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Goose_Green
11-26-2006, 08:34 AM
I have just returned to my base in Wilhelmshaven after a somewhat frustrating yet rewarding patrol. Frustrating because the weather was heavy fog 15 m/s winds and minimum visibility for much of the patrol denying me to use up the rest of my deck gun ammunition yet rewarding because I managed to sink over 50K worth of tonnage, and more importantly claim my first warship in unusual circumstances in my new career playing with the NYGM Tonnage War mod played at 100% with external camera and auto targeting - why deprive my WO of a job!

The patrol report is as follows;

After celebrating and welcoming the new year my officers and crew settled down to our departure from Wilhelmshaven in somewhat sheepish and subdued fashion ??? mostly still nursing hangovers from the festivities of the previous night! Looking back at the time I think the crew were more interested in recovering than the fact that we were departing for our third war patrol since the start of hostilities, a good diversion I thought.

U33 bade farewell to our minesweeper escort and settled down on her base course for the gap between the Orkney and Shetlands Islands hoping to take a shorter cut to our patrol area of AM34.

U33 on the surface

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I conducted routine diving drills to shake out any blas?? and cocky attitudes the crew may have held, and whenever a neutral vessel was spotted we conducted practice crash dives and then fake torpedo attacks to push the crew even harder. It was not until our seventh day when we had begun transiting the Orkney and Shetland gap when our watch crew spotted a lone merchant. With the weather being calm enough I called far battle stations and ordered the deck gun crew to their station on deck. They did not disappoint either, thirty rounds or so of HE were enough to sink the merchant!

U33 approaches her first victim!

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Our passage through the gap remained unnoticed and we quickly made our way to our patrol area. Before we reached our patrol area we encountered a medium cargo, this time with the use of the hydrophones, two torpedoes were fired from a range of 1200 meters, and both successfully hit the vessel! By my watch the ship sank in seventeen minutes. We turned back onto our original course towards AM34 where our patrol grid awaited us.

We reached the patrol grid and encountered no contacts and I sent a message to headquarters requesting fresh orders. BDU soon replied and tasked us to carry on our patrol and make for grids BF17 and 14 with urgent despatch ??? with no apparent reason. While on the way we encountered a lone large merchant which we soon despatched with the deck gun, thankfully the weather was holding.

However, the weather did not remain calm for long as a heavy storm soon appeared; Nevertheless U33 and crew battled their way towards their new patrol station. On the 18th of January our ever vigilant watch crew ??? in difficult conditions - spotted another single merchant in BF14 ??? three torpedoes were needed to sink this stubborn target, but it soon rolled over and sank.

CONVOY!

On the 19th the weather soon worsened and was going to prove very tough to spot anything on the surface while submerged the rough weather would not help our hydrophones any good either. After taking a rest from the surface my hydrophone operator managed to pick up faint screw sounds to our starboard quarter. A little while later after moving to get closer, he picked up multiple screws ??? in fact our first convoy of our patrol. With the weather showing no signs of abating I decided to make a night attack while on the surface ??? and in this rubbish weather was in fact a risky decision.

We soon managed to make partial contact with the convoy whilst on the surface, and deciding the risk was worth it I ordered the attack to begin. I ordered ahead full and soon U33 responded despite the difficult seas, with the stinging salty spray blinding us every so often my IWO quickly spotted a small tanker and instinctively fired two fish at it ??? then, as soon as the fish were away he gave a gasp of horror as he spotted a Cruiser! With quiet encouragement from me I ordered him to attack it before he spotted us! Thankfully my IWO reclaimed his composure and fired off our last two bow torpedoes!

The tanker quickly received our two fish and then broke into two, and then the last two fish hits the cruiser with an almighty bang and flash, even through the spray I could clearly see that this ship had also received a fatal blow and was satisfied that all fish ran true. I decided now was the time to get out of here and I ordered Ahead Flank and a quick turn to starboard, with the engines screaming and the boat being battered by the waves I heard the report of incoming shell fire, a spot light was spotted on our starboard side and I ordered a course away from it.

