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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #420 on: December 29, 2017, 05:22:52 am »
Alexander Fullerton, Sixty Minutes for Saint George, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Mackerel
M Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly stated to be a member of the M Class  by the author.

HMS Moloch
M Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly stated to be a member of the M Class  by the author.

HMS Musician
M Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly stated to be a member of the M Class by the author.

HMS Bravo
D Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Has two funnels rather than three.
Launched 1897 or 1898. (Author gives both years in dialog.)
Explicitly stated to be a member of the D Class by the author.

HMS Grebe
'30 Knotter' (1890s Destroyer), class not specified.
Note: The specific class is not specified by the author. The late 1890s '30 Knotters' were gathered into the A, B, C, D & E Class Destroyers in 1913, not enough details are provided to show which class the ship was.

Germany

Unnamed
Four Destroyers of unspecified class.
Stated to be 'Large' ships building for Argentina, taken into German service at the start of WWI.

Unnamed
Four Destroyers of unspecified class.
Standard German Destroyer Classes.

Plot summary: The post-Jutland career of Nicholas Everard in the Dover Patrol culminating in the Zeebrugge Raid.

Note: This is the second of the novels in Alexander Fullerton's 'Everard Chronicles', see the previous post for a list of the books in this nine book series I have covered in this thread. I have added covers for the 1982 and 2017 editions of the 6th 'Everard Chronicles' novel to the post on that book.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #421 on: December 31, 2017, 03:58:40 am »
For my last post in this thread for 2017, let's move forward from World War I to the modern era.

Stephen Coonts, The Disciple, 2009

United States

USS Columbia (CVN-??)
Enterprise Class?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Described as a 'sister carrier' to the USS United States, however the first members of the Nimitz class did not enter service until 1976. If this is the same ship as the USS Columbia that appeared in the authors earlier novel 'The Intruders' (1994) which was set in 1973, then she must be a member of the earlier Enterprise Class.

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' (1988) and the post by Grey Havoc that follows for more details.

USS Hué City (CGN-??)
Nuclear powered cruiser, class not specified.
Fitted with Aegis
Note: Name clashes with a member of the Ticonderoga Class, in my notes on the earlier novel 'Cuba' (1999) I misidentified this ship as being the USS Hué City (CG-65) based on the details the author provided. However in this novel he explicitly states that the ship is nuclear powered, and therefore cannot be the Ticonderoga Class ship, unless it is a nuclear powered variant of the class.

USS Guildford Courthouse (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Carrying RIM-161 SM3s (Real anti-ballistic missile.)

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

Unnamed
Several Destroyers and Frigates.
     
Iran

Unnamed
3 Gunboats, class not specified
1 x 37mm gun mounted amidships.
40 knots
No other details provided.


Fictional Electronic Equipment

ALQ-198: Active Stealth Device (1st Generation) - Designation is actually for a countermeasures device (type unspecified) fitted to EC-130Hs.
ALQ-199: Active Stealth Device (2nd Generation) - Designation is actually that of a Pulse Doppler Missile Warning System fitted to F-16Ds. In the novel the system is fitted to F/A-18s aboard the USS United States and to USAF F-15Ds.

Plot summary: The United States uncovers evidence that Iran has nuclear weapons and plans to remove Israel from the map using them (Any Palestinians killed during these strikes will be automatically declared 'Martyrs', as will any Iranians killed during the inevitable retaliation.) as the first step of a global jihad. A desperate plan is conceived to stop them.

Note: Another novel in this listing featuring the idea of Iran getting their hands on the kind of firepower that would make them a serious threat to world peace is 'Shadows of Steel (1996) by Dale Brown. Another novel on this theme in my collection, but not on this list as it does not make use of fictional warships is 'Stealth Bomber' (1990) by Barnaby Williams, a novel that has Iran manipulating the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear exchange in the hope of being able to rule the world in the aftermath.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #422 on: January 07, 2018, 03:16:40 am »
That USS Hué City might be of the Strike Cruiser design which was described sometimes as the Nuclear variant of the Ticonderoga


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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #423 on: January 08, 2018, 04:02:21 am »
Returning to World War II...

Douglas Reeman, Winged Escort, 1975

United Kingdom

HMS Camilla
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Sunk prior to the start of the novel.

HMS Kirkwall
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Growler
Avenger Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Airgroup contains Seafires and Swordfish.

HMS Hustler
Avenger Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Airgroup contains Seafires and Swordfish.

HMS Pathan
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Turnstone
Sloop, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Woodlark
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided

HMT Cornelian
Tugboat of unspecified class
No other details provided

Unnamed
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships modified as AA Cruisers.

Unnamed
Several Tribal Class Destroyers
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Sloops of unspecified class
No other details provided.

France

Spartiate
Algérie Class Cruiser? (Second member of class.)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author does not explicitly state this however the details he does provide strongly hint that it is a second Algérie Class Cruiser. Still has three seaplanes in 1944, stated to have been recaptured from the Germans following the Normandy Landings.

