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by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: torpedoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1422

torpedoes

Gentlemen,
This may seem a bit of a daft question given the age of missiles, but do any warships today still carry torpedoes?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 25, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1278

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Thanks for your reply Francis, i realise that the RN Med fleet was shall we say severely inconvenienced, by the loss of Barham and the attack on QE and Valiant, but i wonder if this had not occurred whether they would have been enough to deal with the French battleships or would they have had to bri...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Ships blowing up when the rolled over
Replies: 6
Views: 809

Ships blowing up when the rolled over

Gentlemen, Many moons ago I asked why some ships (Barham, Scharnhorst, Yamato) blew up as they rolled over, I believe the answer was because the shells fell out of their racks as the ship capsized. What still puzzles me is that a large calibre shell is designed to absorb a considerably heavier impac...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1278

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

paul.mercer wrote:
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:09 pm
Gentlemen'
Further to my question about the french fleet sailing into the Mediterranean, would the existing RN fleet be enough to deal with them
I'm assuming that all four QE's and an aircraft carrier are intact and ready for battle, but would they have been enough?
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1278

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Gentlemen'
had the french ships been completed and manned either by either French or German crews, would the RN be able to deal with them and if so what sort of gorces would they need besides the existing Mediterranean fleet?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:31 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck
Replies: 17
Views: 1641

Re: The Swordfish's Torpedo misses Bismarck

What if the torpedo missed? To be honest so many things could have made a difference to the entire outcome. - What if Bismarck had left with full tanks, and refueled. Bismarck would have been sitting slightly lower in the water and maybe the shell hits from POW may have played out differently Bisma...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

Thanks for that Dave, it made very interesting reading, it seems that mistakes were made by both sides. this could possibly be one for the Hypothetical situations colimn, what if both fleets has met up in one massive battle?
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 09, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 711

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Thanks for your replies,
Would the modified Japanese torpedoes been effective in the rougher waters of the open sea as i assume they were designed for the calmer waters of PH
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 711

US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Gentlemen, if the US fleet at Pearl Harbour had prior warning of the Japanese attack and had sailed out to meet them what would have been the result, assuming that the US had their 3 carriers with them, the US were far superior in battleship numbers,(8 v 2) but the Japanese had 4 carriers plus subma...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jun 08, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: US Battleships

Oops, yes it certainly would!
Of course I meant 35000 tons, but as i said, I wonder why the RN seemed to have difficulty in putting 12 x14 or 8x16" in the KGv's when the US managed it, was it because the KG's had more and heavier armour and were built to be faster?
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: US Battleships

Thanks for your replies,
Looking at the weight of some of the US ships, its interesting to note that some of the more heavily armed ships 8x16" and 12 x14" ship were built around the 350000 ton mark long before the Treaty limits were imposed, but the RN apparently could not do so later on.
by paul.mercer
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 535

US Battleships

Gentlemen, Just having a look at the list of US battleships that were available in WW2, it seems that with the exception of the South Dakota,North Carolina and iowa class, most were fairly elderly but heavily armed with either 10 or 12 14"" or 8 or 9 16", which is pretty powerful armament, but were ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Leyte gulf

If you take out the US carriers, presumably because they don't exist, then the US carrier construction would be replaced with additional battleship construction, including US battleships with 18 inch calibre guns? When did we find out the Musashis had "18 inch" guns? That would have been an interes...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:08 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: The bomb that sank the Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: The bomb that sank the Arizona

Thanks Bill, where would one find these articles today?
by paul.mercer
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Leyte gulf

Thanks for your reply RF, but i was thinking of the outcome of a battleship v battleship scenario, i have no doubt the US would have won due to their weight of numbers, but at what cost when faced with the two biggest battleships in the world, plus of course any other battleships the Japanese had av...