U33 avoiding a probing searchlight!

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/2-8.jpg

The shelling, although wild and inaccurate proved that this was indeed a time to disappear into the night! I made the decision to remain on the surface where our speed and mobility plus the bad weather were strongly in our favour.

With engines screaming U33 slowly escapes the convoy

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/3-7.jpg

In the distance and to our rear I heard the sounds of a depth charge attack ??? thinking back it was quite remarkable really, I had never heard what a depth charge attack sounded like while also on the surface. I was elated that they were searching in the wrong place!

Depth Charge Attack!

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/4-7.jpg

We radioed our success to headquarters, who in turn ordered us back up to the AM grids where more convoys were being reported.

On the afternoon of the 25th our hydrophone operator made contact with another convoy. With weather still being the terrible muck we had so far encountered we soon made partial visual contact. Again feeling confident of our previous surface exploits I decided to attack the periphery of the convoy whilst on the surface. I let my IWO make his target choices and we barrelled in at flank speed, three fore tubes were launched, the first two for a transport while the last one was sent at a small merchant. The transport soon blew up into a fireball with only one fish! The second one soon speeded up the transports demise, but the third prematured a hundred meters from its target doing nothing other than sending water in the air . Realising we had again pushed our luck too far, we made for safety of the open sea and the spray and mist of the night.

We had at last received orders to return home and with minimal fuel oil left we felt we had a somewhat successful haul even though the weather was awful for most if it. Near to the point where we sank our first ship of the patrol we encountered the SS Swiftpool, a large cargo vessel. There we sank her with our 2 remaining stern torpedoes! The first one stopping her in her tracks the second one making sure of the job, she went down in exactly 15 minutes!

Happy that we had done our bit, I set course for home and 52565 tons of allied shipping at the bottom of the ocean!

Last victim - SS Swifpool sinks stern first

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Goose_Green
11-26-2006, 08:34 AM
I have just returned to my base in Wilhelmshaven after a somewhat frustrating yet rewarding patrol. Frustrating because the weather was heavy fog 15 m/s winds and minimum visibility for much of the patrol denying me to use up the rest of my deck gun ammunition yet rewarding because I managed to sink over 50K worth of tonnage, and more importantly claim my first warship in unusual circumstances in my new career playing with the NYGM Tonnage War mod played at 100% with external camera and auto targeting - why deprive my WO of a job!

The patrol report is as follows;

After celebrating and welcoming the new year my officers and crew settled down to our departure from Wilhelmshaven in somewhat sheepish and subdued fashion ??? mostly still nursing hangovers from the festivities of the previous night! Looking back at the time I think the crew were more interested in recovering than the fact that we were departing for our third war patrol since the start of hostilities, a good diversion I thought.

U33 bade farewell to our minesweeper escort and settled down on her base course for the gap between the Orkney and Shetlands Islands hoping to take a shorter cut to our patrol area of AM34.

U33 on the surface

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/6-1.jpg

I conducted routine diving drills to shake out any blas?? and cocky attitudes the crew may have held, and whenever a neutral vessel was spotted we conducted practice crash dives and then fake torpedo attacks to push the crew even harder. It was not until our seventh day when we had begun transiting the Orkney and Shetland gap when our watch crew spotted a lone merchant. With the weather being calm enough I called far battle stations and ordered the deck gun crew to their station on deck. They did not disappoint either, thirty rounds or so of HE were enough to sink the merchant!

U33 approaches her first victim!

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/1-5.jpg

Our passage through the gap remained unnoticed and we quickly made our way to our patrol area. Before we reached our patrol area we encountered a medium cargo, this time with the use of the hydrophones, two torpedoes were fired from a range of 1200 meters, and both successfully hit the vessel! By my watch the ship sank in seventeen minutes. We turned back onto our original course towards AM34 where our patrol grid awaited us.

We reached the patrol grid and encountered no contacts and I sent a message to headquarters requesting fresh orders. BDU soon replied and tasked us to carry on our patrol and make for grids BF17 and 14 with urgent despatch ??? with no apparent reason. While on the way we encountered a lone large merchant which we soon despatched with the deck gun, thankfully the weather was holding.

