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Eagerly unwrapped my game last night, read through the rules and took a run:

Took out the USS Triton from Pearl in December '41, on a patrol of the Marshalls.

Nothing sighted until just past the midway point, when I came across a capital ship -- the BB Haruna -- during the night.

Eager to see some action and try out the boat, I decide to go mostly all out and decide on a surface attack at medium range with all 10 tubes.

At first, it seems like a brilliant decision -- I score six hits, including a critical! Unfortunately, our wonderful torpedo designs then proceeded to bite me in the tail, and only a single fish detonates -- and NOT the critical.

Haruna steams away with light damage, while I play hide and seek with the escorts. When I finally slip away, I've got three points of flooding, a damaged parascope (which is repaired) and #3 Diesel is out of comission. Could have been a lot worse, but I'm still empty handed.

My good luck continues, and right at the end of the patrol I come across a lone 5900 ton passenger ship. Once again I go in for a surface attack at night, fire two fish, both of which hit and both of which -- surprisingly -- actually explode. The passenger ship goes down, so at least I have a reasonable consolation prize which earns me the SPCI badge and my first Battle Star.

I wish I could have gotten a few of the better die rolls during the Haruna attack.

Still, I can't wait to get home and take her out again in March '42.
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Nice Story !

On your last patrol box, I think you should have fired all ten torpedoes at that lone ship. You do not get any credit for bringing torpedoes home, and the Navy Brass will give you infinite shit if you don't have at least one sinking.

Enjoyed reading your account, thanks for posting it.
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chicklewis wrote:
Nice Story !

On your last patrol box, I think you should have fired all ten torpedoes at that lone ship. You do not get any credit for bringing torpedoes home, and the Navy Brass will give you infinite shit if you don't have at least one sinking.

Enjoyed reading your account, thanks for posting it.


Thanks!

I think saving the torpedos was just old habit. Maybe I was thinking I'd have to pay for new ones.
 
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In March 1942, Triton is assinged another patrol in the Marshall Islands, which turns out to be a lot more eventful than her last.

Almost immediately upon entering her patrol area, Triton spots the light crusier Yubari. After some consideration, the skipper decides that going after the 3500 ton ship isn't worth tangling with the more effective escorts, and she is allowed to steam on unmolested.

During drills shortly thereafter, the crew discovers that the detonators installed on the current torpedo load seem to be "superior" to the usual batch. Wish I had known that before we let the Yubari go...

At the midpoint of the patrol, Triton spots a pair of escorted freighters -- 2000 and 5700 tons. Triton makes a night surface attack from medium range, emptying the forward tubes, three fish for each ship. The smaller ship takes a single hit, which luckily detonates, and it's enought to sink her. Two torpedos hit the larger freighter -- one is a dud, and the second only does minor damage. Following the damaged ship and her escorts, Triton makes a seond attack, submerged from medium range, emptying her rear tubes. Three hits are scored, but two turn out to be duds (so much for the superior torpedos!) and the last still leaves the frieghter afloat, albeit heavily damaged. This time, the escorts find the range, inflicting light casualties on the crew, but more significantly rendering the skipper hors de combat. With the XO now in command, Triton again follows the wounded freighter, finds her abandoned by her escorts, and finishs her off with the deck gun.

Satisfied, if not thrilled, with the haul, the crew settled in for the run back to Pearl. However, just as Triton was about to leave the patrol area, she made one final contact. Two escorted troop tranports -- one a mere 2300 tons, but the other a full 15,100 tons! The XO -- possibly with his eyes on a command of his own -- goes in for a submerged daylight attack from close range! The gamble pays off at first, as Triton evades the escorts on the run in and and fires six fish from her forward tube -- two at the small ship and four at the big one. Only a single hit is scored on the small transport, and that one is a dud! Three strike the larger ship -- one is a dud, but the other two combine for enough damage to send her to the bottom. However, the escorts have their revenge, a pair of attacks seriously wounding a segment of the crew, along with the XO. They also knock out two of the electric motors (one of which is repaired later) and inflict two hull damage before Triton slips away and transits back to Pearl Harbor under the command of her Third Officer.

The skipper is layed up for four months, but gets a Bronze Star (maybe) along with the Purple Heart, and a second Battle Star for the Triton. The next patrol won't be until September 1942.
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September 1942.

After the skipper recouperates from his wounds, Triton is once again sent on a patrol in the Marshall Islands. Apparently, COMSUBPAC thinks the relatively good hunting will continue.

