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  1. Bork.

  2. Jingles Senpai noticed me in my Z-52!!!

    He's mid-40's. He claims his service in the Royal Navy prematurely aged him.
  3. Jingles Senpai noticed me in my Z-52!!!

    I mean, the Shima wasn't completely innocent, but hey, was a good sport about it. Congrats as well!
  4. Sorry to see you go, @SuperNikoPower, but I wish you all the best and smooth seas in your endeavors. Thanks for everything you've done around here, and here's hoping to see you again in the future. Sail on, you grand borker.
  5. @JohnPJones It's definitely interesting seeing what kind of ships the US Coast Guard have operated and manned, and they've got decorated history in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and most other postwar conflicts. That being said, the "Rum Patrol" destroyers were the only actual destroyers registered and operated by the US Coast Guard. All other vessels are designated under the "cutter" classification.
  6. Surprisingly enough, I'm not talking about WWII. See, after the 18th Amendment banned alcohol creation, sales, and consumption in the United States, the Prohibition Era kicked off. Now, just because booze was illegal, doesn't mean people didn't want it anymore. So they went to great lengths to smuggle it in, especially from overseas. The US Coast Guard wasn't in a position to counter the "rumrunners" on its own, so the Navy provided some "help". Help in the form of ex-WW1 destroyers All in all, the US Coast Guard operated 25 destroyers from 1920-1933 as part of the "Rum Patrol" (lasting until the 21st Amendment cancelled the 18th and allows me to drink a beer by my computer today) A full list of ships and classes can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rum_Patrol Yet of special note is the fact that 3 destroyers were of the Sampson-class (the in-game Tier II USN destroyer), and 6 were the Clemson-class (the Tier IV USN gunboat). These ships were supposed to be cheaper alternatives to building new fast cutters for the USCG. Instead, they proved to be bigger hassles, commonly taking up to a year just to make seaworthy. Yet despite their age, disrepair, and not to mention the inexperience of the crews in handling such large ships, the Rum Patrol DDs had a fairly lively career. Once the USCG no longer needed them, they were returned to the Navy and either scrapped, or continued their service past WWII. For some more stories about the Rum Patrol, you can also look here: http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/blogs/rum-patrol-vs-rum-runners
  7. The US Navy has a problem

    If I may re-rail this conversation, the US Navy does indeed have a problem... it's the same problem that doomed USS Indianapolis in 1945. There were clear warnings and notes that the US 7th fleet was dangerously lacking in proper training, and the crew of the Fitzgerald was out of date on 15 of 22 tracking areas, including communication and seamanship, according to the Crescent-Post: http://www.postcrescent.com/story/news/investigations/2018/02/07/u-s-navy-ignored-warnings-before-deadly-collision-uss-fitzgerald-and-now-blames-wisconsin-native/1087640001/ What I did not know is that the commander of the Fitzgerald, Commander Bryce Benson from Green Bay, Wisconsin, suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the collision. He is currently undergoing Article 32 hearings, which would determine if he should be court-martialed or not, and he and 4 other sailors are being charged with negligent homicide, a Navy first. What this seems to be is the US Navy brushing its own faults under the rug and placing the blame solely on the seamen, much like Capt. Charles B. McVay III, who was court-martialed for the loss of Indianapolis in 1945 for "hazarding his ship by failing to zig-zag", despite visibility being low, receiving no destroyer escort even though a warship had been torpedoed in the area recently, and even the Japanese submarine commander stating the maneuver would have made no difference. McVay committed suicide in 1968 after years of guilt. I'm not saying the sailors are free of blame- they were, after all, controlling the ship at the time of collision. I am saying that the fault is not completely theirs, and it is in fact the failings of the Navy's organization that led to the collision, and the subsequent collision involving USS John S. McCain
  8. It, uh, seems this thread got raised, so if there's a season 2 planned I'd be happy to join as well. If not... welp, sorry about the resurrection!
  9. Disco Aigle needs your Tunes ♫

