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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: December 31st, 2019, 1:09 pm
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I'm in a bit of a rush. but I'll try and write more if I get the chance

Zuytdorp-Class Sloop

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Following the creation of The Dominion of Westralia, the newly formed government began to examine exactly how to develop modern defence capabilities. The naval arm was identified as the most in need of development, and so methods through which to create a force of warships capable of securing the new country's territorial waters took funding priority. Whatever ships that were to be acquired, alongside the gifted ships HMAS Success and HMAS Swordsman, would form the backbone of the new Royal Westralian Navy and as such needed to be both flexible, effective yet affordable. Whilst the government and the Naval Board originally expected these ships to be purchased from Great Britain, likely a mix of sloops and destroyers, prominent Westralian business-man/shipbuilder W.P Campbell proposed to the Board to design and build naval vessels for the RWN, based on a design of sloop he had drafted to propose to the Royal Australian Navy before secession. On the promise that he would pay for any cost overruns beyond the agreed price, the Government contracted Campbell to build the RWNs first full class of naval vessel. Having been designed for Australia after the London Naval Treaty had been signed by Great Britain, and hence written into law in Australia not long after, the sloops were restricted under Article 8b. As such, their maximum attainable speed was 18.5 knots and they displaced at standard 1650 tons. They carried 3 4.7 inch guns as their main armament and no torpedoes. A quadruple 1.1 inch 'pom-poms' and two 0.5 inch octuple Vickers machine-guns were provided for close-in and air-defence. Provision for a seaplane was provided, complete with a crane, though this was cynically seen by some as a means to provide spare room for torpedoes in the event that the treaty was nullified. Named the Zuytdorp-class, for the Dutch ship wrecked in 1712 and the cliffs named after it, the first two of the vessels was in service by 1939. By 1941, another four had joined the RWN, though by this point one had already been sunk serving in the Mediterranean, alongside Swordsman.

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HMWS Zuytdorp
HMWS Tryall
HMWS Batavia
HMWS Hartog
HMWS Gascoyne
HMWS Dampier

Displacement: 1650 tons
Length: 98.75m
Beam: 11.98m
Draught: 3.35m

Speed: 18.5kts
Range: 7500nm at 12kts
Machinery: 2 x 2200hp diesels


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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 1st, 2020, 11:31 pm
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Aurora-class Lergo (Escort)

These ships were intended to take on some of the roles of previous smaller escort vessels, with better seaworthiness and endurance, which would make them suited to both home water escort duty and foreign station deployments. The need for these ships became more pressing with the inadequacy of using the new 700t destroyers on foreign stations. Drawn up in 1931, the new design somewhat resembled the larger destroyers in commission at the time, armed with the new 124mm/45 30-Type gun, although the mounts on the new patrol ship were not capable of dual purpose fire, unlike later variations of this mount. Some thought was given to mounting a fourth 124mm, but this plan was dropped after unsatisfactory results. The design settled on eventually had three guns, with four guns devoted to anti-aircraft purposes. Although designed to comply with the LNT limit of 20 knots for this type of ship, the use of boilers opposed to diesels allowed the ships to reach up to 23.7 knots on trials with comparative ease.

The first three ships were laid down in 1931, followed by another three in 1932, and three in 1933, but after this the design was shown to be excessively top-heavy from the trials of the first ship, Aurora. The remaining five ships then at an early stage of construction were modified and outfitted as minelayers. The rest of the class received little modification however, and were dutifully assigned to foreign and home station alike, where they would serve in place of the elderly destroyers that were previously there. Come the outbreak of war, most would receive a token refit that removed X-gun and added additional depth charges and AA armaments, and were assigned to convoy duty. Three would be sunk in combat, two to air attack, and one to a U-boat strike. Shown below in an improved camouflage scheme using foreign station colours, Magnus would not be one of those, seeing out the war with 4 plane kills to her name before being scrapped in 1947.

