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  1. My Claim of Naval Service

    ahhh like this one in the channel in 1986 just peacefully trawling with ermmmm nothing huh during a British excersise? :) M
  2. My Claim of Naval Service

    LOL Apparently the commander of the sub we "sank" was radioed to be told he was out of the excersise whilst we were listening on the radio. He radioed back "Oh Glub" and that was it :) We met up with them afterwards and they all bought us drinks and warned us we wouldn't be so lucky next time :) Just found this as well from the US point of view of Teamwork 80. (Can't see the pennant number on the opening scene but we may be the RN ship.. if so we had the AA/AS mounts up, but it may have been one of the other frigates. Resolution is too bad to firmly identify. I thought we stayed in AS mode the whole time but it's a long time ago to remember :) ) I remember that russian plane shadowing the excersise and watching the tomcats "escorting" it :) M
  3. My Claim of Naval Service

    Hey Chaos :) any of these look vaguiely familiar? We spent our time chasing bloody subs and trying to break through temperature gradients in that freezing water to get lock ons :) I don't know if you are in one of the top two phots (The top one appears to be USS Comet T-LSV-7 from my notes.) but I was on the ship in the last phot (HMS Juno) as part of the ASW division. We did get a confirmed kill on a diesel boat though using heli launched torps, so we were quite chuffed. It was fun watching your marines using Sea harriers as per phot 3 during the excersise. I regret that I cannot remember the escort carriers name :( M
  4. Lert's state of the onion address

    Happy Birthday @Lert Hope you're having a good day:) I will try to get onto Discord later if my stupid internet will let me :) Been away for a week or so at a reunion for that 1982 affair, but I am missing our chats and our games :) M
  5. Royal Navy no in both world wars and also no in Falklands war.. however, there were documented cases of women on board Aircraft Carriers in WW2 on North Atlantic Convoys where the carriers were delivering new aircraft made in Canada to the UK. A lot of the delivery pilots in the UK were women (although not allowed to fly combat missions) and often times these women went west with the carriers and then on the return trip, flew the unarmed aircraft off and delivered them as soon as they were in range of Britain to save time on the delivery. A number were lost in those transport flights, although none were recorded due to enemy action. Now if you go back to Nelson's navy, then it would be true to say there were women on board ships in combat, just not doing main fighting duties on deck (mostly). The nearest they got was as powder monkeys and surgeons assistants (during combat at least) :) Although there are documented records of some of the more (shall we say argumentative types) wielding cutlasses when defending the ship against boarding actions.. but deffinately unauthorised combat you might say and not on any crew lists. M
  6. You missed the other main reason..... Seperation for the flyboy officers and ops from the Naval ops.. stops all those flyboys dropping coffee on the chart table when the ship moves ever so slightly and restricts them to their own ops zone away from the real work :) M
  7. Historical Ammunition Levels

    agreed, for in game carriers. To my knowledge, only one carrier type has never cared about wind direction and that was the british carriers in the Falklands with Sea Harriers.. however even then they preferred "into the wind launches and landings" as it cut down on the amount of fuel used if they could "ski-jump" off rather than go vertical and "bounce" land rather than vertical. However if tactical considerations made an "into-wind" operation unadvisable, then they "could" steam in any direction.
  8. Argentina Confirmed!

    Gentlemen.. Greetings and o7. As a falklands veteran (Royal Navy) I salute you for your candour and openness. Also as a veteran of that conflict, I agree it is best for the survivors of a ship to have a say in it's representation in a game. There are still many survivors of that conflict who are still alive. People on both sides did what they were told.. no survivor of the conflict should bury that past.. they should remember the people they were proud to call friends and comerades. The reasons behind the war were (as always) political.. that has ZERO bearing on the feelings or emotions of those that actually took part. For those that have never served in a conflict, you have no realisation of what the young men of both sides went through during any conflict. For those parents who saw their sons go to war, there is no comparison to loosing someone who was sent to die by a politician. I recently (well a few years back, 2007), travelled back to the Falklands for the 25th memorial services to honour the dead from BOTH sides. I met a gentleman there, and I stress gentleman, who as we chatted we realised that he had shot at me and I at him. He was an Argentinian Skyhawk pilot. We held each other close and cried together during the memorial service to ALL the dead and to this day we exchange emails. We are the people that went to do what we were told to, no matter the side. We did what we were sent to do, as did the men from Argentina. I also met survivors of the ARA General Belgrano and they bore no animosity towards us brits, as we bore no animosity to those that had attacked us in Skyhawks or by other means. Would I want my ship that was sunk in the Falklands in this game... yes, but it's too modern for the game, but I would like it to honour the memory of those that died aboard it who I called shipmates and friends. I cannot answer for other people from other ships. My father, who served on Warspite was so proud when he saw that ship in the game. However, there is an undercurrent of reaction and internet types who would make too much of the ship (IMO) exspecially with a british ship in the game called HMS Conqueror and I have NO DOUBT that the so called jokes would be rampant in the game from those with little to no sense. So again.. I salute you for your candour and look forward to seeing Argentinian ships in the game, but as you say.. ARA General Belgrano may just be a few years to soon at this stage, but perhaps there could be a solution were HMS Conqueror to be renamed.. that might just open the door for this ship and her people to be remembered. Regards M
  9. My Navy Days

