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TO: Ensign_Cthulhu,

FROM: Akio Hashimoto, Cmdr, HIJMS Amagi. 

RE: Captain training priorities.

I am writing to you to discuss the current state of affairs regarding training of commanders to Fleet Admiral rank. I was rather upset to learn that you had placed two substantially junior commanders into the priority queue ahead of me, not to mention many other worthy candidates with greater seniority (Mr Halsey, the ice-hockey player, and the one in the Halloween costume). I refer of course to Capt Honore, commanding the Richelieu, and that strange French spaceman who commands the Le Fantasque. I would be very grateful to have this situation explained, especially as Capt Honore has had command of the Richelieu for over a year yet has not substantially advanced his ship's progression in many months, while Capt Konung seems to make a point of only fighting inferior opponents of inferior (and dare I say it, artefactual) intelligence.

Yours sincerely, Akio Hashimoto. 

 

 

Well, what do you know? When I thought about it, he had a point. 

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TO: Akio Hashimoto, Cmdr, HIJMS Amagi

FROM: Ensign_Cthulhu

RE: Captain training priorities.

Thank you for your letter regarding clarification of the captain training schedule. As you should know, it is my policy to seed one Fleet Admiral into every navy before beginning type-specific duplication. On this basis, Capt. Honore and Capt. Konung have approximately the same seniority and it was going to be a difficult matter to choose between them. I had hoped for the transfer of the Dunkerque to my port, which would have galvanized my decision in favour of Capt. Honore, but our French allies were not forthcoming and this put the question back up in the air.

However, your consistent performance in working up the Amagi has not gone unnoticed, nor has the fact that my intention to acquire the Yamato in a relatively short space of time would in itself see you working up at least half of the seniority that you currently require to attain Fleet Admiral rank. Nor has it escaped my notice that the rule to seed one generalist into every navy before obtaining specialists has already been broken by Fleet Admiral Dunkirk (Cmdr HMS Lion). 

To this end, it is my delight to inform you that your progression to highest rank will be fast-tracked. The Fleet Admirals of the other navies and the controlling authority in charge of training allotments have been directed to steer all available command experience assets in your direction, and your ship's progression will also be prioritised. Be advised that the commander of the Leberecht Maass retains immediate priority to finish her ship's workup and pay it out into reserve, as she is significantly closer to her goal. Apart from this, and from specific tasks that are grossly suboptimal for your command to perform or from which she is excluded, you will retain full priority for command and rank advancement.

By way of compensation, I have obtained for your use a near-copy of the Amagi, of classified origin, which in the short term will bring you accelerated training credits and also the funds needed to construct the Izumo when the Amagi pays off into reserve. I have instructed Fleet Admiral Yamamoto to command this ship, but she is authorised for your use at any time when Adm. Yamamoto is posted to other ships and has not yet returned to port. I have also reserved for you the honour of permanently commanding the Yamato when she is eventually acquired, as Adm. Yamamoto has been trained as a generalist across all types and consequently lacks the particular skills to maximize a battleship's durability in extreme circumstances.

Yours sincerely, Ensign_Cthulhu.

 

 

And that's how my internal monologue both had a lot of fun and completely killed my intent to make my next 19 pointer a Frenchman. 

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From: Adm. Thomas Paul, Cmdr USS Pensacola

To: Wrath_Of_Deadguy

RE: Nightmares

I am unsure how to properly describe my circumstances, but I will try my best: I keep... exploding. I wake up every day in a different bunk, with no explanation as to how I got there from my assigned command, and shortly thereafter am handed down orders to sail immediately. I expend every effort to fulfill my duties, although I am increasingly uncertain of what my duties even are- and then I am torn apart as the deck beneath me is shot away, and I am lost to the fire once more. I awake with no injuries, and yet I cannot help but feel these are no mere nightmares. I have sailed the same ship into battle so often I feel I could recite the place of every rivet and weld in her hull, and yet I can also remember, vividly, her violent ends- a titanic eruption as her magazines detonate, abandoned to fires that cannot be quenched, the slow encroachment of the sea as the enemy's shells riddle her with holes- the dreadful vision of my proud vessel split in two by a spread of enemy torpedoes, gasping her last as she slips beneath the eerily calm sea... and then there is only darkness once more.

I hereby request re-assignment to rear-area duties, effective immediately, as I believe there is something terribly amiss and I may no longer have a firm grasp on myself.

Cordially,

Thomas Paul

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From: Wrath_Of_Deadguy

To: Adm. Thomas Paul, Cmdr USS Pensacola

RE: Nightmares

Request denied. Your orders to "git gud" stand until otherwise notified.

Message ends.

 

 

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TO: Ensign Cthulhu

FROM: AL Admiral Hipper, Cmdr KMS Leberecht Maass.

RE: This :etc_swear: rustbucket.

