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  1. Pretty sure that the Buckleys are WWII, not interwar. And that their guns are 15-20rpm each rather than 30. Still at the higher end, but still not great in the face of something like a Hunt, which matches the rpm per gun, has more guns and a heavier shell weight (more than double, in fact). Might be why they switched to 5" guns, tbh.
  2. The size of the RCN is something thats been doing the rounds since the forum started, and I believe that it comes out as being briefly the 4th largest, depending on what you count. Unfortunately, as things stand, there aren't that many Canadian ships that would fit, and given WG's reluctance to make British premiums (which are what Canadian ships are predominantly related to) it seems like Haida will be a singleton for now. Still, at least Haida is here now, which is an improvement over there not being any.
  3. mr3awsome

    Pre Dreadnoughts obsolesce overstated?

    It wasn't quite that bad, for whilst it was expensive, the acceptance of a lower standard of dominance (1.6 rather than 2, or something in that ballpark, iirc) and the curtailment of the German programme meant that it had settled down. Hardly ideal, but not something that could really be avoided. It's the act of fighting WWI itself that prevents a resumption of the large scale building afterwards. As for pre-Dreadnoughts, and older ships in general, Fisher came in and cleaned house, and that sort of attitude stuck around, with older ships being withdrawn from service, often to serve in an auxiliary capacity.
  4. mr3awsome

    Pre Dreadnoughts obsolesce overstated?

    Mistakes is somewhat harsh. Late is probably closer to the truth, and there are good reasons for it. Mainly relating to limited supplies of money and long gestation & build times. Not just lack of speed, but inability to maintain the top speed for a prolonged period. Though, as that is VTE related, it isn't exclusive to pre-Dreadnoughts.
  5. Nice companion for Campbeltown.
  6. As a rule the stuff in .30-06 went to the Home Guard, rather than to Army divisions. Not just M1917 Enfield rifles, but also M1915 Vickers-Colt machine guns, assorted Lewis guns and even a few BARs, iirc.
  7. Yep, and they are sister ships too.
  8. More Commonwealth ships would be nice, but probably premiums rather than a regular line.
  9. I imagine they might be useful if knife fighting DDs, or when obliged to charge something. Its not a lot, but its about the little things all adding up, rather than one being a dominant feature. Of course, the lure of a quad 6" CL, be it the Town prelim or Fiji prelim, is undeniable, and its something that I would also hope to see in the future. This is something that we might see sooner, as its largely just tweaking a copy of Fiji, rather than more work like the quad CLs would be.
  10. So did rationing. Indeed, at some points post war even bread was rationed, whilst it hadn't been in the war. And whilst the UK was in debt, its economy was also rather worse off. And what there was, often went to things that were more important than preserving a warship or two. Like rebuilding the bomb shattered country, the backlog of infrastructure maintenance, or building a land fit for heroes as the Government sought to (according the slogans, at least). That isn't cheap, and as nice as it would be to have those ships, the social programmes were worth more. Still, it is not a cloud without a silver lining. People were upset to see the naval history going to the breakers, and that spurred the saving of many other things. The last World War One light cruiser, for instance. The last LST Mk III. Sailing frigates, Belfast, Warrior, M33, the Royal Navy's very first submarine, along with at least two X-craft (or an X and an XE, I forget which) and the rebuild A class Alliance. Its not as large or flashy as the American collection, but it was never going to be. But that doesn't make it worth any less. Hopefully Bristol will be saved, being one of the last Falklands veterans, and if the stars align, maybe Zenith and Whimbrel might be saved too. We watch and wait to see.
  11. Don't worry, I've got one of those too <3 Not just better AA, though that is the area that is does best in comparison to Fiji. There is also the torpedo tubes and the secondaries, which combined with the faster turret traverse rates ought to help fighting DDs. Or death rides. And yes, the divorce from history is a continued disappointment for me, but my disillusionment started long ago, so it doesn't hurt much these days. No, its not the ideal choice, but it is less reliant on gimmicks compared to any of the other choices at this point (though thats a hole of WGs making). Of course, one would hope the 5.25" would be in an AA line, though that is somewhat a forelorn hope at this point, and the 16 gun Town isn't that interesting, as other than the guns its basically a Southampton. K34 is in a similar situation, but it doesn't have as much in its favour compared to Fiji, as it stays 12 gun. A Uganda, sure, but thats another hole that WG have made. Hopefully, but Hawke would offer something a bit different to them, though being a bit more different has never mattered all that much. Oh well.
  12. mr3awsome

