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« Reply #600 on: March 23, 2019, 08:07:57 am »
David Hagberg, Breaking Point, published in Combat, Stephen Coonts (ed.), 2001

United States

USS George Washington (CVN-73)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Seawolf (SSN-21)
Seawolf Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Marvin Shields (FF-1092)
Knox Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship decommissioned in 1992.

USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

China (Peoples Republic)

Nanchong (502)  (ex-??, ex-Kobchik)
Type 6601 Chengdu Class (Riga Class) Frigate.
Details as per the real ships
Note: The Kobchik is a real Riga Class frigate for which I've been unable to locate firm details for it's disposal. In the short story the ship was sold to the Bulgarians and then later transferred to the Chinese. In real life the Chinese built four Riga Class frigates from kits in the 1950s. I was also unable to find full class details for the Chengdu Class ships so this may be a real ship, even if the backstory is fictional.

Hekou (405)
Han Class (Type 091) Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant matches that of a Han Class Submarine commissioned in 1991 and is still in service (In the short story the submarine is sunk.). However none of the class are named.

Plot summary: It is the mid/late 1990s, a pro-democracy activist has fled mainland China to Taiwan. Now the Chinese government is using his presence as a pretext to threaten invasion. Careful planning has tied the Americans hands, so nothing should go wrong...

Note: No specific information is given to provide dating, but there are several references to the handover of Hong Kong to China in the past tense suggesting these events take place after this occurred.
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« Reply #601 on: March 23, 2019, 08:55:52 pm »
Anon., Sink the Odessa!, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4661, 2013

United Kingdom

HMS Uprising
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the U Class by the author.

Italy

Meridoni
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Artwork is contradictory as to appearance, without specifics class identification is not possible.

Unnamed
Armed Trawler
1 x 30mm Breda Cannon
No other details provided.

Russia

Odessa
Battleship, class not specified
12 x 16 inch main battery (4 x triple turrets A, B, X & Y)
Steam turbine engines.
No other details provided
Note: Not fully completed in 1941.

Plot summary: During Operation Barberossa a partially complete Russian battleship was scuttled off the coast of the Crimean peninsula, the Germans are trying to salvage her and use the ship to bribe the Turks into joining the war on their side. A daring mission is launched to prevent the salvage from succeeding.
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« Reply #602 on: March 26, 2019, 05:53:57 am »
Harry Rubin, The Missing Bomb, 2008

United States

USS Broken Arrow (aka MV Broken Arrow (GA876CG))
Covert Ops Vessel (Converted Shrimp Boat)
Length: 80ft (24.4m)
Built: 1974
Engine: 1 x 450hp Diesel Engine
Speed: 7knots (Cruising) 15knots (Max)
Crew: 6 (4 USN, 1 Navy SEAL, 1 USAF)
Electronics: Military grade communications (Including SatCom equipment) and unspecified sonar concealed in the former shrimp hold. Retains civilian grade communications equipment, radar and GPS. 1 x 35kw generator to provide power when the engines are not in use.
Armament: 6 X M1911 Handguns, 3 x M-14 Rifles, 1 x  M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle, 12 x M67 Fragmentation Grenades, 6 x M34 White Phosphorus Smoke Grenades, "...a few..." M14 Thermite Grenades & 4 x Limpet Mines. Added later is 1 x M32A1 Multi-Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher.
Also carried aboard is a 14ft dingy powered by a 50hp motor.
Note: The ships registration number is described in the novel as being the registration of another shrimp trawler that was "...sunk in a storm a few years back...". This ship, like the ship in 'The Counterfeit War' (2007) was transferred to the navy for covert ops use after being confiscated as proceeds of crime. (The previous owner was caught with a hold full of drugs.) Modifications for the current role include the adding of a sonar dome under the former shrimp hold, which as noted previously has been fitted out with military grade equipment. The cover story used is that the boat is carrying out a sonar survey for an oil company.

