Wednesday 31 March 2021

Torpedo Trouble



I was already dubious about the torpedo capability of the Riga class frigates, after the guided torpedo issue, so was not surprised to be informed that the unguided Type 53 was only for use against surface targets. I had my doubts already, as I knew they were originally designed for submarine use. I'm indebted to Dylan Jones for clarifying the torpedo technological twists, not once but twice.

So, to cut a long story down to size, this means that HMS Alliance would not have been sunk in the last scenario. In fact, she would have been able to fire a second salvo while still well out of range of KRI Jo's Soedarso's RBU 600 ASW rockets, which would have destroyed the frigate in one all almighty bang! I may rerun the last couple of turns but I'm sure this would be the outcome.

It also means HMS Oberon probably survived her encounter with the Riga class frigates in the earlier game....but I'll leave that one as it is for the moment as it complicates the scenario narrative. I told you this was a learning experience and it shows how little details can make a big difference to the outcome of a game. On the other hand, the Royal Navy are now winning, so it's  not all bad!

2 comments:

  1. Interesting how much the naval combat was dictated by technology. Has there been much actual combat usage of the relevant torpedos that you can draw on?

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  2. I don't know but it will be interesting to find out.

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