"Anchorhead is still gorgeous, even in the middle of battle."
Ulrich Olsen during Operation Anchorhead Freedom

Anchorhead is a harbor and port city located on the western coast of Usea, southwest of the Amber Mountains. As a harbor, Anchorhead was a major economic and trading hub on the west coast, as well as an important port of call for various Usean naval forces.


Usean coup d'état

Anchorhead was a key supply port for the Usean Allied Forces before being captured and converted into a supply base for the Usean Rebel Forces' fleet, which included a Kinnear-class aircraft carrier. The rebels set up an extensive network of anti-aircraft defenses around the city to protect their fleet and the harbor facilities.[1]

Operation Anchorhead Freedom

On April 5, 1998, Phoenix was ordered to eliminate the rebel presence in Anchorhead and reclaim the city for the Allies. Despite heavy resistance, the rebel forces stationed in the city were destroyed, and the fleet was sunk. This opening allowed the Allies' ground forces to invade and liberate the city.[3][1]

Rebels' retreat

On May 22, Scarface Squadron was tasked with defending the city from a rebel bombing raid. The bombers and escort fighters were intercepted, and the raid on Anchorhead was successfully prevented.[4]

Lighthouse War

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During the events of the Lighthouse War, Anchorhead once again became embroiled in conflict, this time between Erusian radicals, Erusian conservatives, and Osean forces. Due to the breakdown of communications resulting from Operation Giant's Step, automatic IFF systems have been rendered inoperable, and the military forces are highly disogranized, firing at friend and foe alike. Strider Squadron arrives at the city to escort defecting Erusian conservative Édouard Labarthe, who claims to have data that can help end the war for good. With the aforementioned loss of the automatic IFF system, Strider is forced to manually identify targets via flyover so that their AWACs plane may process and identify which are friend and which are foe, before sending the corresponding IFF information via datalink. Strider successfully escorts Labarthe and his driver to a waiting Osean helicopter, but both are killed when the helicopter is shot down by an unkonwn-affiliated F-16.


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