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by HvKleist
Fri Dec 18, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 795

Re: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

The idea that destroyers would slow down in order (ostensibly) to gain stability for gunfire during a battle while under shellfire is not to be taken seriously. (Just re-visit the horrendous slaughter of Pillsbury south of Java...Calm seas and low speeds didn't help her much then.) No C.O. of a tinc...
by HvKleist
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 495

Re: A Force Z What If

Not all IJN destroyers fired torpedoes in the Battle of the Java Sea at 15k yards. Most (~70%) were under 10.5k yds or so...some considerably less than that. Only the initial attacks by DesRon 4's NAKA & her DDs fired at ~12,500-15,000 meters. As for the other DD attacks: One division fired torpedoe...
by HvKleist
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 495

Re: A Force Z What If

1) The KONGO's are strongly committed to outranging tactics--this is fundamental IJN doctrine---and will open fire as soon as the enemy is visible. If this is 20k, the so be it. If they spot the enemy at a greater distance they will open fire at that point. Their 36cm guns have a max range of roughl...
by HvKleist
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 495

Re: A Force Z What If

The scenario is simply too unrealistic if you remove all ground-based air support...Nonetheless, the DD advantage is heavily in favor of the IJN as would be torpedo performance. If I had to, I'd bet on the Japanese in a surface action. To answer your question: the Japanese were absolutely determined...
by HvKleist
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling
Replies: 11
Views: 4613

Re: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

You might try looking at the history of the ESSO tanker GEORGE G. HENRY , and her involvement in the PacWar w/the old Asiatic Fleet, etc. out in Oz. She later became USS VICTORIA (AO-46) , but as GGH she did not/could not conduct UNREPS, as far as I know. Nonetheless, she was a valuable asset to the...
by HvKleist
Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:03 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: USN cruisers fire control top
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: USN cruisers fire control top

Hello,

It didn't. The MB director atop the Foremast is the old director she had originally.

The new, modified director (AA, or dual purpose director) is aft on the Mainmast, which has been cut down.

HTH
by HvKleist
Sat May 04, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Type 93 torpedo longest range hit
Replies: 28
Views: 2918

Re: Type 93 torpedo longest range hit

We know that the torpedo which hit & sank KORTENAER was from HAGURO because that salvo was launched ~20 mins later than the 43 launched earlier by DesRon 4/ NAKA + DDs. And the next large torpedo salvo launch (by DesRon 2/ JINTSU + DDs) was not for another 30-40 mins, or so. HAGURO 's torpedo had tr...
by HvKleist
Thu May 02, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Type 93 torpedo longest range hit
Replies: 28
Views: 2918

Re: Type 93 torpedo longest range hit

The Type 93 hit by heavy cruiser HAGURO on the Dutch destroyer KORTENAER at the Battle of the Java Sea was probably comparable, if not longer, I think.
by HvKleist
Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Smoke screen
Replies: 5
Views: 4504

Re: Smoke screen

Francis: At the Battle of Badoeng Strait (Feb 1942), the Dutch DD Piet Hein mysteriously laid a smokescreen before she engaged the IJN destroyers Oshio and Asashio ...This made her visible to the enemy as well as to the two US Asiatic Fleet tincans trailing her ( John D. Ford & Pope ). IJN records c...
by HvKleist
Sat Jun 04, 2016 3:06 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Need Technical Assistance for a WWII Action Novel
Replies: 10
Views: 8939

Re: Need Technical Assistance for a WWII Action Novel

1) You might try the Taylor Anderson "Destroyermen" series--They are (IMO) 'colorful' sci-fi extrapolations, and not at all my cuppa, but his historical understanding of fourpipers is quite acceptable, really. If a guy has published ten books on fourpipers--even nutty sci-fi adventures based around ...