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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #345 on: July 14, 2017, 03:25:52 am »
Douglas Reeman, The Destroyers, 1974

United Kingdom

HMS Lomond
Destroyer, class not specified.
Implied to be of a newer class than the other ships in her flotilla, but no specific details are given to pin down just which class she is.

HMS Ventnor
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Victor
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Warden
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Warlock (I97)
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1918 (Shortly after Armistice Day.)
Note: Stated to be about to undergo the long range escort conversion at the end of the novel.

HMS Waxwing
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Whiplash
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Whirlpool
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Observer
Destroyer, class not specified
Main armament is in twin turrets
Described as being "...brand new..." in 1943
Note: Name clashes with an O Class Destroyer that was renamed HMS Oribi (G66) while under construction.

HMS Caistor
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Conqueror
Admiral Class Battlecruiser?
Details as per the real ships
Sunk during the Norwegian Campaign
Note: While the only specific armament details given are that the main armament is 8 x 15 inch guns in twin turrets. There are various non-armament details given that hint that the author based this ship on HMS Hood.. The name clashes with a Lion Class Battleship that was ordered in 1939, but not laid down.

Unnamed
Two Hunt Class Destroyers
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Moltke
Battlecruiser?
Armament: 9 x 11 inch, 10 x 5.9 inch, other weapons not specified
Launched 1937, prior to the Spithead Naval Review (eg before the 20th of May 1937.)
Note: Details beyond armament are vague. Described as lacking "...much of the lean grace of the Scharnhorst and her sister ship..."

Unnamed
Neger Class Minisub (Human Torpedo)

Unnamed
Several S-Boats

Unnamed
Several Destroyers and patrol boats

Plot summary: A flotilla of aging destroyers is given a new assignment in 1943, as the missions become more and more dangerous, the crews find themselves trapped between the enemy and a flotilla commander that the propaganda ministry have decided to make a hero at any cost.

Note: The novels climactic battle takes place the day after the Battle of North Cape which took place on the 26th of December 1943.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #346 on: July 15, 2017, 07:07:49 am »
Alexander Fullerton, Love for an Enemy, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Spartan
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with that a Dido Class Cruiser in service 1942 - 1944.

HMS Seadog (P216)
S Class Submarine
Real Ship, details as in service.
Note: Ships completion has been bought forward from 1942 to allow her to serve in the Mediterranean in 1941. In real life the submarine spent her service off the Norwegian coast during 1942- 1944 until transferred to the Far East for the remainder of the war.

HMS Tigress
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Thane
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with that of a Ruler Class Aircraft Carrier in service 1943 - 1945.

Italy

Fulgor
Oil tanker converted into base for human torpedo operations.
Note: Fictional version of the Olterra, the ship that was used for the Italian human torpedo operations against Gibraltar in WWII.

Unnamed
Various warships

Plot summary: The long standing relationship between a British submarine commander and a member of Alexandria's Italian community is put to the test with the outbreak of World War II and in the aftermath of the human torpedo attack on Alexandria harbor, she finds herself the subject of suspicion from both sides and has to make an agonizing choice.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #347 on: July 17, 2017, 04:23:00 am »
Mark Joseph, To Kill The Potemkin, 1986

United States

USS Barracuda (SSN-593)
Skipjack Class
Details as per real ships.
Note: Pennant number is that of USS Thresher (SSN-593) which sank in 1962. The same pennant number is used for the Sturgeon Class USS Wayne (SSN-593) that appears in the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.

USS Dragonfish (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Mako (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Stingray (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Badger
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: In 1970 a Knox Class Frigate named USS Badger (FFG-1071) was launched, which is of course after the date of the story (See below), but the only other possibility was a Fletcher Class Destroyer USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657), which at the time the story was set was in reserve, where she would remain until sold to Chile for parts in 1974.

USS Bainesworth
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Tallahatchie County
Submarine Tender, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: An aviation tender of the same name served in the Mediterranean until 1970.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Guitarro (SSN-665)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658)
Benjamin Franklin Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Swordfish (SSN-579)
Skate Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Seawolf (SSN-575)
Prototype Nuclear Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

France

Sirène (S647)
Daphné Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant number is that of the Daphné Class Submarine Minerve (S647) which disappeared on the 27th of January 1968.

