View Full Version : Use Those Hydrophones!

07-25-2005, 02:43 PM
Just wanted to share alittle about what I'm sure most of you already do-Use Those Hydrophones. In my latest patrol, I was sent to grid CG11. I encountered varied weather, and one or two single contacts, which were too far to bother running down. I spend my twenty four hours on station, without a single target. I then take out my handy chart, and plot a course which would put me in the convoy lanes of grid CF. My course would continue Northward into grid BE, then Eastward into BF, befor finally heading home to Lorient. Following the lanes in BE, only produced a lone C2, which was dispatched without incident. When I reached BF, I decided to spend the whole day submerged, since the weather was crappy anyway. Not long after, my sonarman reports a merchant at long range, and closeing. I take over his post, shut down the motors, and hear the faint sounds of a distant ship. After listening a bit to determine his course roughly, which was heading for me, I surface to make some time. Soon, through the moderate blanket of fog, the faint sight of smoke becomes visible. I ordered periscope depth, and the attack was on. I did'nt have to manuver much, since I was already in a good attack position. One fish later, and a coastal merchent slid beneath the waves. Remaining submerged, I return to my base course, and order my radioman to put some music on to add to the already festive mood, from the recent kill. After several hours (Time Compression of course), my sonarman reports of a warship closeing, long range. I have a listen, and hear the familiar fast beat of a destroyers screws. After panning the hydrophone around a few degrees, I pick up a slow, methodic beat in the background. I start to think- Possible large warship, mabey a task force! I decide to remain submerged, and constantly track the sounds as they get closer, and closer. When it seems they are right on top of me, I order periscope depth, and have a look. Heading fast in my direction, but not directly, a Flower Corvette. I think to myself: A screen for the main force. The Corvette steams past me, as I continue to search the horizon in the direction of the oncomeing sounds. Then it comes into view. Not the large warships I was hopeing for, but a large merchant convoy! And I'm in prime position! Four fish later, two merchants are down, and a C2 is crippled, and dead in the water. She is listing to starbord, and settleing slightly at the stern, where the heavy weather is also helping to bring her down. I dive to 50 meters, to avoid the already charging Corvettes, and to reload my tubes. I listen to the convoy steam off to the Southwest, and the persistant warships circleing overhead. After what seemed like hours, the Corvettes give up, and steam off without dropping a single depth charge. With my tubes reloaded, I bring her to periscope depth, and prepare to finish off the crippled C2. I relocate the target, which by now, is even lower in the water. I'm not going to wait for physics to take its course, I'm gonna finish her off. I approach to within 1,200 meters, when all of a sudden I see tracer rounds going up from the C2, and large explosions all around. Startled, I swing my scope around, and catch a glimpse of a Condor departing the area. Thank goodness his aim was wide. A well placed T1, ends the C2's agony. Now I decide to surface to track down the escapeing convoy. I don't get too far, when out of the fog comes a chargeing Corvette! The C2 may have fired off a warning, or the Corvette may have heard the massive secondary explosions after my torpedo hit. Anyway, I crash dive, and avoid detection. Once again, the Corvette gives up, and steams away. I listen to his screws fade in my headphones, and surface again. I order ahead standard. Night is approaching, and at this point all I want to do is make contact, and trail until dark. All seems to be going according to plan. I begin to see the faint signs of smoke on the horizon, and plan my course of attack for later in the night. suddenly, I hear the droaning of an aircraft approaching. Befor I know it, a Hurricane flies over my position. The flak gun is out of the question because of the weather. Another crash dive is ordered, and on the way down I hear the sounds of the Hurricane's wide bombing effort. Well that's where I stand for now. The moral of all this excitement is: use those hydrophones! None of the ships mentioned ever showed up as contacts on my map. They were all discovered by my sonarman!

07-25-2005, 03:19 PM
Oooff http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif!! Nevermind the hydrophones, use them paragraphs mate!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

07-25-2005, 04:46 PM
LOL! Come to think of it, I did get alittle cross-eyed when I reread it myself! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

07-25-2005, 04:50 PM
dough! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif
i imagine someone witha widescreen will have fun reading this http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

good story though http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

07-25-2005, 06:38 PM
Next time would you please format your paragraph with Justify? It was way too easy to read. Oh and maybe all caps.

But seriously... I read the first 10 lines or so. Yeah the hydros are cool. I relayed a story once myself how I used mine for a beyond visual range kill in 400M vis storm conditions. Killed a small merchant even though I couldn't see him... was a proud moment.