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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: February 21, 2017, 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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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #289 on: February 24, 2017, 12:48:29 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Peacemaker, 2000

United States

USS Andrew Jackson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Air group consists of VF-22 (F-14), VFA-132,149,161 (F-18C), VAQ-6 (EA-6B), VAW-6 (E-2C), VS-49 (SB-3)

USS James Madison (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clash with the lead ship of the James Madison Class of Ballistic Missile Submarines which was decommissioned in 1992 and scrapped in 1997

USS Rangoon
Amphibious Assault Ship, class not specified.
Insufficient details provided to determine specific class, what is given fits either the Tarawa Class or the Wasp Class.

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

USS Stephen Decatur (DDG-??)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: There is a USS Decatur (DDG-73) (Launched 1996) named in his honor, previously the name was held by a Charles F. Adams class destroyer.

USS John P. Melward (DD-??? or DDG-??)
Destroyer, class not specified, possibly a Spruance.
No other details provided

USS Lawrence (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with a Charles F. Adams class destroyer that was decommissioned in 1994.

USS Isaac Hull (FFG-??)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

USS Ajax
Oiler, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: There was a Vulcan Class Repair ship called USS Ajax (AR-6) but this was decommissioned in 1986 and scrapped in 1997.

USNS Grace Orbis
"...scientific research  and launch support vessel..."
Only detail provided is that it is a smaller ship than the USNS Philadelphia

USNS Philadelphia
"...scientific research  and launch support vessel..."

Russia

Akula
Akula Class Submarine
Real Ship, details as in service.

Poltava
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Okrylennyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service. Decomissioned in 1998, scrapped in 1999.

Borozdin
Udaloy Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Two 'Auxiliaries'
No other details provided.

Libya

Unnamed
Nanuchka Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1996 (The Prologue takes place in 1994, the Coda in June 1997, most of the novel takes place between February & December 1996.) As the US prepares to test a new quick launch spy satellite that can be launched at sea, evidence emerges that a man wanted over war crimes in Bosnia has escaped to Africa.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #290 on: February 25, 2017, 05:30:00 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Hostile Contact, 2003

United States

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

USS Yellowjacket
Amphibious Assault Ship, class not specified.
Insufficient details provided to determine specific class, what is given fits either the Tarawa Class or the Wasp Class.

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

USS Jackson Baldwin
Frigate, class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Esek Hopkins (FFG-??)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

USS Fort Stanwix
Warship, class not specified.
No other details provided.

China

Admiral Po
Nuclear Submarine (SSN), class not specified.
No other details provided.

Chairman Mao
Nuclear Submarine (SSN), class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Following the death of Chinese controlled mole in the CIA (Which takes place in the novel 'Top Hook', which is on my 'to find' list.), the Chinese government decides to take action to punish those responsible.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team. The novel unlike the first two in the series ('Night Trap', 'Peacemaker') does not mention what year it is set in, nor which months it takes place in. The preview of 'Top Hook' the third novel in the series which is available on Kindle implies that novel takes place in 1999, which would imply these events are taking place either in 1999 or 2000.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #292 on: February 26, 2017, 03:02:21 am »
'Top Hook' on Bookfinder

Thanks, found it today at a second hand bookshop.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #293 on: February 26, 2017, 04:35:24 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Damage Control, 2006

United States

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

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

USS Lawrence (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with a Charles F. Adams class destroyer that was decommissioned in 1994.

USS Mindanao
Amphibious assault ship, class not specified
No other details provided.

Canada

HMCS Picton (FFH-???)
Halifax Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

India

INS Vishnapatingham
Light Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
No other details provided.

INS Betwa
Brahmaputra Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

INS Nehru
Sindhughosh (Kilo) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
In addition to the standard armament the submarine has been fitted with a Surface to air missile launcher mounted in conning tower. It can only be fired when the submarine is surfaced.
Later fitted with three torpedo tube launched nuclear missiles described as clones of the US Tomahawk Missile.

