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You weigh the choices for a few minutes. You remember the debut of the Mark 18, and it wasn't a hell of a lot better than the Mark 14 – hell, it was *worse.* Mush took them for their first ride and he never lived long enough to report on their effectiveness, and another skipper that took them for a shakedown cruise was driven to apocalyptic fury by their teething problems. More importantly, they're slower and have different foibles than your hated Mark 14... in the kind of close-in, knife-fight attacks you prefer, intuition and timing are everything, and you're just not used to the slower electrics.

You're hunting the devil you don't know, so you'll use the devil you *do.*

The approach goes slowly, long minutes slipping away into the abyss as you motor towards your intercept point. Your mental chart plot indicates you'll be firing from 3,500 yards or so, assuming the enemy doesn't make a wild zig or zag. You can see them through your periscope, now – small grey dots at a distance; planes buzzing above them like gnats. You can even hear the occasional Ping! of the escort screen banging away with active; hoping to find you and yours early. It'll be a while before you have to worry about them, though.
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You duck deep a few times when you spot an incoming search plane coming too close for comfort, but you always pop back above the layer to monitor the enemy as you close for your launch point. Batteries are good at 75 percent, all your fish are loaded, and you're ready to roll. It's just a matter of time, now – final approach. Swimming back to periscope depth, you stick your scope above the waves and see the enemy vessels around fifteen thousand yards; close enough to see their tiny flags flapping in the breeze at full magnification.

And – you cannot believe your mad luck – they're coming straight towards you. They *are* zigzagging, and they just happened to zag right towards you.

[ ] Change course fast and pour it on at flank – you need to gain at least five, six hundred yards abeam for a good shot at their side. Bow shots are terrible.
[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759263
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

NEVER TRUST THE MARK14
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course fast and pour it on at flank – you need to gain at least five, six hundred yards abeam for a good shot at their side. Bow shots are terrible.
This isn't a time for a down the throat! ENSURE A KILL!
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>>41759269
>[x] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759263
>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

In and out, fast.
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>>41759269
[X] WRITE IN

make note on the appearance of the enemy carriers first

and

[X ] Change course fast and pour it on at flank – you need to gain at least five, six hundred yards abeam for a good shot at their side. Bow shots are terrible.
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[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759269
>[x] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759269
[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
>write identify the carriers
were playing with magic boys
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759269
[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=joZaJqyl2S0
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>>41759269
>[x] Change course fast and pour it on at flank – you need to gain at least five, six hundred yards abeam for a good shot at their side. Bow shots are terrible.
>tiny flags.
Are we sure that they are abyssals?
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>>41759269

>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

If we go to full speed, they'll hear us and start maneuvering accordingly. We want to avoid that.
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WHAT THE FUCK DO THE CARRIERS LOOK LIKE HARDER

THIS IS IMPORTANT
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

I think I remember something about how oblique shots with the MK 14s were more likely to detonate than straight on shots since they didn't wreck the fuse or whatever
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>At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway

Help, I can't tell the difference between reasonable estimations of combat outcomes and blatantly jinxing it with overconfidence
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What surface based vessels do we have in the area? The non Kanmusu ones, I mean. I forgot.
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>>41759269
TIME TO GET AGGRESSIVE

> Change course fast and pour it on at flank – you need to gain at least five, six hundred yards abeam for a good shot at their side. Bow shots are terrible.
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>>41759269
>[x] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

Wasn't Harder's favored tactic to fire a spread down the throat, so that the ship would take one if it continued or turned? Or was that Saberfish?
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>>41759269
>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759397
Two Arleagh Burkes
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

Have to be sneaky.
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>>41759429
I thought those were waiting for repair and rearm?
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>>41759263
>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

You're a sub. Stealth is life.

With the Mk.14, as soon as you fire, your cover is potentially blown. That means you get one chance before its time to pull a Crazy Ivan. Make the shot count.
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>>41759269
>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
Get greedy, get caught
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759393
>Help, I can't tell the difference between reasonable estimations of combat outcomes and blatantly jinxing it with overconfidence

yes that is the Harder experience anon
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>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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>>41759269
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all
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>>41759269
>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

All that moves is easily heard within the void.
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>>41759263
Goddamn I - 19 if your ass were any bigger people would mistake you for the Yamato!
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>>41759429
We need to utilize those and do so a lot.
Fuck the budget, this battle needs to be won.
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>>41759388
Still far out, so presumably they still look like ships instead of girls.

Although Harder was able to instantly recognize Fubuki and Willie D when he came back, so maybe shipgirls will always look like themselves to other shipgirls, regardless of what form they're in.
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>[X] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.

Stealth is love, stealth is life.
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>>41759263
>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
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VOTES

FUCKING

CALLED

WOO

HOO
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Wait...

If we're trying to get Harder to a 3-way intersection and Hachi is here, why don't we rope in Warcrimes-chan with a Kisaragi on the side and give Harder a harem
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>[ ] Change course to pull off abeam, but only far enough for an oblique shot. At those ranges you can hardly miss a carrier anyway, and you don't trust the modern ords techs to really sate the bloodthirsty soul of a Mark 14. Even they admit they don't quite know how any of this shipgirl... boy... magic bullshit works, after all.
Bow hits are fucking brutal to moving ships because the force of the water pushes against the damage sections and rips them up. I think I remember reading about a US cruiser that took at torpedo to the face and ended up steaming all the way back to Pearl Harbour backwards so that the nose wouldn't fall apart.
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>>41759552
except miss "no luck in the anime" hasn't shown up in the story yet.
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>>41759540
MY ENGINEERING SECTION IS READY
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>>41759531

Choukai didn't recognize Sammy until it was too late when they met, though. On the other hand Sammy seemed to recognize Choukai, so...?
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>>41759552
Give a full list of this proposed harem, please.
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>>41759555
Shokaku probably took a hit that went completely through her bow as part of the spread from Cavalla that sank her.
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>>41759555
>I think I remember reading about a US cruiser that took at torpedo to the face and ended up steaming all the way back to Pearl Harbour backwards so that the nose wouldn't fall apart.

No, they just couldn't tell which way they were going.
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>>41759583
Good point. And come to think of it, Shoukaku didn't recognize that the cosplayers were, uh, cosplayers.
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What are they?

Fleet Carriers?

Light Carriers?

Escorts?

why is there what appears to be a Clemson class with Japanese markings whispering kill me over and over again through the hydrophones
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>>41759552
Fuck off with this harem and fucking the slutmarines shit.
Harder is already property of Naka.
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>>41759540
Damn, forgot my theme music
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dd46nIoKJq8
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Ah, nothing like more KCQ after so long. Here's a little something I cooked up that probably nobody expected or wanted but I did it anyways!

You can't stop me.
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>>41759643
Woah
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>>41759586
Not that person but as it is, it's Naka, Iku, Hachi, and the guy's suggesting Kisaragi (who to my knowledge hasn't shown up at all)

>>41759643
OH LAWL
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>>41759643
...
Is that a Hate Squid?
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>[x] take a moment to contemplate tone and chikuma's perfect asses. I mean, goddamn.


Hey, sometimes peoples thoughts go to strange places on the verge of action.
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>>41759643
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>>41759643
YOU'RE A KID YOU'RE A SQUID YOU'RE A KID YOU'RE A SQUID YOU'RE A SLUT
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>>41759643
Setting coordinates for Ion Cannon Orbital Strike.
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>>41759643
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>>41759518

That can't be right.

I'm on her ass right now. It's not wet or as soft or as huge as yamato's.

(I'm a hamster.)
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>>41759643
Nice
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>>41759643
GODDAM

KONGO

I RECOGNIZE HER ANYWHERE
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>>41759643
Truly, this is perfection.
>Dat Kongou Squidgirl
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>>41759643
Kongou so happy to be alive
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>>41759643
So, Sammy, Harder, Kongou, Naka... and who else is that?
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>>41759643
That is awesome to a new level! Good Job Pixal!
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>>41759555
You're talking about the New Orleans.

Torpedo hit the forward magazine, severed everything from turret two off and caused the bow to turn around and ram against the side of the ship before sinking.
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>>41759643

GREY YOU FAGGOT.

STOP PLAYING XCOM AND DRAW MORE.
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Actually I was wrong, it wasn't a cruiser that took a torpedo to the nose. It was the USS Maryland BB-46.

>>41759643
OH LAWD

It's like KCQ and Splatoon had a baby.
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>>41759674
Oh hush.
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>>41759643
I detect but a single flaw: corgi's where?
But I fully approve of spandex shorts on shipsluts.
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>>41759705
Arizona?
Hornet?
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>>41759705
How do you not fucking recognize Willie D.?
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>>41759552
>Warcrimes-chan
Isn't that like half a dozen different ships?
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>>41759736
>How do you not fucking recognize Willie D.?
It's been a long ass time since I saw her.

Now then, who are the two with Naka?
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>>41759643
HOLY SHIT!
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>>41759773
Characters from Splatoon who are also idols.
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>>41759757
I think that when it comes to Kancolle, at least on /a/, that name specifically applies to I-8.
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>>41759757
>>41759799
I thought warcrimes-chan was "It's totally a sail guys, honest" Yuudachi?
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>>41759799
>He thinks its I-8.
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Need more BB's.

Is Harder still the only new arrival we've gotten?
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>>41759757

Of note would be I-8, whose crew was known to have gunned down shipwrecked sailirs.

Most other ships of the IJN, if they did so, would have been a one-off event. (IJN Makigumo, for example, had only one such incident of gunning shipwrecked sailors)

A very notable exception to this was the Tone, who rescued shipwrecked Allied sailors as POWs, only for IJN High Command to issue new orders regarding POWs captured during wartime, some of whom were offloaded at their next port of call. The captain of the Tone then asked his superior aboard the IJN Aoba as to how to treat the remainder, who then gave instructions to "deal with them". Cue WARCRIMES some time later.

And this is another reason why Aoba is the worst shipgirl.
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>>41759859
Patience, comrade.
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You lower your glass eye and go deep, ducking under the cone of enemy active sonar as they bang away with insistent, steady PING! PING! PING!s, looking for you. Good luck, faggots. You'll be able to cut throttle in a few minutes. The real beauty of the oblique-angle shot is that with the right gyro settings, you can take the swipe from fairly good range and let the enemy just sail into your fish – if you'd launched from directly abeam, you'd have been right next to the destroyer escort at point of closest approach. Plus, it lets you keep your nose pointed at the incoming active sonar pulses, which you couldn't do if launching a beam attack.

Your blood is really pumping now – it's real. It's happening. You're going to sneak in close and *clobber* those ugly murdering sons of bitches so hard that they'll think the Wahoo was here, too.
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>>41759799
No, Warcrimes-chan is Poi "I abuse the flag of surrender" Yuudachi
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>Navy Days is in town at the port
>chance to tour Iowa and see a couple Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers to boot

Thinking about heading out tomorrow and taking some pics. I'm really curious about seeing the Arleigh Burke girls up close.
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>>41759842
It is I-8, the crew executed "rescued" survivors of ships they sank.

Yuudachi is the Nightmare of Solomon.
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>>41759882
Isn't it hard to find SFW pics of her?
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>>41759722
>>41759711
You're both right
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>>41759895
Poi got the no quarters thing set up.
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>>41759826
>>41759842
I-8 literally has a "War Crimes" section on her wikipedia article.
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>>41759859
Indeed.

BB-55 when.
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Its important to stay limber for torpedo cut-ins.
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>>41759586
Naka- First girl. Forced Harder to open up. Probably gonna win.

Iku- Obligatory fanservice. Forces Harder to open his pants

Hachi- Secondary fanservice and the kuudere. Forces him to forgive and forget.

Katori- Cake and /ss/. Makes Harder behave. Gently.

Yuu- Foreign girl and Kouhai with benefits.

Akebono- No harem is complete without a tsundere. Could be switched out for Amatsukaze.

I can't believe I just wrote that.

CAPTCHA: Select all the cakes.
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>>41759885
>Fat Stack and Fat Stack #2 berthed next to homely old carrier mom Langley
>"my, you girls sure have grown"

cuuuuuuute
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You've turned your bow towards the oncoming enemy and cut throttle, patiently listening to the escorts pinging away fruitlessly quite close, when you hear it – the high-pitched whine of high-speed screws. You doubt they'll hear it unless it's coming right at them – that's the penalty for slammin away instead of paying due dilligence to passive hydrophones. I-8 and I-19 are taking their shots. By your watch they're right on time – they approached slower, counting on their longer range, so they're probably shooting at 9-12 thousand yards, by your chart. Apparently that's a decent shot with those magic superpedoes of theirs. Whatever.

Several seconds later you hear the more distant escorts thunder into flank RPMs, their machinery sounds thrumming through the surface duct as they go charging off towards the two Japanese submarines, their sonar slamming away with rapid pulses used for terminal attack. Those shallow-diving, slow-turning girls are going to have a bad day very soon, you think.

[ ] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
[ ] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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Let's be honest here, "Warcrimes-chan" describes pretty much the entirety of the Imperial Japanese armed forces
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>>41759949
why is there a chibi doris miller

of all the things they could chibify, why doris miller

that just feels wrong
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>>41759967
>[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

Push us into close range and let's pummel 'em!
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>>41759883
No.
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>>41759967
>[X] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.

Then they'll have to turn about.
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>>41759967
>[ ] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

Down the throat. We'll do our job.
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>>41759967

Apropos of nothing, but I thought that poster was mondo fucking gay BEFORE I noticed that guy gripping the brass rod. Jesus Christ.
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>>41759967
>[X] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41759967
>[ ] Those slant-eyed (YET INCREDIBLY ALLURING) whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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>>41759967
[ ] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

shotgun them
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>>41759967
Uh, ok... what do we do?
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>>41759967
>[ ] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
DON"T FUCKING WASTE OUR CHANCE
CLOSE AND SECURE THE KILL.
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>>41759967
>[x] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
>[x] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41759967
[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
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>[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

Hope this doesn't fuck it up...
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>>41759967
> They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.

Hey, if they're extra stupid, they'll then see us and circle back to try and hit us. By which time we'll have fired our shot and hit the deck.
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>>41759902
Danbooru has 64 pages of images that are tagged with her and rated "Safe", and 20 pages tagged with her and rated "Questionable" or "Explicit".
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>>41760004
For the love of god, don't go to periscope depth. They're going to be on a huge lookout right now, so we'll be spotted.
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>>41759967
>[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
Let's do our job.
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>>41759995
All I can say is: Navy.
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>>41759967
>[x] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
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>>41760012
PICK ONE. THEY ARE MUTUALLY FUCKING EXCLUSIVE.
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41759967
Not sure of the position of the ships here, but when the escorts finish turning and go gunning for the sl/u/ts in a STRAIGHT line, can we torpedo them?

This is why I wanted to load the aft tubes, if we had electrics loaded we could pick them off as they go past.
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>>41759945
I think only the first three have shown up and not very likely about the others.

>>41759967
>[x] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!

