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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #585 on: February 04, 2019, 05:39:01 am »
Harry Rubin, Chasing Pirates, 2006

USS Mantis (aka SV Mantis)
Q-Ship (Converted yacht)
Length: 61ft (18.6m)
Steel Hull
Sloop rigged, auxiliary diesel engine. (Speed: Approx 10 knots)
Main Armament: 2 x M2-HB .50 cal MG (Concealed mounts). Crew armament consists of 2 x M-1 Garand Rifles, 2 x M3A1 SMGs, 6 x M1911 handguns & 2 x M79 Grenade launchers
Crew: 6 (5 men, 1 woman)
Note: The interior has been extensively modified to fit the two machine guns and two video cameras needed to provide proof that the Somali pirates fired first. Also carried are a ten person life raft (The navy originally planned the mission around a ten person crew.) and a 12ft long motorized dinghy (25hp motor). Electronics fitted include commercial radar and GPS.

USNS Geiger (T-AKR-???)
Watson Class Vehicle Cargo Ship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author does not specifically identify the class. However the limited details he provides indicate the ship is of this class.

USS Darby(DDG-??)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Given that this is 2006, this is most likely an Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, however the author simply refers to the ship as a 'destroyer' and provides no specifics.

USS Gonzalez (DDG-66)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Vincennes (CG-49)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Cape St. George (CG-71)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Non State

Unnamed
Motorized Dhow
Armament: 1 x 75mm howitzer (Bow), small arms
No other details provided.
Operated by Somali Pirates.

Unnamed
Several Pirate skiffs.
Operated by Somali Pirates.

Plot summary: The year is 2006. With evidence that piracy off the Somali coast is starting to get worse, a plan is drawn up to try and discourage them.

Note: Dating the story is fairly easy, the Somali Pirate attack on two US warships on the 18th of March, 2006 is reported to the heroes as they start off on their journey towards Somali waters.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #586 on: February 06, 2019, 01:16:43 am »
Dale Brown, Night of the Hawk, 1992

Valley Mistress
Salvage Ship (AGI)
Helipad
Equipped to carry a DSRV, at present the DSRV hangar is being used a CV-22 Osprey PAVE HAMMER
Equipped to gather ELINT.
No other details provided
Ship is nominally civilian owned but registered to the US Navy Ready Reserve Fleet.
Note: This ship also appears in the later novel 'Shadows of Steel' (1996) which is set in 1997.

For the Aircraft Mavens

CV-22 PAVE HAMMER
Tilt-Rotor Aircraft
Crew: 3 + 8 Passengers (Soldiers, special ops troops, etc)
Armament: 1 x 20mm Hughes Chain Gun (Pod mounted), 12 x Stinger Missiles (Pod Mounted), the pods are mounted on 'outriggers', but which pod is on which side is not specified. Both weapons pods are steerable using helmet mounted controls similar to those in the Apache helicopter.
Note: This is a Special Ops variant of the V-22 Osprey. In this novel it is stated that there are six such aircraft and that they were 'hidden' in the appropriation of 60 V-22s for the Border Security Force (aka Hammerheads), which is covered in the novel 'Hammerheads' (1990) in this thread.

Plot summary: It is the early 1990s (The story runs between 29 November 1991 & 13 April 1992). The Soviet Union has collapsed, but the precarious independence of the Baltic States is still under threat. US Intelligence has uncovered evidence that one former Soviet facility, working on a stealth bomber may have had help from someone who believed to have been killed during the operation to destroy a Soviet ASAT laser (Covered in the novel 'Flight of the Old Dog' (1987).). A special mission has been sent in to discover the truth of this.

Note (Spoiler): This novel appears to have written as much to bring the authors first novel in line with his evolving universe as anything else. In the opening chapters it is revealed that 'Flight of the Old Dog' was set in 1988, rather than a nebulous 'near future', however this novel is simply set 'a few years' after 1988. The only clue as to when it is set is the reference to the events of 'Hammerheads' another of Dale Brown's novels with a somewhat hazy placing in time. It was not until the publication of 'Storming Heaven' (1994) that it was revealed that 'Hammerheads' was set in 1990 strongly suggesting that this novel was also set in 1990. The authors follow up 'Chains of Command' (1993) however included a scene where it was stated that the events that climax 'Night of the Hawk' took place in 1992, thus pinning the story down chronologically.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #587 on: February 11, 2019, 03:20:41 am »
Taking a break from the post-WWII period with a comic book...

Anon., Danger Zone, published as Commando Comics Nš. 1353, 1979

Germany

Drachen
'Coast Defence Vessel'
No other details provided in the text. However going by the illustration the armament is 2 x 4.1 inch guns (Fore & Aft), plus two lighter gun weapons (37mm & 88mm) forward of the aft 4.1 inch gun and no visible torpedo tubes. Hood has suggested that the armament is specifically 2 x 1 4.1 inch guns (Fore and aft), the 88mm gun superfires over the aft 4.1 inch gun with a twin 37mm mount ahead of the 88mm gun.
Note: In overall appearance the ship appears to have loosely been based on the Type 37 Torpedo Boats (In service from 1941.) with an extra 4.1 inch gun forward and no torpedo tubes.

Unnamed
Two S-Boats
Details as per the real ships.

Great Britain

Unnamed
Destroyer.

Plot summary: Two friends explorations along the German coast before WWII stand them in good stead during WWII.

Note: This comic book is in fact a WWII set version of Erskine Childers 'The Riddle of the Sands' (1903), which I have covered earlier in the thread, which hews very close to the original plotline. The story itself runs from early 1939 to some months after the Dunkirk evacuation (eg 1940).
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