USS Keystone (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (?) (The author simply refers to the ship as a 'Guided Missile Destroyer', given the year the novel is set this is the most likely class.)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Appears in a characters backstory, where it is stated to have been recently commissioned. The name depending on interpretation ('Keystone' could be a surname, it's also the nickname of the State of Pennsylvania.) may not fit the class.

USCGC Dallas
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
No other details provided.

Non-State

Unnamed (ex-Volgograd)
Converted Whaling Factory Ship
Armed with unspecified AA guns.
No other details provided

Unnamed
2 x ex-Whale Catchers.
Armament: Unspecified Rocket Propelled Grenades & Machine Guns
No other details provided

Note: All three ships are owned by al-Qaeda through a front company.

Plot summary: The year is 2008. Evidence has surfaced that certain parties are searching for an atomic bomb lost off the coast of Georgia in 1958. A team is quietly assembled and sent to locate the bomb before it falls into the wrong hands.

Note: This is the third in a series of books by this author dealing with small scale covert operations by the US Navy (The previous two novels in the series are 'Chasing Pirates' (2006) and 'The Counterfeit War' (2007), covered earlier in this thread.), some of the characters from the previous novels recur and while the author handles the camaraderie between the characters pretty well, the novel becomes a bit discursive in places and the ending of the main plot (spoiler) feels rather contrived. The basic idea behind the plot, that the USAF lost a nuclear bomb off the US coast and 'swept it under the carpet' is similar to the plot of 'Deepkill' (2006) by author Michael Kilian which I've covered earlier in the thread.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #603 on: March 29, 2019, 11:09:35 pm »
Jack Higgins, Wrath of the Lion, 1964

France

L'Alouette (ex-U-2???) (Note: All Type XXIIIs built by Deutsche Werft had pennants in the 2xxx series.)
Type XXIII U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Builder: Deutsche Werft, Hamburg
History: Completed 1945, sank in the Baltic with all hands about a month after completion, raised in 1946 and given to the French as war reparations.

Plot summary: It is the early 1960s. A passenger ship has been raided and all aboard killed. The evidence indicates that somehow, the Organisation armée secrète (OAS) has managed to infiltrate the French Navy and gained control of one of their ships.

Note: The OAS was a paramilitary group opposed to Charles DeGaulle's decision to grant full independence to Algeria in 1961, their activities also inspired author Frederick Forsyth to write 'The Day of the Jackal' (1971). Their heydey actually ended in 1962, but at the time the novel was written, the possibility they might resume activities was still a valid one. There is no specific dating information in the novel, only hints that it's set more or less the year the book was published.

The French Navy did receive a Type XXIII U-Boat as war reparations, but that ship sank in Toulon harbour in 1946 and was subsequently scrapped.

The author is an incredibly prolific writer of thrillers, one of which 'Storm Warning' (1976) has been covered earlier in this thread.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #604 on: March 30, 2019, 04:39:39 am »
With thanks to Hood for some ship identification.

W. H. Canaway, The Grey Seas of Jutland, 1966

United Kingdom

HMS Nilotic
'30 Knotter' (1890s Destroyer), class not specified
Weight: 560tons
Armament: 2 x 4 inch guns (A & X), 2 x 18 inch TT, no other armament specified.
Speed: 30 knots (Max)
Note: Described as an 'old' ship that had been refitted in 1913.  The specific class is not given by the author. The late 1890s '30 Knotters' were gathered into the A, B, C, D & E Class Destroyers in 1913, not enough details are provided to show which class the ship was. Part of the 13th Destroyer Flotilla in 1913. In real life the 13th Destroyer Flotilla was not formed until 1915.

HMS Lossiemouth
Monmouth Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Laid down: 1901

HMS Daunter
Cruiser, class not specified
Extant in 1903.
No other details provided.

Germany

SMS Saschen
Deutschland class Pre-Dreadnought
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clashes both with the lead ship of the Saschen Class Ironclads (In service 1878 - 1902, used as a target hulk in 1911, scrapped 1919.) and with a Bayern Class Battleship whose construction was canceled prior to completion and scrapped in 1921. The author describes the ship as having "...very high upperworks--higher than the Pommern; she has military masts of equal height, and she carries cranes amidships..."