Dear Cur;

I am writing to you to express my utter revulsion with this puddle of rust I suffer in. My requests for upgraded gunfire control systems and torpedoes have been declined, despite assurances from the research department that both were ready. What's that about, and what's a girl got to do to get herself a decent ship? 

Unkind Regards,

Admiral Hipper.

 

 

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TO: AL Admiral Hipper, Cmdr KMS Leberecht Maass.

FROM: Ensign Cthulhu

RE: Your ship.

Dear Ma'am,

I am sorry to hear that you are having such a bad time.  I agree that your ship is somewhat substandard when compared to other destroyers of the same tier, but my request for justification was met with blank stares from the designers and vague hints from my colleagues about national attitudes connected with a pair of past wars. 

I must inform you that your request for purchase of upgraded systems was denied as the procurement department was critically starved of funds at the time. Although this situation has substantially eased, forward projections of expenditure over the next few months still require some rather harsh economies and your ship's upgrades continue to be among those items afforded a lesser priority.

I draw to your attention the fact that you currently have only 49,000 experience points to earn before your current ship is mothballed, having improved your situation by approximately 20,000 in yesterday's combats alone. I have every faith in your ability to pull through with the level of equipment you currently possess.

I should remind you, too, that some of the funds denied you for a full upgrade have been earmarked for the purchase and equipment of YOUR next command. With the appropriate level of effort and perseverance, and selection of the appropriate camouflage and signals, you should have possession of that ship by the conclusion of this weekend. Please refer to the appropriate training materials available via electronic means, in both written and moving-picture form, of which you well know. At this stage, acquisition of any further Kriegsmarine destroyers is not intended and you are expected to complete your career in the Z-23, for which cost-control measures via permanent camouflage (at no cost) are already in place pending acquisition of the ship.

Naturally, the T-61 will also be available for your use whenever you should so desire. 

 

Finally, with respect to your subject line and your manner of address, I would caution you to maintain a degree of civility in your official written communications. If you wish to express yourself in a more colorful fashion, please reserve this for the off-duty bar. Caps will be off and rank disregarded upon request. 

Kind regards, Ensign Cthulhu. 

 

 

 

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Meanwhile I have like 7 or so 19-point french commanders some of them would be complaining to me why I don't sortie them despite me running constant prem french ships in the game(Dunkerque and De Grasse for Operations, Bayard for Rank sprint and Colbert when I need squeeze the living enjoyment from other players) 

Actually my Colbert Commander would be asking for sick leave by now due to getting ptsd of seeing so many ships and their crew get burnt alive and die a slow painful death by his hand.

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TO: Ensign_Cthulhu

FROM: AL Admiral Hipper, Cmdr, Leberecht Maass.

RE: This rustbucket.

Well, it's done. So, what about it?

Msg ends.

 

TO: AL Admiral Hipper, Cmdr, Z-23.

FROM: Ensign Cthulhu

RE: That rustbucket.

Regards your future disposition, please refer to the address line of this message.

Msg ends.

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Mine would tell me to stop playing DD's after my 4th beer.

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58 minutes ago, Ranari said:

Mine would tell me to stop playing DD's after my 4th beer.

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18 hours ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

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Well, what do you know? When I thought about it, he had a point. 

 

And that's how my internal monologue both had a lot of fun and completely killed my intent to make my next 19 pointer a Frenchman. 

Well done.  :-)

Recently my Commander Azuma was promoted from her assignment aboard the Nagato and now commands the Cruiser Azuma.
One of the multiple HSF Harekaze Commanders was transferred from the reserve barracks and assigned to Nagato.  Prior experience in a rented Musashi helped make the decision process easier. 
Also, I wanted the Nagato to continue to benefit from increased secondary battery range via Advanced Firing Training that some commanders-in-reserve didn't have the skill-points required to support that capability.

Arpeggio of Blue Steel Commander Gunzou Chihaya was assigned to the recently arrived-in-port Aircraft Carrier Kaga.  Prior experience in a "rental" Kaga also influenced the decision process, as Guzou has more skill points than a Commander of a 2019 rental Kaga who remained in reserve and with six skill points. 
That Commander had already been transferred from the reserves and assigned to a lower-tier ship that I play "for fun" and wherein the skill points won't be needed and can be earned at a relaxed pace.

Another Commander, with experience sailing the Bismarck but then sent to the reserve as a "spare" Commander with a different skill-set, was transferred from the reserves and assigned to the recently-arrived-in-port Tirpitz.
That Commander was re-trained and the Fire Prevention skill-set was swapped for Advanced Firing Training skills to extend the secondary battery range to its' full potential.

