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robunos said:
Not sure if this really belongs here, as the ship is only incidental to the plot . . .
Not a problem including this one. Hood and I actually discussed this one and it is on his listing.

Now onto something that I had internally debated, for some time.

J. E. MacDonnell, Combat Assignment, 1967

United States

Unnamed
PT Boat
Details as per the real ships

Japan

Unnamed
Armed Fishing Boat (Submarine supply ship)
Armament: 1 x 6 pdr gun concealed in a fake deckhouse.
Length: around 85ft (26 m) ("...judged it to be eighty or ninety feet long.")
Petrol powered, with an auxiliary sail, single mainmast.
Cargo includes diesel fuel.
Crewed by Indonesian collaborators

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 5 inch gun, 2 x 'Machine Guns', unspecified number of torpedo tubes
No other details provided

Unnamed
Fubuki (?) Author refers to it as both a 'Hubuki' and a 'Sigure' Class.)) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Details (5 x 5 inch guns, 1700 tons) could actually fit several classes in service during WWII

Unnamed
Nagato Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: What happens in the novel did not happen to the Nagato, or Mutsu (Sunk 1943.), so this is most likely a fictional third member of the class.

Unnamed
Seven Destroyers, unspecified class

Plot summary: It is late 1944 or early 1945 and an American PT boat is ordered to rescue an Australian Coastwatcher.

Note: If anyone is wondering about the high portion of unnamed ships, in the circumstances described, the Americans on the PT Boat (Referred to as "...the 44 boat..." in the novel.) would only know what class of warship they were shooting at, it would be up to the intelligence people to figure out just which ship they shot at.
 

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Anon., Out-Gunned!, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4016, 1990

United Kingdom

HMS Buck (Ex-USS ?)
Town Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Morys
Armed Merchant Cruiser
1 x 3 inch gun
Also carries a Grumman JF2 Duck float-plane.
No other details provided

Netherlands

HNLMS Hegel (ex-HMS Theopomp)
Monitor, class not specified
Armament: 2 x 11 inch guns, other armament appears to be as per the Lord Clive Class
Speed/Dimensions: As per the Lord Clive Class
Note: Illustration appears to show a Lord Clive Class Monitor, actual members of the class had a 12 inch main battery. Implied to have been a recent transfer to the RNN, also stated to have not been updated since the end of WWI.

Japan

Hiro
Myoko Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: As the last convoy to escape Singapore before it fell heads south, it comes under attack from the Japanese Navy.

Note: There is no publication date for the copy I have, but a note on the first page said the comic had first been published in 1990, implying what I have is a later reprint. This is only the third time I've read anything featuring a Monitor vs a conventional warship engagement as the climactic battle, other stories using this idea on this thread are Douglas Reeman's HMS Saracen and Alan Evans's Ship of Force.
 

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Douglas Reeman, Sunset, 1994

United Kingdom

HMS Murray
Destroyer leader, class not specified
Built: "...mid-thirties..."
No other details provided.

HMS Serpent (H50)
R Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Builder: John Brown & Cº, Clydebank
Launched: 1916
Note: Some R Class Destroyers were launched with names starting with S. All S Class Destroyers were launched in 1917 - 1918. Author specifically describes her as being one of the last three-funneled destroyers in the Royal Navy. The other was the R Class Destroyer HMS Skate.

HMS Islip
I Class Destroyer (?)
Details as per the real ships
Built: "...late thirties..."
Note: Class assignment based on name only.

HMS Dumbarton
D (Danae) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on name and authors description of her as being a WWI era ship.

HMS Thracian (D86)
S Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

HMS Leicester
Warship of unspecified class.
No other details provided.

Netherlands

HNLMS Ariadne
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.

Japan

Two Unnamed Destroyers, one of which is Asashio Class.

Plot summary: A fictionalized account of the last days of Hong Kong prior to the Japanese entry into WWII.
 

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Clive Cussler & Graham Brown, Devil's Gate, 2011

United States
(Note: All Ships are Real.)

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as in service.

USS Truxtun (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as in service.
Note: Referred to as the USS Truxton in the novel.

USS Memphis (SSN-691)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as in service
Note: Sunk during the course of the novel.

USS Providence (SSN-719)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as in service

Portugal
(Note: Ship is real.)

NRP Corte-Real (F332)
Vasco Da Gama Class Frigate
Details as in service

Sierra Leone

MV Onyx
Armed Merchantman (Converted VLCC Oil Tanker)
Armament: Particle Accelerator powered by 2 nuclear reactors removed from a Typhoon Class Submarine. Capable of disabling a ship (Of typical bulk freighter size.) and killing anyone not deep within the ships hull. Discharge point is at the bow, weapon can only be aimed by turning the ship.
Dimensions, not specified, but can be guessed from the average dimensions of a 300,000 ton supertanker.
Engines: Diesel (Nuclear reactors only provide power to the ships 'special systems'.)
Other system fitted: An array of super-magnets code-named 'Fulcrum', mounted amidships in the former oil tanks, these can be used to bend the beam of a larger particle accelerator located 10 km off the Sierra Leone coast beyond the visible horizon
In addition the ship carries three minisubs, one is a 110ft (33.5m) cargo vessel called 'The Bus', the other two are minisubs of an unspecified type armed with two torpedoes (Also of an unspecified type) mounted externally.
Ship is not formally part of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Naval Component, it is registered to a Liberian front company and crewed by mercenaries.

Unnamed
12 (+) Minisubs, presumably identical to the two carried by the MV Onyx.
Described as being "...no larger than a family car..."
Armament: Probably two torpedoes mounted externally.

Non-ship, but interesting.

The Big Particle Accelerator.
This is a 15km diameter loop constructed beneath the sea floor about 10km off the Sierra Leone coast (Location is implied to be in Yawri Bay, south of Freetown.) under the guise of an oil and gas drilling project. The four oil rig structures conceal the power plants and control systems for the accelerator. Exact power output is not specified, but is capable of bringing down all targets in line-of-sight (These involve short bursts of only a few seconds or less, later a 60 second burst is fired in an attempt to destroy Washington DC.). The beam is emitted from a firing tube that has to be raised above the surface of the sea before it can fire. Aiming is by super-magnets mounted on the firing tube. Over-the-horizon targets can be hit with the aid of the 'Fulcrum' super-magnet array mounted on the MV Onyx.

Also mentioned are patrol boats of an unspecified type, these are probably the 7 Type-62 FACs known to be operated by the RSLAF Naval Component.

Plot summary: The discovery of a ship crippled by something that cooked the crew from the inside out and certain strange events off the coast of the Azores, leads to the discovery that Sierra Leone has been spending international aid on something it should not have been...

Note: This is a very 'James Bond Film' type story as might be guessed from the above. Quite fun though...
 

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Clive Cussler, Valhalla Rising, 2001

Australia

Unnamed
Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Also referred to as a 'Frigate'.

United States (1866)

USS Abraham Lincoln
Steam Frigate
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun (Fwd)
16 Knots
Note: Yes, this is the same ship as appears in Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'.