Unfortuantely, pickings this time out are pretty slim.

Immediately upon entering the patrol area, Triton enocounters an unescorted freighter of 2000 tons, and sinks her with the deck gun.

At just past the midpoint of the patrol, Triton spots a warship -- the destroyer Natsushio. As on the last patrol, the skipper decides the small ship isn't worth the risk, and lets her go.

Unfortunately, no more contacts are sighted for the remainder of the patrol, and Triton returns to Pearl with just the one small freighter chalked off.

That's one more Battle Star for Triton, and at least the experience of three succesfull patrols has resulted in the crew becoming recognized Vetrans. Not much to talk about in the off base bars this time around, though.
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NorthstarNY wrote:
chicklewis wrote:
Nice Story !

On your last patrol box, I think you should have fired all ten torpedoes at that lone ship. You do not get any credit for bringing torpedoes home, and the Navy Brass will give you infinite shit if you don't have at least one sinking.

Enjoyed reading your account, thanks for posting it.


Thanks!

I think saving the torpedos was just old habit. Maybe I was thinking I'd have to pay for new ones.


I've been re-reading Blair's SV as I waited for the game to come, and one of my takeaways was the early-war admirals' concern with torpedo shortages and criticizing skippers who used too many. I've been trying to think of a way to model that as a variant, but I don't have any ideas that are fun instead of frustrating.
[and haha, a thread on this has just appeared ]
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I'm reminded of the old RPG adage -- "Never die with grenades."

I was never very good at that either. I'm essentially a hoarder who hangs on to my expendables until AFTER the last minute...blush
 
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December 1942

After a refit adding a shinny new 5" deck gun and 40mm/20mm Combo AA guns (which were somehow overlooked during the last refit whistle) Triton heads out again. This time, COMSUBPAC has at least decided to switch things up, and she is sent to the Empire for patrol.

Upon entering the patrol area, Triton contacts two small freighters with escort. Since the contact is made during the day, the Captain decides to try to shadow them until the night in order to attack under cover of darkness, but unfortunately contact is lost just after dark, before an attack can be made.

As a consolation prize, a few days later Triton comes across an unescorted small passenger ship, and breaks in the new deck gun on her, sinking her with two salvos.

All is quiet until just before Triton is ready to leave the patrol zone, when she comes under air attack. Unable to crash dive in time, the SJ radar unit is temporarily knocked out, and the Pharmacist's Mate is killed outright, which puts a pall over the patrol.

Triton earns her fourth Battle Star, and the skipper is promoted to full Commander after his first year.
 
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March 1943

After a short refit -- and with a new Pharmacist's Mate aboard -- Triton heads back out on patrol. Reverting to form, COMSUBPAC decides to send her back out to the Empire, where she was so successful last time...

Entering her patrol zone, her first contact is with the destroyer Isoname. The skipper decides to go after her, against his previous judgements that attacking small warships like this isn't worth the risk. A submerged, daytime attack with three forward torpedos is launched -- only one torpedo hits home, and turns out to be a dud! Proving the skippers judgement in previous encounters correct, the effective escorts proceed to pound Triton with three successive depth charge runs. By the time she finally makes her getaway, she's had two diesel enginges and her SD radar temporarily knocked out, taken two flooding and three hull damage, permanently lost her radio, taken serious and light wounds among the crew, and had her Chief Engineer seriously wounded. Significant damage for no gain whatsever.

However, Poseidon is apparantly smiling on her once again, as near the end of her patrol, Triton makes contact with two ships under escort. One is a typical small freighter, but the other is a large passenger ship of 10,100 tons! Triton makes a daytime, submerged attach on the pair, firing all six forward torpedos -- two at the smaller ship and four at the larger. Both fish hit the smaller ship and detonate, sending her right to the bottom. Unfortunately, while two hits are scored on the large ship as well, both turn out to be duds, and she steams on. Triton evades the escort, and is able to maintain contact with the target. Lining up a seond day attack from long range, she launches the four aft torpedoes at the passenger ship. This time, three hits are scored and they all turn out to be good, sending one more Japanese ship to the bottom. Again, the escorts turn out to be ineffective, and Triton slips away.

There is one last scare on the patrol, as a Japanese aircraft is spotted during the transit back to Pearl, but the SD Radar gives sufficient warning for Triton to crash dive and avoid attack.

This patrol earns Triton her fifth Battle Star, and second best haul of 12,400 tons.
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