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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: March 3rd, 2019, 7:28 pm
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I see some really cool looking stuff here, and lots of effort in backstory. :)

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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: March 22nd, 2019, 7:19 pm
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Shannon class destroyer

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ARS Erin accumulated 22 battle stars in 4 years of service, sinking eleven warships, becoming Antara's most decorated warship.

The first class of destroyer built during the WW, the Shannon class was also considered the single most powerful destroyer in the world and its combat record reflected this. The Shannon class racked up the second highest kill count for surface warships in the war, with the country's most decorated warship belonging to this class. The class was incredibly sturdy, fast and very well armed.

The Shannons were originally planned to be a massive class of 2000 ton destroyers numbering around 150-180 members, the general appearance resembling the previous Leo class, however some members of the Admiralty were able to convince the rest to instead consider a 'destroyer leader' design. While the doctrine would remain the same as other destroyers, they would be 'leaders' in size and armament. The class would be halved, but each vessel would be more like a small cruiser but with the versatility of a destroyer. The result was a very durable, fast, extremely well armed and massive warship for its era, and the best in the world.

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Due to their popularity among their crews, most Shannons saw decades of service, several got major rebuilds and some were sold to foreign nations.

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Main battery - 4x2 127mm/45
Torpedoes - 5x2 610mm with four reloads
Speed - 40.1 knots average
Range - 8000nm at 14 knots
Armor - 13mm plating around boilers
Displacement - 2750 tons

Ships in class

Riberton Naval Shipyards

Shannon - Sunk in action, 1346
Erin - Converted to museum ship, 1366
Jasmine - Scrapped, 1367
Mura - Sunk in action, 1345
Nicole - Scrapped, 1368
Kenzington - Sold to Brazil, 1367
Demara - Sold to South Korea, 1366
Azure - Scrapped, 1367
Chasity - Sunk in action, 1346
Frederick - Scrapped, 1367
Terez - Scrapped, 1366
Monica - Sunk in action, 1346
Willamina - Scrapped, 1367

Riverbank Iron Works

Alain - Torpedoed, 1347
Myra - Sunk by kamikaze, 1347
Kiri - Sold to China, 1366
Jayde - Sold to Chile, 1367
Tamura - Sunk in action, 1348
Celestia - Sunk in action, 1346
Preston - Sunk by kamikaze, 1348
Ember - Torpedoed, 1345
Shiro - Scrapped, 1367
Nizhoni - Scrapped, 1366
Abrey - Scrapped, 1366
Sarah - Scrapped, 1366
Julian - Sold to South Korea, 1367
Malina - Sunk by kamikaze, 1348
Clara - Scrapped, 1367
Verona - Sold to South Korea, 1366
Isolda - Scrapped, 1367

Jacarta Shipyards

Christina - Scrapped, 1366
Patrick - Scrapped, 1367
Sabrina - Sunk in action, 1348
Katerina - Sunk by kamikaze, 1347
Felix - Scrapped, 1367
Alison - Scrapped, 1366
Lucian - Scrapped, 1367
Bruna - Sold to Chile, 1367
Rosa - Sunk by kamikaze, 1348
Emily - Scrapped, 1367
Monaca - Scrapped, 1367
Sayo - Sunk in action, 1367
Anastasia - Scrapped, 1366

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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: March 22nd, 2019, 7:20 pm
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Third time I've redone this class :D

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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: March 22nd, 2019, 7:44 pm
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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: March 23rd, 2019, 9:52 am
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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: March 23rd, 2019, 1:45 pm
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Thx guys :D

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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: March 30th, 2019, 8:51 pm
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The Setting Sun

The Pacific War (1940-1947) seen through the eyes of Captain Michael Shaw, commander of destroyer ARS Erin of the Antaran navy.

