From: De Eye-lands, Mon
I'm having a dispute with a friend on this one. He contends that AK's (ALL) and AP's (all) are merchant crewed. I feel that a significant number were USN or USCG crewed. Like ALL AP's. Otherwise how could you possibly use them to invade a beach head? We got into this a little with the AKL's used as pickets. I really think that this is a subject we should explore, and hear from the developers. Any thoughts?
For the USN:
All AKL, AK, and AP (and AKA and APA) are commissioned naval auxiliary vessels (like AOs, AE, ASs, ADs, etc..) They are commanded by naval officers and crewed by naval ratings.
Typical C2/C3 AP (APA) complement, 30 officers, 25 CPO, 450 enlisted.
Typical C2/C3 AK (AKA) complement, 25 officers, 20 CPO, 325 enlisted.
An ‘x’ in front (xAK, xAP, xAKL) is a merchant vessel, officered by a merchant master, mates, and engineers, and crewed by civilians (certified mariners, able and ordinary seamen). Some (the larger) xAPs had masters, mates, and engineers that also had rank in the Naval Reserve. Larger ‘x’ types might have a naval contingent to operate the guns.
Typical C1, C2, EC2, VC2, xAK complement, 8-12 ‘officers’, 30-40 seamen.
Dixie did the Commonwealth.
Japan is a whole other story.
[correction] One of the two AKL classes, Camano FS, were US Army Freight/Supply vessels. Not commissioned and manned by USCG.
< Message edited by Symon -- 3/9/2013 4:24:56 PM >
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