CHAIN OF COMMAND
RADIO PROTOCOL (location reports)
ENGAGEMENT RULES AND SPECIFIC ORDERS
U.S. Commanding Officer, Julius "Boa" Cisek
On board U.S.S. Hancock CV-19
October 23, 1944
The Air Crews of the U.S.S. WASP CV-18, U.S.S. INTREIPID CV-11, U.S.S. HANCOCK CV-19, and U.S.S. ESSEX CV-9
A final battle with the Japanese Navy is inevitable, and we have been assigned the task of finally erradicating the IJN in this part of the world, and perhaps from the Pacific in general.
Please make sure these orders are well understood, it is of utmost importance that each individual is aware of their tasks and the effect of their task on our overall success.
*** CHAIN OF COMMAND
WASP TBFs: Gnatz
INTREPID TBFs: KKen
HANCOCK TBFs: Boa
ESSEX TBFs: Rall
1. Only GLs will be told the exact deployment of the carriers before go time. All pilots will report to preassigned briefing rooms and only 10 minutes prior to launch will they be told which carrier they will launch from
2. GLs will not discuss carrier deployment until 10 minutes before launch time. This includes in newsgroups, via e-mail (except to Boa and Rall), online in GameStorm, etc.
All personnel are required to show up early (at least 15 minutes) to receive final instructions on takeoff procedures, fuel loadouts, and general tips.
All pilots are incouraged to read the Aircraft Notes and Tips page regarding their specific aircraft.
All pilots must change their HANDLE (not their CPID) as follows:
GROUP_DESIGNATION # HANDLE
Your group designation is on the roster, ask your
GL if you're not sure what it is
The # will be assigned by your GL and represents the chain of command within the group!
The HANDLE should be your name only, please don't include squadron insignia, ranks, or other white noise. A clean handle means you will be identified quicker and means less confusion for the GLs.
VT-19A 2 Slydr
VF-11B 3 TCO
The CO's handle will be:
US CO - Boa (VT-19A)
The XO's handle will be:
US XO - Rall (VT-9A)
*** RADIO PROCEDURES
Channel 2 is reserved for the CO, XO, and Group Leaders. The only time this channel can be used by someone else is to report enemy locations.
IMPORTANT: ONLY THE CO and XO MAY USE ALL CAPS WHEN TYPING
Flights will tune to VOX capable channels, but VOX may only be used if all 4 pilots are capable of *HEARING* commands. GLs are expected to check the radio buffer (F2) regularly.
Important: GLs: Listen for the words: "STATUS" at which point you should answer with: Group designation, location, current orders, strength.
Smits: VF-19B, in 14,15,5, Picket, 3 a/c left, no contacts
HW: VF-11C, in 12,12,8, Escort, we are engaging enemy
Enemy location reports should
be of the following form:
N is the number of contacts
XX is the horizontal scale
YY is the vertical scale
SS is the location of the contacts within a sector. We'll use the keypad method as in Guadalcanal:
NW=7 N=8 NE=9
W=4 C=5 E=6
SW=1 S=2 SE=3
AAA is the aircraft designation:
Frank or Ki (KI-84)
ALT is the altitude in thousands of feet, estimated
Counters on map:
N counters in XX, YY
e.g. "5 counters in 12,18"
Visual contact, aircraft unidentified:
N bogies in XX,YY,SS at ALT
e.g. "8 bogies in 12,18,4 at 25K"
Visual contact, aircraft identified:
N AAA in XX,YY,SS at ALT
e.g. "4 Oscars in 11,19,8 at 12K"
Pilots are expected to report enemy movement as well. If possible, report the enemy's heading as in: "HDG 90" using the standard compass (N=0 (zero))
*** ENGAGEMENT RULES AND SPECIFIC
Each group will be assigned an AREA and ROLE. Note that both the AREA and ROLE may be reassigned dynamically during a frame as needed!!! All pilots must keep eyes and ears open for new orders.
The AREA will be a group of sectors, e.g. 12,14 ->
The ROLE will be one of the following:
Fighters: PICKET, CARRIER DEFENSE, ESCORT, or PATROL
last update: 10/23/98 0430PST