Chapter 3

It was well into October when the army guys began to lose hope that they could hold the Philippines. Every week or so a transport would dock here in Manila to drop off a hand full of reinforcements or supplies, but never both. Our sorties continued, mostly uneventful except for the odd air patrol or submarine scare. Since September we hadn't engaged another surface target, instead we heard constant news of friendly sinkings and British/Dutch territories falling. On 6 October, Carrywood was sunk by IJN destroyers while escorting a transport convoy - we lost the entire convoy too. On 14 October, Oscar stumbled up a patrol of three destroyers, heavily damaged one and was torpedoed by another and was scuttled. By 20 October, we had lost contact with six submarines and recovered the survivors of one, and lost a destroyer who attempted to pick up survivors of a second. Ironically Southerland was torpedoed by an enemy sub while picking up the survivors of that friendly sub. We felt sort of lucky at how little action we were receiving based on our previous experience.

On October 28 we were greeted with the 9th destroyer division, the vanguard of an even larger force. The first time since we sailed from Port Isla, we saw a few friendly cruisers. San Sadara (an older light cruiser) and Juno (a heavy cruiser) were here to stay, as they said, but they really did not. Around early November it seemed the tide was turning in the land defense of the Philippines, but only into a stalemate. Our army guys were great fighters, almost as good as the Japanese, but we didn't have the strength to push them back. We knew that the stalement wasn't going to last, especially since Japanese naval activity ramped up in response. They knew we didn't have the manpower to guard our supply chain, and we knew that too - probably the reason why we received cruisers for the first time in months. On November 6, our division had our patrol distance lengthed and we found ourselves attempting to guard supply convoys.

On 9 November, our destroyer Kameron as well as Veswood guarded two transports coming from Australia and bound for Manila. The very foggy and rainy early morning weather reduced our speed to a mind numbing 4 knots as we could not see more than one kilometer out. Our spotting shifts were doubled and I was at the helm for the entire duration. The boredom was so widespread that Hakes and DeLanno in navigation had casual chatter over the radio, and even Captain Sampson spent most of morning smoking on the side of the bridge, all the while I kept the ship steady and stared at the gray morning. Alot of on duty crew simply left their post, as if they thought they were immune to danger while covered in thick fog. Parker, who was supposed to be in our #1 gun mount had come all the way up to the command deck to keep me company.

At around 9:15, something out of a nightmare occurred. Crew around the forward gun points began to frantically shout, prompting us in the bridge to move towards the viewing port. There, at a range of about 500 meters we spotted the nose of another destroyer quickly coming out of the fog, at full speed. Sampson ordered the watch officers to wake up, but the destroyer was so close we could identify it. It was Japanese, one of the early post-WW1 era types (It was Mutsuki, the lead vessel of her class). We were ordered to battlestations and men frantically hurried about. I was already in the bridge and took evasive action on my own accord. The enemy ship was travelling so fast that its own gun mounts could not train to target us, meanwhile most of our gunners were still getting ready. Within around 20 seconds, the destroyer was 100 meters directly on our port side. I took particular not that their torpedo tubes were not trained on us, but two machine guns fired at as at point blank range. We made no return fire until like another 30 seconds later, when the enemy was behind us. Our destroyer held the forward-most position in our convoy and the enemy just passed us. The captain was already attempting to warn the other ships in our formation and not long after we heard muffled gunfire and flashes in the mist, however the flashes came from our starboard side. I thought at first that it was our ships firing in response to the enemy vessel, however we couldn't even see most of the ships in our convoy and so there was no way it was already being engaged.

Sampson was unsure of what to do and I knew how he felt. Should we turn around and pursue the enemy in this thick fog - where the probably of collision is extremely high - or do we keep formation and hope our rear guard can protect our transports? At least we did not have to think long, because this time our watch was actually awake and sighted another object slowly emerging from the fog another 800 meters out. The wind kicked up for a moment and blew away some fog, but it didn't last and the rain came a little harder. This time we were a bit more prepared. Once the target was clearly identified, it being another Japanese vessel of the same class (Satsuki), we opened fire with our forward battery. Our first salvo delivered one hit, indicated by a flash against the enemy's bow. Sampson's first concern was of a torpedo threat, he told me that closing in would mitigate that threat thanks to torpedo fail safes, however there was the danger posed by the enemy's artillery battery. At our current range, we were already in very grave danger from the enemy's artillery, at any time our command deck could be pinpointed. He told me again that closing in at high speed would allow us to beat the slow traverse of the enemy's guns, compared to our power-driven artillery that can easily keep up with our own turning. It was decided, and soon after, the enemy turned towards our port to bring her guns (or torpedoes) to bear. In response we turned in her direction, made an emergency acceleration to 25 knots, intending to close the distance.