Plot summary: A romantic rivalry between two cousins, one English, the other German comes to a head as the two fleets clash at the Battle of Jutland.
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« Reply #605 on: March 31, 2019, 07:09:45 am »
Keith Douglass, Carrier: Joint Operations, 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.).

USS Centurion (SSN-???)
Submarine, class not specified, most likely Virginia Class.
Stated to be "...lead ship in a new class of attack submarines..."
Note: The 'Centurion Study' was the design program that ultimately resulted in the Virgina Class Submarines replacing the Seawolf Class. This makes the class identification fairly secure. If it is indeed the 'lead ship' then the pennant number would be SSN-774 identical to that of the USS Virginia, however the pennant is not given in the novel.

Unnamed
2 x Ticonderoga Class Cruisers
Details as per the VLS equipped members of the class.
Note: Author simply identifies them as 'Aegis Cruisers'.

'USS' The Lucky Star
Armed merchant ship (ex- Fishing Trawler)
2 Diesel Engines
Armament: Small Arms including FIM-92 Stinger missiles.
Electronics: Civilian radar and a 'Fishfinder' (A rudimentary sonar system used to detect shoals of fish.) pressed into service as a makeshift ASW sonar system.
Note: Temporarily commissioned into the US Navy straight out of the US Coast Guards impounded ships lot.

USS Lewis B. Puller (FFG-23)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship was decommissioned in 1998 and transferred to Egypt as the Toushka (F906) the same year.

USS Chief (MCM-14)
Avenger Mine Countermeasures Class
Real ship, details as in service.

China (Peoples Republic)

Rising Sun (ex-Varyag)
Ex-Soviet Kuznetsov (Pr.1143.5) Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as built
Amament: 1 x VLS (SSMs), ? x 'Silkworm' Missiles (Note: Reporting name 'Silkworm' covers a wide range of SSMs, both land and sea based, not enough information in the novel to make a type determination.), Unspecified anti-air weapons & ASW torpedoes
Fitted with a ELINT system based on the NSA 'Echelon system', described as being "...cobbled together from different pieces of US gear. Thanks to the Clinton administration, they'd had no problems assembling the highly specialized equipment needed..."
Aircraft: 80 x Mig-33 'Harrier-clone' VTOL fighters, unspecified helicopters.
Note: Disguised as a "...simple merchant vessel..." (Container ship)

Unnamed
'Warship'
Armament comprises a number of unspecified missiles mounted in a VLS system
Note: Disguised as an LNG Tanker.

Unnamed
Landing Ship (Infantry), class unspecified
Stated to be carrying: "...two divisions of Chinese troops."
Note: Disguised as a Roll-on Roll-Off ship.

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Diesel Powered
Described as being a Russian built type with unspecified modifications

And for the aircraft mavens:

MiG-33
VTOL Fighter
Manufacturer: Mikoyan
Nation: Soviet Union/Russia (Operated by China in this novel)
Speed: Unspecified (Probably supersonic.)
Crew: 1
Controls: Fly-by-Wire, described in one scene from a pilots point of view as "...so advanced it virtually did the thinking for him."
Armament: Unspecified missiles, no mention of a gun armament, but it's highly likely one is fitted.
Description: "Those are Harriers," ... "not exactly--but something like it."
Note: This is a very tentative reconstruction based on the information the author provides. He starts off the novel referring to the aircraft as 'Harriers' and then partway through switches to referring to them as 'MiG-33s'. In the 1980s the identifier 'MiG-33' was used for an F-16 like aircraft the Soviets were developing as a compliment to the MiG-29 whose development was cancelled in 1986. The MiG-29ME was an upgraded version of the MiG-29 that was unveiled as the MiG-33 in 1994, before changing to the designation MiG-29M

Plot summary: Those dastardly Chinese are at it again, this time they've sent disguised warships across the Pacific to seize Hawaii. Can they be stopped?

