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J. E. MacDonnell, Caribbean Striker, 1967

United States

USS Thomas F. Brewster
'Destroyer' (DDGN), class not specified
Engines: Nuclear (1 Reactor powerplant)
Length: 400ft (121.92m)
No other details

Unnamed
Prototype Surface Effect Ship
Armament: Sufficient M-1 Carbines to equip the crew.
Description: "It was a flat circular vessel with a rounded bow."
Speed: "She's a hydrofoil Mark. Moves on a cushion of air, something the same principle as a hovercraft. Hover! Brother... In that bulb of a hull are gas and turbine engines. They'll take her from New York to England in less than a day and a half. What do you think of that?"
Notes: Little information beyond the above is provided. The craft is also described as the prototype for a series of high-speed ASW ships. I have discussed with Hood the possibility that the author is describing some form of Wing-In-Ground effect craft, but there is not enough detail to make a call one way or the other. The author simply refers to the ship as a 'hydrofoil' after it's introduction.

Plot Summary: Someone is manipulating ships guidance systems in the Caribbean causing collisions at sea and groundings, sounds like a job for Mark Hood...

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), 'The Frogman' (1958), 'Night Encounter' (1958), 'The Surgeon' (1959), 'The Secret Weapon' (1959), 'Subsmash' (1960), 'The Coxswain' (1960), 'Sainsbury VC' (1962), 'U-Boat' (1962), 'Not Under Command' (1963), 'Killer Group' (1964), 'The Snake Boats' (1967), 'Approved to Scrap' (1968), 'The Hammer of God' (1968), 'Petty Officer Brady' (1968), 'Hunter-Killer' (1968), 'The Last Stand' (1970), 'The Kill', (1974), 'Breaking Point' (1979), 'Jim Brady, Able Seaman' (1985) & '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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Peter Leslie, Silent Squadron, 1972

Germany

The 'Secret Base' is an underground U-Boat base located in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland, like the facility created by Hammond Innes in 'Wreckers Must Breathe' (1940) the author never gives the name of the facility. The base is fitted with a dry dock. However all the location names given ("...Auchnaferris, not far from Rosapenna, in Northwest Donegal...") are fictional.

U-937
U-Boat, type not specified
No other details provided.
Note: The pennant number is that of a Type VIIC/42 U-Boat whose construction was cancelled in November 1943

United Kingdom

Various Unnamed Warships

Plot summary: It has been discovered that the Germans have established a U-Boat base in the Republic of Ireland without the knowledge of the Republic's government. The threat to the Atlantic convoys is obvious. A special team is sent to take it out.
 

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Has anyone brought up the fictional Leander-class cruiser HMS Antigone (nicknamed Aunty Gone) from Warren Tute's novel The Cruiser?

Regards,
 

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Has anyone brought up the fictional Leander-class cruiser HMS Antigone (nicknamed Aunty Gone) from Warren Tute's novel The Cruiser?

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I think that book was on the fictional ships thread on the old Warship Discussion 3.0 site for sure, but it is one of the classic naval novels.
 

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Irving A. Greenfield, Barracuda, 1978

United States

USS Barracuda (SSBN-???)

Poseidon IV Class Submarine (Fictional Class)
Crew: 140
Fitted with 'hydrothermal sensors' mounted in a blister on the sail. The sensors allow detailed monitoring of the surrounding water temperature profiles.
No other specifics provided by the author, beyond the fact that it is an SSBN.

USS Bluefin (SSBN-???)
Poseidon IV Class Submarine (Fictional Class)
Details identical to USS Barracuda

USS Sting Ray

Submarine (SSN), Class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Saratoga
'Aircraft Carrier', Class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Shark

Gato Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with a Porpoise Class Submarine lost in 1942, a Balao Class Submarine lost in 1944 and with a Skipjack Class Submarine decomissioned in September 1990. The submarine in the novel is notionally sold to Chile, but instead modified to resemble the USS Barracuda and used to fake that submarines sinking.

