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Alistair MacLean, The Guns of Navarone, 1957

United Kingdom

HMS Sybaris
'Heavy Cruiser', class not specified
8 inch main battery
No other details provided

HMS Sirdar
S Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Described as "...His Majesty's latest S-class destroyer..."
Note: As noted above the author explicitly identifies the ship as an S Class Destroyer. The name clashes with that of an S Class Submarine.

HMS Wryneck
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined from name only, appears in a characters backstory.

Slamat
Transport Ship (Converted merchant ship?)
No other details provided
Note: Appears in a characters backstory.

Unnamed
MTB
No other details provided

Germany

Unnamed
Armed Caique
Armament: 1 x 40mm Gun, 2 x Machine guns, either MG-34 or MG-42s, author simply refers to them as 'Spandaus' a term which could fit either gun.
Crew: 6(+)

Battery Naverone

2 x 280mm (11 inch) Krupp K5 guns in modified mountings.

Note: The author gives three different sizes for the two guns that make up the battery in the novel. In the opening briefing scene the characters are told that the best intelligence information indicates the guns are either 8 inch or 9 inch weapons. When the characters reach the battery one of them identifies the weapons as being 12 inch guns. In the 1961 film, the size of the weapons is unspecified. However the depicted carriages are clearly based on the carriages used for the Krupp K5 11 inch guns. After discussion with Hood, I've decided to go with what the film depicts for this German Army installation. Both book and film indicate the guns are radar controlled.

Plot summary: The year is 1943, the British attempt to occupy the Dodecanese islands following the Italian surrender has failed in the face of a determined German counterattack. The garrison of the last island still under British control needs to be evacuated, but the clear routes to the island are blocked by the powerful German battery on the island of Navarone. Well protected, it has proven impossible to neutralize the guns by conventional attack so SOE is ordered to provide a team of experts to infiltrate the island of Navarone and destroy the guns.

Note: This is Alistair MacLean's second novel and in 1961 became the first to be filmed, the success of this film led directly to the classic war film (and Novel) 'Where Eagles Dare' (1967) and several other adaptions well into the 1970s. I have covered several of the authors other novels in this thread, they are: 'HMS Ulysses' (1955), 'South by Java Head' (1958), 'Night Without End' (1959), 'San Andreas' (1984) and 'Santorini' (1986)
 
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Dale Brown & Jim DeFelice, Dreamland: Strike Zone, 2004

Australia

HMAS Maryborough (FFG-??)
Adelaide Class Frigate (7th member of class)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The Adelaide Class is a modified version of the Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate. At the time the novel (Which is set in 1997) was written there was no ship of that name in the RAN, from 2007 the name clashes with a member of the Armidale Class of patrol boats. Had the ship existed it would have been numbered FFG-07, but this is not stated in the novel.

Unnamed
'Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided

Japan

Yūbari (DE-227)
Yūbari Class Destroyer Escort
Real ship, details as in service.

Non State (Spoilers)

Dragon Prince
UAV Carrier/Control Ship (Converted oil tanker)
Described as a 'small' oil tanker.
Fitted with a catapult and control equipment to allow 'Dragon' UAVs to be launched from it.
Equipped with sophisticated ELINT systems capable of intercepting military grade communications.
Note: Owned by an unnamed Taiwanese consortium controlled by one Chen Lee, a gentleman opposed to Taiwan coming to terms with China under any circumstances save those where the Peoples Republic surrenders to Taiwan.

And for the aircraft mavens...

Brunei

Tu-16 'Badger'
Details as per the real planes. Navigation and search radar have been updated to 'modern' (eg 1990s) standards.
Nose gun has been removed, other weapons have been retained.
Note: Nominally part of and marked for the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF), actually the personal property of a nephew of the Sultan of Brunei. The backstory for the plane is that it was one of the planes supplied to Indonesia in the 60s which was purchased as scrap (By the nephew with his 'pocket money'.) and then restored to more or less as new condition. At the conclusion of the novel it is noted that the RBAF has annnounced it intends to purchase 12 x F-15 'Eagle' and 6 x EB-52 'Megafortress' aircraft from the United States (Subject to approval...)

Non-State (Spoilers)

'Dragon'
Stealth UAV
Described as being similar in appearance to the Boeing X-45.
Wingspan: 10ft (3.05m)
Speed: Around 450knots (833kph, 0.67mach)
Range: 1500 miles (2414km)
Armament: 2 x 'Cannon' type unspecified, Unspecified missile or an enhanced radiation bomb (Yield is unspecified, but stated one such bomb could take out the population of Beijing.)
Controls: Can be controlled remotely from either the Dragon Prince or a modified Boeing 767, when in this mode the control signals are camoflaged by a system that rebroadcasts intercepted signals to mask the control transmissions. The UAVs also have an autonomous mode in which they operate like a cruise missile homing in on a specified target.
Note: 2 of these UAVs exist, they have been constructed by the same unnamed Taiwanese consortium that owns the Dragon Prince. They can either be catapult launched from the ship or air launched from a modified Boeing 767

Boeing 767 (Modified)
Details as per the real aircraft.
Note: Owned by the same unnamed Taiwanese consortium that owns the Dragon Prince. The plane has been modified to act as a launch/control vehicle for the UAVs as a backup for the Dragon Prince.