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Displacement: 1,570t standard
Length: 84.7m (waterline) 87m (overall)
Machinery: 2x Thornycroft Boilers, 2 geared shafts
Speed: Nominal 20 knots
Range: 6,500nm at 14 knots

Armament:
3x 1 124mm/45
2x 1 40mm/39
2x 1 20mm/60
34 Depth Charges

List of ships with year of being laid down (*= fitted as minelayer)
- MMS Aurora (1931)
- MMS Flora (1931)
- MMS Juno (1931)
- MMS Maw (1932)
- MMS Alert (1932)
- MMS Gleft (1932)
- MMS Magnus (1933)
- MMS Sappho (1933)
- MMS Vikingír (1933)
- MMS Meretsvoul (1934)*
- MMS Parva (1934)*
- MMS Aurelia (1934)*
- MMS Finials (1934)*
- MMS Ibis (1935)*


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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 3rd, 2020, 12:21 am
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Don Quixote (Oceangoing Tug)

Displacement: 850 tons standard
Dimensions: 60.88 x 10.5 x 3.17
Machinery: 1 shaft, turbo electric, 1,745 shp
Speed: 15knts
Endurance: 5,500 nautical miles at 10 knots
Armor: 25mm turrets and the hoists, 25mm box armor around machinery and magazines, 25mm over CT(Wartime mod.)

Armament:
2 x 88mm (2x1)
4 x 37mm (2x2)
2 x 20mm (2x1)*
4 x 8mm (4x1)*
*(not standardized)
120 mines(optimistic load)
stern DC racks
2x K-Guns
Aircraft: 2ish aircraft(1 on fantail, 1ish boxed/parts)+ Heavy Crane(more if seaplane barge is towed)
Crew: 120

The Don Quixote class of colonial gunboats were ordered to alleviate the need of the Republican Navy's lack of a general purpose colonial ship for use in Her overseas territories. Designed off of ocean going tugs from most notably the new world, the class had Spanish built German weapons and was the first using a new engine design for the Spanish Navy, a turbo electric drive.
This drive was the main cause of its delays. Able to be a seaplane tender, tugboat, colonial aviso, minelayer,
minesweeper ,and impromptu troop transport this class served long lives in the Navy as the work boats of the fleet. Notable actions for the class include Don Quixote ramming and boarding a sailing vessel trespassing colonial waters, sinking both ships near Havana Harbor after the sailing ship scuttled by igniting its stores. The sinking was later claimed by Cuban rebels smuggling weapons and explosives for the revolution.


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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 3rd, 2020, 4:32 pm
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Good design, and well drawn, though perhaps poorly armed. Remember that at that time Spain built minelayer gunboats with heavier weapons. And Spain was not a signatory to the Washington treaty.

A small note: in Spanish it is not "Don Quixote" but "Don Quijote". Moreover, this name wasn't used in the Spanish Navy, which likes names of sailors or historical figures.

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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 5th, 2020, 9:25 am
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Named after a lake in north-western Imerina, Kinkony was a modest gunboat ordered by the Royal Merina Navy in February 1933. Funds were allocated for three other ships of the same design, and this group came to be known as the Alaotra class after the first to be completed. Work on Kinkony began later that year at the Masinavalona Shipyard in Mahajanga. Initial estimates concluded that the time between keel-laying and completion would be around twelve months. However, the shipyard was unfamiliar with the requirements of a warship and the Kinkony was not completed until late 1935. Vessels larger than a torpedo boat were traditionally built overseas, with Great Britain being the most common source. Kinkony was commissioned before the end of the year.

The role envisaged for the Alaotra class was that of customs enforcement. A pair would be assigned to the ports of Mahajanga and Toamasina. From these two points, the ships could support smaller vessels operating elsewhere along the coastline of Imerina. They would also be in the perfect position to protect government forces in either city if a revolt broke out. A decade had passed since the Andevo Revolt, but the threat of an uprising of the impoverished still loomed on the minds of the nobility. A third role, anti-submarine warfare, was also considered. However, few submarines other than those of Britain’s Royal Navy could reach Imerina at the time. Thus, while space was allocated for depth charges, they were not initially fitted. In order to fulfil the first two roles, the Alaotra class was completed with a pair of 4.7-inch (120 mm) BL Mark I guns, one forward and one aft. Four 13.2 mm (0.52-inch) Hotchkiss machine guns were also fitted in two twin mounts. These French machine guns were designed for the anti-aircraft role, but could depress sufficiently to engage surface targets. A number of light machine guns and rifles were also carried for self-defence and boarding actions. Speed was not a great concern, as most merchant ships could not exceed 12 knots. Reciprocating vertical triple expansion engines produced around 4000 hp (2.98 MW) from oil-fuelled boilers. Driving two shafts, these engines could propel the Alaotra class to 18 knots. Each vessel of the Alaotra class had a standard displacement of 1500 t and a complement of 125.

