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« Reply #450 on: March 16, 2018, 05:13:21 am »
Jamie Campbell (Pseud.), The Mean Season: A 5,150 ton short story of the sea, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Cheltenham
C/Carlisle Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Not modified as an AA Cruiser.
Has been fitted with Radar (Type 79C (Fictional)) by December of 1939.
Speed: 27 knots (Current Max, design speed is 29 knots.)
Note: No specifics are given on the radars performance. It's simply stated that it's a prototype not suitable for mass production.

Germany

Rostock
Cruiser, class not specified
Main Battery: 9 x 5.9 inch guns (Triple turrets A, X & Y)
Secondary battery/AA armament not specified.
Torpedoes: 9 x 20inch (500mm) Torpedo Tubes
Displacement: 6400 tons
Speed: 31.5 knots (Max)
Note: This is a fictional Wiemar-era design constructed between the Emden and the Konigsberg/Leipzig Class. The author states compromises have been made to the armor and range to fit in the weapons.

Unnamed
Two Destroyers, class not specified
Note: Author refers to these as 'Z-Boats'. The details given could fit either the Type 1934/34A or Type 1936 class.

Plot summary: It is December of 1939. An aging RN Cruiser has been dispatched on a critical test of a new system.

Note: The author finishes the short story with a long note in which they give the details of the fictional ships they created, which is rather nice. They also do not appear to have been aware of the Konigsberg Class as a separate entity from the Leipzig Class, even though they link to the Wikipedia page on the Leipzig Class in their end notes.
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« Reply #451 on: March 16, 2018, 08:12:13 pm »
Jamie Campbell (Pseud.), The Terrible Aspect: A 1,370 ton short story of the sea, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Leicester
York Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Exemplar
E Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: It is April/May of 1940, a British destroyer is sent to Norway as the campaign there winds down to pick up some Norwegian scientists before the Quislings or the Germans get their hands on them.

Note: As with the previous story, the author includes an afterward discussing their inspirations and providing additional details on the fictional warships appearing in it. This is also the sequel to 'The Mean Season' which I covered in the previous post and to date the last published story in the series. The authors biography on Amazon states that the authors name is a pseudonym.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #452 on: March 18, 2018, 12:16:06 am »
An unexpected find...

Alex Lukeman, White Jade, 2011

United States

USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified by the author as an Ohio Class Submarine. Name clashes with USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656) a Benjamin Franklin Class Submarine in service 1966 - 1993. Another Ohio Class Submarine of this name appears in the technothriller 'Cold Sea Rising' (1985) by Richard Moran. The submarine in that novel had been modified to enhance underwater stealth. There is nothing in the current novel to indicate that the submarine is anything other than a 'stock' member of the Ohio Class.

USS Ronald Regan (CVN-76)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)
Ohio Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

China (People's Republic)

Unnamed
Two Type 094 Class Submarines
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: A murder in California alerts the United States Government to the existence of a cabal in the Peoples Liberation Army with plans that could have catastrophic global consequences if they are enacted.

Notes: This is your basic Clive Cussler style adventure technothriller, making use of fringe archaeological ideas about the Minoans to drive the plotline, though in this case the bad guys are not searching for a supernatural source of globe dominating power, but one entirely within the bounds of reality. There is no specific dating information provided so the 'Day After Tomorrow' rule applies (e.g. a few years into the future relative to the publication date.).
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« Reply #453 on: March 30, 2018, 01:02:21 am »
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, Piranha, 2014

Non-State

'Cabrillo Corporation'

Oregon (II)
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted 1960s cargo liner)
Length: 560ft (171m)
Beam: 75ft (23m)
11,585 tons
Propulsion: MHD Engines
Speed: 50 knots(+)
Armament: 120mm Cannon (Exact number not specified) 3 x 20mm Gatling cannon 4 x Exocet Missiles (Concealed in forward hold) 2 x Land Attack Missiles (Russian, type not specified.) 2 x 21 inch Torpedo Tubes (Bow), Machine Guns. Note: All weapons are concealed.
2 x Minisubs
1 x Helicopter
Note: Conversion was done at a Russian shipyard, but paid for by US Govt 'Black Budget' money. The below-water hull has been heavily modified to allow safe transit at high speeds. Mercenary ship, owned by the 'Cabrillo Corporation'. Registered in Iran (Carries flags for every maritime nation.) Performs intelligence gathering on behalf of the United States Government and other related work on behalf of friendly nations. This is the replacement for the ship of the same name that appeared in 'Flood Tide' (1997)

Venezuela

Reina Azul
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted cargo ship.)
Length: 200 ft
Speed: 15 knots (Max)
Armament: 4 x 3M-54 'Klub-K' missiles mounted in a modified shipping container.
Note: Fire control limitations prevent the ship from firing more than one missile at a time.

