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04-02-2006, 07:10 PM
Do DDs ever run out of DCs?

ALSO, do thermal layers and other things reduce the accruacy of sonar on escorts?

04-02-2006, 07:10 PM
Do DDs ever run out of DCs?

ALSO, do thermal layers and other things reduce the accruacy of sonar on escorts?

04-02-2006, 07:30 PM
Great question, I haven't been hat lucky yet, but from some historical reading I know that the US DE's and British Corvettes carried about 100 depth charges each. Since ASW wasn't the primary design mission for US DD's (they had less throwers, etc) I suspect they carried less. I know the British modified some DD's during the war, reducing their gun and torpedo armament to carry more depth charges, but I don't have a count.

04-02-2006, 07:35 PM
I wondered what things are and are not modeled in the game. It'd be kinda nice if they gave us a list no?

Hey vietvet I have almost equal # of posts as you do. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/typing.gif

04-02-2006, 07:38 PM
Regarding thermal layers.

IRL U-boat captains couldn't detect them or use them intentionally. Thus you can't do that in the game either.

Whether or not they actually exist in the game is anyones guess. We know the devs looked into it, but we don't know what they did about it.

Certainly there is no evidence for them in game. And despite the saying, absence of evidence is evidence of absence.

(BTW, the correct version of the saying is "Absence of proof is not proof of absence.")

04-02-2006, 09:13 PM
ahh...I remember good ol' Red Storm Rising having a thermal layer coded into it.....I kinda miss that game...

04-03-2006, 04:00 PM
With me they do seem to run out of patience... maybe that's it.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


04-03-2006, 05:54 PM
I have noticed that when surfacing, after travelling a great distance submerged at a considerable depth, that when I rise above certain depths I suddenly get sonar contacts.

I have noticed this happen at 39m several times, and at other depths also. But, I am unsure if the ships just happened to come into range as I surfaced, or if I crossed over a thermal layer that had been covering me.

Silent Hunter had thermal layers. I can't remember if Silent Service did or not.

04-04-2006, 08:36 AM
A long time ago we debated this one back and forth [number of DC's.] The considered opinion is that there are a finite number of depth charges for the escorts but they are related to your difficulty settings. If you play at 100% the escorts will run out of ammo sooner than if you were playing at 50%.

As Lecek said, it was not possible for U-boat captains in WW2 to deliberately detect and use thermal layers. They had a detector of a sort but it did not give out instantaneous readings so that they could be diving and then instantly know they had transitioned through the layer. Later generations of submarines have the capability to do so.