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  1. I know that, but it is ahistorical and I personally don't care for it. The only DB the RN used was the Skua, and that was pulled from service in 1941 and replaced by the Fulmar, and later the Sea Hurricane and Seafire because the Skua was decent DB but a lousy fighter. The Fulmar was a good gun platform but too slow as a two-seater fighter to catch anything other than Stukas, Cants and Fiat biplanes. The German fighters and twin engine JU-88s were faster than a Fulmar in level flight, by a large margin. The RAF, which controlled aircraft production, intensely opposed any introduction of dive bombers in the FAA and the Air Ministry backed them up, considering DB production to negatively affect four-engine ''strategic'' bomber production when resources were limited.. The RN used Avengers as level bombers because the RN aerial torpedo was too long to fit in a TBF bomb bay. The Barracuda was passable as a torpedo bomber but a failure as a dive bomber, on top of being difficult to fly off a flight deck. I would prefer to see what was used historically on these RN CVs. I have the four of them but they are the weakest CV line of the lot.They don't see much play, and neither do my two premiums, Enterprise and Kaga, given the current state of affairs. And as for the constant griping by the DD players and others, I do not think that will produce anything useful. When running anything with more than 20 AA rating, my ships shoot down airplanes in a reasonable manner. When running CVs, you have to pick and chose your targets carefully and play in a support role most of the time, which precludes high scores. That fact alone drive players off CV play IMHO.
  2. GrandAdmiral_2016

    CVs are a pain; I have THE solution

    Have not played a CV in Randoms in weeks, and I have 6 of 'em including two premiums that I got as a booby prize at the beginning of the rework.. I dust 'em off in Co-op where the bot AA and the lower number of ships give me a better chance to have some fun..
  3. Agreed. Wildcats (Martlets)or Seafires and Albacores like Implacable would be fine, in 9 plane squadrons. Take away the DB option but up the damage levels for rockets and give her three-torp drop 9 plane TB squadrons with an additional 300 damage points per torpedo. One armed bandit with a slightly faster regen for planes.
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    I Am Simply Furious!

    Does it matter? That is what CVs are for. The big boys you get in endgame if you last that long and have any planes left.
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    YAY! First free xp destroyer!

    I am already halfway there....
  6. GrandAdmiral_2016

    WG, neptune needs major buff seriously

    The RN CLs from Leander to Minotaur are my go-to ships when my gameplay goes south (which happens more often lately-old age!). My only complaint is that Neptune and Minotaur are paper ships that never got built. They play well in the game. I would have put Swiftsure (an improved three-turret Fiji with better AA) at T8 with HE added to compensate for the lost turret, Belfast/Edinburgh at T9 both with HE and Belfast without a heal but with improved radar, and a three-turret as-designed Tiger/Blake at T10, without radar but with HE and improved AA. Minotaur and Tiger shared the same turrets in the design stage. IF WG had done it that way there would have been zero RN paper ships, and the line progression would have reflected what the RN actually had. As to protection, the RN always equated size to cost. Neptune and Minotaur were big ships as designed to include barely adequate protection, and considered unaffordable by the First Lord in a postwar debt-ridden UK, which is why they were dropped in favor of the two large CVs already laid down. At that time construction costs were going through a rapid evolution and inflation, and ship steel became cheaper than the space/hull volume that ship systems and the manpower required to operate them, which became volume-critical, requiring larger ships to fit eveything in. Technology is not cheap. The RN still suffers from the mistakes made in the 1957 and later Defence Reviews and the costs of modern warships that have resulted by changes in technology that have occured since then, which is why it is now too small to do what the UK government asks of it. Navies are, and have always been since antiquity, the most expensive item in any defence budget.
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    Welcome to the club... I am a longtime member...
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    I have those often...
  9. Exactly. Torpedoes aboard RN cruisers were used against Bismarck and Scharnhorst, and against the Regia Marina in the Med on several occasions. And the RAF added fuel to the RN's error file on the use of shipboard AA by holding the position that ships were difficult targets to hit with high altitude level bombing (correct-and based on testing) and that high-angle dive bombing would be ineffective. A myth. The RN has almost zero influence on Air Ministry policy between the wars and recovered control of their shipborne aircraft and crews far too late to acquire decent airplanes before the war because RAF Fighter and Bomber Commands had production and delivery priority, for air defence of the UK and ''Strategic Bombing'' of Germany. Another myth. The FAA was stuck with weak, slow fighters, no real dive bombers and painfully slow torpedo bombers until American aircraft (F4F and TBF) were acquired. Even Coastal Command had weak, essentially useless patrol aircraft until late 1940, without any real ASW capability until 1941, and almost zero long range oceanic patrol aircraft until mid-1941. The Coastal Command Catalina that spotted the Bismarck was flown by a USN pilot who was ''instructing'' RAF pilots on the type as it was in the first delivery batch ordered in 1940 by the RAF.
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    Balanced MM "tree" SPOTTED!!

    The dice are rigged...all the time....get used to it....
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    How are you coming on the RW Directives Part 3?

    Three down, two to go. The rest, including Savage battle missions, will get done during normal gameplay before Stage 4 comes up.
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    Turning an aircraft carrier into a five star hotel.

    They are. The problem is the USN does not want everyone to know anything about the parts stripped off, which is why final scrapping is done in Brownsville, Texas, by a single-sourced contractor under strict DoD surveillance. The USN tends to remove everything they wish to keep out of the hands of others when the ships are decommissioned and laid up once a decision is made to remove the ship from the navy list and scrap it, before handing the ship over to the contractor for final decontamination and scrapping. Some of the stuff they remove may sound laughable at times, but the whole process is taken quite seriously. This is true for all USN ships, not just CVs and CVNs. All technically advance navies do this now. The RN was caught out when they scrapped the Invincible class CVLs several years ago. The PLAN and the Indian Navy were handed a true gift by the RN that allowed them to reverse engineer components whose design they were unfamiliar with, shortening their learning curve to CV construction.
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    Turning an aircraft carrier into a five star hotel.

    There is so much asbestos in these old ships that conversion is an environmental nightmare. The USN conventional supercarriers had lots of asbestos, but, more to the point, the actual compartmentation, damage control arrangements, elevator equipment, arrestor gear and catapults used on these ships are still classified, which is why the navy had them scrapped in the US. Scrapping them offshore would have taught potential rivals who currently have no CVs more about carrier design and equipment than the US wished them to know. On top of that, the hulls were worn out but contained so much useable high quality ship steel that the scrapping and recycling the steel was actually cost-efficient.
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    This, is World of Warships. Why We Play.

    Never mind. History is Fantasy in WG's World of Warships....Zoup, as a true history buff, my wallet is permanently closed and when my premium time expires, I will not renew. Play for free is now my motto....unless WG actually adds a historical flavor to the game with game modes that reflect WW I and WW II history....
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    Why is RN BB cit being raised but not USN

    The RN BBs have a lower HP pool at Tiers 7, 8, 9, and 10. They do not deserve to be screwed over like this with a higher citadel without a dispersion and sigma buff of 15 meters tighter dispersion and +0.1 to the sigma. This change includes the premiums BTW. Duke of York was bad as is, but will be unplayable with the change. The firestarter thing ended a long time ago....