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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #285 on: February 16, 2017, 01:54:21 am »
Clive Cussler & Paul Kemprecos, Medusa, 2012

United States

USS Concord (CG-??? or CGN-???)
Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified.
Has Helipad.
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with USNS Concord (T-AFS-5) a Mars Class Combat Stores Ship disposed of in 2009.

Non-State
Unnamed
Typhoon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Ex-Russian Typhoon Class SSBN sold to Pyramid Trading (A Chinese Triad front-operation) for conversion to a cargo ship.

Plot summary: As an influenza-like disease starts to ravage China, an undersea lab involved in researching the possible use of jellyfish venom as a cure for the disease suddenly disappears at the same time as a recreation of William Beebe's famous 1934 dive is attacked, but why.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #286 on: February 16, 2017, 07:00:39 pm »
Stephen Coonts, America, 2001

United States

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

USS America (ex-USS Virginia) (SSN-???)
Virginia Class (Fictional)
Length: 377ft
Diameter: 34ft
134 crew
Exact number of Torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles carried is not specified, neither is the number of tubes/launchers.
All of the Tomahawks are fitted with non-nuclear warheads. Ten of them are fitted with non-nuclear EMP warheads codenamed 'Flashlight'. Guidance system is similar to the GPS based system introduced in 2004
Carries a mini-sub for use by Navy SEALS & other special warfare types behind the conning tower.
Note: Author states that this submarine is a fictional version of the Virginia Class combining what was known at the time of writing (1999/2000?) with the authors imagination. In the novel it is stated that this submarine was going to be called USS Virginia, but the name was changed by Congress after the scrapping of the Kitty Hawk Class carrier USS America (CV-66) which had been decommissioned in 1996 (In real life the ship was used as a live fire target in 2005 and then scuttled.).

USS Colorado Springs (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS La Jolla (SSN-701)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Sunk during the course of the novel.

Plot summary: Following the failed launch of a ABM satellite, someone hijacks the United States latest nuclear submarine and starts targeting major financial centers with EMP warheads, are the two events linked?

Note: I am assuming this one is set either the year it came out or 'The Day After Tomorrow'. The striking cover image is uncredited, but from the style I am going to assign it to Chris Moore, an artist more well known for his science-fiction artwork, although he has supplied covers to techno-thrillers from time to time.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #287 on: February 17, 2017, 01:32:35 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Night Trap, 1999

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.

USS Lifter (T-ARS-??)
Salvage Ship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name suggests that it might be a fictional member of the Safeguard Class.

United Kingdom

HMS Agile
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name was given to a Amphion Class Submarine that was cancelled at the end of WWII before construction started.

Russia

Unnamed
Victor II Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The novel takes place between the years 1990 & 1994.  A chance encounter in Mombasa leads a US Navy pilot to realize that the death of his father during a strike against Iran in 1990 was the result of sabotage rather than an accident of war. The hunt for answers leads to the discovery of a long running spy ring within the United States Navy.

Note: The spy ring in the novel is clearly based on the Walker Spy Ring that operated 1968-1985. Another novel drawing inspiration from the Walker Spy Ring affair is David Poyer's, The Passage which is set in the 1980s. The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #288 on: Yesterday at 08:02:15 am »
Craig Thomas, Emerald Decision, 1980

United Kingdom

HMS Bisley
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Knap Hill
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
5 Minesweepers, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Palmerston
Minelayer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Gladstone
Minelayer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Saundersfoot
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
D Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

U-99
U-Boat, class not specified, stated to be 'large' (Type IX?)
Modified to be used as an underwater minesweeper, possibly later modified to act as a troop transport.
Note: Pennant clash with a Type VIIB U-Boat sunk in 1941

U-101
U-Boat, class not specified, stated to be 'large' (Type IX?)
Modified to be used as an underwater minesweeper, possibly later modified to act as a troop transport.
Note: Pennant clash with a Type VIIB U-Boat decommissioned in 1943 and then destroyed at the end of WWII.

Unnamed
S-Boats & U-Boats
Some of the U-Boats, possibly including the two above have been modified for use as troop transports.

United States

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: In the early 1980s, an American history writer stumbles onto information about one of WWIIs most tightly kept secrets and the link between it and the death of his father in mysterious circumstances in November 1940.
Note: The novel was first published in 1980 under the pseudonym of 'David Grant' there are apparently some differences between the two versions.
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