View Full Version : My scariest moment in SHIII yet. WOO!

12-11-2006, 01:26 PM
I finally achieved the renown to move into a Type IX. I'm having a blast, tracking down merchantment in the horrible weather that only the North Sea can produce, with 300m visibility and useless surface scanning.

Not two days later, I'm cruising up along the coast off Hartlepool, the rain ha

12-11-2006, 01:36 PM
It makes you think about making a few more of your Petty Officers "Repair Qualified", ....doesn't it??

12-11-2006, 01:40 PM
I already had two of them qualified on damage control, as well as my torpedo officer.

I don't think I'd have made it if I hadn't. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

12-11-2006, 02:21 PM
Yea, I put having repair qualified crew higher up on my list of must haves after I lost a similar battle against flooding in 1939. I didn't give the planes enough respect and one of them got lucky. I was battling the flooding for 3 or 4 minutes before I died. I knew about 2 minutes in that I was toast. My only hope was that they stopped the flooding in the one compartment so that they can concentrate on the next.

Good job getting your sub out of danger. I would have blew ballast much sooner though. You didn't know how deep it was, you might have run stopped the flooding only to get crushed by depth. Also it sounds like you hit bottom hard. If you had blown ballast, you would have at least slowed down your decent an taken less damage when you hit bottom. If the bottom was past crush depth, you would have had more time to recover.

In this case it didn't matter. But when it is closer, you need every little ounce you can get, even if it is just millimeters of difference. I lost my battle above by maybe a few seconds to a minute. That little bit of difference could have saved that crew.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-11-2006, 03:01 PM
Every once in a while, I'll play cat and mouse with convoy escorts trying to lure one away from the group and deck gun it to death.

One time I did it and got them all one at a time. However, I lost 8 seamen, 4 petty officers (2 of them my gunners) and both gunnery officers to hostile fire while working my repair team to exhaustion. After having my way with the defenseless convoy, I returned to port. Along with all the dead, my hull integrity was 2%. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

My most disheartening career end was in the shallows of the Western Approaches. I had sunk a T3 and it was stuck in the mud nearly vertical. Since I was being harassed by escorts, I hid under it. Once the planes came and started to mercilessly bomb the wreck, I decided to drift down and rest on the bottom. I was about 2 meters from settling when my boat imploded! Sea pressure killed me in 60 meters of water due to previous damage. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

12-11-2006, 03:13 PM
Nice account, well written. Glad to hear you survived [but you did "warp" back to base http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif] I agree with Lecek; make repair crew your top priority when selecting qualified crew members. It's nice to have gunners and such, but repairmen will better your odds of returning home to boast of all those kills.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">


12-11-2006, 03:42 PM
Your lucky it wasnt as deep as your crush depth, Ive had many a flood but most of the time it just destroyed me cos there was no bottum of the sea!
Your crew are lucky to be alive!
Good story too!

12-11-2006, 03:57 PM
Makes me feel like playing the game. Was fun to read and exciting!

12-12-2006, 05:09 AM
Originally posted by jake_nukem:
Your lucky it wasnt as deep as your crush depth, Ive had many a flood but most of the time it just destroyed me cos there was no bottum of the sea!
Your crew are lucky to be alive!
Good story too!

I feel like the dude under your name sometimes....instead of banging my head furiously...I have a cider & I'm all better again! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

12-12-2006, 08:20 AM
In response to the question about why I didn't emergency blow earlier, well, to be honest it caught me by surprise. I sank so fast, that by the time I started ordering a surface, I was already at 60m. By the time I was thinking "emergency blow", I hit bottom. Then, when I knew I would not sink deeper, I focused on more immediate problems.

I really don't think an emergency blow would have helped anyway. The flooding really knocked out my bouyancy. I sank like a stone, and it was only when I got a handle on the flooding and started pumping out the compartments that I was able to even get off the bottom. It probably would have just wasted critical air pressure that I desperately needed later. If I'd been in deeper water, I'd have been done for plain and simple.

I'm a little frustrated with how easily airplanes can catch me and bomb me. I've not had an "Airplane!" alarm in a long, long time. Usually just a boom and down I go. I only caught this one because it popped up on the map when my TC went from 256 to 1. I'm starting to think all those random "mine" deaths are really sniper bombers...

Kaleun1961, Yes, I warped back to base. ::hangs head in shame:: It was already an hour past my bedtime, and the wife was hollering. Hopefully the Sim Gods can forgive me... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

In all honesty though, I was so freaking glad to make it to the surface, I just wanted to dock and be safe again. So yes, I took the easy way out, if anything is easy after that self-rescue.

Final damage toll was five crew dead, seven wounded. Forward batteries destroyed, deck gun destroyed, both periscopes destroyed, one flak gun destroyed, upper deck heavily damaged, diesel engines functional, aft batteries functional. I think that's all. After repairs. A lot of other stuff was damaged, but the D-Con was able to patch it together.

Hull integrity was at 98.7% - I found that rather surprising. I guess it really is the flooding that will kill you.

12-12-2006, 01:31 PM
I find it helps to decide what you will do ahead of time with a what if question.

The first time a DD started pinging me while I was entering a convoy I got DC'ed to death. It took me several seconds to react and I didn't react in the best way.

Now I know ahead of time, if a DD starts pinging me it is '5' & 'D', followed by an assessment of the situation. (And very often I change the dive command to a specific depth so that I don't have to worry about that anymore.)

Likewise, I know that if I get bombed and I have flooding so that I am losing depth, I will be thinking 'E' right away.

IRL, I have already decided, if I spill anything on my keyboard the first thing I will do is flip it upside down. Making this decision ahead of time as much as possible means you spend less time thinking "OK what do I do?" Seconds count.

I don't think you lose air. If you blow ballast and then pump the water out, you should start to rise all the same. Just make sure you don't make any more depth commands or your crew will let the air out.

Finally I just want to be clear that I don't think you played wrong so much as you played different then I would have. Who is to say I am not wrong? That is why I backed up my ideas. For all I know blowing ballast would have slowed you down just enough to take more damage from falling DC's and killed you.

It is just a helpful opinion.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-12-2006, 02:58 PM
Originally posted by klcarroll:
It makes you think about making a few more of your Petty Officers "Repair Qualified", ....doesn't it??
And at least one officer. Having a repair qualified officer makes a huge diference to the damage team's efficiency. I usually have a machinist/repair officer in the engine room.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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12-12-2006, 04:22 PM
I have had a similar experience. I was hit by a depth charge while following a convoy, and I had flooding in all compartments forward of the control room. I was near vertical and was down to 200 meters (!!!) before my repair team fixed the compressor and I blew back up to the surface.

To bad the game doesn't allow destroyers to take you prisoner. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif