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« Reply #435 on: January 29, 2018, 03:49:35 am »
Nice listing of fictional warships, Graham1973. I will use some of these names and classes in my Cyberpunk 2020, Rifts, and Twilight 2000 campaigns.

What a co-incidence I'd suggested Hood's list to some Call of Cthulhu gamers, the finale to one classic campaign just calls out for fictional warships.

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« Reply #436 on: February 02, 2018, 06:43:52 am »
Iain Crawford, The Burning Sea, 1959

United Kingdom

HMRT Restless
Admiralty Rescue Tug
Built: Orange, Texas
Commissioned: 1943
Displacement: 750 tons.
Diesel-electric engines
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun, 1 x 2 pdr (Pom-pom) gun, 2 x 20mm, 4 x Mgs

HMRT Rally
Admiralty Rescue Tug
No other details provided.

HMRT Beaver
Admiralty Rescue Tug
No other details provided.

HMRT Revere
Admiralty Rescue Tug
Steam turbine engines
20 knots
No other details provided.

HMS Godmin
Hunt Class Destroyer (Subclass not specified)
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Narcissus
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on name only.

HMS Calshott
Castle Class Corvette? (Referred to in the novel as a 'frigate'.)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment based on name only. A Castle Class Corvette named HMS Calsot Castle was canceled on the slips in 1943.

HMS Vulpine
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Various Unnamed vessels.

Plot summary: The novel covers the experiences of the second in command of a newly built admiralty tug in the Mediterranean Sea between 1943 and the end of the war in Europe.

Note: This novel is another example of a World War II veteran trying to deal with his wartime experiences by using them as the basis of fiction. Other books of this type covered in this thread include 'The 'Caine' Mutiny' (1951), 'Surface!' (1953), 'Proud Waters' (1954), 'HMS Ulysses' (1955) and 'Send Down a Dove' (1968).

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« Reply #437 on: February 07, 2018, 02:10:29 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, The Secret Weapon, 1959

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode (G46)
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.

United States

USS Lyall Moore (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several destroyers of unspecified class.

And for the aircraft mavens.

Lockheed P2V-Neptune
Real aircraft, details as in service (Modified as to the technology available in late WWII).
Note: In real life the P2V was only accepted into US Service in 1947, with the first prototypes flying in May of 1945. Obviously in this 'universe' sufficient were completed to equip a squadron in late WWII.

Plot summary: An Australian destroyer is invited to join the American Fleet (Presumably the 5th Fleet) at Truk Atoll to train with a revolutionary new anti-submarine aircraft. The rivalry between Australian and American crews rapidly turns unfriendly, fueled by American arrogance and Australian resentment of American 'poaching' of British inventions (Sonobuoys)  to fit their new planes. Relations hit a nadir in the form of a bar room brawl and the Australian captain keen to 'put one over' on the Yanks takes unnecessary risks in dangerous waters.

Note: This story can be dated to sometime after the establishment of the British Pacific Fleet (TF57/37) in November of 1944, since it is mentioned in the plot. Of note regarding this novel is that Truk Atoll was never taken by Allied forces during WWII it was one of several garrisons bypassed during the advance on the Philippines. The main US Fleet anchorage in the eastern Pacific in WWII was Ulithi Atoll. The cover of the 1961 edition depicts the climax of the novel.

J. E. MacDonnell was a prolific Australian writer of action fiction for newsstand paperbacks. Some of the World War II novels by him covered in this thread include, 'Gimme the boats!' (1953), 'The Frogman' (1958),  'The Surgeon' (1959), 'Subsmash' (1960), 'The Coxswain' (1960), 'Killer Group' (1964), 'The Hammer of God' (1968), 'The Kill,' (1974), 'Breaking Point' (1979) & 'The Glory Hunter' (c. 1980s) . He also wrote a series of 'James Bond' style superspy thrillers featuring an agent named Mark Hood, novels in this series that have appeared in the thread are 'Come Die With Me' (1965) and 'Operation Octopus' (1968).
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« Reply #438 on: February 14, 2018, 10:16:06 pm »
Another short story

A.E. van Vogt, Dormant, 1948 (First published in Startling Stories, November 1948.)