Plot summary: The year is 1997 (The story runs between 3 September - 15 September of that year.) In the aftermath of the Sino-Indian clashes (Covered in the novel 'Dreamland: Pirahna' (2003)) that the United States succeeded in preventing from becoming a nuclear war, one mystery remains, the identity of the third party who seemed to be trying to manipulate events in the opposite direction. A chance sighting of an unidentified but sophisticated UAV suggests the unthinkable, that Dreamlands security has been penetrated again...
 
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Steven Wilson, Armada, 2007

United States

USS Jeremiah B. Southern
'Destroyer Escort', class not specified
No other class specific details provided

PT Boat Squadron 142.2
Six PT Boats with pennants 122, 134, 140, 144, 155 & 168. All of which fall into the range of numbers allocated to PT boats in service.

United Kingdom

HMS Firedancer
F Class Destroyer (Modified)
Armament: 'A' turret has been replaced with a Hedgehog launcher. The main battery guns are 4.5 inch guns rather than 4.7 inch. Other armament appears typical of the ships of the E & F Classes at this point in the war.
Other details as per the real ships.

HMS Huston
Hunt Class Destroyer (Subtype not specified)
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly stated to be a Hunt Class Destroyer by the author.

Germany

S-204
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships

S-205
S-Boat (Modified)
The ship has been converted into a hydrofoil and now has a top speed of 60knots
Armament has been modified by the removal of the torpedo tubes and the forward gun. The forward gun has been replaced with a gyrostabilized mount holding a tracer firing 20mm cannon (Used for aiming) and three 110mm recoilless guns firing shaped charge warheads. All other armament is unchanged.
The codename for this conversion is 'Seeadler'.

S-209
Same details as S-205

S-317

Same details as S-205

S-492

Same details as S-205

S-756

Same details as S-205

S-788

Same details as S-205

T-22

Type 39 Torpedo Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In the novel the ship is sunk on July 6, 1944, in real life the ship was sunk on August 18, 1944

T-29
Type 39 Torpedo Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In the novel the ship is sunk on July 6, 1944, in real life the ship was sunk on April 26, 1944

Plot summary: As D-Day draws ever closer evidence emerges that the Germans have come up with something new and incredibly dangerous in the war at sea.

Note: This is one of a series of three books by the same author, as far as I can tell it's the second of the books in the series, taking place before D-Day.
 
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Continuing on with obscure WWII set fiction...

Patrick O'Hara, The Wohldorf Shipment, 1978

Germany

U-207
Type IXC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: The pennant is that of a Type VIIC U-Boat sunk in September 1941. Surface armament is given as 2 x 2 20mm, 1 x 37mm.

U-353
U-Boat, type unspecified
No other details provided
Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC U-Boat sunk in October 1942

U-443
U-Boat, type unspecified
No other details provided
Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC U-Boat sunk in February 1943.

Note: Both submarines are implied to still be in service in late 1944/early 1945.

U-501
Type IXC U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service (1940 - 1941)
Note: In real life the submarine was sunk on the 10th of September 1941. In the novel the submarine was launched in October 1941 and is still in service at wars end having served as a training ship since construction. Surface armament is given as 1 x 88mmm, 2 x 2 20mm, the submarine is only carrying 3 x G7es 'Zaunkönig' torpedoes for this operation.

Nordhorn
Oiler
Described as an 'Auxiliary Oiler'
Armed with at least 1 x 2 MGs of unspecified type (Mounted Abaft the bridge)
No other details provided

Unnamed
2 Type XIV U-Boats
Details as per the real ships. The author does not give pennant numbers when referring to these submarines, simply the commanders names.

Santa Elvira
Armed Merchant Ship
Displacement: 2000 tons
Diesel Powered
Armament: 1 x 2 20mm Oerlikons (Bow), 40mm Bofors Gun (Stern, the mount is described as being a multiple mount.) (All guns are concealed.)
Note: Vessel is registered in Argentina, crewed by former members of the crew of the Admiral Graf Spee on behalf of the Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen (ODESSA).

United Kingdom

HMS Andromeda
Warship of unspecified class
No other details provided.
Note: A modified Leander Class Cruiser of the same name appears in Douglas Reeman's 1979 novel 'A Ship Must Die', which I've covered earlier in this thread.

Various Unnamed warships.

Plot summary: It is the last days of the Second World War in Europe, a U-Boat leaves Germany carrying 'Shipment N°.11372' one in a series that have been sent to South America over the past few years (e.g. Since 1943.). The crew's orders are quite explicit, deliver the cargo, whatever the cost.

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With thanks to TomS, for making the first run at this novel, shortly after the thread started.

