April 2012 Update
Apart from a short break for jungle refresher training in late February, 3 (Morton) Platoon have been on continuous ops for almost 3 months. As the spearhead company for 1VCB, A Coy was recently stood up to deploy to Lingor Province as part of a larger United Nations Security Force in response to a deteriorating political situation in the former Portuguese colony.
Operation CANTERBURY HOTEL
Following the success of Operation Marquis, A Coy 1VCB was once again called upon for a rapid deployment to Lingor Province, under the directive Operation Canterbury Hotel. Unlike the previous campaign, which was heavily supported by air and naval assets of a local carrier task force, Morton Platoon now find themselves engaging a tough enemy with little in the way of support. Every move forward is met by stiff resistance and the unit is constantly in danger of being cut off with their supply lines overrun by local militia forces.
After pushing a spearhead into the flanks of the native militia, 3Pl then conducted probing attacks on the enemies communications lines, such as a former army listening post occupied by the guerrilas, and one of their ammo caches. Operation Canterbury Hotel continues.
Alongside their commitments in Lingor, elements from VCB are also co-deployed in the Chernarus region continuing conflict resolution following previous large-scale operations. Under the moniker of Operation Hellion, 1VCB are taking on pockets of Chedaki resistance. However, while inserting to the TAOR under cover of darkness, their Chinook helicopter was attacked by a SAM battery and they were forced to ditch the helo and make a rapid egress from enemy territory to the safety of the nearest 1VCB forward base. 1VCB expect further missions in the area to take out that anti-air site amongst other strategic objectives to assist in ridding the area of the insurgents.
Upcoming Mission - Operation RAVENOUS
While 1VCB are already fighting on two fronts, rumours abound of the Afghan National Army suffering heavy attrition and taking large casualties in a series of ambushes and raids by the Taliban in the Sangin Province of Afghanistan. Morton Pl Intel suggests the ANA will need relieving, probably by UN-backed British Army forces in the near future. 1VCB stands ready to deploy into a third theatre in as many months.
The Infantry Training Centre at Copehill Down Village (a.k.a Cinder City) has seen continuous development in recent weeks and has been used extensively for Phase 1 Basic Training, pre-op shake outs, advanced lessons in Fire Missions and CAS 9 Liners as well as a general testing and practice area for weapon systems both new and old.
Pl HQ is currently planning a TEWT (Tactical Exercise Without Troops), led by our resident (retired) British Army Captain and a (serving) Royal Marines Commando, to develop the command and control skills of our junior leadership team. We take milsim seriously!
...so seriously that we set our O Groups to music.
Thanks to Cleggy's awesome work, we are now trialling the British Ridgeback MPV with a view to training and deployment on Op Ravenous in Sangin.
We've also moved our add-on pack to version 1.337 of Lingor Island with a plethora of tweaks, fixes and new features to add even more to our favourite jungle map.
Recruitment & New Members
Our streamlined recruitment is now fully implemented and joining is now a simpler and less bureaucratic process that will get you from application to shooting pixels with the platoon quickly and smoothly. We still expect the same attitude and willingness to play our game as before. If you want to know more or are interested in joining VOLCBAT, have a look at our Info Pack or head over to our Website and Forum for more details.