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Russian Forces Strike NATO
Across Europe and Iceland

January 10, 2010

As Europeans began celebrating the New Year, Russian forces shocked the world, carrying out coordinated attacks in Iceland, Norway and the United Kingdom.

Airfields Struck in the U.K.

Although both ground and air activity is being reported in Europe and Iceland, the UK has not escaped the opening shots of this war.

ENN managed to contact airport staff at both the Lerwick and Kinloss military airfields who claimed a significant number of low flying missiles struck those bases. Lerwick apparently experienced extensive damage and fires are raging across the airbase and witnesses have described seeing at least two helicopters destroyed .  Local firefighters are engaged in fighting those blazes now and no word has been released as to how long that complex may be out of action.

At the Kinloss airbase, one witness - a veteran of the 1990s Gulf War - described the incoming missiles as appearing similar to U.S. cruise missiles. Although base officials would not go into detail, they did admit that the airfield took extensive damage to its infrastructure. Witness accounts indicate a runway may have been hit as were some hangers and perhaps sections of the base's radar array.  

A military spokesperson reported the damage would not affect air operations and all available aircraft have already assumed a wartime footing. However civilian witnesses living to close to these airfields reported seeing numerous secondary explosions from some of the burning complexes, the source of which could be fuel or ammunition bunkers "cooking off" in the raging fires.  Both bases are used by aircraft configured for anti-ship and anti-submarine missions, and any ammunition destroyed by these fires might include torpedoes and air launched missiles.  

 

Russian Union Statement

On the political front, hastily arranged press conferences and statements by both Russia and NATO representatives clarified the situation somewhat, but events remains very fluid with new and conflicting information trickling in by the minute.

A Russian Union military officer presented seven points that justified the attack or was a condition for cessation of hostilities - with each being detailed over several minutes.

They first placed blame for the current situation squarely on the shoulders of NATO and the "Anglo Alliance" (AA), claiming evidence that demonstrated the alliances were planning a military takeover of Poland and attempting to separate the Western Ukraine from Russia proper.

The spokesman pointed to this alliance's recent policy in the Yugoslavian conflict and a build up of NATO forces along the German border with Poland - a situation not unlike when Hitler massed his forces on the Russian border in 1941 just prior to Operation Barbarossa. He added that a massive armed mutiny already existed against the "legally elected government" in Poland and implied that NATO and the AA were providing support to the insurgents there.

RUSSIAN UNION
SEVEN POINTS

1- Attack blamed on NATO & AA aggressive plans for Europe.

2 - Retaliation due to unprovoked submarine attack in GIUK area.

3 - Demands that NATO be dismantled.

4 - Norway will be occupied until it leaves AA and demilitarizes.

5 - Military traffic in Atlantic Ocean will be interdicted.

6 - No hostilities against Western Europe they renounce NATO and recognize sovereignty of other countries.

7 - No 1st use of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

The second justification dealt with a recent exchange of fire between submarines in the GUIK area north of the UK. This "unprovoked attack" led to an immediate and "justifiable retaliation" against military installations in the UK and in Iceland to protect Russia's freedom of shipping and airspace.

The third point dealt with general issues of concern to the Kremlin and  suggested solutions to those matters. Specifically, it was demanded that NATO be dismantled as a political and military entity - claiming it is a tool being used to bend a democratic Europe to the will of the aggressive AA. They proposed that a non-aligned demilitarized zone be created in the whole of Eastern Europe to provide a “Curtain of Peace” that will separate Russia from Western Europe. To support this goal, the Russian Union stated its intent to assist the Polish government in destroying its internal enemies. It likewise insisted that Norway denounce its NATO and AA membership, close down all foreign military bases, and adopt a neutral status similar to Sweden and Finland.

Fourthly, Russia declared that to protect itself from an attack by the Anglo Alliance, it will occupy Norway until that government leaves the AA and agrees to demilitarize. This occupation is being carried out with an overwhelming military force and it was warned that resistance would bring “futile and pointless suffering and death” to both the Russian and Norwegian people.

The next demand directed that the entire Atlantic be closed to military traffic as an assurance that that Anglo Alliance would not be able to proceed with any intentions against Poland and Western Ukraine. They also reserved the right to interdict shipping suspected of contributing to such plans.

A solution for the end of hostilities was then offered to the Western European Union that includes Germany, France and others. The Russian Union claimed to have no ill will against those countries and declared they need not be involved in the current conflict if they denounced NATO and recognized the territorial integrity and sovereignty of other nations - specifically Russia and Poland. They went on to reiterate that the Anglo Alliance, primarily the U.S and U.K., were the real aggressors in the region.

Lastly, it was stressed that Russia would abide by its doctrine of no "first use" for weapons of mass destruction except in defense of Russia’s home soil against enemy intervention.

The press conference was concluded with examples of NATO’s “villainous” actions against a civilian aircraft, merchant ships, and urban areas where  "doomed resistance" against Russian troops was needlessly endangering local civilians. NATO was likewise accused of sinking unarmed ships that were involved in a rescue operation in the mid Atlantic.