Russia

Tupolev
'Misile Frigate', class not specified.
Displacement: 7,500 tons
Armament: "Three batteries of surface-to-surface missiles and two ASW batteries plus four surface-to-air batteries. Two of these are new and fire heat-seeking missiles..."
No other details provided

Kaskori
'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
Displacement: 10,000 tons
Armament: 3 x Batteries Surface-to-Surface missiles, 4 x Batteries ASW missiles, 4 x Batteries Surface-to-Air missiles.
No other details provided.
Note: Clearly not the same fictional class as Tupolev.

Plot summary: A search for the crew of a freighter lost at sea turns up a conspiracy instead...

Note: Like William Katz's 'North Star Crusade' (1976), this story is built around the idea of a right-wing conspiracy to launch a pre-emptive strike on the Soviet Union.
 

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Robert Radcliffe, Upon Dark Waters, 2003

United Kingdom

HMS Vehement
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on name only.

HMS Daisy

Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Lily
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The name had last been used for an Acacia Class Sloop launched in 1915 and after being converted into a depot ship and renamed Adamant II sold for scrapping in 1930.

HMS Fuschia

Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Hornbeam

Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Hornbeam is a flowering tree of the birch family.

Germany

Various Unnamed Warships

Plot summary: Torpedoed in the night the crew of a Flower Class Corvette struggle to survive until rescued.
 

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Winston S. Churchill, Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania, 1898.

Yes, its that Winston S. Churchill! He made one foray into the world of fiction as a young man, writing a serialised story that in 1900 was published as a book.
The book is a set in Savola, a fictional European state in which unrest against the dictatorial government of president Antonio Molara turns into a violent revolution.
The main naval action concerns the government fleet subduing the revolutionary-held forts protecting the river estuary leading to the capital Laurania. This may have been inspired by the Royal Navy’s bombardment of Zanzibar on 27th August 1896.

Fortuna
A battleship, armed with 2x2 ?in turrets and 8x1 ?in casemates, severely damaged by the coastal defence forts

Petrach
A cruiser sunk by the coastal defence forts

Reinzi
A gunboat

Saldanho
A battleship, damaged by by rebel-held coastal defence forts protecting the capital Laurania

Sorato
A cruiser

There is a nice excerpt of the action here: https://wargamingmiscellanybackup.w...astal-defence-artillery-in-action-in-fiction/
 

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The main naval action concerns the government fleet subduing the revolutionary-held forts protecting the river estuary leading to the capital Laurania. This may have been inspired by the Royal Navy’s bombardment of Zanzibar on 27th August 1896.

Hm, I think that Brazilian civil war of 1893 might be closer.
 

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D. McLeod Smith (Pen name: David Mariner), The Chatham Rats, 1969

United Kingdom

HMS Wildcat
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined by ships name only.

Italy

Scorpio
'Destroyer', class not specified
Armament: 3 x Twin 4.7 inch turrets (A, B & Y) 8 x TT (2 X 4 tube launchers), 20mm AA (Number and position unspecified), depth charge racks (Exact number of depth charges unspecified)
Twin Funnels, described as being "...pulled rakishly to the rear..."
Description: "In common with most destroyers of her day, she had a built-up forecastle... tripod foremast... the main deck, which was low and close to the sea..."
Note: Captured by HMS Wildcat during the night action of the Battle of Cape Matapan (27-29 March, 1941).

Plot summary: In the chaotic night action of the Battle of Cape Matapan an Italian destroyer is captured intact opening up an opportunity to strike a blow against a new weapon under development, the Fritz-X. But to do it the crew will have to pretend to be Italian with all the attendant risks...
 

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J. E. MacDonnell, Chain of Violence, 1972

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: In the novel 'Petty Officer Brady' (1968) the author features a V & W Class Destroyer of the same name in service with the 'Scrap Iron Flotilla'. This is that ships replacement, that with the same crew as the former ship goes on to serve in the Pacific Theater.

United Kingdom

HMS Avenger
A Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined from name only. Name clashes with the name ship of Avenger Class Escort Carrier which was in service between March and November of 1942. The ship in question was undergoing her commissioning process during the time period the novel is set (May - December 1941).

