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Operation Fairway was a Military operation aimed at taking control of Pripyat and the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Its failure is the focal point of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat.

Background[]

With the deactivation of the Brain Scorcher and the eradication of the Military Stalker unit at the end of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl, a plan was devised to initiate a full-scale invasion of the CNPP which was reportedly still under the control of the Monolith. Using maps of anomaly fields taken by the exterminated unit, a vanguard consisting of five state-of-the-art attack helicopters each carrying a crew of Spetsnaz operators was dispatched to establish a foothold within Chernobyl to prepare for the arrival of the main attack force.

At the onset of the game, all five helicopters do not return and are widely believed to have crashed. Major Alexander Degtyarev, an experienced Stalker, is assigned by the USS to investigate the causes for the failure of Operation Fairway.

Stingray-3 near the Snork nest

Personnel[]

The vanguard was commanded on the ground by Colonel Kovalsky and was comprised of around 40 to 60 men, including the helicopter pilots. By the time the Major arrives in Pripyat, the vast majority of them are confirmed killed-in-action and the survivors are holding out inside a fortified laundromat.

Laundromat personnel[]

  • Col. Kovalsky - Field commander, Stingray 1 survivor.
  • Sgt Ostrovsky - KIA, Pripyat. Member of Klimenko's squad.
  • Sgt Valyushok - KIA, Pripyat. Member of Klimenko's squad.
  • Sgt Merkulov - KIA, Pripyat.
  • Sgt. Yarmoshuk - KIA, Pripyat.
  • Lt. Podorozhny - Military Stalker and member of Tarasov's squad.
  • WO Valentyr - Military Stalker and member of Tarasov's squad.
  • Cpt. Tarasov - Leader of the remaining active squad, he escorts the Major in acquiring a working Gauss Rifle from the Monolith's Preacher.
  • Snr. Sgt. Morozov - KIA, by Preacher, Member of Tasarov's squad, designated marksman.
  • Cpt. Klimenko - KIA, Pripyat. Killed by his men under a Controller's influence.
  • Lt Sergieyev - KIA, Pripyat. Member of Klimenko's squad.
  • Lt Kirillov - Technician and quartermaster.
  • Lt Rogovets - Field medic.
  • Lt Stetsenko - KIA, Pripyat. Suicide under a Controller's influence.
  • Lt Skelya - KIA, Pripyat.

Stingray's Crew Members[]

Helicopter Rank & Name Survived the Crash Status Location Notes
Stingray 1 Colonel Kovalsky Yes Alive Laundromat Field commander
Sergeant Shlyachin Yes K.I.A Body near Stingray 1, Yanov Body found
Unnamed Pilot No K.I.A Body inside Stingray 1, Yanov Mentioned only
Senior Lieutenant, Unnamed. Yes K.I.A Pripyat, exact location unknown Mentioned only
Stingray 2 Sergeant Gazda Yes K.I.A Body near Stingray 2, Zaton Body found
Captain Furtez Yes K.I.A Body near Stingray 2, Zaton Body found
Sergeant Shveiko Yes K.I.A Body near Stingray 2, Zaton Body found
Stingray 3 Captain Tarasov Yes Alive Laundromat Leader of the remaining active squad.
Senior Sergeant Morozov Yes Alive Laundromat Presumed to have been on the Stingray 3, marksman
Lieutenant Podorozhny Yes Alive Laundromat Presumed to have been on the Stingray 3
Warrant Officer Valentyr Yes Alive Laundromat Presumed to have been on the Stingray 3
Warrant Officer Umerov Yes K.I.A Body near Stingray 3, Zaton Body found
Senior Lieutenant Smolyak Yes K.I.A Body near Stingray 3, Zaton Body found
Lieutenant Drapei Yes K.I.A Body near Stingray 3, Zaton Body found
Stingray 4 Senior Lieutenant Sokolov Yes Alive Firstly in Yanov Mobile Lab, later found in the Laundromat Sole survivor, co-pilot
Stingray 5 Major Neborsky Yes K.I.A Near Scanning Station; exact location is unknown Mentioned only
Senior Sergeant Batyai Yes K.I.A Pripyat, exact body location is unknown Mentioned only, sniper
Unnamed Soldier 1 Yes Alive Pripyat Mentioned only
Unnamed Soldier 2 Yes Alive Pripyat Mentioned only
Unnamed Soldier 3 Yes Alive Pripyat Mentioned only

Notes[]

  • There are numerous other randomly-named Spetsnaz operators and Military Stalkers found as zombified stalkers wandering throughout Zaton, Yanov, and Pripyat. It can be assumed that some of them were the other Stingray survivors who have met an unfortunate fate.
  • Despite the operation being considered a failure at the beginning of the game, it should be noted that Kovalsky and Degtyarev are still actively trying to salvage the mission by eliminating the dwindling Monolith presence in Pripyat and collecting evidence of secret laboratories in the Zone.
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