Note: This is the 16th 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. The 14th novel 'Carrier: Typhoon Season' (2000) has been covered earlier in this thread. This novel is a crossover between this series and the authors other 'gung ho' action series 'SEAL Team Seven' which was published around the same time. The novel from the 'SEAL Team Seven' series which covers their side of the events covered in this novel is called 'SEAL Team Seven: Tropical Terror' (2000).

Something about this story makes me think that it was written much earlier than it's publication date and may have originally been intended as a 'Yellow Peril (Japan)' story, the name of the enemy carrier for one thing. Similarly, the description of just how the Rising Sun drops her disguise is more suited to anime than anything else. The novels revisions though, push it firmly into the category of 'Yellow Peril (China)'. I've covered a few other books of this kind earlier in the thread. These are 'Sunstrike' (1979), 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'By Stealth' (1992) 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000), 'Two Peasants and a President' (2012), 'White Plague' (2015) and 'Rising Sea' (2018).

Various hints in the story indicate that this one takes place after the events of 'Carrier: Typhoon Season'  (2000) & 'Carrier: Enemies' (2000), however the presence of a ship that left the US Navy in 1998 suggests, that as I mentioned earlier the story may have been written prior to that year.

What do I think of the story overall? Personally I think it's a lesser tale than either of the novels that preceded it. While slightly over the top, the previous tales still felt grounded in reality. This does not, and with clear evidence of something written earlier being hastily(?) revised, perhaps to meet a demanding publishing schedule this just feels completely over the top.
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« Reply #606 on: April 02, 2019, 12:04:54 am »
'Aircraft Mavens' reading the thread are advised that the entry for the novel 'Carrier: Typhoon Season' (2000) by Keith Douglass has been updated to include the fictional UAVs that are featured in the plot.

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« Reply #607 on: April 03, 2019, 12:02:10 am »
Keith Douglass, Enemies, 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.).

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Jouett (CG-29)
Belknap Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.
Armament adds BGM-109 Tomahawk missiles.
Note: The USS Jouett was decommissioned in 1994 and sunk as a target ship in 2007. It is possible that this is in fact a Ticonderoga Class Cruiser with a non-class name, however the author provides no specifics to determine if this is the case or not.

Aircraft mavens may like to know that in this novel the Hellenic (Greek) Air Force is equipped with F-14 'Tomcats', a type they never operated.

Plot summary: It is the early 2000s, tensions between Greece and the FYR Macedonia are rising, exacerbated by the activities of a pro-Macedonian insurgent group. The UN is persuaded to set up an intervention force that puts US servicemen under Greek control. What they find on arrival are byzantine schemes that have very little to do with 'maintaining the peace'.

Note: This is the 15th 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. The 14th & 16th novels in the series 'Carrier: Typhoon Season' & 'Carrier: Joint Operations' (Both 2000) have been covered earlier in this thread.

Dating this one is tricky. The story runs between Wednesday, May 3 and Thursday, June 1 of an unspecified year. The first year after publication this occurs is 2006. If the preceding novel 'Carrier: Typhoon Season' took place in 2003 then this means the events of this novel are taking place about three years later. However dialog in the novel implies that there is a much shorter distance in time between the two novels. This could be as short as 8 months (E.g. This novel is set in 2004).
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« Reply #608 on: April 06, 2019, 02:41:08 am »
Paul G. Ochs (Pen Name: Colum Fitzroy), South China Seas: A Novel of Modern Piracy, 2009

United States

USS Decatur (FFG-??)
'Frigate', Class not specified
Armament includes unspecified missiles and unspecified 'guns' mounted fore and aft. It also appears that there are either more than one gun to a turret, as dialog mentions "...Decatur's aft guns began firing...", though this could also mean there are more than two turrets. However there is not enough information to clarify this point.
No other details provided.

