Alternate warships of nations

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I see your aliens and raise you an aircraft carrier turned into a yacht

 
Except in peacetime/ times of no major conflict where surface vessels are considerably more useful than subs since being visible is actually an advantage most of the time when not involved in a war as is having a lot more hull volume available
Only against groups who are easily intimidated by them. Otherwise the ships' visibility has little diplomatic effect or at worst it attracts harassment and shadowing by other naval units.
 

Ramontxo

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Someone has been there and done that before . I present you the Thailandese Royal Yacht

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"Naval commentators usually consider Chakri Naruebet to be less an aircraft carrier and more the world's largest and most expensive royal yacht, while the Thai media have nicknamed the ship "Thai-tanic", and consider her to be a white elephant.[10][9]"
(From wiki)



 
One knows that up to twenty surface vessels disappear annually? But we know the eventual cause for 19 of them. It is that one unaccounted, missing overdue and not reported in, that has my eyebrows raised.

How many ships disappear each year? – Actuarial Eye

That one missing ship is usually and probably an insurance scam or mid-ocean reflag to escape creditors, as a change of identity and alleged ownership is a good way to write off maritime debts and dodge the admiralty and customs courts, but what if she is not?

The nasty thing about subs is that they are peacetime deniable. One in the belly and in ten minutes, all that is left is an oil slick for the "tanker full of terrorists headed for the Houston ship channel".

Yeah... it is Hollywood and 0.0001% possible, but subs can police.
I don't know about this one, Mac, unless you're into surfacing and machinegunning survivors, seems destined to turn into a scandal sooner or later.
 
Something that went to my head that could be "funny" - what if CL-115 (Fargo-class) was built and named - wait for it.... - USS Bismarck!! Imagine would the RN would react if one of their Americans escorting their carrier was named Bismarck....
(yes, it's named after the capital of North Dakota, in honor of Otto von Bismarck, but so was the battleship)
 
Something that went to my head that could be "funny" - what if CL-115 (Fargo-class) was built and named - wait for it.... - USS Bismarck!! Imagine would the RN would react if one of their Americans escorting their carrier was named Bismarck....
(yes, it's named after the capital of North Dakota, in honor of Otto von Bismarck, but so was the battleship)

IIRC there was an USS Bismarck during one of the World Wars (I think it was 1st WW). The ship was renamed "USS City of Bismarck" to avoid confusion with the German ship (SMS Fürst Birmarck (should be an Armoured Cruiser) in the case it is WW1, the battleship Bismarck in WW2).
 
Hermes is listed as being able to carry up to 28 Sea Harriers and 9 Sea Kings but could probably carry an extra couple of both in a push. An Invincible class with a similar sized air group would be a much more credible carrier than OTL.
In the Falklands it was 16 Sea Harriers, 10 RAF Harriers and officially ten Sea Kings though the latter were generally dispersed.
 
Something that went to my head that could be "funny" - what if CL-115 (Fargo-class) was built and named - wait for it.... - USS Bismarck!! Imagine would the RN would react if one of their Americans escorting their carrier was named Bismarck....
(yes, it's named after the capital of North Dakota, in honor of Otto von Bismarck, but so was the battleship)

No USN gun cruiser afaik was ever planned to be named "USS Bismarck". CL 115 was not named and was only laid down to a NCC sequence number. She was cancelled on the weighs.

IIRC there was an USS Bismarck during one of the World Wars (I think it was 1st WW). The ship was renamed "USS City of Bismarck" to avoid confusion with the German ship (SMS Fürst Birmarck (should be an Armoured Cruiser) in the case it is WW1, the battleship Bismarck in WW2).


The flattop was a Casablanca Class CVE killed off Okinawa by a kamikaze ion February 1945. Afaik, this was the only other Bismarck to fly the stars and stripes in American service until the fast assault ship commissioned in 2017.
 
Something that went to my head that could be "funny" - what if CL-115 (Fargo-class) was built and named - wait for it.... - USS Bismarck!! Imagine would the RN would react if one of their Americans escorting their carrier was named Bismarck....
(yes, it's named after the capital of North Dakota, in honor of Otto von Bismarck, but so was the battleship)

It could have been worse, according to Homer Simpson.

 
Something that went to my head that could be "funny" - what if CL-115 (Fargo-class) was built and named - wait for it.... - USS Bismarck!! Imagine would the RN would react if one of their Americans escorting their carrier was named Bismarck....
(yes, it's named after the capital of North Dakota, in honor of Otto von Bismarck, but so was the battleship)
My father served on the USS Fargo.
 
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Just to be clear...

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I think this was the evolution undertaken? The credit is in the photo. Notice the grounding cable dropped to the flight deck to prevent the shock hazard to the handling party as they standby to guy the Zeppelin into a trap.

In fact, there's even video of it....

 
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