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Silent_runner
03-13-2006, 04:42 AM
First patrol on 100% Realism.


3 September 1939,

Its in the middle of the night when we set sail on our first patrol after completing the Naval academy. The men are eager to go for a real patrol after all the days,weeks and months of practicing. On the other hand I realize that this might be more then just a patrol since after we invaded Poland it looks like Germany is on collision course with the English and it seems that England is about to Declare war on our country.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic1leavingharbor.jpg
Lets hope this won€t be true€¦.

After sailing for a couple of hours surfaced I decided to check the crew out on the bridge to see how they are doing and to have some fresh air. The sea is calm and the sky is clear at the moment. We are having some visual contacts but these are ships of our Kriegmarine so nothing to worry about yet. We are still in safe waters so we don€t have to worry yet about eventual hostilities from anyone, especially since we are not at war with anyone else yet then Poland..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic2Sep3friendlywaters.jpg
Several hours after this pic we received the message we had expected but feared. We are at war now with the English. So this first patrol with a crew that still needs experience and a sub that is merely for training we are set for a dangerous adventure far from home without the security of ever make it back home. I got the microphone and told the crew the bad news and told them we were going to dive to go submerged for a while. Testing our Hydrophones and trying to build up some routine. We stayed submerged for most part of the 4th only to surface for a little breeze of fresh air. No visual or sound contacts so far except for the friendly visual contacts one day earlier.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic35thsepsurfacedforair.jpg

The 5th we stayed submerged and from the 6th till the 11th we had a routine of submerging till the batteries were on 25% and then surface till the batteries were full again constantly being on our guard now the war has begun.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic811sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic710sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic69sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic58sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic4Sep6.jpg
Then suddenly the 12th the Hydrophones pick up a sound!! Suddenly I get that adreline going through my vains!!! I upped the periscope and turned the scope towards the bearing the hydrophones were showing. It was a dot in the distance and we could€t make much out of it yet. Eventhough it should enough to get an estimated range from the WO.
I ordered the boat to service and together with the WO on the deck we took a range to Target and placed the marks on the map. The chase begun!!!!

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic9markthetarget.jpg

I ordered to go flank speed on a parallel course of the target to stay within visual range and to outflank the target to set up an attack run. Suddenly we were alarmed by the sound of planes, I took a quick look through the binoculars to take another range so we could mark it off on the map and ordered a crash dive. I thought a second of fighting the planes off but the sound of the bombs and the anti aircraft might would alarm our prey. So I decided to go submerged for about an hour to try to shake the planes off. But being in the process of diving I noticed the planes didn€t change course to attack me so I guess they didn€t see us. We were lucky this time. We stopped the diving and went on flank speed turning slowly to our target to begin our attack run.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic10aircraft.jpg

We are now on our attack spot waiting for the target. We know the range and the speed and the type of vessel. We first identified it through the hydrophones being probably a coastal merchant, but now we know for sure what it is. Its just a pity that the target is a Norwegian vessel which means its neutral.

At least we were able to find a target and even were able to lay in a perfect position for attack€¦* At least that gives me some faith for the future. After giving the merchant a final look I ordered to lower the periscope and we continued our patrol€¦.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic12norwegianvessel12th.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic11target12thsep.jpg



Ps. I have no clue how big the pics are in this thread but if they are too big please give me some advice to get them smaller without losing much of the quality!!

Silent_runner
03-13-2006, 04:42 AM
First patrol on 100% Realism.


3 September 1939,

Its in the middle of the night when we set sail on our first patrol after completing the Naval academy. The men are eager to go for a real patrol after all the days,weeks and months of practicing. On the other hand I realize that this might be more then just a patrol since after we invaded Poland it looks like Germany is on collision course with the English and it seems that England is about to Declare war on our country.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic1leavingharbor.jpg
Lets hope this won€t be true€¦.

After sailing for a couple of hours surfaced I decided to check the crew out on the bridge to see how they are doing and to have some fresh air. The sea is calm and the sky is clear at the moment. We are having some visual contacts but these are ships of our Kriegmarine so nothing to worry about yet. We are still in safe waters so we don€t have to worry yet about eventual hostilities from anyone, especially since we are not at war with anyone else yet then Poland..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic2Sep3friendlywaters.jpg
Several hours after this pic we received the message we had expected but feared. We are at war now with the English. So this first patrol with a crew that still needs experience and a sub that is merely for training we are set for a dangerous adventure far from home without the security of ever make it back home. I got the microphone and told the crew the bad news and told them we were going to dive to go submerged for a while. Testing our Hydrophones and trying to build up some routine. We stayed submerged for most part of the 4th only to surface for a little breeze of fresh air. No visual or sound contacts so far except for the friendly visual contacts one day earlier.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic35thsepsurfacedforair.jpg

The 5th we stayed submerged and from the 6th till the 11th we had a routine of submerging till the batteries were on 25% and then surface till the batteries were full again constantly being on our guard now the war has begun.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic811sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic710sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic69sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic58sep.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic4Sep6.jpg
Then suddenly the 12th the Hydrophones pick up a sound!! Suddenly I get that adreline going through my vains!!! I upped the periscope and turned the scope towards the bearing the hydrophones were showing. It was a dot in the distance and we could€t make much out of it yet. Eventhough it should enough to get an estimated range from the WO.
I ordered the boat to service and together with the WO on the deck we took a range to Target and placed the marks on the map. The chase begun!!!!