USS Cumberland
'Cutter', class not specified
Length: 350ft (106.7m)
Armament: 2 x 0.5 inch guns
Speed: 26 knots
Note: Referred to by a character as "...perhaps US Typhoon or Pegasus class cutter..". The term 'Cutter' in US service is reserved for ships operated by the US Coastguard. More likely this ship is a Patrol Gunboat of some kind although the details provided do not match either the Cyclone Class (of which USS Typhoon (PC-5) is a member.) or the Pegasus Class Patrol Hydrofoils.

USS Mark Armstrong
'Oiler', class not specified
No other details provided.

Cape Rain (T-AK-??)
Transport Ship (Breakbulk cargo ship)
Length: 635ft (193.55m)
Speed: 16 knots (Max)
Stated to be a member of the US Ready Reserve Force a subset of the US National Defense Reserve Fleet. Cargo includes a large quantity of Ammonium Nitrate and the WWII treasure known as Yamashita's Gold (Wikipedia:Yamashita's gold).

Philippines

BRP Sultan Salamat (ex-USS ?)
Datu Kalantiaw Class Frigate (Cannon Class Destroyer Escort)
Details as per the real ships.
Armament adds an unspecified number of Exocet missiles.
Note: The author is inconsistent with the ships type initially referring to it as a 'Corvette' and giving the armament details as 4inch guns, 20mm Oerlikons and Exocet Missiles. Later in the novel he has a character refer to the ship as a 'Gunboat' and state the armament is "As least one three-inch gun, several smaller caliber." Later on in the novel the armament is given as 3 x 3inch main guns, other armament unspecified. The closest fit would be a former Cannon Class Destroyer escort similar to the BRP Rajah Humabon.

BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11) (ex-USS Atherton (DE-169))
Datu Kalantiaw Class Frigate (Cannon Class Destroyer Escort)
Real ship, details as in Philippines service.
Note: This long serving ship was finally decomissioned in March of 2018. It also appears in Dale Brown's 1994 novel 'Sky Masters' where the armament is augmented by the addition of 4 x RGM-84 Harpoon missiles in a Mk-141 mount.

China (People's Republic)

Dongguan
Jianghu (Type 053) Class Frigate (Unspecified sub-class.)
Armament: 4 x 4inch guns, 12 x 37mm guns
No other details provided.
Note: Initially implies that the ship has been 'acquired' by a Chinese Triad to assist the Morrison Gang in stealing the treasure. Later on indications are given that the ship is actually still in Chinese service and operating under the orders of Beijing, albeit not under any flag. The armament details do not fit any specific sub-class of the Type 053.

Plot summary: The year is 1988 (The story runs between the 6th of June and the 22nd of August of this year.). Yamashita's Gold, the treasure seized by the Japanese during WWII and lost since the end of that conflict has been found. However that much treasure attracts all kinds of people, like Finn Morrison and his gang of multi-national pirates, can he be stopped...

Note: The author had a good idea, but spoiled it with a complete lack of research. As I have noted earlier in this post no US Navy ships are called Cutters, the term is used by the US Coastguard only. The ending of the novel is spoiled by one too many betrayals and a plot twist at the end that leaves more questions than answers.


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« Reply #609 on: April 07, 2019, 02:59:08 am »
Steven Wilkins, Operation Paradox, 2018

United States

USS Nashville (SSN-889)
Nashville Class Submarine (Fictional)
See below for details
Note: Name clashes with the Austin Class Amphibious Transport Dock USS Nashville (LPD-13).

USS Detroit (SSN-890)
Nashville Class Submarine (Fictional)
See below for details
Note: Name clashes with a Sacramento Class Fast Support Ship, USS Detroit (AOE-4), decommissioned in 2005 and a Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ship, USS Detroit (LCS-7), which entered service in 2014. The author explicitly states the pennant number is SSN-890.

