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Douglas Reeman, Battlecruiser, 1997

United Kingdom

HMS Pyrrus
Leander Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

HMS Montague
M Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

HMS Mulgrave
M Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

HMS Mediator
M Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

HMS Marathon
M Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

HMS Mastiff
M Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

HMS Seeker
Smiter Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

HMS Diligent
D Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Assurance
'Cruiser', class not specified
Main battery: 8inch guns

HMS Reliant
Renown Class Battlecruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author. The fictional history for this ship seems to have been in part based on that of HMS Warspite, unlike the other two members of her class she saw service at Jutland where a steering failure caused her to circle just as Warspite did at Jutland, prior to the events of the story she took part in the September 1940 attack on Dakar (Operation Menace.)

HMS Montrose
'Warship', class not specified
No other details provided.

Germany

Minden
'Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided
A completely different cruiser of the same name appears in the authors earlier novel 'Rendezvous - South Atlantic' (1972). That ship appeared to be a heavy cruiser similar in visual appearance to a Scharnhorst Class Battleship in the same way that the Admiral Hipper's resembled the Bismark Class of Battleship.

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

Italy

Tiberio
Littorio Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified by this class by the author.

Plot summary: A new captain comes to Britain's last battlecruiser, forced to serve under a glory seeking Admiral and with his own scars to bear will he be up to the task of commanding her when the time comes.
 

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Warwick Collins, New World, 1991

United States

USS Ohio
Iowa Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes the ship as a 'battleship'. The Iowa Class were the only battleship class in US service at the time the novel was written. The name clashes with the lead ship of the Ohio Class Submarines. During WWII the name was assigned to a member of the planned, but never constructed Montana Class.

USS Gettysburg
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes the ship as a 'nuclear carrier'. The Nimitz Class were the the most recent CVN class in US service at the time the novel was written. The name clashes with that of a Ticonderoga Class Cruiser commissioned in June 1991.

Russia

Boris Yeltsin (Ex-Riga, Ex-Varyag)
Tiblisi (Kuznetsov) (Pr.1143.5) Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, fictional history.
Note: The lead ship of the Kuznetsov Class began sea trials under the name Tiblisi, this ship is presumably the second member of the class originally intended to be called Riga (The name originally assigned to the lead ship of the class.), subsequently renamed Varyag and then sold incomplete to China where it was completed as the Type 001 Class Carrier Liaoning. In this author's universe the ship was completed for Russian service.

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Russia

St Petersburg
'Airship'
No other details provided.

Plot summary: In 2000, the Soviet Union won the America's Cup. As 2002 looms, unrest caused by Perestroika causes the country to fracture. Now a newly independent Estonia challenges Russia for the right to defend the Cup. The part-Russian captain of the yacht that won the Cup in 2000 finds himself torn between the two countries.

Note: For the basic details of the America's Cup see the entry for the first novel in the series 'Challenge' (1990). In the previous novel the author completely missed out on the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. This novel clearly reworks some of the events of that year to bring the authors 'universe' into closer accord with actual history. The 'America's Cup' trilogy which started with 'Challenge' (1990) concluded with 'Death of an Angel' the following year.

This novel fits into the category of being a 'Future of the Past' novel . Other novels exhibiting this 'future of the past' quality I've covered are 'Seven Days in May' (1962) (Charles W. Bailey II & Fletcher Knebel), 'Thirty-Four East' (1974), 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) (Both by Alfred Coppel), 'The Crash of '79' (1976) (Paul E. Erdman), 'North Star Crusade' (1976) (William Katz), 'Side-Wall' (1982) (David Graham), 'CV' (1985) (Damon Knight), 'The Phoenix Odyssey' (1986) (Richard P. Henrick), 'Rockets' Red Glare' (1988) (Greg Dinallo), 'Super Depth Force: Project Discovery' (1988) (Irving A. Greenfield), 'Challenge' (1990) (William Collins), 'Omega Sub' (1991) (Michael Jahn) 'Debt of Honor' (1994) (Tom Clancy) 'Rites of War' (1998) (Cyn Mobley) and 'End Game' (2011) (Matthew Glass), along with what is probably the most well known 'alternative history' sequence, 'Raise the Titanic' (1976), 'Vixen 03' (1978), 'Night Probe' (1981) & 'Deep Six' (1984) (All by Clive Cussler) which are set in an alternative 1980s (The novels are set between 1987 ('Raise the Titanic') & 1989 ('Deep Six').) with many differences from what actually happened, most notably Canada being absorbed by the United States (Something Cussler quietly dropped in later novels.). Another note-able 'Future of the Past' series is the four book 'Amanda Garrett' series ('Choosers of the Slain' (1996), 'Stormdragon' (1997), 'Seafighter' (1999) & 'Target Lock' (2002)) by James H. Cobb.
 

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J. E. MacDonnell, Command, 1958

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: The authors description of the ships armament make it quite clear that this is not the V & W version of the ship. See also the notes at the end of this entry.

United Kingdom

HMS Havock (H43)
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship was in service between 1937 and 1942. In this novel the ship's career has been extended past it's historic sinking to late 1942.

