Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

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Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby HarshS » 14 Jul 2011 09:56

1830 hrs: terror had the hit the country, again.

1900 hrs, New Delhi: the Cabinet Committee on Security met. This time, after a short discussion, it was decided that Pakistan would be punished, but in a different, unexpected way. The Navy would be leading the effort.

2000 hrs: Jeeps entered the Navy Nagar area of Colaba in South Mumbai, home to the personnel of the Western Fleet. The jeeps were equipped with loudspeakers, and as they went block by block in the sailors’ and officers’ quarters, they said: “All sailors ("all officers" in the officers' blocks), prepare to report to your ships and duty stations in thirty minutes. Please assemble at …, where buses will take you. This is not a drill. Repeat, this is not a drill. ”

On hearing this, the wives trembled; their men felt a frisson of fear and excitement. For too long, they’d watched attacks on their country and their city. Now it was time to pay back. Navy men in buildings and blocks throughout Navy Nagar began to pack their uniforms. Their wives, with tears in their eyes, prepared artis to invocate the gods’ protection as their husbands went to fight. Kids were hugged, and then men assembled quietly for the buses to take them to their ships.

2045 hrs. The Mumbai police closed the busy streets of Colaba to all traffic. At 2050, the first convoy of buses escorted by naval police with sirens blaring left Navy Nagar on the way to Lion Gate. Civilians grumbled, especially foreigners and executives caught in the tony cafes of South Mumbai. As the buses reached Colaba, the mood changed. It was clear that Mumbai was going to war. Men and women lined the barricades of the streets and cheered as the buses went by. The streetlights were consciously kept on, so that Mumbaikars could see their men in white go to fight.

By 2110 hrs, the buses began to roll into the Naval Base. After checking IDs, the men began to go to their ships. As they boarded each ship, conscious that some would do it for the last time, naval priests put tilak on the forehead of every man as he left shore.

Ships systems were checked; engines were tested. The vast logistics apparatus started up. Food supplies were loaded. From across the harbor at the island of Karanja (home of the naval ordinance depot), men began to load munitions onto lighters that began to move out to the short distance to the fleet’s berths. (Harbor traffic was stopped at 2130 hrs.)

The first four ships completed fuelling, stocking of stores and ammunition by midnight. However, the Navy didn’t have enough immediate diesel inside the naval base’s tanks for all its ships. But, help was available. The BPCL and HPCL refineries and storage tanks and Wadala and other parts nearby were well stocked. At 2300 hrs, the roads from there to the Naval base were closed, and fuel tankers escorted by police jeeps began to move out, bringing critical fuel.

At midnight, on the jetties where the ships were tied, there was a distraction. With the accompaniment of sirens a small motorcade arrived. India’s Defense Minister, accompanied by the Chief of Naval Staff stepped out. Work was suspended for ten minutes, as all free officers of the ships about to sail stepped out and lined up before the dignitaries.

The Defense Minister spoke: “I’m carrying a message from your Commander-in-Chief, the President of India, and from the Prime Minister too.” He read out the short, exhortary message from both. He then added, “On my own behalf, let me tell you how proud I am that all of you have been tasked to take the first steps to ensure that we will never again be threatened by terror from Pakistan. I know that you are sailing into harm’s way. Perhaps some will not come back, but let me tell you that each of you carries the hopes and good wishes of your all your countrymen. I know that you will not let them down.”

The Navy Chief then spoke. “Men and Officers of the Indian Navy. It is time to fight. So, go fight. And don’t come back, till you’ve succeeded. Jai Hind”.

All sailors and officers saluted as the national anthem was played. The Defense Minister and the CNS shook the hands of every officer lined up in the docks. The CNS and C-in-C of the Western Naval Command then boarded each of the ships that were sailing in the first wave and spent five minutes with each officer explaining them the plan.

At 0100 hrs, to blasts of sirens the first four ships: destroyers and frigates slipped their moorings and pulled away. They increased speed slowly and left Mumbai harbor. It was dark; the ships were darkened, and they headed out to sea. As soon as they crossed the harbor, the first order of business was too feed the hungry crew who had skipped their dinners and worked very hard to get their ships ready to fight.

At 0300 hrs, the next three ships—submarines and a frigate sailed.

At 0500 hrs; the next five ships—submarines and destroyers left Mumbai.

At 0700 hrs, as the sun came up, the aircraft carrier INS Viraat, the fleet flagship, accompanied by seven more ships left the naval base.

At 0900 hrs, five more warships were at sea.