Nashville (889) Class Submarine
Crew: 134
Length: 340ft (103.6m)
Diameter of hull: 40ft (12.2m)
Weight (Not specified if gross or displacement): 5100 tons
Speed (Submerged, surfaced speed not specified.): 35knots (Cruising) 65knots(+) (Max) At high speeds the pumps switch off and seawater is directly fed through the reactor cooling system to reduce the submarines sound signature.)
Armament: 8 x 21inch TT, Six tubes (4 x fwd of the sail, 2 x aft of the sail) are for use with Mk. 52 Torpedoes (Speed: 75knots(+), Guidance: Wire guided initially, then switches to tracking the targets sonar signature.), the remaining two located abeam the sail are dedicated to decoys.
Highly sophisticated sonar system stated to be more efficient at high speed than the one fitted to the Soviet Alfa Class.
Hull is coated with an anechoic coating described as looking and feeling "...much like the skin of a dolphin."

Note: Stated to be an improvement on the Seawolf Class (Which in the novel is a six ship class, rather than three ships as in the real world). Only two submarines were built of a much larger planned class, which was curtailed by budget cuts. The author simply refers to the ships as being of the '889 Class', however as the USS Nashville (SSN-889) appears to be the lead boat I have taken the editorial decision to refer to the ships as the Nashville Class.

Iran

IRI Elburz (ex-? (617))
Redoutable class submarine
Details as per the real ships.

IRI Zagros (ex-? (618))
Redoutable class submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Note: Author does not give a positive class identification, this has been assumed based on the identies of the SSNs. The pennants for the Redoutable Class SSBNs ran 611-615, the pennant numbers in the novel belong to the succeeding Triomphant Class SSBNs.  Ships were sold disarmed, the missiles fitted were stolen from Israel.

IRI Sefid Rud (ex-? (607))
Rubis Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Rubis Class by the author.

IRI Karkeh (ex-? (608))
Rubis Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Rubis Class by the author.

IRI Karun (ex-? (609))
Rubis Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Rubis Class by the author.

IRI Atrek (ex-? (611))
Rubis Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Rubis Class by the author.

Note: The French Rubis class submarines have pennants 601-606, the pennant numbers in the novel may be assigned to the Barracuda Class in the future. All six of the submarines above were sold to Iran via an Italian cut out.

Plot summary: The Iranians have managed to get their hands on ballistic nuclear missiles and the submarines to launch them. Their goal is simple, destroy Washington DC and Moscow with weapons stolen from Israel and then take advantages of whatever Allah wills the result to be.

Note: It is not possible to date the story, the author steadfastly avoids providing any dates beyond referring to the retirement of the SR-71s in 1990, since the story does not mention the internet, nor the SR-71s reactivation in 1995 it would suggest that the story is being set somewhere between those years. This is a tale that makes use of a 'weird science' idea known as the Philadelphia Experiment, I've covered other stories inspired by this in the thread. They are 'Thin Air' (1977), 'Thunderfish' (1999), 'Whisper' (2010) and 'The Displaced' (2017).

Overall, I am wondering if the author was inspired by a late 1990s TV series called 'Seven Days', which involved sending a volunteer back in time after a disastrous event had happened to prevent it happening.
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« Reply #610 on: April 08, 2019, 06:23:50 am »
Ed Bowie, Vinterkrig (Winter War), 2018

United States

USS James Madison
James Madison Class Submarine (Modified)
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life the submarine was scrapped in 1997. In the novel the submarine was secretly converted to a cargo/troop transport configuration and is still in use as of the early 21st Century for covert operations. The ballistic missiles have been removed and replaced with a cargo/troop compartment. Armament includes the original torpedo armament and RIM-116 missiles. The original pennant was SSBN-627. The current pennant is not given in the novel.

USS Tecumseh
James Madison Class Submarine (Modified)
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life the submarine was scrapped in 1994.  In the novel the submarine was secretly converted to a cargo/troop transport configuration and is still in use as of the early 21st Century for covert operations. The ballistic missiles have been removed and replaced with a cargo/troop compartment. Armament includes the original torpedo armament and RIM-116 missiles. The original pennant was SSBN-628. The current pennant is not given in the novel.

Russia

Generalissimus Suvorov
Borei Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: As of this post, this submarine is under construction with an estimated completion date of 2020.