Kinkony was assigned to the port in which she was built, and served there without distinction until 1940. Following the fall of France, she appeared off Hell-Ville and began monitoring French naval activities there. Imerina was not involved in the Second World War at that point, but maintained a close relationship with Britain. The information collected by Merina forces were passed on to the appropriate authorities in London. Kinkony's presence was not welcomed by the French colonial authorities, who were loyal to the Vichy government, but there was little they could do. Any move against Imerina would catapult the small naval contingent stationed in French Madagascar to the attention of the Royal Navy. Thus, the French warships never left port. Kinkony was occasionally replaced on station by one of her sisters. This allowed her crew to adopt an unofficial camouflage scheme in 1941, replacing the standard light grey of the Royal Merina Navy. It consisted of a ship silhouette in dark green atop a disruptive pattern of light green and grey.

On the 5th of May 1942, the government of Imerina issued an ultimatum to the authorities in Hell-Ville. They were instructed to decommission their ships and submit to an occupying force of some 5000 men. Britain had expressed its concern that Japanese submarines might use Hell-Ville or one of the smaller ports in French Madagascar as a base of operations. The following day, on the 6th, Kinkony reported the French aviso D'Entrecasteaux raising steam. Kinkony was ordered to shadow D'Entrecasteaux as that ship left port, but withdrew after her crew noticed that two of the submarines also stationed at Hell-Ville were no longer there. Kinkony returned to Mahajanga while Imerina’s flagship, the old battlecruiser Radama I, put to sea. D'Entrecasteaux was sunk on the 9th by destroyers escorting Radama I. Hell-Ville was later bombarded.

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As Merina troops invaded French Madagascar, Kinkony spent four months in port. Larger maintenance tasks had been neglected while off Hell-Ville and repairs were required. Depth charge racks were also fitted during this period. She was back at sea by the end of the year and spent the rest of the war patrolling Imerina’s home waters for submarines. Tasks further afield were handled by the fleet’s destroyers and flagship. The new depth charges were used in anger on three occasions, but there is no evidence to suggest that a submarine was sunk during these actions. Her sisters were more successful, sinking two submarines in combat off the Merina coast. The camouflage scheme introduced by Kinkony’s crew in 1941 was later adopted by other ships of the Royal Merina Navy, with different colours used for ships expected to fight on the open ocean. In 1944, the 4.7-inch guns were replaced by a pair of 4-inch (102 mm) quick-firing guns. During the same refit, the obsolete 13.2 mm machine guns were replaced on a one-for-one basis with Oerlikon cannons. After the end of the Second World War, Kinkony returned to her original role as a customs enforcement vessel. Her depth charge racks were removed soon after she resumed peacetime duties.

Imerina’s economy steadily declined in the aftermath of the Second World War and a major refit for Kinkony scheduled for 1953 was cancelled. The outbreak of civil war in 1958 eliminated hope for a replacement vessel in the immediate future. Imerina’s economy steadily declined in the aftermath of the Second World War. A major refit for Kinkony, scheduled for 1953, was cancelled. An order for a replacement vessel, expected in 1960, was delayed indefinitely after civil a war broke out in 1958. Limping along on worn out engines, Kinkony fired her guns in anger again in 1961 when socialist guerrillas marched on Mahajanga. In 1963, Kinkony met her fate. General Ratsilikaina, a senior loyalist officer in the civil war, turned against the government a took power in a swift coup d'état. With conflicting orders and an unclear future, the crew of Kinkony decided to scuttle her at anchor and deserted. The wreck was scrapped in 1965.


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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 9th, 2020, 9:17 pm
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Vihero class light frigate

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ARS CHIYESA in her stern depth charge rack/ rescue boat configuration, modernized with surface and airsearch radar, two quad 38mm autocannons and various 25mm AA mounts. Her crane is lowered down and partially disassembled to allow the aft gun mount better firing arcs. CHIYESA patrolled Aberdeen Bay acting as a rescue ship for torpedoed merchants, providing direct fire support on the home front and ASW action against hostile submarines. CHIYESA would be torpedoed on 12 October 1346 while attempting a rescue of the burning oiler ARS QUESA off Candale Bay.

