Central America/Caribbean D+0-D+6 (9 July-15 July, 1987)

D+0 (9 July, 1987) Eastern Bloc merchant ships are banned from entering the Panama Canal. Further, no East Bloc vessels can enter Limon Bay on the Atlantic side of the canal, or the Gulf of Panama on the Pacific side. The restrictions were initially intended to be temporary, but after the mysterious sinking of a …

The Western Pacific D+1-D+6 (10 July-15 July, 1987)

D+1 (10 July, 1987) Skirmishes erupt on the DMZ in Korea between ROK and North Korean forces. The clashes are brief, and limited to exchanges of small arms fire.   US B-52 bombers based at Andersen AFB, Guam are dispersed to alternate airfields in the Northern Marianas.   North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung gives a …

The Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+3-D+6 (12 July-15 July, 1987)

    D+3 (12 July, 1987) The day passes relatively quietly. Soviet forces in Yemen continue to lick their wounds while awaiting guidance and orders from Moscow regarding the next phase of operations. Further offensive action against Iran has been prohibited for the time being. It remains uncertain whether or not this will change at …

The Arabian Peninsula/Persian Gulf D+2 (11 July, 1987)

With the 7th MAB now on the ground and marrying up to its equipment in Dhahran, the US military presence in eastern Saudi Arabia was consolidating quickly. The Marines would be combat-ready  within twelve hours. Additional fighter squadrons, along with tankers, AWACS, and other air assets were set to arrive at airbases in Saudi Arabia, …

The Arabian Peninsula & Persian Gulf: D+0 (9 July, 1987) Part II**

*Author’s Note: This will be the final timeline embed of 2018 😊*   9 July Note: All times posted here will be Riyadh Time (GMT+3) 0630- Upon receiving word that war has broken out in Europe, the USS Constellation’s air wing (CVW-14) establishes combat air patrols, and ASW coverage over the MPSRON-2 ships bound for …

The Arabian Peninsula & Persian Gulf: D+0 (9 July, 1987) Part I**

  The Stage is Set On the morning hostilities broke out in Europe, the Soviet military forces in the Persian Gulf region consisted primarily of naval and air forces based in and around South Yemen. A small number of submarines were operating in the Arabian Sea and western reaches of the Indian Ocean. The Indian …