HMS Griffin (H31)
G Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship was in Royal Navy service between 1936 and 1943. In the latter year it was transferred to the Canadian Navy and renamed HMCS Ottowa, under this name it served until 1945 and was scrapped a year later.

HMS Greyhound (H05)
G Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship was in service between 1936 and 1941. In this novel the ship's career has been extended past it's historic sinking to late 1942.

HMS Termagant
Leander Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on armament details which match those of the Leander Class. The name does not fit the class.

Italy

Several Unnamed warships identified as "Four enemy cruisers and a destroyer..."

Plot Summary: For Peter Bentley, the new command was a chance to shine and show he was up to the task, for one crewman the new commander was a threat to the empire of fear he'd created and would do anything to protect.

Note: The copy of the novel I came across is missing the last ten pages, should I locate a complete copy of the book I will revise this entry, as the Italian warships may be named in the missing pages. Also of note is that the opening of the story seems to be taking place in September 1942 which leads me to suspect this story is actually set September/October 1942.

The three real ships named in the book were all present at the Battle of Matapan in 1941 and took part in the battles night action upon which the action that climaxes the novel appears to have been based.

It would appear that at this point in the author's career he was still thinking of his novels as a set of interlocking series with proper continuity. At some point after this, probably during the 1960s when he was working on not only his naval fiction, but a James Bond knock-off series and a Dr Kildare knock-off series he abandoned strict continuity.

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), 'Battle Fire' (1961), 'Eagles Over Taranto' (1961), 'Sainsbury VC' (1962), 'U-Boat' (1962), 'Not Under Command' (1963), 'Killer Group' (1964), 'Behemoth' (1967), 'The Snake Boats' (1967), 'Approved to Scrap' (1968), 'The Hammer of God' (1968), 'Petty Officer Brady' (1968), 'Hunter-Killer' (1968), 'The Last Stand' (1970), 'Chain of Violence' (1972), '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), 'Caribbean Striker' (1967) and 'Operation Octopus' (1968).
 

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Warwick Collins, New World, 1991

United States

USS Ohio
Iowa Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes the ship as a 'battleship'. The Iowa Class were the only battleship class in US service at the time the novel was written. The name clashes with the lead ship of the Ohio Class Submarines. During WWII the name was assigned to a member of the planned, but never constructed Montana Class.

USS Gettysburg
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes the ship as a 'nuclear carrier'. The Nimitz Class were the the most recent CVN class in US service at the time the novel was written. The name clashes with that of a Ticonderoga Class Cruiser commissioned in June 1991.

Russia

Boris Yeltsin (Ex-Riga, Ex-Varyag)
Tiblisi (Kuznetsov) (Pr.1143.5) Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, fictional history.
Note: The lead ship of the Kuznetsov Class began sea trials under the name Tiblisi, this ship is presumably the second member of the class originally intended to be called Riga (The name originally assigned to the lead ship of the class.), subsequently renamed Varyag and then sold incomplete to China where it was completed as the Type 001 Class Carrier Liaoning. In this author's universe the ship was completed for Russian service.

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Russia

St Petersburg
'Airship'
No other details provided.

Plot summary: In 2000, the Soviet Union won the America's Cup. As 2002 looms, unrest caused by Perestroika causes the country to fracture. Now a newly independent Estonia challenges Russia for the right to defend the Cup. The part-Russian captain of the yacht that won the Cup in 2000 finds himself torn between the two countries.

Note: For the basic details of the America's Cup see the entry for the first novel in the series 'Challenge' (1990). In the previous novel the author completely missed out on the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. This novel clearly reworks some of the events of that year to bring the authors 'universe' into closer accord with actual history. The 'America's Cup' trilogy which started with 'Challenge' (1990) concluded with 'Death of an Angel' the following year.

This novel fits into the category of being a 'Future of the Past' novel . Other novels exhibiting this 'future of the past' quality I've covered are 'Seven Days in May' (1962) (Charles W. Bailey II & Fletcher Knebel), 'Thirty-Four East' (1974), 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) (Both by Alfred Coppel), 'The Crash of '79' (1976) (Paul E. Erdman), 'North Star Crusade' (1976) (William Katz), 'Side-Wall' (1982) (David Graham), 'CV' (1985) (Damon Knight), 'The Phoenix Odyssey' (1986) (Richard P. Henrick), 'Rockets' Red Glare' (1988) (Greg Dinallo), 'Super Depth Force: Project Discovery' (1988) (Irving A. Greenfield), 'Challenge' (1990) (William Collins), 'Omega Sub' (1991) (Michael Jahn) 'Debt of Honor' (1994) (Tom Clancy) 'Rites of War' (1998) (Cyn Mobley) and 'End Game' (2011) (Matthew Glass), along with what is probably the most well known 'alternative history' sequence, 'Raise the Titanic' (1976), 'Vixen 03' (1978), 'Night Probe' (1981) & 'Deep Six' (1984) (All by Clive Cussler) which are set in an alternative 1980s (The novels are set between 1987 ('Raise the Titanic') & 1989 ('Deep Six').) with many differences from what actually happened, most notably Canada being absorbed by the United States (Something Cussler quietly dropped in later novels.). Another note-able 'Future of the Past' series is the four book 'Amanda Garrett' series ('Choosers of the Slain' (1996), 'Stormdragon' (1997), 'Seafighter' (1999) & 'Target Lock' (2002)) by James H. Cobb.
I haven't read the novel, but it sounds like a parody of "Hunt for Red October"
 

