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« 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 US 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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« 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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« 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 Surface-to-Air (AAM) & Surface-to-Surface (SSM) missiles.). The SAMs 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: November 14, 2018, 06:36:08 am »
A surprise find in a '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

Note: The author specifically identifies all of the above as being Ohio Class Submarines.

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: November 15, 2018, 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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« Reply #533 on: November 20, 2018, 12:47:20 am »
Anthony Trew, The Antonov Project, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Aries
Leander Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: This is the same ship that appeared in 'The Zhukov Briefing' (1974)

HMS Cyclades
Frigate, class not specified (But most probably a Leander Class Frigate.)
No other details provided.

HMS Jupiter
Frigate, class not specified (But most probably a Leander Class Frigate.)
No other details provided.

HMS Kittiwake
Bird Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Plover
Bird Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Huntress
Survey Ship
No other details provided

United States

USS Narwhal (SSN-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details.

Unnamed
Two Belknap Class Cruisers

Russia

Antonov
Simeonov Class Bulk Carrier
See below for class details

Sokolov
Simeonov Class Bulk Carrier
See below for class details

Simeonov Class Bulk Carrier
Tonnage: 20,000 tons (Gross), 32,000 tons (Deadweight)
Holds: 7 (Numbered from the bow 1-7). Holds 2-6 are general cargo holds (Ore, Coal, Grain, etc.). Hold 1 is for refrigerated cargo.
Engines: Diesel. Twin Screw. Speed: 17 knots (Max). Range: 15,000mi (24140.16 km)
Machinery and Engines Aft
Electronics fit: All of which are real Soviet military electronic systems in use at the time the novel was written. 'Vee Cone', long range communications. 'Don 2', navigation radar. 'High Pole', Identification Friend or Foe. 'Side Globe', Electronic Countermeasures. It is not specified in the novel if the ships carry any standard civilian gear, also mentioned is a sophisticated navigation system making use of both an Inertial Navigating System and Electronic positioning systems.
Crew: 89 (5 radio operators)
Armament (Spoilers): As ostensible civilian freighters (with a possible wartime naval auxiliary role.) the ships have no overt armament fitted. However Hold 1 has been fitted out to carry 24 nuclear mines (And all the equipment needed to lay the mines.). The mines are launched from four concealed ports in the bow area of the ship. The mines themselves are described as being of a new type (e.g. Not anything the Soviets had in use at the time.) and have the capability of burying themselves in the seafloor. No information is given as to designation or yield of the warhead. Dimensions are, Length: 3m, Width: 1m, Depth: 1.5m.

At the time the novel is set, only six of the twenty four planned members of the class have been completed. Only the two ships above are named in the novel.

Dostoynyy (Spelled 'Dostoivy' in the novel.)
Krivak (Pr. 1135) Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

Retivyy (Spelled 'Retivy' in the novel.)
Krivak (Pr. 1135) Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: Western Intelligence Services have come to suspect that the newest bulk carrier in the Soviet merchant fleet has an alternative purpose, the visual evidence suggests some kind of wartime auxiliary role, perhaps as a supply ship (Similar to what the British did in the 1982 Falklands War.), but reports from agents inside Russia suggest something more sinister, and so a desperate plan is put into motion to find out the classes secrets before it is too late.

Note: A remark right at the start of the novel reveals that it takes place in the same 'universe' as the authors earlier Cold War suspense novel 'The Zhukov Briefing' (1974), as far as I know this was the only time the author did so in his career. The cover of the 1981 paperback release is by Chris Mayger, a cover artist specializing in nautical subjects (Or at least that's where I've most often encountered his work.), interestingly he depicts a 'stock' bulk carrier in stormy seas without any of the electronic equipment mentioned as being fitted to the class. I'd rate the Simeonov's as being a perfect candidate for an artists impression. As to when the story is set, the author provides one clue, there is a reference to the Cuban intervention in Angola (1975 - 1991) with Jimmy Carter (President 1977-1981) as the US President responding to the events. This provides a clear time limit on just when the story can be set, most likely somewhere between 1979 - 1981.
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« Reply #534 on: November 21, 2018, 12:17:36 am »
Some 'self-published on Amazon' Falkland's War fiction

Ray J. Cowling, The Captain's Story, 2012

United Kingdom

HMS Devonport
Type 42 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Bronington (M1115)
Ton Class Minesweeper
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: The author misspells the name as 'Bronnington' however the details he provides about the ships history match those of the real ship.

RFA Caroline
Oiler, class not specified
Tonnage: 40,000 tons (Gross or DWT not specified by author.)
No other details provided.

RFA Dorothy
Oiler, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1982. As relations between Great Britain and Argentina deteriorate towards war, one ships captain reflects on the events that led him to the position he now occupies.