United States (2003)

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

USCGC Huron
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a Owasco Class Cutter (USCGC Huron, later USCGC Wachusett.) that was scrapped in 1974.

USCGC William Shea
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 25mm Twin-barreled M242 Bushmaster (Fwd)
No other details provided.
Note: Described as a 'sister ship' to the USCGC Timothy Firme

USCGC Timothy Firme
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 25mm Twin-barreled M242 Bushmaster (Fwd)
No other details provided.
Note: Described as a 'sister ship' to the USCGC William Shea

USS Orion (T-ATF-?)
Oceangoing Tugboat, unspecified class
No other details provided

USS Alfred Aultman
Submarine rescue ship
Carries DSRV Mercury
Helipad aft
No other details provided

DSRV Mercury
Mystic Class DSRV
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Presumably this is DSRV-3.

Germany

Seigen
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Russia

Tavda
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Non State

MV Mongol Invader
Armed LNG Tanker
Length: 1,860ft (567m)
Beam: 360ft (110m)
Engines produce 60,000 Shp, two shafts.
Armament: Hand held missile launchers of unspecified type, both SAM and SSM.
Owned by the Cerberus Corporation

Plot summary: A horrific fire at sea marks the beginning of a devious plot.

Note: This is one of two novels (The other being 'Trojan Odyssey '.) that marks Clive Cusslers retirement from being sole author of the Dirk Pitt portion of the Cusslerverse. Aside from retconning 'Pacific Vortex' the first written of the Dirk Pitt novels, the novel also manages to link the authors universe with that of Jules Verne's Captain Nemo... History buffs will be interested to know that the opening fire at sea is based on the 1934 SS Morro Castle fire.
 

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Larry Jerram-Croft, Sea Skimmer, 2011

United Kingdom

HMS Prometheus
Leander Class
Details as per the members of the class given the Batch 3 Exocet/Seawolf conversion.

Plot summary: Fictionalized account of the Falklands War (2 April - 14 June 1982) centered around attempts to keep the Argentinians from using Exocet missiles. Unlike the novels 'The White Vixen' and 'Beneath Sunless Waters', which I have covered earlier in this list. The novel takes a much more realistic view of the war and events leading up to it.
 

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Larry Jerram-Croft, Cocaine, 2012

United Kingdom

HMS Chester
Type 22 Frigate (Batch 2)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Has had the hanger modified so she can carry one Sea King helicopter and one Lynx helicopter instead of two Lynxes.

Germany (WWII)

U-557
Type XX U-Boat (Modified)
Details as per the unbuilt class
Armament: Adds 4 bow torpedo tubes. Tubes are loaded with G7a torpedoes. No reloads. Also adds a Gun (Unspecified type probably the 4.1 inch gun used on other U-boats along with the AA armament intended for the class 1 x 37mm & 1 twin 20mm gun.) forward of the conning tower.
Note: Fitted with a snorkel. Later salvaged and used by a Colombian Cartel. Pennant number clashes with a Type VIIC U-boat that served 1940-41.

Plot summary: The year is 1984 (Author does not specify this but the novel prior to this one ('The Caspian Monster') is set in 1983.). The Colombian Drug Cartels have found a new way of getting their products into the United States. Along with a ship from the Royal Navy a plan is hatched to hit the cartels hard.

Note: This is a late entry into the 'unleash the military on the drug cartels' genre that was popular in the late 80s/early 90s timeframe, other books like it on this list are 'Clear and Present Danger' (1989), 'Hammerheads' (1990) and 'Sea Wolf' (1991), the last named of which also features a Royal Navy Type 22 (Batch 2) Frigate. The novel itself is the third in an eight book series that starts with 'Sea Skimmer'.
 

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Larry Jerram-Croft, Arapaho, 2012

United Kingdom

RFA Arapaho (A131)
Aviation Support Ship (Converted Container Ship)
Details are identical to RFA Reliant (A131)
Carries: 5 Sea King Helicopters.
Note: Author in his end notes states that this is a fictional version of RFA Reliant. He does not give the name of the container ship prior to conversion.

Plot summary: The year is 1985 (From details provided in the book it would appear to run from March '85 to the end of the year.), the series hero, following his actions in the novel Cocaine has been promoted to command a new helicopter squadron (844 Naval Air Squadron.) part of which has been detached to serve aboard an experimental RFA ship. Following a harrowing evacuation of Lebanon a new crisis emerges when an obscure pro-Palestinian group hijacks the P & O liner Uganda.

Note: The novel is loosely based on actual events, most notably the Achille Lauro hijacking (October 1985) which is referred to in the past tense suggesting that the finale of the novel involving the hijacking of the Uganda takes place after those events. The novel itself is the fourth in an eight book series that starts with 'Sea Skimmer'.
 

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Anon., Broadside, published as War Picture Library Nº. 1802, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Conqueror
King George V Class Battleship
Implied to have been launched either late '39 or early '40 (Takes part in Norwegian Campaign (April - June 1940).)
Details as per real ships
Note: Name clash with a cancelled Lion Class Battleship. Definitely not the Lion Class ship as the main battery is described as being 14 inch guns.

HMS Windhover
V & W Class Destroyer(?)
Launched 1917
Details as per the real ships

HMS Hulverstone
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Carib Princess
Q-Ship (Armed Merchant Cruiser)
4 x 6 inch guns (Arranged two per side ?)
1 x 3 inch gun (Aft)
4 x Torpedo Tubes (Mounted below the waterline. Arranged two a side?) (21 inch ?)

Unnamed
Three Cruisers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided.

Germany

Bleucher
Scharnhorst Class Battleship (Modified)
Twin Funnels
Other details as per the real ships.
Note: Name is close to that of the Hipper Class Cruiser Blücher which was sunk during the opening phases of the Norwegian Campaign (9 April, 1940). Referred to as a 'Battle-cruiser' in the text as were the actual Scharnhorst's from time-to-time.

E12
S-Boat, class not specified
No other details
Note: Referred to as an 'E-boat' which is how the British referred to them during WWII.

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Raider
No other details provided

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: A first officers desire to avenge himself on the commander of a German raider leads him into increasingly dangerous situations.

Note: The illustrations in this one are particularly wayward, but I think I've got everything right. While a note at the start indicates the story has been previously published it does not state which year this was.
 

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John Margerison, Torpedo Verses Gun: The Story of a Naval Bet, 1919

United Kingdom

HMS Q18
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun, 2 x 21 inch TT (Bow), other armament if any not specified
Speed: 18 knots (Not specified if surfaced or submerged speed.)
No other details provided

HMS Q12
Submarine, class not specified
Same details as HMS Q18.

HMS Firebrand
Light Cruiser, class not specified
Armament: 6 x 6 inch guns, 12 pdrs & 3 pdrs
Speed: 30 knots
No other details provided
Possibly a D Class Cruiser, speed/main battery fit that class.

HMS Quarrelsome
Light Cruiser, class not specified
Implied to be the same class as HMS Firebrand
Note: A ship of this name also appears in the novel Midshipman Rex Carew VC. Probably the same ship. See above entry for a possible class.