The same flurry of activity had started at Vishakapatnam. At 0300 hrs, the Defense Minister and the Naval Chief, after visiting each of the ships going to sea, flew across the country and landed at Vishakapatnam, where again they addressed the ships’ officers. At 0600 hrs, the first two ships left Vishakapatnam, and every three hours more ships sailed—making the long journey around Sri Lanka.

The ships of the Western fleet kept a steady 25 knots. In 25 hours, the first ships had reached their stations near the Pakistan coast.

The Defense Minister in Delhi read out a statement on television. “From midnight tonight, a naval blockade is in force against Pakistan. Any merchant ship or warship is free to enter the territorial waters of Pakistan. However, that ship when it leaves Pakistani territorial waters, will be sunk by the Indian Navy. Warships will not be given warning before being destroyed. Merchant ships will be warned first, and if their men abandon ship before it is sunk, Indian naval ships will pick them up and later bring them to Mumbai. One warning will be given; ten minutes later, the ship—belonging to whichever nation, and carrying whatever cargo, will be sunk. This blockade is in force for the next one year, or until Pakistan carries out the following conditions …”

A blockade, last enforced by the British Grand Fleet against Germany in World War 1, was on. And, it was India's Navy that was leading this effort.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Rahul M » 14 Jul 2011 10:00

sorry to be a damp squib but only in fiction.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Gaur » 14 Jul 2011 10:08

Naval blockade tantamount to declaring war. No, I don't mean figuratively. Legally Naval Blockade = Declaration of War.

Having said that, this fact is sometimes ignored when war isn't desired. Case in point, Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby HarshS » 14 Jul 2011 10:15

A war, but a different kind of war. Wait for my next posts--and yes, it is fiction--sigh!

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby chackojoseph » 14 Jul 2011 10:28

Since they have built Gwadwar, which has a limited exit point, the task of blocading the Pakistani Navy has become easier.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Cain Marko » 14 Jul 2011 10:35

tsk tsk, shame the Viraat has to be undergoing a short refit as of now! No blockade sans flagship I say.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby chackojoseph » 14 Jul 2011 10:45

Cain Marko wrote:tsk tsk, shame the Viraat has to be undergoing a short refit as of now! No blockade sans flagship I say.

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In 1971, the aircrafts were mostly shortlegged. So Viraat was useful in near home conflicts. With longer ranged high tech a/c's, this is changed.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Cain Marko » 14 Jul 2011 10:48

Are you saying that the AF for chip in with the MKI providing a deg. of support?

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby chackojoseph » 14 Jul 2011 11:14

We should not be looking at old tactics, since the location has changed. The Gwadar, since it has limited entry and exit, we can far more easily monitor that, even for subs. Also, we need to guard a limited area for PN assets. They can't take their ships and go on the land because its Balochs the other side.

We can still send essential items for the Pakis, while monitoring the sea trade for warlike goods. Gwadar is good for pakis to hide their assets. But, the price is mobility.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby nitinr » 14 Jul 2011 11:59

wish if it could be a reality one day..
anyways carry on Harsh..

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Shrinivasan » 14 Jul 2011 12:03

Couple of Nitpicks..
1) IN would not use Eastern Command assets to blockade Pak.
2) Ships and Sub would be kept in refueled readiness (atleast some of them), also few of them would be in patrol in the Arabian Sea ALREADY.
3) Why not add some Marcos too.
4) Ships cannot be fueled by bringing fuel in Tankers, fleet tankers like Jyoti/Deepak would go to the Fuel dump, get its fill and refuel warships INSIDE the protective boundary of the base. Bringing fuel filled trucks by road is an invitation for sabotage by 5th columnist.
5) Where are the fleet tankers and replenishment ships...

Cheers, Harsh, carry one... add more scenarios and stages to your story

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Shrinivasan » 14 Jul 2011 12:05

IAF Maritime Jaguars, Sukhoi SU30MKI are all readied with max of anti-ship missiles with minimal A2A missiles. Escort and top cover by additional Sukhois. IAF Phalcon AWACS from Agra take off to provide overall command and control over the theater.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Shrinivasan » 14 Jul 2011 12:07

IN launches 3 IL-38SD Maritime recon aircraft from INS Hansa in Dabolim, simultaneously 2 TU-142 Bears are launched from INS Rajali in Arakkonam and all 5 birds head to their designated station for surveillance.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Shrinivasan » 14 Jul 2011 12:10

IN launches couple of Heron and Searcher UAVs from Porbandar Naval Air Station (can anyone supply me the name this NAS). Porbandar NAS is located along with the civilian airport which was closed for the time being, all passengers were bussed to nearby airports to fly to their final destinations.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Philip » 14 Jul 2011 13:43

Such an option should be onsidered only if we are in a state of war with Pak.Handling Pak's proxy terror war should be done using other more covert means.Two can play the same game-if you get my viewpoint.