Plot summary: The crew of the Oregon suddenly find that someone has penetrated their security.
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« Reply #454 on: March 31, 2018, 06:53:18 am »
Back to the 'self-published on Amazon' technothrillers...

R.E. McDermott, Deadly Straits, 2011

United States

USS Hermitage (LSD-56)
Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship(?)
Details as per the real ships
Carries at least one SH-60 Seahawk.
Note: Pennant number is that of an unnamed cancelled member of the Harpers Ferry Class, class has been assumed from the pennant number only.

Plot summary: A ship broker finds himself enmeshed in an elaborate international plot.

Note: This is part of a series of three novels featuring the same characters. The author provides dates, with the story running between 10 May and 15th September of an unspecified year, but does not provide information allowing the story to be pinned to a specific post-2001 year. Therefore the 'Day After Tomorrow' rule applies.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #455 on: April 04, 2018, 05:46:27 am »
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, Typhoon Fury, 2017

United States (WWII)

USS Pearsall (DD-542)
Fletcher Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Explicitly identified as this class in the novel. Ship was in service early enough to be sent to the Philippines prior to the surrender of Corregidor (9th April, 1942) on a special mission (E.g. She commissioned before USS Fletcher (DD-445) which was commissioned on the 30th of June, 1942.). Pennant number is that of an unnamed cancelled member of the Fletcher class.

Japan (WWI)

I-38
Submarine, class not specified
Note: Pennant is that of a Type B1 Class submarine sunk in 1944, however the submarine in the novel is sunk in early 1942, so it cannot be that ship.

Non-State

'Cabrillo Corporation'

Oregon (II)
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted 1960s cargo liner)
Length: 560ft (171m)
Beam: 75ft (23m)
11,585 tons
Propulsion: MHD Engines
Speed: 50 knots(+)
Armament: 120mm Cannon (Exact number not specified) 3 x 20mm Gatling cannon 4 x Exocet Missiles (Concealed in forward hold) 2 x Land Attack Missiles (Russian, type not specified.) 2 x 21 inch Torpedo Tubes (Bow), Machine Guns. Note: All weapons are concealed.
2 x Minisubs
1 x Helicopter
Note: Conversion was done at a Russian shipyard, but paid for by US Govt 'Black Budget' money. The below-water hull has been heavily modified to allow safe transit at high speeds. Mercenary ship, owned by the 'Cabrillo Corporation'. Registered in Iran (Carries flags for every maritime nation.) Performs intelligence gathering on behalf of the United States Government and other related work on behalf of friendly nations. This is the replacement for the ship of the same name that appeared in 'Flood Tide' (1997)

'New Peoples Army'
Philippines Communist Insurgent Group

Magellan Sun
Armed Merchant Ship
Length: 370ft (112.8 m)
Armament: 3 x 4 inch guns concealed in modified shipping containers
Nominally owned by Tai Fong Shipping (A Hong Kong registered shell company.), the ship is registered in the Marshall Islands.

And one non-state fictional naval weapon.

Kuyog (English: 'Swarm')
Drone torpedoes based on modified jetskis.
Uses laser designation system to acquire target, then an optical system to continue tracking the target until it reaches a distance of 1 meter at which point it detonates.
Warhead: 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of Semtex
Created and operated by the 'New Peoples Army'.

Plot summary: The crew of the Oregon are offered a non-standard contract to assist in the recovery of a large cache of stolen artworks being used by drug smugglers as 'currency'. Following a harrowing mission against the Chinese Ministry of State Security, it seems like the perfect way to relax...
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #456 on: April 17, 2018, 08:47:05 pm »
Alison Bruce, Ghost Writer, 2017

Canada

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

United States (1960's)

Arctic Station Alpha
Nuclear powered SeaLab (First stage of a planned USN underwater Arctic base.)
Crew: 8
Armament: Small arms for the crew, unspecified number of 21 inch TT (Only one torpedo room.)
Described as being "...the size of the Goodyear blimp."

