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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #525 on: October 17, 2018, 06:04:33 pm »
Richard P. Henrick, The Phoenix Odyssey, 1986

United States

USS Phoenix (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Armament: 24 Trident C-4 Missiles. Only 23 of the missiles are fitted with warheads. One carries a MILSTAR compatible communications satellite. 4 x 21 inch torpedo tubes (fwd), Mk 48 Torpedoes, Harpoon & Mk 70 Mobile Submarine Simulator (MoSS)
Note: The name not only clashes with that of USS Phoenix (SSN-702) a Los Angeles Class Submarine decommissioned in 1998, it does not fit the naming scheme used for Ohio Class Submarines (US States), even if the author explicitly identifies it as such.

The reason that one missile is fitted with a comsat is part of the submarines current operating procedure. In the event of a prolonged period of silence following an alert (Without a positive fire order being received.) the submarine is to deploy the satellite and if no communication is received within a specified time period the remaining missiles are to be fired at their targets.

USS Orca (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk: 1971
Note: Features in a characters backstory. Author explicitly identifies this submarine as a member of the Sturgeon Class.

Delta Base
A "...fully equipped , submarine refitting station." Constructed in secret inside a hollowed out seamount in the Vava'u District of Tonga.
Nuclear powered.
No other details provided

Unnamed
2 x Spruance Class Destroyers
Details as per the real ships.

Russia

Minsk
Kiev (Pr.1143) Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

Azov
Kara (Project 1134B) Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Boris Chilikin
Boris Chilikin (Pr. 1559V) Fleet Oiler
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Armament is modified. Given in novel as 2 x 100mm guns, 1 x AK-630 30mm gatling gun & 1 x SS-N-2 Launcher (Currently carrying a SS-NX-12 missile.). In real life the armament was 2 x AK-725 57mm & 2 x AK-630 30mm gatling guns.

The missile being carried by the Boris Chilikin is a prototype intercontinental cruise missile, not a prototype of the missile that was historically given the designation. Few specifics are given beyond the fact that the weapon is nuclear armed, fitted with a TERCOM guidance system based on pre-programmed way-points and has a range capable of reaching Seattle from a point in the East Siberian sea. Some clues as to dimensions can be worked out based on the fact that a launcher designed for the SS-N-2 Styx missile is being used for the test launch.

Magadan
Alfa (Pr.705) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
2 x Udaloy (Pr.1155) Class Destroyers
Details as per the real ships save that the SA-N-9 AAMs have been replaced with a fictional ABM capable missile designated SA-N-10. The actual SA-N-10 is a derivative of the Igla man portable SAM missile.

Plot summary: It is the day after tomorrow, the Soviet Union prepares to launch Operation: Lenin, a massive naval exercise designed to show once and for all that the Soviet's rule the waves. One key component of this is the launching of a prototype cruise missile, when the missile goes astray it causes a major crisis and in the confusion contact with one submarine is lost. Now the race is on to contact her before she launches.

Notes (Spoilers): Richard P. Henrick (b. 1949) is an author of submarine based fiction for cheap mass market paperbacks active in the 1980s and 1990s who shot to prominence with the making of the film 'Crimson Tide' (1995) for which the author contributed a novelization of his own script. Interestingly the plotline of 'The Phoenix Odyssey' feels like the 'prototype' for the film with the key conflict being between the Phoenix's captain and a US Navy Geologist the submarine is transporting that certain events are the result of natural causes and not the outbreak of WWIII. This may have resulted from the author taking inspiration from an incident during the Cuban Missile Crisis in which the crew of a Russian submarine clashed over whether or not to fire a nuclear torpedo at an American warship.

As to dating when this one is set, the author gives no specifics, most likely it's supposed to be set a few years downstream of the publication date. However in one scene he has the USS Phoenix receive a message using an Extremely Low Frequency radio system, this was something the US Navy set up in the early/mid 1980s. But, the version the author mentions 'Austere ELF', was not what was constructed in the 1980s, but a more capable system proposed in the late 1970s, which raises some interesting questions about just when the story was written.