I don't think it'd go down well if they bite it.
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
we were going with range anyway and once fire fire our torps the escorts will swarm us and we can fall back and hit em with the mark 18s this way will say the japs to
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>>41759967
> Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

Bye bye lewd subs we Hardly knew yee
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>[ ] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
I'd rather not have some casualties on my watch, thank you very much.
NOW GET BACK IN LIKE YOU USELESS SHMUCKS
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>>41760043

EVERYONE LISTEN TO THE FUCKING CORPORAL.
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>[x] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

Why not
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>>41760043
>PICK ONE. THEY ARE MUTUALLY FUCKING EXCLUSIVE.
Maybe he wants to save the nips by distracting the escorts with a sunk carrier?
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>>41759967
>>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41759967
>[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
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>>41760034
we are firing from 600 yards, right?

That's like less than 30 seconds of response time from launch to impact. Let's see them try to dodge a full spread in that time (with a few extra secs if they do spot us early.)
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41759967
>[ ] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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>>41759967
>[ ] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
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>>41759927


She must take her job seriously to stay in shape.
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.

Force them to notice us.
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>>41759967
[x] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41759967
>[x] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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>>41759967
[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
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TORPEDO THE FUCKING CARRIERS AND THE DD'S WILL TURN AROUND AND START PANICKING
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>>41759967
>[x] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!

Any chance at torpedoing some escorts?
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>>41759967
>[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

We have a job to do. We can play hero when our job is done.
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>>41759985

Official records mention that the IJN Yuudachi was not putting up a flag of surrender. However, the Allied forces mistook the "sail" as such.

This caused Allied High Command to issue a "no quarters" order with regards to any and all IJN sailors who were shipwrecked.

IJN Warcrimes, though scant, are documented. They have bombed hospital ships and their submarine crews routinely murdered shipwrecked merchant sailors.

http://www.pacificwar.org.au/JapWarCrimes/TenWarCrimes/WarCrimes_Jap_Navy.html
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>>41759799
>>41759826
>>41759867
>>41759970

I rest my case. (Also don't forget Kaga, since she attacked the USS Panay years before war was declared.)

>>41759967
[x] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41760057
>Implying two chevrons in the navy weig--
WAIT
THEY ACTUALLY HAVE CRED
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>>41759967
>[ ] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
EMBRACE YOUR LEGEND AND SINK ALL THE DESTROYERS
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>>41759967
>>41760043
Re-voting then.
>[x] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41760053
But... but I don't want to lose them.
It was getting fun seeing Harder react there and I bet it would be even more fun to see future interactions.
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>>41759985
Too bad you're objectively wrong, and no amount of shitposting will fix the fact that the Imperial Japanese military were some of the worst offenders, war-crimes wise, in the past ten centuries.
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>>41759967
>[x] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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[X ] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.

Don't abandon the mission.
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>>41759967
>[X] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
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>>41759967
>[ ] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.

DO THIS
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>>41760080

Shiranui takes her job very seriously.
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>>41760133
You are right, but also retarded.
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>>41760098
>TORPEDO THE FUCKING CARRIERS AND THE DD'S WILL TURN AROUND AND START PANICKING
It's late as fuck over here - slow and steady or the other one, which should I change my vote to/stay with?
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>>41760004
Basically a choice between another shot at the carriers while leaving I-8 and I-19 at greater risk, or intervening with the escorts but risking the carriers getting away.
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>>41760133
I'm sure there are instances in Korea, Vietnam, and the current situation in the middle east that have them beat.
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>>41760165
If we torpedo the carrier, the escorts will come right at us.
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>>41759967
>[x] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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>>41760111
How is killing enemy combatants a war crime?
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VOTES CALLED YEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWW
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>>41760131
Who knows how things play out. I'm just hoping it's merely people being pragmatic than using fucked up "waifu spite" logic like in VMQ2.
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>>41759967
>[ ] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. You have to do something!
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>>41759967
>[ ] Slow and steady wins the race – use this chance to close to attack range.
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>>41760165
>while leaving I-8 and I-19 at greater risk,
Why should we care about the useless Nip boats again?
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>>41760182
>sailors in a lifeboat
>pilots under parachutes
>"combatants"
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>>41760182
1/10

try harder faggot
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>>41760182
>How is killing helpless men a war crime?
ftfy
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>>41760182
>How is killing defenseless shipwrecked POWs a warcrime?
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>>41760182
Killing enemy combatants is not a war crime.

Killing surrendering enemies and POWs is a super fucking war crime.
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>>41760200
Because they're allies?
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>>41759967
>[ ] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
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Just leaving this here.
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>>41760189
In my case, I figured that the Slutmarines know what they're doing in combat by now and we should stick to our job.

We can gank the escorts after the carriers are burning.
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>>41760182

If the ship they were on has foundered, ie sunk, then the sailors on board are considered prisoners of war once captured. The Hague Conventions and the Geneva Conventions have rules regarding shipwrecked sailors.

Suffice to say, even if your country is not a signatory, your country is obliged to not be a dick and not break those Conventions.
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>>41760200
Yeah, this is probably going to be a pretty important point in Harder's character development.
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>>41760216
>>41760217
>>41760219
>>41760226
>taking the bait
>not using a funny picture

anon

pls
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>>41760200
Harder is a fucking gentleman, that's why.
Oh sure he might PRETEND he doesn't like them but he does his best not to let ladies suffer.
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>>41760182
you're not supposed to murder surrendering enemy personnel. Shooting sailors in the water is like machine-gunning a pilot mid air who bailed out of his burning airplane.
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>>41760229
>jaegersluts
I'm okay with this.
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>>41760200
Because they have FAT ASSES that make Harder have FEELS
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>>41760210
Didn't young kill some aliums after using a parachute?
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>>41760246
>>>41760226 (You)
Why am I quoted?
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>>41760229

>airdropping in shipgirls a la Jaegers

A bit impractical, but raises an interesting idea on airborne shipslut insertion. Could we possibly get the girls rated for parachute drops?
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>>41760131

Carrier is the biggest strategic danger, if the subs are worth their salt they will find a way out of it. If not there are plenty more where that came from, as much as I like them.
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>>41759711
Fuck. That is brutal. Your bow coming to ram you.
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>>41760229

I'll also leave this here

http://danbooru.donmai.us/pools/10164
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>>41760246
The wildcat and Widow were shit and the A6M was an amazing fighter and technological achievement. The F4U was the best single piston engine aircraft the US ever produced.
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>>41760267
No. That was Killer Caldwell.
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>>41760229
*muffled pacific rim theme in the distance*
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>>41760133
Eh I'd bet the jihadists have done worse.
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>>41760267
Yes, because Aliums eat people and don't let them surrender
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>>41760274

Planefag's already said it's entirely possible and I think we might already have done it?
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>>41759643
Holy shit pixel, that Willie Dee.
I love you so much
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>>41760274
We kinda did. The Luzon op had the girls airdropped, if I remember what planefag said in an earlier thread.
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>>41760229
>what happened to those two jaegers in the movie

i don't think this is a good thing guys
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>>41759967
Shit there's not much we can do here, sure we could attempt to lure an escort at us and pull a Harder classic, or just hope that the Jap subs take a leaf out of our book and keep their cool...

[X] They're distracted. Come to periscope depth so you can fine-tune your attack calculations while the escorts are swarming the two Japanese ships.
[X] Those slant-eyed whores are dead fucking meat under concentrated attack. They need instruction
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I want to commit a crime.
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>>41760246
>>41760281
Oh, right. Uh...

The Glock explodes. The 1911 is a heavy piece of shit. China's surface warfare capability is unmatched. Low and slow a shit.
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>>41759882
Wahoo?
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>The wildcat and Widow were shit and the A6M was an amazing fighter and technological achievement. The F4U was the best single piston engine aircraft the US ever produced.
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>>41760281
In all seriousness what was the best single piston aircraft the U.S.used?
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>>41760332
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wahoo_%28SS-238%29
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>>41760332
USS Wahoo, another deadly WW2 submarine.
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>>41760312

They gave as good as they got--Cherno did, anyway.
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RUUUN ABYSSALS


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKaYOW9zMoY
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>>41760292
Roughly equal in variety, but the Da'esh-bags haven't had the numbers or geographic scope to beat the IJA/IJN in total warcrimes. Or to beat the Nazis, who were more methodical than the Japanese (if less inventive).
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>>41760292
Like what? Drowning people? Beheading people? Burning them alive? Throwing them off cliffs? Japs did ALL that and worse.

They also brainwashed their own civilians into killing themselves before the US soldiers could rape and eat them alive.
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>>41760338
You are allowed to speak out against those who insult the cherished Widow, Demetrious.
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>>41760292
Are the jihadists here?
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>>41760344
In what fucking role? Overall, I'd back up it's the Corsair. Fucking, Good fighter, good fighter-bomber, Worked as a night fighter. More or less unfucking matched by the shit it saw in WW2, they used 'em in Korea for CAS.
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You get to pick ONE. How do questers not understand this?
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>>41760344
Bearcat?
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>>41760338
Do it, Frank.
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>>41760344
We talking performance or combat record? Bearcat and Skyraider are pretty far up there.
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>>41760382
And it had its own TV show.
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>>41760352
One still got its head crushed and ripped off, and the other had its chest caved in after having its face melted.

I don't know about you but I don't want to see that happen to Prinz and Bisquik.
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We saving the fatties or not?
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>>41760362
>They also brainwashed their own civilians into killing themselves before the US soldiers could rape and eat them alive.

Wartime propaganda is always so damned interesting to learn about.
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>>41760410
Fuck 'em, we've got more important targets than saving them.
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>>41760382
mah brotha-in-arms
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>>41760353
>WHY ARE YOU SITTING ON YOUR HELMETS?
>SO OUR BALLS DON'T GET BLOWN OFF!
Admit it, mediocre as it was, the Gate anime's version of Italica was pretty funny.
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RIP Wahoo

Lost, found, and never forgotten.
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>>41760239
Does the convention mean anything in this day and age?
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>>41760382
I'd take a corsair any day. Helluva plane once the Brits figured out how to land them for us.>
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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaar Thuuuuuuunder.

Seriously though I can't fight Nip planes for shit in the Big girls the navy used.

>>41760344
My bias is towards the XF8B that Boeing developed.
Can pack an ass load of Ordinance and is fast for its time.
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>>41760436
... Alright, now you're just being stupid. Not to imply you weren't being stupid before, but now you're doing it on purpose.
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>>41760362
Jihadists have done all that shit.
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>>41760436
Considering most of the world is a signatory, yes.
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Ya'll are fagots.

JUG best plane all roles, every year, 24/7.
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>>41760505
This man speaks the truth.
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Heart of Iron 3 - How do I into naval combat anons?
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>>41760474

Well don't turn fight them for starters.
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>>41760505
Razorback a best
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>>41760519
You wait for HOI 4 and play that instead, that’s what.
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>>41760362
The terrorists have sodomized people to death.
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I'm sorry, that sure was a nice fleet you had.
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>>41760540
HoI4 is going to be casualized shit.
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>>41760522

I use BnZ buuuut I really don't have the Alt to pounce a lot of times like when i'm flying a 190.
The only planes you can really turn fight in are, biplanes, nip planes and Spitfires.
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>>41760540
Man, I can't wait for that game. Xcom2, fallout 4, eh, ok, sure, but I'm really hype for HoI4
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>>41760436
Even Somali pirates leave the people of the ships they capture alive.

Fuck off.
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It looks like someone took a Hellcat and stretched it out.
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>>41760474
boom and zoom and don't turn
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>>41760542
Nanking.
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TLDR Terrorists and IJN a shit.
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>>41760519
...lol. CVs and crusiers
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>>41760519
There are several schools of thought. The first is spamming huge stacks of destroyers, this is the most min-maxy option, but for losers. Then you have the Carrier/ Light Cruiser route, which is good. You could throw Battlecruisers in if you want, but I would recommend against it. There is the Heavy Cruiser/ Light Cruiser route as well, as they share practicals and are fast to pump out, especially with the shared practicals. Then you could go BBs and Destroyers, if you really wanted to. I wouldn't.
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>>41760585
Refer to bottom post.
>>41760567
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>>41760485
Yeah but it's a matter of scale, just go look up what Japan did to China. WAS doing to China even before WW2.

>>41760542
Well if you believe what is written about Nanking they not only raped women (and men!) to death, they also did things like bury people alive in mass graves and shove firecrackers up into people to watch them explode.

Anyhow this is all grim as shit, lets talk about something else...
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>>41760569
Paradox wants to "broaden their audience appeal" for HoI4. It's going to be dumbed down and casualized. Then they'll Jew you by releasing sprite packs.
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>>41760542
Nips ripped fetus out of pregnant women and kill them too.
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>>41760647

.... Fuck.

I mean, I don't mind some shit that people get up in arms about with casualization of games, sometimes it's simple quality of life shit that makes the game better in the long run.

But when shit like that gets said... yeah. Well, might as well pirate it first, try it out. I'll buy it if they haven't ruined it.
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>>41760624
Ahhh thanks anon!

I guess CV still rules the waves after all.

Will try to make Canada into a naval super power instead of an air power.
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>>41760647
Well when compared to the insanity that is CK2...that is not always a bad thing. I don't think it will be as casual as you think it will.
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>>41760624
For naval warfare, would HOI 3 be better or the Darkest Hour?
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>>41760647
i don't know i like the new naval combat look seems less like who has most CVs wins but im holding my breath on the ground combat it looks like make your plan and game does the rest i don't like it
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As the escorts go fucking apeshit and enter max-rate emergency turns (the sound of disrupted water near their bows a dead giveaway) to angle towards the Japanese subs in one great big angry gaggle, you realize it's the perfect time to come to persicope depth and take observations to make your attack as good as possible. You could theoretically guesstimate the enemy's position based on guesstimated speed and the sonar bearing, but chances like this don't come often – you have an opportunity to decide the battle with one crushing spread of torpedoes. You ascend past the thermal layer cautiously, the sound of hostile escorts and sonar pings intensifying sharply. You grit your teeth as you *feel* the sonar pulses slapping into your skin, but none of them are close enough to be a problem, and no escorts are close enough to get really good returns off you... yet. You're going ahead one-third, so you don't much fear detection.
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>>41760474
It's kind of hard in RB because Corsairs need an energy advantage against Zeros, Zeros climb a bit faster, and you both start on the ground. All you can really do is hope your team drags them down.
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>>41760719
Ive got their Finest Hour and I run the black ice mod on top of it.
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>>41760700
Eh, for Canada I'd go the CA/CL route. You don't have enough IC. Get NAV planes as well, for scouting and attack.
>>41760719
They're about the same, IMO.
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>>41760362

Not sure if it's brainwashing when it's just run of the mill propaganda falling on fertile soil.
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>>41760715
CK2 isn't so much strategy as it is a really violent dating sim.
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>>41760749

https://www.themittani.com/features/curse-climb-meta?nopaging=1

You're welcome~
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>CK2

How insane are we talking about here? My only real experience with it are the odd Youtube videos showing off incest, war, and infidelity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a58PcQyrIFE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdOL8R-otto
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Mentally humming a jaunty tune to yourself, you raise your periscope and discover absolute fucking chaos. The hostile battle group has – fuck those stupid cowardly dumbfuck slantsluts forever – turned due west, hauling ass away from the spread of Long Lances they fired... and they're still seven-thousand yards distant and moving at flank speed. The sky is dark with flak bursts to the north, where small white dots are racing towards the fleet at high speed, skimming the waves. Crazy bastards.

