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by BobDonnald
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Who fires first wins ?????
Replies: 28
Views: 11175

Re: Who fires first wins ?????

So the Nowaki won when it was engaged by Iowa and New Jersey? I could argue that either way.
The second meeting didn't come off as well if memory serves.
by BobDonnald
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:33 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Dreadnoughts sunk by gunfire alone?
Replies: 8
Views: 5903

Re: Dreadnoughts sunk by gunfire alone?

The French battleship at Mers-el-Kebir whose name eludes me is another. Unless beaching does not count as sunk.
by BobDonnald
Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: Naval History Post-1945
Topic: A KGV in the south atlantic 1982 ?
Replies: 33
Views: 9552

Re: A KGV in the south atlantic 1982 ?

What is the launcher behind KGV's "B" turret? SAM or SSM?

Bob
by BobDonnald
Wed Jan 21, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: BATTLE OF SAVO ISLAND--AUG.1942
Replies: 26
Views: 5114

Re: BATTLE OF SAVO ISLAND--AUG.1942

Could the outcome of the battle been changed if Adm Crutchley had kept the cruisers together in a single line, but used more destroyers to cover the entrances to the anchorage? Then was the practice of splitting your force equally to guard the sea lanes to the anchorage standard Royal Navy doctrine?...
by BobDonnald
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:16 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Battle of Santa Cruz-October 1942
Replies: 15
Views: 3945

Re: Battle of Santa Cruz-October 1942

Another battle showing the vunerability of the Yorktown class to torpedo hits. The large lists caused the crews to prematurely abandon ship. The Enterprise survived the war by not having her hull graced by them. Speaking of the CV-5 Yorktown, RIP to my uncle Sammie who passed away the first week of ...
by BobDonnald
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:07 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Gunfire hits below the waterline?
Replies: 22
Views: 2801

Gunfire hits below the waterline?

The loss of the IJN Kirishima's has been attributed to both scuttling and being holed below the waterline. Since neither the Bismarck nor the Scharnhorst sinkings describe such hits and damage resulting from them, is this something rare? I know that USS Boise took a special IJN diving shell below th...
by BobDonnald
Sat Dec 21, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Your favourite Battleship
Replies: 18
Views: 9000

Re: Your favourite Battleship

USS North Carolina BB-55 (the Showboat) I have visited her several times over the last 20 years. It is only a 6 hour drive to Wilmington, NC from my home. The first time I toured her, I was 16 years old and found myself imagining myself on the conn of the Washington off of Savo. LOL.. It would not h...
by BobDonnald
Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:38 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Now a question about funnel caps....
Replies: 6
Views: 4281

Re: Now a question about funnel caps....

Did any of the WW1dreadnaught coal burners have capped funnels?

Bob
by BobDonnald
Sat Jun 22, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Naval communications in WWII
Replies: 3
Views: 5259

Re: Naval communications in WWII

Voice communication channels in 1944 were mostly on VHF radio frequencies (30 to 300 megahertz) and these were line of sight or a little more. The longer distance communications were on th HF radio frequencies. The shortwave frequencies (3 to 30 megahertz) usually have predictable distances dependin...
by BobDonnald
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Adm Troubridge-right/wrong-in the GOEBEN AFFAIR
Replies: 19
Views: 7138

Re: Adm Troubridge-right/wrong-in the GOEBEN AFFAIR

IIRC, the action at River Platte started with opposing forces closing the range. By the book, Troubridge's armored cruisers should lose. Of course, by the book, a heavy cruiser going one on one with a battle cruiser at 3,000 yard range gets blown out of the water. All the British cruisers needed to ...
by BobDonnald
Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:11 am
Forum: The Dreadnought Era (1906-1921)
Topic: Adm Troubridge-right/wrong-in the GOEBEN AFFAIR
Replies: 19
Views: 7138

Re: Adm Troubridge-right/wrong-in the GOEBEN AFFAIR

Churchill was probably setting a precedent for Chris Craddock's feeling that he had to engage the German East India squadron regardless of the outcome. I wonder if Henry Harwood's tactic in the next war would have worked on the Goeben. Split the Goebens fire by having two ships engage on opposite fl...
by BobDonnald
Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:27 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: WASHINGTON NAVAL CONFERENCE OF 1922
Replies: 22
Views: 6743

Re: WASHINGTON NAVAL CONFERENCE OF 1922

I am not sure what you mean by the context of "aircraft carriers not being limited by the treaty." It reads that the Japanese were limited to 81,000 tons of carriers with none to exceed 27,000 tons. The US and the UK were limited to 135,000 tons of carriers. The Japanese gave notice of exiting the t...
by BobDonnald
Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:42 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Guadalcanal: decisive naval struggle?
Replies: 26
Views: 4630

Re: Guadalcanal: decisive naval struggle?

It was still a close run thing up to the re-inforcement of the troops and aircraft in November. Had Japanese landbased torpedo planes and submarines been a little more effective and coordinated, the USN carrier force might have been attrited at sea. Exactly what old Jack Fletcher was castigated for ...
by BobDonnald
Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:29 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Taranto Effect on Naval Warfare
Replies: 71
Views: 9160

Re: Taranto Effect on Naval Warfare

So how does the Japanese counter attack on the USN shipping at Guadalcanal figure in. It was a land based naval torpedo plane attack against pre-war surface ships.
by BobDonnald
Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships
Replies: 150
Views: 65697

Re: The most successful and most unsuccessful Warships

Unsuccessful: USS Ranger CV-4. Too small and too slow for the aircraft of the day. Unable to operate in the Pacific theatre where she was desperately needed. Successful: Essex Class of carriers. Backbone of the fleet for 20 years. USS Washington BB-56. Did everything the Iowa's did and was cheaper. ...