Calling in Support Fire in Vietnam; Calling in Artillery Support and Dustoff - an example of typical radio traffic during combat.


Following on from the previous example, Air Strike, this simulation uses the same Points of Origin to call in an artillery barrage and then a subsequent medical 'Dustoff'.

Again, this example was submitted by Stanley Homiski and the content is kept brief and to the point.

Stan Homiski writes....

Let's see how this one will work out, let's use the same Points of Origin as the last mission.

The first thing to happen is that the Troop CO calls the Commo Track with orders to contact Squadron and give them a status report and to make an initial request for artillery....

6 to 65 notify Saber of our situation and location request artillery support out

The Commo track contacts Squadron, indicating that the communication is an emergency and that contact with the enemy has been made. Details of the enemy's location, relative to a Point of Origin, and strength (in this case unknown) are also given and the Commo track requests details for contacting the nearest Fire Support Base....

Saber 33 this is Saber Bravo 65 Flash, Saber Bravo in contact from Papa Oscar Tango left 3 up 6 strength unknown request nearest Foxtrot Sierra Bravo over  

The Squadron acknowledges and repeats the information back to the sender in order to verify it as having been received correctly and that no mistakes have been made....

Saber Bravo 65, Saber 33 I read back Flash from Papa Oscar Tango left 3 up 6 strength unknown, request nearest Foxtrot Sierra Bravo over  

The Commo track acknowledges that the message has been received and repeated back correctly....

Saber 33, Saber Bravo 65 roger over  

Squadron then tells the Commo track to contact FSB Glass, and gives the frequency and call sign for the artillery Fire Direction Center....

Saber Bravo 65, Saber 33 contact Foxtrot Sierra Bravo Glass, on Golden Dragon's push, callsign Golden Dragon 36 out

Golden Dragon 36 this is Saber Bravo 65 your push over

Saber Bravo 65, Golden Dragon 36 over

Once contact with the FDC has been established, the Commo track requests the fire mission using Point of Origin Tango as the reference point....

Golden Dragon 36, Saber Bravo 65, request fire mission from Papa Oscar Tango left 3 up 6 over

The artillery FDC confirms the target reference and informs the Commo track that a spotting round has been fired....

Saber Bravo 65, Golden Dragon 36, from Papa Oscar Tango left 3 up 6 marker round on the way over  

The Commo track observes the fall of the marker round and gives an adjustment back to the FDC, so as to bring the fire on to the target, which the FDC acknowledges and then fires another spotting round...

Golden Dragon 36, Saber Bravo 65 left 50 up 100 over

Saber Bravo 65, Golden Dragon 36 left 50, up 100, marker on the way over  

This spotting round is considered sufficiently close to the target for the Commo track to request a full FFE from the FDC...

Golden Dragon 36, Saber Bravo 65 on the mark fire for effect out  

The artillery barrage continues until the Commo track calls for the fire to cease....

Golden Dragon 36, Saber Bravo 65, cease fire, cease fire over  

Saber Bravo 65, Golden Dragon 36 roger out

With the fire mission over and no artillery over the area, the Troop CO orders the Commo track to arrange for a Dustoff....

6 to 65 see if we can scare up  a dustoff out

The Commo track contacts Squadron to inform them that the fire mission is complete and that a Dustoff is required. Squadron acknowledges the end of the fire mission and confirms that Dustoff is available and gives the Commo track the Dustoff call sign...

Saber 33, Saber Bravo 65, sitrep, Golden Dragon complete, request dustoff ASAP over

Saber Bravo 65, Saber 33, roger, Golden Dragon complete, dustoff will be Centaur 33 on your push over

The Commo track then contacts the Dustoff directly and receives an indication of the ETA for the Dustoff. The Dustoff also takes the opportunity to enquire about the condition of the LZ and is informed that the LZ is 'hot'. Dustoff acknowledges that the LZ is hot and advises that he will contact the Commo track when he is 2 minutes from the LZ for a further update on conditions...

Saber 33, Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33 my push out

Centaur 33, Saber Bravo 65 over

Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33, 10 minutes out, condition of LZ over

Centaur 33, Saber Bravo 65, roger, LZ is hot, I say again LZ is hot over

Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33, roger on hot LZ, will contact when 02 out

Two minutes out from the LZ, Dustoff again requests an update on the condition of the LZ. The Commo track informs him that the LZ is still hot and that it is best to approach from the West. Dustoff is informed that the LZ will be marked with smoke. Dustoff acknowledges and requests that the LZ be marked with smoke for identification. Smoke is popped and both the Commo track and Dustoff confirm the colour of the smoke....

Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33, 02 out, request update over

Centaur 33, Saber Bravo 65, LZ is hot, recommend approach from west, will pop smoke to mark LZ over

Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33, roger, pop smoke over

Centaur 33, Saber Bravo 65, smoke out over

Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33, I have green smoke, have you in sight, making approach from west over

As the Dustoff begins it's final approach it informs the Commo track that it is receiving incoming from a point relative to the LZ and that they are aborting this approach in order to give the troop time to suppress the fire as Dustoff prepares for a second approach....

Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33, we are taking fire from the hedgerow 200 meters North and West of LZ will make another approach out

The Commo track informs the Troop CO about the incoming fire being received by the Dustoff....

65 to 6 Centaur taking fire hedgerow 200 meters North and West LZ out

The Troop CO contacts the First Platoon CO and orders him to use his Platoon to suppress the enemy fire...

6 to 10 have 15 lay down some main gun and coaxial on that hedgerow 150 to 15's left out

Finally the Dustoff comes in....

Saber Bravo 65, Centaur 33, we're coming in out  

Well that is about how it would work I tried to make it as simple as possible without  leaving out to many of the important calls.


See Also: US Artillery and US Armored Cavalry


 

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