United States (2017)

USS Scranton (SSN-756)
Los Angeles class
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Described as a 'tactical sub' in the novel.

Plot: The year is 2017, an expedition to locate and retrieve an undersea habitat abandoned since the 1960s when contact was unexpectedly lost, find themselves with a mystery on their hands.

Note: This is not an action novel, but rather a Romantic Thriller with paranormal overtones. 

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« Reply #457 on: April 19, 2018, 08:10:03 pm »
Back to the short form fiction,

Hilbert Schenck, Hurricane Claude, published in Edward L. Furman (ed.), The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (April, 1983)

United States

USCGC Intrepid (WMEC-???)
Reliance Class Cutter?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment based on name only which fits the naming scheme for the Reliance Class. No other details than name provided by the author. Name clashes with that of the Essex Class Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid (CV-11) which was in service from 1943 until 1974 and then converted to a museum ship in 1982.

USCGC Dauntless (WMEC-624)
Reliance Class Cutter
Real ship, details as in service
Note: USCGC Dauntless (WMEC-624) has made a few appearances in fiction. In 1979 she portrayed the ill-fated USCGC New Hope in the film version of Peter Benchley's 'The Island' (1979), she also appears in the 2016 novel 'Goliath' by Shawn Corridan & Gary Waid as one of two Coast Guard ships sent to rescue the crew of a stranded Russian Supertanker off the Alaskan coast and finally her pennant number is used for an unnamed Coast Guard cutter in the technothriller 'Avenging Storm' (1992) by Duncan Long, which I have covered earlier in this list.

Plot summary: A private group thinks they have worked out a way to disrupt hurricanes safely, but as the first real test looms, have they taken everything into consideration.

Note: Hilbert Schenk (1926-2013), was a minor sci-fi writer whose short fiction shows an interest in the sea.
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« Reply #458 on: April 22, 2018, 10:59:27 pm »
Another in the irregular 'non-state' series, this time from something 'self-published on Amazon'.

Evan Graver, Dark Water, 2017

Non-State

'Brown Berets' (Hispanic separatist group.)

La Carranza Garza (ex-SEACOR Mariner)
Oil Platform Supply Vessel
Length: 150ft (45.7m)
2 Diesel Engines (1,1157 Horsepower Each.)
Speed: 12 knots (Max), 10 knots (Cruise)
Armament: AK-47s for all crew & 8 Strela-3 Surface-to-Air Missiles
Cargo also includes a wide range of firearms.
Interior has been modified to include hidden rooms for people smuggling.

Plot summary: An investigation into the theft of several yachts off the US coast and their subsequent use for smuggling arms into the country leads to the discovery of a dangerous conspiracy.

Note: This is another of those novels that seems to be intended for supporters of Donald Trump, the bad guys are Mexican drug cartels, people who want to take back the lands Mexico lost in the 1840s and ISIS working together on the principle that 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'.

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« Reply #459 on: April 26, 2018, 04:10:27 am »
Some 'Gung-Ho' nonsense from the mid '80s...

W. X. Davies (Pseud.) with the 'Strategic Operations Group',  Countdown WWIII: Operation Black Sea, 1984

United States

USS McCulloch (DLG-?/CG-??)
Belknap Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Greece

Larisa (ex-USS ?)
Knox Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Ex-US warship transferred to Greece.

Plus other 'Unnamed' warships.

Turkey

Erdemit
'Battleship'
No other details provided

Sardis
'Battleship'
No other details provided

Plus other 'Unnamed' warships.

Russia

Yarosloavl
Kara (Pr. 1134b) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships


Plot summary: The year is 1986 (The novel takes place between November 3 & 24 of that year.). Tensions in the Balkans between Turkey and Greece explode into war, the United States sends in it's Global Crisis Task Force (GTCF), experts trained to do whatever it takes to keep the situation from spiraling out of control, but with the Soviets pulling the strings, will this be enough to stave off disaster.