However, the weather did not remain calm for long as a heavy storm soon appeared; Nevertheless U33 and crew battled their way towards their new patrol station. On the 18th of January our ever vigilant watch crew ??? in difficult conditions - spotted another single merchant in BF14 ??? three torpedoes were needed to sink this stubborn target, but it soon rolled over and sank.

CONVOY!

On the 19th the weather soon worsened and was going to prove very tough to spot anything on the surface while submerged the rough weather would not help our hydrophones any good either. After taking a rest from the surface my hydrophone operator managed to pick up faint screw sounds to our starboard quarter. A little while later after moving to get closer, he picked up multiple screws ??? in fact our first convoy of our patrol. With the weather showing no signs of abating I decided to make a night attack while on the surface ??? and in this rubbish weather was in fact a risky decision.

We soon managed to make partial contact with the convoy whilst on the surface, and deciding the risk was worth it I ordered the attack to begin. I ordered ahead full and soon U33 responded despite the difficult seas, with the stinging salty spray blinding us every so often my IWO quickly spotted a small tanker and instinctively fired two fish at it ??? then, as soon as the fish were away he gave a gasp of horror as he spotted a Cruiser! With quiet encouragement from me I ordered him to attack it before he spotted us! Thankfully my IWO reclaimed his composure and fired off our last two bow torpedoes!

The tanker quickly received our two fish and then broke into two, and then the last two fish hits the cruiser with an almighty bang and flash, even through the spray I could clearly see that this ship had also received a fatal blow and was satisfied that all fish ran true. I decided now was the time to get out of here and I ordered Ahead Flank and a quick turn to starboard, with the engines screaming and the boat being battered by the waves I heard the report of incoming shell fire, a spot light was spotted on our starboard side and I ordered a course away from it.

U33 avoiding a probing searchlight!

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/2-8.jpg

The shelling, although wild and inaccurate proved that this was indeed a time to disappear into the night! I made the decision to remain on the surface where our speed and mobility plus the bad weather were strongly in our favour.

With engines screaming U33 slowly escapes the convoy

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/3-7.jpg

In the distance and to our rear I heard the sounds of a depth charge attack ??? thinking back it was quite remarkable really, I had never heard what a depth charge attack sounded like while also on the surface. I was elated that they were searching in the wrong place!

Depth Charge Attack!

http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n235/Goose_Green/4-7.jpg

We radioed our success to headquarters, who in turn ordered us back up to the AM grids where more convoys were being reported.

On the afternoon of the 25th our hydrophone operator made contact with another convoy. With weather still being the terrible muck we had so far encountered we soon made partial visual contact. Again feeling confident of our previous surface exploits I decided to attack the periphery of the convoy whilst on the surface. I let my IWO make his target choices and we barrelled in at flank speed, three fore tubes were launched, the first two for a transport while the last one was sent at a small merchant. The transport soon blew up into a fireball with only one fish! The second one soon speeded up the transports demise, but the third prematured a hundred meters from its target doing nothing other than sending water in the air . Realising we had again pushed our luck too far, we made for safety of the open sea and the spray and mist of the night.

We had at last received orders to return home and with minimal fuel oil left we felt we had a somewhat successful haul even though the weather was awful for most if it. Near to the point where we sank our first ship of the patrol we encountered the SS Swiftpool, a large cargo vessel. There we sank her with our 2 remaining stern torpedoes! The first one stopping her in her tracks the second one making sure of the job, she went down in exactly 15 minutes!

Happy that we had done our bit, I set course for home and 52565 tons of allied shipping at the bottom of the ocean!

Last victim - SS Swifpool sinks stern first

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Bootsmann0815
11-26-2006, 09:09 AM
Very good work, goose! And quite clever in the storm attack! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

Use the vertical!

demigod151
11-26-2006, 09:45 AM
Bravo!

They didn't stand a chance! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif<div class="ev_tpc_signature">

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