South Africa

Unnamed
Two destroyers, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Australia

Unnamed
Four Destroyers, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany

Admiral Hipper?
Hipper Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Ship is never identified explicitly, it is however implied that this is the Admiral Hipper.

Unnamed
Oiler, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Unnamed
Two Type 1936 Class Destroyers
Note: Referred to as Karl Galster Class Destroyers in the novel. Karl Galster (Z20) was the fourth member of the Type 1936 Class launched and the only one to survive World War II, the other four were sunk at Narvik. The Type 1936 Class had several subclasses Type 1936/1936A (Narvik)/1936A (Mob)/1936B/1936C/1936D, the C & D Subclasses were planned but never built.

Plot summary: It is July of 1943, the war at sea is beginning to swing in the Allies favour but much hard work still needs to be done.

Note: This novel is reasonably well tied into the war. The opening convoy sequence concludes with reference to Operation Source (The X-Craft attack on the Tirpitz, 20-22 September, 1943.) and just prior to the ships the novel focuses on being transferred to the Far East, reference is made to the sinking of the Scharnhorst (26 December 1943).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #424 on: January 12, 2018, 04:13:51 am »
Some "Self-published on Amazon" horror fiction with a naval setting...

G. Elmer Munson, Under A Sea Of Red Foam, 2017

United States

USS Alexandria (SSN-757)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (688i subclass)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Annapolis (SSN-760)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (688i subclass)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Nicholas (FFG-47)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ship was decommissioned in 2014.

India

INS Lahore (D60)
Delhi Class Destroyer? (Fourth member of class.)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Lahore is a city in Pakistan, therefore the Indian Navy would never use this name for a warship. Pennant clashes with the Delhi Class Destroyer INS Mysore (D60). Ship is only referred to as a 'Destroyer' in the novel. Class is based on the pennant number only.

Plot summary: An American submarine on exercise in the Red Sea suffers a near collision with a badly damaged Indian Navy destroyer. The only survivor of it's crew has a bizarre tale to tell, but something has followed him aboard.

Note: The author does not provide a specific date for events, but the presence of the USS Nicholas (FFG-47) suggests that it takes place prior to 2014. The end of the story implies that a sequel featuring some of the characters from the novel is being considered.
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« Reply #425 on: January 12, 2018, 05:26:58 am »
James W. Huston, Balance of Power, 1998  & The Price of Power, 1999

United States

USS Constitution (CVN-77)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clashes with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). Stated in novel that this ship is the last member of the Nimitz Class to be built and that a special Act of Congress was required to use the name, as the original USS Constitution is nominally still in service.

Plot summary: Terrorists hijack an American freighter and after killing most of the crew take the captain of the ship hostage, when the President of the United States indicates that he will comply with all the terrorists demands, a Congressional Aide discovers that Congress can still make use of a very old procedure. And so a Letter of Marque is issued by Congress directing the nearest carrier group to take on the terrorists. Then comes the fallout, especially when it is discovered the 'terrorists' were just common pirates backed by the Chinese....
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« Reply #426 on: January 12, 2018, 11:40:54 pm »
Harry Harrison, The QEII Is Missing, 1980

Peru

BAP Huascaran
Offshore Patrol Vessel (Ex British minesweeper of unspecified class.)
Steam powered turbines (So not the diesel powered Ton Class, the most likely fit would be the Algerine Class Minesweepers.)
Note: Ship belongs to the Peruvian Coast Guard. It is simply described as a 'Ship', no details provided to pin down just what former British class it would have been. Thanks to Hood I have been able to confirm this ship is fictional.

Plot summary: After being out of radio contact for several days, the Cunard Liner QE2 has been found drifting in the Pacific Ocean abandoned...

Note: Author Harry Harrison is a science fiction writer more well known for his 'Stainless Steel Rat' & 'Deathworld' series of novels, this is (As far as I know.) his only non-Science Fiction novel.

This may have been a film script that was turned into a novel after the film fell through. Other novels of this kind on this listing are 'Hunter-Killer' (1966, Geoffrey Jenkins) 'Thin Air' (1977), 'Siege of Superport' (1978) & 'Flight 902 Is Down!' (1982). The 1972 novel 'Ghostboat' which I've also covered is a rare case of a novel resulting from a failed film script actually being made into a film at a later date, with a British adaption, which appears to mix in elements of 'Send Down A Dove' (1968) by Charles MacHardy to move the original Pacific set scenario into the Baltic appearing in 2006.
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« Reply #427 on: January 18, 2018, 04:05:26 am »
David Poyer, The Weapon, 2008

United States

USNS John McDonnell (T-AGS-51)
Oceanographic Survey Ship
Real ship, details as in service (1991 - 2010).

USS San Francisco (SSN-711)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real Ship, details as in service.

France

Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ship is about to enter service at the time the novel is set.

Foch
Clemenceau Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ship is still in French service at the time the novel is set.