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic9markthetarget.jpg

I ordered to go flank speed on a parallel course of the target to stay within visual range and to outflank the target to set up an attack run. Suddenly we were alarmed by the sound of planes, I took a quick look through the binoculars to take another range so we could mark it off on the map and ordered a crash dive. I thought a second of fighting the planes off but the sound of the bombs and the anti aircraft might would alarm our prey. So I decided to go submerged for about an hour to try to shake the planes off. But being in the process of diving I noticed the planes didn€t change course to attack me so I guess they didn€t see us. We were lucky this time. We stopped the diving and went on flank speed turning slowly to our target to begin our attack run.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic10aircraft.jpg

We are now on our attack spot waiting for the target. We know the range and the speed and the type of vessel. We first identified it through the hydrophones being probably a coastal merchant, but now we know for sure what it is. Its just a pity that the target is a Norwegian vessel which means its neutral.

At least we were able to find a target and even were able to lay in a perfect position for attack€¦* At least that gives me some faith for the future. After giving the merchant a final look I ordered to lower the periscope and we continued our patrol€¦.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic12norwegianvessel12th.jpg
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic11target12thsep.jpg



Ps. I have no clue how big the pics are in this thread but if they are too big please give me some advice to get them smaller without losing much of the quality!!

trident42
03-13-2006, 06:25 AM
Very nice, i shall have to give 100% realism a try soon, looks like fun tracking a ship. I can imagine a convoy would be a much larger challenge.

Silent_runner
03-13-2006, 06:30 AM
Its a topic of discussion between my officers and me on a daily base. Right now we have no fixed idea how to deal with more then 1 target at this moment. But personally I think it has to be done according the same principle. Just pick out 1 target so you can determine speed, range and course. Once you know that it should be less hard to target some other ships in the convoy when knowing their speed.

But so far that is just talks. I guess we have to test this once we get assigned to a bigger boat and actually are allowed to go towards the shipping lanes. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

TheRealWulfmann
03-13-2006, 11:09 AM
I have been playing 100% since June 2005 and I believe I am shell shocked at this point. I edited all AS ships to be 3 or 4 crew rating (veteran or elite) so there is no wimps in my RN.
But, When I am 200 plus meters down and 2 or 3 or more escorts are pinging my sweating shivering ars each ping cuts through me like a dull knife. I sometimes think I am on the verge of cracking up.
I try and save one torpedo just in case someone from BDU shows up at the docks on my return to tell me to be more aggresive. I will then torpedo the dock!
Still, the intensity makes anything less like Nintendo to me.
Realism oder nicht!
When you start playing 100% you start playing the real SH3. There is no comparison and any one saying different is full of BS!
They are Girly Men!!
Wecome to SH3!!!
Wulfmann

Zunked
03-13-2006, 02:47 PM
Nice report and shots http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
Are you still out on patrol or have you since returned to port?
Happy hunting & Good Luck! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

hueywolf123
03-13-2006, 09:22 PM
Wow, as a beginner late last year, i started at 65% or thereabouts. I am considering going to 100%, you guys could very well convince me of this, but i'd just like to get the hang of it all a bit moredhm968

Silent_runner
03-14-2006, 03:07 AM
well I must say that it adds an extra dimension, I've been hooked to this game for over half a year now but just found the courage to start on 100%. From the start I played the first 2-3 patrols on about 60% but moved up to 70% quickly trying to make it as hard as possible for myself. But was long hesitent to turn of the auto targetting since I thought I would never be able to understand how to do it. The 3.15 sec rule seemed difficult and I also had troubles figuring out Wazoo manual. (I was too impatient and read it too quick)

But then I started to go for manual targetting checking everything except external view and map updates. That way I could work on my manual targetting while the external view showed me how my solutions worked out.

Then I turned external view off and played a couple of patrols like that, still playing with the 3.15 sec rule. Then I saw a thread about how to plot targets without map updates on and from that moment on I was ready for it..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

So I took the jump in the deep and started this patrol and thread.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

And to answer a question..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I am still in patrol at the moment, but don't have much time to play through the week since I am working two jobs at the moment but I did advance a little yesterday and took some screenies of the action. I actually was able to sink something which was a shock to me..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Anyways, I will continue the report as soon as possible!