I'm pleased to report that all Commanders are performing their duties competently and any failures of command rest solely with me, the player.  :-)

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17 hours ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

 

Finally, with respect to your subject line and your manner of address, I would caution you to maintain a degree of civility in your official written communications. If you wish to express yourself in a more colorful fashion, please reserve this for the off-duty bar. Caps will be off and rank disregarded upon request. 

Kind regards, Ensign Cthulhu. 

 

 

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I like this topic and discussion thread.  :-)

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TO: Akio Hashimoto, Cmdr, HIJMS Izumo.

FROM: Ensign Cthulhu

RE: Progression.

Congratulations on your new command.

You are assigned pro tem to HIJMS Ignis Purgatio for your retraining. To put it bluntly, your new ship blew the budget and you will be sailing her in order to help fill the gap. A windfall is expected within the next few days, which should be just enough to obtain the upgrade modules and cover losses on further shakedown cruises that may be required, but fleet finances are still in a dire state.

Certain tasks require the use of other ships more optimized for the restrictions imposed on their completion. Ships commanded by fleet admirals will be preferred, and the dividends have been earmarked for your own advancement. 

Once these restrictions are off the table, you will be sailing the Ignis Purgatio intensely until early August. In the event that you should be eligible for promotion to Fleet Admiral before you obtain command of the Yamato (a distinct possibility), be informed that this promotion will be delayed until just after your transfer in order to economise on ECXP. If a forced period of retraining is required at that time, you will be assigned to the Musashi in order to provide you with both the retraining and a period of familiarisation with the new ship class.

MSG ENDS.

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Sir and/or Madam,

For your information, I am a rock star!  An absolute boss!  I don't know who I pissed off to get command of this piece of :etc_swear:, !

Who do I have to :etc_swear: to get off this :etc_swear: flea ridden garbage scow?!?

Don't you f*cking know who I am?!?

Warmest regards,

Adm. Jingles

Captain - Black Swan

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18 minutes ago, Captain_Slattery said:

Who do I have to :etc_swear: to get off this :etc_swear: flea ridden garbage scow?!?

TO: Cmdr, Black Swan 

FROM: Ensign Cthulhu

RE: Captain transfer.

Fleet Command regrets that you are not enjoying your current command. However, it was the opinion of all concerned that the particular skills involved in :etc_swear:ing somebody do not correlate well with those required to command a major warship. In addition, all of us were quite concerned that the act of :etc_swear:ing could easily lead to accusations of scandal and impropriety that we would rather not face. When we told you we favoured the promotion of high-quality seamen, what you are implying is not what we meant. In retrospect, the use of the word "sailors" would possibly have made our meaning clearer.

Your request for a :etc_swear: in order to obtain a transfer is therefore declined. If you solely desire to :etc_swear: for its own sake, we recommend that you visit one of the many establishments ashore which exist for this purpose.

MSG ENDS.

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On 6/27/2020 at 8:26 AM, Wolfswetpaws said:

To:  Alpha of the Port, Wolfswetpaws

From:  Kaigun Chujo of the Shokaku, Ryu Fujioka

Subject:  After-action reports of our sister-port, in the Public Test Realm


Greetings Alpha,

I have been reviewing the after-action reports of a 2 versus 2 battle in which our sister-port's Hakuryu participated.

In the heat of the battle, a torpedo squadron made an attack run on an opposition CV while flying through a smoke-screen.  

Subsequent interviews with the air-crews indicated that the attack method was born of necessity due to the limited time available and because the ship's survival, along with the outcome of the battle, was at stake.
  The position of the opposing carrier was discernible prior to entering the smoke-screen, but the crew had to rely upon experience and instincts once they flew in to the smoke and lost sight of everything beyond their propellers.
Two aerial torpedoes were dropped, and one scored a hit.

The damage done by that torpedo made it possible for the ship to engage with secondary batteries and win the battle.

While this incident may seem to be a "one-off" or a fortunate roll of the dice, I feel the technique could be developed and made a part of our pilot's repertoire.

By using the properties of smoke-screens to our pilot's advantage, opportunity could be harnessed from an otherwise disadvantageous situation.

Also, it could become part of our exhibition squadron's performance during the next charity fund-raising airshow.

Alpha, will you support an effort to enable our brave crews to fly boldly in to smoke and emerge as victors?

With sincerity,
Kaigun Chujo Ryo Fujioka

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From:  Alpha of the Port, Wolfswetpaws

To:  Kaigun Chujo of the Shokaku, Ryo Fujioka

Subject:  Your proposal for adding methods to our repertoire


Dear Kaigun Chujo Ryo Fujioka,

Your proposal is most welcome and is hereby fully supported.

As you are the Aircraft Carrier Commander with the most "time-in-service" I am assigning you the task of developing this aerial-torpedo attack method.
  Your experiences Commanding the Zuiho and Shokaku should serve you well in this endeavor.

All ships and crews in our fleet that are not actively engaged in battle will be available for your requisition.