Your shot has been spoiled... for now. It looks like friendly planes are making a low-level torpedo attack on the enemy's new beam; and the enemy is already running with their stern to I-8 and I-19s spreads. Usually they'd present their stern to the incoming planes; forcing them into a tail chase and increasing the interception window for their CAP, but the Long Lance spread has precluded that. Your gut tells you they'll run from the fired spread for as long as possible, then turn sharply into the incoming planes to spoil their beam shot by presenting the narrow front aspect.

In other words, right towards you.

[ ] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760772
>You're welcome~
get back to posting story
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>>41760757
Thanks anon!
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>>41760801
>[X] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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>>41760715
Ck2 is pretty simple, all things told. the individual components don't have much complexity player-side.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760801
>[x] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760759
Excellent. Will try. Not as glorious as carrier rush but someone got to keep Germans at bay and Nips at arms length until Pearl Harbor.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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>>41760801
>[ X] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

CLOSE RANGE, MOTHERFUCKERS!
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>>41760801
Ah for fucks sake.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
As I recall, Harder always got his kills in head on down-the-throat strikes. might as well do what we know.
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>>41760801
>[x] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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>>41760801
>[x] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
Down the throat guys.
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>>41760801
>[X] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
FROM THE SHADOWS I STRIKE...
DEFEAT... THE WAR IN THE SHADOWS IS ABOUT TO BEGIN...
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

the escorts are busy with both the Nips and now the attacking planes, get in close
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

The escorts are still busy dicking over the nips, so they probably won't notice us being loud since they don't seem to care about passive sonar at this point
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>>41760765
I never heard it explained that way but it makes perfect sense.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760801
>Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

Even if we mess up, we'll put the enemy carriers between a rock and a hard place;

Try and evade us, OR try and evade the incoming planes?
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>>41760801
>[X] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
shotgun the fucks in the face
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>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
They only have a 50-50 shot of turning towards us, if they turn at all. We need to press.

We also might have the chance to royally fuck them up if they drive straight to let the long lances pass through them. They won't be able to dodge our spread without turning into them.
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>>41760801
>[x] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760647

They could "broaden their audience appeal" just by making competent tutorials.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
This is what subs do. Anyone who votes otherwise is a complete idiot who knows nothing of subs.
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>>41760920
They should include a tutorial slider
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>>41760801

>Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

TIME FOR SOME TACTICAL TORPEDO DEEP THROAT ACTION!
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>>41760801
>[x] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
Make the fucks dodge three intersecting spreads of torps.

There will be blood for the blood god tonight.
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[ X ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>[x] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

RUNNING IN THE DEEP
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TO ALL YOU FUCKS SAYING FLOOR IT

DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE SLIGHTEST THING ABOUT SUBMARINE COMBAT?
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>>41760927
Apparently it's what Harder would do, though?
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>>41760920
sucking at game for the first 20 or so hours is the reason i play there games
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Reminder that submarines are indecent.
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>>41760801
>go deep and floor it

There’s enough noise in the water now that we won't be noticed.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
This is how a submarine escapes.
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>>41760950
Harder played the game the smart way. Read the AARs.
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>>41760947
no but i know its impossible to dodge torps from three intersecting spread of torps
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>>41760947
DO YOU HAVE THE SLIGHTEST IDEA OF HOW HARDER OPERATES!?
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[X] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.
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>>41760994
Yes, yes I do. I read the AARs. Did you? Have you even read Baby's Entryway to Subs, aka Hunt for the Red October?
>>41760993
When they're spaced out like that, it's certainly possible.
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>>41760801
>[x] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DU32myDHbM

This is now the thread theme
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>>41760947
This is WW2-era sub combat. Enemy gear isn't good enough to pick one more patch of noise out of this much chaos, the escorts are out of position, and the carriers already have to dodge torpedoes from multiple directions.

We can afford a burst of speed.
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

IT'S TIME FOR A VIOLENT SEMEN INFERNO
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>>41760970
>This is how a sub escapes.
>Gettin' out of many scrapes
>Blame it on my Mark 14s, baby
>Sub
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>>41761023
I agree with you, but the waters are loud as hell, so going loud ourselves could work.

I voted quiet, by the way.
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VOTES CALLED
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>>41760801
>[X] Go deep and go quiet. They either come this way again, or they don't.
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>>41761054
We're doomed.
This is how Naka becomes a war widow before the marriage even happens.
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>>41761054
Will our impulsive hotbloodedness save the day or fuck everything up? Find out next time Planefag updates!
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>>41760947
The enemy is likely distracted dodging the long lances, chasing Japanese benis-boats, sending up ack-ack to swat away the bombers, and screwing the TB's attack runs.

We're safe. The abyssals aren't.
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>>41760954
Why?
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>>41761076
So, Wednesday?
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>>41761076
>wildly shoot into the air with our pistol
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>>41761041
You don't understand. This IS WW2-era sub combat. Submarines absolutely sucked at it! The shoe is not on your foot in engagement times, particularly when the enemy knows that there are subs out there. Hopefully we're facing Japanese abyssals, because God help us if it's the Americans or Brits.
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>>41761092
SOUNDS LIKE A FUCKING PLAN.
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>>41761092
>Implying Harder has enough Industrial Grade HOTBLOOD
>Harder can't even bed a wench properly without asking his superior
Guys pls
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>>41761099
>God help us if it's the Americans or Brits.
>And then Harder was buggered with a hedgehog
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>>41761069
BELIEVE IN LOVE.
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>>41761099
The entire group of enemy escorts went to pound Iku's supple ass, leaving the big ships undefended.

I don’t think we're facing the first team here.
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>>41761076
Wait did he end this early?
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Hoppou when.
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>>41761144
Read the update again.
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>>41761155
No, he just takes forever to write.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffe1exg-WNs

Be ready.
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>>41761155
No that why I said 'updates' as opposed to 'next thread'

Though I suppose they aren't mutually exclusive.
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>>41761133

Every time I see that picture, I laugh for a good five fucking minutes at the "!" between her fucking legs.
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>>41761133
I can't wait to buy that.
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>>41761099
Except the enemy is also under air attack.

The more we can add to the chaos, the more likely they fuck up and eat high explosives from one of the many, many things attacking them.
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If there was better coordination, the long lances could go after one carrier and us after another, and the planes after one more.
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>>41761166
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>>41761166
I am afraid that if or when we do find fap angel's Hoppou, it won't be so cute and charming...
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>>41761176
It's like the Battle of HeFei all over again
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq_d7-7xJKU
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>>41761254
>"I have you now Taishi Ci!"
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>>41761296
Dynasty Warriors 9 when?
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>>41761296
>CAN ANYONE PROVIDE ME WITH A DECENT FLEET ACTION?!
>ENEMY TEITOKU... OBLITERATED!
>YOU'RE TOO DEEP, LIU BEI!
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For HOI 3, would playing US and focus on naval warfare and nothing else be a viable alternative?
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>>41761338
Well they've gone through there cycle of Main Game -> XL -> Empires, so in a year or two.
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>>41761354
It wouldn't even be fair, but yes, it's possible. If you ignore Germany, cause they'll be fucked by the USSR anyways, you could completely demolish Japan completely by sea, with some additional air power and Marines.
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>>41761338
>>41761363
Man, I sure hope so. I miss fighting alongside the Wei officers.
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvqj49m1Yxk
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>>41761341
>YOU'RE TOO DEEP, LIU BEI!

HE IS GOING.
ALL.
THE.
WAY.
TOUCHDOWN!
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>>41761354
I would expect that the greatest barrier to the US in the early game would be intense internal opposition to "foreign adventures."

Thanks Roosevelt, btw. Big fan of your infamy speech.
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>>41761247
This quest is severely lacking in Hellcow. No, Harder's view of Iku doesn't count.
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Wo.
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>>41761388
Dammit, if ever a Ship Girl from the Battle of Red Cliffs shows up, I want her to be wearing Cao Cao or Liu Bei's DW8 armor.
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>>41761419
Woah.

Ain't seen that one around base.
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>>41761419
A shit
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>>41761381
>>41761401
What about making Australia a big naval power and stopping nips with cruisers and anti-ship planes?
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>>41761419
Well, odds are your in luck. Your going to see a pair in an hour or two. Just be sure to be in the CIC at the time.
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>>41761431
>Ain't seen that one around base.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to capture an enemy carrier so you can enjoy looking at DAT ASS around the base
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>>41761431
It's the enemy Hate.

No, you cannot put your dick in it.
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>>41761431

You might if we capture a carrier, or not it might just be an evilslutboatfromhell.
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>>41761456

Humans will put a dick into just about anything, its kind of scary to be honest.
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>>41761449
That's one of the things Australia can do. The strategy is doable with any second-rate nation.
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>Navy anti-ship weaponry proves to be inadequate, missiles just don't hit hard enough against a 40,000 ton ship
>needs true ships of the line to protect the missile boats and CV's
>no time to draw up a new design from scratch
>stumble upon the old Montana draft documents

Just imagine, the brand new Montana class equipped with 16" magnetically accelerated canons, hundreds of Tomahawks, Sea Sparrows, Harpoons, dozens of CIWS, all powered by the newest and most efficient nuclear reactors known to man, armored with the most modern composites

and they get sunk in the very first battle and return as abyssals immediately to fuck us in the ass
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>>41761419
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>>41761456


Not with that attitude.
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>>41761341
Harder should pretend to defect to the Abyssals to become a breeding stud then light them all on fire once they're all unawares.
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>>41761483
"Can I fuck it?" is the second question humans will ask when they meet a new sentient species.

The first is "What do the females look like?"
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>>41761512
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_zEcQZ_c_o
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>>41761505
The hell am I looking at?
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>>41761431
First you want Iowas ass, then FAT STACKS, now an Abyssals ass

If you're fapping to the enemy, you're fapping with Hitler!

that didn't work as well as it sounded in my head
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>>41761541
I can fucking tell.
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Your mind is made up when you see the giant plumes of water climbing into the air in front of the white seaplanes boring in for their attack run; the abyssal escort cruisers unleashing their heavy guns in an attempt to swat the planes from the sky by slamming them into a towering column of sea spray. Those explosions will make the surface duct a washed-out mess; and the ashcans that'll be falling on I-8 and I-19 will take care of the deeps. You charge below the thermal layer once more, cranking the electrics to flank; your track on the abyssal destroyers degrading a bit as water rushes loudly over your ears. Hydrophones. Whatever.

It's cold, in the deep, but you can feel a hot, almost searing heat in your breast as you tax your batteries for all they're worth, managing to push out nine knots in the dense, deep water just above your crush depth.

*krumph!*

*Krumph-krumphkrumphpkrkrumph!*
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>>41761541
>BRO JOB CHOO CHOO
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>>41761541
A man is not a man if he doesn't appreciate a nice ass.
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>>41761541

Hitler had an attraction to his Niece... think about that for a second.
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>>41761526
>>41761512
Wei was here, all other fleets go home
>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8smkUBq5z8
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>>41761483
I knew a guy who fucked a cactus drunk off his ass. The ER had some fun rumors for the rest of the month after that I bet.
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The distant thunder of detonating depth charges comes bolting through the darkness; your fellow submarines under concentrated attack somewhere. Well, they attacked from range – they had plenty of time to go deep and creep away from their launch point... and the Long Lance's oxygen-powered system doesn't leave a telltale trail of bubbles (like that FUCKING Mark 14) that lead right back to your goddamn tube doors, so the enemy doesn't know exactly where to start looking for them; just a rough quadrant. If they know the hand-off attack, they might be dangerous... but even the fatassed, slow-turning boats should be okay for a while. You turn your wrist over and check your watch, the glow-in-the-dark-but-not-with-radium-because-we-banned-that-like-fucking-pusses dial revealing the time – you should be close now, if the enemy turned back into the wind, northward, they'll be coming towards you directly, or running parallel to your course. Now's the time to check. Rate-of-change in the sonar bearings can only tell you so much right now – it turns out all that noise in the surface duct works both ways.

PING!

Oh, no.

PING!

Oh no you didn't, you prickly annoying fuck.

PING PING!

That isn't what I thought it is.

PING PING PING PING PING

THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO FUCK OFF AND PING ELSEWHERE, ASSWIPE.

PING PING PING PING PING PING PING PING PING-

Fuck. One of the snooping fuckers got lucky and sniffed you out. You grit your teeth in sheer mad annoyance as you hear his screws pick up to flank speed; he must've been drifting when he approached, listening on hydrophones instead of blasting away like his moron friends, and happened to be close enough to hear you through the noise *and* the layer. Well, it happens. You adjust course to put your stern to his sonar bearing.
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>>41761541
We need a shipgirls edit of this, stat.
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The sound of fast-moving machinery thrums in your ears, and when it's too deafeningly loud to bear, you slam into a hard left-handed turn; your nine knots of speed letting you respond quickly. By the time the depth charges reach your depth, you're well clear of them. The incredible density of water is a double-edged sword; it contains the force of an explosion against anything it hits – a hit or near hit from a depth charge is almost guaranteed death. But the same effect neuters the blast past anything but very short range; which is why depth-charges are massive trash cans stuffed with TNT to try and maximize their miniscule range as much as possible. You cut throttles sharply, not daring more than 200 RPMs, and secure your b...

… you unclench your asshole. That can't possibly be bilge pumps. How does this human shit work, anyways? Who gives a fuck, you're quiet now. You hear Sneaky McFuckMyFace circling around sharply overhead, and turn your bow back towards him to reduce your sonar cross-section as he tries to re-aqquire you. Without a buddy to standoff and maintain sonar contact when he accelerates for the kill, his chances of nailing you alone are remarkably slim. You can keep this up all day...

… but you don't have all goddamned day, do you?