Silent_runner
03-15-2006, 03:49 AM
The next two days went on without any problems so we had time to do some test dives to improve our diving time, I have the feeling we might need that soon since patrolling by the English might increase a lot after we sunk one of their merchants. Luckely the planes and destroyers that we did see or detect didn€t hear us. So they know something is up but they don€t know what..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_Pic1313th.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic1313th.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_14the14th.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/14the14th.jpg)


Today there was some excitement about a contact but when we went to check it out it just seemed to be too small to be of any interest. So we sailed on without any more incidents.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic21coastalvessel1.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic21coastalvessel1.jpg)

The night of the 14th I gathered the officers together and we had a little meeting talking about tactics about how to deal with different scenarios and it was quite useful. Can€t wait to test it out once the situation occurs that we have the change to fire one of our fish.
So after the meeting I went to lay down and basically was just up the next morning when
Suddenly there is a lot of noise at the front of the boat, I just grabbed the map table not to be swept of my feet. What the???? I sent Jurgen out to investigate. The men are all quiet€¦then Jurgen is on the speakers. €œYou better get down here Kaleun, something went wrong in the torpedo room.€ I went up there and what I saw didn€t make me very happy. One of the sailors was doing some maintenance in the torpedo room and apparently he managed stupidly to activate one of the fish which was then launched into the sea. You can imagine that I freaked out and spontaneously invented a lot of new curses to shout to the sailor and his chief. I will deal with this issue when we are back ashore I promised them both.

This is not a good sign. I hope the rest of the trip goes better. Only 4 torps left. This is definitely not a good sign..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I didn€t had much time to think about it because suddenly there was some excitement in the sonar room. SOUND CONTACT SIR!!!! I rushed to the periscope to check out the bearing but didn€t see nothing. €œCHANGE COURSE TO HEADING, SURFACE THE BOAT!!!!! FLANK SPEED!!!!! Quickly I did a 360 degrees with the scope while I already felt the boat moving towards the surface. After sailing approx. 8 miles towards the bearing of the last sound contact I ordered to stop the engines and go to periscope depth again. The hydrophone picked the ship up straight away. I looked through the scope towards the sound contact and there was she..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif* A potential target!!! This one better is English€¦.Or else I don€t know what to do!

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic15contact215th.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic15contact215th.jpg)

We went flank speed again for about an hour, while in the mean time we did some plotting on the map trying to get in a good position to attack. After an hour I ordered to go to periscope depth and to go silent. This time it didn€t take us to long to get into position for the kill. (Hopefully)

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_Pic16target2stillwatching.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic16target2stillwatching.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic17plottingtarget2.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic17plottingtarget2.jpg)

Its confirmed now, the target is an English Coastal merchant, again not much tonnage but if we are able to send it to the bottom of the sea it will be more then we had before though..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif This can€t go wrong, we are lined up perfectly. €œOpen Torpedo door 1€ , Wait€¦€¦.Wait€¦€¦.not yet€¦..Waaaaiiiit€¦€¦€¦..LOSSSS!!! !!!!!!!!!!

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_Pic18fire1ontarget2.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/Pic18fire1ontarget2.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic19target2destroyed.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic19target2destroyed.jpg)

YEAH!!!!!! WE DID IT!!! Our first kill!!!!!!!!!!! *****

€œTake us to the surface!!!€ I shout€¦ And up we went taking 1 more peak towards the target and went back on course, this is what we needed, it boosted the morale and the trust in what we are capable of doing, we feel indestructible and on the top of the world. The torpedo incident from earlier was forgotten (for the moment).

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic20surfaceafterdestroytarget2.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic20surfaceafterdestroytarget2.jpg)

We noticed that our little encounter with the merchant alarmed the local authorities because since we sunk this ship we had some close encounters with planes, even though we were able to submerge before they could launch some kind of attack.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic22planewarning1.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic22planewarning1.jpg)

Well apparently our luck has really changed for the good..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif we found yet another coastal merchant which Identified English. And this one we didn€t had to chase, it came straight for us..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

We lined up and took care of this merchant. I can notice that the crew is getting more of a team. A lot of actions are now being done before I even can give the command..http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I am starting to feel proud of them!

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic23soundcontact3.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic23soundcontact3.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic24identifiedtarget3.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic24identifiedtarget3.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic25target3destroyed.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic25target3destroyed.jpg)

And now a more sad report that brought back memories of that terrible day that we wasted that one fish, which now came back to haunt us. We found a large merchant sailing along and we knew that if we would be able to sink it it would double our tonnage sunk for this patrol so we went all for it. I don€t have to comment since the pics speak for themselves€¦

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic26largecargo.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic26largecargo.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_27torp1target3.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/27torp1target3.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic28torp2target3.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic28torp2target3.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic29torphittarget3.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic29torphittarget3.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic30sailingaway.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic30sailingaway.jpg)

I didn€t took the pic of the impact of torp 2 because of the excitement of a big target like this. But both of the torpedoes hit. The ship just kept sailing. Banked slightly to the right but sailed on€¦after a last peak in the periscope I had to let it go€¦.Came 1 fish short of sinking it. So disappointed I ordered to return to Wilhelms Haven. Were we docked a couple of days later! But it was a good patrol. Not because of the tonnage but because it was our first trip and we were able to let 4 out of 5 torpedoes hit a target. While the fifth was wasted by accident. So I am overall happy even though the escape of the large cargo still haunts me from time to time.

These were the patrol reports. I hoped you liked this little story. If so I€ll keep you all posted on next patrols.

http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic31patrollog.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic31patrollog.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic32summary.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic32summary.jpg)
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/th_pic33homefinally.jpg (http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f342/Silent_runner/pic33homefinally.jpg)