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  1. Worst design flaw you can think of?

    The World's Worst Warships by the late Anthony Preston gives a pretty good list of examples.
  2. Naval and Defense News (cont.)

    Can't say I'm surprised that the Type 31e programme restarted, as they said that they would. At this point the big question is will any of the ships be ready in time to prevent a dip in the total number of frigates. Somehow I doubt it.
  3. Whilst Courageous and Glorious were modified several times during their service lives, neither were radically rebuilt. Only Furious comes close to this, and that was after her period as a test ship in the late 1910s and early 1920s, at which point she was converted into what had become the standard form for aircraft carriers.
  4. I created my first Wikipedia article

    Whilst the names of the Neptune class were carried across, that does not include Minotaur, as only five Neptune class ships were planned (Friedman's British Cruisers: Two World Wars and After pg.420). Whilst you are probably aware of this, it could be phrased more clearly in the article itself. Excellent work.
  5. FOUR PIPERS in Stalin's navy.

    Whilst the ships undoubtedly had interesting careers, by the time they reached Russia service most of them were in full escort form. Generally speaking, this means 1 4" gun forward, a 3" DP gun aft, one set of torpedo tubes on the centreline for Mk X depth charges, and various light AA guns. Naturally, there is some variance, but given how much Campbeltown is already derided, you can't really go below that, and cloning her seems a bit of a poor effort.
  6. Rest in Peace dseehafer.

    Whilst I doubt that I always saw eye to eye with dseehafer (for even the most amicable people will find disagreements, even if they are over minutiae), I was always happy when I saw that he'd made a new post. I doubt I am alone when I say that he taught me things that I wouldn't have known otherwise. May fair winds and steady swells lead him to harbour.
  7. Pre-WWII ships in WWII

    The St. Nazaire Raid disabled one Dry Dock, not the entire port.
  8. Pre-WWII ships in WWII

    Obsolete is a rather different thing in naval circles compared to aero circles. Due to their expense, warships tend to stay in service for much longer than things like tanks or planes. Consequently you get tiering rather than flat out obsolescence or not. For example, the Omaha class, whilst no longer a front line unit, is still a capable warship in its own right. Technological evolution had relegated it to the secondary tier, rather than the breakers yard. That in itself speaks volumes. Equally, having given hard war service, the ships were worn out, and not worth bringing back up to standard. Not to mention wartime production fulfilling operational needs, etc.
  9. Yamato doesn't have 18" guns, they have 18.1" guns. So they haven't done anything that they said they wouldn't, in that regard.
  10. Whilst several of the guns have been removed and replaced with wooden or fibreglass replicas, there is still quite a few (half a dozen?) originals, although only one dates to Trafalgar. What they're currently doing is replacing her fixed cradle with a large number of hydraulic rams, so that they can slowly stop, and then reverse the warping process. It'll take time, but its happening.
  11. Clemson and topweight

    Availability is a powerful thing in itself, see the Emergency War group of destroyers, for example. Ideally replacing each pair of torpedo tubes with a centre-line mount would have been better, and is entirely possible, as can be seen by the changes made to the ships sent to Britain as part of the Destroyers for Bases deal.
  12. Clemson and topweight

    Not so sure about that; they are included in a book called The World's Worse Warships for a reason.
  13. Admittedly, this was communicated some time ago, but its all we have to go on
  14. The problem with German (and ultimately Russian) CV lines is a lack of planes for them, rather than a lack of designs. Conversely France has enough of both.