Yo yo: Stay on the surface at 10 Kt. and submerge only when attacking or forced down by aircraft.
The most obvious reason is of course max range for your boat and max coverage and flexibility in the patrol area.
Rockin Robbins also pointed out having a full battery charge when engaging the enemy, I never had any reason to worry
about this until this patrol.
USS Shark out of Pearl to patrol southwest of Tokyo. Never had much luck in this area til now.
3 Oct. '43 Radar picks up 5 contacts moving fast, 17 Kn. Possible task force.
First if I was deep at 1 or 2 Kn. I would not have found this contact.
Moved into an intercept position, decided on a long Vector Analysis Shot. Clear skies and very calm seas. Not good for taking on escorts.
07:04 At PD sound reported Four warships and one merchant.
02:20 raised periscope and found one large troop ship, Horia Maru 9514 tons, and 4 escorts.
Fired three torps from 3,150 yards. First at the bow and waited a few seconds and than two quick fish at the stern.
The troop ship saw the first shot and slowed (get the target to commit to a course of action) The next two hit MoT and the stern cargo hold. She sank like a stone. Three of the DDs came very close but never really found me but getting away took more than a quarter of the batts.
During the attack I received an Ultra message about a large convoy heading my way. Estimated an intercept point and headed for it.
I had guessed right and the convoy was picked up on radar a short time later.
To the point of this thread I had to attack this convoy with only about 70% batteries.
Set up another Vector Analysis shot at 4,270 yards. Convoy was heading SSW and I set up heading S. and shot stern tubes.
Shot the same as before and got the same results on a Hagara Maru, 7,202 tons.
I just keep my south heading at 3.25 Kn. and was just about to go to more speed as I though I was clear of two DD that came after me but I was wrong, the convoy picked that time to change to a south course and they were gaining on me. The only option was to go slow and let them pass over me and than try to clear the DDs. Did so successfully but took a lot of battery to do so.
Surfaced and did a run around but air cover keep me down much of the day. Night finally came and I was able to position myself for a shot. But I only had about 77% batts. Again the convoy changed course (south) but I had expected that and thought I had good shooting position. Wrong again cut it too close and found I had to shoot at a zig zagging target at very close range 700 yds.
from the middle of the convoy. Took out a Ryuun Maru 6698 tons with a Pk shot. Three good hits and she sank.
Could not get a second shot off, bad positioning.
It took some doing but finally escaped to the north with no damage. Except I used a lot of battery and only had 40% when I surfaced to do another run around. When I surfaced radar showed the convoy as well as a fast moving target, 17 Kn, just SSW of my position coming my way. I would suspect that it is another troop ship. I think I can attack it without compromising my attack on the convoy but I will do so at the cost of a little more battery charge. Will do a periscope attack as she may be armed thanks to Ducimus(he's EVIL you know. In a good sort of way)
The point of all this is that if I had been deep at slow speed at the start of all this,I would now be very short on batteries and would most likely have to pass on either the convoy or this possible troop ship. By the time I run down the convoy it will be daylight again and I'll be ducking evil airplanes again using up batteries I don't have.
Anyway that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
It's 4AM here. Since all my operations and crap and laying around in bed several hours a day I have no schedule anymore. I just catnap off and on......plus wife in out of town and I can stay on the computer
I'm slowly moving to a better end, getting up and starting to move around, hopefully by the end of the year I'll get some of my life back.
Obvious you do what you have to do to pass time and deal with what you have, but I'd rather be back out doing what I was than playing on the computer, no offense to the game or forum of course. God knows I'm probably the worse spammer here.
But I am glad I found a great game with a forum full of good fun people. Even if it's online faces, you do build somewhat of online friendships and you guys have certainly helped me pass some long boring days and I've never met a more respectful forum of such decent people.
I think one aspect of it that most of us are connected by a love of history and our inward souls are connected by something more than a game.
I was in a prety bad car accident last year and was laid up for quite a while.My ex gf purchased SH 4 for me, knowing I like history and all, and it was a life saver.
What made it better is it has such a great community and mod base, the mods have given this game logevity.As much I enjoy it, i would've quite playing regularly if not for the mods, TMO to be specific(no offense to others, some great mods, tried em all, just prefer TMO so i mentioned it)
Back in April and May I quit playing for a bit, was just too busy finishing up college and with graduation and all the events that go with it, back on a fairly normal schedule so have time to played, i missed it.