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#1 W. Clark

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Posted 14 April 2021 - 09:52 PM

DTMB, the Stats of the Involved Allied Ship Classes Using GQ3.3

The Royal Navy Historical Option

Carriers: These are only available if the Allies get TE 6 on either GT 3 or 4 and for that GT only as a free CG mission.

CVA Indomitable (Illustrious class)

MB: 4.5” (4 D12), Armor: CVA, Speed: 30 knots, AA: 2(12), AG: 3 Fulmer, 4 Albacore & 3 Sea Hurricane

Notes: +SW & -FC radar

CVL Hermes (Hermes class)

MB: 5.5” (2 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), Armor: CVL, Speed: 25 knots, AG: 4 Swordfish

Notes: =SW radar

Heavy Cruisers: The Exeter (York class) is the sole RN CA (heavy cruiser) in the campaign that can be assigned to sweeps.

MB: 8” (3 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), TT: 2 BS triple mounts, Speed: 32 knots, Armor: CL(CS), AA: 1(4)

Notes: -SW radar

The Cornwall (modified Kent class) is only available on game turns 3 or 4 if the Allies get TE (theater event) 6 which is the British carrier group. She can only sortie in the CG mission and therefore will not figure into a surface engagement.

MB: 8” (4 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), TT: n/a, Speed: 32 knots, Armor: CA(CS), AA: 1(4)

Notes: no radar

Light Cruisers: The D class, Danae, Dragon and Durban are what the Brits start out with.

MB: 6” (3 D12), SB: 4” (1 D12), TT: 4 BS triple mounts, Armor: CL, Speed: 29 knots, AA: ½(1)

Notes: no radar, cannot rapid fire & subject to ship availability

The Mauritius (Fiji class) is available as a CD reinforcement on GT (game turn) 2 only (take her or lose her). She can be assigned (by rule) the GT she is received, but it is moot as the Brits used their only CD to take her.

MB: 6” (6 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), TT: 2 BS triple mounts, Armor: CL(CL), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 1(3)

Notes: - SW & FC radar, she is subject to ship availability, a fire causes 1 hull box & extinguished on 1-3

The Emerald (E class) is available for GT3 only if the Brits get TE 7.

MB: 6” (3 D12), SB: 4” (1 D12), TT: 4 BS quad mounts, Armor: CL, Speed: 33 knots, AA: 1/2 (1)

Notes: no radar & cannot rapid fire

Glasgow (Southampton class) is only available on game turns 3 or 4 if the Allies get TE 6 (British carrier group). She can only sortie in the CG (so no surface-to-surface engagement possible).

MB: 6” (6 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), TT: 2 BS triple mounts, Armor: CA(CL), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 1(3)

Notes: =SW radar

Destroyers: The Brits only have 8 DD and fully half are WWI relics.

Jupiter (J class) This is the only RN DD comparable to Japanese DD.

MB: 4.7” (3 D12), SB: 4” (1 D12), TT: 1 CL quintuplet mount, Armor: n/a, Speed: 35 knots, AA: 1 ½ (3) LA

Notes: =SW radar

E class, Electra, Encounter & Express; standard A-I DD.

MB: 4.7” (2 D12), SB: 3” (1 D12), TT: 1 CL quad mount, Armor: n/a, Speed: 35 knots, AA: 1(1) LA

Notes: =SW radar

S & T class, Scout, Stronghold, Thanet & Tenedos.

MB: 4” (2 D12), SB: n/a, TT: 2 CL double mounts, Armor: n/a, Speed: 36 knots, AA: 1(1) LA

Notes: no radar, 4” are ½ damage against DD

Optional RN Capital Ships

These are available if either Force Z start option is selected.