We were 700 meters out by the time our turns were completed. Their first two salvos missed and they were separated by at least 10-12 seconds of reload, which paled in comparison to our gunners. Our second salvo missed, but it was followed up with two hits just 4 seconds later. Our director controlled guns, combined with the shockingly close range completely outmatched the enemy. The adrenaline from seeing our gunners hit their mark made me forget for a moment that we were just as vulnerable as them, their third salvo finally landed. One high-explosive shell struck the port side whaleboat. It blew in half and one bit flew into the ocean and the remaining chunk was caught on fire, which didn't spread because of the rain. Moments after that, our port side twin 40mm mount opened up, raking them with anti-aircraft flak shells. By now I was shaking like mad and trying to duck and steer at the same time, thinking that at any moment a shell was going to come flying into the bridge and kill everybody. I did not know until after the battle that our director had given individual control to our forward gunners deliberately and that they were communicating on firing at specific points of the enemy ship. Our #1 turret was firing vaguely in the direction of the enemy's bridge, forward torpedo and gun mount. The #2 turret was trying to fire at the aft group of guns, which were very closely concentrated. Our guns fired three salvos for every one they returned, it took four near misses for our #2 gun to silence their aft battery with one shell, in that time a close hit sprung a leak in the starboard side hull which was patched up after it was discovered.

We were around 400 meters apart when a third shell struck our aft superstructure, which killed eleven people, our first casualties ever. It also caused our #3 gun's ammunition elevator to stop working. By the captain's order I turned the ship out slightly to give our remaining guns a line of fire, our number 4 and 5 guns roared. By the time they did, most of their guns had stopped firing save for the amidships gun which put a hole in our bow before it was knocked out. We heard a massive thud moments later while we were turning to avoid a collision that was 100 meters away. That thud was what I guessed to be a torpedo that did not explode. Their ship by then was on fire from the constant shelling we gave it, though they still attempted to fire at us with machine guns and lucky we ducked as soon as we saw flashes at the bridge windows exploded as bullets flew through, but it was only a short burst. And that was that. It wasn't until it was 200 meters behind us that we stopped firing. It was burning and its speed dropped and last I saw, it was listing forward. I horridly learnt that crew aboard one of the transports used small-arms to fire at Japanese sailors attempting to sail away from their burning warship. It was explained to me that the transports behind us did indeed receive shell fire from that first vessel (Mutsuki) and this time they were firing back with what they had. The other escorting destroyer that was about a kilometer behind us (Veswood) tried to pursue the enemy but both ships ended up getting lost in the ensuing gun fight. Veswood returned two days later and I learnt after the war that Mutsuki sprung a fuel leak after fighting a destroyer amidst heavy fog, but fled. The oil trail was followed by an Antaran seaplane, which relayed the destroyer's position, resulting in Mutsuki being dive bombed by land based planes the following day. 114 of her crew of 152 survived.

Kameron's fight with Satsuki resulted in 11 of our own dead, compared to 132 of Satsuki's. Our taskforce picked up none of her survivors to my disdain, instead they were picked up by a friendly sub until well after the battle had concluded. I was vaguely aware of another duel that occured about 1-2km to the east of us, with the other escorts. The flashes I first noticed much earlier, and then a bit later during our duel with Satsuki, was that of the destroyer Harukaze fighting with Daisy. Their battle lasted much longer, enough that the fog began to dissipate enough to make their black silhouettes. Daisy had lured her away from the transports to a reasonable distance. Torpedo salvos were exchanged and Daisy had her rudder destroyed while Harukaze fled in the little fog that remained. We spent the aftermath looking for survivors, assessing damage, trying to contact Veswood and waiting for Daisy to regain some semblance of rudder control. No transports suffered anything more than some injuries and a fire or two. All in all, the surprise attack was a victory for us. We arrived in Manila on the 11th of November.

