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« 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..." which means that she cannot be a third Scharnhorst Class.

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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« 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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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #350 on: July 22, 2017, 03:03:29 am »
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used  5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.

HMS Wrestler
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, twin screws
18 knots
Note: Name clashes with a V & W Class Destroyer in service 1918 - 1944

HMS Invader
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

HMS Defender
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

HMS Blue Ranger
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

Note: From the authors limited details (Tonnage, speed, propulsion & flight deck length (450 ft)), it is most likely that all four of the above ships are members of the Avenger Class of Escort Carriers.

HMS Ulysses
Dido Class Cruiser (Modified)
510 x 50ft
4x2 5.25in, 3x4 2pdr, 6x2 20mm, 2x3 21in TT, 4x DCT & 2x DCR
Fitted with radar, fighter direction gear, ASDIC, paravanes
39.2 knots
Note: Name clashes with that of a U Class Destroyer launched in 1943, converted into a frigate in 1955 and scrapped in 1970.

HMS Stirling
C/Ceres Class Light Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to her has being a 'Cardiff' Class Cruiser, HMS Cardiff was the second completed member of the Ceres sub-group of the C Class of light cruisers.

HMS Baliol
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Portpatrick
Town Class Destroyer (Ex US 'Four Stacker')
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author does not give the name of the ship in US Service.

HMS Sirrus
S Class Destroyer (WWII)
Details as per the real ships

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

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

HMS Eager
'Fleet Minesweeper', class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Nairn
River Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Gannet
Kingfisher Class Sloop
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to the ship as a 'Kingfisher Class Corvette'.

Germany

Unnamed
Hipper Class Cruiser

Unnamed
Various U-Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1943, Convoy FR77 proceeds to Murmansk, as always the Germans do their best to ensure nothing reaches it's destination.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #351 on: July 22, 2017, 08:32:30 am »
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used  5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.


The Lion class too would had 5,25" DP-AA guns

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« Reply #352 on: July 22, 2017, 05:49:16 pm »
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used  5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.


The Lion class too would had 5,25" DP-AA guns

Thanks for the extra info, that is interesting suggestion, but there is not enough information provided, so in this case I think it's best to play safe. I hope you find something in the pages of this thread worth illustrating.

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« Reply #353 on: July 24, 2017, 03:07:54 pm »
Stephen Coonts, Cuba, 1999

United States

USS United States (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note:  Original name of 8th Nimitz Class Carrier. This ship launched as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in September 1996. See also the entry for 'Final Flight' and the post by Grey Havoc that follows for more details.

USS Kearsage (LHD-3)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Hué City (CG-65)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

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

Note: Both ships are fitted with 'SM-2 Tactical Aegis Lightweight ExoAtmospheric Projectile' ABM missiles (Each ship carries 8).

USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974)
Spruance Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: This ship was decommissioned in 1998, the year before the novel came out. She was finally disposed of in 2006.

Unnamed
Two Spruance Class Destroyers

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Cuba

Unnamed
Gunboat, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is the day after tomorrow. As Castro nears death (In real life he died in 2016.), it is revealed that following the Cuban Missile crisis in the 60's the Russians had in fact installed several missiles on the island which they left in place, still in working order, their nuclear warheads have been replaced with powerful biological agents. As a vicious power struggle develops in Cuba over the succession, the United States finds itself forced to act to prevent their use.

Note: The author gives no clue as to just what year the story is set, so the 'near future' relative to date of publication rule applies in this case.
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« Reply #354 on: July 26, 2017, 09:11:50 am »
Larry Jerram-Croft, Bog Hammer, 2014

United Kingdom

HMS Prometheus
Leander Class
Details as per the members of the class given the Batch 3 Exocet/Seawolf conversion.
Note: Also appears in the novel 'Sea Skimmer'.

RFA Tidepool (A76)
Tide Class Replenishment Oiler
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life the ship was sold to Chile in 1982. In the novel she is still in British service as of 1988. Later on in the novel the same ship is referred to as RFA Tidespring (A75), which was retained in British service until 1991.