Note: The 1982 Falkland's War was for people born in the 1970s the first war involving a 'Western' power in their experience, rather surprisingly though it resulted in little fiction in the years that followed it, notable exceptions being  'Strike Force Falklands''  a 'boys own adventure' style series of novels written by Kenneth Bulmer under the pen name Adam Hardy and Alexander Fullerton's 'Special Deliverance' (1986). However as the events of the war become more distant authors (Larry Jerram-Croft, Stephen Makk & David Tindel, are some I have covered previously.) have started making use of the conflict for their own purposes.

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« Reply #535 on: November 22, 2018, 05:03:15 am »
Keith Douglass, Carrier: Typhoon Season, 2000

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers of the same name have appeared in the novels 'Nimitz Class' (1997) by Patrick Robinson and 'Night Trap' (1999), 'Top Hook' (2002), 'Hostile Contact' (2003), ' Force Protection' (2004) and 'Damage Control' (2006) by Gordon Kent (Pseud.).

China (Peoples Republic)

Juhai
Type 051G Class Destroyer, subtype unspecified
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author referrs to the ship as a 'Luda III Class Destroyer' and provides no other details to more precisely identify the class. There is a Type 051G2 Destroyer named Zhuhai, this ship could be that one with an alternate transliteration of the Chinese name.

Unnamed (Codename: 'Ducks')
Various Sampans, Junks, Fishing Vessels
Length: None more than 40ft long
Armament: FIM-92 'Stinger' SAMs & AT-4 Anti-Tank Missiles
A flotilla of small ostensibly civilian craft armed with hand held missiles.

Plot summary: The year is 2003 (The story runs between Friday, 1 August and Friday, 8 August and 2003 is the first year after publication this takes place.).  US fighters operating in the South China Sea prevent a Chinese navy helicopter from massacring the crew and passengers from a private yacht, then someone lays a mine in Hong Kong Harbor damaging a Chinese destroyer and ratcheting up the tension even further, the Chinese are quick to blame the United States and visa versa, but are they looking in the right direction...

Note: This is the 14th book in a series of 'gung ho' action tales centered around the USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??) and her crew published in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Some of them, but not the earliest stories have been made available on Kindle.
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« Reply #536 on: November 26, 2018, 04:23:59 am »
Mack Maloney, SuperHawks: Strike Force Alpha, 2004

United States

MV Ocean Voyager
Armed Merchant Ship (Classified as a Air/Land Assault Ship)
Length: 800ft
Beam: 105ft
Built: 1981 (Not clear if author means launched or commissioned)
Engines: 4x GE F110-400 Gas Turbines. Speed: 40 knots (+)
Armament: 8 x Phalanx CIWS concealed in fake shipping containers (Marked with a Red Stripe.) All other containers on deck, aside from the six covering the aircraft lift to the hangar below deck are marked as follows Orange Stripe (Aircraft Support), Blue Stripe (Ammunition), Green Stripe (Electronics Spares), Yellow (General supplies). All containers on deck bear the markings of real shipping companies as a cover.
Aircraft Carried: 2 x UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters, 2 x AV8 Harrier (All aircraft have been modified for enhanced stealth characteristics.)
Crew: 43 (Of whom 18 are Delta Force Personnel for ground assault.)
Note: The conversion was done in secret and the chain-of-command has been deliberately obfuscated above the level of the ships captain, there is nothing connecting this ship directly to the United States.

USS Bradley (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author simply identifies the ship as an 'Aegis Cruiser' in the same way he refers the actual Ticonderoga Class Cruisers, USS Phillipine Sea (CG-58) & USS Normandy (CG-60). The name was last used for a Garcia Class Frigate sold to Brazil in 1989.

USS Ballston Spa
Underway Replenishment Ship, class not specified
Armament .50 inch mg mounts fore and aft (exact number of weapons per mount not specified.)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A top secret team has been assembled to hit those behind the financing of 9/11 hard.

Note (Spoilers): This was somewhat more realistic than the authors earlier efforts (Perhaps occasioned by the move to Tom Clancy's publisher...), but it's a really unsavory read, full of high grade paranoia about the 'power' of Al-Qaeda, at one point literally stating that if you ring the police in Middle Eastern countries you'd be put through to Bin Laden or his minions and behavior on the part of the 'heroes' is that is plain unjustifiable although the author does at least allow the characters to realize this, just before the action finale. But it's an end that leaves a lot of questions in the air, and I don't plan on hunting down the sequels to find out the answers. 
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« Reply #537 on: November 26, 2018, 05:21:26 am »
Anthony Trew, The Antonov Project, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Aries
Leander Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: This is the same ship that appeared in 'The Zhukov Briefing' (1974)

HMS Cyclades
Frigate, class not specified (But most probably a Leander Class Frigate.)
No other details provided.

HMS Jupiter
Frigate, class not specified (But most probably a Leander Class Frigate.)
No other details provided.

