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    Except they could easily carry additional fuel tanks. That they are small doesn't prevent them from being long-range.

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    I hope naval adustments mean that having a fast carrier task force is invaluable. In the pacific theatre, nearly all the major naval engagements for the US were with their carriers and supporting ships and only rarely were old battleships, by then used for naval bombardment, fought against other ships. I want to see a tangible improvement in tactical ability and operational flexiblity that having a fast carrier force meant.

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    A quick look through Wiki suggests that many late war engagements around the Philippines certainly involved large numbers of battleships. I wonder if they fired, however, and how they actually participated in those battles.

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    An important role of battleships in the (late) Pacific War was to have lots and lots of AA guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander Seil View Post
    A quick look through Wiki suggests that many late war engagements around the Philippines certainly involved large numbers of battleships. I wonder if they fired, however, and how they actually participated in those battles.
    One of the most important "what-ifs" was the Battle of Leyte Gulf. If Kurita Takeo had the nerve to push on, he would have massacred the hundreds of transports in the Gulf, giving a major victory that could have gotten Japan a conditional peace.
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    next person(s) discussing history here rather than in the HISTORY forum (I know, the connection is a tough one) WILL get a warning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sangeli View Post
    I hope naval adustments mean that having a fast carrier task force is invaluable. In the pacific theatre, nearly all the major naval engagements for the US were with their carriers and supporting ships and only rarely were old battleships, by then used for naval bombardment, fought against other ships. I want to see a tangible improvement in tactical ability and operational flexiblity that having a fast carrier force meant.

    the current problem witht he carriers is such (inhoi2) that they are the uber killing machine - thus its pointless to build anything else except them and cls. I understand that they are powerfull but due to the hoi2 system all sides just swam in 1 big stack. Really not fun. hope that they force players to spread out their fleets more and make building other units viable.
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    and yea yea and i know that cvs rule these days and all bbs are decomissioned now but still it adds a bit of flavour when the japs launch their musashi - instead of scraping it all in 1936 "as it makes sense"..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiendix View Post
    the current problem witht he carriers is such (inhoi2) that they are the uber killing machine - thus its pointless to build anything else except them and cls. I understand that they are powerfull but due to the hoi2 system all sides just swam in 1 big stack. Really not fun. hope that they force players to spread out their fleets more and make building other units viable.
    Actually I think having to "find" the enemy fleet rather than simply being in the same sea-zone will help with this. With so many more sea-zones, your chances of finding the enemy fleet will be incredibly diminished if you have all your ships in one zone.
    In addition, with what Johan said about using small flotillas to scout, and then having larger fleets respond to sightings, a "stack" fleet would be less able to respond (due to distance) than a number of smaller (but still powerful) fleets.

    This is one of the main problems with the "decisive battle" doctrine - the opportunities for major engagements (the doctrine's raison d'etre ["reason to be", for the non-French inclined]) are very rare if you only have one fleet.
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    Here's a couple of further thoughts.

    The Washington Treaty

    Now no single act was more important in influencing ship construction for WW2 than this document, designed specifically to avoid the destructive naval racing pre-WW1. The limits imposed by this treaty were not modelled in HoI2 at all. It should be possible in HoI3 to do this. In other words, in HoI2 terms, a breach of treaty limits (simply defined by counting numbers of ships and types - should be a fairly simple AI algorithm) should be accompanied by a penalty, or would not be allowed unless the country had a certain level of belligerence.

    The First London Treaty

    In 1930 another treaty was agreed. This increased the limits imposed on countries' ability to build through to 1937. No new capital ships, no new carrier conversions, limits on tonnage for destroyers, light (under 6.1" armament) and heavy cruisers. It is this treaty that encouraged the development of cruisers that were armoured as heavy cruisers but armed with 6" guns (like Mogami or the RN's 'Town' class). All major naval poers were signatories to this as well.

    The Second London Treaty

    In 1936, with the deadline of 1937 approaching, another treaty was arranged. This time only the UK, France and the US took part. The basic upshot from this was that the UK adopted the 14" gun for the KGV class (rather Lion that was meant to have 16" similar to Nelson) and some US treaty cruisers, the St Louis class, but these were actually considerably larger than the rules allowed. There was an 'escalator' clause, that allowed signatories to build ships with heavier guns if the non-signatories carried on regardless. Hence North Carolina could have 16" because the Japanese were already building Musashi.

    The Anglo-German Naval agreement

    Signed in 1935 this treaty famously agreed that the new Kriegsmarine would be limited to 35% of the tonnage of the RN (except submarines where it was 100%). This overcame the limits of Versailles for the German Navy, and hacked off the French and Italians who were not even consulted.

    So how can these be modelled? They need to be as they are critical to Naval design and numbers. Washington is fairly easy (as outlined above) as, indeed in the first London Treaty. Decisions to breach this agreements should be accompanied by a considerable political penalty.

    Second London could be an event. Benefits being increased political relations between all signatories, the escalator kicks in if anyone builds anything with guns bigger than 14".

