In the meantime, the NATO amphibious task force continued to head north in a bid to reinforce Narvik and Bardufoss before northern Norway was completely overrun by Soviet forces.
084649Z The bad news just keeps coming in. Torpedoes in the water! The Victor I has opened fire on the Ark Royal group. The group lights off their sonars and goes to flank speed.
|Torpedo in the water!|
The first torpedo misses, spoofed by the towed decoy. The second hits, sinking Glamorgan.
085545Z One of the Ark Royal’s CAP of Phantoms investigates a surface contact, determining it to be a Russian AGI, the SSV Okean. Ark Royal launches a strike to take it out (a Buccaneer with a 1000lb bomb).
|HMS Ark Royal|
090106Z SE of the ruins of Bodo, Radar S-266 detects a pair of Vampires inbound--it is likely that they are cruise missiles launched from a submarine.
090152Z The inbound missile classified as a SS-N-3b Shaddock [P-5D, AGM, 350kT Nuclear]. These guys aren't playing fair at all.
|The first nuclear cruise missile detonates|
|...and the second|
090519Z A Buccaneer drops its bombs on the SSV Okean. The bombs apparently do very little damage, so a follow up strike will be necessary.
|The Buccaneer bombs the Okean|
|A P-3C Orion detects a group of ships heading east|
|The Galatea launches an Ikara at the submarine contact|
|Torpedo inbound on the Danae|
|Two torpedoes close in on the Danae|
095807Z A pair of the Ark Royal CAP Phantoms close in on a snooping Tu-95RT Bear D. The third Sparrow shot splashes the Bear.
|F-4s close in on the Bear-D|
|And the Bear is shot down|
The supposed location of the Russian task force is some 260 nm away from Ark Royal, but I only have 2 Buccaneers ready for a strike. It will be just under 4 hours until more aircraft are ready. I’ll have to wait.
113144Z Several P-3Bs are exploring surface contacts.
|P-3Cs investigate contacts|
In the meantime, the Soviets are certainly preparing their air raids from the Kola peninsula. It's only a matter of time before the skies over Norway are filled with cruise-missile armed Badgers, eager to sink the NATO ships.
Continued in Part Three...