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« Reply #465 on: May 03, 2018, 07:43:05 am »
Alexander Fullerton, Submariner, 2008

United Kingdom

HMS Ursa
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Ultra
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: A submarine of the same name appears in the authors Everard Chronicles novel 'The Gatecrashers' (1984).

HMS Unbowed
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Unsung
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Unslaked
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Urbane
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Tango
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: A T Class Submarine of this name also appears in the 'self-published on Amazon' short novel 'The Cauldron' (2013) by author Roy Peters.

HMS Swordsman
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Italy

Unnamed
Condottieri Class Cruiser (Duca degli Abruzzi Sub-Class)
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Ankara
Tank Transport Ship (Converted Merchantman?)
Sunk by mines laid by HMS Rorqual (N74).

Sassnitz
Tank Transport Ship (Converted Merchantman?)

Note: Not sure if either of these ships are fictional or not.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, and for the submarines of the 10th Submarine Flotilla the war is reaching it's crisis point.

Note: In what turned out to be his last novel, the author freely mixes real and fictional warship names, making sorting out which is which quite difficult. A brief reference to Paul Everard, a character from the Everard Chronicles series shows that this novel is set in the same 'universe' as that series.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #466 on: May 06, 2018, 10:20:16 pm »
....   Note: Not sure if either of these ships are fictional or not.  ...   

- MS Ankara was general cargo vessel used by the German Navy in the Mediterranean as a transport until sunk
  by mine in 1943

- Couldn't find a German ship named "MS Sassnitz" before 1959. Was a train ferry then, that may have led the   
  author  to create a forerunner. But a train ferry, though certainly able to carry tanks, would have been suitable
  only for delivering them to a dedicated jetty, I think.

So both probably fictional.

It takes a long time, before all mistakes are made ...

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« Reply #467 on: May 06, 2018, 11:21:42 pm »
....   Note: Not sure if either of these ships are fictional or not.  ...   

- MS Ankara was general cargo vessel used by the German Navy in the Mediterranean as a transport until sunk
  by mine in 1943

- Couldn't find a German ship named "MS Sassnitz" before 1959. Was a train ferry then, that may have led the   
  author  to create a forerunner. But a train ferry, though certainly able to carry tanks, would have been suitable
  only for delivering them to a dedicated jetty, I think.

So both probably fictional.

Thank you Jemiba for that information.

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« Reply #468 on: May 16, 2018, 03:54:07 am »
Denzil Meyrick, Empty Nets & Promises, 2016

United States

USS Newark (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified.
'Old' in 1968, so probably a late WWII class.
No other details provided.
Note: The name 'USS Newark' was intended for three US warships in WWII, an unbuilt Cleveland Class Cruiser (CL-88), a Cleveland Class Cruiser (CL-100) converted into a Independence Class Carrier and an unbuilt Fargo Class Cruiser (CL-108). The name itself does not fit the US naming convention for Destroyers, being a town name rather than the name of a naval hero.

Russia

Kirov
'Trawler' (Spy Ship?)
No other details provided.

United Kingdom

Unnamed
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1968, and for the crew of one Scottish trawler things are going from good to worse, the skippers daughter is about to be married, there are no fish to be found, the publican has been arrested for selling stolen whiskey and now the boat's sprung a leak...

Note: The author is a writer of detective fiction set in Scotland, this book features one of the characters from his main series in a story that is inspired by the more humorous works of authors like Sir Compton Mackenzie...
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« Reply #469 on: May 24, 2018, 05:54:25 am »
William Wingate, Fireplay, 1977

United States

USS Galveston (CV-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified.
Length: 1020ft (310.9m)
Displacement: 80,800 tons
Crew: 4493
Air group includes A7E Corsairs and F4N Phantom IIs
Note: Explicitly identified in the text as a conventionally powered warship. The name used does not fit the naming conventions used for US Aircraft Carriers.

USS Stormy Beach (CGN-?)
Long Beach Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name is dubious. Details of armament however are an exact match for the USS Long Beach (CGN-9).

USS Mary Jane
Oceanographic Survey Ship, class not specified
Length: 260ft (79.25m)
Displacement: 5000 tons
Diesel-electric engines
Speed: 12 knots (Cruising)
Crew: 43 + 17 scientists
Electronics fitted includes side-scan sonar.
Note: Name is dubious, 'Mary Jane' is a slang term for marijuana.

