In my previous post, I set up the Soviet ships for the first scenario of Aegean Strike called “The Battle for North Africa”. The Soviets tried to lock out the US surface ships out of the area around the Egypt/Libya coastline. After the Soviets set up, it’s time to get the American ships on the map. Here’s a short post on how and why I did it in a little write-up I call “Justify Your Setup”. Here goes:
|US (red) has set up prior to start of play.|
Since I’m playing solitaire, I simply rolled a d10 to determine if the US player would set up to the northwest (near Italy) of the conflict area or down south nearer to the Suez Canal. The die result was the first option so I put my entire surface ships together in one stack (CV-69, DD, BB, and LHA) just north of Naples in AR-03. This was pretty much the only spot on the map where I wasn’t dangerously close to two Soviet submarines at the same time. It doesn’t keep me out of range of Soviet bombers stationed in Benghazi but at least they won’t have MiG escorts coming in with them if they do decide to hit me early on.
Both sides will get a roll to detect enemy units prior to play so I’m counting on detecting the Soviet sub in AS-03 from the start and then sending out the P-3 Orion on Sigonella and the S-3 Viking on the carrier to damage or destroy it before carefully moving south.
While the US carrier group cleans up the seas near Sicily, the US SSNs will sink their knives into the Soviet carrier group in AV-07. The SSN in AV-06 will hopefully detect the ships prior to play and then slice into them in the Reaction Player Segment. The SSN in AX-06 is there to give the Soviets some hard choices. The Soviet player will either have to lambaste the Alexandria air base (with two F-16 squadrons on them) with the CGs and SSGN or spend his precious naval movement points instead to deal with the American sub before it becomes a big problem.
I was thinking of putting this sub next to Benghazi to launch its own cruise missiles at the Soviet airbase there but I really want to cut down the Soviet navy as fast as possible in the early game. Having two SSNs operating very close to the Soviet surface fleet is also a bit of psychological warfare too. Every decision by the Soviet player will need to be weighed with both American subs in mind.
Any thoughts? If you would have set up differently, please let me know in the comments!