HMS Wolf
Animal Class Battlecruiser
Implied to be the same ship that appears in the novel Midshipman Rex Carew VC.

Germany

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified
Armament (Authors description): "...fairly bristling with guns of all kinds - anti-aircraft, six-inch and maxims - and carrying the latest things in torpedoes."

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified
Armament: 2 x 4 inch guns (Fore and aft of conning tower), torpedo armament not specified
Speed: 16 knots (Surfaced)

SMS Wulfing
Light Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Essen
Armoured Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Furst Ernest
Battlecruiser
Three Funnels
Main Battery: 10 guns of unspecified caliber in twin turrets
No other details provided

SMS Jason
Light Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Kaiser Freidrich III
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with the lead ship of the Kaiser Freidrich III Class of Pre-Dreadnoughts in service 1898 - February 1915, used as a prison hulk/barracks ship until scrapped in 1920. In the story it is to be stated to be a month old when sunk. If the stories final battle is Jutland then she may be a Bayern class.

SMS Wörth
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a Brandenburg Class Pre-Dreadnought in service 1893-1916, used as a Barracks ship 1916-1919. See note above for her possible class.

SMS Kasier Wilhelm Der Grosse
Battleship, class not specified
Stated to be the German Flagship
Note: Name clashes with a member of the Kaiser Freidrich III Class of Pre-Dreadnoughts in service 1901 - April 1915, used as a depot ship 1915-1919. See note about SMS Kaiser Freidrich III for her possible class

SMS Blumen
Pre-Dreadnought(?) Battleship
Described as being "...somewhat elderly..."
No other details provided

SMS Markgraf
König Class battleship
Real ship, details as in service

SMS Kaiserin
Kaiser Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life in service 1913-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Q18

SMS Von der Tann
Von der Tann Class Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life in service 1910-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Q18.

U98
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant matches that of a U93 Class U-Boat that was in service 1917-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Firebrand.

Turkey

Yavuz Sultan Selim (ex-SMS Goeben)
Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life scrapped in 1973. In novel torpedoed by HMS Q18 and heavily damaged.

Plot summary: Early in WWI the captain of a light cruiser and the captain of a submarine make a bet over just which weapon, torpedo or gun, is going to be the more effective in the conflict.

Note: Identification of the three German battleships I have tentatively identified as being additional members of the Bayern Class is purely speculative, none of the combat sequences in this book save the last conform to any actual event. The last battle may be a distorted version of Jutland, however it is of interest for one other reason, it bares some resemblance to the type of battle the Japanese planned to fight in any future war against the US following WWI, with surface warships and submarines operating together.
 

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John Margerison, The Hungry Hundred, 1918

HMS Egypt
Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Cretan
Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Mogul
Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Scepter
9th Diadem Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Stiletto
Destroyer, class not specified, possibly an Laforey Class Destroyer, from the armament details.
4 inch guns, twin torpedo tubes
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. This is the same ship of that name that appears in the authors short story collections 'Destroyer Doings' and 'Hunters of the U-Boat'.

HMS Foil
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.
This is the same ship of that name that appears in the authors short story collection 'Destroyer Doings'.

HMS Alabama
Armed Merchant Cruiser
2 x 6 inch guns
2 x 3pdrs
No other details provided

HMS Alps
Armed Merchant Cruiser
No other details provided

Germany

Essen
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
Armament: 4 x 5.9 inch, 1 x 4.1 inch, 2 x TT
Other details probably identical to the raider Mowe as the author describes her as being "...of the Mowe type..."
Note: Name is not correct for a commerce raider of this type as the Imperial German Navy preferred to use animal names.

Plot Summary: Follows the career of a group of Naval Reservists and the Regular Navy officer assigned to make them into a fighting crew.

Notes: This book while not the authors last, is the first one I have read that feels like a novel, albiet one divided into three episodes, the first ends with a modified version of the sinking of HMS Aboukir, Cressy & Hogue (22 September 1914), the second with a modified version of the sinking of the German commerce raider Grief (29 February 1916), the last is what is most likely the Battle of Jutland (May 31 - 1 June 1916). The author also makes it quite clear that the events described in the collections 'Destroyer Doings' and 'Hunters of the U-Boat' form part of the same 'universe' as this story and most likely they take place between early October 1914 and May 1916, that is, assuming that the fictional events the author uses as 'section dividers' are taking place on the same day as their real world equivalents.
 

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Brian Callison, The Bone Collectors, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Apple Blossom
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

Canada

HMCS Trois-Rivières
Armed trawler
1 x Main gun (Not specified, most likely 12 pdr or 4 inch)
2 x 40mm Bofors Guns
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The time is early 1941 and convoy "...SC whatever-it-was..." travels across the Atlantic into the teeth of the German U-Boat wolfpacks.

Note: Novel is focussed on the activities of the rescue ship in the convoy, the 'bone collectors' of the title, not the escorts.
 

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Douglas Reeman, Strike From The Sea, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Arielle
A Class (Interwar) Destroyer (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination solely based on the ships name.

HMS Tigress
T Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination solely based on the ships name.

HMS Seamist
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Psyche
P Class Submarine (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination solely based on the ships name.

France

Soufrière
Sourcouf Class (Modified)
Armament: 1x2 203mm, 8x bow & 2x stern 21.7in TT (40x torps), 1x aircraft (Seaplane of unspecified type.)
Larger than the original Sourcouf
Range: 12,000 miles (19312.13 km)

Japan

Sudsuya
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
27,000 tons
Airgroup: 60 (+) Aircraft
Stated to be newest carrier in Japanese fleet, authors description is quoted:

God she was big all right. Like a great ugly flat-iron. She had no visible funnels, they were built in long trunks half the length of the ship, tailing off outboard at the after end. The bridge too was cut as low as the flight deck.
Douglas Reeman

The above suggests that she may be a converted battleship like the Kaga and Akagi.

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun, torpedoes.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Kagerō Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
1 x 'Heavy Cruiser'
2 x 'Destroyers'
Several transports

Plot summary: An experienced submarine officer is sent to bring one of the worlds largest submarines into British service. Succesfully keeping her out of Japanese hands, he finds himself commanding the submarine in increasingly desperate missions in the days following Japans entry into WWII.

Note (Spoiler): Chris Mayger's cover for the 1978 hardback release depicts the climactic naval action of the novel. The way the novel ends makes me speculate that the author may have considered writing a sequel to this novel, but obviously if that was the intent it never eventuated.
 

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Clive Cussler & Grant Blackwood, Spartan Gold, 2009

Germany

UM-34
Molch Class Submarine (Mini-sub)
Details as per the real ships

UM -77
Marder Class Submarine (Mini-sub)
Details as per the real ships

Lothringen (ex-Londres)
Submarine support vessel (Converted ferry boat.)
Captured by Germans 1940, converted to mine layer.
Converted to submarine support vessel in 1944.

Plot summary: The year is 2009 (Story is set in the 'Present Day'.), two professional treasure hunters stumble across a wrecked submarine while searching for something else, inside what they find points to an older treasure than the one they started out looking for, but they are not the only ones searching for it...
 

