So, here I am, a fan of modern attack subs, playing Gunner98's superb Northern Fury series, specially Episode 2, X-Ray station. I'm in command of 5 of the West's latest generation SSNs, including a Seawolf class boat (in Ace level, no less!), a Trafalgar and three 688s. ¿My mission? To detect, stalk and report and, if possible, bite these arrogant Soviets, just racing at 30 knots over my head with their heavies (the show-offs!!!).
Problem is that...I can't.
Mind you, I've done my bunch of reading during the last 25 years: Salamander's Modern Submarine Warfare (ironic, ha!) and Modern Naval Combat, Clancy's Submarine, Hunt For Red October, Red Storm Rising; Blind Man's Bluff, and a long etcetera. I've done my homeworks on the computer too, with Seawolf, Fast Attack, Microprose's Red Storm Rising, Jane's 688I, Sub Command and Dangerous Waters (although I'm only able to build a very simple TMA ), Harpoon Classic & II, and another long etcetera. I know what a thermal layer is and how they work, what a convergence zone is...Well, I think you've got the idea.
Then, I cannot understand how the most advanced SSN in the West is incapable of detecting some noisy guys racing at 30 knots just a few miles away. Just one contact when the Task Group comprises some noisier platforms? Same goes to the vaunted 688Is. What I'm doing wrong? I've tried many approaches, from getting out of Dodge (difficult if you do not know where the bad guys are) to charging heads-on (even more difficult if you do not know where the bad guys are!), just letting the default courses, speeds & depths...Nothing worked so far, and I get my subs sunk 9 times out of 10 (the tenth time I just run another scenario ).
No ranting here against Command or the author of the scenario, just against my dumbness Just wanted to know how other guys use their SSNs, would be great to know how it works in the real life.