On Line Evening22/04/2014

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On Line Evening22/04/2014

Post by Phantom » 15 Apr 2014, 21:49



It seems that it has become the habit of the SAVAF to mount rescue operations for shipping around South Africa as of late.

A report has just been received from the Maritime Authorities in Cape Town of a freight ship that is reportedly sinking fast somewhere off the southern Cape coast, after being hit by a severe storm and high waves.

The captain of the ship is frantic, because his crew are in jeopardy, as their life saving equipment on board the ship is either non-existent or unserviceable (typical!!).

Air Command has tasked a squadron of fighters and transports to fly out to the ship to drop off emergency rescue equipment and supplies. This will have to be done fast, as it is doubtful the ship will stay afloat for much longer....

The fighters will fly ahead and locate the ship, and guide the transports in to the location to perform a low level supply drop.

The last radio transmission from the captain of the ship was that they were in the vicinity of position 3718S.


Scramble from AFB Overberg (FAOB) and route to position 3718S. Locate the sinking ship, perform the supply drop and recover to AFB Langebaan (FALW).


Fighter squadron:

Fighters are to scramble from Overberg (FAOB) and route approximately 245* to position 3718S, FL280 and M085.
Once over head the position, descend to 1500’ ASL and commence a search for the ship.
When the ship has been found, establish comms with the transport squad and guide them into the ship’s position.
Establish a CAP over the position of the ship until the supply drop is complete.

Transport squadron:

Transports are to also scramble from Overberg (FAOB), 10mins after the fighter squadron.
Transports are to fly approximately 245* and begin routing towards position 3718S, maintaining FL160 and 300KIAS.
Follow orders from the fighter squadron to route to the ship.
Once the visual contact has been made with the ship, commence two runs over the ship to drop supplies. The runs should be performed at 300’ASL, and no faster than 180KIAS.
When complete both squadrons are to route approximately 025* at FL150 and 300KIAS to recover to Langebaan (FALW). The fighters are to provide escort to the transports.

Flight Details:

Date: 22 April 2014.
Take off time: 18h00Z.
Departure: AFB Overberg (FAOB).
Arrival: AFB Langebaan (FALW).
Equipment: Grippen/C130.
Rules: VFR/IFR as required.
Weather: Unknown.
Fuel load: Sufficient for the flight plus reserves.
Distance: Approximately 450Nm.
Leg Time: Approximately 1:40 hours.
Time: Daytime.
Route: FAOB-3718S-FALW.
Comms: 122.80 and ATC where available.
Lost Procedure: Don’t get lost, please... Alternatively recover to Cape Town (FACT).
VOR/NDB: VOR: LWV 117.00, CTV 115.70. NDB LW 345.0.

Good Luck and safe flying, Men!
Lt Genl Eddy(Phantom) Evans
Officer Commanding: Air Command/SOA2/ZA-EC/ZA-SOC

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Re: On Line Evening22/04/2014

Post by Phantom » 25 Apr 2014, 19:53

Debrief Operation "High Seas"

Six ever keen SAVAF pilots reported for duty to help the stricken ship. Take off was excellent, with the fighter squadron off at exactly 18h00b.

The Transport squad scrambled ten minutes later. The fighter squad routed as briefed, and the ship was found not too far off course east of position 3718S. The transports were routed in to the ship, and supplies were successfully dropped.

The entire formation then routed on to Langebaan to land safely.

Well done to the pilots who took part:
ZAV32 Maj Genl Jan (Smokey) Jacobs
ZAV64 Col Eddy (Phantom) Evans
ZAV70 Lt Col NIco (Sidewinder) Engelbrecht
ZAV96 Maj Noel (Falcor) Grieve
ZAV97 Maj Krause (Kous) Venter
ZAV92 Capt Hugo (Iron Man) Nel

Below some screen shots of the event:
Ready on the apron at Overberg:
Overhead the stricken ship:
In formation en route to Langebaan:
Safe at Langebaan:
Lt Genl Eddy(Phantom) Evans
Officer Commanding: Air Command/SOA2/ZA-EC/ZA-SOC

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