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Another 'Self-published on Amazon' technothriller...

Liam Robert Mullen, Pacific Deeps, 2017

United States

USS Obama (SSN-???)
Virginia Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Unlikely name. While the novel is undated, the description of the sitting US President (Unnamed in the novel) implies it takes place during Barack Obama's second term.

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Type 094 Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Operating under false Chinese identity in novel.

Plot summary: As the situation on the Korean Peninsula edges closer to war, a brutal murder takes place aboard a United States submarine, with the situation worsening the investigators have to come to the sub.

Note: This is the second time I've seen a plot involving a murder on a nuclear submarine, the first was Mark Smith's 'The Valiant' (2016).
 
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A. P. Kobryn, Poseidon's Shadow, 1979

United States

USS Adresteia (SSBN-???)
Mjölnir Class Submarine (Fictional)
Crew: 150
Armament: 24 x Trident Missiles, 'Homing Torpedos' (Mk. 48?), UUM-44 SUBROC
Length: 560 ft (170 m)
Weight: 17,000 tons
Equipment: Passive Sonar, Laser communications system
Speed: Unspecified (Surfaced)/40(+) knots (Submerged)
Note: The author spells the class name as Mjollnir, I have employed editorial discretion in this case. The few details he gives of the submarine and it's the armament (Less the SUBROC.) fit the Ohio Class, so most likely this is a fictional version of the Ohio Class, the first of which entered service (In real life) in 1981.

USS Orcus (SSN-???)
Orcus Class Submarine (Fictional)
Armament: 'Homing Torpedos' (Mk. 48?), UUM-44 SUBROC
Equipment: Passive Bow/Lateral/Towed Sonar, Active Sonar, Underwater laser range finder, Laser communications system
Speed: Unspecified (Surfaced)/40(+) knots (Submerged) Author states that full submerged speed is "...considerably in excess of fourty knots."
Note: Described by the author as "...an attack submarine, latest of the type...". At the time the novel was written/published, (Late 1970s) the newest American SSN class was the Los Angeles Class (First member commissioned in 1976.), so this is most likely a fictional version of the Los Angeles Class. Unless someone can come up with a proposed Los Angeles Class successor that was being discussed in the late 1970s.

And for the Aircraft mavens a non-ship item:

"Stealth, or, more precisely Stealth F, sixth variant of the original project, was painted in shades of grey, an eerily streamlined deltoid aircraft of almost alien aspect. It was most often referred to as "Blackbird" though the nickname was first applied to a distant predecessor. Officially neither nickname nor aircraft existed."
A. P. Kobryn, Poseidon's Shadow

The above is not an SR-71, the authors described mission profile seems very different from that plane (I cannot see an SR-71 being flown at 50ft altitude, even for a short period to avoid radar...). Crew is two, Pilot/Mission specialist.

Russia

Unnamed
Submarine (SSBN), Class not specified
Armament: 24 Missiles of an unspecified type, torpedoes
Note: As with ships in the novels 'The Hammer of God' and 'White Plague' this submarine remains unnamed despite scenes being set aboard her.

Plot summary: The discovery that the Soviet Union has deployed ground based ASAT particle-beam weapons in Siberia leads to turmoil within the United States government.

Notes: Assigning a precise year for when this story is set is not possible. The story starts on the 21st of December, but the author does not state what day of the week it is, so using a calendar to pin down the year is not possible. The best that can be done is to say that it takes place in the 1979 - 1989 time frame, with a bias towards the 1983 - 1989 end of things, many of the things the author includes, Tomahawk Missiles (Entered service in 1983), USAF operated space shuttles, laser submarine communications systems and the Soviet ground based ASAT system (Which was actually a mis-identification of testing of the RD-0410 nuclear thermal rocket engine.) were all ideas discussed during the late 1970s, that were expected to become operational in that time-frame. As a minor point of trivia the author seems to have bought into the 'Global Cooling' notion that existed around that time, since increased polar ice is a plot element in the story.

Plot wise this is another story involving a ballistic missile submarine going rogue through the actions of it's crew, stories I've covered involving this kind of plot include, 'Two Hours to Darkness' (1963) and 'Warhead' (2011). This novel is closer to 'Warhead' in that it involves a crew going rogue to force a governments hand, what makes this one different from those novels, is that it features the element of 'demanding monies with menaces' that puts this closer to terrorist plot-lines like 'The Triton Ultimatum' (1977) and 'Sons of God' (2008). At least this one avoids the mistake made by the author of 'Warhead' (2011) in that it presents an ending where there is the possibility that the crew of the USS Adresteia may have to face the consequences of their actions.

No biographical details are provided for the author, but based on the naming scheme they chose for the two American submarines I have the feeling they were British.
 

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James Francis, Danger's Hour, 2001

United States

USS Tulsa (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Mystic (DSRV-1)
Mystic Class Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle
Real ship, details as in service

United Kingdom

HMS Wellington
Type 23 Frigate
Details as per the real ships

HMS Centaur
2nd Ocean Class Amphibious Assault Ship (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Ship is referred to as a 'Helicopter Carrier'. The previous HMS Centaur was a Centaur Class Carrier that was used in this role until 1972. As the current HMS Ocean is the successor to that role in the Royal Navy it is logical that this ship is a second member of the Ocean Class.

HMS Vindictive
5th Vanguard Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: If the HMS Valiant from the novel 'The Valiant' is counted this would be the sixth Vanguard. During the novel the submarine is modified to carry a DSRV.

RMAS Salminster
4th Sal Class Mooring/Salvage Vessel
Details as per real ships
Note: Referred to as 'MV Salmister' in the novel. In real life ships of the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (Which existed until 2009.) used the prefix RMAS. The correct prefix has been used as an editorial decision.

Norway

NoCGV Nordvik
4th Nordkapp Class Offshore Patrol Vessel
Details as per the real ships.
Note: As with the ship above the author refers to the ship as 'MV Nordvik' in the novel, the correct prefix for the Norwegian Coast Guard has been used as an editorial decision.

Russia
(Note: All ships are real.)

Gepard (K-335)
Akula Class Submarine
Details as in service

Yuriy Dolgorukiy (K-535)
Borei Class Submarine
Details as in service.
Note: Submarines name is spelt 'Uriy Dolgorukiy' in the novel. Editorial discretion has been used in this case. The first member of the Borei Class was supposed to be completed in 2002, but due to budget issues was not completed until 2007.

Plot summary: The year is 2004, an American submarine watching the tests of Russia's latest ballistic missile submarine collides with another Russian submarine and sinks to the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. With the Russians unable to assist thanks to the loss of their submarine rescue capability due to budget constraints, the race begins to get Western assets, including the last remaining DSRV to Norway in the hope of saving the crew.

Note: The authors introduction states that he finished writing the book shortly before the sinking of the Oscar Class Submarine Kursk (K-141) in 2000. As to dating when the story is set, it runs from Thursday, 28th October to Friday, 5th November. The first year this happens after the year of publication is 2004 and given that the first Borei Class Submarines were supposed to be completed in 2002 it seems safe to assume that the novel is set in 2004.
 

