Well, I dunno about rolling. Maybe whatever a car with square wheels does?
Anyway; because I'm an enormous nerd I was loitering in the university library (read: trying to avoid doing any actual work) a few weeks back and found they have a set of the MOD 'War with Japan' histories. Mainly these are nothing new - they're about 15 years old and a fair proportion of them is taken up by stuff that is interesting but not really relevant to the sort of broad-level stuff we're limited to in-game. What did jump out at me was that there were all these ships kicking about the Indian Ocean that I didn't recognise the names of...so that got me looking at other things and, hey, never seen that one before & etc ad nauseam.
The trouble with the area is that half of it's off-map; so you have all these escort ships that spent most of their time taking convoys in and out and through the IO, and they spent some of their time in the area that we can play with and some further west, or up into the Red Sea, or down to South Africa etc., and at the moment a lot of them never show up. I don't know if that's a conscious thing or not; I can see the sense in keeping some of them out, since there was the whole thing with Madagascar and then later German submarines off East Africa, and there are always convoys from Aden to Cape Town etc and they could conceptually be involved in that, but Madagascar is a friendly area in this alternative reality and I assume/hope we'll be having at least some of the Germans on-map, so...ships we're 'missing' include but probably aren't limited to (name/type/class):
HMS Gambia (CL, Crown Colony) - currently arrives 3/44, was in IO with fleet from 5/42 to 4/43; we can have it out then back.
HMS Raider (DD, R) - all the other R-class destroyers are in, but this one isn't. No idea why; they were all in the area.
HMS Carthage and HMS Ranchi (AMC, Chitral) - in and out of the Indian Ocean until Nov. 43 and March 43 respectively. To prevent overegging amphibious capabilities it might be worth creating separate classes for any new AMCs, with no cargo capacity...
HMS Canton (AMC, new) - Eastern Fleet from 9/42-3/44; would need a new class as is a little faster and carries a seaplane.
HMS Scorpion, HMS Dragonfly & HMS Grasshopper (PG, Yangtze) - at Singapore until fall and sunk locally.
HMS Aphis, HMS Cockchafer and HMS Scarab (PG, Insect) - to Pacific Fleet from 7/45
HMS Cicala (PG, Insect) - at Hong Kong until fall.
HNLMS Soemba (PG, new) - Dutch 6in gunboat in NEI at outbreak of war, to Med early 1943
HMS Landguard (PC, Banff) - Eastern Fleet from 10/43
HMIS Lilavati (PC, Med MC) - around Persian Gulf from outbreak, gravitated towards India through 1942
"a couple of" Rivers...
HMS Derg, Tay, Kale (PF, River) - Eastern Fleet from 9/43; employed on Aden-Bombay convoys
HMS Teviot (PF, River) - Eastern Fleet from 12/44
HMS Aire (PF, River) - Eastern Fleet from 7/45
HMS Avon (PF, River) - from 3/44
(at this point I started to get a little bewildered by how many of the things were in the area, not to mention a little miffed that I'm never going to see any of them in my ongoing game...)
HMS Barle from 1/45
HMS Lossie from 5/44
HMS Tweed from 8/43
HMS Waveny from 12/44
HMS Helford from ? but not later than 1/44
HMS Bann from ? but after invasion of Italy
HMS Lochy from ? but after Normandy invasion
HMS Plym from early 1944 onwards
HMS Trent from 11/43
HMS Spey from 12/44
HMS Swale from ? but between 6/44 and 12/44
HMS Jed from 1/45
HMS Halladale from 8/44
HMS Parret from 3/44
HMS Awe from ? but no later than 1/45
HMS Deveron from 10/44
There were actually more, I think, but it's hard to pin down what was where as the only official records are probably in some dusty room in Kew or wherever they're keeping them these days.
HMS Tulip (KV, Flower) - in area from at least 4/42 onwards
HMS Marguerite (KV, Flower) - in area from ?; present during raid on Ceylon and still in area through 1943
HMS Verbena (KV, Flower) - Eastern Fleet from March 42 to end of war
HMIS Assam (KV, Flower) - transferred to Indian Navy on commissioning, 2/45
HMS Monkshood (KV, Flower) - from ?, but no later than 1/45, maybe.
HMS Smilax (KV, Flower) - from ?, but no later than 1/45
First three should go to South Atlantic for a few months from mid-43 to meet U-boat surge.
HMAS Gawler (AM, Bathurst) - missing; arrival Whyalla 8/42
HMS Rover (SS, R) - submarine was having its engines replaced at Singapore on outbreak of war; ended up being used for training in India through to the end of the war, but you could make it available for service if need be...one might swap it out for Dutch K-7 (I think; one of the old ones, anyway) which was never put into service due to lack of crew.
HMS Magnolia, Balta, Sambhur, Simla, Okapi, Rosalind (AMc, Castle) - minesweeping trawlers on Ceylon. These in addition to the ones already there; there were more but looking up every single dinky little boat that gets mentioned anywhere is just tiresome. Classes are always a guesstimate with these things...
HMS Hildasay (AMc, Isles) - minesweeping trawler in IO from mid-42.
HMS Springtide (AMc, Isles) - likewise from 1941
HMS Alsey (AMc, Isles) - in area to around end 1943
HMS Teviotbank (CM, Yarrow Aux) - Eastern Fleet minelayer 1942-1944. At Colombo during IO raid.
HMS / HMAS Atreus (CM, Yarrow Aux) - not exactly sure, but was at Mombasa 12/41 and laid mines off Australia and New Zealand through 1942-1943
HMS Manchester City (CM, Yarrow Aux) - I'm not sure this was actually a minelayer per se; rather a 'minelaying base ship', apparently. Might be better represented as an ACM. Anyway, yet another of the IO patrol throughout.
RFA Pearleaf (AO, Attendant) - in area throughout except May 43-Jan 44
RFA Eaglesdale (AO, Dale) - in area from June 43
RFA Easedale (AO, Dale) - in area from Feb 43
RFA Arndale (AO, Dale) - in area from Sept 43
RFA Echodale (AO, Dale) - in area from April 1944
I'm not sure to what extent these did much actual refuelling at sea vs just hauling fuel to ships in port etc until quite late, but they were around...
SS British Sergeant (TK, BTC Type L) - in area, sunk at Colombo during IO raid
Various (YP/PB, ASW whaler) - there were a number of these operating off India, Ceylon, Africa etc; sort of a CW equivalent to the tiny Japanese To'su PB type ships. It seems at least Sobkra, Simbra, Sigfra, Sondra, Flicker, Fullmoon in IO, but undoubtedly more...
Various (AMc, Straits Small) - at Penang on outbreak of war; Jeram, Hua Tong, Malacca, Sin Aik Lee, Trang
Various (AKL, Straits/Island) - at Penang; Mata Hari, Kampar, Tung Wo (Kuala and Ban Hong Liong are listed but already in game; Tung Wo is actually listed as an 'examination vessel' but who knows what that means in practical terms. The others are actually down as Aux Patrol Vessels - so use of AKLs as picket ships isn't necessarily too far off...); at Singapore, Shu Kwang, Kelana and Shun An
SS Kudat (AG, Straits Small) - depot vessel for motor launches, Singapore late December 41
And probably more. I wouldn't know...
was kfsgo, managed to lock myself out of acct. oops.