Note: This is one of a series of action novels attributed to the same writing team released through newsstands in the mid '80s, 'W. X. Davies' is, to quote the introduction, "...the pseudonym of a well-known author. He took on this new series both to entertain and to argue for a more sophisticated espionage capability for the US." His collaborators are simply described as an "...informal advisory council whose military, intelligence and security experience provides much of the background for the series." As to the truth that lies behind these claims, who knows, I'm not that impressed with either writing or plotting, nor with the cover art.
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« Reply #460 on: April 28, 2018, 07:18:07 am »
Clive Hawkswood, Bismarck's Plague, 2018

United Kingdom

HMS Bowman
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany

U-31
Type U 31 Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In the real world, this ship went missing while on patrol in January of 1915 and the wreck was not discovered until 2016. World War I legend held that the submarine had drifted ashore in England, the entire crew dead in June of 1915 and it was speculated the crew had been killed by chlorine gas from damaged batteries, the 2016 discovery finally proved this wild story false.

Plot summary: The year is 1915, a British destroyer finds a German U-boat drifting on the surface of the North Sea, what the boarding party finds aboard leads to a desperate mission into Germany to prevent the unleashing of a nightmare disease.

Note: This is actually the third of a series of WWI action novels, but it is the only one to date with a naval component.
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« Reply #461 on: April 28, 2018, 08:03:51 am »
A legendary technothriller

Craig Thomas, Firefox, 1977

United States

USS Pequod (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Forward crew compartment/torpedo room converted into fuel tanks containing aviation fuel.
Note: In the 1982 film, the submarine was represented using stock footage from the film 'Ice Station Zebra' (1968) for underwater sequences and a newly built conning tower mock-up for the surfaced scenes, the submarines pennant number is never visible.

Russia

Riga
Moskva (Pr. 1123) Class Helicopter Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: In the 1982 film, this ship was depicted with footage of a Belknap Class Cruiser, albeit one carrying Mi-24 'Hind' helicopters. In the novel the ship is correctly assigned Ka-25 'Hormone' helicopters.

Otlitnyi
Guided Missile Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Slavny
Guided Missile Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Two Foxtrot (Pr. 641) Class Submarines
Details as per the real ships.
Both submarines have been modified to carry an unidentified sub launched IR-Guided subsurface-to-air missile (Eg the weapon can be launched while submerged.). The exact number carried is not specified.

Unnamed
Three Victor Class Submarines (Subtype not specified)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Evidence reaches the West that the Soviets have designed a truly world beating fighter, the MIG-31 'Firefox', so a plan is put together to steal the prototype.

Note: This novel when it came out in 1977 proved astonishingly successful and it was filmed five years later with Clint Eastwood playing the pilot tasked with getting the stolen plane out. If you carefully read the novel, it's clear that Thomas envisaged something that looked much more like the MIG-25 'Foxbat' than the elegant (& iconic) creation Hollywood dreampt up for the film. The link below is to a cover gallery showing the various covers used for the novel over the years.

http://craigthomascompanion.co.uk/2firefox.html
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« Reply #462 on: April 30, 2018, 01:20:17 am »
A 'self-published on Amazon' technothriller.

Nigel Seed, V4 Vengeance, 2018

United States

Various Unnamed warships

United Kingdom

HMS Huntingdon
Frigate, class not specified
Main battery 1 x 4.5 inch gun
No other details provided.

HMS Newbury
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany (WWII)

V4-1 (ex- U-3998)
Type XXII Class U-boat (Fictional)
Armament: 6 x 21 inch TT (4 fwd/2 aft), only the forward tubes can be reloaded after firing, exact number of reloads not specified.
1 fwd mounted V-1 Launcher (10 missiles carried in a partly dismantled state, each is armed with a warhead containing an unspecified binary nerve gas (Possibly Sarin.))
No gun armament fitted.
Propulsion details are the same as for late war U-Boats.
No other details provided

V4-2 (ex- U-3999)
Type XXII Class U-boat (Fictional)
Same details as V4-1

V4-3 (ex U-4000)
Type XXII Class U-boat (Fictional)
Same details as V4-1

Note: Author does not make it clear if this is a derivative of the Type XXI U-Boat (Which had an all forward torpedo armament.) or conversions of an earlier type. The three submarines are abandoned at the end of the war and two of them (V4-1/2) are salvaged by the Russian Mafiya and crewed by Middle Eastern mercenaries (Not ISIS.) sent against New York. The non-standard pennant numbers refer to them being the fourth Vergeltungswaffen (Vengeance Weapon) system, in this case  V-1 Cruise Missiles fitted with chemical warheads launched from a submarine.