During Kargil ,when we were at war with Pak it was one option that must've been considered, and if the Pakis did not retreat from Indian territory after they started losing the hilltops and the war,leading to Nawaz's frantic dash to the US for Bill to save his skin,I am sure that the GOI/IN would've imposed a naval blockade had Pak not decided to retreat,which would've led to a catastrophic situ as Pak had reportedly only two weeks of fuel left! The Pakis however have been taking serious measures to prevent this from happening in a future conflict and the current Paki braggadacio is a relflection of the PN's upbeat mood with the induction of new Chinese frigates,missile craft,Agosta 90B AIP subs,Orions ,et al,with even more transfers of PLAN AIP subs,most probably of the Yuan class and even larger sized surface warships of 4,000t+ on order.The PN will eventually have about a dozen new AIP subs,plus any N-subs that might secretly be planned for Pak.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby rajanb » 14 Jul 2011 14:26

Wow. Guys, give Harsh a break :)

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby rajanb » 14 Jul 2011 14:34

And Rajanb sails out in his personal yacht. Which is a 1500 ton fast attack craft, capable of doing 45knt, in disguise. And loaded with 10 Brahmos missiles stolen for him by the now rogue 007, James Pond, from a consignment to Ru. Along with all launch equipment. His personal target is eye ess eye hq in chanapindi or where ever. :rotfl:

If you can't beat these gurus, join them. :((

C'mon Harsh. You are doing a great job. Carry on. I guess we all are venting from the Mumbai attack.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Bala Vignesh » 14 Jul 2011 15:07

Rajanbji,
What about your crew??? The training to launch the black market missiles???

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby krishnan » 14 Jul 2011 15:15

Monkeys

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby NRao » 14 Jul 2011 15:23

Could Admin change title of thread to reflect it is just a fictional thread? Coming just after the Mumbai attack, this title is not appropriate under these circumstances.

TIA.

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby chackojoseph » 14 Jul 2011 16:03

One could be rubbing hands with glee as Brahmos picks up bottled up targets in Gwadar aided by satellites and other locators. Even if we cannot destroy their 100% targets, it will be possible to pick up some 10 -30 % of movable assets.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby himanshugoswami » 14 Jul 2011 16:04

Philip wrote:Such an option should be onsidered only if we are in a state of war with Pak.Handling Pak's proxy terror war should be done using other more covert means.Two can play the same game-if you get my viewpoint.

During Kargil ,when we were at war with Pak it was one option that must've been considered, and if the Pakis did not retreat from Indian territory after they started losing the hilltops and the war,leading to Nawaz's frantic dash to the US for Bill to save his skin,I am sure that the GOI/IN would've imposed a naval blockade had Pak not decided to retreat,which would've led to a catastrophic situ as Pak had reportedly only two weeks of fuel left! The Pakis however have been taking serious measures to prevent this from happening in a future conflict and the current Paki braggadacio is a relflection of the PN's upbeat mood with the induction of new Chinese frigates,missile craft,Agosta 90B AIP subs,Orions ,et al,with even more transfers of PLAN AIP subs,most probably of the Yuan class and even larger sized surface warships of 4,000t+ on order.The PN will eventually have about a dozen new AIP subs,plus any N-subs that might secretly be planned for Pak.


Actually, IN did implement a COMPLETE blockade of Karachi harbour during the Kargil war- one of the main reasons for Mian sharif to go running to papa Bill.

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby chackojoseph » 14 Jul 2011 16:10

^^^^ Yes, when the ENC ships crossed over to Arabian Sea, Mush gave up.

At the same time, bringing 50% of the ENC assets to Arabian sea technically means war is about to break out. Its the last step.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby abhik » 14 Jul 2011 16:14

Gaur wrote:Naval blockade tantamount to declaring war. No, I don't mean figuratively. Legally Naval Blockade = Declaration of War.

Having said that, this fact is sometimes ignored when war isn't desired. Case in point, Cuban Missile Crisis.

Of course on the other hand state sponsored terrorist strikes on the parliament, civilians and military installations tantamount to declaration of waaa.. I mean piss and love only.

