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by Steve Crandell
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)
Replies: 12
Views: 924

Re: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)

Yes, I'd forgotten he was gone. Oh well. The only really effective battleships at Surigao Strait were the three with Mark 8 fire control radars, and those weren't available during the period in question. Washington managed with a Mark 3 at Guadalcanal, but that was at much shorter ranges. She also h...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)
Replies: 12
Views: 924

Re: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)

Alberto, Why was Warspite able to fight newer Italian ships, If two USN BBs couldn't fight Bismarck? Personally I can't imagine any particualar battleships would be automatic victors in any WWII engagement, let alone 2:1. Of course I agree that the engagement would never take place due to the low sp...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Commodore Harwood
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Commodore Harwood

Wow. New knowledge indeed! I was prepared to correct you because I'd never heard of a six star admiral, but sure enough! Dewey was the only one, as far as I can tell.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Commodore Harwood
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Commodore Harwood

It's funny how different navies treat the lowest ADM rank. For example, in the USN the permanent rank of commodore no longer exists, and neither does the insignia. When someone is promoted from Captain to the next rank, it is Rear Admiral (Lower Half). He wears the same shoulder boards as a Rear Adm...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Tarranto
Replies: 6
Views: 797

Re: Tarranto

Wow. Thank you for that very informative post. It's kind of amazing to me that none of the swordfish crashed into the water.
by Steve Crandell
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

West Virginia was of course a 16" ship. She claimed hits on her first broadside and straddled on every broadside after that for I think over 10 in a row, and most were 7 or 8 guns. Really impressive performance. Probably quite a few hits, but of course you sink ships by letting water in, which is wh...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 582

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

The three modernized BBs with Mark 8 FC radars were the only ones that had a good fire control solutions, and West Virginia actually did much of the shooting. If she had been there by herself it probably wouldn't have made much difference in terms of BB firepower. The Japanese ships were really dest...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:11 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Secundary guns turrets
Replies: 13
Views: 1136

Re: Secundary guns turrets

In the USN, 5" mounts typically had a handling room directly below them and the magazine below that. That was pretty much true from BBs on down to DDs.
by Steve Crandell
Sun Jun 28, 2020 3:04 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: torpedoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: torpedoes

marcelo_malara wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:59 pm
Yes, but not every navy had a CV, so you can say that there was a need for the the torpedo yet.

Regards
Which is why the Soviet Union pioneered the development of anti-ship missiles. Of course, they also had a very large number of submarines.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: torpedoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: torpedoes

I think the CV had become the chief offensive weapon system, and getting within 50 km of a CV would be a difficult proposition unless you are in a submarine.
by Steve Crandell
Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: torpedoes
Replies: 12
Views: 1336

Re: torpedoes

Gentlemen, This may seem a bit of a daft question given the age of missiles, but do any warships today still carry torpedoes? Yes. Submarines, obviously. Destroyers carry ASW torpedoes for their helos, and It doesn't cost much in weight or money to install torpedo tubes near the helicopter magazine...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:08 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 633

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

I'm pretty sure the USN would be more than happy for the IJN to attack their battleships while the US carriers were attacking the Japanese carriers.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 633

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

When you say "Alan Zimm, in his book on Pearl Harbor, thinks otherwise.", I'm not sure what you mean. It seems to imply that he agrees with me. It's apparent to me that a CV operating at sea is difficult to attack if for no other reason than her fighters. Being able to maneuver also makes them much ...
by Steve Crandell
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 729

Re: Leyte gulf

I completely agree that Lee would not want to fight at night. He was aboard Washington at Guadalcanal, and I'm sure he realized how dangerous that situation was, especially with respect to Japanese torpedoes.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 633

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

The Japanese lost nine aircraft in the first wave and 20 in the second wave. Not a huge number, but note that they lost a lot more in the second wave. This doesn't look to me like AA that was useless, as implied earlier. Of course, it was plagued by defects and other issues and was never going to be...