Iran

K-79
Juliet Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Modified to fire Shkval-K torpedoes, otherwise as per the real ships.
Note: Ex-Russian submarine, transfer not fully complete (Eg. The instructors are still aboard.) at the time the novel is set.

Unnamed
Two Alvand Class Frigates
Details as per the real ships.
Note: One is sunk during the course of the novel.

And one fictional weapon

Shkval-K
Supercavitating Torpedo
Length: 18ft (5.5m)
Diameter: 21in (533mm)
Speed/Propulsion: As per the real weapon
Guidance: Active magnetic system (Detection Range (Estimated): 500 - 1000m)
Warhead: Shaped charge combined with Depleted uranium penetration rods (Length of rods 2m). Capable of piercing 1m of steel/5m of reinforced concrete.
Operational use is to fire the torpedo on an unguided direct line trajectory towards the target, once detection range is reached the magnetic guidance system homes in on the target and determines the correct point at which to detonate the weapon.

Note: This weapon is totally fictional, the real VA-111 Shkval is a 26ft 11in (8.2m) torpedo. The author seems to have believed when he wrote the novel that the standard version was only 15ft (4.6m) long.

Plot Summary: Russia has just placed a version of it's supercavitating torpedo on the open market. As repeated attempts by the United States to obtain one so that they can work out countermeasures fail, increasingly desperate schemes are resorted to.

Note: The author does not state specifically when the story occurs, however various pieces of internal evidence suggest a 2000/2001 (Before the 11th of September 2001.) timeframe. He was likely inspired by the 2000 arrest of ex-USN Captain Edmond Pope in Russia on spying charges related to the VA-111 Shkval torpedo.

Previous novels by David Poyer covered in this thread include, 'The Gulf' (1990), 'The Circle' (1992), 'The Passage' (1995), 'China Sea' (2000), 'The Command' (2004) & 'The Cruiser' (2014).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #428 on: January 19, 2018, 02:07:10 am »
Another 'Boys Own' short story...

Adrian Vincent, Depths of Fear, published in Anon. (ed.), Exciting Stories of Fantasy and the Future (1982)

United Kingdom

HMS Starlight
S Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment entirely based on name.

Unnamed
X-Craft
Details as per the real ships
Pennant number is never given.

Germany

Zeus
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: An officer desperate to overcome the traumatic events surrounding the sinking of his last submarine volunteers for the X-Craft program in an attempt to exorcise his demons.

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« Reply #429 on: January 21, 2018, 04:35:15 am »
Alfred Coppel, Thirty-four East, 1974

Albania

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Allende (Named after Salvador Allende (President of Chile, 1970 - 1973).)
Guevara Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Fictional)
Nuclear Powered
Speed: 50 knots
Described as having "...a low, clean profile and flared bow, she hugged the water to make radar detection difficult."
Gun Armament: "...some forty-millimeter guns mounted on the bridge." (Russians do not use 40mm guns.)
Missile Armament: SAMs and SSMs (SSM Launchers are concealed below decks and only raised above deck to fire.)
Note: Specifically identified as the third member of the class (Lead ship is presumably named either Guevara or Che Guevara, this is not however specified in the text.). The small gun armament is the result of a need to keep the ships weight down.

Juan Bosch (Named after Juan Emilio Bosch Gaviño (President of the Dominican Republic, 1963).)
Guevara Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Fictional)
Details same as Allende

Note: The members of the Guevara Class are all named after Latin American revolutionary leaders. Like the real world Mod-Kashins, their function  is to serve as 'tattletails' following the US carrier groups at the edge of radar range. In the event of hostilities, they will call down a strike on the carrier group and then fire every SSM they are armed with at the carrier before retreating at high speed.

Semenoff
Ballistic Missile Submarine of unspecified class.
No other details provided

United States

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Air group in this novel includes Spectre fighter-bombers.

For the aircraft mavens, some fictional US aircraft.

Shrike
VTOL Fighter Aircraft
Mach 3 Capable
No other details.

Spectre
Fighter-bomber
Nuclear capable
No other details.
Note: An unrelated fighter-bomber called the F-120 'Spectre' appears in Clive Cussler's 1978 novel 'Vixen 03'.

Plot summary: It is the day after tomorrow (and somewhat off to one side...), following the Yom Kippour War, the superpowers have faced each other across the line of 34 East running down the Sinai peninsula. As the US and Russian governments move to renew the treaty, Chinese backed terrorists strike, creating a situation that leads to the brink of World War III. 

Note: The author does not provide any specific dating information beyond the presence of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) which means the events depicted cannot take place before May of 1975 when the Nimitz commissioned. While the novel only covers a few days, the events in question are most likely taking place somewhere between 1975 - 1990.

The author wrote that he started work on this novel in 1967 shortly after the Six-Day War, and when the Yom Kippour War occurred used it to replace a fictional conflict he had created for the purpose of the novel. This write-up was based on the Readers Digest edition of the novel. Should I locate a copy of the actual novel I will revisit this post.
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