United States

USS Coulson (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified.
5 Inch guns
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1948, a US Destroyer on clean-up duty in the Pacific stumbles across a dangerously radioactive rock, but what have they really found...

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« Reply #439 on: February 19, 2018, 12:54:58 am »
Philip McCutchan, Sunstrike, 1979

United States

USS Cato E. Parnell
Minesweeper/hunter
Glass Fibre hull. (Glass reinforced plastic?)
Speed: 25 knots (Max)
No other details provided.

USS Hampton Roads (SSN or SSBN-???)
Nuclear submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided, beyond the fact that it carries 'missiles' it is not specified if these are cruise missiles or ballistic missiles.

Plot summary: The year is 1979. Someone has provided the Chinese with the means to open holes in the Ozone Layer on command, the possibilities for extortion on the grandest scale are obvious.

Note: This is only the second novel I've run across that makes use of the idea of weaponizing ozone depletion as a major plot element, the other being the horror novel 'SIGMET Active' (1978) by Thomas Page, which I've covered earlier in the thread. It's also a Yellow Peril (China) novel, predating the resurgence of the genre in the late 1990s and early 2000s, other novels of this  kind I have covered in the thread are 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000) and 'White Plague' (2015). Dating this story is not really possible as the author carefully avoids providing specific information that could tie things to a particular year, however one reference to the 'power' of the British Trade Union Council over the British Government suggests that it may take place prior to the May 3, 1979 British General Election (Which bought Margaret Thatcher into power...) or possibly shortly thereafter, see also the novel 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) by Alfred Coppel.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #440 on: February 25, 2018, 12:41:10 am »
Kenneth Cameron (Pen name: George Bartram), Under the Freeze, 1984

United Kingdom (WWII)

HMS Loyal
'Light Cruiser', class not specified
Carries two Seaplanes, this would fit the Town or later classes of light cruiser in British service.
No other details provided, beyond the fact that it was "...slower but had bigger guns..." than the German warship it was chasing.
Note: Name clashes with an L Class Destroyer in service 1940 - 1944.

Unnamed
4 Destroyers
No other details provided

Unnamed
2 Icebreakers
No other details provided

Germany (WWII)

Prinz Von Homberg
'Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
2 Icebreakers
No other details provided

Argentina (1980s)
 
Admiral Jorge Canossa (ex-Svetlanosk)
Whiskey Class Submarine (ex-Soviet)
Commissioned 1963
Converted for maritime research 1977/78
Recommissioned in Argentine service 1978
Details as per the real ships regarding propulsion, modifications are described as follows in the novel:

Quote
"Divers' ports, a tunnel attachment to mate with another craft or a sea lab, a deck mounted submersible. Cargo space. Lots of cargo space. Very unusual for a submarine."

Plot summary: The year is 1983. The Soviets have completed their investigation into the submarine that ran aground in Sweden in 1981 and have discovered that it was carrying stolen plutonium to an unknown client. With evidence that more has been stolen, but fearful of a leak in their own government, the KGB reaches out to the Americans for help.

Note: Dating this one is pretty easy, Yuri Andropov (1914 -1984, Leader of Russia 1982 - 1984) actually appears in the novel which means it  has to take place before his death in February of 1984, references to the Falklands War (April - June 1982) in the past tense means it takes place after those events, therefore it is most likely the story is set in 1983.

