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by Rick Rather
Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: should have the prinz eugen stayed with the bismarck ?
Replies: 201
Views: 16001

Re: should have the prinz eugen stayed with the bismarck ?

Vic Dale wrote:At any rate the tow could not be made at more than 4-5 knots and Bismarck had capability to exceed this and shape a course of sorts, under her own power.
Is that why he was heading northwest? :?
by Rick Rather
Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hood versus Nagato
Replies: 8
Views: 2082

Re: Hood versus Nagato

Mutsu fires at Hood and blows it up - Then blows-up also. :shock: I recently played a game of Command at Sea based on a scenario from this board: The Twins versus Warspite & Valiant. Some deft maneuvering by the British suckered the Germans in to ~14kyds. The Germans were turning to open the range w...
by Rick Rather
Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Hood versus Nagato
Replies: 8
Views: 2082

Re: Hood versus Nagato

...or for those with a twisted sense of humor, Hood versus Mutsu.
by Rick Rather
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Red Banner Pacific Fleet vs US 7th Fleet
Replies: 6
Views: 2940

Re: Red Banner Pacific Fleet vs US 7th Fleet

May I ask how exactly submarines fit into your plan? My reading of the scenario is that you really want to force the surface combatants to go at it through your poetic license; I however, find it very difficult to believe that the US pacific fleet wouldn't have sent submarines (from guam I think?) ...
by Rick Rather
Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:56 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best WW2 heavy cruiser = Prinz Eugen ?
Replies: 134
Views: 35495

Re: Best WW2 heavy cruiser = Prinz Eugen ?

Btw, why is this thread in "Hypothetical Naval Scenarios"?
by Rick Rather
Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:54 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Best WW2 heavy cruiser = Prinz Eugen ?
Replies: 134
Views: 35495

Re: Best WW2 heavy cruiser = Prinz Eugen ?

The US Navy crew that sailed Prinz Eugen to Bikini Atoll thought she was wonderful. Some thought we should keep her instead of using her for the tests.
by Rick Rather
Fri May 17, 2013 1:10 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942
Replies: 22
Views: 10321

Re: Yamato Instead of Kirishima 13th Nov 1942

Did Yamato have radar in 1942? Her Tabular Record of Movement doesn't list a radar installation (Type 21, Mod 3, air and surface search) until July of '43. Of course, she was pretty much serving as a hotel for admirals' staff at the time. If they had intended her to go in harm's way, they might have...
by Rick Rather
Sat May 04, 2013 1:48 am
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: USN nuclear powered surface units
Replies: 4
Views: 6850

Re: USN nuclear powered surface units

Good 2nd link you have there lwd which seems to have been updated too. 1st appears defunct. It has long intrigued me why the name Long Beach, CGN 9 was selected for the 1st US nuclear cruiser especially as it is a name with no previous naval history. US cruisers had traditionally been named to hono...
by Rick Rather
Wed May 01, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: 38 cm shells
Replies: 60
Views: 27376

Re: 38 cm shells

Welcome to the board, Billy.

I'm sorry, but I could not read that wall-of-text.

Please-please use paragraphs.

:(
by Rick Rather
Wed Apr 24, 2013 10:19 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Gun turret definitions (Yamato)
Replies: 14
Views: 6740

Re: Gun turret definitions (Yamato)

As I said much earlier, the definitions are now so blurred as to be virtually meaningless, but at the time of WW2 and before, the terminologies were more clearly delineated. Understood. FWIW, I always wince when I here people use the terms "slack-off", "decimate" or "quantum leap", since the origin...
by Rick Rather
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:21 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Gun turret definitions (Yamato)
Replies: 14
Views: 6740

Re: Gun turret definitions (Yamato)

The main thing to remember is that in a ship whose armament is en barbette, the gun platform, its associated gun house, hoists, and machinery platforms all rotate within the armoured cylinder of the barbette. This extends, usually, deep into the ship as far as the armoured deck. In a turret ship, t...
by Rick Rather
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:48 am
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: Zumwalt Class Destroyers
Replies: 2
Views: 5800

Re: Zumwalt Class Destroyers

I think that - considering their strength vis-a-vis the Block IIA Burke-class destroyers (which are still in production) - the Zumwalt class should be redesignated as guided missile cruisers. Call it CG-74 & onwards.
by Rick Rather
Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Battleships firing forward?
Replies: 7
Views: 5654

Re: Battleships firing forward?

Oscar Parkes writes at length in his book "British Battleships" about the practical arc of fire limits of the NELSON Class, stating that firing the main battery (particularly B turret) on any bearing aft of abeam was frowned upon and that firing 30deg aft of abeam made the bridge untenable. That wa...
by Rick Rather
Tue Apr 02, 2013 3:03 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Battleships firing forward?
Replies: 7
Views: 5654

Battleships firing forward?

( DISCLAIMER : I am well-aware that Wikipedia is often inaccurate, and as such is most useful as a starting point for further research & learning, rather than an authoritative source.) While reading Wikipedia's article about the turret explosion aboard USS Iowa , I came across this interesting - but...
by Rick Rather
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Gun turret definitions (Yamato)
Replies: 14
Views: 6740

Re: Gun turret definitions (Yamato)

Must not.... give... wedgie!