James H. Cobb, Choosers of the Slain, 1996

Argentina

ARA Nueve de Julio
Animoso (Durande de la Penne Class Destroyer) Class Destroyer (Modified)
Details as per the real ships in regards dimensions
Armament: 1 x 5 inch gun, 3 x 76mm OTO Melara, Aster SAM, 2 x TT B-515 launchers 1 x 8 cell Exocet launcher.
Modifications include an expanded hangar to carry either 2 (EH-101) helicopters or 4 (Lynx) helicopters and flagship facilities.
Note: The Argentines have three ships in this class, the other two are configured, like the Italian originals as AAW ships. The Argentine class name is not given in the novel.

ARA Heroina
Almirante Brown Class Destroyer (German MEKO 360H2)
Real ship, details as in service.

ARA Catamarca
Sparviero Class Corvette (Hydrofoil)
Displacement: 1200 tons
Length: "...less than three hundred feet long..."
Speed: 60knots(+)
Armament: 1 x 76mm OTO Melara (Fwd), 1 x 2 Breda 40mm (Aft), 4 x Exocet missiles (amidships), explicitly stated the ship does not have torpedo armament.
Propulsion: Hydrojet
Note: The Sparviero Class Patrol Boat was a 60 ton hydrofoil that served in the Italian and Japanese navies between the 1970s and the early 2000s. This appears to be a fictional design, unless someone on the forum knows of one appearing in the late 1980s to early/mid 1990s timeframe. The Argentines have two of ships of this type in service. What the Argentines call the class is not given in the novel.

ARA Luis A. Huergo
'Fleet Oiler'
No other details provided.

ARA Piedrabuena
'Tank Landing Ship'
No other details provided

ARA Alferez Macinlay
'Antarctic Operations Ship'
No other details provided

ARA Presidente Sarmiento
Icebreaker
Armament: 1 x 40mm gun (Turret mount, fwd) is the only specific armament mentioned.
No other details, beyond an explicit statement the ship is an Argentine Navy Vessel.

Unnamed
Three Thyssen 1700 Submarines
Two Kokums 471-B Submarines

United States

USS Cunningham (DDG-79)
Cunningham Class Destroyer
Length: 580ft (176.8m)
Weight: 8000 tons
Armament: 2 x 1 76mm OTO Melara (Fore and Aft), ?x Advanced Phalanx (1x4 25mm & 2x quad RAM), 10 x TT (10 x Mk. 50 Torpedoes (5 tubes a side, no reloads.)), 1x VLS (Divided into three arrays.) (36x Harpoon 2, 12x Standard HARM, 12x Sea SLAM, 12x Strategic Cruise Missiles, 36x VL ASROC, 4x Aquahawks (ASW Tomahawk), 148x LORAIN, 28x4 ESSM (total 112), 1x Zenith anti-satellite round (Takes up four cells in the VLS);
Aircraft carried: 4x BRAVE 2000 drones & 2x SAH-66 Sea Commanche (Initially only one is carried, a second is transferred from the USS Boone (FFG-28) before deployment south.)
Electronics: AN/SPY-2A Augmented AEGIS, ECM system called 'Wetball' which makes use of the microscopic iron spheres in the ships paint to distort radar signals.
Engines: Rafted gas turbines driving 2x 45,000hp electric motors in podded propulsors (30knots(+) (Official Speed.), 42 knots (Fastest speed reached in novel.)
Hullform: Stealth design with clipper bow and well deck. Radar signature that of a "...small cabin cruiser..." when operating under maximum stealth.
Note: Pennant clashes with that of the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer, USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79). The author repeatedly refers to the ship in this novel and the next as being a 'Cunningham Class Destroyer' thus indicating that it is the lead ship in a series of vessels. Going by remarks in the authors afterward to 'Target Lock' (2002) it would appear that this was a freelanced extrapolation of the planned successor to the Arleigh Burkes, unless someone is more familar with what was being discussed in that regards during the late 1980s/early 1990s knows otherwise.

USS John Allen Price (DDG-68)
Arliegh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clashes with that of USS The Sullivans (DDG-68), appears in a characters backstory only.

USS Sea Serpent
Submarine (SSN), class not specified
No other details provided

USS Coral Sea
'Sea Control Ship', class not specified
Stated to be in the 3rd week of a shakedown cruise in March of 2006, this suggests the ship commissioned earlier in the year.
No other details are provided.

USS Thomas L. Clancy (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Only named USS Clancy in the novel, but I'm willing to guess this was what the author intended.

USS Dale Brown (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Only named USS Brown in the novel, but I'm willing to guess this was what the author intended.

USS Louisville (SSN-724)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service (Still in commission as of the date of this post.)

USS Boone (FFG-28)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service. (In commission 1982 - 2012.)
Note: In the novel the ship is carrying a SAH-66 'Sea Commanche' helicopter instead of an SH-60, this aircraft and it's operating detachment is transferred over to USS Cunningham (DDG-79), prior to that ship deploying south.

USS Shenandoah (AD-44)
Yellowstone Class Destroyer Tender
Real ship, details as in service (In commission 1983 - 1996.)
Note: Appears in a characters backstory only.

USCGC Spencer (WMEC-905)
Famous Class Cutter
Real ship, details as in service (Still in commission as of the date of this post.)
Note: Appears in a characters backstory only.