Unnamed
Four Destroyers of unspecified class.

Russia

Doneska
Golf (Pr.629) Class Submarine
Launched: 1963
Details as per the real ships.

Kresta
Kresta I (Pr.1134) Class Cruiser (Modified)
Details as per the real ships save she carries 2 x KA-25 'Hormone' Helicopters, rather than the single helicopter actual members of the class carried.

Sevastopol
Kresta I (Pr.1134) Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service

Dmitri Lazarev
Sverdlov (Pr.68bis) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Gordyi
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Revolutsia
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Zaytiv
Oceanographic Survey Ship, class not specified
17,000 tons
Crew: 137 + 71 Scientists
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Various destroyers and frigates.

Plot summary: The Russians have lost a submarine in the Pacific, giving the US the opportunity for a major intelligence coup.

Note: This is the first novel I've come across based on Operation Jennifer (Project Azorian) (The other is 'Neptune' (1976) by Noel B. Gerson.), this one features a fictional version of Howard Hughes & the Glomar Explorer (Called in this novel, the Pacific Klondike.) other changes from the actual events are the use of a submersible barge (Omega One) and a copy of the bathyscape Trieste (Explorer One) to salvage the sunken Russian submarine, rather than the grasping claw they actually used. Interestingly this is one of the few 1970s action novels I found to be available on Kindle, as the author re-issued it as an ebook in 2011.
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« Reply #470 on: May 30, 2018, 02:56:00 pm »
With thanks to Hood, for their assistance, we return to the Cusslerverse...

Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, The Rising Sea, 2018

China (Peoples Republic)

Giashu
'Fleet tender' (Submarine Depot Ship?)
Fitted with a deck crane
Can carry at least four submersibles (The exact size of these is unspecified.)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Something is causing the worlds oceans to rise rapidly, but careful study indicates that the ice caps are not melting fast enough to account for it. So where is the water coming from...

Note: This is a surprisingly land bound plotline, that inverts the central mystery of  Bob Shaw's 'Medusa's Children' (1977) in which the polar ice melted but the seas didn't rise. There is also a callback to the events of 'Nighthawk' (2017) with a character from that novel turning up in this novel. Finally, it is another in the long line of Yellow Peril (China) stories that have re-emerged since the late 1990s. Others in this thread include 'Sunstrike' (1979), 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000), 'Two Peasants and a President' (2012) and  'White Plague' (2015).
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« Reply #471 on: June 05, 2018, 04:23:07 am »
From the 21st Century to the 19th...

Donald A. Joy, A Sudden Thunder, 1978

Confederate States

CSS Virginia (ex-USS Merrimack)
Ironclad (Casement)
Real ship, details as in service.

CSS Reprisal (ex-Penelope)
Gunboat (Converted steam tug)
Armament: 2 x 32pdr (Rifled) guns at the bow
No other details provided.
Captured by USS Cohocton in 1861.

Unnamed
Commerce raider (Privateer)
Steam powered
Two funnels
Paddle wheels (Not stated if sternwheel or sidewheel, most likely sidewheel.)
Shallow draft
4 x 32pdr (Rifled) guns mounted two a side forward of amidships.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several Gunboats
Converted tugboats
No other details provided.

United States

USS Cohocton
Steam Sloop (Screw propulsion)
Displacement: 1200 tons
Armament: (Original) Gun Deck: 10 x 32pdr Cannon, Main Deck: 2 x 4 inch 'deck rifles' (As refitted prior to the start of the Civil War) Gun Deck: 2 x 9 inch Dhalgren Cannon, 6 x 32pdr, Main Deck: 2 x 4 inch 'deck rifles' (Initially fixed mounts as bow chasers, modified to be mounted on pivoting mounts by March 1861.) (As at the Battle of Hampton Roads) Gun Deck: 2 x 9 inch Dhalgren Cannon, 6 x 32pdr (4 x Smoothbores, 2 x Rifled), Main Deck: 2 x 4 inch 'deck rifles' (On pivoting mounts.)
Draft: 10-11ft
Speed: 11 knots (Steam), 14 knots (Steam + Sail + A very stiff breeze.)
Crew:270

