The Commonwealth Report
Operation Red Stick Is A Go
The recent invasion of Novajev by a coalition forces, which included the Commonwealth has started off on a good note.
Commonwealth armored units come ashore in the early morning.
ST. MYHRE, DELESA - The Defence Board released today the news of an amphibious assault that took place earlier in the morning. Commonwealth Army forces were some of the first troops of the coalition to hit the beaches of the Republic of Novajev in the Socialist Federative Republics region, where mercenaries from the local nations have dug in and prepared for war. It is unclear at this time the reason behind this action of the Novajev Government and mercenaries, but it is believed that the Government of Novajev is intact, suggesting this is not a revolution or military coup. The situation escalated when several Kilrany naval vessels came under fire from unknown shore launched rockets. When the friendly nation of Kilrany was fired upon, Prime Minster Lester Geddie announced the Commonwealth's entrance into the conflict. Currently the Commonwealth is joined in the coalition by the Empire of Kilrany, who's relationship with the Commonwealth has grown by a considerable amount since when introduced during the peacekeeping operations in the Kingdom of Khurzav. The Commonwealth is also joined by the The Empire of Diggledom, of which little is known about, and finally the Commonwealth's oldest and most trusted ally, United Kingdom of Oceania. The ground invasion is currently being commanded by Brigadier-General Jacob Wolfe of the Commonwealth Armed Forces, with Vice-Admiral Sarah Conrad in command of the 5th Royal Commonwealth Fleet. The assault started with the large naval guns of the Royal Navy firing on the beach, followed by the main amphibious assault carried out by the Loyal Edmonton Tank Regiment, and Royal Marines from the 5th fleet. Also involved is the 5th Airborne, who dropped in behind enemy lines after the first wave attacked the beach. Casualties are unknown at this time, but word is little resistance has been received by the Commonwealth Forces and military analysts predict the war to be over in 3-4 months. Everyone here at the Commonwealth Report wishes god speed and good luck to our boys overseas.
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Cease-fire Secures Commonwealth Victory
The invasion of Novajev has ended, the result a victory for the Commonwealth
Commonwealth forces patrol the countryside looking for last of the enemy forces
NOVAJEV – It was just a short time ago that you could walk down the streets of our capital and ask anyone if they knew where the country of Novajev and they wouldn’t know. But after the rash attack on the Kilrany Empire, the Commonwealth risked the lives of our boys in the name of what’s left of justice in today’s world. A unified coalition of nations, Kilrany, Diggledom, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth launched a swift and decisive beach assault all across the coast of the small island, overpowering the under armed and under manned defence of mercenary forces hired to protect the malicious government.
In command of the Commonwealth Forces was Rear Admiral Sarah Conrad, who since the success of the operation has been promoted to full Admiral and now has a seat on the Board of Defense. Brigadier General Jacob Wolfe, who was in command of the ground elements of the operation, under the command of Admiral Conrad, conducted a successful and relatively low casualty war, neutralizing the enemy threat and removing the presence of all known mercenary forces in the southwest.
Men of the Loyal Edmonton Tank Regiment, 5th Airborne Regiment, and marines from the 15th Division participated in the initial amphibious assault dubbed Operation Red Stick. After securing a large chunk of beachhead and interior land, the call was made out to call in more troops for policing duties and more to scare the enemy with the vast amount of men and supplies. Including the regiment of 6th Mechanized Infantry from Cesibia and a Light Armored Reconnaissance Regiment from Terra Delesa. This was now truly Commonwealth operation, pulling resources from the far stretches of the Commonwealth. Each unit performed their duties far and beyond the call of duty, especially several men from the 5th Airborne Regiment of 2nd Battalion, Dog Company who were tasked with holding a key bridge and the left flank of the entire beach landing. The company performed like true professionals in the heat of battle, taking fire and being isolated for more then 24 hours. Running out of ammo on several accounts, supplies were shipped in from a near-by destroyer under the cover of darkness and smoke screens. Several individuals received medals for their heroism; Master Corporal Patrick Macbeth was the first soldier to be awarded the St. Myhre’s Cross, the Commonwealth’s highest decoration, since the Commonwealth-Kreatvye War, showing extreme bravery under heavy enemy fire and for complete disregard for his own personal safety in order to save what was left of his squad after a harsh artillery bombardment from the enemy, carrying them several hundred meters to the relative safety of the quickly fortified farm house serving as company HQ, even after receiving several wounds from bullet wounds and shell fragments to the arms and upper back.