United Kingdom

HMS Valiant (S102)
Valiant Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Russia

Potemkin
Alfa Class Submarine (Prototype)
Details as per real ships(?)
Fitted with an acoustic camouflage system (Acoustical Reproduction Device Number Seven) that allows her to alter her acoustic signature to impersonate other submarines.
Note: Book refers to her as an Alpha Class Submarine, however it is pretty clear from the description what the author had in mind.

Arkangel
November Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Murmansk
November Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specifically identify the class. Class determination based on the name being a 'city name' like the Arkangel.

Odessa
November Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specifically identify the class. Class determination based on the name being a 'city name' like the Arkangel.

Dzerzhinsky
Hotel Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Deflektor
'Trawler' (AGI)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is May of 1968 and a United States Skipjack Class Submarine taking part in an exercise in the Mediterranean finds evidence of a Soviet submarine with unusual capabilities.

Note: The authors introduction states that he based the story on various rumors surrounding the loss of the Skipjack Class Submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589), and the other submarine disappearances (Minerve (S647), INS Dakar , K-129) that took place in 1968. No explanation is given for the use of USS Thresher's pennant number on what is clearly meant to be a fictional version of USS Scorpion. The cover picture, which blends features from several different Soviet submarine classes is by Paul Wright, who also supplied the cover art for 'Two Hours to Darkness'
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #348 on: July 18, 2017, 03:15:55 pm »
Alexander Fullerton, Surface!, 1953

United Kingdom

HMS Seahound
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Stringent
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Setter
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Slayer
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Depot ship
No other details provided

Japan

Unnamed
Various warships/supply vessels.

Plot summary: The last days of World War II in the Far East from the point of view of the crew of one of His Majesties Submarines.

Note: This, the authors first novel, is apparently based heavily on his wartime experiences aboard HMS Seadog (P216) in the last year of World War Two. Seadog also makes a cameo appearance in the authors 1993 novel 'Love for an Enemy'.

For anyone who is interested a summary of HMS Seadog's wartime service (Norwegian Coast/Far East) can be read at the site linked below, the entries for December 1944 - 1945 cover the period that Alexander Fullerton was aboard her.

http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3435.html

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #349 on: July 19, 2017, 02:46:23 am »
Frederick Forsyth, The Devil's Alternative, 1979

United States

USS Moran
Warship of unspecified type/class
Only detail provided is that the main gun armament is two 5 inch guns, one forward, one aft. This armament would fit either the Spruance or Kidd Class Destroyers.

United Kingdom

HMS Argyll
County Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author refers to this ship as a 'Guided Missile Light Cruiser' but the limited details he provides best fits the County Class. However at one point he describes the ship as having identical gun armament to the USS Moran, given that the Royal Navy does not use 5 inch guns, nor a fore and aft gun layout, I suspect this is a mistake on the authors part.

HMS Cutlass (P274)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Sabre (P275)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Scimitar (P271)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service, novel extends the ships service to 1983.
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981

France

Montcalm
'Light Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a  F70 (Georges Leygues) Class Frigate that was completed in 1982, it is possible this was the ship intended, but the author provides no details beyond the name/type to allow confirmation.

Holland

Breda
'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Germany

Brunner
'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The story runs between 1982 & 1983, the United States and United Kingdom have received intelligence that the Soviet wheat harvest has failed dramatically due to a series of errors of during the production of a seed dressing. Realizing that they have the Soviets over a barrel, they negotiate a hard deal for the wheat needed to stave off starvation in Russia, knowing that as they do so there is a faction of the Supreme Soviet willing to go to war to take the food they need. Then two Jews flee to the west and the Soviet negotiators make their return a precondition of the wheat deal. Before any decision can be made on this unexpected demand hijackers take over an oil tanker off the Dutch coast and threaten ecological catastrophe unless the two men are allowed to go to Israel. Now it is the West's turn to face an agonizing choice...
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