This author also published a series of novels under the name Gordon Kent which he co-wrote with his son. Novels by this pseudonym covered in this thread are, 'Night Trap' (1999), ' Peacemaker', (2000) 'Top Hook' (2002), 'Hostile Contact' (2003)  'Force Protection' (2004) & 'Damage Control,' (2006).
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« Reply #441 on: February 25, 2018, 03:23:30 pm »
Liam Makeka, Starboard Helm, 2018

United States (Coast Guard)

USCGC Bristow (WHEC-???)
Hamilton Class Cutter (Thirteenth Member of Class)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Named for Benjamin H. Bristow (Secretary of the Treasury 1874 - 1876)

Plot summary: A US Coast Guard officer comes to an important moment in his life.

Note: Dating this one is not easy, the author gives specific dates but they do not point to a single year, however he does feature fictionalized versions of a helicopter crash at Ambrose Light (31 August, 1993) and the TWA Flight 800 crash (17 July, 1996) and possibly the 1991 'Perfect Storm', which suggests that the events are taking place in the 1990s.

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« Reply #442 on: March 01, 2018, 11:15:57 pm »
Bill Lounsbery (As Roger Hogan), A Time to Heal, 2014

United Kingdom

HMS Minerva (F45)
Leander Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

United States

USS Cabezon (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with a Balao Class Submarine in service 1944 - 1953, but not struck from the Naval Register until 1970.

Russia

Sword of the Motherland/Mech Rodiny
Foxtrot (Pr. 641) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Only the English language name is given by the author, Russian name was created using Google Translate.

K-162
Papa (Pr. 661) Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Author identifies this ship as the Alfa (Pr. 705) class prototype but explicitly refers to the Papa Class Submarines nickname of 'Golden Fish', a reference to the high cost of the submarine. It was renumbered K-222 in 1978.

Plot summary: The story is set between 1973 and 1974. A US Naval Officer is assigned to a US test facility in the Bahamas to recover from psychological injuries sustained in Vietnam. While there he becomes involved in various intrigues, culminating in a Russian attempt to salvage a Mk 48 torpedo lost during testing.

Note: The novel can be pretty firmly dated, with The Bahama's becoming independent within the Commonwealth (1973) and Richard Nixon's resignation (1974) providing the anchors. This is not the best of novels. For various reasons the story does not 'gel', partly because the author explains things in detail that should have been left in summary and not even a gratuitous reference to the Bermuda Triangle saves it. The only other book I've covered on the list dealing with that phenomenon, and which handles it far better than this novel is 'Sargasso' (1977) by Edwin Corley
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« Reply #443 on: March 03, 2018, 06:50:35 am »
Some more 'self-published on Amazon' fiction...

James W. Nelson, Boat Sailors, 2011

United States

USS Charr (AGSS-328)
Balao Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Designated as an Auxilliary Submarine from 1966 until decommissioned in 1969.

USS Hagfish (APSS-313)
Balao Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: This is a fictional version of USS Perch (APSS-313) a submarine that was used for covert operations during the Vietnam War.

Japan (WWII)

Isuzu
Nagara Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service

Plot summary: The novel is set between 1964 - 1966 and covers the career of a navy recruit who becomes part of the crew of a submarine that is used for various covert operations during the opening phases of the Vietnam war.

Note: The author states that he based the book on actual operations carried out by the USS Perch (APSS-313), making use of recollections from the ships crew (The authors military service in the 60s didn't bring him to Vietnam.), aside from one incident which is based on a 1972 atrocity carried out by North Vietnamese soldiers.
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« Reply #444 on: March 05, 2018, 07:31:56 am »
Another piece of 'self-published on Amazon' fiction...

Frederick Aldrich, Two Peasants and a President, 2012

China (People's Republic)

Yulin
Type 053H3 Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: I do not currently have a good source for Chinese warship names, all I can confirm is that there is no Type 053H3 Class Frigate of that name.

Yuxi
Type 053H3 Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: I do not currently have a good source for Chinese warship names, all I can confirm is that there is no Type 053H3 Class Frigate of that name.