    The AGNA of 1935 is more critical. A German breach would undoubtedly have touched a very sensetive nerve for the Brits. The Germans could happily build up to the 35% and then get a warning when further builds would breach the AGNA. A breach of the AGNA would probably have seen increased British belligerence and hostility to the Germans, far more so than continental readjustments, as naval dominance was central to British survival.

    How this would fit in with the new HoI3 political setup, well I am simply lost on that one. But given their centrality to what ships you could build and were built/modernised then I cannot see how they can be ignored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by battlecry View Post
    Actually I think having to "find" the enemy fleet rather than simply being in the same sea-zone will help with this. With so many more sea-zones, your chances of finding the enemy fleet will be incredibly diminished if you have all your ships in one zone.
    In addition, with what Johan said about using small flotillas to scout, and then having larger fleets respond to sightings, a "stack" fleet would be less able to respond (due to distance) than a number of smaller (but still powerful) fleets.

    This is one of the main problems with the "decisive battle" doctrine - the opportunities for major engagements (the doctrine's raison d'etre ["reason to be", for the non-French inclined]) are very rare if you only have one fleet.
    Hmm ARM did tweak the chance to find fleet - however with the inclination to swim in big stack with high visibitlity stats (cvs) caused that big stacks found themselves quickly and 2-3 hrs later it was all over.
    The problem of the lack of need to return to port and ability to sit out in the sea for year if the order was given also didnt help. Furthermore move times and immidiate ablity to change of orders of all units dont help draw out the sea campaigns.
    IMO the thing is to incline players to swim around with more smaller fleets rather than 1 huge armada of 24 ships that PWN all in their path.
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    Maybe planes give you a .1 or .2 added for detection. This could then be added together in the fleet detection, like the japanese cruisers at Midway. Then you can pay for it as a small adder that my help out in fleet ops.
    In-game, scout seaplanes should allow battleships and cruisers equipped with them a longer detection range (in good weather) and, with appropriate doctrines, increased effective engagement range (in good weather).

    These effects shouldn't be available to WWI-era ships (mainly not equipped for planes) and should not be cumulative with the effects of advanced radars (centimetric radar does the same things better).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLand View Post
    In-game, scout seaplanes should allow battleships and cruisers equipped with them a longer detection range (in good weather) and, with appropriate doctrines, increased effective engagement range (in good weather).

    These effects shouldn't be available to WWI-era ships (mainly not equipped for planes) and should not be cumulative with the effects of advanced radars (centimetric radar does the same things better).
    No more no less.

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    Realistic build times would help too--other than the US with it's unique emphasis on mass production, BBs and CVs took at least 3 and more often 4-5 years to complete and commission; CLs 2-3 years, DDs 1.5-2 years, etc.

    @ Khevenhuller: agree about the naval treaties; when I play as UK I never lay down new BBs until 1/1/37.

    Something like an increase in belligerence and worsening relations with other treaty powers (whatever the HOI3 equivs are) for treaty breaches makes sense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johan View Post
    We have also scraped the naval attachment system all together and instead we have defined each individual technology to be upgradeable or not (surprisingly this is also fully modable). For ships it means you can partially upgrade old ships. If you build a ship its main gun armament is fixed for all time, however its anti-aircraft batteries are very much upgradeable. We feel this system sets up the right blend of newer ships being better than older ships without the old ships simply being useless.
    I am shocked that this hasn't upset more people, unless I am missing something. Does anyone know what this means, in terms of what was thought to be a attachment (destroyers, seaplanes for battleships, carrier air grups, et al)?

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    have you played HOI2ARM? they had attachements to ships in that game.
    Good they are gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oribiasi View Post
    I am shocked that this hasn't upset more people, unless I am missing something. Does anyone know what this means, in terms of what was thought to be a attachment (destroyers, seaplanes for battleships, carrier air grups, et al)?
    I won't miss it.

    The only naval attachments in HOI2 or Doomsday original were carrier air groups - which was certainly an improvement on the way HOI1 modelled carriers.

    Armageddon introduced a "naval attachments" system so you could "upgrade" ships with fire control or aa guns or torpedos, or something - it never made much historical sense and introduced a few gamebreaking strategies.

    What Johan seems to be proposing is being able to develop each ship individually and upgrade it individually. So the seaplanes or CAG or radars woudl be represented but without a brigade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLand View Post
    I won't miss it.

    The only naval attachments in HOI2 or Doomsday original were carrier air groups - which was certainly an improvement on the way HOI1 modelled carriers.

    Armageddon introduced a "naval attachments" system so you could "upgrade" ships with fire control or aa guns or torpedos, or something - it never made much historical sense and introduced a few gamebreaking strategies.

    What Johan seems to be proposing is being able to develop each ship individually and upgrade it individually. So the seaplanes or CAG or radars woudl be represented but without a brigade.
    Well, can't the technology just exist to raise whatever stat. would be affected by high-level radar for ships? Sighting or detection, or whatever? Wouldn't that be an easy way to deal with it? Then maybe instead of having a "fire-damage-brigade" have a tech. increase all ship repair rates by some small percentage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oribiasi View Post
    I have not played that MOD -- link?
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