USS Defence
Steam Sloop (Sidewheel)
10 'guns'
Speed: 8knots (steam)
No other details
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Mary Jane
Sloop? (Converted Merchantman, sidewheel)
5 x 18pdr smoothbores
Speed: 6 knots (steam)
No other details
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Melford
Sloop? (Converted Merchantman)
5 'guns'
No other details
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Buoyant
Sloop?
4 'guns'
Note: Ex-Confederate blockade runner taken into US service. Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Daphne
Sloop?
4 'guns'
Note: Ex-Confederate blockade runner taken into US service. Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS(?) St Elizabeth
Troopship (Sidewheel)
No other details provided
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS(?) Atlantic
Troopship
No other details provided
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Katahdin
Unadilla Class Gunboat
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In the novel one of USS Cohocton's officers is given command of this ship, rather than her historic first commander George Henry Preble.

USS Pawnee
Steam sloop (Screw)
Real ship, details as in service

USS Minnesota
Steam Frigate (Screw)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Wyandotte (ex-USS Western Port)
Armed Steamer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: After the Civil War this name was carried by a Canonicus-class monitor (USS Wyandotte (ex-USS Tippecanoe) which was renamed in 1869)

USS Supply
Supply Ship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Sabine
Brandywine Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Macedonian
Sailing Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This is the 1836 frigate notionally constructed from components of the USS Macedonian (ex-HMS Macedonian) captured in the War of 1812, in a ruse known as a 'great repair'. In fact she was a completely new ship.

USS Powhatan
Steam Frigate (sidewheel)
Real ship, details as in service

USS Brooklyn
Steam Sloop
Real ship, detail as in service.
Note: Simply mentioned as an unnamed sloop when she appears, but this is the ship that accompanied the USS Macedonian to Fort Pickens in 1861.

USS Monitor
Ironclad turret ship
Real ship, details as in service.

United Kingdom

HMS Dauntless
Steam Frigate
Real ship, details as in service
Note: At the time the novel is set (December 1860 -  March 1862), the HMS Dauntless was serving as the base ship for the British Coastguard in Southhampton, in the novel she is still in active service and is one of the ships encountered while the USS Cohocton is blockading the Atlantic coast of the Confederacy at various points in 1861.

Plot summary: Follows the career of a US Naval Lieutenant from the end of 1860, via the defense of Fort Pickens to the Battle of Hampton Roads. The story follows the general outlines of the Civil War, while adding specific non-historic events which directly involve the hero and the ship he is on, but which do not affect the overall flow of history.

Note: This historic naval novel has an odd publication history bearing separate copyright years of 1978, 1994 and 2013, the last of which refers to the e-book edition available on Amazon. Presumably the author has released the book through different publishers over the years, though it is unclear whether any revisions took place to the text itself during that period. The authors bio accompanying the novel on Amazon indicates that this novel is the first in a series following the central character through the Civil War, the second novel 'The Narrow Fury' (1980) has been released to Amazon, but the concluding novel(s) do not appear to have been released as yet.

This one took a little more research than normal as there is actually very little Civil War set naval fiction, I'm still not entirely sure what the author meant by the term 'deck rifles' other than they are cannon. Overall not a bad novel, let down by what appears to be a bad conversion to ebook resulting in no separation between chapters and odd word spacing along with some misspelled words.
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« Reply #472 on: June 09, 2018, 08:34:20 am »
An unexpected find...

John Gunn, Barrier Reef Espionage, 1955

Australia

HMAS Legend
Majestic Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Air group includes Fairey Firefly's (AS.7) and Supermarine Walrus's (at least one.)

HMAS Kalda
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: See my post of the novel 'Approved to Scrap' (1968) for details on the Tribal Class Destroyers made in Australia.

Republic of San Paulo (Fictitious South American State)

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: Unspecified torpedoes, Deck Gun, MGs. Also stated to be carrying 12 mines salvaged from minefields laid by the Australians in WWII.
Escape hatch has been modified to act as an airlock for divers.
Diesel powered, has a schnorkel fitted
Captain is a mercenary, four of the compliment are trained divers.
Artists seems to have based his illustration (see below) off of several different classes of submarine from the German, British & United States navies.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3a32olbk2jvr2ix/Mystery_Submarine.jpg?dl=0

Plot summary: It is the early 1950s. A simple fishing expedition off the Queensland coast turns into a mess of intrigue.