HMS Kittiwake
Bird Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Plover
Bird Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Huntress
Survey Ship
No other details provided

United States

USS Narwhal (SSN-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details.

Unnamed
Two Belknap Class Cruisers

Russia

Antonov
Simeonov Class Bulk Carrier
See below for class details

Sokolov
Simeonov Class Bulk Carrier
See below for class details

Simeonov Class Bulk Carrier
Tonnage: 20,000 tons (Gross), 32,000 tons (Deadweight)
Holds: 7 (Numbered from the bow 1-7). Holds 2-6 are general cargo holds (Ore, Coal, Grain, etc.). Hold 1 is for refrigerated cargo.
Engines: Diesel. Twin Screw. Speed: 17 knots (Max). Range: 15,000mi (24140.16 km)
Machinery and Engines Aft
Electronics fit: All of which are real Soviet military electronic systems in use at the time the novel was written. 'Vee Cone', long range communications. 'Don 2', navigation radar. 'High Pole', Identification Friend or Foe. 'Side Globe', Electronic Countermeasures. It is not specified in the novel if the ships carry any standard civilian gear, also mentioned is a sophisticated navigation system making use of both an Inertial Navigating System and Electronic positioning systems.
Crew: 89 (5 radio operators)
Armament (Spoilers): As ostensible civilian freighters (with a possible wartime naval auxiliary role.) the ships have no overt armament fitted. However Hold 1 has been fitted out to carry 24 nuclear mines (And all the equipment needed to lay the mines.). The mines are launched from four concealed ports in the bow area of the ship. The mines themselves are described as being of a new type (e.g. Not anything the Soviets had in use at the time.) and have the capability of burying themselves in the seafloor. No information is given as to designation or yield of the warhead. Dimensions are, Length: 3m, Width: 1m, Depth: 1.5m.

At the time the novel is set, only six of the twenty four planned members of the class have been completed. Only the two ships above are named in the novel.

Dostoynyy (Spelled 'Dostoivy' in the novel.)
Krivak (Pr. 1135) Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

Retivyy (Spelled 'Retivy' in the novel.)
Krivak (Pr. 1135) Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: Western Intelligence Services have come to suspect that the newest bulk carrier in the Soviet merchant fleet has an alternative purpose, the visual evidence suggests some kind of wartime auxiliary role, perhaps as a supply ship (Similar to what the British did in the 1982 Falklands War.), but reports from agents inside Russia suggest something more sinister, and so a desperate plan is put into motion to find out the classes secrets before it is too late.

Note: A remark right at the start of the novel reveals that it takes place in the same 'universe' as the authors earlier Cold War suspense novel 'The Zhukov Briefing' (1974), as far as I know this was the only time the author did so in his career. The cover of the 1981 paperback release is by Chris Mayger, a cover artist specializing in nautical subjects (Or at least that's where I've most often encountered his work.), interestingly he depicts a 'stock' bulk carrier in stormy seas without any of the electronic equipment mentioned as being fitted to the class. I'd rate the Simeonov's as being a perfect candidate for an artists impression. As to when the story is set, the author provides one clue, there is a reference to the Cuban intervention in Angola (1975 - 1991) with Jimmy Carter (President 1977-1981) as the US President responding to the events. This provides a clear time limit on just when the story can be set, most likely somewhere between 1979 - 1981.

Sounds very similar to a book I read a long time ago though don't remember there being so many ships involved.

Been looking for it again on off for a while, now I have a potential name.
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« Reply #538 on: November 27, 2018, 03:00:50 pm »
Anthony Trew, The Antonov Project, 1979

Sounds very similar to a book I read a long time ago though don't remember there being so many ships involved.

Been looking for it again on off for a while, now I have a potential name.

Glad that I was able to help.  I hope you find a copy.

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« Reply #539 on: November 28, 2018, 12:35:28 am »
Back to the pulp fiction....

Clive Cussler & Craig Dirgo, Golden Buddha, 2003

United States

USS Santa Fe (SSN-763)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Armament includes UGM-109 Tomahawk missiles fitted with prototype non-nuclear EMP warheads code-named 'Fritzy'.

China

Gale Force
Hydrofoil, class not specified
Speed: 50knots (+)
Armament: Unspecified machine guns

Unnamed
'Frigate', class not specified

Unnamed
'Corvette', class not specified

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: 1 x 120mm Cannon (Bow mount) 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)

Plot summary: The year is 2005 (The novel states it is set in the 'Present Day', but at two points gives dates in 2005.). An artifact thought lost when the Chinese conquered Tibet has resurfaced, the US Government, fearing it will disappear into private ownership rather than being returned to the Dalai Lama, contract the crew of the Oregon to ensure this does not happen.

Note (Spoiler): This is the first outing after 'Flood Tide' (1997) for the Oregon & her crew, it's quite a fun romp with the central 'Mission Impossible like' robbery being put together in fine style. 
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