++++++++++++++

 

I. PRELIMS

  • TIME: 0600l
  • WEATHER: Clear with clouds and potential rain.
  • CURRENT POS: FOB EXETER
  • MAP DATA: Map Data Here
  • TASK ORG;
  • 0A: Lt Silbot
  • 0B: Sgt Blanthorn
  • 1/1 - IC: Cpl Ainsley, 2IC: A/Lcpl James
  • 1/3 - IC: Cpl McPherson, 2IC: LCpl Verrick
  • 4/1 - IC: Cpl Scarle, 2IC: LCpl Cullen

 

II. SITUATION

 

The COIN deployment to Takhar, Afghanistan after rising tensions with a resurgent Taliban in the area. The ANA and ANP have requested from NATO that we assist and deploy troops on counter insurgency operations in the province. The insurgency has reignited their efforts in the north and have conducted over 25 attacks in the last 3 weeks. The ANP has lost 17 officers while the ANA have lost 12 Soldiers. The local population is weary of us returning to the region as they anticipate a rise in attacks and fighting in the area due to our presence. We are to reassure communities we are their to assist their local police and armed forces in retaking the area, we are to engage with the public whilst out on disruption patrols.

 

i. GROUND

  • In General: Takhar is mostly a dry/arid area, mountainous in the central areas of the province. The area has some areas of farming land and has some larger more populated towns along with many villages on the outskirts with little population easy for the Taliban to extort and claim a foothold where the ANP hold less presence. The road network is basic but it improving with the newly elected government promising a public transport network and tarmac roads leading to every village in the area by 2022.
  • In Detail: We are deploying to the central region of Takhar which will see each section deploy into their respective Patrol Bases. We are located close to a large populated town Feruz Abad, in order to assist the ANP with their fortified Police Station in the centre of the town. There is a PB located on the hill to the south overlooking the town PB DRIFFIELD (operated by 1/1) and one to the east located near the villages of Timurkalay and Anar PB DARWEN (operated by 1/3). 2Plt are located at FOB EXETER With 1 Flight and 16 CSMR. US Forces are due to join 2Plt mid October ready to take over from UK forces at the end of November 2019.

ii. ENEMY FORCES

  • Known & Suspected En. Positions: There are multiple confirmed supply locations in the north or the region. None known in the initial area of operations.
  • Strength: Unknown however have populated northern villages in the region. Assessed as potentially 2 Plts strength across the region.
  • Morale: High due to recent successful attacks.
  • Weaponry: AK and Soviet Era weaponry in use. Due to recent attacks on ANA & ANP a small amount of advanced weaponry has been gained. There is reports of Soviet Era static emplacements. Caliber up to 12.7mm and RPG/STRELA Missiles.
  • IDF: 82mm Mortars.
  • Vehicles: 3x ANP HUMVEE, Mainly Civilian vehicles adapted with Soviet Era Weaponry.
  • Aircraft: None known.
  • Air Threat: High Soviet STRELA missiles have been obtained in unknown quantities. JHC to Risk assess.
  • Mine/IED Threat: High - General AO, HIGH - Areas of interest.

iii. ENEMY INTENT

  • To continue insurgency and take control of key areas in Takhar Province.

iv. FRIENDLY FORCES

  • Remainder of A Coy.
  • JHC & CSMR elements based at FOB EXETER.
  • 4/1 FSG out of PB DERWEN rapid deployment capability.

v. ROE

III. PROBABLE MISSION

 

To deploy to Takhar and establish our presence in two centrally located PB's. To then conduct disruption and reassurance patrols in the area.

 

IV. OWN MAIN EFFORT

 

This operation will be conducted in three (3) phases;

i. Phase 1

Form up at FOB EXETER at 0700L ready for Vehicle convoy to depart FOB EXETER at 0720L. Vehicle convoy will follow the proposed route unless risk assessed from new intelligence at the time that the current route is not fit for purpose.

Load Plan: Vic 1 & Vic 2 - 1/3 | Vic 3 & Vic 4 - 1/1 | Vic 5 - HQ Elements | Vic 6 & Vic 7 - 4/1.

Convoy OOM: V1, V2, V6, V5, V3, V4, V7.

Actions on contact: All Vics to push through contact to next RV point. To be risk assessed whether troops will dismount at next RV and conduct combat fighting tactics to destroy enemy forces.

Actions on Contact IED: Perform 5 & 25 checks. Await QBOs.

Actions on IED Sighting: Perform 5 & 25 checks. Inform 4/1 for EOD Advice. Mark & Avoid. Call into Tac.

The convoy is to deploy and make way to the two PB's in the central region. Once arrived at PB DERWEN 1/3 is to disband from the convoy and establish themselves in their PB.

The convoy is to continue with 1/1 and 4/1 to PB DRIFFIELD where 1/1 is to disband from the convoy and establish themselves in their PB.

4/1 is then to return in two vehicle convoy back to PB DERWEN ready for phase 2.

1 Flight is to provide top cover by UGLY 5-1 for the convoy for as long as fuel allows. 1 FLIGHT should also be on standby for immediate CASEVAC to FOB EXETER

 

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ii. Phase 2

Once established in PB's sections are to conduct disruption and reassurance patrols in their respective areas marked on the below map

  • 1/1 & HQ will follow Yellow Route from PB DRIFFIELD and attend the local ANP station and speak with the ANP Commander should he be available. If not you should make yourselves known to the local officers and continue patrols engaging with locals and disrupting any potential Taliban Fighters along the Yellow Route, you should continue along the route back to PB DRIFFIELD. 
  • 1/3 will follow Pink Route from PB DERWEN to the two local villages and engage with locals. This is to show presence in the area and disrupt any Taliban fighters. You should continue along the route back to PB DERWEN.
  • 4/1 will follow Blue Route to high point and establish over watch on the surrounding area. This is to provide cover for the sections out on patrol. This is also to disrupt any potential Taliban marksman activity on the respective high point.

 

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iii. Phase 3

Sections are to re-establish themselves in their PB's and await further orders from HQ.

 

V. TIMINGS

  • IC Briefing: 151950ZSEP19
  • Convoy Departure: 0720L
  • 1 FLIGHT Route RECCE: 0710L

 

VI. ORDERS GROUP

  • Time: 0710L
  • Location: Main Room, Radar Building, FOB EXETER.

 

VII. CSS

  • Dress: CEFO, MTP & PPE.
  • Equipment: As per SOP at 2IC discretion. C-IED gear to be taken from the off.
  • Weapons: As per SOP at 2IC discretion.
  • Ammo: As per SOP at 2IC discretion. Reserve will be available at PBs.
  • Meds: CTM and CSMR.
  • POWs / Detainees: Called into 0B, then to be passed over to local enforcement/authorities.

 

VIII. COMMAND AND SIGNAL

i. Command: Lt Silbot (10A),  Sgt Blanthorn (10B), Cpl Scarle (41C).

ii. Signals: 148/117 Channels; 1 Plt Net Channel 1, Coy net Channel 3, Flight net Channel 7.

iii. Challenge/Response: ALPHA CHARLIE / BRAVO DELTA

 

++++++++++++++++++ENDS++++++++++++++++++

Edited by Pte Keeling

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