Note: This is classic 'Boys Own Adventure' based around British nuclear testing in Australia. The story is set after the first British nuclear test (Operation Hurricane, 1952), but the author does not seem to have been aware of the 1953 Totem test series which took place on the mainland. The British would not return to the Montebello Islands, where Operation Hurricane was carried out until 1956 the same year they resumed mainland testing at Maralinga. By implication the story, which also references the Woomera Rocket test site (Featured in another 'Boys Own Adventure', 'Mettle at Woomera' (1962?).) and the Rum Jungle uranium mine (Which became operational in 1954) is set somewhere between 1952 and 1955. The author appears to have believed that the Montebello Islands were the British permanent test site, which sadly was not the case.

The bad guys were a bit of a surprise, I was expecting 'communists', however they turned out to be agents of a fictitious South American country. In the words of the lead agent (A pre-James Bond Film, James Bond Villain, complete with a pool full of venomous sea-creatures.) it is a nation, "...organized for espionage on a scale never before dreamed of..." operating as mercenaries for an unspecified third party. As the Russians and Americans already knew how to make Atomic bombs, this is most likely the French, as at the time the novel was written China was getting assistance in nuclear matters from the Russians.
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« Reply #473 on: June 10, 2018, 06:09:18 pm »
Donald A. Joy, The Narrow Fury, 1980

Confederate States

CSS Arkansas
Ironclad (Casement)
Real ship, details as in service

CSS Eureka
Supply ship (Riverine)
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several gunboats and rams.

United States

USS Shiloh
Warship, type unspecified
No other details provided
Note: This is the ship the hero is being transferred East to take command of, no details on what it is are provided in this novel, presumably they will be given in the sequel

USS Machineel (Identifying mark (As cottonclad 'N', as tinclad '37'))
Gunboat
Converted sternwheel riverboat
Armament: (As cottonclad) 1 x 110pdr Parrot Rifle (Open pivot mount fwd), 4 x 32pdrs (two a side, enclosed deck), 1 x 6pdr field gun (upper deck) (As Tinclad) 2 x 64pdrs (Bow) 4 x 12pdrs (2 a side) 6 x 32 pdrs (3 a side) (All enclosed.) 1 x 6pdr field gun (upper deck)
Crew: 111
Note: Hero takes command of the ship following the Battle of Plumb Point Bend, the conversion to tinclad takes place after the end of Farragut's siege of Vicksburg. The Hero is transferred east to take command of a new ship shortly before the start of Grant's final offensive against Vicksburg.

USS Viruna
Gunboat (Screw)
Converted merchant ship (Described in the novel as a 'converted yacht').
Displacement: 1300 tons
Length: 218 ft (66 m)
Beam: 34 ft 8 in (10.57 m)
Armament: 2 x 30pdr Parrot Rifiles, 8 x 8 inch cannon
Note: The author does not provide too many specifics for this ship, however the name is very close to that of the USS Varuna (The name is that of the Hindu God of the sea.) a gunboat sunk during the US capture of New Orleans. I have therefore taken the step of concluding that the author envisaged her as being identical to that ship, however unlike the real ship she is still afloat as of Farragut's attempt to capture Vicksburg.

USS Little Belt
Transport (Sternwheel)
1 x 'Field gun' unspecified type
Note: Not able to determine if real or not.

USS Benton
Gunboat (Ironclad)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Carondolet
City Class Gunboat (Ironclad)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS St Louis
City Class Gunboat (Ironclad)
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: At the time the novel is set this was the ships name. When the Western Flotilla was transferred from Army to Navy control in 1862 the ship was renamed USS Baron DeKalb.

USS Sumpter (ex-CSS General Sumpter)
Ram (Cottonclad)
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Author changes the history of this ship slightly, rather than being run aground, stripped for parts and then destroyed by the Confederates, the ship is scuttled by the crew in circumstances that lead to the commander being investigated.

Plot summary: Surviving a court martial for his actions at the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Hero finds himself commanding a river gunboat on the Mississippi.

Note: This is the sequel to 'A Sudden Thunder' (1978). The publication dates on this novel are again split, bearing years of 1980 & 2014, the latter being the date the ebook was released. As with the previous novel the author shows some skill in keeping the character close to the historic action while avoiding major history altering changes. The novel ends as I've mentioned earlier with the Hero being re-assigned to a new ship, which will be explored in the third novel, which I am still trying to locate.
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« Reply #474 on: June 12, 2018, 05:10:17 pm »
A short story 'self-published on Amazon'...