BB Prince of Wales (King George V class)

MB: 14” (5 D12), SB: 5.25” (4 D12), TT: n/a, Armor: BA(BA)CL, Speed: 29 knots, AA: 2(12)

Notes: -SW & FC radar, Quad 14” turrets subject to reduced fire per rule 3.11

BC Repulse (Renown class)

MB: 15” (3 D12), SB: 4” (1 D12), TB: 4”AA (1 D12), TT: 4 BS double mounts, Armor: BC(BC), Speed: 28 knots, AA: 1(8) Notes: =SW & -FC radar, her TT are fixed & submerged

Royal Netherland Navy

CL De Ruyter (De Ruyter class)

MB: 5.9”+ (4 D12), SB: n/a, TT: n/a, Armor: CL(CS), Speed: 32 knots, AA: ½(3)

Notes: no radar, no rapid fire

CL Tromp (Tromp class)

MB: 5.9”+ (3 D12), SB: n/a, TT: 2 BS triple mounts. Armor: CS(CS), Speed: 32 knots: AA: n/a(2)

Notes: no radar, no rapid fire

CL Java (Java class)

MB: 5.9” (4 D12), SB: n/a, TT: n/a, Armor: CL, Speed: 31 knots, AA: n/a(2)

Notes: no radar, no rapid fire, subject to ship availability

CL Sumatra (Java class) available only if Allies get TE 7 on GT4.

As per Java, but her speed is reduced to 20 knots, all her gunnery and TT attacks are up 1 row, her damage control rolls are x2, her morale is Green and she is subject to ship availability.

CLAA Jacob van Heemskerck (heavily modified Tromp class) is available as a CD reinforcement on GT 3-5.

MB: 4” (4 D12), SB: n/a, TT: n/a, Armor: CS, Speed: 32 knots, AA: 2(3)

Notes: -SW & FC radar, 4” ½ damage against DD

Destroyers, the 7 Admiralen class, Evertsen, Van Ghent, Van Nes, Banckert, Kortenaer, Piet Hein and Witte de With are fully half of the Allies modern destroyers.

MB: 4.7” (2 D12), SB: n/a, TT: 2 CL triple mounts, Armor: n/a, Speed: 36 knots, AA: 2(2)

Notes: no radar

Issac Sweers (heavily modified Callenburgh class) is available as a CD reinforcement on GT 3-5 (with Heemskerck).

MB: 4” (3 D12), SB: n/a, TT: 2 CL quad mounts, Armor: n/a, Speed: 37 knots, AA: 2(3)

Notes: -SW radar, 4” ½ damage against DD

Optional Non-Historical Capital Ships

These BCs are what ifs. Only 2, Tiger and 1 Project 1040 or 2 Project 1040 are available.

Tiger (Modified Tiger class)

MB: 13.5” (4 D12), SB: 5.9” (3 D12), TB: 4.7” (2 D12), TT: n/a, Armor: BC(BC)CA, Speed: 31 knots: AA: 3 (7)

Notes: no radar, 5.9” may not rapid fire

Project 1040 BCs (Modified Scharnhorst class), 3 projected and un-named ships.

MB: 11” (4 D12), SB: 4.7”+ (3 D12), TT: n/a, Armor: BC(BB)CL, Speed: 34 knots, AA: 3(6)

Notes: no radar

US Navy

Heavy Cruisers: There is only one for sure with another as a GT2 reinforcement per TE 6-7.

Houston (Northampton class)

MB: 8” (4 D12), SB: 5” AA (2 D12), TT: n/a, Armor: CL(CL), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 2(3)

Notes: GT1 TE 7 gives her -SW radar, Dutch Night Acquisition

Pensacola (Pensacola class) This is the GT2(only) TE reinforcement.

MB: 8” (5 D12), SB: 5” AA (2 D12), TT: n/a, Armor: CL(CL), Speed: 32, AA: 2(3)

Notes: -SW radar

Light Cruisers: There are only three and one is a CD reinforcement.

Brooklyn class, Boise, and Phoenix GT4 CD reinforcement.

MB: 6” (7 D12), SB: 5” AA (2 D12), TT: n/a, Armor: CA(CA), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 2(4)

Notes: =FC radar

Marblehead (Omaha class)

MB: 6” (4 D12), SB: 3” (2 D12), TT: 2 BS triple mounts, Armor: CL(CS), Speed: 34 knots, AA: 1(3)

Notes: no radar, no rapid fire, subject to ship availability, TT subject to duds, Dutch Night Acquisition

Destroyers: All 13 were Clemson class DD. John Paul Jones, John D. Edwards, Alden, Edsall, Whipple, Stewart, Parrott, Barker, Bulmer, John D. Ford, Pope, Peary, and Pillsbury.