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Anon., Fire and Fury, published as Battle Picture Library Nº. 1463, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Hawk
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified (Eagle Class(?), e.g. A converted battleship)
Described as the "...smallest fleet carrier..."
Air group contains Wildcats (Referred to as Martlets, which as the British name for Grumman Wildcats.) and Swordfish, illustration of the carrier seems closest in appearance to HMS Eagle.

Unnamed
Leander Class Cruiser

Unnamed
Two Destroyers

United States

USS Valcour Island (CV-?)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified (Lexington Class(?), e.g. A converted battlecruiser.)
No other details provided.
Illustrations show a carrier that looks to be of the same type as the USS Saratoga (CV-3) & USS Lexington (CV-2)

Unnamed
Various Warships

Japan

Kamato
Yamato Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Two destroyers, one of which has the pennant KG-27, the pennant style does not match actual Japanese pennant markings. The illustration shows ships with an A, X & Y turret layout, but that could fit any of several classes.

Plot summary: The year is 1942 and Japans newest battleship is on the rampage in the Indian Ocean.

Note: This one does not appear to be a reprint of an earlier story, but as with all these comic books there is no publication date.
 

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Edwyn Gray, No Survivors, 1974

United Kingdom

HMS Viking
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
Note: Name was used for a member of the WWI Tribal class that was scrapped in 1919. Details provided imply she is of the interwar Tribal Class.

HMS Salisbury
Town Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with a Town Class Destroyer (ex-USS Claxton)

HMS Coronel
C Class Cruiser(?)
Details as per real ships.

Unnamed
Various destroyers and cruisers.

Germany

World War I

U-135
Type U 127 Class U-Boat(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant is that of a Type U 127 Class U-Boat that was in service June 1918 to the end of the War. May actually be that submarine as no detail is given of her service life.

UC-115
Type UC III Class U-Boat(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant number is that of a U-Boat that was scrapped incomplete at the end of WWI

World War II

Pommern
Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
No details provided
Note: Name is that of a Deutschland Class Pre-Dreadnought battleship that was sunk at the battle of Jutland. Presumably in the authors universe she survived and was one of the two members of the class retained for training.

Koenig
Deutschland Class Panzerschiffe
Details as per the real ships
Note: Scuttled in 1940.

UB-7
U Boat, class not specified
Extant 1938
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

UB-16
U Boat, class not specified
Extant 1938
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

UB-44
Type VIIB Class U-Boat
Details as per the the real ships.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

UB-203
U Boat, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

Plot summary: The novel opens during World War I, but mostly takes place in 1939/40 (It ends shortly before the German invasion of Norway and Denmark.) and covers the career of a German U-Boat captain who finds himself at increasing odds with the Nazi party.

Note: The novel is the first in a series of novels following this character. Another novel using the same setting, but not formally part of the series by this author is 'Fighting Submarine' (1978), which I have covered earlier in this thread. The novel has been re-issued as an E-book in 2018 via Amazon.
 

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David Poyer, The Cruiser, 2014

United States

USS Savo Island (CG-???)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the class members fitted with VLS.

USS Monocacy (CG-???)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the class members fitted with VLS.

Both ships are fitted with prototype Ballistic Missile Defence software/missiles (SM2 Block 4A). It is also implied in novel that the Aegis Combat system includes a fully autonomous combat mode (Only intended for defensive use...) descended from the system tested out aboard the Kidd Class Destroyer USS Barrett (DDG-998) in the novel 'The Passage' (1995).

Plot summary: As the US gets ready to attack Iraq following 9/11 (Bush the Youngers War), Dan Lenson, an officer considered the best person to bring troubled ships back to fighting trim (As he did in 'China Sea' (2000) and 'The Command' (2004).) is assigned to a new ship, one carrying a prototype weapons system, but suffering from a dispirited/splintered command team and a mysterious illness. Will he be able to turn the ship around, or will he end up like the last captain, fronting a board of inquiry.

Note: Up to this book, the Dan Lenson series has roughly paralleled actual history, this is the first novel to seriously diverge from historical events that I have read.
 

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Raymond Hardie, Fleet, 1988

United Kingdom

HMS Graplin
Grampus Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1937

Plot summary: A coverage of the intrigue, both personal and political that swirls around a new British submarine.

Note: The novels climax appears to be based on the sinking of the T Class Submarine HMS Thetis (Renamed HMS Thunderbolt.) that occurred in 1939.
 

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Abe Ariel, The Last War, 1988

Algeria

Al Joumhouria
Kilo Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships

Sidi Fradj (M???)
T-43 Class Minesweeper
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: The story takes place between 1988 and 1990 and focuses on international intrigue surrounding the then rumored Israeli nuclear program and how the actions of pro-Palestinian groups in the West create a situation that leads to all out nuclear war in the Middle East.

Note: The authors start point seems to have been the 1979 Vela Incident, which some still hold to have been a clandestine nuclear test involving both Israel and South Africa. All of the Israeli ships mentioned in the novel were real vessels in service at the time the novel was written.
 

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Iain M Banks, from the novel Use of Weapons (1990). Banks with the M is associated with space opera, but he invented a few worlds with approximately mid-twentieth century culture (no pun intended) and technology. This features the battleship Staberinde. Little detail is given, but its architecture seems to be concentric with point-defence weapons surrounding the main armament which are cannons with about 'half a metre' calibre. It's apparently a super-Yamato type, which is used in a Yamato-like strategy of deliberate beaching to provide gunnery support. In the novel, its use in battle is less important than its role in psychological warfare involving a white chair...
 

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An interesting find. Speaking of which I've managed to locate a later printing of Douglas Reeman's 'The Path of the Storm' which I suspect was the last physical printing of the novel before the switch to ebooks (So after 1988.) the novels 'data page' does not indicate the year of printing, nor does it indicate who did the storm scene that graces the novels cover, which makes for an interesting contrast with the Chris Mayger battle scene that dominates the cover of the 1984 printing. From the art style I am going to guess that it is by Geoffrey Huband, who supplied covers for the final round of print editions.
 

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J. E. MacDonnell, The Glory Hunter, Undated

Australia

HMAS Wolverine
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clash with the V & W Class Destroyer HMS Wolverine (D78), that was in service 1919 - 1946.

HMAS Javelin
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clash with the J Class Destroyer HMS Javelin (F61), that was in service 1939 - 1949.

HMAS Jason
J-Class Destroyer
Details as per the ships in service.
Note: Class assignment entirely based on the name. Name clashes with that of a Halcyon Class Minesweeper in service 1936 - 1946.

HMAS Pelican (H40)
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 x 21 inch TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 2pdr QF Mk VII (four barrelled 'Pom Pom' gun, mounted abaft the funnel).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' SMG/MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
Machinery produces 30,000 horsepower driving twin screws.
300ft long
Single funnel
Single rudder
30 knots (31 knots design speed)
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: Pennant number clashes with that of HMS Anthony an interwar A Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1948. Name clashes with an M Class destroyer in service 1916 - 1921 (Broken up 1924) and an Egret Class Sloop in service 1939 - 1956.