 

NATO Strikes Back

The Joint Command North (JCNORTH) Public Affairs Office held a press conference of its own immediately after the Russian conference ended on the other side of the globe. It is quoted here verbatim:

“Minutes before midnight tonight, military units of the Russian Union initiated hostile aggressive action against NATO Forces in Norway, Iceland and Great Britain. This action is unprovoked and unprecedented, and brings to an end the many years of detente between the western allies and the Russian (formerly Soviet) Union.

While the action has been underway for only a few hours, it is apparent the NATO forces are under attack by a large, coordinated force, including naval, air, and ground combat units. The attacks were obviously timed to occur during the new years' celebration.

NATO forces are currently mobilizing in Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Damage assessments are not yet available, however preliminary reports indicate virtually all air force installations in northern Norway have been attacked, and Russian paratroopers have assaulted Iceland after a devastating bombardment that has resulted in the complete destruction of the Keflavik air base. In the United Kingdom, several airbases were also attacked, but damage there is said to be minor.

In response, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have ordered a large contingency force to the theatre which, when combined with the NATO forces already in the northern theatre, will provide ample strength to repel the hostile forces.

The size, timing, and effort utilized in this action by the Russian Union removes all suspicion of this being an attack carried out by rogue commanders, and can only result from the approval of the entire Russian leadership, thereby making themselves appropriate targets for NATO response planning.

Further information will be provided when available."

After the NATO spokesman concluded, and just as reporters were leaving the conference room, a last minute Press Release was issued. It is shown here in it's entirety:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUBJECT: LOSS OF HMS TRENCHANT

FROM: HEADQUARTERS, JOINT COMMAND NORTH (JCNORTH) PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

JCNORTH REGRETS TO REPORT THE LOSS OF HMS TRENCHANT (S91), A TRAFALGAR CLASS NUCLEAR FAST ATTACK SUBMARINE. THE TRENCHANT WAS APPARENTLY ATTACKED BY ONE OR MORE RUSSIAN SUBMARINES THAT ALSO MAY HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN ATTACKS ON ROYAL AIR FORCE INSTALLATIONS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM AND THE SHETLAND ISLANDS. A SEARCH AND RESCUE (SAR) MISSION HAS BEEN LAUNCHED, AND HOPES ARE HIGH THAT SURVIVORS WILL BE FOUND AND RETURNED SAFELY TO THE UK.

HMS TRENCHANT WAS PROBABLY STRUCK BY A TORPEDO LAUNCHED FROM WHAT IS SUSPECTED TO BE A RUSSIAN SUBMARINE JUST WEST OF THE SHETLAND ISLANDS, AT ABOUT MIDNIGHT LOCAL TIME. HMS TRENCHANT WAS ENGAGED IN RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AT THE TIME OF THE ATTACK. THE COMMUNICATIONS WERE LOST IN MID TRANSMISSION, AND ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THE TRENCHANT SINCE THEN HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL. UNIDENTIFIED SOURCES IN THE AREA REPORTED "A GREAT DEAL OF NOISE" COMING FROM THE AREA HMS TRENCHANT WAS KNOWN TO BE OPERATING IN. NATO COMMANDERS AND, ESPECIALLY, THE BRITISH SEA LORD ARE OUTRAGED AT THE BRUTALITY OF THE ATTACK SO CLOSE TO THE SHORES OF GREAT BRITAIN.

HMS Trenchant

HMS TRENCHANT, PICTURED TO THE RIGHT, HAS A SPLENDID HISTORY AND WAS DECORATED MANY TIMES FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE. WITH HER CAPABLE CREW OF 130 MEN AND OFFICERS SHE PRESENTED A FEARSOME CAPABILITY WITH STATE OF THE ART WEAPONS AND LONG ENDURANCE. HER LOSS WILL NOT BE IN VAIN.

THIS IS THE FIRST LOSS OF A SUBMARINE DUE TO ENEMY ACTION BY THE BRITISH NAVY SINCE WORLD WAR II, AND ALSO THE FIRST LOSS OF A BRITISH NUCLEAR POWERED SHIP. THE POSSIBILITY OF CONTAMINATION OF THE SEA BY RADIOACTIVE LEAKAGE IS SLIGHT DUE TO THE DESIGN OF THE REACTOR VESSEL. HOWEVER, THE LOCATION OF HMS TRENCHANT IS KNOWN, AND PLANS TO MONITOR THE AREA ARE BEING FORMULATED BY THE ROYAL NAVY AND WILL MORE THAN LIKELY BE CONDUCTED BY THE WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE (WHOI) IN MASSACHUSSETS. WHOI IS KNOWN FOR ITS DEEP SEA SEARCH AND RADIOLOGICAL MONITORING OF THE USS SCORPION, AND MORE RECENTLY THE TWO SUBMARINES (USS DALLAS AND USS PHILADELPHIA) LOST IN THE BATTLE OF BRUNEI. IT IS POSSIBLE THIS MONITORING WILL NOT OCCUR FOR SOME TIME, DUE TO THE CURRENT RUSSIAN AGGRESSION.

JHQNORTH (J2)


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