Sadly the Company received almost 70% casualty rate with more them 80% of that injuries sustained from battle. The company has received a commendation from the King himself for their hard work in securing and ensuring the success of the allied operation.
All allied forces in the operation ran into resistance, some countries taking more casualties then others but in the end victory was achieved, and the combined forces of the mercenaries and Novajev army on the run. The Commonwealth captured key personal of the Mercenary Command and the Novjev Army, and also captured the HQ for the southern defence of the island.
Brigadier General Jacob Wolfe had now assumed command of the operation, relieving Admiral Conrad as she returned to Delesa to begin her new assignment. Since the cease-fire and the signing of the unconditional surrender by the Novajev government officials, the Marines, LETR and the 6th Mechanized Infantry have been pulled from the theatre and replaced by three companies of the Army’s Peacekeeping Corp of Rangers.
Prime Minister Lester Geddie issued a statement on the current situation and future plans for the presence of Commonwealth Forces in Novajev and the SFR Region in general earlier today.
“As part of the United Commonwealth’s commitment to ensure security and peace throughout the world, we [the Commonwealth Armed Forces] will remain in Novajev, helping to reestablish infrastructure to the island damaged and or destroyed during the war. Currently several major corporations including the DWT Co. (Delesa West Trading Company) and D4 Industries has sent engineers to assist the locals. We will try to in the coming months pull all combat effective troops from the region and replace them with our Ranger Peacekeepers. But what the citizens must understand is that the mercenaries do not abide by codes that government’s do and after the government’s surrender they continue to operate, hence still pose a serious threat to the reconstruction of Novajev, and need to be eliminated from the equation. And the only way to remove the infection is to fight the fire with water, which is our heavier equipment like the LAV and attack helicopters to remove the mercenaries from their well prepared defensive positions dotting all over the countryside.”
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End is near for Victoria-Class Submarines
The veteran of the submarine fleet prepare to retire.
Undisclosed Victoria-Class Submarine on patrol.
PORT HUSTLINGS, DELESA - A light rain was falling from the sky as Sea Lord Alfred Becker stood outside the Naval Headquarters in Port Hustlings, announcing the end to the remaining ten Victoria Class Long-Range Patrol Submarines left in the Commonwealth Fleet. It was a dismal announcement on a gloomy day that should end a proud and victorious era in the submarine history. All of them being launched in the late 80s, early 90s they, with their diesel engines, were a silent foe. Originally built to hold over the submarine fleet until a excellent nuclear submarine design could be secured, they proved to be a hardy vessel. Even after the arrival of the larger more powerful nuclear sharks, the Naval Board saw fit to allow them to remain in service, proving to be invaluable during covert operations that required launching small teams from the sea close to land. In the past two years although many had been unofficially retired either sitting in quiet harbors, or serving as training vessels, only three are still on active duty all of which were the last ones to be launched in 1992.
Lord Becker went on to describe a short but potent career, one worthy of recognition. He released details that four of the submarines once rusting away in harbors in the north had already been stripped of all hazardous chemicals and electronics, and were currently being towed to various locations around the Virgin Isles to serve as artificial reefs for the sea plants and wildlife, as well as hot spots for tourist divers to explore. The three still in service are to be recalled from their current duty, put into dry dock fixed up and sold to foreign navies. Although built in the 90's, with every great new invention in the submarine world, the Victoria was updated and now an expensive beast with still some potential. The remaining three would be stripped and sold to D4 Industries to be used as targets for live fire exercises and experiments.
This announcement came shortly after a press release from the Parliament announcing financial cut back in all branches of the Armed Forces, directing more towards the Royal Navy and it's abundant amount of vessels, old and new. Prime Minister Lester Geddie stated that 'our navy is one of the finest with a long and proud history, but currently too much of the tax payer's money is being poured into an endless hole caused by aging ships who's service is no longer required with newer, top-of-the-line vessels in service or on the way.' This could be also a foresight to a possible major tend of removing much of the old equipment left behind from the arms race during the Commonwealth-Kreatvye war and the following years.
Here are the names of the ten Victoria Class Submarines: HMDS. Victor, HMDS. Shark, HMDS. Victoria, HMDS. Skipjack, HMDS. Scorpion, HMDS. Poseidon, HMDS. Anchovia, HMDS. Aquafire, HMDS. Onyx, and HMDS. Osiris.
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