Germany

U-44
Type IX U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author explicitly identifies the ship as being of this Type. The actual U-44 was sunk in March 1940 by a mine off the coast of Netherlands. In this novel the submarine survives until 1941 when it is sunk by HMAS Wind Rode.

Plot summary: During 1941, the convoy war, both in the Atlantic and the Mediterranian continues to heat up.

Note: Unlike a lot of the authors fiction the time frame can be tied down by the two events that bookend the action, the Battle of Denmark Strait (24 May 1941) and the Sinking of Force Z (10 December 1941). HMAS Wind Rode departs Singapore for Australia on the 6th of December, 1941.
 
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Charles W. Rush, Striker's Men, 1994

United States

USS Striker
'Submarine' (SS), class not specified.
At start of the novel the submarines surface armament is 1 x 3inch gun and 3 x 20mm guns. Part way through the novel the 3inch unch is replaced with a 5inch gun. (24 Torpedoes)

USS Seabat
'Submarine' (SS), class not specified.
No other details provided

USS Surgeonfish
Balao Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: 'Surgeonfish' is an alternate name for the species of fish known as Tang. USS Tang (SS-306) was a Balao Class Submarine.

USS Saberfish
'Submarine' (SS), class not specified.
No other details provided

USS Seatiger
'Submarine' (SS), class not specified.
No other details provided

USS Sea Hawk
'Submarine' (SS), class not specified.
No other details provided

USS Orca
Balao Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: USS Orca was the original planned name of the submarine USS Sand Lance (SS-381).

Japan

Various Unnamed Warships

Plot summary: The lives and loves of the crew of USS Striker during WWII.

Note: Like the 2019 novel 'A Terrible Loyalty' by William Roskey, the problems with the Mark 14 torpedo dominate the early part of the novel
 
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A chance Op-shop find...

Jack Terral, SEALS: Rolling Thunder, 2007

United States

USS Combs
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Has been modified to serve as a covert special operations command ship. The author simply refers to the ship as a 'DDG' without specifying class, however a reference to a CH-53 landing on the Combs strongly suggests it's not a Zumwalt Class.

USS Dan Daly (LHX-1)
Amphibious Assault Ship, class not specified
Length: 390ft (118.9m)
Beam: 55ft (16.8m)
Displacement: 20,000tons
Speed: 30knots
Has a floodable dock capable of handling one of the two LCM-6s the ship carries at a time.
Has internal space for 80 'vehicles' (The author does not clearly define what types of vehicles the ship can carry.)
Has deck space for 12 'helicopters'. (At the start of the novel the author mentions that three CV-22 'Osprey' tiltrotors are being carried, but no details are provided about what other aircraft are aboard.)
No other details are provided in regards, armament/sensors.
Note: Described as being "...designed and built in a concept so new and untried, the Navy couldn't decide whether to put an 'A' for general purpose or a 'D' for multipurpose on her designation." It would appear that the ship first appears in the series during the preceding novel 'SEALS: Battlecraft' which I have yet to locate a copy of.

Plot summary: The assignment to the Afghan border with Iran seemed like a make work project, but no one told the Iranian's that...

Note: This book is the fourth of a series of at least six 'gung-ho' action novels built around the US Navy SEALS. It's not clear if the author is a psudonym for someone else, but the books are copyright to the publisher rather than a specific author suggesting this may be the case. One odd thing is that the villains are treated with a bit more respect than the average reader would expect for novels of this type. The other item of note is that like Irving A. Greenfield's 'Depth Force' series each novel appears to be 'tied' to the one succeeding it. Unlike 'Depth Force', the novels storyline is completed before the hook is given. In the case of this novel the 'break point' is a natural lull in the action as both sides reinforce and lay their plans for the next round of clashes.
 
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Jack Terral, SEALS: Rolling Thunder, 2007

United States

USS Combs
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Has been modified to serve as a covert special operations command ship. The author simply refers to the ship as a 'DDG' without specifying class, however a reference to a CH-53 landing on the Combs strongly suggests it's not a Zumwalt Class.

