Just a quicky.
Flying for the reds, who show as the blue team, but uses red frequencies on srs. All a tad confusing.
Anyhow, a well executed attack with a GCI and good comms showing the best what blue flag can offer.
Starting from Bandar, i can see on the widget that Abu Musa has already been neutralised and needs to be captured. I load up with anti-tank troops and a repair crate and head south.
About half way there i check in with Magic (GCI) and inform of my intentions. He advises that there is already a host of helo’s in for the capture and they are ahead of me. Requesting a re-task, Magic formulates a plan to capture Siri next. I am given bearing and distance to Siri and Magic tasks a stream of attack aircraft to start preparing for my arrival.
I can hear over comms that the helos already capturing and repairing Abu will make way shortly to aid in Siri. Good to have some help !!! With autopilot engaged and skimming the wave tops i keep a handy eye out for enemy aircraft. Over the comms i hear that intel has been gathered at Siri by another comrade and hence a high altitude bomber has been spawned to pumel the targets intel has found. This provides another game play aspect where we need to protect the bomber to ensure it can do its business.
Magic gives updates on the bombers progress and its clear i will make landfall at siri before the bomber. I hold off the coast in a hover waiting for the destruction. In the meantime Magic pulls the ground pounders off siri to allow for no friendly casualties from the bomber.
Message pops up that bombs are away, and its only a short wait as the bombs impact all over the island. I call my move and start inching towards the airfield using what cover i can. Ground pounders are tasked back in and they confirm some AA is still remaining.
Anther helo joins and drops off a jtac on the other side of the island and aids the ground attack aircraft. All this action is bringing in blue fighters and Magic is doing a good job co-ordinating ground attack and air defense.
Magic then sees near my position some AA. At the same time my door gunner opens up and i cross behind a building for cover as bullets wizz by. I am kind of stuck here in a hover hiding until he is dispatched. With some enemy units still nearby magic informs of a heading that should be clear towards the airfield. I pull out of cover and start jinking between buildings and trees and then it happens…
A loud bang, some heavy shaking, the hip doesn’t want to play. All i can think of is the trees and buildings i am skirting through and try my best not to hit them as the hapless MI-8 comes to a firm rest in a small clearing. I have no idea what shot me, but magic and I had no idea it was there.
Hard landing aside, it looks like efforts are rewarded by no casualties on board. The order is given for the troops to deploy and handed over to the control of magic. At the same time i drop my repair UAZ.
Close to the boundary of the airfield, i watch the battle unfold as jets and explosions erupt near our position. We have taken siri. But there is still work to do and i can still play my part. Calling over the radio Magic is told of my repair UAZ’s position. He quickly dispatches a huey to collect it which aids in the re-enforcements of the island.
Here i sit watching all things unfold. I tell you, Blue flag can certainly provide some very good gameplay.