[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
[ ] He's still charging around at flank up there, relying on active sonar. Surface in his wake next time he makes a depth charging run and take a peek around – see what we can see. Your situational awareness right now is tiny, and you hate surprises.
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>>41761593
HIT EM AGAIN HARDER

DESTROYERS AIN'T SHIT
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>>41761593
SEE

YOU SEE THIS YOU FUCKS

THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T FUCKING YOLO CHARGE IN A SUB WHEN YOU COULD WAIT FOR THEM TO LITERALLY MOVE TO YOU
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>>41761622
>[x] Run silent, run deep
Stick to the theme
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>>41761622
Well, I was fucking wrong.
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.

see >>41761038
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>>41761622
sneeki breeki down low

no need to get yourself sunk
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
And thus we return to true submariner doctrine, LIKE WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING FROM THE BEGINNING
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>>41761622
>[x] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761656
No shit you were wrong. There was no way it was going to be a good idea.
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>>41761622
>[x] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
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Okay class, so what did we learn?
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>>41761710
/tg/ is stupid?
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>>41761622
>[X] He's still charging around at flank up there, relying on active sonar. Surface in his wake next time he makes a depth charging run and take a peek around – see what we can see. Your situational awareness right now is tiny, and you hate surprises.
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>>41761710
/tg/ sucks at making decisions.
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>>41761710
That you take chances every time you enter combat, and you have to deal with the eventuality that you might get unlucky?
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>>41761710
That a submarine is an Assassin and not a Kensei?
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>>41761622
>Put a torpedo into the escort

Harder does have a reputation to uphold.
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>>41761710

Nothing because I approached this like a hot blooded protagonist and not how I do attack runs in Silent Hunter 4 in a U-boat.
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>>41761710


Pert carrier bums.
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>>41761622
[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.
Be vewwy vewwy quiet.
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>>41761710
Pick off the escorts first.
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>>41761719
>>41761725
Yep.
>>41761734
Even better.
>>41761727
Nope, you MADE THE WRONG DECISION.
>>41761745
So you knew this wouldn't work out and voted for it anyways.
>>41761754
See me after class.
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>>41761710
That is hard to control 80+ people when momentum starts growing.
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>>41761341
Luck > Skill
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>>41761593
>radium
What did they use instead of radium? Bit of a sad story that, they used to hire women to paint the radium markings on glow in the dark dials, watches and other instruments. Unfortunately since no one knew how dangerous it was those workers tended to lick the brushes to straighten out the bristles, thus contaminating their mouths with radium. This ended with a lot of them getting bone cancer and having their jaws rot off.
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>>41761622
>[ ] Run silent, run deep, you'll give him the slip soon enough. Play it safe.

Motherfucker probably has a HEDGEHOG ANTISUB SYSTEM.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps9Sr0HNcp8
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>>41759263
Good lord, I'm finally on time for a thread.

Godspeed based planefag.
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>>41761759
Not in the slightest.
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>>41761763
oh fuck off, go sit at the bottom for the fucking ocean for eternity as the carriers blow by
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>>41761743
>Harder does have a reputation to uphold.

TRUST ME.

HE WILL.
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Careful guys. Don't surface. Ever. They might start throwing potatoes at us.
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>>41761768
>Luck > Skill
Typical Shu argument.
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>>41761798
GODDAMN IT, HE IS GOING TO SINK ISNT HE
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>>41761785
Kinda picked a bad time to come in. Harder's about to get multiple TNT-packed things up his... you get the idea.
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>>41761798
Yeah, but which reputation? the one of being a tryhard tween who is constantly fucking jacking my pac collection?
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>>41761798

... uh, which escort is he going to put a torpedo in, exactly?
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>>41761763

Submarines are fragile and high speed attack runs are suicidal, however sometimes you have to make that leap or your prey will get away.
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>>41761831
They would have been flushed right into us, the perfect position for a sub. ACTUALLY perfect, not just a figure of speech.
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>>41761827
Can't be worse than your reputation of fucking anything with two legs and a nice pair of torpedo bulges.
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>>41761831

aaaand it just might kill us.
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>>41761831
What prey?! He hasn't even targeted anything yet!
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>>41761776
Fun fact, they have exhumed some of those skeletons for study and they are still radioactive.
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>>41761844
And that's different from any other Marine how?
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>>41761829
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>>41761844
... What's your point? Or do you have one?
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>>41760801
>[ ] Go deep and fucking floor it. It's all or nothing, now, and point-blank is the only sure way to attack.

ITS TIME
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>>41761888
Answers like that is partly why I so enjoy these threads.

The other part is the writing.
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>>41761891
even hostile enemy combatants

and possibly national icons
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>>41761897
Nice going there, you almost made it to the original battle of Iwo Jima!
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>>41761897
you're a bit late, and that was the wrong choice
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writing etc.
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>>41761888
So Kisaragi then? What an unexpected choice.
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>>41761859
>>41761891
>>41761910


Everything is a target. Nothing is sacred.
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>>41761910
No, no. For the "Applying the dick liberally to national icons" department, you want Adm. Settle's office. Want me to shoot the call over there?
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>>41761831
>High speed
>9 knots
Did you actually believe he was going to catch up with them?
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>>41761953
To be fair, the good Admiral hasn't done so yet.

Yet.
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But by runnin silent we are not shitting up a carrier's day!
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>>41761953
What are you implying

Because we currently have only one national icon on hand...
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>>41761953
>For the "Applying the dick liberally to national icons" department, you want Adm. Settle's office
Which national icons are you talking about? 'Cuz I'm pretty sure Shokaku doesn't qualify.
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>>41761953
Never change Hate, never change. May you get all the shipssluts your black, rotten Marine heart desires.
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>>41761953
>national icons
Arizona is only a single Icon. Who else is there?
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>>41761953
He hasn't molested Arizona yet.
You, however, are under suspicion of lewd relations/intentions with several Japanese national icons.
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We might have to make a constant reminder post that this isn't SWQ.... and that rule of cool isn't gonna save us like it did in that.
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>>41761953
... .... ..- - / - .... . / ..-. ..- -.-. -.- / ..- .--. / .... .- - .
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>>41762005
>>41762002
WHICH ONE DO YOU FUCKING THINK?

Ok, ok. I'll be fucking fair. He hasn't that I know of yet and the way shit travels around here we'd fucking know before he was done with round 1.

But let's not bullshit, we all fucking know it's coming. She wants it and that's the first and last fucking part of the fucking equation, it's just how she plans to get it.
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>>41762048
What kind of dastardly plan would Shokaku have?
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>>41762048
But how are we going to know she succeeded until 5-6 months after the fact?
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Hey planefag, what happens if Harder brings this Abysal home?

"I hit it then it started crying and clinging to me. what do i do admiral?"
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>>41762048
So trying to explain with hand gestures before giving up and dragging him into a spare room?
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>>41762029
>He hasn't molested Arizona yet.
>Implying Arizona won't molest him first
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>>41762048
Is Arizona really that desperate for Admiral lewd?
Is she willing to AMBUSCADE him?
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>>41762029
To be fair, Settle is under suspicion of being the target of the lewd intentions of a Japanese national icon.

>>41762048
She has made it very clear, indeed.

>>41762058
The most dastardly one. The one Settle could never escape.
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>>41762094
Bingo.

>>41762076
News travels. News in this base travels fucking quick, too. Shit could teach the underground a few fucking things.
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>>41762058
>Wah! What are we gonna do on the bed?
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>>41762088
I imagine that Naka wouldn't like that...
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>>41762029

That can't be right.

He's put the dick in an American Warship.

Or at least going to.

Not Settle, but Hate. Hate's done the nasty.
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>>41762029
Uh. We DID pinch Yamato's bottom. Thank God that hasn't gotten around.
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>>41762107
>The most dastardly one. The one Settle could never escape.
And then Shokaku was pregnant
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>>41762048
Explain further
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>>41762119
No. You see, Hate was the dick inside an American Warship.

He did not put his dick in an American Warship(girl) [yet].
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>>41762119
Who said anything about Settle consenting to it?

Arizona's mind is filled withlewd thoughts.
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>>41762131
I was going to say a loving marriage.
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>>41762048
Maybe she just wants to be friends?
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Fluffy.
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>>41762144
Properly, the tops of her turrets should be red, for that picture to be totally accurate.
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>Finding a husband to settle down with
>Refusing to settle for less
>Waiting for the dust to settle
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>>41762134
In short, Arizona wants to fuck Settle. If he consents or not determines if it is a comfy affair to an uncomfortable affair that ends with re-assignment, hospital care and psychological therapy.
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>>41762111
>Bingo
So when does Settle go to sleep and wake up covered in a fleet?
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>>41762170
but you can't see the tops of the turrets from that angle
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>>41762169
You called?
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You've taken enough goddamn risks so far, and none of them have paid off. More to the point, a single enemy is easy enough to shake, especially since he seems to have no idea what the hell he's doing up there. You've got a noisy surface, a thermal layer and a lone enemy to contend with – there's no need to go shallow and make yourself much more vulnerable just for a sneak-peek you won't have time to exploit anyways.

That soothes you through the next two or three dodges, punching flank speed as you turn and neatly sidestep each line of depth charges as the destroyer lays them down – and none of them are coming very close. They simply take too long to sink, and thine enemy isn't putting them right atop of you anyways; the thermal layer working its magic, bending and distorting the sound waves as they pass through.

After the third – or was it the fourth? depth-charge run, you hear something new in your ears, a growing murmur over the ringing echoes of the last attack reflecting from the distant seafloor.

Another high-speed steam turbine, closing fast.
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>>41762165
HAH.
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>>41762169
Oh I am getting all up in those fluffs.
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>>41762180
>>41762201

Have a Poi for your trouble.
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>>41762187
>So when does Settle go to sleep and wake up covered in a fleet?
That has begun to happen - remember waking up in the hospital with Arizona on Settle?
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Within minutes you're hemmed in by two destroyers who set up a neat figure-eight attack on you; as one is leaving, another is coming in; aiming right where his fellow wasn't. They don't seem to be using the killer tactic; having one ship radio the other directions to fine-tune their attack run so they're not dropping blind; but you no longer have that two minute window before the destroyer can turn far enough to get you out of his baffles anymore. The attacks come in relentlessly, the concussions rattling your teeth together and sending sharp daggers of pain lancing through your aching skull. Without a co-ordinated hand-off attack, their chances of landing a solid hit on you aren't great – especially through the fuzz of the layer. But with an attack always coming in fast, your chances of simply slipping away at two knots have completely vanished. Worse, the incoming sonar pulses seem to come from everywhere, now – trying to minimize your aspect against one just gives the other a nice broadside look.

This is how subs most often die – battered and blasted till the small leaks catch up with them, or their luck finally runs out and they take a depth charge on the chin after hours upon hours of terrifying bombardment. Some boats and skippers broke under the strain and tried desperately to escape at flank speed, only guaranteeing their deaths, and others panic and dive just a little too far below test depth, dying in a silent heartbeat as they're smashed inward, claimed by the ocean itself. The skippers who survive endured hours, some of them over a full day of constant attack before surfacing in the early morning, battered, weary, almost out of battery – but alive.

You know you'll never make it past an hour.

Because it's only been about ten minutes now, and you're already so fucking mad that the ocean is tinged RED.
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>>41762192
You can see the edges of the front two - the turret tops curve downwards.
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>>41762196
Holy shit, submarine combat is insane.

And Greenert and Thomas ENJOYED this?
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>>41762216
Did we just kill Harder, or is he about to disregard his own advice?
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>>41762212
>begun to happen
No it didn't. That was one shipgirl. We didn't offer our other side for Naka to curl into when she was in the chair.
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>>41762169


I want to sleep on a cloud.
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>>41762216
>you're already so fucking mad that the ocean is tinged RED.
Thats your blood Harder. Didn't notice the depth charge?
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>>41762264
Because settle ships Naka/Harder
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>>41762264
>That was one shipgirl
Every journey starts with its first step - or in this case, it's first shipgirl
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>>41762216
See, you guys all chickened out, we really should have followed up on the attack. Lone ships are at a huge disadvantage because they completely lose target lock every time they attack. But it's not like the average anon is an expert on sub warfare so oh well.

In any case it seems like Harder is about enter berserker mode, and with good reason.

This is how Harder died the first time remember.
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>>41762229
It's like being a close range sniper.
You sit a long ass time for your target to come in sight.
Shoot.
Then huddle in your hide while they spray machine gun and mortar fire in your general direction until they think you're dead.
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THAT CONCLUDES THIS THREAD FOR THE NIGHT! We will reconvene SOONER THAN WEDNESDAY if at all possible. I am thinking of running TUESDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY or something similar to try and make up for all the lost time. I'd run tomorrow but I've been told I'm attending a "joint birthday party" with my cousin or some shit, so balls to that.

When we reconvene we will switch views back to Settle just as the first carrier attack waves on both sides hit their targets!>>41762236

>Did we just kill Harder, or is he about to disregard his own advice?

AHAHAHAHAHA

Suffice to say I spent almost as many hours playing Aces of the Deep as I did Aces Over Europe. I'm not ENTIRELY a planefag!

STICK AROUND because we have ANOTHER NAKA-TIME and another ADVENTURES OF THE LESBIAN TORPEDO SLUTS to regale and entertain you!
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>>41762305
Awww.

See you next time then, chief. Good to have you back.

BACK TO DYNASTY WARRIORS THEN
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>>41762295
I should have called it. I knew /tg/'s defensive over-reaction would screw us.
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>>41762302
But what if you really are dead?
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>>41762305
>THAT CONCLUDES THIS THREAD FOR THE NIGHT
I'll see you around later
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>>41762196
>>41762216
Well, planefag said someone was going to die...
>>41762305
See you next time boss. Also, if people are providing extra writefag work should we try to contact you on Twitter or is there something else we should use?
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>>41762305
Well, that's actually good. My head is killing me.

And if I can feel that over the solar winds across my ship hull, it's one hell of an headache.

We'll see each other again soon, then. Take care and farewell.
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>>41762305
YES NAKA TIME!
...
thanks for writing! It's great to have you back!
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>>41761953

Corporal. Corporal. Is that... jealousy, I detect?
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>>41762305
>>Did we just kill Harder, or is he about to disregard his own advice?
Fucking cliffhangers.
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>>41762305
Welp! that's one way to get us glued to our seats! I'll try to be here then fap angel!
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The Continuation
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Those words. I wasn't wanted. Wasn't needed.

A surge of emotion flows through my head as I stare blankly at Kitakami. I only break away when I feel sharp pain in my shoulder. I didn't even realize I was clutching at it so hard. If this is what she wants...

“Fine. I wouldn't want to stay any longer with someone as bitter as you anyway.”

I have to force the words out, half truths. Kitakami's eyebrows furor in anger, but she doesn't say anything.

It's the most awkward feeling. Packing away everything you own into a dufflebag, while a pair of eyes bore into your back, a silent whip. It's true she doesn't really have any authority of the sort to kick me out, but what's the point of staying? Even if it does blow over nothing will change, and things will just repeat.

I stop at the threshold. Part of me wants to apologize, but that thought is quickly cast away. I settle for just a look back at Kitakami, her face impassive, before turning towards the open door and into the night. It's not until a war breeze passes over my face that I realize I need to actually find a place to sleep. I could ask for a new room, but that would be selfish and probably refused anyway, since there isn't enough space for everyone to have their own room. Yuubari isn't an option either, as excited as she would to be to have me over, she's on good terms with Kitakami. I wouldn't want to ruin that. That only really leaves one choice.
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>>41762350
I can't help but notice you're not denying it.

And I'm still not calling her mom.
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>>41762350
>Elegant
>Not elephant
not хopoшo
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>>41762305
Night Planefag, good to have you back.

And i love Naka-Time.
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>>41762216

Note: NOT A REAL UPDATE.

And then a hedgehog hits you.

No, not the cute, fuzzy animal you've seen gallivanting around in videos all over Twitter, but a very deadly antisubmarine munition that was equipped onto ships. It was fired AFTER the depthcharges expended their load, and it hit worse than a motherfucker with brass knuckles.

How fucked are you on a scale of "lubed asshole with lubed condom" to "GOING IN RAW WITH NO SURVIVORS"?