Lanzhou
Type 052C Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

Unnamed
Type 093 (Song) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Vietnam

Dinh Tien Hoang
Frigate (Russian designed.)
Stealth design.
76.2mm gun
Kh-35e Missiles
533mm torpedoes
Osa-M Air Defence Missile system
No other details provided other than there is a second ship in the class and that the missiles are later updated to KH-35 Uran's (SS-N-25 'Switchblade'), as the Russians want to test them against Chinese weapons systems.

Unnamed
2 Kilo Class (Pr. 636) Submarines
Details as per the real ships.

United States

Seventh Fleet
(All ships are real.)

Philippines

BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11) (ex-USS Atherton (DE-169))
Datu Kalantiaw Class Frigate (Cannon Class Destroyer Escort)
Real ship, details as in Philippines service.

Plot summary: As relations between the US and China deteriorate, two tourists escape from a Chinese hospital claiming that a group within the country is kidnapping tourists so that their organs can be sold on the black market. With the ineffective US President backed into a corner war seems inevitable.

Note: There is no dating information. This was not the most comfortable or particularly pleasant book to read. It has the feel of the kind of fantasy that must have been in the minds of a fair number of the people who voted for Donald Trump. Not that the rabble rousing Republican politician who drives the plot bares much resemblance to Trump. As for the Democrat running the country, well he does not appear to have been based on Obama or either of the Clintons, but rather seems to be the kind of politician "Boss" Tweed of 19th Century Tammany Hall fame would have backed, running the country with a mixture of graft and sleaze financed by selling the countries assets to China until of course the Chinese start calling in the markers. As might be guessed from the preceding this is basically a classic 'Yellow Peril (China)' story of the kind that has become increasingly popular of late, other examples of this theme I have covered are 'Sunstrike' (1979), 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000) and 'White Plague' (2015).
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« Reply #445 on: March 08, 2018, 06:16:42 am »
Christopher Wood, James Bond: The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Ranger
Resolution Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Laid down: 1967
Commissioned:1971
Note: Construction period fits that of the actual members of the class. Construction start date is about two years after the last members of the class completed.

Russia

Potemkin
Delta I (Pr.667B) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

United States

USS Wayne (SSN-593)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clash with USS Thresher (SSN-593), which sank in  1962. This pennant number is also used for the Skipjack Class Submarine USS Barracuda (SSN-593) in the  novel 'To Kill The Potemkin' by Mark Joseph.

Plot summary: The year is 1977, someone has been stealing submarines, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union put their best agents on the case....
Note: This is the novelization of the 1977 Roger Moore James Bond movie.
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« Reply #446 on: March 11, 2018, 12:59:55 am »
D. F. Capps, Tsunami Storm, 2015

United States

USS Massachusetts (SSN-224)
Seawolf Class Submarine (Fourth member of class)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clashes with a Virginia Class Submarine, USS Massachusetts (SSN-798), which is currently under construction as of the date of this post.

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed (ex - K-123)
Alfa Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Officially sent for scrapping, unofficially transferred to China. Details provided identify the ship pretty conclusively. Author simply refers to the submarine as 'Chinese Submarine' throughout despite several scenes set aboard her.

Unnamed
Two Frigates
No other details

Plot summary: In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake the Chinese government starts blocking US relief aid and pursuing an economic hard-line. Why is a mystery until evidence emerges of the unthinkable...

Note: This was an unpleasant read. The author is a Conspiracy Believer and appears to be using fiction to spread his beliefs to a wider audience, he mixes in weather/earthquake controlling machines, the deliberate triggering of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami with nuclear weapons, Federal Reserve conspiracies and a host of other fringe ideas to form a rather nasty picture, at least the person(s) behind the mayhem get what they deserve.
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« Reply #447 on: March 11, 2018, 03:05:06 am »
A rare comic book...

Björn Karlstrom, Biggles and the Sargasso Triangle, 1977

United States

USS Trident (USS-??)
Midway Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specify the class, but the illustration makes it quite clear that it was based on a Midway Class Aircraft Carrier.

