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« Reply #45 on: January 06, 2016, 08:48:10 am »
Geoffrey Archer, Shadow Hunter, 1989

Britain

HMS Tenby (I)
T-Class Submarine (SS)
Details as per the real ships. Sunk 1962.

HMS Truculent (S.37)
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tribune
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tenby (II)
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

Norway

Storm
Kobben Class Submarine (SS)
Details as per the real ships

Russia

Ametyst
Sierra Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Not specified in text if it is a Sierra I or Sierra II.

Ladny
Victor III Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

Plot Summary: When the commander of a British submarine discovers that one of his wifes lovers is a Russian spy, he decides to start his own little war....

Note: The 1990 cover by Mike Adams appears to depict a scene from the novels climactic chapters.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2016, 08:21:49 am »
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

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« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2016, 08:45:52 am »
Brian Callison, A Plague of Sailors, 1971

MS British Commander
Armed Merchant Cruiser operated by the Royal Navy's covert operations wing, the BMSNC (British Mutual Steam Navigation Company).
Armament: 4.7 inch Guns. 21 inch torpedos. Ikarara missile. Sunk 1971

Plot: With the whole Middle East coming together to deal with an outbreak of the plague, someone plans to bring an end to the peace by releasing a genetic altered version of anthrax.

For those who are interested here are all the ships owned by the British Mutual Steam Navigation Company mentioned in 'A Plague of Sailors' and 'A Frenzy of Merchantmen'. Those noted with a '*' have a 50-Mt nuclear bomb concealed in one of the fuel tanks.

MS British Allegiance
MS British Commander (Sunk 1971)
MS British Regiment *
MS British Sailor
MS British Venturer * (Sunk 1977)

Armament in all cases varies depending on mission, but can include guns, missiles, torpedos & mines.

The first novel states that the company owns nine ships with two more under construction.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #48 on: January 07, 2016, 11:10:35 am »
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

CVN-75, it was the original name of the then (1988) planned 8th in class (kneel was finally laid down in 1993) before the name was changed during construction to USS Harry S. Truman. Given the 4 year build time (including commissioning) for the Theodore Roosevelt subclass, that would probably put the setting of the novel around 1992.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #49 on: January 07, 2016, 05:06:26 pm »
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

CVN-75, it was the original name of the then (1988) planned 8th in class (kneel was finally laid down in 1993) before the name was changed during construction to USS Harry S. Truman. Given the 4 year build time (including commissioning) for the Theodore Roosevelt subclass, that would probably put the setting of the novel around 1992.

Thanks, just for clarification, my usual rule-of-thumb for dating stories in novels, is that if it is not clearly set in the past relative to the publication/copyright date and the author has not clearly specified either a year or that the story is set in the future relative to the publication/copyright date then the story is set contemporous to the publication/copyright date.

Obviously in this case, a little more double checking was in order.

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« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2016, 01:23:10 am »
Another older story today. Percy F. Westerman wrote a series of naval war books for children during the First World War. This one is a 1920 book, 'The Mystery Ship: A Story of the "Q" Ships During the Great War'. The book is set during the last few months of the war and includes a German spy and a plot to outwit and uncover him, a sailor's Red mutiny aboard U-247, the armistice and the arrival of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow and its eventual scuttling. Written with hindsight this is probably one of the more realistic tales!

Q 171
The Q-ship of the book is disguised as a U-Boot 'U-251', draught is only 7ft 6in allowing torpedoes to pass underneath, capable of 38kts, armament consists of fore and aft QF guns, a hidden retractable AA gun and the entire 'conning tower' slides forwards to reveal a triple 14in torpedo mount. Its method is to lure German submarines to the surface, pretend to be a friendly and then use its torpedoes to sink the enemy sub. Enemy aircraft and Zeppelins are lured the same way and then shot down by the hidden AA gun (special identification signals are deployed when the RAF spots them). At the end of the book, Q 171 takes on a whole flotilla of German destroyers and is crippled but towed home.

Motor Launches
ML 1071, ML 1499, ML 1497; ML 1071 is armed with a 6pdr gun

Hesperus
An old 2nd Class cruiser in use as a motor launch tender

Pompey
Cruiser, no description but sabotaged and sunk in harbour by German spies

Inattentive
Light cruiser, no description

Pylos
Destroyer, no description

Polyxo
Destroyer, no description

U-247
The main German protagonist of the book, gun armament consists of two 6in guns [5.9in?]. The real U-247 was ordered in June 1918 but never laid down.

V-199
German torpedo-boat destroyer. Rammed by Q 171 and later sunk by Pylos and Polyxo, 1918. There never was a real V-199, but there was a planned V-170 Class ship H-199.

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« Reply #51 on: January 08, 2016, 04:54:27 am »
Welcome back again Hood, looking forward to when you next update Shipbuckets list, though I hope I've not provided too much to date.

Anyway, onto my next contribution.

Robin White, Typhoon, 2003 & Hunters in the Sea, 2006

United States

USS Portland (SSN-773)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per real ships.
Stated to be the last of her class.
Pennant number clashes with that of USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), the real last member of the Los Angeles Class

Russia

Baikal (TK-19) (Typhoon)
Typhoon Class SSBN

Details as per the real ships.

China

Hangzhou (ex-Vazhnyy) (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Sovremenny Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.

Fuzhou (ex-Vdumchivyy) (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Sovremenny Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.

