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  1. The worst ones are the guys who insist on dropping torps behind you at targets that are way out of their range...........son of a..............
  2. Asashio regrets

    I enjoy mine. I really don't play it a whole lot differently than any other IJN DD that I have. I've found it to be a great scout but one has to try and not get into knife fights with other DD for all the obvious reasons. I recently respec'd my captain and added torpedo acceleration and BFT and I think those skills really help her shine. I only have a 13 pt. skipper but I think I'm going to use some elite XP to add EM tonight. The guns with BFT aren't bad, it's just that the slow turret traverse is painful.
  3. That's the way I took it as well.
  4. My Claim of Naval Service

    Unfortunately, the anonymity of the internet emboldens individuals to say and do things that they wouldn't do if they were standing in front of you. We've all seen many examples of internet "bravado" in these forums that just leave you shaking your head in disbelief. I have no doubt that there have been more than a few "stolen valor" types posting their B.S. here and many of them ironically are the first ones to question someone else's qualifications. At the end of the day, I think that most of us who have actually served can tell the difference between the real and the fake. We may not always agree on everything but I for one have never doubted your service or your credibility. Once you get past the "rivalry thing", we are all brothers and sisters in the profession of arms and I have great respect for the veterans of all services and of all nations. The Marines are looking for a few good men and you ain't it but hey, we can't all be perfect. Semper Fi
  5. To All Those Who Served...

    My favorite definition of a veteran: A "Veteran", whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve, is someone, who at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America, "for an amount, up to, and including, his life". Semper Fi
  6. A serious question for all.

    I can only speak about Marine Corps Reserve units but my experience with them has been more than satisfactory. Although they may have a narrower scope of missions/tasks that they can perform than an active duty unit, they tend to be very good at their core skills. Unlike active duty units, who have higher personnel turnover rates, mess duty, FAP billets, "B" billets etc., reserve units pretty much concentrate on MOS specific training. They just don't have to deal with as many "distractions" as their active duty counterparts. They tend to have greater unit cohesion because they have less turnover and because they come from the same geographical area. They also are generally more mature and better educated and have far fewer discipline problems. Almost 99% of the officers have had a minimum three years of active duty and the Marine Corps Reserve has the highest percentage of prior enlisted in the ranks of all of the services. On the 2nd day of the Desert Storm ground war, Bravo Company 4th Tank Battalion's 13 M1A1 tanks during the “Reveille Engagement”, destroyed 35 Iraqi Republican Guard tanks in 90 seconds. Not too bad for a bunch of "reservists".
  7. A serious question for all.

    I realize that we're not going to agree on this but there are two points I think you're missing. The Code doesn't mention anything about "effectively". Corregidor was under siege from December 29, 1941 to May 6, 1942. During that time, the garrison resisted with everything they had. By the time they surrendered, they were essentially out of food, water and ammunition and thus had no means to resist. Without any ability to evade or resist capture, they more than fulfilled their duties. The Rawalpindi did indeed have the means to resist. In fact, I believe it was the Captain's intention to try and ram one of the German ships if he could get close enough. Obviously, it wasn't a fair fight but he still had the means to inflict casualties/damage on the enemy.
  8. A serious question for all.

    She was the only modern ship to surrender. During the American Revolution, The Barbary Wars, the War of 1812 and the Civil War a number of USN vessels were surrendered as the result of combat/hostile actions.
  9. A serious question for all.

    OP, the Royal Navy had Articles of War which are similar to our Articles of Conduct. Both the Captain and his crew were obligated to follow them just as we are obligated to follow ours. Article II of the US Articles of Conduct specifies that: I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
  10. Thanks Zoup! Not bad for an Army guy..................... Seriously though, you do some really good work and I've learned a lot from your content. As an old, crayon eating, analog Jarhead, I marvel at what you and the other contributors do for the game. For the younger players, this kind of stuff might be the norm but for us old guys who cut our teeth on Pong and Mattel Intellivision, it's really something. Semper Fi!
  11. Asashio After A Few Weeks: Meh

    Still getting a "feel" for this ship. I only have 8 games/50% win rate on it so small sample size. I've been playing it somewhat aggressively like I do the Kagero (83 games/60% win rate) using my 19 point Shimakaze and Yugumo captains but it just feels a little off to me. Between the slow turret traverse and the low speed, the ship "feels" slower/more sluggish than the Kagero even though it's probably not. I'm kinda thinking it needs an Asashio specific captain to make it shine. I don't have EM on either of my 19 pointers and I'm thinking that torpedo acceleration and basic firing training would also really help this ship. Mouse's review indicated that BFT and TA were certainly beneficial. Might have to retrain/respec my Yugumo captain to find out.
  12. US Cruiser Split in 0.7.5

    Having a DM will not get you a Woosta because the DM is not affected by the split. I expect Wargaming to handle this split in the same manner as the IJN destroyer split and the Russian cruiser split. To maximize the split, you should have Omaha thru Baltimore in your port before it occurs. If you want to get a jump on the CL line, start accumulating XP on the Omaha now. Can't member if XP on the old tier 6 Cleveland will carry over to the new tier 8 or if it stays with the CA line. I feel that Wargaming has been pretty generous with the line splits in the past and I see no reason why they won't be again.
  13. R. Lee Ermey

    I was fortunate enough to meet the Gunny a few years ago at at a local gun store. He was a Glock celebrity spokesman who was in town for the store's 70th anniversary. My youngest daughter, my son in-law (former Marine aviation ordinance-man) and myself waited in line three hours to see him but it was well worth the wait. I can't put into words just how genuine a guy he was. The wait was so long because he took the time to get to know a little something about everyone who came to see him. He'd sign anything you'd put in front of him, he shook everyone's hand, he took pictures with guys holding jelly donuts while he chocked them etc. At one point he talked to the store owners and announced that they stay open as long as there were people there to seem him. All good stuff. He always spent a little extra time with military serviceman and first responders. When we finally got to see him, he signed my daughters FMJ DVD and remarked that "she had some fine, athletic looking legs" which got the whole store howling. He noticed my Marine Corps polo and we talked about our service. He asked if I had any other children and I said I had another daughter to which he responded to by slamming his fists down on the table and yelling out "do you mean to tell me that a Marine Officer is a quitter?" He then said "sir, do you know why I have five children?" I said no Gunny. He said "because the first four were girls". Everyone was just rolling on the floor. I still display my signed picture of him on my office wall at work. Rest in peace Gunny. Semper Fi
  14. Ranked Trio P2W

    The ranked "Trio" bundle has three 10 pt. captains. The individual bundles have a 6 point captain. Many past top level (read most expensive) bundles have had 10 point captains so this is nothing new.