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OPERATION EXCALIBUR II 022000ZFEB20

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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 Excalibur II 022000ZFEB20.

 

 

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

I. PRELIMS

TIME: 1800L 09 August 2020

WEATHER: Partly cloudy, light fog. No rain

CURRENT POS: Airbase Prague

TASK ORG;

0A: Lt Silbot

0B: Sgt Blanthorn

1/1 - IC: Cpl Ainsley, 2IC: A/LCpl James

1/2 - IC: 2IC:

1/3 - IC: Cpl McPherson, 2IC: LCpl Verreck

4/1 - IC: Cpl Scarle, 2IC: LCpl Cullen

 

II. SITUATION

South Ossetian Nationalist Rebels, have seized the northern parts of Georgia and are preparing to initiate operations to push further south to seize the capital, Tbilisi. After appealing to NATO, the UK & US governments have agreed to a joint operation involving US naval aircraft and UK ground forces to point an end to the South Ossetian rebellion.

Care needs to be used to avoid encroaching on Russian territory, which borders the country to the north. There are rumours that the Russians are supporting the rebellion materially, and we would not want this operation to escalate into an all-out war.

 

i. GROUND

In General: Georgia is a wet/temperate area, mountainous in the northern and South-Eastern part of the province with dense forests located throughout the area. The coastline has several larger cities, including the provincial capital, Tbilisi. The central part of the province is where most of the agricultural production occurs, with many villages dotting the area surrounded by working fields. The road network is aging, but modern since it was built during the Soviet Union’s control of the province.

In Detail: We will deploy to Airbase Prague which is currently on the edge of Georgian controlled territory. From there, we will run counter-insurgency and support operations to assist the Georgians with recapturing lost territory. US Naval aircraft from Carrier Strike Group 8 will fly sorties against identified South Ossetian AA positions.

ii. ENEMY FORCES

Known & Suspected En. Positions: The South Ossetians have entrenched themselves in the northern mountains of the province and have been working their way down to the coast, capturing villages along the way.

Strength: Assessed as potentially 2 Brigades strength across the province. An unknown number of militia and foreign volunteers also support the rebels.

Morale: High due to recent successful operations.

Weaponry: Mainly Soviet-era weapons stolen from the Georgian Army. More modern Russian-sourced weaponry may be present in the area as well. Caliber up to 12.7mm and RPG/STRELA Missiles.

IDF: 82mm Mortars.

Vehicles: Unknown quantity of stolen Georgian Army vehicles, including Shilkas, T-72s, BTRs, and BMDs. Lighter vehicles include UAZs and trucks as well as Civilian vehicles adapted with Soviet Era Weaponry.

Aircraft: None known.

Air Threat: High in the northern part of the province. Rebels have control of Shilkas and other various AA weaponry in entrenched positions. JHC to Risk assess.

Mine/IED Threat: MEDIUM - General AO, HIGH - Areas of interest.

iii. ENEMY INTENT

To take control of South Ossetia and declare independence from Georgia.

iv. FRIENDLY FORCES

A Coy & JHC based at Airbase Prague
GREENFOR units are scattered around our FLOT, mainly concentrated to the South East

v. ROE

CARD BRAVO '424'

 

III. MISSION

A COY will clear the area North of Airbase PRAGUE, 3 Plt will be responsible for the North West, 2 Plt for the North and 1 Plt for the North East.

Our mission is to assault OBJECTIVE GLADIUS (Surami Fortress) and defeat any enemy QRF in order to open up a NATO APOD through Airbase PRAGUE.

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IV. OWN MAIN EFFORT
This will be a three (3) phase operation

Phase 1
We step off from airbase PRAGUE and move in platoon 2UP towards Surami Fortress. 1/1 and 1/3 will be on point while 1/2 will remain in reserve.
Concurrent, 4/1 will move on 1 Platoons right flank providing flank security.

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Phase 2
Once we are in reach we launch a deliberate attack on the enemy position at the fortress. 1/1 and 1/3 will carry out the assault with support from 1/2 while 4/1 set up in defensive positions to eliminate any enemy QRF.

Phase 3
As soon as we have full control over the hill and there is no longer an imminent threat of enemy counter attack, we continue our assault through our platoon area in order to eliminate all enemy units in the area.

LOE will be just short of the small airfield North East of our main objective.

 

V. TIMINGS
All personnel battle ready at 022010Z

 

VI. ORDERS GROUP

Time: 021950Z

Location: Main Hangar at Airbase Prague

 

VII. CSS

Dress: CEFO, MTP & PPE.

Equipment: As per SOP at 2IC discretion.

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: SIERRA HOTEL / INDIA TANGO

 

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

Edited by Lt Silbot

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