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by Garyt
Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:17 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Spruance's Decision-Right or Wrong
Replies: 12
Views: 3482

Re: Spruance's Decision-Right or Wrong

Lee often expressed that he would never again expose his battleships to such risks as he had to run at Guadalcanal in 1942, and that USN battleships were not designed for, and the crews poorly trained for, night battle So much for the superiority of US Battleships at night with their radar fire con...
by Garyt
Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Japanese vs US AA capabilities
Replies: 56
Views: 20145

Re: Japanese vs US AA capabilities

Was that your own words or a copy paste Aurora? I thought it was a copy paste, my error if it was not. My only point is the Oerlikon is much maligned due to it's performance against kamikazes, but that was a very unusual situation and it's effectiveness against conventional attack is often overlooke...
by Garyt
Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:32 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Japanese vs US AA capabilities
Replies: 56
Views: 20145

Re: Japanese vs US AA capabilities

The Oerlikon was an effective short-range weapon, and suitable for mounting on light and coastal vessels such as air-sea rescue launches corvettes,sloops and submarines – in fact the weight of the basic gun compared favourably with that of the .50in Browning machine gun. It could fire up to 500 rou...
by Garyt
Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:18 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Fletcher v Fubuki Class Destroyer Battle
Replies: 13
Views: 4542

Re: Fletcher v Fubuki Class Destroyer Battle

From Navweaps: with a mid-1943 analysis of 105 torpedoes dropped at speeds in excess of 150 knots found that 36 percent ran cold (did not start), 20 percent sank, 20 percent had poor deflection performance, 18 percent gave unsatisfactory depth performance, 2 percent ran on the surface and only 31 pe...
by Garyt
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:52 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Japanese vs US AA capabilities
Replies: 56
Views: 20145

Re: Japanese vs US AA capabilities

The British 5.25" Dual Purpose gun Not a bad weapon, but hardly the mainstay of the British dual purpose AA park. They had a lot of dual purpose weapons, kind of a mixed bag like the Japanese had, including a 4" weapon or two, a few 4.5" weapons, and the 5.25" weapon you mention. That (the 5.25") i...
by Garyt
Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Fletcher v Fubuki Class Destroyer Battle
Replies: 13
Views: 4542

Re: Fletcher v Fubuki Class Destroyer Battle

I didn't know our DDs fired torpedoes which were the same type as those trouble-plagued submarine fish... I think our aerial torpedoes were OK, but the Sub and DD ones were the terrible ones. Our aerial torpedoes could not be launched from as fast of a moving plane or from the same altitude as Japa...
by Garyt
Fri Dec 19, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Refitting of ships - Armor?
Replies: 21
Views: 9538

Re: Refitting of ships - Armor?

That makes a lot of sense Tommy. I just was not sure what procedures there generally where when modernizing a vessel.
by Garyt
Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Refitting of ships - Armor?
Replies: 21
Views: 9538

Re: Refitting of ships - Armor?

So no for the US BB's at Pearl, and the Japanese Kong class either?
by Garyt
Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:45 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Refitting of ships - Armor?
Replies: 21
Views: 9538

Re: Refitting of ships - Armor?

I guess there was one question I had - Is anyone aware of battleship reconstruction where they replaced as opposed to added on to existing armor?
by Garyt
Thu Dec 18, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Spruance's Decision-Right or Wrong
Replies: 12
Views: 3482

Re: Spruance's Decision-Right or Wrong

The right call was made by Spruance IMO. So many Japanese planes were lost in the battle, and carriers without planes are useless. This was the last battle that the Japanese Naval Aviation did anything using conventional tactics.. One might say the Japanese carriers with poorly trained pilots and fl...
by Garyt
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:12 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: De-Capping Layer
Replies: 24
Views: 11078

Re: De-Capping Layer

"Special common" had about a 2 lb bursting charge. AA common had more like 7 or 8 lb. So a common is about 13% Explosive by weight, the Special Common about 4% by weight. Compares to about 1.5% in the 16"/50 AP shell, or 8.1% For the 16"/50 HC round. I fond the rounds for the US Heavy Cruisers help...
by Garyt
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Why was USN cruiser shooting so poor?
Replies: 93
Views: 19086

Re: Why was USN cruiser shooting so poor?

However the good news was that USN destroyers got the improved torpedoes too.
Good news only if you are not Japanese :D
until late 42 early 43-which will almost match with the IJN introduction of Convoy Escorts
Good point. I don't think the timing of both is purely circumstantial.
by Garyt
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: World best soldiers ever
Replies: 120
Views: 60165

Re: World best soldiers ever

but that did not detract from the fact that they were great warriors-which was my point RF
I agree, they were just not technologically able to compete with Euorpeans, but that does not undermine their discipline, morale, or courage.

For that matter, perhaps the Nez Perce should be included?
by Garyt
Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:50 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Japanese vs US AA capabilities
Replies: 56
Views: 20145

Re: Japanese vs US AA capabilities

That 3" was a pretty mean weapon. I think it had a rate of fire of 50 rpm's or so,combine with a proximity fuse. I don't think it was operational until 1948, but had the invasion of Japan came about it may well have been pressed into service sooner. with the advent of the Kamikaze even the 40mm Bofo...
by Garyt
Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The CVE in WW2-was it a real asset??
Replies: 30
Views: 9155

Re: The CVE in WW2-was it a real asset??

The escort carriers were definitely of value for the US. They were able to do what they needed, and in what they were able to accomplish in the Atlantic alone they were well worth their weight, as it freed fleet carriers from the duty of ASW warfare. They did sink easier, it seems half were lost fro...