USS Dan Daly (LHX-1)
Amphibious Assault Ship, class not specified
Length: 390ft (118.9m)
Beam: 55ft (16.8m)
Displacement: 20,000tons
Speed: 30knots
Has a floodable dock capable of handling one of the two LCM-6s the ship carries at a time.
Has internal space for 80 'vehicles' (The author does not clearly define what types of vehicles the ship can carry.)
Has deck space for 12 'helicopters'. (At the start of the novel the author mentions that three CV-22 'Osprey' tiltrotors are being carried, but no details are provided about what other aircraft are aboard.)
No other details are provided in regards, armament/sensors.
Note: Described as being "...designed and built in a concept so new and untried, the Navy couldn't decide whether to put an 'A' for general purpose or a 'D' for multipurpose on her designation." It would appear that the ship first appears in the series during the preceding novel 'SEALS: Battlecraft' which I have yet to locate a copy of.

Plot summary: The assignment to the Afghan border with Iran seemed like a make work project, but no one told the Iranian's that...

Note: This book is the fourth of a series of at least six 'gung-ho' action novels built around the US Navy SEALS. It's not clear if the author is a psudonym for someone else, but the books are copyright to the publisher rather than a specific author suggesting this may be the case. One odd thing is that the villains are treated with a bit more respect than the average reader would expect for novels of this type. The other item of note is that like Irving A. Greenfield's 'Depth Force' series each novel appears to be 'tied' to the one succeeding it. Unlike 'Depth Force', the novels storyline is completed before the hook is given. In the case of this novel the 'break point' is a natural lull in the action as both sides reinforce and lay their plans for the next round of clashes.

390ft x 55ft seems a bit small for what she is said to be able to carry.
 

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USS Dan Daly (LHX-1)
Amphibious Assault Ship, class not specified
Length: 390ft (118.9m)
Beam: 55ft (16.8m)
Displacement: 20,000tons
Speed: 30knots
Has a floodable dock capable of handling one of the two LCM-6s the ship carries at a time.
Has internal space for 80 'vehicles' (The author does not clearly define what types of vehicles the ship can carry.)
Has deck space for 12 'helicopters'. (At the start of the novel the author mentions that three CV-22 'Osprey' tiltrotors are being carried, but no details are provided about what other aircraft are aboard.)
No other details are provided in regards, armament/sensors.
Note: Described as being "...designed and built in a concept so new and untried, the Navy couldn't decide whether to put an 'A' for general purpose or a 'D' for multipurpose on her designation." It would appear that the ship first appears in the series during the preceding novel 'SEALS: Battlecraft' which I have yet to locate a copy of.

390ft x 55ft seems a bit small for what she is said to be able to carry.

Well the author does describe the ship as being 'petite'... That's why I'm currently hunting down a copy of book three in the series in the hope that the author provides some more background...
 

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Robert Westall, Fathom Five, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Huddersfield
Town Class Cruiser(WWII)(?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on name only.

HMS Virago
'Destroyer', class not specified
Displacement: 1500 tons
Armament: 4 x 4.7inch guns, 8 x TT, 4 x Depth Charge Throwers, 4 x Depth Charge Racks
Speed: 29knots
Launched: 1922 (Not clear from text if author meant launched or comissioned.)
Note: In 1943 the name would clash with a V Class Destroyer launched in February of that year and comissioned in November 1943.

HMS Acanthus
Flower Class Corvette
Real ship, details as in service

HMS Arbutus
Flower Class Corvette
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life the ship was sunk in February 1942, in the novel the ship survives until at least 1943.

HMT Lord Coyne
Armed Trawler
Displacement: 200tons
Armament: 1 x 12pdr gun, other armament unspecified.

HMT Lord Grey
Armed Trawler
No other details provided.

HMS Kirkudbright (ex-USS Clarksburg)
Town Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: US name does not fit the US Navies destroyer naming scheme. Stated to have taken part in Operation Claymore (The Lofoten Islands Raid in 1941.). No specifics are provided to determine which of the classes involved in the 'Destroyers For Bases' deal this ship was.

