Safari II.   Posted by helbent4.Group: 0
helbent4
 GM, 2034 posts
 aka Tony
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:47
Safari II
The vehicles moved out of the fort. Immediately, the Cougar turned onto River Road, circling around to the north.

Bishop/Rook continued to January, the on-ramp for the Trans-Canada, and made it on schedule. They were taking it very slowly, travelling on average 20km/h, moving under cover (where possible) and allowing Rook to deploy every once in a while to cover them with long-range sniper fire.

Once on the Trans-Canada, cover was hard to find. It had been a tree-lined 4-lane divided highway through flat terrain. A number of abandoned vehicles littered the roadside, remnants from the evacuation in late '97 and early '98, where they had mechanical failures or ran out of fuel. The trees on either side and middle were encroaching on the roadway now, and provided some cover (or at least shadowy areas).


https://maps.google.com/maps/m...pn=0.131411,0.220757
Keith Michael Tremblay
 NPC, 156 posts
 Former USMC Infantry
 Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:47
Re: Safari II
In reply to helbent4 (msg # 833):

In the back, Tremblay asked Kel from where he sat behind her, "sound good for us to cover the arcs where we're situated? You front, Andrews left, me right and Abbot 360 degrees?"
Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 1270 posts
 3/CSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:48
Re: Safari II
In reply to Keith Michael Tremblay (msg # 834):

"Good call Keith, and I have the radio scanning.  Antennas up for better reception."  She smiled a moment, thinking about those big antenna wagging in the wind, and hoping they didn't beat her gunner to death.  She pulls her C8 out of the rifle rack and rests it in the passenger window instead, watching the front right as close as she could while keeping attention on the radio.  Luckily, she could set it to scan by itself and it wouldn't ask for much attention... unless it caught something, then her attention would be on that and not looking.





Bishop-1.
Overseeing automated radio scan / passenger seat look out,
*C-8 Carbine - 4 spare Mags (5.56 NATO) - round chambered, safe off.
*3 C-13 Frag Grenades  (Attached to webgear)
*2 Smoke grenades (Green/white) (pockets)
*Kevlar body armor.
*Kevlar helmet
*AN/PRC-152 Radio
*Sidearm:  Browning Hi-Power, 2 spare mags


C8 Rifle  - 3.3 KG / 3.9 KG w/30 rd mag  = 3.9
4 spare 30 rd magazines  2.4 KG  = 6.3
Kevlar vest (Tactical Vest + extensions
- (chest, upper ab, up arm, neck) 3.8 + .7 KG  = 10.8 KG
Level III f/r+side 1.7 +.9 = 13.4
Kevlar Helmet - 1.5 KG = 14.9 KG
Web Gear/gas mask 1.5 KG = 16.5 KG
Grenades - 3 frag 2 smoke .5 and 1 / 3.5 KG = 20 KG
Browning High Power w/ 2spare mag 0.6 KG = 20.6 KG
AN/PRC-152 Radio - 1 KG = 21.6 KG
Boots/Uniform 3.2 KG = 24.6 KG
24.6 of 25 KG load.

William Hawke
 player, 153 posts
 Royal Marine CSAR
 Corporal
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:48
Re: Safari II
In reply to Kelsey Sarah Champlain (msg # 835):

Hawke touched his rifle in it's rack, and said nothing.

Hawke (Bishop-3)
L119A1 (30/30 + 6 spare mags)
M203A1 (1/1 40mm fragmentation)
Pistol in vest w/magazines
Driver's Seat of the Hummer, driving
Helmet on

helbent4
 GM, 2035 posts
 aka Tony
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:48
Re: Safari II
They began cautiously moving down the freeway, moving out from checkpoint January. Kel checked in with Knight, and the signal was clear. But she couldn't check in with HQ on the long-range net.
Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 1008 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:49
Re: Safari II
In reply to helbent4 (msg # 837):

A minute or so later, Taras radioed over.

"Bishop this is Knight, over."

"Am having difficulties with long range radio net. Break. Can your confirm on your end, yes? Over."

Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 1271 posts
 3/CSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:50
Re: Safari II
kelsey nods to that transmit

"This is Bishop, confirmed and expected.  Suspected your old team still, can report.  Gotten a bit worse of late."

Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 1009 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:50
Re: Safari II
In reply to Kelsey Sarah Champlain (msg # 839):

"Understood. Wait please."

After a short pause Knight returned to the channel.

"Have contacted Hotel (Belanger) on command net. Advised that Hotel is investigating. Believes interference coming from outside city. Agreed, could be an "Enemy Force" outside the Lower Mainland. Local tactical nets are unaffected. Hotel is aborting current mission and will remain in area to provide support as needed. Will be standing by, current location is within five kilometres.

"Have also been advised that local sources warn of elevated levels of Bravo (biker) activity, nothing specific, and this is about what we have already heard."

"Understood? Please confirm."


Belanger had visited them about a half-hour before, picking up Sheeler and Droz while dropping off Abbott. He also had the marine sniper, Gunny Conklin with him. It wasn't much but if they had trouble contacting the reaction force in New West for assistance it was better than nothing. Besides, at least Belanger and company was in the immediate area, which meant that whatever support they could provide would come a lot quicker than heavier backup that was 25km or so away.
Andrew Montgomery McRae
 player, 557 posts
 1/CAR - DRI
 Master Sniper (Sergeant)
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:51
Re: Safari II
Andy kept his rifle ready and scanned the area for thrests. As they got closer to their destination he also kept a lookout for a position that the enemy might use to ambush them on the way back.
Christopher Little Hawk MacDonald
 player, 259 posts
 1/RMR - DRI
 Rifleman
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:51
Re: Safari II
In reply to Andrew Montgomery McRae (msg # 9):

Mac was also scanning his surroundings constantly.
Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 1272 posts
 3/CSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:52
Re: Safari II
Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko:
"Have contacted Hotel (Belanger) on command net. Advised that Hotel is investigating. Believes interference coming from outside city. Agreed, could be an "Enemy Force" outside the Lower Mainland. Local tactical nets are unaffected. Hotel is aborting current mission and will remain in area to provide support as needed. Will be standing by, current location is within five kilometres.

