A story in three acts, not necessarily based on real events.
Force X maneuvers their navy fairly close to shores of Force Y, ostentatiously
threatening amphibious landing. Force Y seemingly compelled to keep a contingent
of its manpower pinned to avert landing. Waters around Force Y shores heavily
mined, with some mines coming loose and drifting due to unfavourable weather.
Force Y in possession of unmanned aerial systems with capable EW component.
Decides to “risk” one of said systems by flying it close to minor Force X ship
in what Force X assesses to be a major blunder.
Force X naval air defense/CIWS engages target. Target successfully repelled and
maybe even destroyed. Seemingly huge blow to Force Y, who is only said to field
around 40 units of said type.
Force X sees opportunity to convert engagement into internet clout, MoD
triumphantly releases footage revealing response procedure and timings.
Heavy seas. Force X, aware of Force Y fielding anti-ship cruise missiles,
nevertheless maneuvers pride of their regional fleet named for capital city
within striking distance.
Force Y sorties unmanned aerial asset near capital ship, drawing attention from
ship’s air defense systems, paints target for ASCM closing in on ship at wavetop
height. Force X AD distracted. Hit on target, ammunition stores ignite.
Force X claims spontaneous combustion aboard ship, claims no enemy action,
claims crew successfully evacuated, claims fires put out, claims ship returning
to port under own power.
Short time passes.
Force X forced to admit their capital ship has joined the submarine forces.
Force X - which had previously denied passage to Force Y naval assets through
regional strait - unable to replenish naval assets in regional body of water due
to third party blocking access to oceans, invoking archaic treaty from the time
of the predecessor to the predecessor of Force X.
(Note: Maybe it was just a mine hit. Time will tell…)