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OPERATION EXCALIBUR III 092000ZFEB20

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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 III 092000ZFEB20

 

 

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

I. PRELIMS

TIME: 0500L 25 August 2020

WEATHER: Cloudy, light fog with rain

CURRENT POS: Airbase Prague

TASK ORG;

0A: Lt Silbot

0B: Sgt Scarle

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

1/2 - IC: Cpl Joyce, 2IC: A/LCpl Peto

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

4/1 - IC: Cpl Cullen, 2IC: A/LCpl Rabbit

 

II. SITUATION

After initially deploying to Georgia, the NATO operation has been largely successful in assisting the Georgians with the South Ossetian rebellion. The rebels have been mostly forced back into the northern mountains, with their only holdout being the town of Kutaisi in the NE.

The Georgians are preparing a final push to take Kutaisi in conjunction with 2nd & 3rd Platoons; however, last night there was an unexpected counterattack that managed to retake the town of Vani near Airbase Prague. Refugees fleeing the town have stated that the rebels have dug in and the townsfolk have deserted the town, leaving it open for an assault to recapture it.

Care needs to be used to avoid encroaching on Russian territory, which borders the country to the north. There is increasing evidence of direct Russian support for the rebels as well as several suspected incursions by Russian aircraft over the past two weeks. The Russians have also moved S-400 batteries closer to their border. The situation is tense and could flash over at any point, so be prepared.

 

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 dug in around the town of Vani and likely have more positions in the mountains north of the town. Rebels are also dug in around the town of Kutaisi as 2nd & 3rd Platoon prepare to launch an attack on the town in conjunction with the Georgians.

Strength: Assessed as potentially 1 Brigade strength across the province. An unknown number of militia and foreign volunteers also support the rebels.

Morale: Low due to losses.

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. The South Ossetians have also stolen NLAWs and Stingers from the C-130 that was shot down on the 9th of August.

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: Possible Russian air incursions have occurred over the past few weeks, do not engage any Russian aircraft unless fired upon first.

Air Threat: The South Ossetians have Shilkas and AA systems such as the Igla and Stinger in entrenched positions in the north of the country and near Kutaisi. In addition, the Russians have moved S-400 systems closer to the border in response to NATO air activity.

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 based at Airbase Prague

JHC based on USS Harry S. Truman

v. ROE

CARD BRAVO '424'

 

III. MISSION

Retake OBJECTIVE RAPIER, the enemy controlled town of VANI and eliminate any rebel positions to the north.

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IV. OWN MAIN EFFORT

Phase one
4/1 and 1/1 will advance north to MODA and set up in positions to support by fire. Primary area of interest will be to the north east. Concurrently 1/2 and 1/3 will move east an stage for the assault in vicinity of HP223.


Phase two
1/2 and 1/3 will assault OBJ RAPIER from the south east on either side of the road. 1/2 will be on the left, 1/3 on the right, 1/2 own the road. 4/1 and 1/1 will support this assault.

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Phase three
1/2 and 1/3 will assume defensive positions in the town and support 4/1 and 1/1 as they advance north towards the high ground.

Phase four
4/1 and 1/1 will assault enemy positions in the hills with support from 1/2 and 1/3.

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V. TIMINGS

1945Z All to gear up on the airfield
2000Z All ready to move

 

VI. ORDERS GROUP

Time: 2000Z (Sections ICs only)

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 Scarle (10B), Cpl Ainsley (11C).

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

iii. Challenge/Response: Foxtrot Uniform / Charlie Kilo

 

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY WARNING ORDER

TO:  1 PLT, A COY 2 PARA BN

FROM: Cpl Ainsley

SUBJECT: Operation EXCALIBUR III

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

PRELIMS

Task Org

Strnad you are assigned to 1 section for assessment, report to @Cpl Ainsley

Jones you are assigned to 2 section for assessment, report to 2 section 3IC.

Grist you are assigned to 3 section for assessment, report to @Cpl McPherson

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

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