One of their biggest problem is that they're always a bit late on their own needs - but I'll allow you some retrospection to build a nave able to stop, or at least delay for 1 year the Japanese cruiser invasion forces like they happen in that theatre, historically.
So, what will it be? Will you take the KM's historical adoption of the WT cruiser, or will you persist in building coastal BB like your Baltic - and Philippine - neighbours? How about some naval aviation, maybe a Gotland-inspired seaplane cruiser for starters?
How do plan to take on the Dutch Challenge? Would that help win the Java Sea Battle?
Dave Saxton wrote:The problem with these type of scenarios is that we benifit from hind sight that the original planners did not have. It's easy to say that some one should have built carriers or developed radar quicker and so forth, but that in many cases is not realistic considering the historical circumstances.
If we take this back to 1919 then we must preclude expensive carrier aviation or early development of advanced technolgies for the Dutch Navy. It's difficult to arrive at an altarnative to the cruiser course they did take historically. One thing they could have used, well everybody could have used, are modern fleet destroyers. Destroyers are always handy in just about surface action role, as well as well known defensive missions. One asset the Dutch had in the Pacific was bases and fuel reserves. They don't really need to preclude destroyers because of typical range limitations. The Dutch also don't need to pay much attention to what their European neighbors are doing. As the 20's took its course it became obvious that local sea lanes such the those close by in the North Sea could be controlled by land based air power in the near future. The Dutch can concentrate on their naval interests in the far east instead.
Some things that's very important are making the warships they can build as effective as possible. This is were such things as having state of the art; firecontrol, gunnery, and other weapons systems really matter. This is more important than armour tonnage, protection schemes, maximun speed, and size and numbers of guns.This is were a minor naval power can have problems. They did good to seek the help of a more experienced naval power in such matters, but a more experienced naval power will likely not be very forth coming in providing help in usually highly classified technologies.
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