From: Bratislava, Slovakia
Re: Subs IRL
IRL there were these main submarine bases in the Pacific IIRC:
San Diego - usually a newly built subs on the West coast underwent part of their training there. (East coast built subs trained at New London, CT plus Key West, FL and Coco Solo, Panama before deployment to Pacific)
Pearl Harbor - Main naval base. Subs arriving to Pacific underwent up to 2 month training here.
- PH Advanced base at Midway - allowed refueling and with AS tender repairs en route to patrol area as well as emergency repairs on way home.
- PH Advanced base at Guam (late 1944-1945) - Forward submarine base for 5th Fleet subs - similar to Midway but with better facilities and allowing R&R for crews (thus no need to go back to PH)
Brisbane - Main submarine base for SouthWest Pacific forces - used mainly during Guadalcanal and Papua New Guinea Campaigns
- Advanced base at Milne Bay - refuel, tenders, limited R&R
- Advanced base at Admiralities - refuel, tenders
Freemantle, near Perth, Australia - Main submarine base for SouthWest Pacific submarines + some Dutch and later British - it allowed for shortest access to DEI - Java Sea, South China Sea, etc.
- Advanced base at Exmouth - refuel, AS tenders
- Advanced base at Darwin - refuel, AS tenders - used particularly for Philippine "special" missions (scouts, agents, passangers, evacuees, medicaments, ammunition, radios, etc...)
Trincomalee, Ceylon - Main submarine base for (especially short legged) British subs and in the 1942-1944 period - allowed a short passage to Strait of Malacca and Andaman Sea
Later in the war several British subs and tenders moved to Fremantle-Exmouth
SOP (Standard operational procedure) called for departure from the main base, stopping at the advanced base for a 1-3 days to top of fuel and rations as well as to make repairs to any deficiences found out during the voyage (period with frequent drills, tests, etc). Then continue on patrol. When going back sub could be stopped at the advanced base for short turnaround back to area just after about two weeks of rest. Otherwise (and more common) it was back to main base for 3-4 weeks of rest, repairs, refit, etc. Most of the work IRL was done via tenders - this included main gun installations, radar installations, scope re-arrangements, various electronics, radio repairs, "sail" cropping, electro-motor rewiring etc. Docking at major ports were required only with serious hull damage or shafts/screws, planes and their mechanisms, etc.
To translate it into game terms, the AS stationed at Midway should be able to repair system dmg of sub up to 10, flotation up to 5, engine up to 5 as well as to handle most of the upgrades. Yet the usual in game turnaround of a subs in game is much quicker (due to how current repair system works and without crew fatigue) that a few trips back to proper "Repair shipyard" would only help to tone down the operational tempo of the subs ops (not enough anyway).
< Message edited by Barb -- 2/2/2018 7:05:04 AM >