As of the last report dated 01 APR 2024, the US was wavering in its abilities to make a difference in the war against Cuba. This was shown in its DAR: 21% and holding and its MAR: 39% and in a slight decline. The military losses to the US were substantial as the number exceeded 644 units lost while in the mean time it continued to lose territory in Florida and Hawaii.
On the morning of 04 APR 2024 Cuban ground forces had moved as far north, along the Florida peninsula, as Turkey Point in the East and controlling the territory in a straight line eastward across the southern tip of Florida. The continued bombardment by Cuban Zumwalts and long range MLRS had completely destroyed several cities in southern Florida such as Homestead and its airfield. The first two weeks of April 2024 was an operational success for Cuban forces as it gained a strong foothold in southern Florida and took control of all US oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. To include three of the refineries inside US territorial water near Louisiana and Texas. The latter two weeks of April 2024 was a test to those forces as the US sent wave after wave of M1A3, FCS, and M2A3 units to break the Cuban lines. The Cuban forces were truly in a fight for their lives as the US repeatedly assaulted the Turkey Point area â€“ the only saving grace was that the US only attacked that side of Florida allowing Cuban forces to weaken its western lines in order to support the defense of Turkey Point.
In the early hours of 01 MAY 2024 the US assault began to subside as Cuba took a serious look at the grim situation in which it faced. Consideration was given to fact that over half of the Cuban MBTâ€™s were now in repair and those remaining were in seriously depleted condition. Our only saving grace was the continuous indirect fires from Cuban MLRS, artillery, mortar, and Zumwaltâ€™s that caused the early withdrawal of US forces. The initial assessment showed 6x Cuban losses while the US lost approximately 67 units with countless units now in repair.
The US is determined to protect the Miami area as was shown in its response to Cuban attempts to take control of that area. The battles eventually caused the destruction of the sea pier their and the destruction of the outlying cities. Each attempt at Miami incurred a response from at least 60+ US units from the military base at Fort Blanding, Florida. It was decided that offensive operations would cease until all Cuban forces have been fully repaired.
Cuban efforts in Hawaii continue to threaten US interests for the islands. Another Cuban SOF insertion on 04 MAY 2024 took the city of Kahului from US control. Efforts are still being made to relocate some of Cubaâ€™s long range MLRS to Hawaii to begin softening the US troops on Honolulu. The US submarine threat is still too great and the earliest estimated date for having SH-60B ASW heloâ€™s in that area is later this year.
While on patrol along Floridaâ€™s east coast on 101600 MAY 2024, a Cuban Zumwalt sailed within range of US airfield vic Hollywood, Florida and caused a mass exodus of aircraft to other airfields. An estimated 60 US aircraft, all with their health at 40% or less, were engaged by Cuban air defenses destroying at least 17x aircraft.
At 110600MAY2024 : US submarine attacks against Cuban warships continue as another 4x US SSN-773 engaged Cuban Zumwaltâ€™s near West Palm Beach. With the assistance of Cuban SH-60B ASW heloâ€™s all four submarines were destroyed with no Cuban losses. Four hours later another 3x US SSN-773 and then another two hours later a single US SSBN-726 engaged the Cuban Zumwalts in the same area and were also destroyed. The US submarine forces are using available anti-ship missile stocks until their load is used and then they move in for a direct attack.
By late afternoon on 13 MAY 2024 Cuban SOF had taken the city of Lanai, Hawaii from US
troops in order to seize the airfield for future operations. At this point, Cuba owns approximately 75% of the Hawaiian Islands with minimal affect on the US as its DAR remained at 21% and its MAR dropped by one percent to 38%.
By late May the Cuban ground forces had repositioned its fully repaired MBTâ€™s and once again had a fully functional defense on the tip of southeastern Florida at Turkey Point. The Cuban defense consisted of a mixture of MBTâ€™s from T-55 and T-62â€™s to the better suited M1A1, Merkava IV, and Leopard 2A6. Dispersed throughout these MBT positions were two Elite SOF and various dismounted anti-tank units. Behind these forces were the 2S19M1 Nona 120mm Mortars, a mixture of 155mm SP Artillery, MLRS, and nearby were four Cuban Zumwalt warships. This defense was further supported by eight WS-2 400mm long range MLRS still located in Cuba.
Throughout the month of May the US continued to send constant stream of FCS and MBTâ€™s in an attempt to retake southern Florida. By 01 JUN 2024 the US stepped up its intensity by sending additional MBTâ€™s and M2A3â€™s in an effort to remove the Cuban forces; however, the defensive line and continued Cuban indirect fire support from ground and naval assets thwarted each attempt.
01 JUN 2024: The Cuban military command has come to the realization that efforts in the Florida peninsula are stagnant as insufficient Cuban forces are available to push our line of advance any further than Turkey Point. An operational hold is being placed in the Florida AOR with increased efforts being transferred to the Pacific and in Hawaii.
On 21 JUN 2024 1x Cuban AOR-953 loaded with 10x WS-1 Weishi MLRS and 1x Cuban Zumwalt passed through the Panama Canal enroute to Hawaii. Cuban AWAC aircraft continues to report on US naval surface activity in the Pacific west coast of Mexico and the US and between 09-20 JUN 2024 had directed the C-SSN-773 to destroying 3x US FFG-7, 3x US LCS-1/1, 1x US AO-187(10,000), 1x US PCG-511, and 1x CVN-78(25,200).
