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reasonmclucus
20 Mar 08,, 05:36
I'm writing a novel which involves a nuclear attack on Israel. The novel is set in an alternate or parallel universe in which the Israelis and Palestinians have reached a peace agreement. Someone decides to sabotage the agreement with a nuke. On this particular earth the U.S., Russia, and Egypt have different leaders and there was no invasion of Iraq because Bill Clinton was never elected president and thus the U.N. inspectors stayed in Iraq.

The USS Theodore Roosevelt is in the vicinity at the time of the explosion and its planes play take control of airspace in the eastern Mediterranean. The following is my suggested account of the communications that follow.



Meanwhile the CDC of the USS Theodore Roosevelt had become very busy.

“313 to Rough Rider.”

“Rough Rider, go ahead 313.”

“313 to Rough Rider, a nuclear explosion has just occurred in or near Tel Aviv, Israel.”

“Rough Rider to 313, say again.”

“313 to Rough Rider, a nuclear explosion has just occurred in or near Tel Aviv, Israel. I’m sending pictures now.”

“Rough Rider to 313, we are receiving pictures. Pentagon also reporting the explosion. Attempt to contact Israeli military for additional information.”

On the Roosevelt an alarm sounded and an ominous message came over the PA. “Battle stations. Battle stations. All Personnel battle stations. This is not a drill. Repeat this is not a drill.”

Commander Nguyen quickened her pace to the CDC to a near run.

“U.S. Navy 312 calling Israeli air command. Can you copy?”

“U.S. Navy 312 calling Israeli air command. Can you copy?”

“Israeli Air Force 100 to U.S. Navy 312. We are very busy.”

“U.S. Navy 312 to Israeli Air Force 100, understand. Can we be of assistance?”

“Israeli Air Force 100 to U.S. Navy 312, did you observe any suspicious aircraft in the vicinity of the explosion?”

“U.S. Navy 312 to Israeli Air Force 100, negative but our computers will be reviewing video and radar tapes.”

“Israeli Air Force 100 to U.S. Navy 312, we are closing our air space to all civilian aircraft, including El Al. Can you divert incoming aircraft?”

“U.S. Navy 312 to Israeli Air Force 100, affirmative. We will begin diverting aircraft.”

“U.S. Navy 313 to Beirut air control.”

“Beirut air control to U.S. Navy 313, go ahead.”

“U.S. Navy 313 to Beirut air control, Israel has closed its air space to all civilian aircraft. Can we divert aircraft to your facility?”

“Beirut air control to U.S. Navy 313, advise reason for closing air space.”

“U.S. Navy 313 to Beirut air control, there has been a nuclear explosion in or near Tel Aviv.”

“Beirut air control to U.S. Navy 313, stand by.”

A few minutes passed.

“Beirut air control to U.S. Navy 313, negative. Believe our airport will be unsafe if Israel has been attacked. Foreign aircraft may wish to leave here. Will they be able to do so safely?”

“U.S. Navy 313 to Beirut air control, contact our embassy about outgoing aircraft. Believe they will need to clear with NATO HQ. We will stand by to escort if approval granted.”

“U.S. Navy 318 to Cairo air control.”

“Cairo air control go ahead U.S. Navy 318.”

“U.S. Navy 318 to Cairo air control, Israel has closed its air space to civilian aircraft due to nuclear explosion at Tel Aviv.. Can we divert to your facility?”

“Cairo air control to U.S. Navy 318, standby.”

“Cairo air control to U.S. Navy 318, we prefer not to accept, but will do so for aircraft that cannot reach other destinations. Planes will have to fly under fighter escort. We will be closing our airspace.”


“Rough Rider to all aircraft, we are monitoring traffic and contacting NATO about location that will accept inbound aircraft this area.”

“Rough Rider to all aircraft, NATO advising all aircraft in our area to be diverted to Athens. You are to escort until relieved by Greek Air Force.”