Germany

Unnamed
Various U-Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1943. A group of teenagers come to realize that a hitherto undetected German spy is operating in their town.

Note: This is the sequel to the authors first novel 'The Machine Gunners' (1975) and like the first novel drew heavily on the authors wartime experiences for many of the background details.
 
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Andrew Wareham, The Earl's Other Son: The China Station, 2018

United Kingdom

HMS Bustard
Nymphe Class Sloop
Details as per the real ships. In 1897 the ships armamemnt is upgraded with the 5inch Breach Loading Guns being replaced with 4.7inch Quick-Firing Guns.
Note: Historically this was a four ship class with the individual members being assigned to different geographical areas. The class member assigned to the China Station in the real world was HMS Daphne.

HMS Prince William
'Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: At the time the novel is set, there was no ship of that name in the Royal Navy, the last ship so named was scrapped in 1816.

HMS Gibraltar
Edgar Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

HMS Centurion
Centurion Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship spent most of it's career (1894-1910) on the China Station.

HMS Shark
Rocket Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Throughout it's career (1894-1911), this ship was attached to the Home Fleet and never served as part of the China Squadron as depicted in this novel.

HMS Magnificent
'Armoured Cruiser', class not specified
Armament: 2 x 9.2inch guns (Single mounts, fore and aft), 8 x 6inch guns, 10 x 4.7inch guns, unspecified numbers of 6pdr and 3pdr guns.
No other details provided
Note: Name clashes with a Majestic Class Battlship that entered service in 1894. Both Hood and I have attempted to link this to a specific class, but were unable to come up with a match.

Plot summary: The year is 1897. The second son of an Earl is sent to the Far East to get him away from an embarrassing scandal involving an Admiral's daughter.

Note: This is the first novel in a four book series that runs from 1897 until just after the Boxer Rebellion. The author as can be seen is making free use of real ships along with completely fictional ones.
 

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John Wingate, Go Deep, 1985

United Kingdom

HMS Urgent
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

All other RN and Allied ships mentioned in the novel are real.

Italy

All real ships.

Plot summary: Covering the years 1942-1943 the novel follows the crew of HMS Urgent as the Siege of Malta reaches it's climax.

Note: The ending references the first members of the Upholder Class as being in service suggesting that that part of the story is set in the early 1990s
 

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Eric J. Collenette, Secret of the Kara Sea, 1987

United Kingdom

HMS Orca
S Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as per the real ships
Modifications: "...extra batteries, and some of her ballast-tanks have been converted to carry fuel to give her a surface range of nearly six thousand miles. She can travel one hundred and twenty-seven miles beneath the surface at two knots and nearly ninety miles at four..."
Note: Author explicitly identifies her as a modified member of the S Class.

HMS Scavenger
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined by name only. Appears only in the first novel in the series 'Ninety Feet To The Sun'.

Plot summary: A submarine sent to support the convoys to Russia is sent to find a missing ship from the last convoy.

Note: The novel covered in this entry is the third in a series of at least three novels centered on a character named Ben Grant ('Ninety Feet To The Sun', 'The Gemini Plot' & 'Secret of the Kara Sea') Only the second novel is on the Internet Archive along with the third. Back in 2016 I covered another of this authors novels 'The Talisman Deception' (1992) which is not part of this series.
 
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Eric J. Collenette, Eye Of The Eagle, 1986

HMS Cyclops
Centaur Class Aircraft Carrier(?)
Details as per the real ships as if they had been completed in WWII.
Note: Author only refers to her as a 'Light Fleet Carrier' and later states it's tonnage (24,000 tons) is that of the Centaur Class. This class of carrier was laid down in 1944 and did not enter service until after WWII was over. This ship has been commmisioned in 1944. Sunk prior to D-Day by an air attack. The sinking itself appears to be based off that of the USS Lexington at the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Plot summary: The year is 1944, the survivors of a sunken air carrier join the French to destroy a German radar station.
 

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Eric J. Collenette, The Gemini Plot, 1985

United Kingdom

H-?
H-Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Built: 1917 (Not clear if this means launched or comissioned.)
Note: Unofficially named 'Hobo' by the crew. Her actual identity is never given by the author.