Zach Neal, Silent Enemy, 2016

Italy

Delfino
Oil tanker converted into base for human torpedo operations.
Described as a replacement for the Olterra which is referred to as "...her unfortunate predecessor." Historically the British suspected that the Olterra was involved in the covert operations attacks on Gibraltar, but the ship survived the entirety of the Italian involvement in WWII.

Plot summary: Following the Italian covert operations attack on Alexandria (19th December, 1941) a plan is put into effect to strike directly at the Italian unit responsible for the attack.

Note: The author plays very fast and loose with WWII history, the war between the British Gibraltar Underwater Working Party and the Italian Decima MAS is one of the more fascinating sidelights of that conflict,  but it certainly didn't involve the type of shenanigans the author has his characters get up to.

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« Reply #475 on: June 18, 2018, 05:44:58 am »
Back to the technothrillers...

Jim Czaijkowski (Pen name: James Rollins), Ice Hunt, 2003

United States

USS Polar Sentinel (SSN-777)
Research/prototype SSN
Described as "...half the size of it's bigger brothers..."
Nuclear Powered
Twin Screws
Stated to have been built as a "...pure research vessel..." and the "...test platform for an upcoming generation of attack submarine..."
Originally armed, all weapons have been removed to fit additional scientific equipment
Forward torpedo room has been removed and replaced with an observation deck.
Fitted with experimental ‘Deep Eye’ ice penetrating sonar, described as being "...a type of X-ray for ice."
Note: Pennant number clashes with that of the Virginia Class Submarine USS North Carolina (SSN-777) whose construction started in 2004 and was not commissioned until 2008.

Russia

Drakon
Alula II (Pr. 917U) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Dekabrist (Series I) Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships
Converted into an unarmed transport
Note: Author refers to this submarine as "...an old I-series." submarine, the Dekabrist class were the first Soviet built submarine class, at a time when classes were referred to by 'Series' rather than 'Project'. 

Ice Station Grendel
Research facility and submarine dock
Built into a large long lasting ice island
Operated by the Soviet Union, paid for by US 'Black budget' money
Operated 1937 - 1948

And one Russian superweapon.

Polaris Array

A set of five harmonic weapons placed under the North Pole Ice Cap in the late 1990s. When the sixth weapon (A specially designed nuclear bomb.) is detonated within the Arctic circle the harmonic wave created by it will trigger the other five causing the North Pole Ice Cap to shatter. This will cause the entire ice cap to melt over one Arctic summer and create havoc world wide.

Plot summary: It is the day after tomorrow and a discovery under the North Polar Ice Cap causes a long-running conspiracy to attempt to do all it takes to keep the full secret from coming out.

Note: This is only the second time I've read one of this authors novels and the first one could not hold my attention well enough to allow me to finish it. While this novel has effective villains and monsters, the author messed up the plot with a twist I've given away in these notes. Quite simply the international relations of the time made the agreement he describes impossible, and the character he has explaining it does not do a convincing job. Finally, the author compounds the mistake by trying to convince the reader of the same in the authors notes after the story has finished with evidence that does not support the events he has occurring in the novel. Over all this is another writer in the mold of Clive Cussler mining edges of science and fringe stories for plot ideas and definitely not the best of them.
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« Reply #476 on: June 18, 2018, 07:14:42 am »
Alistair MacLean, South by Java Head, 1958

Australia

HMAS Kenmore
Q Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Britain transferred the Q Class Destroyers HMS Quality, HMS Quiberon & HMS Quickmatch to Australia in 1942, two additional members of the class HMS Queenborough & HMS Quadrant were transferred in 1945.
 
Japan

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified.

Unnamed (ex-PT-??)
PT-Boat
Ex-US PT-Boat captured by the Japanese and used for deceptive purposes.
Details as per the real ships.
No other details.

Plot summary: As Singapore falls to the Japanese in World War Two, the last escapees make a desperate attempt to reach Australia, bearing information worth killing for.

Note: Alistair MacLean was one of the premier writers of action fiction for much of the latter half of the 20th Century until he died in 1987. Several of his novels were filmed in the 1960s and 1970s.