As with a lot of technothriller type novels written in this time period (Late 70s to mid 90s) the novel has a 'future of the past' quality about it. Other novels exhibiting this 'future of the past' quality are 'Thirty-Four East' (1974), 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) (Both by Alfred Coppel) & 'North Star Crusade' (1976) (William Katz) and 'End Game', 2011 (Matthew Glass), along with what is probably the most well known 'alternative history' sequence, 'Raise the Titanic' (1976), 'Vixen 03' (1978), 'Night Probe' (1981) & 'Deep Six' (1984) (All by Clive Cussler) which are set in an alternative 1980s (The novels are set between 1987 ('Raise the Titanic') & 1989 ('Deep Six').) with many differences from what actually happened, most notably Canada being absorbed by the United States (Something Cussler quietly dropped in later novels.).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #526 on: October 18, 2018, 04:29:21 pm »
Edwyn Gray, The Last Command, 1977

Germany

UB-59
U-boat, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Sunk: 1942 (Collision with surface vessel.)
Note: Salvaged in February 1944 and returned to service as UB-702 Described as an '...old prewar boat...', but no class specific details are provided. The UB pennant was not used after WW1.

U-2555
Type VIIC\41 Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant is that of a Type XXI U-boat that started construction in December 1944 and was scrapped incomplete post-war. The U-boats type is explicitly stated by the author.

United Kingdom

HMS Dublin
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name had been used for a Town Class Cruiser during WWI which was scrapped in 1926. Not used subsequently because Ireland had become independent in 1921.

HMS Galston
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is the last years of WWII, the 'Thousand Year Reich' is crumbling, for one officer, events lead him to a crucial choice.

Note (Spoilers): This is the last in a series of four novels ('No Surrender' (1974), 'Action Atlantic' (1975), 'Tokyo Torpedo' (1976), 'The Last Command' (1977)), which covered the story of a specific U-boat commander throughout the war. It was followed by another series of novels starting with 'Fighting Submarine' (1978) which followed a British submarine commander through the war.
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« Reply #527 on: October 20, 2018, 08:12:51 pm »
Antony Melville-Ross, Command, 1985

United Kingdom

HMS Intractable
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified (Illustrious Class?)
No other details provided, beyond the fact it is not an escort carrier.

HMS Saurian
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Trigger
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tarquin
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tiara
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name matches of that of a T Class Submarine HMS Tiara (P351), that was launched in 1944, but never commissioned and eventually scrapped in 1947. The fictional submarine is existence in 1942/43.

HMS Tarn
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name matches that of a T-Class Submarine  HMS Tarn (P326) that was transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy while under construction and became HNLMS Tijgerhaai (P336). The fictional submarine is existence in 1942/43, whereas the real submarine started construction in 1943.

HMS Tarantula
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clash with an Insect Class Gunship. The same name is used for a submarine depot ship in the short novel, ' The Cauldron' (2011) by Roy Peters.

HMS Tusker
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tiger-shark
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tornado
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Germany

J-47 (ex-die Köngin)
Armed Trawler
1 x 75mm gun (fwd)
Depth Charges
Fitted with sonar
No other details.

Unnamed
Type 1936 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Italy

Unnamed
Various Destroyers and escort vessels.

Plot summary: Following a grueling patrol in the Arctic a British submarine is sent to the Mediterranean to take part in operations leading up to the Allied invasion of Sicily.

Note: This is the first in a series of four novels set in the same 'universe'. The author uses digressions from the main plot in what I'd class as an intelligent way (eg They contribute to the sense of a wider war going on around the main characters.) without slowing things down too much.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #528 on: October 22, 2018, 03:15:00 am »
Some 'self-published on Amazon' sci-fi/horror...

D. E. Morris, The Glomar Encounter, 2016

Russia

Red Hammer/Krasnyy Molot
Golf II (Pr. 629A) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1974, the United States is preparing for a major intelligence coup by raising a sunken Russian submarine. When they find out why it sank, they will wish they'd left it on the bottom...

Note: The novel is based on Operation Jennifer (Project Azorian) an attempt to raise a sunken Russian submarine in the early 1970s that inspired at least two other novels, 'Neptune' (1976) by Noel B. Gerson and 'Fireplay' (1977) by William Wingate, both of which I've covered earlier in the thread. Also mixed into the plotline is a version of the Walker Spy Ring (1968-1985), which has featured in two other novels I've covered 'The Passage' (1995) by David Poyer & 'Night Trap' (1999) by Gordon Kent.
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« Reply #529 on: October 31, 2018, 08:16:43 am »
Another 'self-published on Amazon' technothriller...

Stephen Makk, HMS Holy Ghost, 2017

United Kingdom

HMS Holy Ghost
Trafalgar Class Submarine (modified)
Armament includes Spearfish Torpedoes and Harpoon Missiles.
Modifications are not specified in the story
Note: The name is that of one of Henry V's four 'Great Ships' and has not been used for a Royal Navy vessel since the 1400s.

