Operation Harekate Yolo commenced on 2nd March. This Operation centres around the Senkaku Islands, East China Sea which are currently under Japanese control and disputed by China.
In December 2013, China, along with it’s BAKU pact nations provoked Japan and it’s allies by stationing forces on the disputed islands. As a response to this NATO has sent forces to the region as a show of force and to maintain the sovereignty of the islands. A Company, 1st Battalion, Volunteer Commandos are part of this reactionary force.
Operation Harekate I
MISSION: ATTACK. 3PL are to assault the military compound at Nan Xia Dao island, and hold to any counter attacks.
3 Pl, A Coy, 1 VCB, were to conduct an amphibious landing to the south of Nan Xia Dao Island, locate and capture any fixed enemy positions within the island and holding against possible counter attack. Prior to this initial phase a two man Norwegian forces reconnaissance party had been compromised and held as prisoners by the enemy forces.
3 Pl successfully moved by boat from HMS Wrexham landing unopposed on Nan Xia Dao Island, however the two supporting AH99 Blackfoot helicopters were shot down over the target area by heavy calibre ground weapons. 3 Pl thereafter carried out two successful platoon assaults on heavily fortified positions comprising of a large hesco surround, large watch towers and several cinder block buildings. The Norwegian PoW were unfortunately killed in the firefight to take the second fortified position. 3Pl thereafter held the ground prior to returning to HMS Wrexham for the next phase of the operation.
Below is the footage of this Operation from the perspective of 3 Sec IC, Cpl Scotia
Operation Harekate II
MISSION: ATTACK. 3PL are to attack the identified objectives on Diayou Island.
3 Pl, A Coy, 1 VCB, were to conduct an amphibious landing to the south of Diayou Island, locate and capture any fixed enemy positions within the island and hold against possible counter attack.
3 Pl again moved from HMS Wrexham by boat and carried out an unopposed landing in a secluded area to the South of the island. 3Pl, spearheaded by 2 Section thereafter carried out a vertical assault North and eliminated the fixed communications position at Obj Silver.
3Pl thereafter continued North with 3 Section carrying out an assault on Obj Bronze. The Platoon thereafter moved West with 1 Section identifying and destroying the fixed position at Obj Ivory.
3Pl thereafter travelled West, carried out reconnaissance of Obj Gold, prior to a Platoon assault, spearheaded by 3 Section being undertaken on the large complex position. This position was successfully cleared with 3 Pl only sustaining light casualties against the projected two Companies of enemy infantry.
Whilst carrying out this phase of the operation, HMS Wrexham was unfortunately destroyed by enemy action leaving 3Pl with extremely limited support and resources for the final phase of the operation.
Below is the footage of this Operation from the perspective of 3 Sec IC, Cpl Scotia
Operation Harekate III
MISSION: Defend Obj Gold against En counter attack and await further instruction. Friendly forces on neighbouring islands may require assistance.
3Pl having taken a number of fixed positions on Diayou Island are to hold Obj Gold against any enemy counter attack. Supplies are critically low and support is non existent due to HMS Wrexham being destroyed by enemy action. Once 3Pl has defended the position, they are to follow further instruction.
3Pl quickly established firm arcs within Obj Gold to obtain advanced warning and defend against any enemy counter attack. Sporadic infantry contact advanced from several directions and were quickly dealt with. Two enemy aircraft were spotted and soon engaged by our MANPAD missiles. Light casualties were taken in this initial flurry.
Having defended this attack 3Pl were given instruction to move to their boats and leave the island. Upon reaching there 3Pl were sent to clear the remaining islands and rendezvous with a friendly garrison on Nan Xia Dao Island. En route to this 3Pl led by 1 and 3 Sections assaulted a minor island to the North West of Nan Xia Dao and successfully cleared the fixed position defended by HMGs.1 Section unfortunately took devastating casualties in the assault due to an unmarked minefield.
From here 3Pl traveled by boat to Nan Xia Dao and cleared through the large garrisoned compounds. Minor injuries were taken in the assault along with 3 Section also hitting a minefield rendering them combat ineffective. 2 Section successfully identified a High Value Target (HVT) within one of the compounds.
3Pl thereafter successfully extracted from the island to RV with a Royal Navy ship. Whilst making there escape a large nuclear blast occurred on the Daiyou Island complex. 3Pl successfully made it to the ship and assessed for radiation exposure.
Again, footage of the Operation is below from the perspective of 3 Section IC, Cpl Scotia.
N.B Part III was the inaugural mission of VCB using the Xmed system and Task Force Radio
ArmA 3 - Story So Far
As you’ll notice VCB has been lacking updates online, but rest be assured this is not because VCB hasn’t been busy, far from it.