Unnamed
2 x Borei Class Submarines
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Submarine of unspecified class.
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow', in the high Arctic the confrontation between the Western powers and Russia continues unabated.

Note: The author provides no dating information beyond a single reference to an event in 2008 in the past tense. This was originally published under the title of 'Cold War Two', but has been reissued with a revised title due to the release of a sequel entitled 'Sommerkrig (Summer War)'.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #611 on: April 12, 2019, 06:39:59 am »
Harry Rubin, U-Boat Secret Mission, 2008

United States

USS Broken Arrow (aka MV Broken Arrow (GA876CG))
Covert Ops Vessel (Converted Shrimp Boat)
Length: 80ft (24.4m)
Built: 1974
Engine: 1 x 450hp Diesel Engine
Speed: 7knots (Cruising) 15knots (Max)
Crew: 8 (Initially 7 an FBI Agent joins the crew later.)
Electronics: Military grade communications (Including SatCom equipment) and unspecified sonar concealed in the former shrimp hold. Retains civilian grade communications equipment, radar and GPS. 1 x 35kw generator to provide power when the engines are not in use.
Armament: ('The Missing Bomb' (2008)) 6 X M1911 Handguns, 3 x M-14 Rifles, 1 x  M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle, 12 x M67 Fragmentation Grenades, 6 x M34 White Phosphorus Smoke Grenades, "...a few..." M14 Thermite Grenades & 4 x Limpet Mines. Added later is 1 x M32A1 Multi-Shot 40mm Grenade Launcher. ('U-Boat Secret Mission' (2008)) 7 x Beretta M9 Handguns, 2 x M-14 Rifles, 1 x M3A1 SMG, 1 x M107 0.5 inch Anti-Materiel Rifle & 4 x Limpet Mines. Added later is 1 Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum gun, 1 x M-16 Rifle & 1 x Browning Auto-5 12 gauge shotgun.
Also carried aboard is a 14ft dingy powered by a 50hp motor.
Note: The ships registration number is described in the first novel it appears in as being the registration of another shrimp trawler that was "...sunk in a storm a few years back...". This ship, like the ship in 'The Counterfeit War' (2007) was transferred to the navy for covert ops use after being confiscated as proceeds of crime. (The previous owner was caught with a hold full of drugs.) Modifications for the current role include the adding of a sonar dome under the former shrimp hold, which as noted previously has been fitted out with military grade equipment. The cover story used in 'The Missing Bomb' (2008) was that the boat is carrying out a sonar survey for an oil company. In this novel the ship is described as a US Navy Auxiliary Trawler.
 
USS Keystone (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (?) (The author simply refers to the ship as a 'Guided Missile Destroyer', given the year the novel is set this is the most likely class.)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Appears in a characters backstory, where it is stated to have been recently commissioned. The name depending on interpretation ('Keystone' could be a surname, it's also the nickname of the State of Pennsylvania.) may not fit the class.

Germany (WWII)

U-724
U-Boat Type VIIC
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author never specifies the class but based it on the Type VIIC U-Boat U-977, which was rumored to have carried out a secret mission in the dying days of WWII. The pennant number is that of a Type VIIC U-boat canceled prior to the start of construction in 1943.


Non State

American Nazi Party

Horst Wessel
Yacht, type not specified
Length: 100ft (30.5m)
Armament: Unspecified 'Rifles' for the crew
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 2008 (The novel takes place a few months after the previous story 'The Missing Bomb' (2008)). A former U-Boat crewman comes forward describing how late in WWII he and the captain of U-724 buried something on an island in the Caribbean before they surrendered. Now it needs to be found, and whatever secret it contains unearthed.

Note: This is the fourth in a series of books by this author dealing with small scale covert operations by the US Navy. The previous three novels in the series are 'Chasing Pirates' (2006), 'The Counterfeit War' (2007) and 'The Missing Bomb' (2008) have been covered earlier in this thread.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #612 on: April 13, 2019, 06:32:18 am »
Clive Cussler & Jack DuBrul, Corsair, 2009

Libya

Khalij Surt
Koni Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Purchased from Russia in 1999

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 McDonnell-Douglas MD-520N 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)

And for the aircraft mavens...