Iran

Nahang (ex-Vyborg)
Kilo (Pr. 877) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Siyah Bambak (ex-Volgada)
Kilo (Pr. 877) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Note: Both named submarines are real Kilo Class subs that are still in service in the Russian Navy as of the date of this post.

Sahand
Alvand Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service
Note: This ship is specifically identified as the Alvand Class Sahand, this ship was sunk by the United States Navy in 1988 during Operation Praying Mantis.

Plot summary: The British government has learned the Russians plan to sell two Kilo class submarines to the Iranian government. It is decided to use the Royal Navies newest and best submarine to stop the transfer at any cost.

Note: The author provides no dating information in this novel, however there is no mention of the internet so it is probably set pre-1995.
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« Reply #530 on: November 08, 2018, 09:04:31 am »
Joe Poyer, Operation Malacca, 1968

Australia

HMAS Vigilant
'Cruiser', class not specified
Speed: 'nearly' 45 knots (Not specified if this is the ships maximum speed.), diesel engines, possibly paired with Gas Turbines.
Gun cruiser converted to a missile cruiser, the missile launchers replace the A,B,C & D turrets. AA Gun armament has been retained. Type of missiles fitted are unspecified (Presumably a mix of AAM & ASM weapons.). The AAM weapons are capable of shooting down a ballistic missile during the launch phase.
Built in the UK in the 1950s.

United Kingdom

HMS Bradley
'Destroyer', class not specified
Speed: 35 knots (Not specified if this is the ships maximum speed.)
Stated to have been built in the "...latter part of the war..." (Presumably WWII.)
No other details provided.

MTB 203
Torpedo Boat, class not specified
Twin RR Gas Turbine engines, speed not mentioned.
2 x Quad .50 inch mg mounts (Browning?) (Bow & Stern Mounts?)
Torpedoes, type/number not specified

MTB 403
Torpedo Boat, class not specified
Same details as MTB 203.

Vietnam

Vietnamese Navy (In this novel.)
6 x 'Destroyers' (2 ex-Soviet), class not specified
3 x 'Minesweepers', class not specified
Unspecified number of ex-US/French MTBs
Unspecified number of ex-South Vietnamese (Thus ex-US) Riverine & Coastal warships
1 ex-US Submarine, class not specified, converted to carry Soviet IRBMs (type unspecified, submarine is mentioned as carrying at least four such weapons in addition to whatever else was fitted.)

1 x 5 mt nuke (Weapon is described as bearing Vietnamese markings (ex-Soviet?))

Plot Summary: It is the mid to late 1970s. The Vietnam War is over, but the struggle against Global Communism continues.

Note: (Spoilers) Joe Poyer (Not related to David Poyer.), was a writer of thrillers, some with science-fictional leanings operating between the mid 1960s and the early 1980s when he retired from writing. Two of his novels, 'North Cape' and this one started their lives as short stories published in Analog Magazine. Dating when the story is set is tricky despite the author correctly guessing the outcome of the Vietnam War as he does not specify the year South Vietnam fell, however a reference to F-14s suggest that the story is probably set in somewhere between 1974 (The year the F-14 entered service.) and end of the 1970s.

The cover for what appears to have been the last printing of the story is by Brian Sweet.
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« Reply #531 on: Yesterday at 06:36:08 am »
A surprise find in some 'self-published on Amazon' Sci-Fi thriller.

Travis Hill, Transfer, 2018

United States

USN Andromeda (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USN Clinton (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

USN Nighthawk (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

USN Portland (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: The year is 2027, evidence has surfaced that two individuals who have provided support for terrorist acts have planned something much more dangerous, can they be stopped...

Note: This is only the second time I've seen 'USN' used instead of 'USS' for fictional US Navy warships, the other time was in the novel 'Hunter-Killer' (1966) by Geoffrey Jenkins.

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« Reply #532 on: Today at 01:39:57 am »
C.S. Forester, The Man in the Yellow Raft, 1942?

United States

USS Boon (DD-???)
Porter Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author does not explicitly state this, but the limited details he does provide fit this class best. Fitted with Radar in 1942.

USS Cornucopia (AS-??)
Fulton Class Submarine Tender
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author does not explicitly state this, but compares the ship to other members of the Fulton Class, making this identification highly probable.

Japan

Various 'Unnamed' warships

Plot summary: A collection of 'morale raising' stories focusing on the US Navy rather than the Royal Navy.

Note: C.S Forester (1899-1966), as the creator of Horatio Hornblower needs no other introduction. Most of the stories seem to be set between 1942 - 1944 however the only specific events mentioned run up to the Battle of Midway (June 1942) suggesting that the tales were written after that event.
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