Sunday, 21 November 2010

The Battle of the Java Sea: ABDA [3] The USN

The USN contribution to the ABDA fleet is shown below:

Two extremes, the new (and designed specifically to match the IJN heavy cruisers on equal terms from the planning days of the Washington Treaty) the USS Houston with her powerful 8" guns, contrasting with the WWI veteran 'four stacker' destroyer "pack". Heavy in torpedo complement but lacking in everything else bar bravery.

USN Houston had already taken damage via a IJN air attack and her rear turret was out of commission. Therefore at the start of the scenario she had already lost a full armament box and cannot shoot in her rear arc with her main battery. As per the other ABDA cruisers her float plane is out of commission.

Next the ABDA Battle Plan ...

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