Lin San Liu (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Kilo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

The novel 'Typhoon' also contains the following fictional Russian sonar system:

Avacha Sea Monster

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When the Sea Monster roared, it emitted a rich deep bellow powerful enough to boil seawater. ...a sound able to cross whole oceans, loud enough to deafen whales. A sound able to penetrate and dissect the oceans many layers  and reveal every object, natural or unnatural, Russian or American, hidden within them.

Typhoon by Robin White, pg 344

Plot Summary: (Typhoon) The USS Portland is tasked with stopping the transfer of a fully armed Typhoon-class SSBN to the Chinese. (Hunters in the Sea). A Russian scientist mistakenly sells a batch of smallpox engineered to be incurable to those who would release it and let Allah decide who lives and who dies. USS Portland finds herself caught up in the hunt for the ship carrying the disease.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #52 on: January 08, 2016, 09:01:26 am »
Douglas Reeman, To Risks Unknown, 1969

Britain

HMS Thistle
Flower Class Corvette

Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun, 5 x 20mm Oerlikons (Two twin mounts port and starboard. Single mount abaft the funnel), 1 x 40mm QF 2-pounder naval gun above the quarterdeck. Rest of armament as per the actual ships.

Other details as per the actual ships. Sunk February 1945

Germany

Nashorn (Formerly SS Morava)
Armed Merchant Cruiser?, Panzerschff?

Main armament: 2 x 5.9 inch guns mounted fore and aft.
Secondary armament: Mines, other unspecified guns.
Speed: Somewhere between 10 to 12 knots.

This converted freighter is probably best described in the authors own words:

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Her hull was heavy and businesslike and he guessed that she had once been a sizeable cargo or passenger vessel.

...

But above the level of her main deck she bore no resemblance to any ship he had ever seen. The bridge and superstructure had been completely enclosed in steel plating , each piece angled in such a way as to make a direct hit almost an impossibility.

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Two tall funnels jutted from the steel canopy abaft the bridge, and the smoke which poured busily astern gave the only visible sign of life. She was like some remotely controlled juggernaut which might at any second change to a submarine or take to the air.

To Risks Unknown by Douglas Reeman, pg 189

Now the author has a character think of the USS Monitor, however I suspect that the CSS Virginia might be a better guide to how this thing looks. I remember that someone on the old Warship Projects 3.0 board was planning to try and model this ship, but I've no idea how far he got.

Plot Summary: HMS Thistle is sent to support the Yugoslavian Partizans in the lead up to the invasion of Italy, her task is complicated by the heavily armoured creation of an unothodox German naval officer sent there to 'keep him out of the way'.
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« Reply #53 on: January 08, 2016, 11:42:27 pm »
Alistair MacLean, Santorini, 1986

HMS Ariadne
Frigate - Class not specified

Propulsion: Diesel
Speed: 35 knots
Armament: Not specified

Electronics fit out has been enhanced for the purposes of intelligence gathering.

Plot Summary: When a C-141b Starlifter crashes in flames not far from where a yacht has sunk in flames, the crew of the HMS Ariadne coming to the rescue of the yacht's crew find themselves wondering if there is a connection between the two events.

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« Reply #54 on: January 09, 2016, 04:15:06 am »
What I suspect was probably a failed film script...

George E. Simpson & Neal R. Burger, Thin Air, 1977

USS Sturman (DE-166)
Cannon Class Destroyer Escort.

Pennant number is that of USS Barron.

Details as per other members of class.

Modified in 1955 by removal of forward gun for purposes of top secret experiments.

Officially disposed of  in 1957.

Plot Summary: The Philadelphia Experiment meets Watergate...

Note:The authors wrote another script/novel called 'Ghostboat' which was eventually made into a mini-series by ITV in 2005. It is a rare (perhaps unique) case of the British taking something created by the Americans and re-working it to fit their country. In this case a story set in the Pacific is moved to the Baltic.

I really must remember to try and find a copy of the novel to see if they changed the name of the submarine...
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« Reply #55 on: January 09, 2016, 05:54:27 am »
Charles D. Taylor, Boomer, 1990

United States

USS Manchester (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships. Assuming the story is set in 1990 then she was launched in 1989.

Plot Summary: The Russians come up with a cunning plan, have a sleeper agent convince the crew of an American SSN that World War III has started and that the Russians have come up with a way to make their SSBNs sound just like American SSBNs...

Note: The ship above is the only fictional one in the novel. Even the Russian AGI used in the plot is a real ship (Lira (SSV-516), Balzam Class.)

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« Reply #56 on: January 09, 2016, 07:53:06 am »
Alistair MacLean, San Andreas, 1984

British

HMS Andover
Frigate, class not specified

HMHS San Andreas (Formerly SS Ocean Belle)
Hospital Ship (Converted Liberty Ship)

Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
V & W Class Destroyer

Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Kingfisher Class Sloop

Details as per the real ships

German

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Plot Summary: The return from Russia of a newly commisioned hospital ship is complicated by sabotage and murder, but to what end...?

Later: Managed to find a copy of the first release. Cover by Paul Wright shows the ship just before the story begins.
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« Reply #57 on: January 09, 2016, 02:55:00 pm »
Joe Webber, Shadow Flight, 1990

Cuba

General Abelardo Alvarez
Ex-Russian Foxtrot Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: A Russian agent hijacks a B-2 bomber and flies it to Cuba.


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« Reply #58 on: January 09, 2016, 10:00:38 pm »
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.
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« Reply #59 on: January 10, 2016, 05:24:04 am »
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.