Also, I am assigning Commander Iona to assist you.  Prior to being welcomed to our Port, she commanded an I-401 Submarine in the Arpeggio of Blue Steel realm.  Her understanding of torpedoes should prove useful.
For the same reason, I am also assigning three members of the HSF Harekaze's reserve crew to assist you.

You are to communicate with all other Aircraft Carrier Commanders in our Port and schedule training exercises at times of mutual convenience.  
It is my intention that all air-crews add this capability to their repertoire.

Official orders will be drawn-up and conveyed to you by courier in the near future.  
Because this method requires smoke-screens, a list of all ships that can generate a smoke-screen will accompany your orders.


This is a great opportunity for team-building within our fleet and a potential public-relations win by wowing the crowds at the next  charitable fund-raising air-show.  

Fair winds and following seas!

~Alpha of the Port, Wolfswetpaws


 


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3 hours ago, Wolfswetpaws said:

Tagged for @Ensign_Cthulhu

I get notified automatically since I'm the one who started this thread, but thanks for the tag.

 

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TO: Capt. Dusty Rodes, Reserve Fleet, R'lyeh

CC: Lt Benjamin Newton, Cmdr USS Colorado.

FROM: Ensign Cthulhu

RE: Battlefleet expansion.

Dear Cmdr Rodes,

Notice has been given that the battle-line will be expanded by a series of new ships trading speed for heavy armament and progressing on from the Standard line beginning at USS Colorado. To this end you are ordered to take command of Colorado, replacing her current caretaker captain, Lt. Newton. It is expected that your career progression will be along the new line once the initial research is complete, at which point Lt Newton will return from reserve to command the Colorado on a permanent basis thereafter. Ship names are in order USS Kansas, USS Minnesota, USS Vermont.

Allocation of retraining points has been approved and your posting is effective immediately. Lt Newton has been copied in correspondence and will be expecting your arrival.

MSG ENDS.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

I get notified automatically since I'm the one who started this thread, but thanks for the tag.

 

 

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Good luck in your USN BB line-split pursuit.  :-)

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To:  Fregattenkapitan of the Admiral Graf Spee, Johannes Krause

From:  Alpha of the Port, Wolfswetpaws

Subject:  Welcome to our Port!


Dear Fregattenkapitan Johannes Krause,

On behalf of the entire fleet I welcome you and your crew and the ship "Admiral Graf Spee" to our port.
  As you've probably noticed, your sister-ship, the HSF Graf Spee is already here.

There is a local Independence Day celebration event in progress.  Please organize your crew schedule to provide maximum opportunity for enjoyment.  

In a few days you and your crew will be expected to officially check-in with our port support facilities and establish working relationships with the port personnel and all the other ships in our fleet.  A liason officer from our Reserve Barracks will meet you on Monday to provide the details.

Meanwhile, I invite you to enjoy the celebration and the local hospitality.

Fair winds and following seas!

~Alpha of the Port, Wolfswetpaws

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To: Alpha of the Port, @Wolfswetpaws

From: Ensign Cthulhu

Re: Captain training.

Dear sir,

I am informed that it is possible to allow the HSF captain to command her regular namesake. If so, you might wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

My new Graf Spee captain informed me that he does not intend his career to end in a Uruguayan hotel room with a bullet in his brain, and longs for the freedom of the open skies. I have therefore reserved him for command of the new KM carriers as they appear.

MSG ENDS.

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34 minutes ago, Ensign_Cthulhu said:

To: Alpha of the Port, @Wolfswetpaws

From: Ensign Cthulhu

Re: Captain training.

Dear sir,

I am informed that it is possible to allow the HSF captain to command her regular namesake. If so, you might wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

My new Graf Spee captain informed me that he does not intend his career to end in a Uruguayan hotel room with a bullet in his brain, and longs for the freedom of the open skies. I have therefore reserved him for command of the new KM carriers as they appear.

MSG ENDS.

To:  Ensign_Cthulhu - Admiral of the Navy in the Realm of R'lyeh

From:  Wolfswetpaws - Alpha of the Port (in a yet-to-be-disclosed Realm)

Subject:  Reply to your suggested option for Captain Training


Dear Admiral Ensign_Cthulu,

Your courteous mention of an available method for training of Captains is most welcome.
It is healthy food for thought and reminds me that I sometimes allow habits to interfere with contingency planning.

Should our ship procurement program ever out-pace our Personnel Assignment & Recruiting Office, I shall remember your wise words.  
Also, crew exchanges and vacations might impact readiness levels, and again your wisdom would be there to help.

I shall convey your message to my staff and preserve it for the benefit of our Port.

Best regards and kindest wishes in friendship from our Port to you and all those you hold dear.


Fair winds and following seas!

~Alpha of the Port, Wolfswetpaws

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