Unnamed
Two Destroyers

Note: All ships listed above make up the 10th Australian Destroyer Flotills

Germany

Unnamed
4 x S-boats
No other details provided.

Italy

Unnamed
Various warships.

Plot summary: As the WWII in the Mediterranean heats up following the German invasion of Greece lives are endangered by one captains attempts to prove himself and his ship.

Note: This novel is interesting for a number of reasons, first up the copyright notice is undated, which is something I've never seen in a book before. Secondly this novel makes it quite clear while the author is concerned with getting his ships details consistent from book to book, it would appear that he regarded history in much looser terms. The climax of the book is the Battle of Matapan (27-29 March 1941), however right at the start of the novel he mentions that a character is recovering from injuries sustained fighting the Japanese (Japan entered WWII on the 7th of December 1941.), which indicates he was simply trying to evoke a general period during the war with each book, rather than a coherent series of novels. More seriously the end of this novel contradicts a story ('The Coxswain'.) that was published in 1960.

The cover is appears to be by the same unnamed artist who supplied the cover for the 1979 novel 'Breaking Point', but while it is inspired by events in the novel, HMAS Pelican is not a V & W Class destroyer.

I have managed to put together a stitched together version of the front/back and spine of the novels cover, which can be accessed via the link below:

The Glory Hunter: Full Cover

The Glory Hunter: Full (c. 1980s) Cover
 

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Douglas Reeman, The Destroyers, 1974

United Kingdom

HMS Lomond
Destroyer, class not specified.
Implied to be of a newer class than the other ships in her flotilla, but no specific details are given to pin down just which class she is.

HMS Ventnor
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Victor
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Warden
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Warlock (I97)
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1918 (Shortly after Armistice Day.)
Note: Stated to be about to undergo the long range escort conversion at the end of the novel.

HMS Waxwing
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Whiplash
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Whirlpool
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Observer
Destroyer, class not specified
Main armament is in twin turrets
Described as being "...brand new..." in 1943
Note: Name clashes with an O Class Destroyer that was renamed HMS Oribi (G66) while under construction.

HMS Caistor
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Conqueror
Admiral Class Battlecruiser?
Details as per the real ships
Sunk during the Norwegian Campaign
Note: While the only specific armament details given are that the main armament is 8 x 15 inch guns in twin turrets. There are various non-armament details given that hint that the author based this ship on HMS Hood.. The name clashes with a Lion Class Battleship that was ordered in 1939, but not laid down.

Unnamed
Two Hunt Class Destroyers
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Moltke
Battlecruiser?
Armament: 9 x 11 inch, 10 x 5.9 inch, other weapons not specified
Launched 1937, prior to the Spithead Naval Review (eg before the 20th of May 1937.)
Note: Details beyond armament are vague. Described as lacking "...much of the lean grace of the Scharnhorst and her sister ship..." which means that she cannot be a third Scharnhorst Class.

Unnamed
Neger Class Minisub (Human Torpedo)

Unnamed
Several S-Boats

Unnamed
Several Destroyers and patrol boats

Plot summary: A flotilla of aging destroyers is given a new assignment in 1943, as the missions become more and more dangerous, the crews find themselves trapped between the enemy and a flotilla commander that the propaganda ministry have decided to make a hero at any cost.

Note: The novels climactic battle takes place the day after the Battle of North Cape which took place on the 26th of December 1943.
 

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Alexander Fullerton, Love for an Enemy, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Spartan
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with that a Dido Class Cruiser in service 1942 - 1944.

HMS Seadog (P216)
S Class Submarine
Real Ship, details as in service.
Note: Ships completion has been bought forward from 1942 to allow her to serve in the Mediterranean in 1941. In real life the submarine spent her service off the Norwegian coast during 1942- 1944 until transferred to the Far East for the remainder of the war.

HMS Tigress
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Thane
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with that of a Ruler Class Aircraft Carrier in service 1943 - 1945.

Italy

Fulgor
Oil tanker converted into base for human torpedo operations.
Note: Fictional version of the Olterra, the ship that was used for the Italian human torpedo operations against Gibraltar in WWII.

Unnamed
Various warships

Plot summary: The long standing relationship between a British submarine commander and a member of Alexandria's Italian community is put to the test with the outbreak of World War II and in the aftermath of the human torpedo attack on Alexandria harbor, she finds herself the subject of suspicion from both sides and has to make an agonizing choice.
 

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Mark Joseph, To Kill The Potemkin, 1986

United States

USS Barracuda (SSN-593)
Skipjack Class
Details as per real ships.
Note: Pennant number is that of USS Thresher (SSN-593) which sank in 1962. The same pennant number is used for the Sturgeon Class USS Wayne (SSN-593) that appears in the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.

USS Dragonfish (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Mako (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Stingray (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Badger
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: In 1970 a Knox Class Frigate named USS Badger (FFG-1071) was launched, which is of course after the date of the story (See below), but the only other possibility was a Fletcher Class Destroyer USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657), which at the time the story was set was in reserve, where she would remain until sold to Chile for parts in 1974.

USS Bainesworth
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Tallahatchie County
Submarine Tender, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: An aviation tender of the same name served in the Mediterranean until 1970.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Guitarro (SSN-665)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658)
Benjamin Franklin Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Swordfish (SSN-579)
Skate Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Seawolf (SSN-575)
Prototype Nuclear Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

France

Sirène (S647)
Daphné Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant number is that of the Daphné Class Submarine Minerve (S647) which disappeared on the 27th of January 1968.

United Kingdom

HMS Valiant (S102)
Valiant Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Russia

Potemkin
Alfa Class Submarine (Prototype)
Details as per real ships(?)
Fitted with an acoustic camouflage system (Acoustical Reproduction Device Number Seven) that allows her to alter her acoustic signature to impersonate other submarines.
Note: Book refers to her as an Alpha Class Submarine, however it is pretty clear from the description what the author had in mind.

Arkangel
November Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Murmansk
November Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specifically identify the class. Class determination based on the name being a 'city name' like the Arkangel.

Odessa
November Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specifically identify the class. Class determination based on the name being a 'city name' like the Arkangel.

Dzerzhinsky
Hotel Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Deflektor
'Trawler' (AGI)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is May of 1968 and a United States Skipjack Class Submarine taking part in an exercise in the Mediterranean finds evidence of a Soviet submarine with unusual capabilities.

Note: The authors introduction states that he based the story on various rumors surrounding the loss of the Skipjack Class Submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589), and the other submarine disappearances (Minerve (S647), INS Dakar , K-129) that took place in 1968. No explanation is given for the use of USS Thresher's pennant number on what is clearly meant to be a fictional version of USS Scorpion. The cover picture, which blends features from several different Soviet submarine classes is by Paul Wright, who also supplied the cover art for 'Two Hours to Darkness'
 

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Alexander Fullerton, Surface!, 1953

United Kingdom

HMS Seahound
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Stringent
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Setter
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Slayer
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Depot ship
No other details provided

Japan

Unnamed
Various warships/supply vessels.

Plot summary: The last days of World War II in the Far East from the point of view of the crew of one of His Majesties Submarines.