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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: April 8th, 2019, 3:34 pm
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Coastal Patrol boats of the Second World War

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The Patrol Boat Program of 1341 was created out of the need for fast attack boats capable of defending the island territories of Antara in South East Rohilia as the threat of Osoran expansion increased. This was the first time in decades that Antara made use of small and fast coastal boats in the Navy. While brown water and riverine fleets existed for a long time due to the constant waring with her neighbors, they were operated by the Army and fell within a completely different doctrine.

The Navy's PT boats were unarmored and most carried torpedoes with the hope that they could swarm larger ships and sink them. In addition they were meant to be able to ride rough ocean seas compared to the Army boats which were slower, armored and were best suited for the calm waters of Antara's inner seas, rivers and lakes. Even though their designated area of operation was South East Rohilia they nonetheless found great use in home waters early war.

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The Antaran Navy had a few designations for its fleet of coastal patrol boats and ships:

PT - Patrol motor torpedoboat. The primary armament of torpedoes was to be used against larger targets. PT boats were to defend against land invasions and conduct swarm attacks. Their smaller defense weapons made them equally suited for shooting at aircraft and firing on soft shore targets, making them versatile.

PG - Patrol motor gunboat. PGs were designed to fight other motor boats and were generally armed with larger caliber weapons. Their speeds varied but their size was typically larger than that of PT boats. While PGs existed long before the Patrol Boat program, they were part of a separate doctrine and consisted of vessels such as submarine chasers and landing support ships, which were absorbed and re-designated along with the new generation of PGs. In addition to fighting other small vessels, PGs were very well suited to supporting land invasions.

PGR - Patrol motor gunboat river. Similar to PGs, but with a smaller draft for riverine warfare. Vessels of this type saw most of their use in the home territories.

PGC - Patrol gunboat submarine chaser. Originally classified as SCs, submarine chasers became PGCs to fit alongside the other PG classifications. As the name implied, submarine chasers were short range coastal gunboats designed to hunt submarines, however they were regularly used in other roles because their artillery was more than sufficient to fight other small boats. Post-war sub chasers were once again re designated, this time as simply PGs.

PGL - Patrol motor gunboat large. Simply a larger patrol gunboat, with sizes that sometimes rival that of sloops and corvettes, but were not ocean going. Many PGLs were purpose built to support land invasions, sporting a variety of weapons such as rocket launchers.

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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: April 8th, 2019, 3:37 pm
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Subchasers of the World War

Osoran doctrine of submarine warfare called for a much larger and more extensive submarine fleet that gave priority to merchant hunting in the Tiamatic Sea and along the Antaran West Coast when the war broke out.

The amount of merchant ships sunk during the first year of the war prompted the the mass production of new sub chasers, which ditched the old PC hull code for the new PGC code. The older SCs were reclassified and were added along with a new generation of sub chasers, notably the Solanum class of 732 members and its subclasses.

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The older PC-18 class was re-designated as the Dendrobium class, which displaced 440 tonnes. They were able to attain of a speed of 21 knots, which matched the speed of Antara's own fleet boats. They were armed with a dual purpose 100mm/45, a twin 38mm AA gun and two single 25mm guns on each side, as well as depth charges and K-guns. As the war progressed their armament was replaced with a DP 3" gun that had a higher rate of fire.

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The first of the Solanum class, PGC-114, displaced 380 tonnes. They were smaller than the previous generation but had better seakeaping, range and a speed of 22 knots. They were produced in the hundreds to meet the demand of war. They were armed with the usual assortment of ASW weaponry, including hedgehogs, a 76mm gun and a 25mm twin on each side.

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Post subject: Re: AntaraPosted: April 8th, 2019, 8:30 pm
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