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby S_Prasad » 14 Jul 2011 16:17

I hate to say this .....but we should probably start living in reality and not in dreams and try to learn from the past mistakes...........which I suppose is not in our way of life.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Rahul M » 14 Jul 2011 16:21

himanshugoswami wrote:Actually, IN did implement a COMPLETE blockade of Karachi harbour during the Kargil war- one of the main reasons for Mian sharif to go running to papa Bill.

no, they were ready to do so. there's a difference.

btw, I vividly remember a sequence on star-news during op parakram

News Presenter : Indian Navy spokesperson has declared that its forces are fully mobilized and ready to tackle any eventuality on the western seaboard.
(very next piece of news)
News Presenter : In other news, Pakistan navy admiral so-and-so suffered a cardiac arrest and is hospitalized.

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Second stage

Postby HarshS » 14 Jul 2011 16:23

Pakistan had observed the departure of the fleet (nothing could be kept a secret). So, it had sortied three of its ships sixteen hours later—it took them some time to fuel and embark munitions.

The leading elements of the Indian fleet came past the Pakistan Navy ships 22 hours later, but under strict instructions, they did not do anything. In fact, the normal peacetime courtesies were observed. Pakistan’s Naval Headquarters (PNHQ) were flummoxed; they’d expected a fight.

Once the announcement was made in Delhi, PNHQ and for that matter the Pakistan government didn’t know how to react: “What was this about entering, but no exit?”

They got their answer twelve hours after the midnight deadline expired. Unknown to the Pakistan, IN reconnaissance planes had shadowed various merchantmen as they entered Pakistani territorial waters. The planes were steered by satellites, which had been tasked to track these ships as they approached. At noon, the official spokesman of the navy, a relatively low-ranked Captain issued a statement:

“www.shipstobesunk.in will carry a list updated every 24 hours of all those vessels that, once having entered Pakistani territorial waters since the start of the blockade, will be sunk as soon as they exit those waters. Any ship that finds it name in this list, but feels its name should not be there, can contact the appropriate authorities.”

This immediately caused a furor. What did this mean? Going to the site, there was a list of four ships that had entered the territorial waters of Pakistan. Questions were asked to the Navy. A clarifying statement was issued: the following PN ships are currently in international waters; they will not be harmed. However, once they enter Pakistani waters, their names will be on this list, and if they ever leave the coast, they will be sunk, and that too without warning. Merchant ships will be warned and their crews evacuated.

To be continued …


Reactions:
Melodramatic start, but that's how I envision the transition to immediate operational status--Defcon 1.
Reconaissance plance incorporated ... thanks.
Eastern fleet will reinforce the fleet later.
Deepak and Shakti will fuel up at their separate stations, but that's for later. Right now, I assume the IN has limited stocks, hence the resupply by road. The vehicles are being escorted by police to prevent sabotage. I imagine dozens of tankers moving through the night, and Mumbai's petrol pumps being out of stock of diesel the next day.
This is a scenario, so thanks for changing the title.
This scenario factor in a stronger PN: the IN will be hit.
However, this scenario is meant to think of a different form of retaliation after the next terror strike. No air strikes, missile strikes, or commando strikes. Nothing that hits the ground of Pakistan. And, a scenario that give our mighty Navy a lead role!
Didn't know about Kargil and Parakaram, but this one take from all of that--a blockade is actually underway!
Ideas for the next level welcome.

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby chackojoseph » 14 Jul 2011 19:55

HarshS,

Very interesting topic, even if its fiction. I will be looking forward the story. :)

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

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Bala Vignesh wrote:Rajanbji,
What about your crew??? The training to launch the black market missiles???


Bala. Want to volunteer?

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby rajanb » 14 Jul 2011 20:04

HarshS.

Great

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby rajanb » 14 Jul 2011 20:05

S_Prasad wrote:I hate to say this .....but we should probably start living in reality and not in dreams and try to learn from the past mistakes...........which I suppose is not in our way of life.


Prasadji:

We hope, therefore we are.

And dreams are an extension of hope.

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Bala Vignesh » 14 Jul 2011 20:10

rajanb wrote:
Bala Vignesh wrote:Rajanbji,
What about your crew??? The training to launch the black market missiles???


Bala. Want to volunteer?

Sure.. nothing big.. just a lowly rank of a captain will suffice... :P :D

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby sanjeevpunj » 14 Jul 2011 20:14

They way you guys react to a new thread, fiction could turn into fact soon enough!

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Re: Naval blockade of Pakistan

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Bala. Want to volunteer?

Sure.. nothing big.. just a lowly rank of a captain will suffice... :P :D


Then I know my yacht is in safe hands. :)

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby Bala Vignesh » 14 Jul 2011 20:20

Thanks for the vote of confidence, rajanbji.. I will try my best to send the pukis responsible to meet their 72's..