    Don't mind me, just casually dropping some things down here. Pre-disco, here's a tune I've been cruising in my Atlanta with lately (should take out the Sims with it) And when you get to tier 7/8 and above... and you're a cruiser: And speaking of cruisers (except if you're RN, then it's the battleships) (nevermind, someone got Hot Stuff before me)
  10. So overnight, videos began appearing on social media about a sizable fire that occurred at the Vladivostok port. The fire seems to be based on diesel fuel, and is burning in the video next to Kilo-class diesel-electric subs. According to the Pacific Fleet, the fire was a "damage control exercise" that went exactly as planned. Honestly, not sure what the merit is of doing such an "exercise" next to a pair of your new hunter-killer boats. Fortunately, it sounds like no one was injured by the fire. The source I found this from: http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/17853/fire-at-russias-vladivostok-submarine-base-sure-doesnt-look-like-an-exercise
  11. USS Monaghan- Ghost Sailor

    Like all US Navy destroyers, she's named after a heroic individual in their service or similar. In this case, she was the 2nd ship named for Ensign John R. Monaghan, on the USS Philadelphia (C-4). He was killed defending a wounded officer from Samoan natives in 1899. The first Monaghan, DD-32, was a Paulding-class destroyer built in 1911, operated by the US Coast Guard until 1930
  12. Greetings fellow ship enthusiasts! When reading the notes for the update, I saw mention of a new premium, USS Monaghan. I can only assume this is DD-354, a Farragut-class destroyer with a celebrated war career, firing some of the first shots of the Pacific War at Pearl Harbor. However, she and another of her sisters, USS Hull, would meet their end in Typhoon Cobra, December 18, 1944. She capsized after running out of fuel, and took all but six of her crew of 100 with her. Well, according to official records. According to the book Halsey's Typhoon by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, there was a seventh survivor of the loss of Monaghan: Radar Maintenance Technician Keith Abbott. Abbott transferred to Monaghan at the last minute, and according to the book, his papers got bungled up in the Navy bureaucratic machine. Hence the term "ghost sailor", as he was not "officially" assigned to the destroyer at the time. On the subject of Typhoon Cobra, there are other books out there, one by Bruce Henderson that allegedly debunks Abbott's tale. I have only read Drury and Clavin's account, so I do not know the details. If anyone out there has read the book Down to the Sea and knows about this, I'm interested to hear Henderson's claim. Otherwise, just a fun fact for the masses about a ferocious storm and the three destroyers and 790 men it took in its fury.
  13. Fletcher Assistance

    Thanks for all the advice! Didn't mention it earlier, but I always load Fletcher up with premium consumables, and use a camo with the -3% to detection range. As for captain skills, I'll grab some doubloons to do some readjusting- I thought Torpedo Armament would be good because of the praise given to Fletcher torps.
  14. Fletcher Assistance

    Greetings fellow tin can/greyhound drivers! I've recently unlocked all upgrades for the Fletcher (for those unaware, the Tier IX US Destroyer), and find myself ready to continue on in grabbing XP. ... Or I would, if I didn't have so much trouble in her. I really like the Fletcher. I like the history behind the ship class, she's got good speed and good guns, and excellent torps, and some decent AA as well. Yet despite this, I have trouble really doing much in her. The big problem, I'll admit, is early deaths- I get nuked a lot trying to initially cap. Either by bad luck or what-have-you, I either end up at the cap the entire red fleet is attempting to occupy, or I end up in an engagement and wind up eating a torpedo. The initial issue was concealment/detection range, which I've partially mitigated, but my issue still stands. Anyone up to giving me some advice on how to best use this sleek greyhound? For reference, the ship has all upgraded modules save for range increase. Upgrades are Main Armaments Mod 1, Damage Control Mod 1, Aiming Systems Mod 1, Damage Control Mod 2, and Concealment Systems Mod 1 (last spot is blank) My captain, Vice Admiral Maurice Reed (16 points because I'm a scrub who can't afford fast-grinding), has the stats of Priority Target, Preventive Maintenance, High Alert, Last Stand, Torpedo Armament Expertise, Superintendent, and Radio Location.
  15. Just want to say again, officials have confirmed the ballistic missile threat a false alarm. Live updates here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hawaii-ballistic-missile-threat-alert-false-alarm-live-updates/