Other novels by him covered in this thread are, 'HMS Ulysses' (1955), 'Night Without End' (1959), 'San Andreas' (1984) and 'Santorini' (1986) . Another novel inspired by Alistair MacLean's work I've covered is Dean Koontz's 'Icebound' originally published in the 1970s under a pen name but re-issued in a revised edition under his real name in 1995.
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« Reply #477 on: June 20, 2018, 04:22:51 am »
Continuing the exploration of 'self-published on Amazon' technothrillers

R.E. McDermott, Deadly Coast, 2012

United States

USS Carney (DDG-64)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bunker Hill (CG-82)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Russia

Admiral Vinogradov
Udaloy (Pr.1155) Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Liberia

MT Marie Floyd
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Privateer)
Converted Oil Tanker
Modifications include the conversion of one cargo tank into a cell for captured pirates and the addition of a concealed control position, from which all ship functions can be handled in a former aft ballast tank.
Armament: Small arms & rocket propelled grenades
 
MT Pacific Endurance
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Privateer)
Converted Oil Tanker
Modifications/armament identical to MT Marie Floyd

Note: Both ships are owned by Phoenix Shipping Ltd. and are operating under Letters of Marque and Reprisal (E.g. Privateers) issued by the Liberian Government under newly passed legislation. The combat portion of the crew is made up of mercenaries, either American (ex-USMC) or Russian (ex-Spetznaz). The mode of operation is to sail slowly in regions pirates are present inviting attack. When the pirates board, they are lured into the superstructure, ambushed and captured. Armament is a mixture of American & Russian weapons including M-4 Carbines, Dragunov sniper rifles &  Kalashnikov's (The last is not specified in novel but likely.) along with unspecified types of rocket propelled grenades.

Non-State

Somali Pirates

Kyung Yang No. 173
Armed Trawler
Armament: Small arms & rocket propelled grenades
Note: Captured from her Korean (Republic of) crew and used as a mothership for the smaller vessels the pirates use to attack freighters.

Plot summary: As Somali piracy reaches crisis proportions, one ship owner resorts to a desperate scheme only to find that the attacks cover something much more dangerous.

Note: This is actually a better book than the James Rollins novel I covered two posts back, the authors plot is simple, straightforward and enlivened with a gleeful cynicism, just how the heroes get their hands on Liberian Letters of Marque and Reprisal made me laugh, that does not get in the way of providing a good set of thrills. The authors afterward is also a good example of how these things should be written, with a clear explanation of the history that inspired him and how he altered that history in the service of his plotline.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #478 on: June 26, 2018, 04:21:28 am »
Jeff Edwards, Steel Wind, 2018

United States

USCGC Sawfish (WPB-87357)
Marine Protector Class Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bowie (DDG-141)
Arleigh Burke Flight IV Class Destroyer (Fictional)
Stated to be the lead ship for this Flight.
Armament includes a 200 kilowatt laser weapon, along with the other weapons this class carries.
Stealth design
Carries unspecified drones for recon purposes.
Other details not specified.

USS Walter W. Winterburn (DDG-132)
Arleigh Burke Flight III(?) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Which 'Flight' this ship is in is not specified, most likely it is a Flight III ship.
No other details specified.

USS Mahan (DDG-72)
Arleigh Burke Flight II Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

USS Albany (SSN-753)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Fictional Weapons system

Sea Bat (Submerged Extended Autonomy Biological Acoustic Tracker)
Armed Underwater Drone
Originally built for NOAA by Norton Deepwater Systems Inc, requisitioned and modified by the US Navy.
Slocum Glider, roughly dolphin shaped, propulsion system is unspecified as is the speed and other dimensions.
Sensors are designed to track acoustic emitting targets, originally these units were to be tasked to follow Blue Whales. For this task those signatures have been replaced with those of the North Korean Supercavitating submarine, once the drone gets to within 2ft (0.61m) of the target the warhead is triggered by a proximity detonator.
The warhead is 7.5pds (3.4kg) of PETN, stated to produce a force equivalent to "...ten M67 fragmentation grenades."

Korea (Peoples Democratic Republic)

MV Aranella
Armed Merchant Cruiser
40,000 tons
18 knots
Armament: Small arms & Rocket Propelled Grenades
Cargo includes nuclear weapons.
Owned by Consolidated Maritime Group, a Liberian shell company ultimately controlled by the North Korean government.