HMS Avon
River Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to the ship as a 'Thames Class' submarine in the novel. Had she existed in real life she would have been the fourth member of the class. Originally it had been intended to build twenty members of the class, but construction was stopped after three ships were completed due to costs.

Germany

Unnamed

Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Has been modified as a test bed for the Walter Air Independant Propulsion System

Plot summary: It has been discovered that the Germans plan to test a revolutionary propulsion system in the Mediterranean Sea and a plan is put into motion to destroy the prototype before the tests can take place.

Note: This is the second in the authors 'Ben Grant' series and is followed by 'Secret of the Kara Sea' (1987) which I have covered earlier in this thread.
 

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Eric J. Collenette, Atlantic Encounter, 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Peregrine
Kingfisher Class Sloop
Details as per the real ships
Built: 1938 (This would make her a member of the last batch ('Shearwater Group') of Kingfisher Class ordered.)
Note: After completion, but prior to WWII the ship forms part of the China Squadron. By the start of WWII she has returned to the United Kingdom.

HMS Vulcan

'Destroyer', class not specified
Armament: Main battery, 4.7inch guns ('A', 'B', 'X', 'Y', 'Z' Turrets, not specified if single or twin mounts.). 'B' turret is replaced with a Hedgehog Launcher in 1942.
Note: Name clashes with a purpose built depot ship of the same name (Renamed HMS Defiance III in 1931.) that was in RN service between 1899 and 1955. At one point the ship is described by a German character as "One of their new ones..."

HMS Gypsy
'Corvette', class not specified.
Main Battery: At least one 4inch gun.

Germany

Unnamed

Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Despite having scenes from the point of view of her commander the author does not name this submarine.

Plot summary: One incident during the Battle of the Atlantic...
 

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Carrie Thorne, Six, 2020

United States (Coast Guard)

USCGC Valkyrie
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Described as: "...one of the smaller cutters..."
No other class specific details provided.

Plot summary: When a mystery woman is hauled from the sea the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Valkyrie have no idea where it will lead them...

Note: This novel is 'paranormal romance' rather than naval action, the authors descriptions of the sex scenes (and there are several) contain much more detail than her description of the ship on which about half the novel takes place.
 

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Jinx Schwartz, Troubled Sea, 2004 (Rev. 2014)

United States (Coast Guard)

USCGC Endeavor
Reliance Class Cutter
Details as per the real ships.

Mexico

Matamoros (P-04)
'Patrol Boat', class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: When two friends on yacht find themselves see something they were not supposed to, all hell breaks loose.
 

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Alexander Fullerton, A Share of Honor, 1982

United Kingdom

HMS Ultra
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Unslaked
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Sauerkraut (ex-S-?)
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Armament has been modified by replacing the 37mm gun with an additional 20mm weapon.
Additional armor has been added to the front and sides of the bridge.

HMS Gourock
Hunt Class Minesweeper (WWI)
Details as per the real ships
Launched: 1919

HMS Defiant
D Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Completed 1922? (Stated to be "...twenty years old..." in 1942.)

United States

USS Sloan
Porter Class Destroyer (Referred to as Selfridge Class in 'All The Drowning Seas' (1981).)
Details as per the real ships
Launched "...around 1935..."

Germany

Vulkan
Tank Transporter (Converted Freighter?)
Displacement: 7300tons
No other details provided save that when sunk it was transporting Tiger I tanks to the Africa Korps in early 1942 (e.g. Between Operation Crusader and the Battle of Gazala.).

Plot summary: The year is 1942 and as the war rages on for two members of the Everard Family the chance comes for heroic action.

Note: This novel forms part of the authors nine-book 'Everard Chronicles' series of naval action novels and is the direct sequel to 'All The Drowning Seas' (1981).

Later: I've updated this entry to include one ship I had missed. The entry for 'The Guns of Navarone' (1957) has been updated with a scan of what I believe to be the final 'artwork' cover for the novel prior to the switch to CGI/Photomanipulated covers. As with so many covers from this era it is uncredited.
 
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