    World of Warships Proposal: MN Strasbourg

    They wanted to put the 5 37mm mounts on to begin with, so if we're going ahistorical we might as well do something that they intended. In reality they weren't ready, so they used the older Mle 1933 instead.
  13. This is a proposal for a British Tier VII Premium Cruiser, as there hasn’t been one since Belfast was removed from sale some time ago. The suggestion is the Light Cruiser Hawke, the details of which will be outlined below. #Background The Fiji or Crown Colony class light cruiser has its origins in the Second London Naval Treaty, which lowered the cap on individual cruiser tonnage in exchange for removing the total cap on cruiser tonnage, at least for light cruisers. Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, at least thirteen were intended, though at the outbreak two were cancelled. Several more were ordered after the outbreak of war; three in the 1941 Supplementary Programme, three in the 1941 Supplementary and seven in the 1942 Programme. The last three of the pre-war ships and the wartime ships were to be completed to a modified design compared to the first eight. The three pre-war ships were too advanced for these modifications to be too drastic, but the wartime ships were more malleable. The first two of the wartime ships, Minotaur and Swiftsure of the 1941 Estimates were completed to a modified design before the end of the war. All were delayed by the Light Fleet Carrier Programme, which was the cause of the cancellation of four of the 1942 ships, with a fifth being cancelled slightly later for partly the same reason; the rest being the construction of the new Battle class destroyers. The remaining six ships were to have a greater beam, so a slightly greater change was feasible. Delays would ultimately mean that one ship (Bellerophon) would be transferred to the new 1944 Cruiser design (Neptune), leaving the class at five ships strong. Superb would be finished to the original design, with the remaining four being suspended at the end of hostilities. They were Tiger, Defence, Blake and Hawke. In 1947, thoughts were given to completing the ships in a modified guise. They would not benefit from the experimental and expected weapons systems of the future, but they would provide better capabilities than the existing cruisers in the fleet. Ultimately, it was decided against; Hawke was scrapped, and her three sisters went into the reserve. Their story has been told elsewhere. Hawke As Superb, save from the following: Main Battery: 3 x III BL 6”/45 Mk XXIII on mount RP 10 Mk XXIV Light AA Battery: 4 x II 40mm Bofors Mk X on mount STAAG Mk II 8 x I 40mm Bofors Mk NI on mount Mk VII Torpedo Battery: 2 x IV 21” Torpedo Tube What this means, compared to Fiji: Hawke has fewer main guns, but they traverse slightly faster, and more smoothly, reducing dispersion. Fiji retains an edge in raw firepower abeam or astern, but they are equal ahead. Hawke has one more secondary battery mount, which have Remote Power Control, providing faster elevation and training, as well as a greater Anti-Aircraft effect. This means that Hawke has an advantage in secondary firepower. Hawke has an all Bofors light AA battery, giving it a stronger defence against aircraft compared to Fiji. However, it is concentrated in fewer mounts, leaving it more vulnerable to degradation in combat from High Explosive shells. Hawke has one more torpedo per launcher, and as the launchers were intended to have RPC, would traverse faster. This gives Hawke an edge in torpedo battery, as they should use the same torpedoes. Armour is the same for both ships. Dimensions & Displacement are both very similar, with neither having enough of an advantage to be notable in either way. #Summary Hawke is a Premium Cruiser Candidate of the VIIth tier. Compared to the closest tech tree counterpart, Fiji, it trades main battery firepower for secondary, anti-aircraft and torpedo firepower, being comparable in all other respects.
  14. It's not outright length, its length to width ratio. Wider ships have a larger surface area, so you aren't wrong per se in that regard.
  15. mr3awsome

    World of Warships Proposal: MN Strasbourg

    Thank you for coming to my TED talk. The 12" version I'm inclined to agree with you, what with the 33 knot speed. However, the 16" version could definitely work as a battleship premium. They've got the guns, and if they do the 12" version they've got most of the hull. Seems like an easy win, and one that doesn't directly compete with any other WG premiums. The 12" version might also open the door to the 17,500tW cruiser killer as a tier VI premium too.