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by Fatboy Coxy
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Creating Flag Commands
Replies: 2
Views: 785

Creating Flag Commands

Hi all I’m pretty sure my terminology is wrong, so please correct me as appropriately but…. Did the Royal Navy create flag commands for specific operations? And to illustrate my question, I’ll use Force Z, the Vice Admiral Tom Phillips flag command, with battleship Prince of Wales, battlecruiser Rep...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Vice Admiral Sir John Gregory Crace
Replies: 0
Views: 824

Vice Admiral Sir John Gregory Crace

Hi all Can anyone give me a bit more detail on his career? He was appointed commander of the Allied Naval Squadron, ANZAC Force. And was present at the Battle of the Coral Sea. Straight after that he was replaced and sent to the UK, where he ended the war as vice admiral, commanding the Chatham Dock...
by Fatboy Coxy
Wed Oct 16, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Questions on how British submarines returned to base safely
Replies: 3
Views: 1111

Questions on how British submarines returned to base safely

Hi all I have a lot of questions on how British submarines returned to base safely, avoiding being attacked by their own side. I’m guessing they had to surface at a pre designation position, at a pre-determined time, for, say a A/S trawler to lead them back into base. So, how far out might their sur...
by Fatboy Coxy
Mon Oct 07, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42
Replies: 2
Views: 2017

Re: HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42

Hi HMSVF, thanks for your post Problem with the idea of being a "fighter" carrier was the restrictions imposed on her by the size of her lifts and hanger, which couldn't have handled either the Seafires or Hurricanes. The Martlet, with folded wings could be used, but these weren't arriving until lat...
by Fatboy Coxy
Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling
Replies: 11
Views: 4537

Re: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

Hi Carl Common Transports? are you suggesting a modified cargo ship, or are you talking about a tanker, but not a fleet oiler. What little I can give is, in 1941 Hong Kong had RFA Ebonol – 1175t, 11 kts, crew 19, RFA Port Tanker, only stationary refuelling. While same time in Singapore RFA Francol -...
by Fatboy Coxy
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42
Replies: 2
Views: 2017

HMS Hermes rebuild, South Africa 1941-42

Hi all Hypothetical discussion for you all re what might have been done for HMS Hermes She arrived at Simonstown, South Africa for a refit, and although I have no details as to what the refit was, I’d say an overhaul of her engines, boilers cleaned out and bottom scrapped would have been highly like...
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: 2914

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: 2914

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: 4167

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: 2274

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: 2274

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: 1960

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: 1960

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: 5091

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: 5091

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...