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The Vihero class light frigates were designed to replace the aging protected cruisers which were usually reserved to be stationed at colonies. After the Great War Antara had for the first time in its history obtained overseas territories that were not already military bases, with this came the requirement to assign warships to these territories. Initial requirements were put forth towards the Navy, which boiled down to a small vessel with enough range and accomadation to allow it to operate in colonial harbours and outside of home waters. The navy's budget at the time was already extremely strained due to its rapid spending on new warships, so the desire to extend the size and role of this vessel existed - all to reduce the number of specialized vessels the navy required and save on money and dockyard space.

The roles were extended to search and rescue which resulted in the addition of an aircraft catapult and floatplane. The class would also not only operate in colonial waters, but in regular harbours in homewaters close to Antara's borders. The class would need to be able to offer offshore fire support in the event the coast or harbour comes under attack. The vessel would also receive depth charges and a sonar to give it ASW capabilities to ward off coastal submarines. Another factor was considered during the planning stage, Antara's older light cruisers were being phased out - many of which were also active minelayers, this resulted in the requirements being further increased to giving it mine rails which would take the place of depth charges on some vessels. There was some debate as to the main battery caliber with some suggesting she be armed with 152mm guns, but the majority agreed that rapid fire and dual purpose mounts were superior and that she was not expected to face heavily armoured targets, and as such 127mm/45s were chosen as her armament, 3 in total. The Admiralty finished their proposal for a light frigate under the class name of FR-3 (frigate 6th class). The light frigate classification denoted an ocean going escort vessel that was not capable of being part of the battle fleet, as opposed to a contemporary destroyer which sat at the same tonnage - the 'light' meant it possessed 127mm guns and not 152mm which previous frigates carried.

The Admiralty was ultimately satisfied with the vessel and put forth the proposal to the Minister of the Navy. The navy wanted to order a massive number of ships, totalling 28 ships. The Navy Minister had no issues as the order fit the navy's budget, the main issues were raised outside of the navy which was all too common for Antara in the post-Great War environment. The greatest objection came from Emperor William V, who stated the request was outragous and hated the idea of having so many warships based in civilian ports and colonies. The Emperor's anti-militarism resulted in the class being cut down two only 9 of the original 28 ships. The Vihero class frigates were laid down in March 1332 and all vessels were commissioned by 1333. The Viheros were named after tribes and kingdoms from Antara's history.

Displacement - 1400 tonnes standard; 1720 tonnes normal
Speed - 20 knots
Propulsion - Oil fired boilers, steam turbines driving two shafts at 6000shp
Range - 8000nm at 14 knots
Armor - 89mm main belt, 32mm main deck, 100mm conning tower, 14mm splinter protection of quarter deck and forecastle
Aircraft - x1 Statler VSC2 floatplane (as commissioned)
Main battery - 3xI DP Mk32 127mm/45
Secondary/AA battery - 4xI Mk24 12.7mm machine guns (as commissioned)
Other weapons - depth charges or mines, depends on individual configuration

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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 10th, 2020, 11:18 pm
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Rony class light frigate

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the Rory class frigates were designed primarily to replace old and outdated gunboats and other small vessels that were used as colonial units, the need for a new and capable colonial protection ship, became apparent in 1821 with the War of the second Coalition, in which several Saderan overseas territories were suddenly and without warning taken over by the Queraw Republic, this incident would be the ultimate reason why the Saderan Empire would enter the War of the second Coalition, after the end of the war 1823 and the recaptcha of all overseas territories that were taken as well as the addition of several new ones, this incident made it very apparent that many saderan overseas territories were lacking proper naval protection, so starting in 1825 the saderan naval construction Bureau began work on designing a brand new class of small gun ship, it would serve primarily as a colonial protection ship, however the class was intended to be easily convertible into any other roles that the navy would need, after a short design and with the Admiralty being satisfied with the design the proposal was put forth, originally only 15 vessels were authorised in the 1827 navel budget, however emperor Magnus Molt sol augustus requested that the navy be allocated a larger budget for more of these colonial protection ships, with his reasoning being that he didn't want another embarrassment such as what happened in the second coalition conflict, as a result the original order of 15 was increased to 35 ships with the first 6 vessels in lay down in early spring 1828.