United States

USS Sacagawea (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author refers to the ship as a 'Ticonderoga Class Aegis Destroyer' in the novel. At the time the story is set the name was not used by any US Warship. The last ship to bear the name was a navy tugboat (USS Sacagawea (YT-326)) sold overseas in 1946. The most recent ship to bear the name was the second ship (USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2)) of the Lewis and Clark Class of dry cargo ships launched in 2006. The name does not fit with the scheme chosen for the Ticonderoga Class, which is famous American battles.

Iran

MV Irinda
Armed Merchant Ship
Converted Bulk Grain Carrier
Speed: 20 knots.
Armament: 1 x 105mm gun concealed in fore-most hold. 1 x nuclear (The warhead was supplied by Pakistan.) tipped HWASONG-6 (North Korean SCUD copy.) missile concealed in the after-most hold. Crew has various hand held weapons including rocket propelled grenades.
Note: Stolen from Iraq. Armament installed by Iran.

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified (Most likely a member of the Alvand Class.)
Armament as per the real ships, save the anti-ship missiles are four stern mounted Exocet missiles rather than 5x Sea Killer Mk2s (as built) or 4x  CS-802s (as upgraded in the 1990s) .
Other details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Several Boghammar High Speed Patrol Boats
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Ships of this type are operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, rather than the Iranian Navy.

Holland

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Foxtrot Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Some three years after harrowing events of 'Arapaho' (The novel runs 1988 - 1989.), the series hero Jon Hunt has become involved in searching for a leak in the Ministry of Defence while his wife (Met during the events of 'Arapaho'.) earns her wings as a Helicopter Pilot. Desperate for a sea position, opportunity comes with the death of the commander of the ship he served on during the Falklands War.

Note: Quite an interesting story, especially for those who grew up in the 1980s, let down by some editing glitches. This is the fifth novel in the series that begins with 'Sea Skimmer'.
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« Reply #355 on: July 28, 2017, 08:59:53 pm »
John R. Monteith, Rogue Avenger (Originally: Rogue Trident), 2005 (As Rogue Trident), 2012 (as Rogue Avenger)

United States

USS Colorado (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Miami (SSN-755)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Tai Chiang
Stealth Patrol Boat (Based on the Swedish Visby Class Corvette)
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun (Fwd),  Hsiung Feng III Anti-ship missiles (not fitted) 6 x torpedos of unspecified type (Port and starboard fixed mounts.)
Described as first in class
Note: In the sequel 'Rogue Betrayer' the class is described as being derived from the Visby Class. The missile system described is a real one that finished testing in 2005, in the novel the ship does not carry them due to a failure in testing.

Peoples Republic of China

Heifei (132)
Type 051Z Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: A French arms dealer and a disgruntled US Navy officer team up to steal an Ohio Class submarine for delivery to Taiwan.

Note: There appear to be two different editions of the novel. It is unclear, what if any differences there are between the two novels, but I suspect there are some.
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« Reply #356 on: July 29, 2017, 05:45:41 am »
John R. Monteith, Rogue Betrayer, 2007

United States

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

USS La Jolla (SSN-701)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Hawaii (SSN-776)
Virginia Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Pakistan

PNS Hamza (S139)
Khalid Class Submarine (French Agosta 90B Class.)
Real ship, details as in service.
In the novel the ship has been modified to fire VA-111 Shkval torpedos (Some of which have nuclear warheads.)

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Kang Ding (FFG-1202)
Kang Ding Class Frigate (French La Fayette Class)
Real ship, details as in service

Hung La
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Hai Lang
Agosta 90B Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Stated to be an intended fourth Pakistani Khalid Class Submarine, instead sold to Taiwan.

Peoples Republic of China

Unnamed
Various submarines

Plot summary: Despite their failure to deliver nuclear weapons to Taiwan, the Taiwanese government hire the same French arms dealer and his ex-USN employee to help them deal with attempts by the Peoples Republic  to choke off the Taiwanese sea lanes. When they get there they find themselves embroiled in the trans-Pacific chase of a rogue Pakistani submarine.

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« Reply #357 on: July 29, 2017, 11:07:42 pm »
John R. Monteith, Rogue Crusader, 2010

United States

USS Annapolis (SSN-760)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bainbridge (DDG-96)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Georgia (SSGN-729)
Ohio Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Israel

INS Leviathan
Dolphin Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

France

'Mercer' (To Malaysia as KD Tun Abdul Razak.)
Scorpène Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In the novel the submarine is crewed by mercenaries hired by the CIA prior to it commissioning as the KD Tun Abdul Razak and being transferred to Malaysia, which in the real world took place in December of 2009, in the novel the submarine is sacrificed to save another ship from torpedo attack. Mercer is the name of the CIA contact used by the mercenaries.