You've gone beyond the latter. You think they should have called it the "Porcupine". Porcupines are ornery little motherfuckers. hedgehogs are cute, fuzzy and pretty chill.
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>>41762337

WE HAVE ANOTHER NAKATIME INBOUND, REMBEMBER, AND ANOTHER TORPEDOSLUTS. STICK 'ROUND, FIGGITS. I will be posting for Naka once again, as usual, since Naka's writer is an adult with a big boy job, like some sort of FREAK.
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I can hear music from this side of the door. As I reach for the door I notice how slick my palms are, what's going on? I knock a few times.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOu1nOTQA7A]

Shiranui opens the door. Her hair's down and is only wearing a t-shirt and her bike shorts.
“Ooi. It's late and..” She pauses, tilting her head slightly to look at the dufflebag I'm carrying before returning her gaze to my eyes... probably all red. “Is something wrong?”

“I'm not. I'm not. Staying with Kitakami anymore. I wanted to know if I could room with you.”
Shiranui doesn't reply immediately. I can't tell what she's thinking at all. She makes eye contact again, and I can feel the intensity.
“This is going to be a blunt question. Are you doing this to get back at Kitakami?”
The question hurt, to have my integrity doubted already. But Shiranui was the one with the resources, so it makes sense she could ask whatever she wanted. I can't meet her eyes when I respond.
“She was the one who wanted me gone.”
“That doesn't answer the question.”
“No!” My voice cracks. “I still l... I don't dislike Kitakami.”
Silence.
I can't take it. I'm about to turn away when Shiranui grabs my wrist.
“You can room here as long as you wish.”
- - -

“You can use this dresser, I don't use it. I'll clean off the bottom bunk for you.” It looks like she was making a scrapbook or something. “You certainly came at an interesting time. I sortie tomorrow morning. Our group is due to meet up with Tone and Chikuma.” I suddenly feel terrible again. Imposing like this.
“I had no idea.”
“It shouldn't be a problem. It's not quite bedtime yet.”
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>>41762365
Are you drunk again?
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>>41762350
I do not think so, Admiral. Frustration, perhaps.
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>>41762365

We already had the "you WANT to bone a national icon, don't you skipper?" chat. This is entirely different. This is the "do you have the swag to actually do it, if you wanted to?" chat.

Why yes.

Yes I do.

If I *wanted* to.

How about you, Corporal?
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>>41762385
It seems Shiranui has some nice speakers hooked up to the laptop on her desk. “It's done.” Shiranui announces as she steps back from the bottom bunk; all nicely made with a corner of the top blankets folded down to form a right triangle. A perfect invitation. “I won't ask about what happened between you, but I will listen if you wish. I'm going to get ready for bed.”

As Shiranui goes to brush her teeth I finish unpacking the few things I own. As I climb into the bottom bunk Shiranui clicks a few things on her laptop, turning down the music.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hpb2gp4mtc]

Afterwards the lights are turned off and I hear her climb into the top bunk.

“If I don't make it back, don't feel as if you need to keep my pictures up.”

I tried to imagine myself taking them all down. For some reason it really hurt. “That's not something you should be thinking about before you sleep.”
“Well, what should I be thinking about?” Shiranui replied.
I didn't have a quick answer for that.
“How did you start getting all those pictures anyway and learning about history anyway?”
“When we came back we all knew how to talk, correct? How to dress, eat, walk, fight. We could at least function on our own in a basic society. But I realized just how little I knew of the world. Of anything. It bothered me. I decided that the best place to start was from the beginning. The history of the world and how it came to be today.”
“That seems like a really big task.”
“I wanted to better myself. War isn't something new. It's important to learn from the past.”
“Did you just want to be a better fighter?”
There's a few quiet breaths before Shiranui responds. “I'm not sure.”
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>>41762311
It's really strange to imagine the Arizona is still leaking significant amounts of fuel oil, 70+ years later.
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Who here wants a spin off sometime in September?
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>>41762426
So... Arizona is well-lubed?

Hmmm
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“I don't think thats the case. You really seem to know a lot.”
“I... I don't feel like I'm that smart. Choukai is much smarter than I am.”
I smile a bit, she can be soft too. “Maybe at math. I bet she doesn't know all the things you do.”
“Maybe you can answer this, Ooi. Do you know why the Admiral always seems to avoid Kongou?”
I laughed silently at this. There was probably a lot of reasons. “He's probably just a little intimidated by her.”
“I don't really understand. How is she intimidating? She's always trying to do things for him.”
“Well, maybe not in the traditional sense... He's probably not sure how to respond to her. She can be very pushy.”
“So you're saying he doesn't like her at all?”
I shake my head, even though she can't see me. “It's not like that at all... I think. Kongou idolizes him, and I think that puts a lot of pressure on Goto. Maybe he's a little scared of not living up to her expectations. You know how straightforward Kongou is.”
“It seems more complex than I thought...”

- - -


Nnn.... I'm still in bed but it looks like Shiranui is about to leave. I'm not sure the sun is even up yet. I wondered if I should say goodbye, but I couldn't find the right words. I've always fought with Kitakami, so I never really had to see her off. I give a silent prayer of good luck for her.
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>>41762396
No, see. No. We're having a conversation about actually doing it, not about the fucking desire to do it.
We know you Want to but you're too worried about some nebulous something to do it, which is a problem a lot of nerds have.

And what ABOUT me.
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>>41762426
It's more that Arizona is leaking oil very, very slowly. It's sad to think that eventually, her integity will fail to the point that whatever remains will enter the water all at once.
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>>41762426
Do they have an estimate when she will run out?
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A TRULY GROUNDBREAKING EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH ONE OF THE NAVY'S ELUSIVE "SHIPGIRLS", WHO REPORTEDLY ARE CURRENTLY ENGAGING HOSTILE VESSELS OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN IN THE PACIFIC.
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>>41762396
>>41762445
These squabbles are immaterial. Battle is afoot and memories might be lost.

We will preserve what we can. As should you.

Furthermore, the Unbound will note that neither have much to say to the other on the subject.
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>>41762445
>We know you Want to but you're too worried about some nebulous something to do it, which is a problem a lot of nerds have.

AND, APPARENTLY, MARINE CORPORALS
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>>41762449
The park service estimates that her hull will collapse long before the oil in her tanks runs out, spilling all of it into the harbor and causing a major environmental disaster.
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>>41762479
You tryin to be slick and imply something, there, skip, or are you just flailing around like you do when you know you're losing?
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>>41762479

GOOD GOD, THE BOTH OF YOU.

JUST FUCK THE SLUTS OF YOUR FANCY ALREADY.
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>>41756247
>Get home from work just in time for the thread to end
At least there's Naka-chan
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>>41762489
>The park service estimates that her hull will collapse
Any idea when?
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>>41762503

But Hate's latest squeeze is being an indecisive nutter in the Port of Los Angeles, and it's not like he can just fuck off at a moment's notice.
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>>41762489
>>41762526
Hull collapse soon, fellow shipfucker?
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Reminder that enlisted personnel aren't supposed to engage in sexual intercourse with fellow enlisted personnel, under threat of Court Martial.
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>>41762489
Didn't they drain a lot out of her already?
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>>41762533

PHONE SEX. LEWD LETTERS.
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>>41762489
Such is the fate of dead ships.

>>41762479
>>41762495
Oh, enough.

Cease your useless squabble and stop mocking the other over matters not of your personal concern.

It is worsening my headache. The Unbound will not stand for a worsening headache!
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>>41762495

I'd like to say that the "nebulous something" that's keeping you from chasing tail with your usual enthusiasm is things like "court-martial" and "fraternization regulations" and other related sanities. Of course, I fucking know better, but I won't stop you from smugly implying that such is the case.

Fact is, we both have the *ability* to fug the slugs, and yet, we are not. Because we are allegedly Officers and Gentlemen. Right?
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>>41762489

How big of a disaster are we talking here? Like, Superfund huge?

Also, how careful would EPA cleanup crews have to be around the wreck at that point? I mean it's treated as a goddamn war grave, isn't it?
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>Settle/Shoukaku
Shit
>Settle/Arizona
Unhealthy
>Settle/Naka
Locked
>Settle/Hate
No homo
>Settle/Goto
Requires 'Forbidden Love' DLC
>Settle/Kongou
NG+ only
>Settle/Higgins
Practically incest
>Settle/Iowa/Hate
10/10 flawless ship, she's got a flag bridge for a reason after all
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>>41762445
>worried about some nebulous something
Such as pelvis shattering injury
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>>41762560
Don't you fucking put that evil on me. I work for a fucking living.
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>>41762560
Did you forget who you are talking to?

Hate is neither an officer nor a gentleman.
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>>41762569
I believe they were planning eventually to basically wall off and drain the area around her hull, and turn it into a fully enclosed dry exhibit.
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You're having the dream again.

Truk is behind you. Far, far behind you. You've come home--not in victory, but you've come home. Yokosuka stretches out before you as you drift in slowly, limping along at six knots. Your arm hangs useless beside you, your uniform matted with blood, your hair with sweat.

At your back, like royalty, are your fellows, your brothers and sisters. At the front, leading the procession of walking wounded, the shadowy figures of Agano and Katori, each taking along a gaggle of destroyers--Oite, Maikaze, Akagi Maru, Shounan Maru. Behind them, all the rest.

You did it. You saved them all. Battered, limping, broken--but alive.

Beneath an overcast sky, solitary figures await as you pull into the dock. Admiral Goto stands holding a gleaming short sword, ornate and beautiful, held with reverence. His face doesn't move, but pride glitters in his eyes, a smile he can't give you plain in his features. The Americans are much less reserved with theirs, Settle even throwing you a wave as Arizona simply nods at her Admiral's side.
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>>41762580
And Marines are no Gentlemen.
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>>41762560
hah marine a gentlemen
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>>41762526
Not yet. The park service has been studying the issue since the 90s, but it's a bit of an unprecedented issue.

>>41762549
>>41762569
She still has about 500,000 gallons of fuel oil left in her

http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2007/Jan/02/ln/FP701020336.html
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>>41762560
What is the point of the egg?
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>>41762569
That's kind of the reason nobody has done anything to it yet.
If you do something to reinforce her, you run the risk of damaging her, which not only might cause a massive ecological disaster, but would also seriously piss off the nation, because you just damaged a war grave filled with over a thousand men.
So nobody is quite sure what to do.
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>>41762580
>I work for a fucking living.
...Didn't Goto put you on shitposting duty?
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>>41762552

>Mailman steps onto deck of Iowa and drops off a lewd letter in the old battleship's bridge

>doesn't know what to make of the shuddering he hears as he traverses the halls and promptly sprints all the way back to his mailmobile
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>I work for a fucking living.
A-HAHAHAHAHA
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>>41762575
You have shit tastes in ships. The best route is
>Settle/Arizona/Shoukaku/Higgins
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>>41762580
You've already doomed yourself to smothering-by-quadruple-Iowa
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Kneeling beside them formally, as if in counterpoint, sits your Emperor. He rests patiently, unhurried and untouched by wind or wave, and waits for his warship to return home, a broken katana laid reverently across his knees. Beside him rests the empty rack for both it and Goto's wakizashi, two of the same set.

With a broken sword in his lap, the Emperor is waiting for you. Your Emperor is waiting for you.

You step off your own deck, almost stumbling under your own weight as you return to the Yokosuka of 1944. You collapse almost comfortably into a kneeling, bowing as you are received home.

Nothing needs to be said. All of them--the Admirals, Arizona, your fellow ships, and the Emperor--simply await your action report.

"It hurts," you murmur in your most formal Japanese, receiving only an understanding nod. "I'm very tired. I'd like to stop, please."

Goto finally gives you a smile--a rare, real smile, like the old days. "It's all right, Naka," he says. "Your duty is done. You can rest now."

You step forward as the Emperor finally stands, taking the broken blade in one hand as he rises to meet you.
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You wake up smiling.

And warm.

And...

"Arizona?" you ask.

She doesn't respond (duh), instead simply giving you a smile and resuming... brushing your hair. You squirm a little.

"...Arizona, this is nice and all, but I have--" you pause and fish out your phone. "--36 emails waiting for me." Ding! "37."

She just smiles and hums wordlessly, pulling one of your hair buns put and beginning the long process of brushing the curly hair into compliance. She tsks and tuts at the frayed hair and the split ends you tuck away in the bun.

"Yeah, yeah," you grumble, struggling in the American ship's grip. "Come on, let me go. I've got stuff to do. Please?"

Arizona's eyes twinkle with amusement and not even a shred of malice. It's like someone turned Harder upside-down. By way of answer, she just runs her fingers through your hair, massaging your scalp.

"Nnnnn," your protest turns into a purr as she continues the snuggly torment. "No, I have to do things! I've got like five hours of orientation videos they're going to make me sit through, then I have to work out the training schedule, Settle's going to neeeeerrrggh dear God that feels nice."

Damn you, Arizona. You make one last attempt to pop free, but you don't budge in the battleship's iron grip. "Ffffffine."
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With a sigh, you resign yourself to your comfy fate, sliding deeper into her warm, comforting embrace and relaxing. You manage to work a hand into your shirt and pull your earbuds free, sliding one into your ear and offering the other to Arizona. "I never did thank you," you realize. "For saving me, I mean." She looks down, curious, as you queue up a song you've been saving.

You've been getting music from all over the world since you started posting videos online. This particular one you'd brushed over once, but for obvious reasons it'd been on your mind. Some lumberjack man from the eastern United States sent you this one.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HzA8B1NT1Q

Arizona seems to like the song, bobbing her head softly with the beat, cleaning her brush and setting it aside to remake your bun.

"Hey, Arizona," you murmur, her ministrations and warmth making you sleepy. "About Settle..."

She pauses, looking down at you curiously.

"I know you care about him," you continue. "And... well, I want you to know I'll help take care of him. Keep him safe."

Arizona nods, giving you a smile twice as sunny as the one in your dream.

"I promise."
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>>41762591

Like drydocking the wreck? It's a neat concept, but that rusted steel has to be fucking delicate as tits after seventy-odd years underwater--and saltwater, at that.
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>>41762662
CUTE
U
T
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>your protest turns into a purr as she continues the snuggly torment
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You, eventually, work yourself free and return to your duties, which promptly makes you wish you hadn't. A number of emails have crossed your phone in the hour or so, and none of them have been great.

One is from a politician offering half-hearted congratulations on your position, while not-so-subtly suggesting that a proud 'Imperial Japanese' ship should not be 'in service' to a foreigner or their navy. He then goes on even further to suggest you could use your 'privileged position' to share valuable information with your own government on the operation of the American forces.

You reply calmly (grinding your molars all the while) by helpfully pointing out your correspondence is likely monitored for security purposes. A simple search for his name confirms that the asshat is in with the nationalist crowd, and, surprise, a certain production company has him in their pockets. At least he didn't try to talk about the war. You were about two seconds from googling 'war crimes japan' and just attaching the image search.

Well, if nothing else he got you back to business as usual. You always did like your cereal with two heaping scoops of cynicism on top.

And speaking of, here comes scoop number two. At least you'll enjoy this.

"Naka," Harder yells, wandering the hall, "calling all double-dumb-bun lardass CLs."

You step out around the door just after he walks past. "You're in a hospital, Harder."