USS Piegan
'Fleet Ocean Tug', class not specified
No other details provided
Note: Appears in a characters backstory only.

United Kingdom

HMS Victorix
Submarine (SSN), class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Ark Royal
Aircraft Carrier
Possibly the Invincible Class Carrier, but no class specific details are mentioned.

RFA Polar Circle
Ice Patrol Ship, class not specified
No other details provided beyond the fact it has a helipad and a helicopter of unspecified type, one that is large enough for casualty evacuation.
Note: The author refers to the ship as 'HMS Polar Circle', but historically ice patrol ships have been part of the Royal Fleet Auxilliary, like the RFA Engadine which had played a role in the Falklands War (1982), so I've used editorial discrection in this case.

For the aircraft mavens.

Argentina

The Argentine Air Force, out of a force of 350 aircraft only has 150 combat ready aircaft, of these 40 are Dassault Rafele E Fighters and 2 are 737-400 AEW planes fitted with Elta Phalcon Radar.

The Argentine Navy, having been unable to purchase an air carrier has purchased ex-Kriegsmarine Tornados. These have been rebuilt to 'as new' condition in Italy.

United States

SAH-66 'Sea Commanche' (LAMPS IV)
Manufacturer: Boeing/Sikorsky
Crew: 2
Equipment: Nose-mounted APG-65 radar (Covers 270 degrees forward arc.)
Weapons carried (Mission Dependent): Sidewinder X (AIM-9X Sidewinder?) (12 miles range, 25pds warhead), AGM-114 Hellfire, AGM-119 Penguin, Gunpods (Most likely fitted with a version of the XM-301 20mm gatling gun planned for the RAH-66.), Air droppable torpedoes (Most likely either Mk.46 or Mk.50 torpedoes, the Mk.54 torpedo did not start development until 1999 several years after this book was published.)
Other equipment carried (Mission Dependent): SQR/A1 Dunking Sonar Pod, Clearwater III AEW Radar Pod, Magnetic Anomaly Detector Pod, Sonobuoys, External Fuel Tanks (110 gallons ( litres))
Speed: 195 mph
The helicopter is fitted with an internal weapons bay and can be fitted with stub wings (With two hardpoints on each wing.) similar to those on the AH-64 'Apache'. These can be removed in situations where maximum stealth is required. (This capability was part of the original design for the RAH-66.). In addition, the helicopter has attachment points for underslung cargo and RAST (Recovery Assistence Securing and Traversing) gear.
Note: LAMPS refers to the 'Light Airborne Multi-Purpose System' which is the USNs anti-submarine helicopter system. In real life there exist LAMPS I (Kaman Seasprite, now removed from service.) LAMPS II (Cancelled in favour of LAMPS III), LAMPS III (Sikorski Seahawk) and LAMPS III Mk II (Sikorski Seahawk).

Below are some of the weapon/equipment fit outs mentioned in this novel.

ASW: 1 x SQR/A1 Dunking Sonar Pod, 1 x Magnetic Anomaly Detector, 2 x ASW Torpedoes
Short range Air-to-Air: 2 x Gunpods (20mm gatlings), 2 x AIM-9X Sidewinders (12 mile range, 25pds warhead)
Long range Air-to-Air: 2 x 110 gallon external fuel tanks, 2 x AIM-9X Sidewinders (12 mile range, 25pds warhead)
Anti-Shipping: 4 x AGM-119 'Penguin' missiles (Wing mounts), 6 x AGM-114 'Hellfire' missiles (Internal mounts)

Going by the remarks the author gives his characters it would seem he believed that the RAH-66 would have entered service in 2004 (The RAH-66 program was actually cancelled that year.) with the SAH-66 version coming into service towards the end of 2005 most likely around November/December of that year, going by what is said.

Plot summary: The year is 2006 (The novel runs between the 19th of March and 7th of April of that year.). The Republic of Agentina as in the 1980s makes the mistake of trying to use an invasion, this time of the Antarctic Peninsula (Historically there are overlapping claims by Argentina, Chile and the United Kingdom.) to shift world opinon in their favour. While better planned than the Falkands Invasion, this scheme again makes the mistake of assuming that the major powers will not fight. Events come down to one revolutionary ship and the determined woman in command of it.

Note: Like the novel 'Flight of the Old Dog' (1987) for Dale Brown, this is where it all started for James H. Cobb (1953 - 2014). The novel was followed by three more, 'Stormdragon' (1997), 'Seafighter' (1999) and 'Target Lock' (2002) all following the career of Amanda Garret. The fourth novel (Spoilers) ends with a clear indication that the fifth novel (Which never materialized as far as I am able to tell.) would have been a continuation of the plotline of the fourth novel. He also wrote a number of short stories, one of which 'Cav' published in the antholgy 'Combat' (2001) appears to be set in the same universe as the 'Amanda Garret' stories but about 12 or so years after the events of the final novel in the series. In 2007 he wrote the novel 'Robert Ludlum's The Arctic Event ' part of the 'Covert One' series (Covered in this thread), a book that if nothing else, showed that his skill as a writer had not diminished.
 