ES Rony was officially commissioned on the 16th of December 1835, she along with her sister she would be assigned to the trucker islands, a large Island chain located in the Eastern sector of the Titania ocean, these islands were once known to have been part of the greater elven Kingdom in the ancient past, the islands themselves served as an important military base with the largest island in the chain serving as an important naval base for all Saderan Navy forces operating in the eastern Titania ocean, as a result protection for the whole Island chain was taken up by several members of the Rony class starting in 1836.

in 1837 with the official declaration of war on the Eastern allied powers, many of the Rony class would be pressed into service as convoy escort ships and due to their easily convertible nature they were found to be very good in this role, however this would come at a cost with 15 out of the original 35 ships being sunk throughout the course of the 8 year worldwide conflict.

Rony herself would be suck in 1840 by a Güzezdere submarine while on patrol in the North Sea, she would be hit by two torpedoes one fired at her and another that was meant for one of the cargo ships she was escorting, being hit by both torpedoes would blow her clean into to with both halves sinking in 5-minutes taking 95 out of her 150 Man crew with her

Displacement: 1,600 tons standard
Dimensions: 346ft x 40.5ft x 10.5ft
Machinery: 2-shaft geared turbines, 4 water tube boiler, 6,500 shp
Speed: 20 knts
Endurance: 4,000 nautical miles at 12 knots
Armor: 65mm main belt, 25mm main deck, 15mm splinter protection of quarter deck and forecastle

Armament:
2x2 12cm M-1828 Mod-2
3x4 3cm M-1830 Mod-1
2x1 M-1819 Heavy Machine Gun
2 M-1815 Depth Charge Rails + storage for 20 Depth Charges

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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 11th, 2020, 4:24 pm
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HMS Johor

After the formation of the Malay & Straits Settlement Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (M&SSRNVR) on 27 April 1934, They needed a ship to serve as Headquarters and drill ship. The RN provided the HMS Laburnum a Acacia class sloop from WWI to start with but national sentiment lead to a desire to create a larger force to help create a national consciousness like the white dominions had with the formation of RAN in Australia Federation. The Malay States offered to give the money to buy a new Cruiser like they had earlier before WWI for HMS Malaya on condition that the RN take in Malaya officer cadets into training in the hope of creating a future Royal Malaya Navy (RMN) that would serve as the focus of unification of the Federated, Unfederated Malay States and Straits Settlements into a self governing Dominion.

These aspirations where dashed by London who where not keen on such a symbol or the idea of giving up limited LNT CL tonnage to local Malay control. Negotiations continued as it was not thought wise to totally alienate the Malays and informal contact by Sultan Ibrahim and George V resulted in an offer to finance a guard ship for the new Singapore base due to the restrictions of the LNT it had to be a B type exempt ships and this was accepted as a good compromise for all sides.

The design of the new ship HMS Johor (35)(M&SSRNVR) was finalized quickly and laid down easily in September 35 in Greenock, Scotland by Scotts as a much cut down Arethusa class to the 2000t and 20Kn limits in the LNT.

HMS Johor commissioned without issue in January 1937 and spent the next couple of months working fully up in England with a mixed crew of 1/2 Malay ratings and a couple of the first Malay cadets supervised by RN POs, Officers and Captain. On 20 May 1937 she finished with being part of the Coronation Fleet Review before she sailed east to her home in Malaya & Singapore.

Name: HMS Johor
Builder: Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company (Greenock, Scotland)
Laid down: 2 September 1935
Launched: 9 February 1936
Commissioned: 19 January 1937
Identification: Pennant number: L81
Honours and awards: Indian Ocean 1939-41, Atlantis 40, Pinguin 41, Kota Bharu 41
Fate: Sunk in surface battle, Kota Bharu 7 December 1941

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Displacement:
1,770 t light; 1,886 t standard; 2,315 t normal; 2,658 t full load
Dimensions: Length (overall / waterline) x beam x draught (normal/deep)
(283.17 ft / 280.00 ft) x 48.00 ft x (11.00 / 12.28 ft)

Armament:
4 - BL 6 inch Mk XXIII
4 - QF 12-pounder 12-cwt
2 - QF 2-pounder (economy and production limits forced the reduction of the light AA fit to two old guns and dismounted Lewis guns)

Machinery for 19.75 kts
Range 6,000nm at 15.00 kts

Complement:196
Cost:£427,000


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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 15th, 2020, 7:24 pm
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G'day all

Been a long time since I last posted anything in the forum. I've mostly just been sticking to the discord more than anything else.
I decided to sue this challenge as an excuse to finally draw something for my new AU, The Republic of Venice. I don't have any SB scale flag yet and apparently I forgot to save the version of the drawing with a class name "Unknown class" it is! Should actually be the Colonia class haha.