He jumps and wheels around, and you swear you can sense him going to fire a spread reflexively. You almost think he would have, if he'd been in fit-out. "And YOU'RE--" he balks. "...in a nurse outfit."
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>>41762608

Would it be a fair bet to say that no real restoration work will be done until the last WW2 veteran dies off?
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>>41762606
I heard there is a strain of oil eating bacteria that was found living in the gulf of Mexico, I wonder if we can grow a batch of that and dump a culture of them into Arizona and have them remove the fuel oil.
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>>41762662
Arizona reminds me of one of my eldest. A "big sister" to the entire Bentusi Exchange, she was.

Was...

I must go. Events require my attention.
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>>41762684
Wonder if she'll warn her if the shoukaku
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>>41762684
Arizona is still considered damaged goods after Admiral Kidd's....fate
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>>41762545
Its people above you shitlicker. A corporal cannot fuck anything other than another corporal.

Then again the navy is lax about that shit.

>I never fucked someone higher up as a lance coolie
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You giggle cutely (ugh) and pivot on one heel, posing with a flourish. "Does it suit me?"

"Like hell. Don't medical professionals swear to do no harm?"

"What can I say? You need this treatment."

He groans, and you giggle again (this time, for real). "Seriously? Your puns are shittier than your fucking AA."

AA this, motherfucker. "Long story. Mostly Shoukaku's fault. Though she wears hers a lot better. I don't really fill it out, see?" You hook a finger under the collar and pull the pink top out. Harder practically trips over himself looking away.

"Aroint thee, witch!" he roars.

You blink. "Harder, was that Macbeth? You know Macbeth? ...You can READ?"

He throws up his hands. "Oh my God do fuck yourself forever, Naka. Why did I even come here?"

"Actually, good question. Why DID you come here?"

"Because I am a fool and sinking once just wasn't enough for me," he mutters to himself.

"Come again?" you ask.

"Because I need to figure out what you want to do for your stupid shitty date," he almost-yells.

Oh. "Well... what do you want to do?"

"I dunno! It's your date! I've never done this before!" Harder throws up his hands, exasperation reading in every inch of his body language--he's tensed up like a spring, as if he's expecting you to open your mouth and vomit a mine.

"Harder," you say firmly. "Relax. I've never done this before either."

He pauses for... what must be a good ten seconds, before responding. "Really?"

"Yes, really," you reply, raising an eyebrow. "Why the pause, can't believe it?"

"No, I was just waiting for you to say something about 'first times.'"

Hah! "No, not this time, Harder. You didn't earn one."

"What?"

"I'll find a place," you reply, waving him off as you turn to leave. "Just meet me for seven when you get back--AM, PM, whatever, and we'll head out."

"But I don't--earn one how? Earn one what? Naka--!"
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"Your maps, Admiral," you say quietly, setting down a stack of papers for Settle. He goes straight to the weather reports with a distant nod, still focusing on the sweep underway. His brow is furrowed in concentration, his eyes fixed on the roving dot that marks the location of your strike force. If his stare were any more intense he might burn a hole in the table. You can practically see it already, Settle as a single unmoving point in an hour, in two hours, in four hours, still hunched over the maps and charts, giving orders in short, evenly metered calm even as the sweat drips to the tip of his nose and threatens to drop onto the papers.

You realize with a start you've caught yourself staring. You're not really in the market, but Settle's pretty handsome. Clearing your head of the image, you tidy the papers quickly and file out. Shoukaku fills your space a moment later, brandishing a well-used carafe. "Coffee, Admiral?"

Hate snorts at that as you walk past him, leaning against the back wall. You raise an eyebrow as he fixes his eyes on you wordlessly. You take the message with a curt nod and stand back there with him, the two of you looking over the main screen as it refreshes.
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>>41762727
I'm fairly sure that the Iowa herself holds a higher rank than Hate.
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>Nobody posted https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzDkwqCF7fs 3.5 hours ago
Dissapointed in y'all
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>>41762768
>You realize with a start you've caught yourself staring. You're not really in the market, but Settle's pretty handsome.

See, Corporal, some guys don't *need* to make an active effort. They... just come to you.
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>>41762789
We aren't dropping nukes on people.

As such why bother?
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>>41762768
>>41762805
Settle continuously confirmed for All-American slab of prime beef
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Hate snorts at that as you walk past him, leaning against the back wall. You raise an eyebrow as he fixes his eyes on you wordlessly. You take the message with a curt nod and stand back there with him, the two of you looking over the main screen as it refreshes.

"Any word on the thing?" he asks.

"On six crates of LRASSM warheads, a box of smaller machine gun parts, enough cosmoline to turn Yokosuka into a skating rink, and a set of machining tools?" you ask. He just looks right back at you expectantly. "Yeah, first shipment arrives Monday."

"Oh ho ho," the marine grins, rubbing his hands together with wicked glee. "You really pulled through."

You shrug. "I'm a professional. Just remember if I need a favor."

"The Corps teaches loyalty, ma'am," he replies in his best Grown Up voice, which lasts for about two seconds before cracking in half to let his hellish joy through. "But seriously, no fuckin' questions. You might even enjoy what I've got cooked up."

"I bet. Just--"

You both go quiet and play cool at once as the door behind you opens and Arizona strides through. She scans left and right, finds her mark, and makes a beeline right for Settle. Hate rolls his eyes.

"So you're good with people and shit, right?" Hate asks. "Been tryin' to wrap my head around something."

"123s, or ABCs?" you ask sweetly.
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>>41762785
Maybe once she gets her head together. Right now she's just a confused young woman.
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>"Yeah, first shipment arrives Monday."

wait what
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>>41762849
>Select all images with boats
Captcha KNOWS
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>>41762849
Nothing to worry about, Admiral.

Yet
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>>41762849
Remember how you said you didn't want Naka and Hate to get together because of how the Navy isn't refusing the shipgirls anything, and Naka has a nose for acquisitions as it is?
Yeah, it happened anyway.
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>>41762731
>...You can READ?"

ha
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>>41762817

They grow 'em big and strong at Annapolis. Would you expect any less?
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>>41762731

harderwhyboner.jpg
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>>41762878
>Select all images with boats

LET ME TELL YOU

ABOUT CAPTCHA
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"Fuck you. No, what I'm tryin' to figure out is why Settle can't shake his cane without hitting someone who wants to..."

"Shake his cane?" you offer.

"Yeah, that," he nods. You shrug. "Don't give me that. I didn't miss you gawking."

Ooooof course he didn't. "He's got an air about him," you admit. "But he's got enough of the ladies tripping over themselves without me." That, and you don't want to burden him any more than you already have. Goto put up with you and your eccentricities enough for the world's collective admiralty.

"That's what I mean," Hate says. "'An air about him.' Th'fuck does that mean? What's he got that I don't got?"

Oh. Oh, Hate. "Okay, it's like this. The two of you go about your business with us pretty differently, you know? He has to deal with us, you're not afraid of us--which is nice, by the way--but even past that you sort of take things in two different directions."

"Don't tell me you go in for that professionalism bullshit," he grumbles. "Shoukaku? Maybe. But--"

You hold up a hand. "No, no, not like that. With Settle, when he talks to us, it's like... he's white knight, make-things-right. Whereas you..."

"I what?"

"You're more like... White Whale, Holy Grail."

"Th'fuck does that... aw, sonofabitch."

"Did something just click?"

"Yeah. You think I'm Johnny fuckin' Bravo."
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>>41762858
how the fuck is Lexingtons uniform even considered to be within regulation.

Its fucking sub stripper tier, and at least they usually wear underwear for a little while before removing it
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>>41762884
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>>41762905
...apparently I have no popcorn eating reaction images, but this is just fucking golden banter
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>>41762925
Clearly we will have to provide Proper Guidence.
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The sub group is back early, safe and sound, and if Harder looked any more proud of himself, he might explode. "--telling you, you should have seen it," he boasts again. "And I fished a few of you Jap pilots out of the drink, too. Should've come home with a girl on each arm."

You're about to hit him with a dry quip about that when he yelps and jumps a good three feet. Clapping one hand on his shoulder, the other conspicuously out of sight, I-19 grins and leers down at him, breathing against his neck. "How about one on your backside, Harder-saaaaan?" Iku drawls.

Oh, hell, that's right. She was in that group too. Harder, what did you get yourself into this time?

"Jesus fuck!" he yelps, swearing and stomping. "Get your hands off me, you crazy bitch!"

"Don't you remember what you said?" she continues, pressing up against him uncomfortably close.

"Yeah, I told you to keep your fucking head on straight in a combat zone! And if you didn't, when we got back to base, I'd--"

"Shove a torpedo where the sun doesn't shine, wasn't it?" Iku practically trills. "I'm waiting for it, you know."
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>>41762930
Surrender isn't an option, Admiral.
You've just got to fight fire with fire.
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>>41762832

>LRASSM warheads
>machine gun bits
>cosmoline
>machining tools

Hate, what the fuck are you planning? Is this in any way attached to your goddamn "project" AR?
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>>41762950
SPOILERS
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>>41762950
oh hey, he isnt dead
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>>41762943
no shit, she isn't wearing any fucking underwear and is bouncing around the harbor for all to see
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"Leggo of me, you--" Harder freezes as Iku sandwiches his arm with her chest, her other hand moving around from groping his backside to stroking his chest.

"I heard Americans are honest! You're not going to wind a lady up and leave your promises unfulfilled, are you?" Face reddening, Harder thrashes, once again left completely outclassed in the face of all things girl. Iku isn't letting up, however. And knowing her, she won't.

"Iku," you sigh, stepping forward and making yourself known. Harder's eyes widen like he just realized he plowed into a depth charge at full. "He's only been back for... a few weeks now, maybe a month tops. Don't you think you should cool it with all this?"

"Oh, but he's so FASCINATING!" she exclaims. "A foreigner, another one of us, but a man! The first I've ever seen. He's such a... novelty," she purrs the last word, Harder visibly flinching. You meet his eyes, and he looks away, blushing even further. Iku doesn't miss it. "Come on, Harder-san, what do you care about miss flight-deck chest over there? I've got the displacement you want, honey."
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>>41762884
So if someone asks Willie to get some flight line or a box of grid squares we can just have Naka get them delivered.
>>41762957
Hate wants to take out green-peace for good.
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>>41762950
>The sub group is back early, safe and sound
Wait, is that physically possible without shredding some cliffhangers?
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>>41762973
>>41762975
Probably another dream or something
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>>41762950
HEY. GOOD JOB RUINING THAT CLIFFHANGER.
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>>41762858

It has to be the way her clothes grab her butt, right? If her ass was really that huge, I'm pretty sure everyone would think she had implants put in.
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>>41762973
>>41762975
>actually thinking he'd lose
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>>41762950
WOAH

DELETE THIS
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>>41762996
>>41763007
>"You can't kill the Messiah."
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No stopping Iku when she gets like this. Not with any weapon Harder has in his arsenal, the poor bastard. "Leave him be, Iku. Why don't you pick on someone a little closer to your tonnage?"

"Is that an offer, my dear Naka?" the perverted submarine returns, practically sliding free of Harder like the greased up pig she is. Harder is gone in a flash--you've never seen him sprint that fast. Iku doesn't notice, and more pressingly, now she is enthusiastically groping up your chest.

Yes, there's no stopping Iku when this mood hits her. But fortunately, you have something that Harder doesn't. The secret weapon. The great weakness.

The cold fish.

"Ahn," you mutter, voice flat and dull. "I-y-a-a-a-a. Tasukete," you continue boredly, even as she tries to peel your dress down around your shoulders.

"Come on," Iku whines, annoyed and frustrated. "Stop that."

"I can't help it," you reply tonelessly, flipping through your phone. "It's too much. Help me, sempai. Oh no, I'm coming. I-kuuuuuuuuu."

"You are just no fun at all, Naka," Iku grumbles, releasing you from her fondling and stalking off. "I'm going to see if I can find that little Yankee again."

That leaves you on your own, with nothing but a vaguely damp shirt from Iku's perpetually-soaked bathing suit. You make sure the coast is clear, then text the newest contact in your phone.

>It's Naka. You okay?

>yes
>wait how did you get my number

>I imported Settle's contacts, relax.

>oh

>No stalking here. Besides, you know me, I wouldn't need to.

>I guess

>So, really, are you okay?

>back in my room
>fortifying the door
>first person to open it gets a mark 14

>That's not what I asked, Harder. Are you okay. Yes/no.

>yes

There's a long pause before his next line.

>thanks

You smile, despite yourself.

>Let me know when you're ready to come out.

Still snickering to yourself at 'come out,' you close out of the texts. Pocketing your phone, it strikes you.

You've become the devil he knows.
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>>41762950
>And I fished a few of you Jap pilots out of the drink, too

I wonder if he got any ice cream for those faerie pilots...
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>>41763004
Anon, I think its really just that big....

This is THE FAT STACK were talking about here
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>>41763007
lose, nah, get fucked up was more what i was thinking
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>>41763007
It's more a matter of the slutsubs surviving.
Also the fact that the base isn't currently freaking out over the fate of the task group, at least not visibly, so
>another boat captcha
4chan pls
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>>41763007
So if The subs aren't gonna die...

I'm now more worried for Willie D.
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>>41763019
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>>41762805
Hey, some dudes like being the bitch in the relationship. that's cool, I ain't gonna judge.

>>41762930
You knew the dangers. You made your choice.

Hey, look on the fucking bright side. At least I ain't bored.

>>41762957
I don't know what you're talking about.
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>>41763029
The ship is strong
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>>41762999
>>41763011
>caring about spoilers
Who cares about spoilers. Its the meat in-between the spoilers that you should care about. If the story is shit, then what's the point?
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>>41763029
>I'm going to see if I can find that little Yankee again

Ha! she couldn't find an american sub with two ears and a sonar.
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>>41763042
Literally a weird space alien
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>>41763042
Thanks, I couldn't find that image on my computer.
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>>41763052
Here's the choice of the night Hate

FAT STACK

or

Pocahontas
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>>41763076
>stuff with Iku
>Meat

Lots of delicious meat.
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>>41763029
Naka and Harder are the safest ship in the fleet.
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>>41763085
Crap, is that general vladimir?!

>>41763089
You're welcome, brother.
OUR LIVES FOR KANE
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AND NOW, FOR THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF IOWA'S STORY, BY OUR VERY OWN FILTHY BUMBLEBEE, OR WHOEVER HE IS! A CORNUCOPIA OF JOY TONIGHT!

As for >cliffhangers, I think you all misunderstood what the cliffhanger is. Nobody would really expect me to kill off a character with as much development as Harder so early. That's not really a cliffhanger.

The real cliffhanger is introduced by this very Nakatime follow-up story, taking place after the battle, following the end of tonight's thread proper. It eliminates the "WILL PRANEFAG ACTUALLY FUCKING KILL OFF A CHARACTER AFTER A ZILLION THREADS AND THREE QUESTS OF NEVER EVER DOING SO?" shadowruns, and asks the real question: how in the ever-loving fuck is Harder going to get out of that trap?