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David Hagberg, High Flight, 1995

United States

USS Thorn (DD-988)
Spruance Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service (1980 - 2004)

USS Cook (FF-1083)
Knox Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service (1971-1992)
Note: In the novel the ship is still in US service as of 1997/98, in real life it was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1995.

USS Barbey (FF-1088)
Knox Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service (1972-1992)
Note: In the novel the ship is still in US service as of 1997/98, in real life it was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 1995.

Japan

Samisho
Yūshio Class Submarine (Modified)
Length: 250ft (76.2m)
Displacement: 2,200 tons (Surfaced, submerged displacement is not given)
Diesel powered.
Speed (Submerged): 25knots(+) (Surfaced speed unspecified)
Safe Depth: 1000ft (305m)
Armament: Type 89 Torpedo (Referred to in the novel by it's alternate name of G-RX2.) UGM-84 Harpoon (Modified warhead described as "...seven hundred fifty pounds of high explosives jacketed in a high-carbon-steel case designed to penetrate well within the bowels of a ship before it blew.")
Electronics (All supplied by Hitachi): ZPS-8 (Mast mounted radar, possibly a fictional system.), Sonar and ECM, one ECM system is designed to lock onto an incoming radar signal and transmit a signal so strong that the radar receiver at the other end burns out.
Crew: 60

Note: In the novel it is stated that the JMSDF is having an SSN constructed in secret, with a planned completion date in 1998.

Murakamo (DD-118)
Minegumo Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service (1970 - 2000)

Russia

Menshinsky
Krivak III (Pr.11351) Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Note: There is a real Krivak III Class Frigate named Menzhinskiy that was in service between 1982 and 1998. It is possible the name used is a different transliteration of the ships name.

Strelka
Sierra Class Submarine (Not specified if Sierra I or Sierra II Class)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Has been fitted with a receiver for Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) signals.

Sovremenny
Sovremenny (Pr.956) Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service (1980 - 1998)
Note (Spoiler): This ship is sunk during the course of the novel.

Plot summary: It is the late 1990s (The novel starts in 'Winter 1997' and runs into the early part of 1998.). A retired CIA agent is hired by one of the major manufacturers of aircraft in the United States. Having entered a critical phase in the development of the worlds first hypersonic commercial airliner the company is afraid that a Japanese firm is trying to damage their reputation and drive the company into bankruptcy. This would give the Japanese the chance to obtain the companies research at 'fire sale' prices. Unfortunately someone else has worked out the Japanese plan and hopes to co-opt it for their own ends.

Note: David Hagberg started off his writing career in the 1970s as a contributor to the long running (1964 - 1990) series of 'Nick Carter: Killmaster' James Bond knock offs as well as other novels under various pseudonyms. This book is the fifth in the 'Kirk McGarvey' series, which appears to have been the first series published under his own name. This novel and the one that precedes it ('Critical Mass' (1992)) are both firmly in the category of 'Yellow Peril (Japan)' (Other novels I've covered in this sub-genre are 'Dragon' (1990) and 'The War in 2020' (1991))
 
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Keith Douglass, SEAL Team Seven: Battleground, 1998

United States

USS Roy Turner (FFG-68)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

USS Monroe (CVN-81)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is the late 1990s (The story runs between Saturday, July 18 and Friday, July 23 of an unspecified year, the first date falls in 1998, the second in 1999. However the story clearly takes place over a six day period.). A disaffected Kenyan army officer has overthrown the government, captured a US warship tied up in Mombasa on a goodwill visit and put the US Embassy in Nairobi under siege, looks like a job for the CIAs private SEAL Team...

Note: This is the sixth book in a series of 'gung ho' action tales about a SEAL team assigned to work with the CIA by the author of the 'gung ho', 'Carrier' series which focuses on a fictional carrier group of the US Navy built around the USS Thomas Jefferson. From that series, I have covered the novels 'Carrier: Typhoon Season' (2000), 'Carrier: Enemies' (2000) & 'Carrier: Joint Operations' (2000), the last of which is a crossover novel with 'SEAL Team Seven'. I am assuming that the reason the author chose Kenya, one of the better run African nations, for this little exercise was the 1998 Nairobi Embassy Bombing which took place in August of that year. I am wondering if the author may have originally planned to set this in a West African country such as Liberia, which was undergoing a period of profound instability in the 1990s and relocated it after the bombing in Kenya.
 
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Anthony Molloy, Conqueror of the Oceans, 2013

United Kingdom

HMS Regni
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Flagship 31st Escort Group. See the entry for 'Notice for Steam' (2013) for details on the ships armament.

HMS Edward
S-boat
Details as per the real ships

HMS Egbert
S-Boat (Copy)
Details as per the real ships as to dimensions and external appearance.
Note: See the entry for 'Dead Reckoning' (2013) for the details on this ship.

HMS Antler (ex-U-491)
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: See the entry for 'Dead Reckoning' (2013) for her backstory.

Germany

U-646
Type IIB U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author explicitly identifies the submarine as being a Type IIB U-Boat. The pennant is that of a Type VIIC U-Boat commissioned in May of 1942 and sunk in October of 1943.