Syria

Jammal
Minisub
Twin hulls
Fitted with an anechoic coating.
Designed to fit onto the back of another submarine using suction panels.
Note: Submarine assault vehicle. In the novel it latches onto another submarine and allows the crew to cut into that vessel and take it over.

Iran

Unnamed
Several oil tankers modified to launch surface to surface missiles.

Plot summary: The CIA has finally managed to track down a certain French arms dealer and his American sidekick. The offer they make is simple, in exchange for a pardon for past crimes, crew a completed but not commissioned submarine built for Malaysia and use it to find out why an Israeli submarine suddenly sailed into waters the Israeli navy has never visited before. What they uncover is an elaborate Syrio-Iranian plot.
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« Reply #358 on: August 10, 2017, 03:47:35 am »
A break from the technothrillers with a comic book, with apologies to Hood...

Anon., Undefeated, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4945, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Undefeated
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Unyielding
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Specifically identified as being a member of the U Class.

HMS Urgent
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Undeterred
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Germany

Unnamed
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, a hard driving British submarine captains confidence is shaken after a mission to land an SBS team in Greece goes badly wrong.

Notes: It's nice to be able to fairly precisely date when this came out, a note at the back indicates it was printed for the week of the 8th of September, 2016. It's also nice to read one of these and find that the warship names are at last appropriate for the class.

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« Reply #359 on: August 10, 2017, 11:16:59 pm »
Another comic book, this one is posted with thanks to Hood for his help in identifying the sources for the illustrations used and what the author probably actually had in mind for the main ship.

Anon., The Call of Duty, published as Battle Picture Library Nº. 1417, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Whip (K301)
Frigate, class not specified
Weight: 1495 tons
Armament (Main Battery): 6 x 4 inch DP guns (Presumably in twin mounts.)
Armament (Other): 20mm Guns, Depth charges
Commissioned 1940 (Story takes place in 1942, ship is stated to have commissioned in Portsmouth two years previously.)
Note: The armament details and the date of commission (But not the weight.) best fit the Black Swan Class Sloops, however the illustrator depicts the ship as a Castle Class Corvette, the first of which went into service in 1943. I have not been able to confirm if the pennant clashes with any real ship, the illustration only shows the pennant as '301', K prefix is appropriate for Frigates which is what the ship is described as, this does not change if the ship were a Corvette as illustrated.

HMS Tyrant
Battleship, class not specified
Armament (Main Battery): Triple barrelled turrets of unspecified caliber, only A & B turrets are visible
Armament (Secondary battery): Twin barreled turrets of unspecified caliber
Twin Funnels
No other details provided
Note: The artist for the comic book chose to base the appearance of this ship on the Italian Andrea Doria Class of battleships (As modified interwar.) for unknown reasons. What is following is the speculated main/secondary armament based on the armament of the battleships retained by the British following the signing of the Washington Treaty and also the layout of the Andrea Doria class following their interwar modernization. If anyone is interested I have scanned the page on which the ship appears and can provide it at request.
Main Battery: 12 x 15 inch guns (Four Triple turrets A, B, X & Y)
Secondary Battery: 8 x 6 inch guns (Four twin turrets at the corners of the superstructure.)
Other weapons are presumably identical positions as per Andrea Doria but British equivalent guns.

Germany

U-15
U Boat, class not specified, illustration is too vague to determine class.
Note: Pennant clashes with a Type IIb Class U Boat that was sunk in an accidental collision on the 30th of January 1940.

Unnamed
Various S Boats
Note: One has a prominent number '3' painted near the bow,  two others are numbered '10' and  '42' respectively.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, the well knit team aboard a frigate suffers when the replacement for an injured crewman tries to apply 'big ship' discipline leading to a 'square peg in a round hole' situation.

Notes: As with all war comics (Like J. E. MacDonnell novels.) the emphasis is on creating the atmosphere of a general period in the war without being too concerned for accuracy, the artwork being a case in point, the author (Whoever they were.) also has the Siege of Tobruk carrying on into 1942 when it ended in November of 1941. 
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