Non-Ship

Kiel U-Boat Base

Concealed underground pens and dockyard built to the north of Kiel, well separated from the known installations.

Plot summary: A trio of retired Royal Engineers are hired to find a rumored WWII era U-Boat base lost since the end of the war and find themselves caught up in a plot that has some similarities to the film 'Die Hard' (1988). No clues are given to precisely date the story so the 'Day after Tomorrow' rule applies.
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« Reply #463 on: May 02, 2018, 01:11:30 am »
Another would be Clive Cussler, 'self-published on Amazon'.

Telford Lee, The Wolves of Atlantis, 2017

United States (WWII)

USS Bogue (CVE-9)
Bogue Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

United States ('Present Day')

USS James
Salvage/Support Ship, class not specified
Crew: 39
Unarmed
No other details provided

Battle Group Z-29

USS Peregrine
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

USS Gyre
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

USS Aplomado
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

USS Merlin
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

Falcon Class 'Warship'
'nearly' 400 crew
'enhanced' Harpoons
AEGIS equipped
At least two 5 inch guns
No other weapons mentioned
Carries two Shrike Class Minisubs
No other details other than one non-USN character referring to ships of this class as "battle cruisers".

Shrike Class Minisub (Submerged Biological Combat Craft (SBCC))
Described as "Similar in looks to a fighter jet, but with very stubby wings."
2 man crew
Anechoic coating
Propulsion system designed to make noises identical to marine life.
Armament: 4 x Mark X Torpedos
Note: Class members are not named.

And one fictional weapons system

Mark X Torpedo
Weight: 1000lb (453.6kg)
Propulsion system designed to make noises identical to marine life.
No other details provided.

Germany (Third Reich, WWII and beyond)

U-172
Type IXC Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In the real world this submarine was sunk on the 22nd of November, 1943 by planes from the carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9). In the novel it escapes this attack and returns to Germany with news of great importance to the future of the Reich.

U-504
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant is that of a Type IXC Class U-Boat sunk on the 30th of July, 1943

U-702
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant is that of a Type VIIC Class U-Boat sunk on the 3rd of April, 1943

Several other Unnamed U-Boats.

Non-State

Unnamed
Victor V Class Submarine
Ex-Russian submarine sold to Al-Queda.
Stated to be 'nuclear capable', but just what armament is being carried is not specified.
No other details provided

Plot summary: A mission to deal with a would be terrorist attack on the United States discovers a much greater threat...

Note: This novel is another attempt to out do Clive Cussler and his collaborators. In this case drawing on 1930s claims about Atlantis by psychic Edgar Cayce, for the fringe historical ideas that drive the plot. Along with this the author also throws in people who 'Didn't believe in no surrender.' at the end of World War II. Sadly the authors writing style is just not up to the task.
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« Reply #464 on: May 02, 2018, 07:23:05 am »
Another horror novel with a naval setting...

Donald Allen Kirch, Reich, 2017

Germany

U-152 (Named by the crew 'Nauecilus'.)
U-Boat, class not specified.
Fitted with an 'Automation Control Panel'. As the name suggests this allows a U-Boat to be operated with a minimal crew (Implied to be one person to control the submarine, and the minimum number of people used to load the torpedo tubes.). The submarine is stated to be fitted with the prototype installation.
Note: Pennant matches that of a Type IID Class U-Boat that served from 1941 until 1945 as a training ship. The ship in the novel is described as an operational U-boat, but no specific class details are given.

Plot summary: Following the failure of the Stauffenberg Plot, the crew of a U-Boat is ordered to take the Fuehrer to Norway, on the way there they discover just what it is that Germany has given its loyalty to...

Note: As might be guessed this plays very fast and loose with history, the author finishes the story with a note claiming he based it on a letter-in-a-bottle found on the coast of Denmark in November of 1946 which claimed that Hitler had been murdered by the crew of a U-Boat rather than dying in the Berlin Bunker. He does not give a source for this tale so it could be made up, and even if it was true, the message could easily have been a fake.

Update:

I've managed to track down a copy of the newspaper story that may have inspired the author of this story. It can be read by following the link below.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/67837120
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