U-648
Type IXD1 U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clashes with a Type VIIC U-Boat commissioned in November 1942 and reported missing in November 1943. In this novel the submarine is captured by HMS Egbert on the 7th of June 1943 and put into service as HMS Absolute. The author J. E. Macdonnell used the same pennant number for a U-Boat of unspecified type in his 1962 novel 'U-Boat' which I have also covered in this thread.

Eroberer der Ozeane (Eng: 'Conqueror of the Oceans') (ex-U-?)
Type IXD U-Boat (Modified)
Vessels details as to dimensions as the same as the Type IXD. Has been extensively modified to serve as a test-bed for systems to be used on the Type XXI U-Boats.
Retains torpedo armament, if the surface armament has been changed, it is not stated.
No other specifics provided.

Habicht (Eng: 'Hawk')
Type 23 Torpedo Boat
Details as per the real ships

Forderung (Eng: 'Demand')
F-class Escort Ship (Frigate)
Details as per the real ships
Note: None of the class were named, see the entry for 'Notice for Steam' (2013) for the class history.

M-486
M1935 Class Minesweeper(?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply refers to the ship as a minesweeper throughout. Pennant appears to be in the range of the M1940 Class minesweepers, but no specific details are given.

Languste
Warship of unspecified class, referred to as a 'Vorpostenboot' (Eng: 'Outpost Boat')
No specific details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1943 (The story runs between June and July of that year.). Evidence has emerged that the Germans are planning to put a revolutionary new form of U-Boat (Type XXI) into service and in an attempt to work out the issues before mass production begins have modified a Type IXD U-boat for use as a systems trials boat. The destruction of this ship could set their program back by months, combined with the bombing offensive against the U-Boat factories, it could keep the new designs out of service until Germany is defeated. The problem for the 31st Escort Group is that they've already hit the research facility in question and are still licking their wounds. Surprise has to be obtained, but how...
 

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James H. Cobb, Stormdragon, 1997

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
3 x Xia Class SSBNs
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
2 x Han Class SSNs
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Various destroyers and frigates

516
Type 025 Class Torpedo Boat
Details as per the real ships

519
Type 025 Class Torpedo Boat
Details as per the real ships

Note: All Type 025s mentioned in the novel are hydrofoils. Also I have not been able to find a good source for PLAN pennant numbers, these may be real pennants.

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Unnamed
Cheng Kung Class Frigate (Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate)
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
'Frigate', class not specified.
Main battery: At least one 5 inch gun, no other armament is specified.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several Hai Ou Fast Attack Craft (Missile)
Details as per the real ships
Note: A Taiwanese version of the Israeli Dvora FAC.

United States

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Enterprise Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service (1961 - 2017)
Airgroup includes F/A-18 'Hornets' & F/A-22 'Sea Raptors'

USS Cunningham (DDG-79)
Cunningham Class Destroyer
See the entry for 'Choosers of the Slain' (1996) for the major details for this ship. As noted previously the author identifies this ship as the lead vessel of a class of post-Arleigh Burke Class of stealth destroyers.

Note: In this novel the author also reveals the identity of the ships namesake, Randall "Duke" Cunningham, a Vietnam-era US Navy air ace and later politician. At the time this novel and the other known entries in the series were published (1996 - 2002), this would not have been an issue. In 2004 he was arrested, charged and convicted (2005) of multiple counts of corruption and tax evasion. This may explain why the series terminated at five? novels (In 2005, a novel was published in German under a title which translates as 'Duel in Foreign Waters'. The blurb claims the book is the fifth novel in the 'Amanda Garret' series.).

For the aircraft mavens.

United States

F/A-22 'Sea Raptor'
This appears to be a navalized version of the F-22B, a proposed two seat version of the F-22 whose development was cancelled in 1996.

SAH-66 'Sea Comanche' (LAMPS IV)
See the entry for 'Choosers of the Slain' (1996) for the major details for this aircraft.

Plot summary: The year is 2006 (The novel runs between the 16th of July and the 30th of August of that year.). The two year old civil war between pro-Democracy and pro-Communist forces in China has reached a near stalemate with neither force able to expand outside their heartlands and the rest of the country falling into chaos. Then a force long forgotten enters the conflict, the Nationalists in Taiwan. The United States dispatches covert assets to watch the expanding conflict and come to realize that for the Communists, the only chance to avoid defeat may be to resort to nuclear weapons, something that cannot be allowed to happen.

Note: The timeline for the conflict in China stretches back to the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, with increasing unrest from that point until open fighting breaks out in 2004.
 