“321 to Rough Rider moving to intercept El Al flight 1203"

“Rough Rider to 321, roger that.”

“U.S. Navy 321 to El Al flight 1203.”

“El Al 1203 go ahead U.S. Navy 321.”

“U.S. Navy 321 to El Al 1203, Israel has closed its air space. We will escort you to Athens.”

“El Al 1203 to U. S. Navy 321, advise reason for closure.”

“U,.S. Navy 321 to El Al 1203, I regret to inform you that a nuclear explosion has occurred in or near Tel Aviv. Exact location and extent of damage unknown at this time.”

“El Al 1203 understood U.S. Navy 321, diverting to Athens.”

I could explain any difference in communications what that used in the real world as a result of being on a different earth, but would like to keep close to the actual practice including how the alert is passed to the crew of the carrier.

Also would a navy commander still be flying. I'm suggesting that the OIC of the jets is a half Vietnamese commander whose biological father was awarded a posthumous MOH in Vietnam.

The story can be found at:
Writing.Com: The 50 Minute War (Book) (http://www.writing.com/main/books/item_id/1400524)

I would be interested in any other comments also.

Sea Toby
20 Mar 08,, 21:49
I'm sorry, but the US Navy signals messages in code. The US Navy would not attempt to take over civilian air traffic control on an open radio system, doing so would reveal their location. With plenty of milltary radio traffic, no one in the navy would listen or talk on civilian airline traffic radio frequencies, other than possibly warning civilian air traffic from an exercise.

In this scenario, I would suspect that the Israeli air traffic controllers would notify the airliners that their airport and air space were closed. Most likely air traffic would be diverted by a regional civilian air traffic control system. Keep in mind the military air traffic has its own air space, separate from civilian air traffic space.

reasonmclucus
22 Mar 08,, 07:39
I'm sorry, but the US Navy signals messages in code. The US Navy would not attempt to take over civilian air traffic control on an open radio system, doing so would reveal their location. With plenty of milltary radio traffic, no one in the navy would listen or talk on civilian airline traffic radio frequencies, other than possibly warning civilian air traffic from an exercise.

In this scenario, I would suspect that the Israeli air traffic controllers would notify the airliners that their airport and air space were closed. Most likely air traffic would be diverted by a regional civilian air traffic control system. Keep in mind the military air traffic has its own air space, separate from civilian air traffic space.

Maybe I need to explain the situation more in the story. I believe I'll add a line that communications within the navy are digital and encrypted including video information. (Earlier in the story I mention that the Roosevelt is preparing to test a new computer connected radar system that among other characteristics allows a plane to use the radars of other planes to avoid giving away its location using its own radar.)

Under the scenario I suggest, the U.S. Navy takes over east Mediterranean air space at the request of the Israeli military (which is concentrating on preparing a general retaliatory response) and with support of at least some of the other non-NATO nations in the region. Although Ben Gurian airport at Tel Aviv is far enough away from ground zero to survive, its radar and communications equipment is knocked out by the shock wave.

All civilian aircraft in the region are intercepted and provided with a military escort (NATO except within non-NATO countries). The entire Mediterranean essentially becomes military air space with a British carrier assuming control farther west.

Although the nuclear device in Israel does not appear to have been delivered by air, no one wants to take chances on the possibility of a civilian aircraft carrying even non-nuclear explosives or being used in a 9/11 type attack. Civilian aircraft in the U.S. will also be temporarily grounded as happened after the 9/11 attack.

NATO will remain in control as a massive relief effort is undertaken for Israel along with the nations Israel attacks -- Libya, Syria, Iraq (which the U.S. has not invaded) and Iran.

Within the coming hours the American 173rd Airborne will be flown to Israel at the request of the Israeli military to protect the Palestinians from Israeli civilians and helicopters will fly in from Turkey to help with relief efforts.

jeffpayne56
29 Mar 08,, 21:34
nuking Israel now that would be different