View Full Version : Can they all really be that dense?

10-12-2008, 10:18 AM
Right. So, I've snuck into Loch Ewe, eeled a Fiji and a Tribal for good measure, admired the seamanship of the other Tribal DD captain who parked his ship through one of the pontoons and I'm sneaking out.

"Could be dicey sir" says Akermann, my exec officer. I like Ackermann. Always states the bloody obvious.

"We passed four destroyers on the way in. All British." He's consistent, too. You've got to love that in a weapons officer.

We hugged the Western shore of the inlet thingy and crawled towards the open sea. Two blazing wrecks behind us, and a whole lot of grief in front of us. Or so we thought.

We snuck out past a C Class whose hydrophone operator may or may not have been my late nan (she was deaf as a post) and an angry V&W that came steaming into the channel to find me. The V&W clearly demonstrated what he intended to do to me if he ever found me by ramming the coast line and staying there looking surly. The C-Class just bimbled about to and fro as if nothing had happened. Maybe it was bring your parnter to work day and they were all "otherwise occupied". Who knows?

As I exited the inlet, there were two Hunt class DD's doing exactly the same thing as the V&W. Bows into the shore, engines running ahead. Is this some sort of mass protest amongst HM Navy's DD Captains against the unsporting nature of u-boat warfare?
Perhaps they were hoping my crew would injure themselves laughing. I nearly did.

The only one who seemed to have any sense at all was the captain of the armed trawler who was at least keeping it in the wet bit doing what he was paid for.

Figuring natural selection would most likely take care of the other 4 DD's at some point in the not-too-distant future, I addressed the only serious threat. I surfaced and let my deck gun crew play with the armed fishing vessel.

Now, as an Englishman myself, I am rather proud of the Royal Navy. They've had their embarrassments, certainly. But this? I know it's only July 1940 and they get a whole lot better at ASW, but what were they thinking?

"Quick, climb that hill, we'll have a better vantage point. Soon spot the blighter?"

Ackermann summed it up rather well.

"The British Destroyers don't seem to be particularly competent, herr kaleun."

Stock SH3 with Sub Commander 3.13.

10-12-2008, 10:44 AM
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10-12-2008, 10:52 AM
I have had that too.

it is a game glitch.

Just you wait till 1943. I sneaked into Scapa & torped two carriers, two auxilary cruisers and a fiji.

The destroyers cared more about sinking me than their own men in the water. I parked between the carriers and they screamed through dropping depth charges.

The only thing that saved me was the shallowness of the water. I then parked with my hull plates against the hull plates of the fiji.

Again they tried to get me. one actually RAMMED the fiji above my head.

I just about got out of Scapa in the end. Surface running at midnight on Flank speed. If it were Grey Wolves I was playing then and not stock, I would have hit minefealds and nets. Thank heck I was playing stock lol

What I am saying is: Don't get complacement. They do get better! Much better!!!

10-12-2008, 11:13 AM
Great stories there http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I have only ventured into Scapa Flow only on two occasions, and I was a total bag of nerves both times, I didn't properly breath again until I was in water of 100m or more and many miles away from the Scottish coastline! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

10-12-2008, 01:32 PM
That won't happen in GWX, at least not as often. Also, have you saved the game by chance while in there? Cause that screws up their patrols and they tend to ram the shore.

Good story nonethelesshttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-12-2008, 01:40 PM
Nice observations. I was laughing my head off. Someone a while back explained this glitch, if I recall correctly. The destroyers get a bead on you, set up to ram and/or drop depth charges, and don't take into account the shallow water on the opposite side. Whammo, beached like a drunken whale.

Hang on to Ackermann. He seems competent and is great for comic relief on those long patrols.....


10-14-2008, 08:25 PM
Thanks for your thoughts, folks.

I think Foe may have put his finger on it. (It tickled, anyway.) I think I did save and reload - probably a few times as this was the first time I had a decent warship in my sights and I tried out hitting it in different spots just to see what happened. Turns out the chart on the Community forum showing where ammo and fuel bunkers are all where they're supposed to be. Tee hee. Not very realistic, I know - but great fun. Anyhow your explanation makes the most sense - thanks for that.

Heinrich, I don't think any of the DD's actually got as far as making attack runs, but it's a point I'll bear in mind in the future, and may even try to use to my advantage if I'm in a bit of a tight squeeze.


10-14-2008, 09:23 PM
I've had a DD try to depth charge me (admittedly, also in Loch Ewe) at flank speed. He dropped one wabo and punched into reverse. You know why? cause there was a dock on the other side of my boat http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

And no, I didn't save :P He was just dumb enough to ram THROUGH the dock, lol

10-18-2008, 03:41 PM
Foe ...

Tee-hee. Those wacky brits, eh?

I should have seen it all coming, I suppose - as I stated, there was already a Tribal parked through one of the piers when I arrived, a bit like yours. Perhaps the Royal Navy's charts of Loch Ewe are a bit out and they get put off by the hoards of hairy-ar$ed Scotsmen on the docks hurling abuse at them.