From: La Salle, Colorado
Japanese Damage Control
One of the things that I try really, REALLY work on is saving Japanese cripples. As we know, Japanese damage can well and TRULY suck! Earlier in the war, CVL Zuiho took a pair of TTs in the Aleutians. In a miracle, she got to port, put out the fires ad started repairs. Moved an R there and things really started looking better. The CVL (six weeks later) moved out and hugged the islands before slowly (Speed 10 Knots) reaching the Home Islands and going into the yard. A total of seven months passed from when she was hit to when she, just now, returned to the Fleet. Good story.
Another good result was the recent events of CV Hiryu taking two Torps and making it to port at Kwajalein. The Hiryu-Class are notorious for being VERY brittle. Though damage was slowly accumulating, I elected to pass by the outer Marshalls and dock at Kwajalein. A Naval HQ was there and, though it was a risk, it paid off handsomely. The turn after she disbanded flooding dropped 50% and she was taken out of immediate danger. NICE!
In the OPPOSITE direction was CA Myoko. The CA was recently hit by 7 1,000lb bombs. She limped into port and disbanded. Heavy SYS damage and fires. I transported a naval HQ there in three days--fires kept burning. Three days after that an AR arrived. The fires kept burning. Four days after that, last turn, she SANK. STUPID!
Two good stories and one bad.
Always remember, for saving ships, Port Size, Naval Support (read HQ), and ARs Normally, these shall work.
< Message edited by John 3rd -- 7/24/2021 4:11:22 PM >