"Have also been advised that local sources warn of elevated levels of Bravo (biker) activity, nothing specific, and this is about what we have already heard."

"Understood? Please confirm."


Kelsey listened and checked her map, then keyed back in.

"Someone is stepping on the long range net, but not on our channel hopping digital tacnet.  It has gotten worse lately, which may signify a step up of hostility or a new player.
Hotel is standing by nearby on tacnet, making it possible to call help if need. Confirm that the Hotel Alphas are getting busier, our risk profile is increased.  This makes this little foray useful as scouting in the form of another mission more useful, and more dangerous.  Shall I up our threat level?  I propose we jump in stages of buddy cover, buddy move?"


Classic maneuver for infantry, only one person moved at at time, the other covering.  Likely she is proposing that her team holds a position, deploys infantry, waits for the rear element to catch up, deploy, then they leap forward again.  Taras could add to it if he wished on a crossroad as well.
Stanley Alistair Abbot
 player, 27 posts
 1/RMRR
 Infanteer
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:52
Re: Safari II
In reply to Kelsey Sarah Champlain (msg # 11):

Abbot, hearing about confirmed threat activity, sat a little lower behind the steel plating of the cupola. He continued to scan the area ahead of them, mainly covering the front 180 arc, trusting the Rook to watch their back. He used his binoculars (compact mag-1) to more carefully check out possible ambush points like overpasses and empty buildings or tree lines within 50 meters of the road.
Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 1273 posts
 3/CSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:53
Re: Safari II
In reply to Stanley Alistair Abbot (msg # 12):

"You probably heard gentlemen.  You will need to be ready to dismount frequently.  Hawke, push the red button on the top radio to hold on a scanned conversation.  Take notes on the bad if you can, I'll be leaving it when I dismount.  Every time we stop, we dismount, deploy on your side of the vehicle, pick your own position."

William Hawke
 player, 154 posts
 Royal Marine CSAR
 Corporal
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:53
Re: Safari II
In reply to Kelsey Sarah Champlain (msg # 845):

"I'll try to avoid stopping."

Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 1274 posts
 3/CSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 19:54
Re: Safari II
Kelsey laughs

"We'll be stopping a lot Hawke, if Taras is on board."
Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 1010 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Fri 10 May 2013
at 20:22
Re: Safari II
Kelsey Sarah Champlain:
Kelsey listened and checked her map, then keyed back in.

"Someone is stepping on the long range net, but not on our channel hopping digital tacnet.  It has gotten worse lately, which may signify a step up of hostility or a new player.
Hotel is standing by nearby on tacnet, making it possible to call help if need. Confirm that the Hotel Alphas are getting busier, our risk profile is increased.  This makes this little foray useful as scouting in the form of another mission more useful, and more dangerous.  Shall I up our threat level?  I propose we jump in stages of buddy cover, buddy move?"


"Roger that, Knight.

"Information conforms to earlier briefing, does not change overall situation. Proceed with caution, increase level of readiness at your discretion. Take the time you need to clear each bound."

Taras Vladimirovich Shevchenko
 player, 1010 posts
 RCMP UBC Detachment
 Staff Sergeant
Tue 21 May 2013
at 03:11
Re: Safari II
Instructions came from Knight over the digitally encrypted tactical radio net as they set out.

"Bishop, you are instructed to commencing offensive signals operations against possible Enemy Force radio communications primary and secondary channels."

So far, they'd established that the potential "Enemy Force" ("OPFOR" in American parlance) channels were clear analogue transmissions using civilian radio frequencies. It would be simple enough to "step on" them, either jamming overtly by using static or simply broadcasting a dead carrier signal.

The Bishop element (Humvee with Iltis in support) "inchwormed" their way down the freeway. So far, there were no problems. The line-of-sight was restricted as the divided 4-lane highway (2 lanes each direction) was lined with trees. Beyond those trees were fields (some overgrown, others actively worked) or the odd rural subdivision.

Knight was working its way along the river to the north, and travelling at a faster rate of speed. Hotel (Belanger) was paralleling them on the opposite side of the freeway to the south.

"Please be informed that we are finding our route tough going. There is much obstruction of riverside route due to flooding and landslides. Will update you if we need to take alternative route and/or if going to miss scheduled RV at checkpoint April."

"Further, have received communication from Hotel. Detachment is now travelling south of your route, towards April. Will be looking to set up OP on direct route from the Hotel Alpha clubhouse to checkpoint April.

"Have further instructions. April is next to Charlie Foxtrot Sierra Aldergrove. Are requested to make quick visual check of site, for further followup."

This message was last updated by the GM at 03:11, Tue 21 May 2013.

Kelsey Sarah Champlain
 player, 1278 posts
 3/CSR - DRI
 CF Sergeant
Wed 22 May 2013
at 03:16
Re: Safari II
She replied to that with.... "Roger Knight, commencing jamming."

She motioned for everyone to halt the advancement.

"Ok, I want everyone to hold best positions while we set up to Jam."
helbent4
 GM, 2046 posts
 aka Tony
Wed 22 May 2013
at 09:14
Re: Safari II
In reply to Kelsey Sarah Champlain (msg # 18):

This was a matter of a few minutes. It required two of their more powerful backpack radio sets to cover the main suspected Enemy Force channel and the alternate.