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No amazing background story or anything for this ship yet. It's armed with two twin 120mm guns and some smaller weapons. As built had provision to carry a floatplane (for now just a stand in) but all were removed by the late 30s and the space used to carry additional boats and motorised launches instead.

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Post subject: Re: London treaty Gunboat ChallengePosted: January 15th, 2020, 10:59 pm
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The Sultan's frontline keeper, Sakarya Class

Sakarya Class gunboat were born from doctrine within the Ottoman Navy to at least have one combatant ships present in every region within their empire,thus maintain its deterrence presence within the empire itself.This form the basis of Ottoman gunboat fleets which largely were formed by obsolete sloop and cruiser that has been been retired from frontline fleet of navies itself,Although started from 1915s,Ottoman Navy also ordered a spesific all-new gunboat for its gunboat fleet.One of them is Sakarya Class gunboat.

Sakarya,which was born from 1932 Navy requirement for small modern gunboat with maximum tonnage of 2.000 t,was laid down in March 1934 at Tersan Sultanate Shipyard and was launched in April 1935 and eventually commissioned in October 1935.Sakarya class have a length of 93 m with beam of 12,7 m and displacing 1.700 t standard.She was propelle by a steam plant feeding two turbines for an output of 6,000hp, for a design speed of 19 kn,which are fast by gunboat standard.For enduranve of 7,500nm,15 kn cruising speed must be attained.

The Sakarya Class itself carries a dual purpose,powerful,rapid firing 128mm,50 caliber gun DhAT 128/50 of 1933 model which became standard armament of many small Ottoman ships,Sakarya itself carries 4 of them in 1933 mount which have a fully RPC mount that could be elevated into 70° of arc for anti-aircraft fire,for easier and faster reload,it features a semi automatic assisted spring rammer that was activated by gun's recoil.This powerful main armament were directed by a 4m LHV director located above pilot's house which was stabilized and have its additional two rangefinder and can be slaved into target designator for a unified targeting.its secondary armament were three of brand new Otomatik Top 37/34 which were derived from Bofors Autocannon,this autocannon were among the best autocannon of its era and proved to be a reliable and superb in its role as Anti-Aircraft and also some occasional surface action to deal against smaller targets,the light AA battery can be directed by main gun director or by its own,smaller SKV Anti-air director,although the targeting measure could be interchangeable between two.

While in the design process,it was decided to mount a Baykuş 32 Seaplane which by then became standard of Ottoman navy,to increase the scouting range as well to provide some fast mean of transportation to land and forth.The aircraft were stored amidships in a open storage then lowered by folding crane into water,the recovery process is a same but reversed.

The lead ships of is class Sakarya after completing its training session within the Anatolia,was assigned into Gulf and Arabic areas of operation by 1938 and were based in Jeddah.Sakarya usually conducting patrol and bringing supplies into most of Ottoman Army's garrison within the Arabian Peninsula.Ottoman at the time was experiencing a time of trouble in areas of Saudi Arabian particularly when there was a revolt of Religiusly Extremist,Islamist which have a Wahhabi-aligned,Wahhabist rebel viewed Ottoman rules as decadent and corrupted by Western Ideas and claimed were drifted away from Islamic Values,The rebels which have more and more support in increasingly unstable Arab began to infiltrate Jeddah when,in night of September 23th 1940,a Wahhabist rebel raid attacked Jeddah in midnight of Ramadhan's month.The raid quickly overwhelmed city's defence which in middle of holy fasting month were more lax.The rebels,in assistance of some port workers which were secretly an Wahabist suporter,launch an attack at Sakarya which were anchored at Jeddah port.The crew of Sakarya,now at 2am awaken by gunfire on the piers,scrambled to started the engines and get the ship out of its berthing pier,in process to do so,some rebels managed to board Sakarya,and hand-to-hand combat ensues,finally at 3am Sakarya managed to get into open water and began to firing its AA gun and its main 128mm gun into the rebels at dockside,Sakarya in doing so receive a counter fire from small rebel mortars which injured some of her crew.Sakarya managed to lay suppressing artillery fire for Jeddah until reinforcement arrived by dawn.which carried the message from Sakarya by her floatplane,which were launched in 6am

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Later Sakarya crew were awarded a medal from sultan and were given the highest decoration and were promoted


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