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby HarshS » 14 Jul 2011 21:20

Day 2 of the blockade. Nothing happens. A large fleet of ships is now positioned across Pakistan’s coasts, in particular its two ports of Karachi and Gwadar. Ships are sailing in—merchant ships bring consumer goods to the economy; oil tankers from the Gulf; one Chinese ship bringing in weapons.

Two ships also sail out—unmolested. At Karachi port, there’s a sigh of relief. The Indian Navy is bluffing. The three PN warships are still about—there’s talk of sending them off Mumbai to replicate the Indian’s action. Saner heads prevail: they’d be sitting ducks for air strikes from Lohegaon.

Except that “shipstobesunk.in” has more names on it.

Day 3 of the blockade: Still no action by the Indians. Ships come in to dock; they sail out, unharmed. Except more names on the website. That website seems to become the butt of jokes on Pakistani FB accounts.

Day 4: Pakistan’s getting edgy: should they call the Indians bluff. Also, every ship in Karachi harbor is now on the website—all ships that entered Karachi before the blockade had sailed away. The next day, any ship that enters will not find a berth.

Day 5: Pakistan takes a decision. It orders one Pakistan-flagged ship and one Saudi-flagged ship to leave. Their brass choose to have a Saudi ship sail, calculating that India would never strike a major supplier of India’s oil. At the same time, the three patrolling warships are ordered back from their peregrinations to run interference for these two ships.

1500 hrs: the two ships leave Karachi. Their crew have been reassured by the Pakistani navy’s top brass: they will be safe; the Pakistani fleet is with them.

1630 hrs: the ships have entered international waters—and in thirty minutes, they will meet their Pakistani escort. Best of all, there’s no Indian ship within gun range—the Indian ships are also twenty miles away.

1640: A IN Seaking flies up to these ships; above it three IAF planes form a CAP over it. The Seaking flies between the two, and it gives the two ships a visual (by light through Morse); radio; and finally by loudspeaker. “Please evacuate this ship in ten minutes; you’ll be sunk after that, and we cannot guarantee your safety. If you evacuate, you’ll be picked up.”

1641: The ships panic. They radio Karachi’s naval command for instructions.

1642: An Indian Kilo submarine surfaces a mile astern of both ships. Unknown to all, the Kilo, INS Sindhuratna had arrived at this spot twelve hours ago. Its presence was undetected since it had sailed under the Indian armada, which had reached this spot just outside PN territorial limits, and then turned back, leaving one sub.

1643: Karachi naval HQ tells the two ships: do not worry; five F-16s have left PNS Mehran: we know about this submarine.

1645: INS Sindhuratna launches two dinghies full of black-clad Marcos, who race to the two ships. The panicked ships go to full power, but the dinghies easily catch up with them. Helplessly watching the dinghies come to the sterns of the two ships and the Marcos calmly attach limpet mines to the two ships—in full daylight—without any Indian or Paki ship in sight to stop them.

1648: the crew of the Saudi ship panics; it starts to lower its boats; and they start scaling down the ladder. The Paki ship moves ahead—they’re made of sterner stuff—they also have a naval officer on board, dispatched to coordinate action.

To be continued …

Question to fellow readers: should the Paki or the Saudi ship be sunk?

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby atreya » 14 Jul 2011 21:26

This is getting better and better! I want the Paki ship sunk, of course!
On second thoughts, its up to you. I trust you to come up with something great! :D

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby ramana » 14 Jul 2011 21:29

Harsh, In International Law the word blockade is cause for declaring war. Hence the usual legerdemain is to call it an embargo.
But carry on for now.

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby rajanb » 14 Jul 2011 21:34

From HarshS

To be continued …

Question to fellow readers: should the Paki or the Saudi ship be sunk?



Goody goody gumdrops. Can I have two ships sunk for the price of one, please? :mrgreen:

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Re: Fiction : Naval blockade of Pakistan

Postby NRao » 14 Jul 2011 21:50

should the Paki or the Saudi ship be sunk?


Which direction are they going?

Defense Minister wrote:The Defense Minister in Delhi read out a statement on television. “From midnight tonight, a naval blockade is in force against Pakistan. Any merchant ship or warship is free to enter the territorial waters of Pakistan. However, that ship when it leaves Pakistani territorial waters, will be sunk by the Indian Navy. Warships will not be given warning before being destroyed. Merchant ships will be warned first, and if their men abandon ship before it is sunk, Indian naval ships will pick them up and later bring them to Mumbai. One warning will be given; ten minutes later, the ship—belonging to whichever nation, and carrying whatever cargo, will be sunk. This blockade is in force for the next one year, or until Pakistan carries out the following conditions …”


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