Plot summary: Plot summary: It's the end of 1970s. The rate of shipping and aircraft losses in the Caribbean has shot up, investigations reveals the cause, a man with a plan and an EMP cannon...

Note: This is a licensed comic book making use of the characters created by W.E. Johns in a decidedly James Bondish plot. The villain describes his invention as a laser, but the effects bare no resemblance to those of a laser, but rather those of a directional EMP burst. Perhaps something was lost in the translation from Swedish to English. Dating was fairly easy as the artist depicts UH-60 Blackhawks which first flew in 1974 and were selected selected for US service in late 1976. The Bermuda Triangle was a big thing at the end of the 1970's spawning films, songs and novels. Other novels I've covered which make use of it are 'Sargasso' (1977) and 'A Time to Heal' (2012).

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« Reply #448 on: March 12, 2018, 02:43:45 am »
Jon Burmeister, The Glory Hunters, 1979

Japan

Hikari
'Destroyer', class not specified
No other details provided

MTB-32
'Torpedo Boat', class not specified.
No details provided as to dimensions or weapons fit.

United States

SS Marion B. Lovemore
Spyship(?) (Converted small freighter)
900 tons
Crew: 25 (19 Naval Volunteers/6 US Marines)
Armament: Various small arms, sufficient to equip the entire crew. (M1 Garand, Thompson M1928, Browning Automatic Rifle, Browning Light Machine Gun, Mk 2 Grenades (Wikipedia) and 2 x 2-inch mortars. Note: The two mortars are operated by the Marines, weapons are stored in one of the holds.)
Orignal engines have been replaced with "...high-power modern engines...", now capable of speeds equivalent of that of a destroyer (30 knots +)
Radio equipment fitted "...equals the best in the world..."
Deck has been modified in several places to allow the mortars to be securely mounted for firing.
Refit cost "...half a million dollars..." (In 1930s money.)
Registered in Panama, nominally owned by 'Guitarez y Valdez' a Panamanian front company for the United States Navy.
Note: I'm not entirely sure how to classify this ship, essentially it's a spy ship but that's not exactly how it's being used in the novel.

United Kingdom

HMS Variant
'Cruiser', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1937, the hero hires on as a supercargo on an American tramp freighter as his predecessor is suffering a terminal illness. It rapidly becomes apparent that this is not a normal tramp freighter. But just what is going on and what is the ultimate goal?

Note: The author based his plot on some old conspiracy theories about just what did happen to Amelia Earhart, which makes for an interesting story, but it also contains some sloppy research. The author has the characters repeatedly refer to Japanese Marines, there were no such thing. The correct term was Special Naval Landing Force, these were at the time, sailors given infantry training (Essentially the same as British 'Bluejackets'.) rather than elite soldiers.
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« Reply #449 on: March 15, 2018, 01:00:28 am »
A return to comic books.

Joe Gill, Tanker Trap (appeared in Submarine Attack, #11), 1958

United States

Ethyl City
Q-Ship
Modified Oil Tanker
Armament 3 x 5 inch Guns (Mounted aft around the Bridge/accommodation area, two are concealed.)
Modifications include, armoring the engine room and filling all available free space with buoyant material (Described as pine logs).
Note: Armament is estimated based on what is shown in the comic and a discussion with Hood.

Unnamed (DD-47x)
Destroyer, class not specified
Note: A pennant is visible on the bow, but is partly unreadable.

Germany

Unnamed
Multiple U-Boats

Plot summary: It is February of 1942, and an unorthodox plan has been come up with to tackle the U-boat menace.

Note: This was the result of a long and somewhat frustrating search through a collection of public domain comic books, but it was worth it. The only other time I've encountered anything like modifying an oil tanker in this way was the 1992 novel, 'The Talisman Deception', in that novel the author refers to an alleged wartime proposal to do just that. So far I've not been able to confirm this, but this tale pushes the idea back to a time closer to the war.
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