Unnamed
Various warships

Plot summary: A joint US/Indian Navy exercise descends into chaos when an environmentalist suicide cult launches a coup attempt in India.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team. The story takes place over four days of an unspecified year. Specific mention of Windows XP/2000 in the story without mention of later versions suggests that it can take place no later than the first half of the month of January 2007. The suicide cult in the novel was inspired by the Aum Shinrikyo cult in Japan.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #294 on: February 26, 2017, 08:59:59 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Top Hook, 2002

United States

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

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

India

Unnamed
Various Warships

China

Unnamed
Various Warships

Plot summary: A Chinese controlled mole steals something very important from the US Government and the chase is on to catch him before it can be passed on, even as the Chinese Government starts making moves that could lead to WWIII.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team. The story takes place over an unspecified period in 1999. The novel that follows, "Hostile Contact" appears to start shortly after the end of this novel so it is also set in 1999.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #295 on: February 27, 2017, 11:27:29 pm »
Douglas Reeman, The White Guns, 1989

United Kingdom

MGB-801
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per a typical member of the class

HMS Sea Harvester
Salvage Ship
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Torpedo Boat, class not specified
Fitted with radar.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
'Woikow' Class Destroyer
Stated to be a WWI era ship
No other details provided.

Plot summary: WWII in Europe has just ended. For those who fought in it, peace-time proves to be just as dangerous as the wartime alliance starts to break down.
Note: The cover by Brian Sweet, depicts the opening sequence of the novel as MGB-801 makes her way into Kiel Harbor just after the German Surrender.
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« Reply #296 on: February 28, 2017, 03:10:21 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Force Protection, 2004

United States

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

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.
Note: There is a Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer named USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) in honor of Franklin & Elanor Roosevelt's honor, which was launched in 1999. The last ship to use the name USS Franklin D. Roosevelt was a Midway class carrier (CV-42) scrapped in 1978.

USS Yellowjacket (LHD-??)
Wasp Class amphibious assault ship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author explicitly states that the ship is of this class. The name is that of a species of Wasp common to North America.

USS Esek Hopkins (FFG-??)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

USNS Jonathan Harker
Supply ship, class not specified
Greater than 600ft (183m) in length.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is August 1999 (The plot covers the dates 16 - 20 August 1999). Terrorists associated with Osama Bin Laden attack a US warship docked in the Kenyan port of Mombasa, or at least that is what it seems to be at first, but something does not seem quite right...

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #297 on: March 03, 2017, 06:49:06 pm »
John MargerisonDestroyer Doings, 1918

United Kingdom

17th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Poignard
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. Flotilla leader

HMS Dagger
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.

HMS Foil
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.

HMS Rapier
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.

HMS Stiletto
Destroyer, class not specified, possibly an Laforey Class Destroyer, from the armament details.
4 inch guns, twin torpedo tubes
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.

Note: As mentioned above, some of the dialog implies that all the ships have been together since the start of WWI, which would imply that they are all Pre-war classes.
 
Germany

U-34
Type U 31 Class Submarine
Real ship, recorded as disappeared around the 18th of October 1918. In collection captured by HMS Stiletto and then scuttled when the ship is attacked by U-35

U-35
Type U 31 Class Submarine
Real ship, surrendered to Allies on 11th of November 1918. In collection sunk by ramming after it attacks HMS Stiletto

Unnamed
Various submarines, battleships, cruisers, blockade runners & armed trawlers.

Plot summary: A collection of 'Boys Own Adventure' type stories based around the destroyer HMS Stiletto, unlike R.H. Andrews 2015 efforts, these have the saving grace of giving the impression that the author was not taking himself all that seriously.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #298 on: March 04, 2017, 01:11:04 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Force Protection, 2004

United States


USNS Jonathan Harker
Supply ship, class not specified
Greater than 600ft (183m) in length.
No other details provided.

Interesting choice of name, given that Johnathon Harker is, of course, the protagonist in Bram Stoker's original 'Dracula'. I'm making the assumption that the name has something to do with the book's plot . . .

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #299 on: March 04, 2017, 02:35:57 am »
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Force Protection, 2004

United States


USNS Jonathan Harker
Supply ship, class not specified
Greater than 600ft (183m) in length.
No other details provided.

Interesting choice of name, given that Johnathon Harker is, of course, the protagonist in Bram Stoker's original 'Dracula'. I'm making the assumption that the name has something to do with the book's plot . . .

cheers,
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That's what I thought too, when I started reading the book, but it turned out to simply be a random choice. That said there is an odd reference to Patrick O'Brien in the very first book in the series which makes me wonder if the authors are Brits.