From: Dismal Seepage Indiana
During wars, all nations are prone to experiment "in the field" with various ideas, and one which got my interest was when the USN deployed four new Fletcher-class destroyers to the Pacific with Kingfisher aircraft aboard.
These ships were meant to be used for fast scouting missions, and were (like many other things) found to be redundant by the time they were deployed.
While the Japanese were able to have recon type planes mounted on submarines from "day one" of the war...and they did make many missions over Australia...the Allies did not have anything early on for fast "in and out" type missions.
It seemed easier to mount them on Fletchers, than to begin from scratch with possible submarine mountings, because the Fletchers were alraedy designed with a lower center of gravity than other flushdeck types, and had already proven more seaworthy ships than Bensons or Livermore type ships.
To counter the weight of the plane and single catapult, the center gun and turret was removed, as was the rear torpedo mount.
To replicate this, I created a new ship class which I labelled "Fletcher SCOUT"
Then, I located the four ships which had this conversion...USS Stanly, USS Pringle, USS Stevens, and the USS Halford.
Then, I copy pasted the proper Fletcher *stock*class to an open class slot and removed that center turret and torpedo tubes.
Then, I marked the class to support ONE aircraft.
Then, I went to each of those ships and placed them in the NEW class.(FLETCHER SCOUT).
Next...go to air groups and create four separate new air groups..I labelled mine VD 1, VD 2, etc...V for Navy, D for Destroyer....Location will be on the individual ships, and you can leave their "leaders" name random...
NOTE:...The editor is VERY user friendly and holds pages open for you as you flip back and forth from Ship Class...to ships...to aircraft...to air groups...etc...Once finished with all, just hit "SAVE" at the top left corner.
Note...On the ships, you may wish to delete or alter the scheduled next "upgrade" box entirely...or leave them to upgrade per their historical dates...
After all this effort, I chose to leave mine alone and will use them to escort convoys for ASW work.
This is the Kingfisher being launched from the Pringle
< Message edited by m10bob -- 8/21/2018 2:38:04 PM >