MB: 4” (2 D12), SB: 3” (1 D12), TT: 4 BS triple mounts, Armor: n/a, Speed: 35 knots, AA: 1(1) LA

Notes: no radar, 4” ½ damage against DD, subject to ship availability, Old TT, Dutch Night Acquisition

General Notes: These apply to all US ships, no flashness powder.

ANZACs

CA Australia (Modified Kent class)

MB: 8” (4 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), TT: n/a, Armor: CA(CS), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 1(4)

Notes: =SW radar

CA Canberra (Kent class)

MB: 8” (4 D12), SB: 4” (1 D12), TT: 2 BS quad mounts, Armor: CL(CS), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 1(4)

Notes: no radar

CL Hobart & Perth (Apollo class)

MB: 6” (4 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), TT: 2 BS quad mounts, Armor: CL(CS), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 1(3)

Notes: Hobart no radar, Perth has =SW radar

Leander class CL, Leander, and Achilles.

MB: 6” (4 D12), SB: 4” (2 D12), TT: 2 BS quad mounts, Armor: CL(CS), Speed: 32 knots, AA: 1(3)

Notes: =SW & FC radar

Destroyers: 1 WWI relic DD. 3 modern DD available as CD reinforcement GT 3

Vampire (V & W class)

MB: 4” (2 D12), SB: 3” (1 D12), TT: 1 CL triple mount, Armor: n/a, Speed: 30 knots: AA: 1(1 ½) LA

Notes: no radar, 4” ½ damage against DD

N Class, Nestor, Napier and Nizam.

MB: 4.7” (3 D12), SB: 4” (1 D12), TT: 1 CL quintuplet mount, Armor: n/a, Speed: 35 knots, AA: 1 ½(3) LA

Notes: =Sw & -FC radar, Napier & Nizam only have SW

 

So, a total of 5 heavy cruisers, 16 light cruisers, 1 AA cruiser, 15 modern destroyers and 18 old destroyers that could possibly be assigned to sweeps with 1 heavy cruiser and 1 light cruiser only being available for a single turn. The rest are strictly a TE generated CG. The Americans suffer at night while the rest although not equal to the Japanese are at least in the running. Consolidation at Surabaya and Darwin into maximum sized (6 cruisers and up to 12 DDs) sweeps is IMHO your best bet. Because of Japanese EAF CD choices you may be able to abort less than 4 Convoys to win. But 4 EAF convoys is the most you will need to abort.

 

Something to think about if you choose a capital ship start option. You do not need to sink or cripple the Japanese BB/BC to make them go away. By rule the Japanese capital ships are withdraw after all the Allied capital ships are sunk or crippled. And all Allied capital ships make wonderful cruiser killers and they do not discriminate between heavy and light. They damage them just the same. The RN 15” and 14” as well as the Dutch 13.5” are a 3 to 1 equivalent hits ratio against CA-CS armor. The Dutch 11” are 2 to 1. The PoW at 15,000 yards (the Japanese 14” do not penetrate her BA until 12,000) is hitting on 1,2 & 10 with 5 D12. She rates 1 hit per GT with a D12 left over at that range. If she gets that 5th die to hit every four GT, then we are talking 5 hits in 4 GT as average. In addition, I of those hits rated to be a 2 which is 2 hits or an average of 6. 6 times 3 is 18 hits and there not too many heavy cruisers that are not going to be crippled (if not sunk) with that many hits. The other Allied capital ships are not as good at killing cruisers, but they are good enough. In fact, crippled is good enough to remove a cruiser from the campaign so sinking them is over kill and a waste of hits. The Japanese player if he is smart is not going to expose his CAs to your capital ships. But the bright glory of a apparent chance to sink your capital ships just might blind him a bit.

 






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