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Harry Rubin, Narco Sub, 2009

United States

USS Penguin (MHC-63)
AMCU-7 Class Minesweeper (Converted LCI(L)-351 Class Landing Craft)
Details as per the real ships. One of the 20mm gun mounts has been relocated from the stern to the top of the superstructure (Which has been reinforced to take the vibration from the guns firing.) to allow space at the stern for the FQM-151s to be launched/retrieved. Modern sonar equipment has been fitted.
Note: Name clashes with that of USS Penguin (ASR-12) a tugboat converted into a submarine rescue ship while under construction. It was launched in 1943 and decommissioned in 1970. All members of the ACMU-7 Class were retired from US service in the early 1960s and disposed of shortly thereafter. This fictional member was mothballed and restored to service in 2009. Carries three FQM-151 'Pointer' UAVs and the necessary support equipment. The pennant number is one past the series (MHC-51 to MHC-62) assigned to the Osprey Class which came into service in the 1990s. The pennants for the ACMU-7 Class ran MHC-7 to MHC-11 and MHC-15 to MHC-42.

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

USS Corpus Christi
Supply ship, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is the early 21st Century (No specific dating information is provided, but the story is clearly set after the previous novels in the series.). Evidence has emerged that the Columbian Cartels have constructed not one, but five true submarines each capable of carrying 8tons of cocaine. The launch point is known, but for obvious reasons intercept at sea is critical. An old ship is pulled from the reserve, refurbished and given a crew whose senior officers have proven themselves in covert operations in the past. Will it be enough to catch the Narco Subs?

Note: This is the final published volume (The book ends with the promise of a further adventure that never materialized.) in a series of six novels focusing on small scale covert actions by the US Navy. The other books, all of which have been covered with this thread are: 'Chasing Pirates' (2006), 'Counterfeit War' (2007), 'The Missing Bomb' (2008), 'U-Boat Secret Mission' (2008) & 'Sunken Treasure' (2009).
 

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Jamie Campbell (Pseud.), Total Germany: A 1,120 ton short story of the sea, published in The Mean Season and other stories of the sea, 2019

United Kingdom

HMS Audacious
Ark Royal (1938) Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: The author explicitly states in the story notes that the ship is a fictional second Ark Royal Class Aircraft Carrier.

HMS Eager
E Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined by name only.

HMS Exemplar
E Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: The same ship appears in the 1940 set 'The Terrible Aspect: A 1,370 ton short story of the sea' (2016) by the same author.

HMS Faithful
F Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined by name only.

HMS Watchkeeper
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the V & W Class by the author. In the story it is indicated that the ship served in the Baltic during the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War.

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat, type not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The outbreak of WWII (The title refers to the signal sent to the Royal Navy announcing the outbreak of war.) has left the British merchant marine scattered and vunerable to enemy action. The Royal Navy has to scramble to bring as many ships to safety as they can.

Note: Earlier in this thread I covered two other early WWII set short stories, 'The Mean Season: A 5,150 ton short story of the sea' and 'The Terrible Aspect: A 1,370 ton short story of the sea' by the same pseudonymous author published in 2016. In 2019 this story and the other two have been issued in a single volume.
 
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Some more WWII fiction 'Self-Published on Amazon'.

Paul Telgedi, Remembering PT-927: World War II in the Pacific, 2014

United States.

PT-733
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant was assigned to a block of Elco 80ft PT-Boats cancelled shortly after the end of the war and scrapped.

PT-882
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-892
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-893
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-904
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-908
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-912
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-914
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-927
PT boat (78ft Higgins)
Details as per the real ships.

PT-941
PT boat (80ft Elco)
Details as per the real ships.

PT-933
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-944
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

PT-988
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.

Note: Most of these pennant numbers are well outside those assigned to actual PT boats.

Japan

Various unnamed warships.

Plot summary: The story covers the last year or so of the war and presents a 'worms eye' view of the conflict and the aftermath from the point of view of the crewman on one PT boat.
 
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J. E. MacDonnell, Abandon Ship, 1963

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode (G46)
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: See the entry for 'Repel Boarders' (1963) for additional details on the pennant number.

HMAS Scimitar (G42)
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class (WWI) Destroyer HMS Scimitar which served in WWII and was scrapped in 1947. The pennant clashes with that of HMS Lincoln (ex-USS Yarnall (DD-143)), a Town Class Destroyer.
Note: See the entry for 'Sainsbury, VC' (1962) for additional details on the ship. The author explicitly confirms that these two novels are in the same 'Universe', however by the time the novel is set she is no longer under the same commander as in the previous novel.

HMAS Swallow
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author explicitly identifies the ship as a destroyer. The name clashes with an S Class (WWI) Destroyer sold for scrap in 1936 (It was one of 24 old destroyers traded to the scrapyard for the former RMS Majestic (ex-SS Bismark.)) and with a C Class (WWII) Destroyer that was renamed HMS Caprice while under construction.

Unnamed
'Destroyer', class not specified
No other details provided

United States

Unnamed
A task force comprising 1 Cruiser and 6 Destroyers.

Japan

Various Unnamed submarines and cruisers.

Plot summary: It is the last years of World War II in the Pacific (A precise date is not given, but the story appears to be set during the Philippines Campaign (October 1944 to the end of the War.)). An Allied convoy makes it's way north, for one ship, it's reputation damaged by Japanese propaganda, this may be the last chance to put the record straight...