Well... there's only one way out. I'll see if anon can figure it out before next thread.
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>>41763108
I...fuck. Maybe.
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>>41763108
BROTHERHOOD. UNITY. PEACE.
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>>41763120
IOWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
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>>41763092

Hornet's off the target list. It'd be weird, she's my best contact here.

And dat stack though... fuckin unf.
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>>41763120
>how in the ever-loving fuck is Harder going to get out of that trap?
And do so in such an awesome way he HAS to brag about it to Naka
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>>41763120
Tyty planfaeg

Well, Nakatime is still great. And it's nice to see that torpedo carpet cleaners is still plugging away, all this writefagging and art in general is awesome!

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Iowa sits on her bridge, her face buried against her knees.

She had a crew. Even if it was for a short while, even if it was just one Marine, it had been enough. It had been proof that people like him still existed. And now she has none.

Strike Eagles loiter overhead, unsure of what to think of the now-living museum ship. Destroyers surround her, sisters to the Higgins, attempting repeatedly to hail her. Hailing the USS Iowa, demanding to know who is in command, what they intend.

Nobody approaches. Nobody attempts to board. The voices she heard when she’d first awakened are gone. Her one crewman is gone.

She is utterly alone.

She is not worried about rest, not right now. She just wants answers, like the uncertain voices crackling over the radio. She wants to know why she awakened to all of this, why it could not have been sooner.

Most importantly, she wants to know why that Marine gave his life for her.

She can still feel him on her deck, unmoving, his blood pooling across the wooden planks. Men have died aboard her before, but this feels intensely personal. She relives his final moments in snapshots, far clearer than any life or death she can remember before his: manning the gun, defying the concussion from her two forward main batteries as they eviscerate the Ironclad, ignoring her pleas to save himself. She still sees his eyes tracking the final torpedo, the 20mm gun spitting tracers into the water, his expression frozen in one last roar of defiance. His body flung through the air, into a Bofors battery before falling out of sight.

It would have been if he’d simply vanished like all the other ghosts of her past.
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>>41763120
God damn you
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>>41763120
>Well... there's only one way out. I'll see if anon can figure it out before next thread.

is it kill em all? i bet its kill em all
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>>41763128
PEACE THROUGH POWER

>>41763126
mfw

>>41763120
Y'all heard him, start investigating possible paths, gents.
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>>41763120
>More Iowa and Naka time
FUCK YEAH MY DAY JUST GOT EV-
>A main character is going to die.
I'm going to guess Hornet because she's the one with the most screen time out of the entire combat group.
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>>41763153
>Hornets off the list

Then why did you know what kind of underwear she had.

Did you get her drunk? You know Indians can't handle alcohol...
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>>41763171
holy fuck i was unaware of such art

Red Alert + Witches

This is terrifying
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>>41763120
I bet he uses the prop wash of one boat to hide from both of their sonars by surfacing behind it. Just to clarify though, Harder does have 4 stern tubes right? You didn't forget about them right?

Also this fucking captcha has asked me for "commercial lorries" 5 times in a row but can't make up it's fucking mind what a lorry is.
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>>41763158
>all this writefagging and art in general is awesome
I'm counting what, three writeups and over half a dozen new pieces of art? We be fucking thirsty
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>>41763052
>Hey, look on the fucking bright side. At least I ain't bored.

i hate you

so much

it's unreal
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>>41763187
It's pixelfag's work. He's the guy who posted the splatoon art earlier.
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>>41763187
STEEL TALONS RULE!
Also, giddiness is exceeding normal limits for next thread and such.
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>>41763158
>she wants to know why that Marine gave his life for her.
Oh shit, Hate really did get to Valhalla before he was dragged back.
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>>41763120
>see if anon can figure it out
Mid-battle mahou shounen transformation sequence. He's going to kill one of the destroyers with his sidearm.
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>>41763179
Like I said last thread, they got drunk together and Hornet's outfit is not very secure against accidents
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>>41763200
Hey, it keeps Sammy busy as well.

It kills two birds and the entire base with one shipment of nuclear weapons!
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>>41763158
This death hurts her more so than any other, and a part of her feels as though she is disrespecting those who’d served aboard her before him. Iowa has been commanded by men to take lives, has seen men serving aboard her die. She is a weapon of war, those things are part of who and what she is. Every sailor Iowa has known sacrificed for her in some way; this shouldn’t feel any different, yet it is.

But the Marine... it is more personal than the forty-seven in her Y turret, the marines she’d seen carried onto medical evacuation ships from islands throughout the Pacific. She had compelled him to take on his responsibility. She wanted him on that gun, and he never questioned her. She knows that he could not. She knows with certainty that he died for her, spared her hull in exchange for his body: her final connection to decades of service—to who and what she truly is. For the first time, Iowa has ordered one of her own crew to fight and die.

That, she can’t understand.

‘How does any Captain deal with this?’

Iowa’s head snaps up from her knees, and she angrily wipes at her face. She must go see him and pay her respects.

-

The sight of the broken Marine is almost too much.

She collapses to her knees next to his body, shoulders shaking uncontrollably as she tries to hold back the fierce sobs wracking her. It only grows worse every time she tries to look at him. Every apology she rehearsed is forgotten.

She could save a city, save a sister warship in distress, scores of freighters, but she couldn’t save the one person who had fought alongside her.

She is a failure.
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>>41763202
>GDI scum
absolutely disgusting
Power to the Brotherhood
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>>41763201
I require more.

Good night, folks. Sleep tight. That noise in the forest? I wouldn't worry about it.
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>>41763214
She reaches for him, hands stopping just short of his chest. Blood seeps into her dress, stains her white thigh-highs scarlet. She cannot find his name anywhere on him, the patches torn away during the battle. His dog tags, the last possible source of information about him, are scratched and scarred by passing shrapnel—the same that are embedded all throughout his body. She only knows that he was a Marine, a Lance Corporal.

Despite his horrible wounds, his expression is one of peace. He knew what was going to happen, and chose to stay on the gun to spare Iowa from feeling the full effect of even a single torpedo. She wonders what compelled the man to do what he did, what compelled anyone to give their life in service to a higher cause. He could have been the first person to answer that, if he’d lived.

It takes a very long time before Iowa calms down. She forces herself to stop the tears, tells herself it resolves nothing. She thinks of all the other men and women who died during the fighting, and thinks of the Pacific, the unnatural storms she saw fading over the horizon at the end of the battle.

Iowa will need to fight again.

She stares at her Unknown Marine, steeling herself for what must come next. He deserves a proper burial.

“I’m sorry,” she finally manages to say. “Thank you, Lance Corporal.”

Her hands dig under the Marine to lift him from the deck, and that is when his eyes flutter open and meet hers.

-

“Valkyrie—” he whispers, eyes widening in time with Iowa’s, “you’re a Valkyrie...”

They stare at one another, unsure of what more to say or do.

Then he struggles in her arms. She can barely feel it; he’s too weak from blood loss, from fighting. She does feel his heart beating, hard and rapid, his panicked breathing.

She makes a sound she herself can’t understand and pulls away as though her hands are on fire. His body slumps back to the deck, and he actually cries out in pain.
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>>41763179

She's my brother in arms. I might not know her that well, but that don't mean she can't grab a pair of ranger panties outta my shit if she needs 'em.

And it don't mean I won't notice which pair she took. the smalls, by the way.

>>41763200
What would you fuckin do without me. Had a couple ideas I needed to run by you for clearance, by the way.
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>>41763052

You can't continue dodging the issue, Hate! YOUR LITTLE "TOY" PROJECTS ARE MISAPPROPRIATING HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN DEFENSE DEPARTMENT BUDGET DOSH!

And I hope you aren't corralling any more of the ships into your little schemes--Naka and Sammy are bad enough.
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>>41763228
“What... the... fuck?” he asks, eyes squeezed shut.

Iowa makes another sound, language forgotten, blinking at the Marine as he weakly reaches out with one hand. Fingers brush against the side of her face. She feels the hairs on the back of her neck stand on end, feels her own heart raging for a path out of her own chest.

His eyes open and his expression changes. It is as though he has seen her again for the very first time.

“Y-You’re...” Iowa manages to say before her voice catches.

His hand falls onto one of her knees. He tries to sit up, clearly unable to, but that isn’t enough to stop him from trying. His breath is laced with a terrible wheezing sound, wheezing that dissolves into violent coughing. Red mist sprays from his lips.

“I’m dead,” he groans.

She is crying harder than ever. She can’t stop, and doesn’t understand why she is crying when she is so happy. She holds onto him for a long while, her personal and very-much-alive piece of flotsam in a storm of emotions.

“No, y-you’re not dead,” she says.

“Huh.” The Marine finally stops trying to sit up, his eyes rolling back as his head returns to the deck.

“You can’t die on me,” she says quickly, giving his shoulders a shake as she straddles over him. He doesn’t respond. “You’re... you’re all I have right now, don’t—”

Lazily, his eyes open once more. He starts to laugh, his voice rattling and wheezing until he begins coughing once more. He settles down, tearing up from the pain.

“Not like any fuckin’ Valkyrie I’ve read about.”

“N-not like any Marine I’ve seen.”

They exchange another long stare. She finds herself smiling, despite everything.

“I’m...” the Lance Corporal points weakly to himself. “I’m all you have?”

“I don’t hear them anymore,” she sniffles. “Th-they’re all gone. Somewhere. You’re all the crew I have left on this ship.”
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>>41763120
>Nobody would really expect me to
AND THAT'S WHY YOU'D DO IT
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>>41763241
wait wait, they shot the goddamn things?
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>>41763241
Hate is making his personal 16 inch gun, it's all but confirmed.
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>>41763240
>What would you fuckin do without me. Had a couple ideas I needed to run by you for clearance, by the way.

YES PRETEND I'M STILL IN THIS FUCKING LOOP OF DEATH AND DESTRUCTION

NO

NO I'M NOT

I'M NOT GETTIN LOOPED IN TO SERVE AS YOUR PLAUSIBLE-DENIABLE STAMP WHEN THE HOUNDS COME BAYING FOR YOUR FUCKING ASSSSSSSSSSS CORPORAL, OOOOOH NOOO YOU AIN'T HIDIN BEHIND THIS SCRAMBLED EGG

I AIN'T GETTING CAUGHT IN THE ASH-FLOW WHEN MT. BADFUCKINGDECISIONS BLOWS ITS TOP LIKE A SAILOR ON SHORE LEAVE WITH A STABLE NET CONNECTION NO SIR
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>>41763207
He didn't. He was never in the trap. Prior to contact he had disguised himself as one of the Abyssal destroyers.
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>>41763240
>And it don't mean I won't notice which pair she took. the smalls, by the way.

why are all carriers fucking SLUTS
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>>41763243
“Weird...” The Marine chuckles. “Fuckin’ weird.”

“How do you think I feel? I d-don’t even know if I’m s-supposed to be here!” She sobs and laughs with him. “C-Can you stand?”

“Tryin’... gimme a hand willya?”

She has to help him sit up, but that is enough to get him moving. He needs to lean against her to stay on his feet. He tries to brace himself with an arm around her waist, but even then his legs can barely support his weight. Strength is bleeding out of him through his wounds. She tries to carry him—the moment she does she can feel him resisting, and that is enough to convince her. The man wants to at least try to walk.

“I’ve got you,” she tries to assure him, even as her voice wavers, “w-we’re just taking a walk to...”

“Valhalla?” he asks quietly.

“... To sick-bay. I’m not choosing you to die. Not just yet, okay?” She tries to smile.

The Marine grumbles something to the effect of disappointment. The Ship squeezes him in the hopes of keeping him conscious.

“So. Who are you again?”

“I’m...” She pauses to draw in a breath. “I’m BB-61, USS Iowa. You saved me.”

“Stop.” The Marine manages to get her to stop walking by dragging his feet on the deck, pulling on the collar of her dress. He pulls himself up to her height, his bloodshot eyes drilling into hers, a gurgling growl sounding in his throat. “Sayitagain.”

“I’m BB-61, USS Iowa.”

“Th’fuckyousay.”

“It’s weird for me too,” she admits.

He maintains his glare for a moment longer before his hands fall limp at his sides.

“I saved you?” He sounds incredulous.

“You did.”

He shrugs at that, and immediately passes out.

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>>41763188
>Harder does have 4 stern tubes right? You didn't forget about them right?
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>>41763273

So i should just say "Sir, my commanding officer could not be found and I acted based on the information I had on hand and in a reasonable way while attempting to minimize risk to friendly hulls, personnel, and base structures? Here's the contact number for the next guy in our chain of command, Adm. Thomas?"
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>>41763283
Iowa you goddamn cougar. Its not the 1960's anymore.
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FEEEEEEELLLLTTHHYYYY
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>>41763283
The Marine weighs nothing, yet weighs more than any burden she can imagine. She wants to move slowly, to keep him from shifting so much in her arms. The sight of his blood soaking through his and her clothes urges her to move faster. She finds herself almost cursing her own design: there are so many pipes, railings, and hatchways her precious cargo can be accidentally bumped against; too many ladders she feels she almost drops him down. She tries to remember how the ship transformed around her after awakening, to remember if there was something she had done that was special. She wills the bulkheads around her to change, to make the path less difficult on the Marine, but nothing changes.

It is an agonizingly long walk to sick-bay.

She pushes her way through one final hatch, and is happy to discover that the medical ward is exactly how she remembers it being. She sets the Marine down as gently as possible on an empty bed and sets about scrambling to find the supplies he needs, trying not to look at the blood pooling rapidly beneath him on the mattress.

Memories of medics and nurses hurriedly making their way from patient to patient guide her. Everything she needs is exactly where it should be. Iowa is not confident about her skills as a doctor, but what she remembers from her crews is more than enough. Enough that she remembers to double-check his dog tags for his blood type. Enough to help her set up an IV after a several botched attempts, with profuse apologies after each mistake. He never responds, but she wants to believe he understands.

Opening his uniform shirt to dress his wounds is a different story.

She has seen injured, dying, and dead men before today. She remembers it all in a way only a ship of war like her could. This Lance Corporal should have died, spared only by luck or the will of something higher.
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>>41763290
Tell us planefag we demand to know all about Harder's stern.

National security requires it.
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>>41763308
The shrapnel she has to leave in place. She does not trust her hands at all to even begin attempting to remove it all. It takes a full roll of medical tape and far more gauze than strictly necessary, but she is reasonably certain he will not bleed out.

He does not wake, does not stir even the slightest as she tends to his wounds.

She discovers, very quickly, that she is hungry. The sensation of a growling empty stomach is alien to Iowa, but she understands the moment she feels it. She knows there is food in refrigerators, in automated snack vendors, the last vestiges of her time as a floating museum.

But her Marine sleeps, and she does not want to leave him. If something happens, if he manages to wake up, she wants to be there for him. At least until help for him arrives. She moves her battleship to Terminal Island, assuming that her allies, if any, would find some comfort that the Iowa has placed herself in easy reach.

She calls for help via Morse code and signal flags flying from a mast atop her superstructure. She considers trying to use the radio, but in the end decides against it. She is unsure people would understand hearing her voice, or seeing her personally. As is, she knows she is being watched. Armed men have established a perimeter around her chosen anchorage, and at least two ships like the Higgins routinely patrol nearby. No one has tried to board the Iowa. She can’t blame them, but she does worry for the Marine.