VolcBat moved from ArmA 2 to ArmA 3 in mid November. Since that time we have successfully completed 5 Operations spanning several missions each, Ops Gogar, Sarissa and Disgruntled Badger to name a few. ArmA 3 is shaping up to be a challenging and exciting platform for VCB to work in with far superior terrain and enemy forces and we look forward to integrating the great work coming from the ALiVE team.
Throughout the transition VCB has continued to maintain it’s full Platoon strength, with a roster around 50 people and a continuous turnout of ~30 members for each operation night. We are always welcome to new applicants and there has been a steady stream of people who continue to look for the best British Milsim experience within the game.
If this is something your are interested in then please visit our forum for further information.
VOLCBAT Transition To ArmA3
On 17th November, VOLCBAT will formally close the book on operations in ArmA2 and move to the new game. VCB has operated as a Milsim group since 2003 and has seen action on every island since Operation Flashpoint. 3 (Morton) Platoon even inherits its formal name from a Battalion battle honour won during an early campaign deployment to Everon. We have consistently provided high quality operations twice weekly for over 10 years - that's nearly 1000 unique missions - and our team of dedicated mission makers continue to produce exciting new content for the future with a number of ArmA3 campaigns already finished and in the deployment schedule.
Moving to a new game always presents a challenge but our admin team has been working hard to ensure we have a fully customised collection of addons so we can continue to operate in our role as a British unit attached to 3 Commando Brigade.
Our first official forray into the world of ArmA3 will involve a ground familiarisation exercise, which we are conducting as a fun patrol competition lead by our Senior Riflemen with NCOs taking the part of OPFOR and civilians. Thereafter we will deploy on our first full campaign.
Iranian forces supporting elements of the Greek 88 HQ Company (ΛΣΤ/88 ΣΔΙ) have seized control of the strategic island of Altis and the former NATO base on Stratis. In an effort to delay the Iranian advance into Europe, NATO forces are to stage an invasion of Altis. Before the main invasion can begin British and American forces are to secure Stratis. 1st Ranger Btn are preparing for an amphibious landing on the northern coast of Stratis to secure the Airbase, whilst S Squadron SBS are preparing to carry out amphibious operations to remove the mine threat on the coast in order to allow 3Pl 1VCB to conduct amphibious landing at Tsoukalia Bay.
A New Senior Rifleman
Recently elevated to the lofty heights of Senior Rifleman, Pte Dai Hard was coaxed out of his Llewellyan man cave to give us his summary of the situation.
Q: VCB defines a Senior Rifleman as someone who "has consistently demonstrated a level of knowledge, experience and above all commitment to VCB that surpasses that of our average members." How did you get to be an SR?
Dai: Honestly it came as a surprise I just turned up, paid attention to what I was told in training and got stuck into being an active member of VCB.
Q: Well, the definition of SR likens you all to being a cut above the rest?
Dai: It really doesn't feel that way. I know loads of switched on blokes in all three sections that could be SR's no problem. I guess it's because I really enjoy playing with VCB, turn up to every op and make an effort to do things the way I was taught.
Q: So do you considering being an SR a promotion?
Dai: No not at all, it's more like recognition of progress. A pat on the back for a job well done. I'm just the same as every other rifleman in VCB really.
Q: So what in your opinion sets SR's apart?
Dai: Well, one of the first is the additional responsibility that comes with the post. As an SR you are trusted to contribute more to the day to day running of VCB, for example by looking after the new recruits or helping out with Phase 1 training.
Q: What does looking after new recruits entail?
Dai: VCB uses a whole bunch of mods and setting that all up can be challenging to get your head around, especially if you're fairly new to the game. Each new member will be assigned an SR to help out with this, and be around to answer any questions, keep an eye out for them on their first couple of missions...that kind of thing. It can seem pretty bewildering to a newcomer, I can tell you!
Q: SR's also help out with Phase 1?
Dai: Yes. Phase 1 is our basic training for new recruits. We may be "Realism without the bollocks", but we are still a milsim group and we have a tried and tested way of conducting operations that is based on real military techniques. That requires that all of us have the same basic training and teach new members how to do it too.
Q: So SR's run this training?
Dai: No! It's run by one of the NCOs or the Platoon Commander . The SR's help out by demonstrating the various techniques for the recruits whilst the instructor does the talking. It does sometimes feel like dancing monkeys!
Q: What other responsibilities do you SR's have?
Dai: None really, except we are expected to pick up the slack for the section NCOs. Say when a JNCO goes down in a fire fight or can't attend at all it's usually an SR that steps up and picks up the slack. It's great experience and I've learnt a lot by doing it.