    @Chaos_EN2 Time for some stories then I guess :) 1) I had to fly to gib to pick up my ship as I had been on leave. Our standard transport to Gib was a C-130 herc. now, flying from UK to Gib is around an hour and a half.... unless you are in the military.. because then Spain refuses to let military flights pass over their territory, so flying way out to sea and then coming into Gib turns that same flight into 5 hours plus. Like everyone else at that time, I was a smoker.. hey don't critisize, we got 40 ciggs a day free as part of our pay :) So about an hour into the flight, I joked with the pilot that i was dying for a cig break. He said no problem, but all smoking had to be outside the aircraft.. I refused on the grounds that I hate using a parachute, but he said no problem.. the AL (Aircraft Loader) attatched me to a harness and a steel rope and they lowered the back door and he said.. there ya go.. stand beyond the yellow line and you're in the smoking area. We spent most of the flight sitting on the end of the open door, legs hanging over the edge, smoking and chatting. Best smoking section I have ever been in on a flight. 2) I got a 3 day fine in Gib.. Went out for the night with the guys from the ship.. met up with a load of people (maybe even you) and got completely plastered at the end of the excercise. Now, the Royal Navy had this rule.. if you could walk up the gangplank unaided (bounding of the rails was allowed), turn aft and salute and say the name of the ship then you were sober coming back on board. So, we all queued up on the quayside. In Gib, we had moored third ship out from the keyside, so we were going to have to do this three times.. saluting on each ship and saying outboard before crossing the deck to the next ship. It came to my turn... staggered up the first gangplank and turned aft, saluted and said "outboard" and then fell on the deck.. that was fine... crawled across the deck.. stood up.. staggered across the gangplank and turned aft, saluted and said outboard... and then sat down on the deck... yep that was fine... crawled across the deck with the duty watch trying to tell me something.. but all I could see was the deck spinning so i waved him away... now it should have occured to me at that point, that if there was no gangplank, then there probably wasn't a ship.. but in the state I was in, I climed the guardrails practising saying Juno for when i stepped on deck and stepped onto the gangplank that wasn't there, because whilst we were ashore, they moved the ship to another berth. The next thing I knew was them pulling me out of the water completely sober after falling straight in the oggin. The following day, i got hauled up infront of the skipper who clearly explained to me that this was not acceptable behaviour from a nav officer, and even though I apparently correctly saluted and stated "Juno" when they pulled me out of the water into the inflatable, that he felt he had no choice but to fine me three days pay and he then thanked me for the laugh I had provided to the start of his day. The next couple of days were a tad more restrained ashore :) M PS I had a beard like that then as well :)
  10. What mods do you use and why?

    played vanilla since alpha.. but now I have one mod.. the one that removes Romas beercan and feckin stupid camo. Nothing else. M
  11. Blanket nerf BBs

    Actually, that would only be true of one Navy... you see the problem in full historical accuracy? Only the US navy started using BB's to only escort carriers at the end of WW2. So how would you ensure that? RN used cruisers and DD's to escort the carriers because of the threat of the Uboats rather than the threat of BB's, which were not so much of a problem in the Atlantic. Full accuracy is something that cannot be perpetrated in WoWs because of the disparity of the fleets and the combat areas they served in. Now you could do a lot more towards historical accuracy, but then it becomes a decision about Simulator v Game. WG were origonally making a product that was 80%Simulator/20% Game and they have publicly stated that they changed tack on that around the launch of Open Beta. They have also publicly said that they regret the decision to head towards pure 100%Game/0%Simulator, but it is now to late to reconsider that decision. M
  12. don't disagree with you in any way (except I would dispute slightly the USA being good with a smattering of others :) ), but I haven't seen a WoWs battle that even resembles anything rougher than a "not quite perfect" day on something like Lake Ontario. I mean it's basically flat calm in every battle. Even the US ships were designed for the Pacific Theater not the Atlantic and a number of them would have had some issues in the Atlantic battles. M
  13. Did the Alsace get a last minute Nerf??

    I think you will find that the diagram that you linked was for one of the origonal concepts after they had reworked the guns from 38cm to 34cm and based on an interpretation from stats. Because they also decided, during construction to use the electro-hydraulic gear on the turrets, the amount of space at the bow precluded the use of superfiring turrets due to other stuffs being added in that area (in fact if you look at the stern guns, you see theres a LOT of space between the turrets bercause of that same issue.. there just isn't room at the bow for the same).. so the arrangement on the model is in fact correct for what was going to be built. As to secondaries, she had 24 138mm guns in doubles and quad turrets so the secondaries are good and accurate (to the design drawing that would have been used). I actually think WG got the design pretty much spot on for what was going to be built, although, like a lot of WG's ships.. they never got beyond final design stage.. something called WW1 got kinda in the way of that. M
  14. You raise an interesting point... with regards the stability.. they were deliberately designed to have lower stability, but my understanding was that it was to introduce a "slow" roll to improve gun accuracy, which it certainly did.. the R classes always outperformed the QE's in gunnery trials. Perhaps that "design" issue could be used by WG to decrease dispursion or increase sigma to make up for the other shortcoming because of the problems in upgrading the ships in later life. M
  15. USN in Hermes

    The same could be said of the USA really :) M
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