Commander Braggins removed the sunglasses she had on her own flight suit and motioned for them to follow her into the hangar. Whoever had the bizarre idea to give them all sunglasses that had a resemblance to something from the 1980's was either watching far too many old movies or was pranking them. She wasn't sure which one was worse yet.
The inside of the hangar was empty, with the exception of an old peregrine fighter half covered by a tarp, as well as four chairs and a mobile holoscreen. Tess sat at one of the chairs, unsure of what they were going to be doing here but interested as to how this training was going to work.
I guess there is always a bit of theory in most training Humans do.
"Welcome to Phase Three. No doubt you're all wondering why you're here; nobody under the rank of Lieutenant has ever attended Phase 3 training before, even during wartime. Nor has anyone as junior as a "mere" Commander ever administered the course. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and the five of us represent the most experienced Tactical Officers when it comes to fighting the Borg."
Desperate measures is a slight understatement considering the amount of power the Borg seemed to have gained in a short space of time.
Folding her arms, Jenny leaned against the holoprojector and continued:
"Mister Riley and Ms T'Relia managed to destroy not one, but two Borg Probes while aboard the Scout Magellan."
Tess turned a slightly darker shade of green. She hated having attention put on her, preferring to remain in the background and let others take the glory, and only really speaking up when she felt she had to. However, being an Orion made that pretty much impossible as she had realised that among humans they tended to notice those who stuck out, and being green meant she had never been able to blend in.
"Commander Silran demonstrated his prowess getting the Frigate Philadelphia through the Borg battle line, and Lieutenant Frost acted as Captain Crawford's tactical adviser upon planning and executing the final attack run on the Megasphere."
The Romulan is most likely Silran, as it would be an odd name for a Hum- Tess studied woman with silvery hair more closely, no, an odd name for a Betazoid, so she must be Frost.
Stepping away and to the side of the holoprojector, Jenny activated it and the first image swam into view. It was an aerial view of a harbour, protected on the North and East by dry land, and to the West by a line showing a submerged breakwater and a fortified island. Only the South-west was open to the ocean. Behind the "main" anchorage, connected by a large canal, a smaller anchorage lay to the Northeast. Large warships were grouped in clusters towards the East of the main harbour area, and in a line in the secondary anchorage.
"First, a theoretical discussion to make sure our brains are nice and awake! Assume you have been assigned to attack this harbour; atmospheric conditions mean orbital strikes are out, and the harbour is deep in enemy territory so ground troops are out as well. What forces would you commit to the attack, and what strategy would you use to ensure maximum damage for minimal friendly casualties?"
Tess considered the options they would have. No orbital bombardments meant that the obvious option of "nuke them from orbit" was out, ground troops were not so much of an issue as they could often be more of a hindrance then a help. The ships may be a help, if the sailors on those ships were not prepare for an aerial attack they would be able to wreck many of the ships quickly and before anyone had been able to call for help. The island would not be a good starting point to attack, too fortified and far too likely there were several AA gun emplacements.
Frost spoke up, saying: “Well first, a diversion. Probably a small regimen of ground troops to the island and possibly a fly over, carpet bombing mostly as a distraction technique. But the real attack would come in the form of incognito naval divers. Going through the canals and into the bay itself. Depending on if you want the ships salvaged or not, you could set charges on the underside of the warships to disable or destroy depending on your plan there. That's my first thought, considering I don't know the islands resources or kind of soldiers that would be defending it.”
A good plan if we were allowed ground troops, but since we are not the plan would not work very effectively, and
The Romulan, Silran, then spoke up, saying: "Well, on the other end of the scale, there's always the possibility of using an in-atmosphere craft to fire a pair of torpedoes or missiles from over the horizon. A single good photon torpedo strike on the ships in each anchorage would likely put paid to all of them.
"Of course, that doesn't really feel like what you wanted," he continued. "More practical would be a wing of fighters coming from the southwest over the ocean, since you mentioned that we don't hold any nearby territory. Bulk of the force attacks ships in the main harbor, combined with strikes on the small canal to try and block it off and bottle up the forces there and neutralize them. Other elements of the strike force attack the island to disable their weapons. Once those objectives are achieved, depending on casualties and munition supplies, we can then destroy the ships in the rear harbor at our leisure."
"I agree with Silran" Tess said, "If we flew a wing of fighters to come from the ocean, at some point during early morning, we would hopefully be able to catch them off guard. Firing on the ships in the harbour would most likely destroy a few and cause heavy damage, and hopefully a lot of chaos. If we block the canal it should stop people getting to the secondary anchorage easily. Once the ships are dealt with the fighters should then move to attack the island, strikes at key places like anti aircraft guns, as well as trying to destroy any supply areas and supply lines as well as communications should do sufficient damage to the island and harbour to put it out of action for a while.