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by Fatboy Coxy
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Is Admiral Phillips finest hour about to begin
Replies: 6
Views: 2359

Re: Is Admiral Phillips finest hour about to begin

26,000 yards puts the Japanese cruisers with range of POWs 14-inch and Repulse’s 15-inch guns. Calculations and decisions for Phillips include Weather is poor with a lot of cloud, rain squalls, but possibility of an odd clear break Need to signal to fleet his intentions, how does he signal, lamps or...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Is Admiral Phillips finest hour about to begin
Replies: 6
Views: 2359

Is Admiral Phillips finest hour about to begin

We all know what happened to Force Z (HMS Prince of Wales and Repulse) on 10th Dec 1941, but things could have gone very differently. Up until late evening of the 9th December, the weather in the South China Seas had been poor, with low cloud cover and frequent rainstorms, part of the monsoon season...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:33 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Questions on Singapore Auxiliary Minesweepers used in 1941
Replies: 0
Views: 3195

Questions on Singapore Auxiliary Minesweepers used in 1941

Hi all I have a number of questions regarding the Singapore Auxiliary Minesweepers used in 1941 With the Far East being a backwater, no purpose-built minesweepers were deployed there until the Bathurst class of Australian Corvette, a Minesweeper/Anti-Submarine ship came off the slips. So along with ...
by Fatboy Coxy
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scuttling a ship
Replies: 3
Views: 1809

Re: Scuttling a ship

Thanks for your reply OpanaPointer I'm not sure much thought would have gone into the need to scuttle a LHA of the USN of recent years, I'd struggle for find a scenario where they'd be wanting to scuttle to avoid capture. But for navies around WW2, smaller ships could well be exposed to that threat,...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Scuttling a ship
Replies: 3
Views: 1809

Scuttling a ship

Hi all Apologies if I'm in the wrong section, wasn't sure if it should be here or Naval Technology, but went with time frame Question on the inbuilt capabilities for scuttling a ship over the period 1920’s through to the end of the second world war. The two ways I understand a ship may be scuttled i...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk XIX naval gun
Replies: 1
Views: 1471

Re: Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk XIX naval gun

QF 4 inch Mk V naval gun - muzzle velocity was 716 metres per second (2,350 ft/s) giving a max ceiling of 8,800 metres (28,750 ft)

QF 4-inch Mk XIX naval gun - muzzle velocity was 396 metres per second (1,300 ft/s) giving what sort of ceiling?
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Improving Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk V naval gun
Replies: 2
Views: 1420

Re: Improving Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk V naval gun

Hmmm, I think you answered two threads with one post there! My question was coming from the direction of possibilities of modification of the mounts, and employing them in the smaller ships. I wasn't expecting a particularly effective fire control, not much more than a noisy deterrent. But fire from...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Question on HMS Repulse
Replies: 11
Views: 4132

Re: Question on HMS Repulse

As the saying goes Fatboy Coxy, you are chasing windmills. As stated in a previous above post of mine, there never was a flare sighted by Electra, nor any such sighting past on to HMS Prince of Wales (participants on the scene confirm this), although this is by no means the same as saying there was...
by Fatboy Coxy
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Question on HMS Repulse
Replies: 11
Views: 4132

Re: Question on HMS Repulse

Regarding the estimated distance of the flare, and thereby IJN Chokai to Force Z, the majority of web sites I peruse quote a distance of 5 miles from HMS Electra. I have a couple of problems with this. I’m taking an educated guess that the bridge of the Electra might be 40 feet above sea level, poss...
by Fatboy Coxy
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk XIX naval gun
Replies: 1
Views: 1471

Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk XIX naval gun

Hi all, our friend Wikipedia says the QF 4-inch Mk XIX naval gun was a British low-velocity 4-inch 40-calibre naval gun used to arm small warships such as Bathurst and Castle class corvettes and some River class frigates in World War II, mainly against submarines. Its mount gave it a -10 to +60 degr...
by Fatboy Coxy
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Improving Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk V naval gun
Replies: 2
Views: 1420

Improving Anti-Aircraft capabilities of the QF 4-inch Mk V naval gun

Hi all, apologies for the obscure question, I was looking at the limited anti-aircraft capabilities of the Dragonfly class gunboats. They were equipped with 2 single QF 4-inch Mk V naval guns, 1 single QF 3.7-inch Howitzer (Which even I know wasn’t capable of an AA role), and 8 single .303-inch anti...
by Fatboy Coxy
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Question on HMS Repulse
Replies: 11
Views: 4132

Re: Question on HMS Repulse

The 284 as a gunnery radar mounted to the main director would likely be kept switched off until a surface combat threat materialized. It required that it be rested at intervals when in operation, so there was little incentive to leave it switched on all the time, especially if spare vacuum tubes an...
by Fatboy Coxy
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Question on HMS Repulse
Replies: 11
Views: 4132

Question on HMS Repulse

One of the major what ifs about Force Z is about the radar on HMS Prince of Wales being faulty, and as a consequence they didn’t detect IJN Chokai on the evening 9 December, when a Betty dropped a flare over her. However, HMS Repulse had radar as well, and I have never read anywhere that hers were f...