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  1. Naval and Defense News (cont.)

    Polish Navy. In other news, the Italian Navy received the first F-35B assembled at Cameri. https://www.defensenews.com/air/2018/01/25/italy-receives-first-f-35b-assembled-outside-the-us/ Also, the European Commission actually started an infringement procedure against five member states over defence procurement http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-18-357_en.htm In the case of Italy it boils down to the lack of a competitive tender for the building of the PPA, Poland and Portugal appears to be in a similar situation but I'm not aware of the details. I'm waiting for some commentaries about this development from our Euro-enthusiast politicians (INB4, I'll get none, to begin with it was barely mentioned on the news).
  2. Naval and Defense News (cont.)

    This one? The author mentions this USNI article, which says that they're being re-purposed as a "surface strike platform" with an ASuW emphasis, but I believe that the 100 cells Mk 41 in place of the guns is his own proposal. To be sure replacing them with something else sounds like an easy solution to the LRLAP dilemma. In other news, the saga of the French FREMMs for Greece has been revived: https://www.navyrecognition.com/index.php/news/defence-news/2018/january-2018-navy-naval-defense-news/5852-greece-to-negotiate-fremm-frigate-acquisition-with-france.html If you go to the wiki page you'll find out that it's been going on since 2009. According to some discussions that I've read they should be interested in the Sea Fire 500 equipped FREDA air defence frigate, the Greek navy is especially weak/outdated in the air defence sector. If that's actually the case I would have some doubts about their potential interest in the Gowind class corvettes mentioned in the article.
  3. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    They've published the clear rate for the event so far, 60% for E4 appears to be a rather low percentage for a "Medium scale" event. Also most people who cleared E4 picked easy. In old news, the ranking reward points to Tama being the light cruiser K2 (they've said that one reward is related to the incoming K2).
  4. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    Cleared the F6F-5N quest, I had obtained a Max F6F-5 earlier last week, but I thought that another 12 AA aircraft was more useful during the event than a night fighter. Too many screws and Shidens have been sacrificed for this, if it weren't for the OCD for clearing all quests I would have ignored it. Earlier today they've announced on twitter that they're going to implement a light cruiser K2, but it's pretty much the same thing that was mentioned on Comptiq, no clue about the possible candidate.
  5. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    Cleared E4 Also, an Akitsushima in ZZ3 joined the long list of dupes that dropped during this event. Total consumption has been around 84k/84k/25k/30k. Clearing at Normal was really tempting between the rewards being essentially the same, no Hard mode exclusive shiny ASW aircraft this time around, and missing Suzutsuki being the penalty for failure, but I'm not sure if I didn't fully exploit the new alert/vanguard formation before switching to Normal, detailed infos about it became available only afterwards, or at least I didn't know much about it before, it certainly made the Normal mode runs through Surigao Strait relatively painless. On the other hand, kudos to Tanaka for the new lines recorded specifically for this event and the general atmosphere, it was really well done. Yamashiro's lines when joining a fleet and during night attack are priceless (I really wish we could at least keep the latter permanently). The new mechanics are also quite interesting.
  6. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    I'm stil alive, I went and dropped to medium difficulty in E4, reaching and S-ranking Z6 was proving to be difficult enough, I don't even want to think about breaking through Surigao Strait with six historical ships (Asagumo/Yamagumo in particular)... Now I'm at the second boss bar since the day before yesterday, I'll try to clear the map today. On another note, Constantly celebrated Hamakaze's birthday yesterday with a batch of related doujin, including Tiduru's Hamakaze Biyori 2, check them out.
  7. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    E3 cleared, 3 post-clear attempts were enough to get I-400 I've also obtained a dupe Akizuki from node G and a dupe Kasuga Maru from node J, I guess I'm going to keep the latter around, considering how they still haven't implemented a second escort carrier... E3 is easy enough, if anyone needs the compositions that I've used these are the replays for the last battle of each phase: 1, 2 and 3. Please note that I didn't adjust for the increased AS requirement of the last dance because I forgot to do it, with that LBAS setup before last dance you will get air parity for the LBAS and air supremacy for the fleet. IIRC (KC3Kai isn't handling well the 7 ships formations in the Strategy Room) for E2 I've used Littorio, Ashigara, Chikuma, Kasumi, Ushio, Abukuma and Ryujo. In order to farm Tsushima I was using a full combat setup with Abukuma with torpedo cut-in and Ashigara with searchlight and night scout. After getting her I switched to full landing crafts on Kasumi and two landing crafts plus one midget on Abukuma. Ryujo was in pure mule fighter configuration, Littorio and Chikuma had one seaplane fighter each. Both support expeditions have been used.
  8. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    Giving one well drawn large foreign ship won't save the game, some time ago we had Super Dreadnought here playing an event in order to get Warspite just to fall back in retirement soon afterwards. And actually characters' popularity appears to have little to do with displacement, Kashima is an excellent example. About E1, I can confirm that wikia is accurate for this map, I've used Abukuma, Tone, Chikuma, Satsuki, Kasumi and Akitsumaru for unlocking the second starting point, I've removed the Tone class aviation cruisers and inserted Nachi and Ashigara for the kill. Abukuma carried one midget and sonar+DC (OASW capable), both destroyers were also OASW capable (Kasumi carried also No.22 Model 4 radar for recon/LOS purposes), the LBAS was filled with fighters and sent to the pre-boss node, in this way it was quite difficult to get taihed en-route (you face only ASW and AA nodes), boss node support and the two cruisers were enough firepower to sink the boss. I wouldn't go low with the levels of your shipgirls given the recon/LOS requirement in this map. This was my fleet for the second phase. Instead in E2 there's a minimum requirement of 2 destroyers in order to branch Q>K which is not mentioned on wikia at the time of writing, but I've tested it myself with Abukuma, Ashigara, Nachi, Chikuma, Tone, Kasumi (four Shima fleet units and only one destroyer, it routed me Q>I). Alternatively there's a cap on the cruisers (CA+CAV), I'm not sure about it.
  9. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    They've already announced that Winter event is going to be part 2 of this event (this one has literally 前篇, "part 1", between parenthesis in the title). EDIT: It looks like you can get multiple Tsushima drops, I just got the second one. RE-EDIT: Cleared E-2H, I'm wrapping it up for today.
  10. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    Tsushima get! Kaibokancollection banzai! Dropped at E2H while clearing the bar. Notable duplicates so far include Shimushu (E1) and Hayasui (E2). EDIT: PSA, if you're clearing E2 check out the new quests that they've implemented, after the composition quest there's one requiring multiple E2 boss A+ victories.
  11. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    Suzu!!! Damaged (stern view) and base arts
  12. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    I'm doing it for Suzutsuki. Personally I think this would have been a good chance to implement the Matsu class, Ozawa's fleet, which is featured in E3, included four of them (DesDiv 43: Maki, Kiri, Kuwa and Sugi). Two kaibokan of the same class is really a bit difficult to understand, if anything else they could have implemented the Mikura class... Tsushima is cute, though.
  13. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    So many gimmicks even in E1, I'm feeling bad about it...
  14. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    And maintenance has been extended to 23:50, who could have expected it?! Adding to what Jinxed said, it looks like the mysterious "ship larger than a destroyer/kaibokan" is an E-3 drop. Have a thoughtful Suzuya in the meanwhile
  15. Kantai Collection Discussion Thread Kai

    Kind of late, but whatever E2 reward is the kaibokan Sado ("kaibokan lost with her sister off Luzon") and... there's going to be one unspecified new ship larger than a destroyer/kaibokan.