Note: J. E. MacDonnell was a prolific Australian writer of action fiction for newsstand paperbacks. Some of the novels by him covered in this thread include, 'Gimme the boats!' (1953), 'Wings Off The Sea' (1953), 'The Frogman' (1958), 'Night Encounter' (1958), 'The Surgeon' (1959), 'The Secret Weapon' (1959), 'Subsmash' (1960), 'The Coxswain' (1960), 'U-Boat' (1962), 'Not Under Command' (1963), 'Killer Group' (1964), 'The Snake Boats' (1967), 'Approved to Scrap' (1968), 'The Hammer of God' (1968), 'Hunter-Killer' (1968), 'Petty Officer Brady' (1968), 'The Last Stand' (1970), 'The Kill' (1974), 'Breaking Point' (1979) & 'The Glory Hunter' (c. 1980s) . He also wrote a series of 'James Bond' style superspy thrillers featuring an agent named Mark Hood, novels in this series that have appeared in the thread are 'Come Die With Me' (1965) and 'Operation Octopus' (1968).
 
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Anthony Molloy, Ring On Main Engines, 2013

United Kingdom

HMS Regni
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Flagship 31st Escort Group. See the entry for 'Notice for Steam' (2013) for details on the ships armament.

HMS Atrebate
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Cornovii
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk in August 1943 by U-623.

HMS Gaul
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Iceni
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Note: It is implied in this novel that all the Tribals associated with the 31st Escort Group (aka Special Force Orca.) have been refitted with 4 inch high angle guns replacing the 4.7 inch guns and a Squid mortar replacing Y Turret.

HMS Edward
S-boat
Details as per the real ships

HMS Egbert
S-Boat (Copy)
Details as per the real ships as to dimensions and external appearance.
Note: See the entry for 'Dead Reckoning' (2013) for the details on this ship.

HMS Freshet
Escort Carrier, class not specified
Airgroup includes Sea Hurricanes
No other details provided.

HMS Sunderland Point
Submarine Depot Ship (Modified)
Weight: 8900 tons
No other details provided
Note: Ship has been run ashore on the main island of the Shetland Islands (Called Mainland...), following being torpedoed and modified to serve as a new headquarters for Special Force Orca (aka the 31st Escort Group.)

HMS Antler (ex-U-491)
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: See the entry for 'Dead Reckoning' (2013) for her backstory.

HMS Absolute (ex-U-648)
Type IXD1 U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: See the entry for 'Conqueror of the Oceans' (2013) for her backstory. Modified with temporary equipment to allow the transport of a Welman minisub.

X-531
X Class Minisub
Details as per the real ships
Note: The pennant is well out of the actual range for the X Class which ran X-3 to X-10 and X-20 to X-25. Fictional X Class Minisubs have appeared in the novels 'The Gatecrashers' (1984) by Alexander Fullerton and 'The Volunteers' (1985) by Douglas Reeman.

Unnamed
Welman (Minisub)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: See the entry for 'By Night's Dark Shadow' (2013) for details on this class of mini-sub. This one is described as being an improved version of the original.

Germany

U-623
U-Boat, type not specified
Note: Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC U-boat commissioned in May 1942 and sunk in February 1943. The submarine in the novel is captured in August 1943 by the 31st Escort Group.

U-640
U-Boat, type not specified
Note: Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC U-boat commissioned in May 1942 and sunk in May 1943. The submarine in the novel is sunk on the 31st of July 1943.

M-486
M1935 Class Minesweeper(?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply refers to the ship as a minesweeper throughout. Pennant appears to be in the range of the M1940 Class minesweepers, but no class specific details are given. This ship also appears in the preceeding novel 'Conqueror of the Oceans' (2013)

Georg von Roeder (Z-76)
Type 1936B Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author explicitly identifies the ship as a Type 1936B Destroyer. In real life all members of this class were unnamed and only three were ever completed before the end of the war.

Neele
Oiler
No other details provided

Thüringen
Oiler
No other details provided

Unnamed
Oiler
No other details provided

Gruppe Würger

Karl Galster (Z-20)
Type 1936A Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

At least eleven other Unnamed destroyers.

Scharnhorst
Scharnhorst Class Battleship
Real ship details as in service

Gneisenau
Scharnhorst Class Battleship
Real ship details as in service
Note: In real life this ship never deployed to Norway. While undergoing repair to damage sustained during Operation Cerebrus (aka The Channel Dash) the ship was hit by a British bomb causing so much damage that it was decided to convert the ship to an armament of 6 x 15 inch guns rather than repair the ship. This conversion was never completed and the ship was scrapped post-war. The author explicitly mentions this ship as taking part in the operation described in the novel.

Lützow (ex-Deutschland)
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Tirpitz
Bismark Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service

Plot summary: As July 1943 moves into August, Adolf Hitler having mused on the success of Operation Cerberus (aka 'The Channel Dash', 11-13 February 1942) decides that what worked once will work again and comes up with a bold scheme that he is sure will win control of the Atlantic for Germany and the war at a stroke. All that stands in the Germans way are few British destroyers in the wrong place, but perhaps at the right time...

Note: For any readers of an artistic bent 'Gruppe Würger' would make the perfect subject for a book cover in the style of Chris Mayger or Geoffrey Huband...
 
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