Note: This, the authors first novel, is apparently based heavily on his wartime experiences aboard HMS Seadog (P216) in the last year of World War Two. Seadog also makes a cameo appearance in the authors 1993 novel 'Love for an Enemy'.

For anyone who is interested a summary of HMS Seadog's wartime service (Norwegian Coast/Far East) can be read at the site linked below, the entries for December 1944 - 1945 cover the period that Alexander Fullerton was aboard her.

http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3435.html
 
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Frederick Forsyth, The Devil's Alternative, 1979

United States

USS Moran
Warship of unspecified type/class
Only detail provided is that the main gun armament is two 5 inch guns, one forward, one aft. This armament would fit either the Spruance or Kidd Class Destroyers.

United Kingdom

HMS Argyll
County Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author refers to this ship as a 'Guided Missile Light Cruiser' but the limited details he provides best fits the County Class. However at one point he describes the ship as having identical gun armament to the USS Moran, given that the Royal Navy does not use 5 inch guns, nor a fore and aft gun layout, I suspect this is a mistake on the authors part.

HMS Cutlass (P274)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Sabre (P275)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Scimitar (P271)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service, novel extends the ships service to 1983.
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981

France

Montcalm
'Light Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a F70 (Georges Leygues) Class Frigate that was completed in 1982, it is possible this was the ship intended, but the author provides no details beyond the name/type to allow confirmation.

Holland

Breda
'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Germany

Brunner
'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The story runs between 1982 & 1983, the United States and United Kingdom have received intelligence that the Soviet wheat harvest has failed dramatically due to a series of errors of during the production of a seed dressing. Realizing that they have the Soviets over a barrel, they negotiate a hard deal for the wheat needed to stave off starvation in Russia, knowing that as they do so there is a faction of the Supreme Soviet willing to go to war to take the food they need. Then two Jews flee to the west and the Soviet negotiators make their return a precondition of the wheat deal. Before any decision can be made on this unexpected demand hijackers take over an oil tanker off the Dutch coast and threaten ecological catastrophe unless the two men are allowed to go to Israel. Now it is the West's turn to face an agonizing choice...
 

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Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used 5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.

HMS Wrestler
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, twin screws
18 knots
Note: Name clashes with a V & W Class Destroyer in service 1918 - 1944

HMS Invader
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

HMS Defender
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

HMS Blue Ranger
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

Note: From the authors limited details (Tonnage, speed, propulsion & flight deck length (450 ft)), it is most likely that all four of the above ships are members of the Avenger Class of Escort Carriers.

HMS Ulysses
Dido Class Cruiser (Modified)
510 x 50ft
4x2 5.25in, 3x4 2pdr, 6x2 20mm, 2x3 21in TT, 4x DCT & 2x DCR
Fitted with radar, fighter direction gear, ASDIC, paravanes
39.2 knots
Note: Name clashes with that of a U Class Destroyer launched in 1943, converted into a frigate in 1955 and scrapped in 1970.

HMS Stirling
C/Ceres Class Light Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to her has being a 'Cardiff' Class Cruiser, HMS Cardiff was the second completed member of the Ceres sub-group of the C Class of light cruisers.

HMS Baliol
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Portpatrick
Town Class Destroyer (Ex US 'Four Stacker')
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author does not give the name of the ship in US Service.

HMS Sirrus
S Class Destroyer (WWII)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Vectra
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Viking
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Eager
'Fleet Minesweeper', class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Nairn
River Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Gannet
Kingfisher Class Sloop
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to the ship as a 'Kingfisher Class Corvette'.

Germany

Unnamed
Hipper Class Cruiser

Unnamed
Various U-Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1943, Convoy FR77 proceeds to Murmansk, as always the Germans do their best to ensure nothing reaches it's destination.
 

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Graham1973 said:
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used 5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.
The Lion class too would had 5,25" DP-AA guns
 

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Tzoli said:
Graham1973 said:
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used 5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.
The Lion class too would had 5,25" DP-AA guns
Thanks for the extra info, that is interesting suggestion, but there is not enough information provided, so in this case I think it's best to play safe. I hope you find something in the pages of this thread worth illustrating.
 

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Stephen Coonts, Cuba, 1999

United States

USS United States (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: Original name of 8th Nimitz Class Carrier. This ship launched as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in September 1996. See also the entry for 'Final Flight' and the post by Grey Havoc that follows for more details.

USS Kearsage (LHD-3)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Hué City (CG-65)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Guildford Courthouse (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Note: Both ships are fitted with 'SM-2 Tactical Aegis Lightweight ExoAtmospheric Projectile' (LEAP) ABM missiles (Each ship carries 8).

USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974)
Spruance Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: This ship was decommissioned in 1998, the year before the novel came out. She was finally disposed of in 2006.

Unnamed
Two Spruance Class Destroyers

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Cuba

Unnamed
Gunboat, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow'. As Castro nears death (In real life he died in 2016.), it is revealed that following the Cuban Missile crisis in the 60's the Russians had in fact installed several missiles on the island which they left in place. Still in working order, their nuclear warheads have been replaced with powerful biological agents. As a vicious power struggle develops in Cuba over the succession, the United States finds itself forced to act to prevent their use.

Note: The author gives no clue as to just what year the story is set, so the 'near future' relative to date of publication rule applies in this case.
 

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Larry Jerram-Croft, Bog Hammer, 2014

United Kingdom

HMS Prometheus
Leander Class
Details as per the members of the class given the Batch 3 Exocet/Seawolf conversion.
Note: Also appears in the novel 'Sea Skimmer'.

RFA Tidepool (A76)
Tide Class Replenishment Oiler
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life the ship was sold to Chile in 1982. In the novel she is still in British service as of 1988. Later on in the novel the same ship is referred to as RFA Tidespring (A75), which was retained in British service until 1991.

United States

USS Sacagawea (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author refers to the ship as a 'Ticonderoga Class Aegis Destroyer' in the novel. At the time the story is set the name was not used by any US Warship. The last ship to bear the name was a navy tugboat (USS Sacagawea (YT-326)) sold overseas in 1946. The most recent ship to bear the name was the second ship (USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2)) of the Lewis and Clark Class of dry cargo ships launched in 2006. The name does not fit with the scheme chosen for the Ticonderoga Class, which is famous American battles.

Iran

MV Irinda
Armed Merchant Ship
Converted Bulk Grain Carrier
Speed: 20 knots.
Armament: 1 x 105mm gun concealed in fore-most hold. 1 x nuclear (The warhead was supplied by Pakistan.) tipped HWASONG-6 (North Korean SCUD copy.) missile concealed in the after-most hold. Crew has various hand held weapons including rocket propelled grenades.
Note: Stolen from Iraq. Armament installed by Iran.

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified (Most likely a member of the Alvand Class.)
Armament as per the real ships, save the anti-ship missiles are four stern mounted Exocet missiles rather than 5x Sea Killer Mk2s (as built) or 4x CS-802s (as upgraded in the 1990s) .
Other details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Several Boghammar High Speed Patrol Boats
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Ships of this type are operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, rather than the Iranian Navy.