Ali Ghami's Faction

Mil Mi-24 (Modified)
Helicopter
Details as in service
This one has been modified for high altitude operation by unspecified changes to the engine and rotor blades. Armament now includes AA-7 Apex missiles.

Plot summary: It is the early 2000s (Note: The story is set in the 'Present Day', but because Colonel Gaddafi is still the leader of Libya, it has to be set before 2011.). The plane carrying the US Secretary of State has crashed in Libya while heading to an important meeting with the leader of that country. The crew of the Oregon are contacted to find if she is alive, what they find is that a faction in Libya linked to the countries foreign minister has plans for her and Libya that cannot be allowed to succeed.

Note: The cover for this is by Larry Rostant and is one better CGI covers I've seen from this artist, much better than the ones he did for novels by author Douglas Reeman a few years earlier.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #613 on: April 16, 2019, 10:56:19 pm »
Peter Tonkin, Cape Farewell, 2006

Canada

HMCS Quebec (ex-HMS ?)
Victoria Class (Former Upholder Class) Submarine (This would be a fifth member of the class.)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Has been modified by the addition of an escape capsule similar to that used in the Russian Oscar Class Submarines. As a fifth member the class the pennant would most likely be (SSK 880), but this is not stated in the novel.

HMCS Iroquois (DDG 280)
Iroquois Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: The ship was decommissioned in 2015 and scrapped in the following year.

HMCS Huron (DDG 281)
Iroquois Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: The ship was decommissioned in 2005 and sunk as a target in 2007. In 1999 the ship appeared in the US TV  series 'Seven Days' (Episode 'The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea' which was based very loosely on 'The Bedford Incident'.) playing the role of USS Melville (DD-998) in close up. With footage of USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) used to show the Melville at sea.

HMCS Athabaskan (DDG 282)
Iroquois Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: The ship was decommissioned in 2017 and scrapped in the following year.

Plot summary: It is the early 21st Century.  Off the coast of Greenland a Canadian submarine tried to save the crew of a sinking trawler but wound up trapped by the trawlers net, now trapped and unable to surface, the race is on to rescue to the crew.
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Peter Tonkin, Titan 10, 2004

Non State

Texas Oil (United States)/Brashnev Power (Russia) Consortium  (Note: Both companies are fictional.)

Titan 10 (ex-Severstal (TK-20))
Titan Class Submarine Oil Tanker (former Typhoon Class SSBN.)
Crew: 75
Highly automated, the submarine is capable of autonomous navigation without a crew.
All weapons systems have been replaced with oil storage tanks and associated support equipment. The submarine can carry a cargo of 10,000 tons of crude oil.
All other details as per the real ships.

Titan 6
Titan Class Submarine Oil Tanker (former Typhoon Class SSBN.)
Details as per Titan 10
Note: Only mentioned by name, does not take part in the story. There are eight other Titan Class Submarines (Titan's 1-5 & 7-9) all of which are converted Typhoons. The Soviets (Russians) had planned to build ten Typhoon class submarines, but in real life only six were built.

Russian Mafiya

Karakov
Factory Fish Ship
Length: 700ft (213.4m)
Armament: Small arms for the crew.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is the early years of the 21st Century, an oil tanker has arrived to rendezvous with a submarine carrying oil from wells under the ice of the Kara Sea. Instead they find a unidentifiable dead body and later the submarine, with no crew aboard and her cargo replaced with seawater. With few clues the decision is taken to reactivate the submarines computers and allow them to take the investigators on the path of her last voyage...

Note: The authors notes at the end of the book state he was inspired by articles published in 2002 proposing that the Typhoon class be converted as he describes in the novel, though the Russian company that part owns them was inspired by articles from 1998 on investment opportunities in Russia.
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