Our March 10th Combat event came off without a hitch; in spite of dark threatening rain clouds that never did drop more than a few seconds of sprinkle on us.
With a repaired radar gun to test all ships speeds, the process went much quicker than the old 100 foot course tests we use to do. Several ships needed to make a couple runs before getting their speeds correct, but the process took no more than a couple minutes each time. Once everyone got into combat, it was quite evident that the new Combat Speeds were a big hit with all captains. Speed is no longer the competitive edge that everyone sought in a ship to help overcome a lack of captaining skills.
So for our first combat event of the year, awards were given to the following Captains:
AS VOTED BY THE OPPOSING TEAMS
Opposing teams vote for the Ship/Captain combination that performed the best during the event.
MOST FEARED ALLIED CAPTAIN: Jim Webb, USS De Long
The USS De Long was first launched during 2016 and was full of nasty “bugs”. One by one they have all been fumigated out to where the ship was operating almost flawlessly last Saturday. The ship was shooting well and operationally great. She was also able to out turn all axis ships due to its shorter length.
MOST FEARED AXIS CAPTAIN: Gary Powell, DKM ZH-1
Originally built as the HNLMS Gerald Callengburgh; over this past winter she was converted to the DKM ZH-1. This was her first run as an Axis vessel and it turned out to be a good one. Was shooting very well, but being slightly longer than the USS De Long was not able to stay with her in a turn.
MOST DAMAGE TAKEN DURING THE EVENT
To earn this award a ship has to be engaged in combat; not running from a fight.
SWISS CHEESE AWARD: Jim Webb, USS De Long (26 hits taken)
Never in any danger of sinking from damage, because the 26 hits the De Long took were spread out over multiple battles. Always engaged in battle and dishing out almost as much as she received, still came in at the end of the day with the most hits (received).
SPECIAL EVENT AWARD
The special event award of Expert Loader is given to the captain who loads more bearing in the bottom of his ship, than in his guns magazines.
EXPERT LOADER: Cliff Binford, ORP Blyskawica
Certain situations occur during an event that warrant special notice. No one took a count, but several loads of bearing were “dumped” into the bottom of this Polish Destroyer and “NOT“ in the magazines as intended. In any event; Clif was laughing right along with the rest of us, each time another load was heard going in. Next event he will probably remember to bring his own magnet.