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Plot summary: In 2000, the Soviet Union won the America's Cup. As 2002 looms, unrest caused by Perestroika causes the country to fracture. Now a newly independent Estonia challenges Russia for the right to defend the Cup. The part-Russian captain of the yacht that won the Cup in 2000 finds himself torn between the two countries.
I haven't read the novel, but it sounds like a parody of "Hunt for Red October"

Only in terms of the basic plot elements, the US also comes in for a bit of stick as well. From what I've been able to find out the last novel is an immediate sequel to the second book, while the second book is what I'd term a 'distant' sequel (e.g. There's a period of two years between the events of 'Challenge' and the events of 'New World') to the first book in the trilogy. For those who are interested I've managed to get my scanner working and there is now a much higher quality picture of the stunning cover to 'New World' attached to the post.
 

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J. E. MacDonnell, Sabotage!, 1964

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Japan

Satuki
Yamato Class Battleship(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: This ship which is described in the novel as "...the greatest battleship in the world.", appears in an unidentified previous novel. This description makes the possibility that it was a fictional Yamato Class Battleship highly likely. Identification of which novel she appeared in is ongoing.

I-122
I-121 Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Unnamed
Momi Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author refers to the ship as being a member of the 'Kuri Class'. The IJN destroyer Kuri was a member of the Momi Class. The physical description the character uses to identify the class also matches the Momi Class.

Plot summary: Coming off a stunning success against the Japanese the crew of HMAS Wind Rode suddenly find themselves beset with a string of mishaps and evidence starts to accumulate of the unthinkable, that one of their own has cracked under the strain of combat.

Note: References to a 'British Pacific Fleet' and the use of Hollandia as a fleet base suggest this story is set after 22nd of November 1944 when the British Pacific Fleet came into being.
 

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John Peel, The Grandfather Infestation, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Kraken
'Frigate', class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Venom

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

Plot Summary: Following the landing of a meteor into the North Sea, several ships disappear.

Note: This is one of several books covering just what happened on Earth between the following episodes of Dr Who 'The Web of Fear' & 'The Invasion'...
 

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Back in 1982 at the height of the Cold War Arthur C Clarke published the first of three sequels to his novel/film "2001 a Space Odyssey".
The US/Soviet mission takes place against the backdrop of a Cuba style confrontation between the US and Soviet fleets off Honduras.
In a wonderful bit of retro futurism Clarke writes that a US nuclear destroyer launches two Falcon missiles at a Soviet ship. By 1982 the US had stopped building nuclear powered escorts and none would be in service by 2010. Ironically the Harpoon missiles that were available in 1982 would still be there in 2010.
In a nice touch for Nerds like me the movie version briefly flashes up a typical TIME magazine cover of the US and Russian leaders. I leave it to you to guess the identity of the two chaps who posed for it.
 

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Back to the World War II pulp mags...

Sam Carson, Get That Carrier!, published in Fighting Aces, March 1943

United States

USS Champlain
'Aircraft Carrier', class not specified
No other details provided.

Japan

Unnamed
'Aircraft Carrier', class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The crew of an SBD Dauntless must think fast when the Japanese carrier they damaged turns up at the island they landed their damaged plane on.

Note: If anyone can identify the class of carrier the 'Japanese carrier' in the title illustration is please let me know in your response.
 

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Some more 'Mills and Swoon' (aka Harlequin Mills & Boon) 'Romantic suspence'...

Karen Anders, Joint Engagement, 2015

United States (Coast Guard)

USCGC Point Sharon
Point Class Cutter
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explictly identified as being of the Point Class by the author.

USCGC Point Rival

Point Class Cutter
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explictly identified as being of the Point Class by the author. This ship was sold to the Bahamas prior to the novels start.

USCGC Revere
Hamilton Class Cutter
Details as per the real ships
Note: This ship was sold to the Bahamas prior to the novels start.

USCGC Henry
Legend Class Cutter
Details as per the real ships

United States (Navy)

USS Daniel Robinson

Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

USS Matthew Robinson

Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: This name is initially given as that of the ship one of the people killed in the novels opening was assigned to, later on it changes to USS Daniel Robinson, neither name is used by a member of the Arleigh Burke Class.

Plot summary: When an unmarked Coast Guard Cutter crewed only by dead men in fake Coast Guard uniforms runs aground on the Virginia coast, the US Coast Guard launches an immediate investigation. The US Navy is bought in when one of the dead turns out to be a crewman on a destroyer. But the question still remains, what happened that night?

Note: This is the third of three novels by this author making use of the NCIS that were released by Harlequin Mills & Boon under the series title of 'Protect & Serve', the first of these novels 'At His Command' (2012) has been covered earlier in this thread.
 
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