MV Lecticula
Details same as MV Aranella

Steel Wind/Kang Chul Poong
Supercavitating Submarine
Nuclear powered
Supercavitation system uses steam produced by the nuclear reactor to provide both the gas envelope that surrounds the submarine and the thrust (Vented through an aft facing gimballed rocket nozzle.) that propels it at up to 300+ knots, this capability can only be used in short bursts.
When not supercavitating, propulsion is provided by three electric impellers powered by the reactor.
Hull is roughly conical in shape, "...8 meters across the base and 48 meters in length..."
Does not have a conning tower or bow/stern planes, maneuvering is accomplished by the impellers
2 TT (Bow), diameter not specified. The torpedoes fired are supercavitating weapons capable of 192 knots built for North Korea by a German company called "...Ozeankriegsfuhrungtechnologien (Ocean Warfare Technologies)." and delivered to them in secret. The companies designation for these devices is "...Superkavitierender Unterwasserlaufkörper (Supercavitating Underwater Running Body)..." No other details are provided as to size/diameter of the torpedo,the type of warhead fitted or what the North Korean Navy designates them as.
Note: This ship was built without any of the safety systems nuclear submarines are normally built with to save weight and provide the means of propulsion while supercavitating. While the crew does not know it, there is no intention that they survive the mission, succeed or fail.

Plot summary: The year is 2015 (The novel takes place between the Sunday, the 22th of February & Sunday the 8th of March (This happens in 2015).). The US discovers that North Korea has sent nuclear weapons to Cuba. When a new blockade starts in response the US Navy finds that North Korea has another secret weapon...

Note: I have earlier covered a series of naval action novels by this author ('Sea of Shadows' (2004), 'The Seventh Angel' (2010), 'Sword of Shiva' (2012)) featuring a Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer named USS Towers (DDG-103) at the conclusion of the final novel in the series it is announced that a destroyer named USS Bowie is going to be built. For this reason I initially believed that this was a continuation of the previous series, however there are no references to the events of the other three novels leading me to believe that this is set in a different 'universe' from the previous novels.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #479 on: June 28, 2018, 08:26:32 am »
Shaun Clarke, Marine A SBS: Terrorism on the North Sea, 1995

United Kingdom

HMS Victory
Mini-Submarine Tender
Can carry up to four minisubs.
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with the three decker HMS Victory which has never been out of commission since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

HMS Nelson
Mini-Submarine Tender
Can carry up to four minisubs
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with the Barracks and support services facility at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Unnamed
3 Mini-Submarine Tenders
Same details as HMS Victory & HMS Nelson

Note: HMS Victory is carrying 4 minisubs for this mission the other four ships are carrying two each.

HMS Josephine
Pisces III Class Minisub
Crew: 3 (Pilot + 2 SBS Soldiers)
Note: Apparently based on the Pisces III DSV built by Vickers Oceanic in 1969, fitted with a Cybernetic Anthropomorphic Manipulator System, described as "...a set of robotic steel arms used for remote control work on the seabed..."

HMS Huk
Same details as HMS Josephine

HMS Genesis
Same details as HMS Josephine

HMS Trinity
Same details as HMS Josephine

HMS Auk
Same details as HMS Josephine

Unnamed
7 Pisces III Class Minisubs
Same details as HMS Josephine

All of the above are part of a Special Boat Service (SBS) squadron based at Achnacarry

Plot summary: The year is 1982 (The story takes place between the 18th of August and the 20th of August of that year). The IRA has managed to infiltrate and take control of Britain's North Sea oil fields, armed with a home made nuclear weapon they hold the entire country to ransom. With the Prime Minister in a bind, can the SBS retake the rigs.

Note: This book is the first of a series of newsstand action novels released in the mid 1990s (And reissued as ebooks in the 2010s.) featuring the exploits of the SBS. There was speculation at the time that at least some of the novels were based on actual operations, however this one would seem would seem to be pure fantasy, for example despite the story being set in 1982, the Prime Minister of Britain is not Margaret Thatcher, but a man who's vague description suggests he's based on her successor John Major. In addition to the SBS based series two other series were published at the same time. The three series were entitled 'Marine', 'Soldier' & 'Soldier of Fortune' respectively.
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