Holland

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Foxtrot Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Some three years after harrowing events of 'Arapaho' (The novel runs 1988 - 1989.), the series hero Jon Hunt has become involved in searching for a leak in the Ministry of Defence while his wife (Met during the events of 'Arapaho'.) earns her wings as a Helicopter Pilot. Desperate for a sea position, opportunity comes with the death of the commander of the ship he served on during the Falklands War.

Note: Quite an interesting story, especially for those who grew up in the 1980s, let down by some editing glitches. This is the fifth novel in the series that begins with 'Sea Skimmer'.
 

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John R. Monteith, Rogue Avenger (Originally: Rogue Trident), 2005 (As Rogue Trident), 2012 (as Rogue Avenger)

United States

USS Colorado (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Miami (SSN-755)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Tai Chiang
Stealth Patrol Boat (Based on the Swedish Visby Class Corvette)
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun (Fwd), Hsiung Feng III Anti-ship missiles (not fitted) 6 x torpedos of unspecified type (Port and starboard fixed mounts.)
Described as first in class
Note: In the sequel 'Rogue Betrayer' the class is described as being derived from the Visby Class. The missile system described is a real one that finished testing in 2005, in the novel the ship does not carry them due to a failure in testing.

Peoples Republic of China

Heifei (132)
Type 051Z Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: A French arms dealer and a disgruntled US Navy officer team up to steal an Ohio Class submarine for delivery to Taiwan.

Note: There appear to be two different editions of the novel. It is unclear, what if any differences there are between the two novels, but I suspect there are some.
 

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John R. Monteith, Rogue Betrayer, 2007

United States

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

USS La Jolla (SSN-701)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Hawaii (SSN-776)
Virginia Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Pakistan

PNS Hamza (S139)
Khalid Class Submarine (French Agosta 90B Class.)
Real ship, details as in service.
In the novel the ship has been modified to fire VA-111 Shkval torpedos (Some of which have nuclear warheads.)

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Kang Ding (FFG-1202)
Kang Ding Class Frigate (French La Fayette Class)
Real ship, details as in service

Hung La
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Hai Lang
Agosta 90B Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Stated to be an intended fourth Pakistani Khalid Class Submarine, instead sold to Taiwan.

Peoples Republic of China

Unnamed
Various submarines

Plot summary: Despite their failure to deliver nuclear weapons to Taiwan, the Taiwanese government hire the same French arms dealer and his ex-USN employee to help them deal with attempts by the Peoples Republic to choke off the Taiwanese sea lanes. When they get there they find themselves embroiled in the trans-Pacific chase of a rogue Pakistani submarine.
 

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John R. Monteith, Rogue Crusader, 2010

United States

USS Annapolis (SSN-760)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bainbridge (DDG-96)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Georgia (SSGN-729)
Ohio Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Israel

INS Leviathan
Dolphin Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

France

'Mercer' (To Malaysia as KD Tun Abdul Razak.)
Scorpène Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In the novel the submarine is crewed by mercenaries hired by the CIA prior to it commissioning as the KD Tun Abdul Razak and being transferred to Malaysia, which in the real world took place in December of 2009, in the novel the submarine is sacrificed to save another ship from torpedo attack. Mercer is the name of the CIA contact used by the mercenaries.

Syria

Jammal
Minisub
Twin hulls
Fitted with an anechoic coating.
Designed to fit onto the back of another submarine using suction panels.
Note: Submarine assault vehicle. In the novel it latches onto another submarine and allows the crew to cut into that vessel and take it over.

Iran

Unnamed
Several oil tankers modified to launch surface to surface missiles.

Plot summary: The CIA has finally managed to track down a certain French arms dealer and his American sidekick. The offer they make is simple, in exchange for a pardon for past crimes, crew a completed but not commissioned submarine built for Malaysia and use it to find out why an Israeli submarine suddenly sailed into waters the Israeli navy has never visited before. What they uncover is an elaborate Syrio-Iranian plot.
 

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A break from the technothrillers with a comic book, with apologies to Hood...

Anon., Undefeated, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4945, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Undefeated
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Unyielding
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Specifically identified as being a member of the U Class.

HMS Urgent
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Undeterred
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Germany

Unnamed
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, a hard driving British submarine captains confidence is shaken after a mission to land an SBS team in Greece goes badly wrong.

Notes: It's nice to be able to fairly precisely date when this came out, a note at the back indicates it was printed for the week of the 8th of September, 2016. It's also nice to read one of these and find that the warship names are at last appropriate for the class.
 

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Another comic book, this one is posted with thanks to Hood for his help in identifying the sources for the illustrations used and what the author probably actually had in mind for the main ship.

Anon., The Call of Duty, published as Battle Picture Library Nº. 1417, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Whip (K301)
Frigate, class not specified
Weight: 1495 tons
Armament (Main Battery): 6 x 4 inch DP guns (Presumably in twin mounts.)
Armament (Other): 20mm Guns, Depth charges
Commissioned 1940 (Story takes place in 1942, ship is stated to have commissioned in Portsmouth two years previously.)
Note: The armament details and the date of commission (But not the weight.) best fit the Black Swan Class Sloops, however the illustrator depicts the ship as a Castle Class Corvette, the first of which went into service in 1943. I have not been able to confirm if the pennant clashes with any real ship, the illustration only shows the pennant as '301', K prefix is appropriate for Frigates which is what the ship is described as, this does not change if the ship were a Corvette as illustrated.

HMS Tyrant
Battleship, class not specified
Armament (Main Battery): Triple barrelled turrets of unspecified caliber, only A & B turrets are visible
Armament (Secondary battery): Twin barreled turrets of unspecified caliber
Twin Funnels
No other details provided
Note: The artist for the comic book chose to base the appearance of this ship on the Italian Andrea Doria Class of battleships (As modified interwar.) for unknown reasons. What is following is the speculated main/secondary armament based on the armament of the battleships retained by the British following the signing of the Washington Treaty and also the layout of the Andrea Doria class following their interwar modernization. If anyone is interested I have scanned the page on which the ship appears and can provide it at request.
Main Battery: 12 x 15 inch guns (Four Triple turrets A, B, X & Y)
Secondary Battery: 8 x 6 inch guns (Four twin turrets at the corners of the superstructure.)
Other weapons are presumably identical positions as per Andrea Doria but British equivalent guns.

Germany

U-15
U Boat, class not specified, illustration is too vague to determine class.
Note: Pennant clashes with a Type IIb Class U Boat that was sunk in an accidental collision on the 30th of January 1940.

Unnamed
Various S Boats
Note: One has a prominent number '3' painted near the bow, two others are numbered '10' and '42' respectively.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, the well knit team aboard a frigate suffers when the replacement for an injured crewman tries to apply 'big ship' discipline leading to a 'square peg in a round hole' situation.

Notes: As with all war comics (Like J. E. MacDonnell novels.) the emphasis is on creating the atmosphere of a general period in the war without being too concerned for accuracy, the artwork being a case in point, the author (Whoever they were.) also has the Siege of Tobruk carrying on into 1942 when it ended in November of 1941.
 
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