Although the Cuban forces in southern Florida were placed on an operational hold status, the US response to Cuban hit-and-run tactics against Miami was increasingly less and less. This lack of US response was an opportunity in which Cuban forces quickly seized Miami on 29 JUL 2024. Miami was battered and mirrored the WWII cities of Germany as it lay in ruins. By the end of the day, Cuban forces held a defensive line stretching from Miami westward along SR 90 to East Naples.
The Cuban naval flotilla of 1x Zumwalt and 1x AOR-953 arrived southeast of Hilo, Hawaii around early August 2024 but hesitated to enter the US owned water along the outer territorial waters due to US submarine activity in the area. While the SH-60B production continued on Hilo, the Cuban Zumwalt patrolled the Pacific south-southeast of Hilo and on 18 AUG 2024 made contact with and destroyed 1x US CG-52. Later that day the Zumwalt destroyed 1x US LSV-1(1815) vic Honolulu, Hawaii.
Around mid-August 2024, the decision was made to relocate the 8x Cuban WS-2 400mm long range MLRS from Cuba to Key West. This decision gave cause to conduct another anti-sub patrol around Cubaâ€™s northern shore and the Florida Keys, which was wise as the Cuban SH-60B heloâ€™s located and destroyed 1x US SSN-773 inside Cuban territorial waters north of Havana. With the water-route between Cuba and Key West cleared, the WS-2 MLRS was delivered to Key West and deployed for combat operations: their first target â€“ destroy Fort Blanding. The US has been using Fort Blanding as its main base of operations to repair its troops fighting Cuban forces in southern Florida. Destroying this base will ease the US efforts in Florida as it will have to repair its troops further from the front lines. It wasnâ€™t until 23 OCT 2024 before the base was destroyed, but its affect on hindering US operations in the area were observed immediately.
In order to unload my WS-1 MLRS anywhere in Hawaii I had to relocate my transport ship north of the islands as my Zumwalt played cat-and-mouse with the US submarines. The submarines moved south-southwest of Hilo, which was the opportunity for my transport to unload the MLRS at Kahului, Hawaii on 21 AUG 2024 and began immediate bombardment of Honolulu. Shortly afterward, the Cuban Zumwalt destroyed 1x US DDG-71 north of Kahului.
Cuban military leaders have discussed for the past year that the taking of Alaska from the US would be the final nails in its coffin. The problem in this plan is troop commitments in Florida and Hawaii are fully consuming Cubaâ€™s limited military capabilities. In a move that will most likely be disastrous, 3x ECB SOF, 2x Elite SOF, and several Lt Inf (w) units were loaded onto an AN-225 transport and began the long journey to Petropavlovsk, Russia. On 01 SEPT 2024 the flight began out of Havana, Cuba and flew through Mexico, Hawaii, Pacific Isles, Japan, and finally arriving at Petropavlovsk two days later. On 05 SEPT Cuban airborne forces took the city of Adak, Alaska located in the frigid Bering Sea. Two days later the 3x ECB SOF and 2x Elite SOF are airdropped onto the Alaska mainland vic 067,088 to begin construction of a Cuban FOB. US response was limited but sufficient in depleting the available supplies to these forces to less than fifty percent and halting construction.
With the efforts in Alaska and Hawaii once again stalled, the Cuban assault on Florida picked up a new offensive and attacked the cities of Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. The US response was fierce and sufficient enough that Cuban forces conducted a tactical withdrawal in order to defend against the US counter attack.
04 SEPT 2024: UPDATE: After losing Adak, Alaska, the continued destruction of the US bases at Honolulu, and the huge losses to US forces in Florida â€“ the US resolve is surely being tested. Additionally, the US naval and submarine forces have been unable to regain any viable offensive status in either the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, or Atlantic areas where Cuban forces are operating.
Sporadic fighting occurred in both Florida and Hawaii during 05 SEPT â€“ 26 OCT 2024 with Cuba making great advances into the Florida peninsula. Of note during this period is that Fort Shafter, Hawaii is all but destroyed; Fort Blanding is finally destroyed; and Cuban ASW assets destroy 3x US SSN-773 and 1x SSBN-726 in the Hawaiian Islands. On 27 OCT 2024 the Kennedy Space Center and its facilities were destroyed as Cuban ground forces took West Palm Beach, FL.
During the days of 18-22 NOV Cuba took control of Palm City, Port St Lucie, East Naples, Bonita Springs, Ft Myers, and Vero Beach, Florida.
As of 1200 hrs, 24 SEPT 2024 the stats are reported as follows:
US DAR: 20% with a slight drop; US MAR: 30% and dropping; US Treasury: -$3.34 Trillion increasing; US Debt: $9.68 Trillion holding steady;
CUBA DAR: 34%; Cuba MAR: 100%; Cuba Treasury: $53 Billion; Cuba Debt: Zero
CUBAN Losses: 222 (+28) Cuban Casualties: 104,916; US Losses: 938 (+294) US Casualties: 804,139
NOTE: I will return at some point and include pics to show the progress so that this will make more sense. In all, I believe my campaign against the US has gone remarkably well considering the unbalanced military strengths being in their favor.