December 26 2022
GCHQ "The Doughnut"
The pressure in the war room increases, Parliament finally gave approval for the operations. As soon as the news came, the Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces arrive immediately along with the Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Duchian Ambassador, Yosainese Ambassador, UK Ambassador, and ECON Representatives. Everything was being set into motion, more refugees were found in the Caspian and rescued by the Coastguard and Navy's joint forces. Plans were slowly being coordinated and finalised for the first few days of the invasion, with the United Duchies, United Kingdom, and Yosai joining in the effort.
Before the announcement, HMS Nightfall (S150), HMS Vacuum (S155), and HMS Murk (S157) were sent to silently join the patrols in the Caspian. Anti-Submarine Warfare Helicopters were also dispatched to counter enemy Attack Submarines that may threaten the ships participating in the Operation. The Coastguard also put its Territorial Defence Force, composed of Coastal Patrol Vessels and Fast Interceptor Crafts, on high alert for any possible enemy infiltrations to the coast.
As soon as everyone was ready, the meeting was set. The plan was laid out to the Prime Minister and the foreign dignitaries, emphasizing on the first phase of the operation.
In the plan, Reconnaissance Units such as UAVs, Satellites, and Reconnaissance Aircraft would be sent to patrol the Coastal Areas of Svarna Surya. During the reconnaissance phase, a blockade would be enforced to prevent Svarnan Navy ships from reaching the other sides of the Caspian Sea and rescue refugees to safety. A temporary Joint Tactical Operations Center would also be set-up in the United Duchies to easily coordinate the movement of units from all the participating forces. Supplies would also be airlifted to the United Duchies to serve as the first jump point in preparation for the first wave of attacks. All this would be the first part of Phase 1 of operations.
Once the necessary intelligence is gathered, the first attacks would begin. During which, the RAF would be sent to begin striking on coastal targets and military installations. Likely this may make use of Cruise Missiles launched from Swan B.11 strategic bombers stationed in the United Duchies. Anti-air assets would also be disabled with help from the United Kingdom and the United Duchies, to pave the way for a no-fly zone to be enforced over the Svarnan Airspace and Air Superiority to be achieved. It would only be after the SEAD operations would the first Fighter Squadrons be sent to patrol the skies and take down enemy fighters. This would be the second part of Phase 1 of operations.
After air superiority is achieved, the first batch of Royal Marines would begin to land on the coast of Svarna Surya. These Marines would be tasked at securing a limited area to build temporary outposts where logistical support would be provided before aiming to secure a larger area with the facilities to accommodate heavier transport aircraft. Mainly, the troops should be able to secure 3 locations with at least 1 sq km of land each to build temporary bases. Once secured, more support and reinforcements would be sent to further secure the bases and build up forces and fortifications.
That was all for Phase 1, which aimed at securing the beaches and disabling key military infrastructure that were easily within range of the forces. The Prime Minister looked at the plan, with a grim face before responding.
SB: "Reserve this plan in the future, we should give them a little scare first."
Everyone was in awe, maybe he had something interesting in mind.
SB: "Admiral Radakin, is it possible that we send some preemptive strikes on key military installations in Svarna from any of the ships currently deployed? Preferrably, guided missiles if possible."
AR: "Sir, HMS Edward Thurne is currently armed with Cruise Missiles during its patrol. All 3 frigates currently deployed are also armed with Cruise Missiles. They are ready to engage under your directions sir."
SB: "I would like a selection of targets within reach of these ships' missiles. Preferably, those belonging to the military and the government of Svarna Surya. I'd want to pressure them first and see their reaction before we proceed with the invasion plans. However, keep all the units planned for deployment under Phase 1 prepared at any moment's notice if we have to proceed further."
AW: "Sir, I think it would be best if we conduct some reconnaissance missions with our UAVs to give you a better selection of targets. Although we could suggest the following if you wish to strike now."
In the list provided were the following installations:
- Visakhapatnam Naval Base
- Visakhapatnam Air Base
- Naya Dillee Air Base
- Mumbai Air Base
- Amritsar Air Base
- Raipur Air Base
- Bhopal Air Base
- Sarghoda Air Base
The Prime Minister looked at the list, together with the Defence Minister, and then pointed at 3 locations to target. It was time for the first strikes of the war to occur.
SB: "Do not fire at once, I would want to make a statement just in time after the missiles hit one by one to demand the release of the crew. If they do not comply, I will point out more targets to strike. But if they resort to killing even one of those crew, we'll have to proceed with the plan. Keep monitoring the movements of their units while we wait for their response. Begin firing 5 minutes before I appear on television tonight."
Simon left the room, and immediately went to the Black House to prepare for the evening address.
The cameras were set up at the Prime Minister's Office, Simon comes into the room with his speech at hand and begins to rehearse before the actual take at 6:00pm.
The crew all prepare for the launches. 10 minutes before the salvo begins, a General Quarters alarm rang across the ship in preparation. All the crew clear the bow deck for the launches to begin, readily in anticipation for the first wave.
5 minutes later, the missiles were ready to fire. The crew await the orders to begin firing while the rest keep guard for possible enemy vessels nearby. The three targets were locked in, with help of Satellite Navigation.
And finally, it starts.
CI: "Begin firing."
As the order drops, the weapons officer order the launch of the missiles.
LCE: "Cruise Missiles, first salvo, engage, engage."
The men at the trigger pushes the buttons to launch, without hesitation.
At 5:55pm, the first salvo begins with 6 Cruise Missiles aimed at Visakhapatnam Naval Base, Mumbai Air Base, and Amritsar Air Base. They travel rapidly to their targets, closing in as the speech begins just minutes later.
DC: "Cameras, rolling, cue."
The opening sequence appears, and the title slowly fades to the scene at the PM's residence.
SB: "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, fellow citizens of our great nation and those watching from around the world. It is my honour to address you all this evening from the premises of my office here at Hampton City. Recently, it had come to our attention that our nation has being constantly provoked by an aggressive and erratic dictatorship into a violent conflict. And it is for this reason, that we have officially declared war on the State of Svarna Surya to allow our military to conduct operations with permission from Parliament. I am disappointed that we will have to resort to this in order to ensure the peace and stability of our nation, our citizens, and of our neighboring nations and their citizens. At this very moment, I make my final call to the Svarnan Government to release unconditionally our people in good shape and health as they were when you held them captive. And to return the commercial vessels they served in, without damage nor anything less than they had before you seized them. This I urge you to respond to within 24 hours, for at this moment a salvo of Cruise Missiles is making their way to several military infrastructure in your nation, and more will come if our demands are not met. I guarantee you, that we will do anything to give justice on our citizens whom which were hurt from your erratic actions, and that we will not simply stand aside when our citizens' lives are in danger. We are not bowing down to your demands of extradition and will continue to protect those innocent persons who seek refuge and peace in our nation. Thank you, and have a pleasant evening to everyone."
The closing titles show and the address ends. People watching are filled with mixed feelings of fear, sadness, and joy. There was no going back, the situation had become dire. Just as the address ends, the missiles hit their marks, although met with shoot down attempts from Svarnan Anti-Air Installations, destroying some of the buildings in their targets. The missiles were simply too fast for the interceptor missiles to respond, the detection range of the Svarnans' defense systems were too short for a successful intercept. All that was left was for the Svarnan Government to respond, the ball is now in their court.