There is so much Iowa wants to know: about the world around her, about the America she knew and the America that is. If she is all alone, or if there are others like her, others like the monsters she put on the bottom of the bay.

She prays for her Marine, for the people she could not save. It is a simple act, but it gives her some comfort, some hope. She understands why her crews would pray.

He sleeps, and she watches over him the entire time, never once leaving his side.

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>>41763290
All is well then. See you guys tuesday(?).

inb4 acoustic torpedoes
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>>41763319
“My head hurts...”

She is somewhere between sleep and consciousness, remembering battles fought and the souls of her crew, when she hears him groan. She’s on her feet with a start, almost knocking over her seat, and stares expectantly at the Marine.

“You’re still here?” he yawns, appraising Iowa with lidded eyes.

She brushes past the chair and wraps her arms around the surprised Marine. “Yeah, I’m still here.”

“How ‘bout that.” He returns the hug cautiously, lightly patting her on the back. “You’re real.”

“Uh huh,” she sniffles. “A-Are you hungry?”

“How long have I been out?”

“Two days. I’ve been here the whole time—”

“Fuckin—TWO DAYS?” The Marine sputters, and immediately tries to sit up. His eyes widen as he sucks down a breath of air, whimpering in pain as he falls back against the bed.

“Don’t move you stupid jarhead!” Iowa wails. “Don’t you even remember what you just went through?”

“My boat—“ he gasps, “gotta get back to the Higgins—”

“You can’t go ANYWHERE right now!”

“I got friends on that—“

“Higgins is as safe as she can be now.” Iowa’s expression hardens somewhat. “I made sure of it.”

“Fucking—COME ON WOMAN! You can’t just fuckin’ keep me here like this!”

Silence rules the sick-bay after his outburst. Iowa remains calm, almost serene as she stares the Marine down. Anger fades from his eyes. His body relaxes.

“I’m sorry,” he says, suddenly apologetic. “Fuck, I’m sorry. You just... you just got here and I’m—”

“You need better care than what I can provide.” Her hands press against his shoulders as she tries to keep him in place. “I’ve called for help. Hopefully you won’t have to wait long, okay?”
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>>41763308
Iowa's got an emergency sickbay room (of several) just below the deck behind her superstructure, usefully enough. Though if I remember correctly Hate was up front, so it's a shit walk in any case.
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Just refer to me as "expressive, but uncommunicative." Which is exactly how I'll be.
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Thanks for the run Planefag! Question: who was it that educated the girls about the interwebs and the lewd things to be found there? My bet is: Shokaku. Cause it's ALWAYS the Quiet Ones.
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>>41763335
“I saw her, man. Higgins was in a bad way...” He looks away from Iowa just as the first hints of tears squeeze out from the corners of his eyes. “Y’know I dunno where any of my boys are, I’m the only one you fished out—f-fuckin’ monsters—”

“I sunk every last one of those things.” Iowa speaks firmly, proudly. “And I have you to thank for making it possible.”

“Yeah,” he snorts, nodding to himself as though remembering everything that happened. “Yeah, we fuckin’ showed those bastards, didn’t we?” He looks back at her, blinking rapidly. “A-And saved the Hig, right?”

“We saved her.” Iowa leans closer to the Marine, her hands still on his shoulders. He’s shivering from pain, from blood loss, but he stops trying to struggle against her restraint. Slowly, he allows himself to relax against his pillows.

“I promise. Nothing more will happen to the Higgins, to every ship in this bay, the port, the city. You have my word. This will never be allowed to happen again. I *won’t* allow it.”

“Alright, alright...” he nods again, turning away from Iowa. “Good to go, fuckin’ good to go.”

He doesn’t believe her, she can tell that much, but he is trying.

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>>41763335
Why did Iowa lose the CIWS and Tomahawks anyways

come on girl, you know the value of those, you used them before
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>>41763346
>expressive, but uncommunicative
Does this mean Settle will just slam doors in their faces?
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>>41763346
So unavailable. got it. Kinda wonder who they'll sic on me though.

fuck it, I'll just use the ship range. Hey we can scare up a rowboat or something I can park a target on, right?
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>>41763350
Arizona
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>>41763357
Who knows. Maybe she really preferred her WW2 config anyway.
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>>41763352
“You’re hungry,” the Marine mumbles absently. It’s the first thing he has said in an hour.

Iowa’s stomach is noticeably growling louder than before. The alien sensation is accompanied by actual pain. Her hands are shaking as she tries to replace his IV bag.

“I guess I am.” She finally manages to hang the bag correctly on a hook, and clasps her hands together, trying to stop the shakes. It doesn’t work. “Ah... is it supposed to hurt?”

“Howzat?”

“To be hungry?” She shivers more, and another grumble issues from her gut. “I don’t like it.”

“It can...” The Marine tries to adjust himself in bed to get a better look at the woman. “Got anything to eat on this thing?”

“Yes,” she replies distantly, ‘seeing’ the old vending machines abandoned by panicked tour guides and takers alike during her awakening.

The Marine begins to sit up yet again, pain rippling through his body and earning himself a sharp look from Iowa. He settles back against the bed, shivering.

“I was... thinkin’ I could help us get—“

“I can get it!” Iowa insists, almost too loudly. The Marine rolls his eyes, but that is the extent of his protests. After making certain that he won’t run away, or at least try to, she sprints for the sick-bay’s exit.

She looks back at him one last time before she slips back into her own corridors, and catches him grinning.

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And that's it for tonight! I'll update my pastebin shortly. I might have another update ready to go by the next time Deme runs, so wooooo for that. Thanks for reading everyone!
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...wouldn't Iowa coming back when she did make her the first shipgirl to come back?
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>>41763376
I believe that's the canon explanation, at least in those crucial formative moments of >AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK
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>>41763361
Just remember to check for any Corgis in the area. The last thing we need is one of them being launched through a window by back blast.
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>>41763385
Thanks for the storytime, feel!
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>>41763387
Aside from the abyssals, yes.
But she's a girlship more than a shipgirl, for all the fucking good that distinction is
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>>41763387
I think the Nips had their for a while, but nobody in the west really knew what was going on
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>>41763357
That might be saved for her Revise/Custom stage. She's not japanese after all
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>>41763410
Nope, Kongou was the first shipgirl to manifest that was sunk as a conventional ship, and that was after the abyssals appeared
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You know, literally two berths down from Iowa is the L.A. Maritime Museum, where one of the exhibits is the bell and some bridge equipment of the USS Los Angeles (CA-135). If the bell got blown from the museum and landed on Iowa as she sailed by... think she might discover a friend hanging about topside?
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>>41763376
It's not necessarily that she 'preferred' the config. It's what she remembers best for some reason, and the ship changed to reflect that.

Also, given the cultural memory surrounding ships like Iowa and her sisters, I think that might have had some influence on it. Could be wrong though.
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>>41763429
I'm talking USN.
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>>41763460
First was Arizona if I remember correctly.
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>>41763443
Yeah. When somebody thinks "Battleship" they think those nine glorious fucking guns, not the cruise missiles and harpoon launchers (Though those were definitely sexy as fuck to see in person too).
I'd bet that it would be relatively easy to upgrade her back up to that spec though, or better. Do we have any SAM systems now that can survive her guns? A dozen marines with MANPADS is kind of... terrible.
>>41763460
Then yeah, technically Iowa. I think Arizona was the first sunk shipgirl to come back
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>>41763443
It's probably because she got the most use out of that config. Post WW2 her career was mostly composed of firing shells (or missiles) over the horizon at brown people.
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>>41763470
Hornet was the first USN ship to come back, a week or two after the battle.

Arizona is a recent arrival, she came back "not even a week ago" before we arrived in Yokosuka.
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>>41763361
>Kinda wonder who they'll sic on me though.

Probably the-

... oh.

Oh.

OH.

YES
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>>41763482
Didn't she walk right up to her mooring point next to her hulk, and just stand there for a few days waiting to be relieved?
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>>41763493
Sometimes you worry me. Think they'll send one of the girls?
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>>41763493
COMMANDANT?!
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>>41763493
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
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>>41763499
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>>41763493
I literally know exactly what you mean, and I fucking love you for it
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>>41763494
Until one of her surviving crew called to her yeah.
I should reread the quest, especially after a break like this
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>>41763488
I wonder if that has anything to do with her being unable to speak.
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>>41763434

Unlikely, but fun to think about. All of the ships that have come back were sunk, not scrapped. As it stands, any other shipsluts to be coming ouit of Cali will probably be the submarine they have up in San Francisco and maybe Lane Victory also in San Pedro.

There's also the mothball fleet in Suisun Bay, but none of those are combat ships, I think.
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>>41763510
Enlighten me, oh hallowed one
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>>41763499

Let's just say that no matter who loses, I win.
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>>41763536
...oh my god you're thinking Sammy, aren't you
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>>41763522
>>41763522
>All of the ships that have come back were sunk, not scrapped.

So what about the Crossroads ships?
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>>41763528
all four Iowas, intent on Hatefucking
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>>41763556
I don't think any of them have been confirmed in-quest except maybe Prinz.
Also that's still sinking.
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>>41763556

Also would make for an interesting concept. Test subjects for some of the biggest bombs ever built? Yeah, there's definitely gonna be some baggage with them if they ever come back.
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>>41763556
No confirmation yet. No big seben or Sara.
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>>41763574
GOOD LORD
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>>41763574
I can think of worse ways to get to valhalla.
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>>41763594
Sara really deserved to be a museum ship. She was a goddamn hero, and we executed her slowly and painfully.
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>>41763590
We've had this discussion before- is it kind of a fucked up way to go? Sure.
Did those tests guarantee that the Navy would continue to exist as a concept, instead of being replaced by planes entirely?
Yes.
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>>41763607
We already figured out that four Iowas could fit into your bunk Hate.

Don't wish for things that might happen. You don't know the power of Freedom.
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>>41763624
>power of Freedom
Jesus Yamato blesses you, anon.
>www.youtube.com/watch?v=VACdobJ05Ic
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So boat nerds, riddle me this.

In the 1920's we had six South Dakota class battleships laid down, all of which were near or beyond 30% completion before the Washington Naval Treaty aborted them. The designs were finalized, the ships were laid down and would have been commissioned and used in the second world war.

Does the fact that they were scrapped prior to completion preclude them being a shipgirl?
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>>41763607
Hate, you are part of Iowa's crew. And as has been seen before, if a person dies then a fae/farie version of them appears on the ship-girl version of the ship they served on.

So in short. You will never go to Valhalla, you will end up on the Iowa. Not bad considering that some of your gear is still there.
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>>41763610
What if one of the Corssroads ships came back - terrified she'd be used the same again? And then she spent her time hiding and running in fear of the people who betrayed her and the Abyssals who are trying to kill her.
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>>41763651
No, it just mean they're spoopy skellingtons
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>>41763651
Possibly!
We have no fucking idea, these magicks are almost as inscrutable as russian game devs
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>>41763624
Iowa thinks of Hate as crew. Specifically, her crew.

I don't think she's sharing, anon.
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>>41763651
Yes. The main point behind becoming a ship-girl is that the ship was completed and either sank or in sub cases, going MIA.

Uncompleted ships are excluded.
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>>41763667
>Iowa gets NTR'd by Jers, Wis and Missus Misery.
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>>41763658
Now that would be interesting.
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>>41763681
What about ships like the Amagi?

She was mostly complete when she was destroyed on the slipways by an earthquake.
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>>41763681
Isn't there at least one shipgirl in KanColle that wasn't actually completed/fitted out? Granted, not fitted means it's at least been launched.
>>41763693
Thanks for reminding me of the name.
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>>41763681
>>41763693

Or Shinano? She made it all the way to launching and was destroyed in combat before commissioning.
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>>41763656
Nah. I'll make it to my paradise eventually, even if I missed two chances.
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>>41763693
Never christened, never launched. Doesn't count.
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>>41763658
>>41763690

Thanks. I kind of thought it'd be a good alternate view of things. Or consider this: what if the Abyssals realized this shipgirl was afraid and instead of or in addition to trying to kill her, tried to recruit her?
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>>41763658
>Anderson
>Lamson
>Skate
>Independence
>Nevada
>Arkansas
>Pensacola
>Salt Lake City
>Hughes
>Rhind
>Saratoga

A whole fucking fleet of AWOL shipgirls.
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>>41763720
And then a Human/Human loyal group has to try to do the same thing.

This seems like the plot to a post-war political drama that inevitably earns an Oscar.
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>>41763658

Doubt it. that lagoon is one of the most heavily fucking monitored spots in the whole fucking pacific.
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>>41763731
And those are just the ones from the US.
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>>41763720
>>41763731
Out of that list, Arkansas, Pensacola, Independence, Saratoga and all of the Destroyers might be vulnerable to defection to the Abyssals out of fear of being misused and tortured again.
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>>41763750
Any idea on what would happen if one of them came back as a ship-girl or whatever the fuck they are called?
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>>41763750
Well, apparently the Navy had already completely fucking forgotten about the Chesapeake bay battleships until something happened with them.

We never did get the story on that, did you hear anything Hate?
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>>41763720
Abyssal threat is far, far too unknown in its cognitive and planning capabilities still.
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>>41763765
not a fucking clue.
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>>41763765
Sunk on sight. Why risk having an angry abyssal battleship or fleet carrier when you can destroy them before they get their footing as sluts.
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So what is the USCGC Eagle like if she awakens?
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>>41763790
That seems wildly impractical and foolish. The government might indulge in that from time to time (or nearly-constant in some cases), but I don't think it can honestly rule shipsluts out on a whim quite yet.
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>>41763790

Depends. Ship girls act like confused girls and shit.

Abyssals feel like Davy Jones himself is coming to rip your soul out of your currently alive body. Aura of madness and shit.

So, more then likely they wing it.
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>>41763787
>>41763765
Probably an alert and some planes scrambled just in case, hailing the girl in question and asking her to stay put/come along, followed by a radiation inspection team and the standard briefing assuming they're clean.
(It makes absolute sense for them to be radiation free, but honestly it doesn't hurt to check)
Of course if they go hostile during this process you light them up, but no need if it isn't necessary
>>41763790
Thank god you're not in charge of anything
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>>41763804
Sexy scientist
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>>41763815
Yeah, it helps that kanmusu and abyssals have actual physical differences in appearance and form to go by
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>>41763750
Being monitored is pretty meaningless Hate. Suppose Nevada comes back. She wakes up - feeling betrayed and terrified of the power she witnessed that sank her. Then the nevy that betrayed her - her OWN navy - starts trying to talk to her, maybe DEMANDING to know things. And now what do they do? If they start shooting they confirm her fears. If they don't they can't possibly keep her there physcially. So she runs, hangs out in abandoned WW2 bases, eventually meets an Abyssal at one, fightensues.jpg. All the while she is dealing with not understanding her new body, getting hungry, etc. Maybe she sneaks ashore, meets some people but can't bring herself to trust them. Runs again. Where will she go?

And then an Abyssal appears and offers her a truce and a place to rest.
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