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  1. Probably the third option: if land masses- no matter how tiny- can get a Belle that simply, there'd be no stopping the race to ship-ify every dinky island in every ocean, sea and lake. ...And then there's the continents (spoiler: The Good Ship Europa would be a basket case)... From my understanding of Shinto, any thing suitably sublime enough may become a home for a kami. My suspicion is that if that thing can't be sunk, the kami residing in it isn't a ship's spirit.
  2. Elementary, my dear Käpt'n. A rear admiral's flagship and Lt. General Omar Bradley's ride on D-Day alone, plus her extensive prewar history outshined any US battleship save Nevada...and we've already been bankrupted by met her. I believe the gear under Augusta's umbrella is one of her 5"/25 caliber Mk 10 AA guns. ...Just the thing to defend and retaliate against poop-laden seagulls. She'll be a part of my fleet. I am indebted to her Christmas kindness.
  3. (proper introduction pending...)
  4. All I ask from her is regular updates on Thetis.
  5. *Sighs* Well, looks like it's time to rewrite the Rules of War... 😉
  6. Given the status of the USS Ling, let him who treateth his fleet with care cast the first stone. So, with an sample of 2, we have no serious Soviet submarines. You know what, I'm good with that. Taken as a whole, submariners tend to buck the trends of their surface counterparts: the separation of officers and enlisted sailors is often nonexistant, spit-and-polish dress codes are put on hold until just before entering ports-of-call, they're at their best when the orders are simple (such as just go out and sink some enemy ships), etc. It doesn't make them any less loyal. Just more fun. Sushka Zefir is certainly interesting from any angle. I was instantly struck by how...compact ? consolidated?...her gear is. Makes me want to meet a Dutch submarine Belle or her Aunt, TCG Gür now to compare, especially since she lacks the red, industrial girder-like connective structure inherent on all Soviet ships seen thus far. I will enjoy S-3's sugar-fueled, exuberant innocence for now. Oh, and before I forget...
  7. #1 for me, please. My liver would abandon its post if I even thought to try to keep pace with a Belle; let alone whole fleets of them with varying degrees of alcohol tolerance. Therefore, the my plan of attack is to let them notice when I haven't been served yet...and nurse that one drink like a patient in an ICU. Remember: they can't refill it if it isn't refillable yet. 😉
  8. Yes, that's a terrible, horrible situation. I volunteer to personally track them down for you and learn the secret of their techniques. 😜
  9. Such a misleading video. This is Ragyō's theme. ...Here we go.
  10. Two separate gripes, TH. In her letter, she was referring to the writer of the seventh letter, who can only be Giulio Cesare. In the interview, she referred to Casare as and then went on to note that It is possible Cavour didn't mean anything causality-wise (that because Leo's head was "in the clouds" she therefore experienced a magazine explosion and was lost). However, given Cavour's attitude--especially with regard to her surviving sister-- I'm not willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.
  11. I seem to recall a certain letter delivered by Rawalpindi: I wasn't particularly impressed with her letter and I'm even less impressed with her in interview. The cultured don't speak ill of the sunk, much less a scrapped sister (to keep karma from coming back to bite you if nothing else). But that's fine. I'll give her your regards at the launching ceremony and look out for her in '40. 😉
  12. The Guépard-class destroyer we've met specifically stated that her namesake is the Battle of Verdun (that I'm thinking of): an event. If she were named for Verdun itself, I would suspect (as I suspect with all location-named Belles) that unless and until the place is blown off the face of the Earth it has no last day and would then be counted among ships named after generic wildlife, weather conditions, adjectives and/or just given numbers (who don't worry about such things). As far as historically busy or not, the common tradition is that a person gets a ship named after them posthumously. Not all die as spectacularly as say, Hans Lüdemann or Sergey Kirov, but the common denominator here is that they have a date of expiration.
  13. It's well known by now that a Belle is effected by her Death Day. What about the Death Day of a Belle's namesake? Or, if the ship is named after an event, the date of that? If the event happens to be over a span of days (such as the Battle of Verdun) would the first or last day of said event be of significant importance to her? In Update #98, it was evident that a certain Belle is skittish where the Ides of March is concerned. Is that a real danger, or simply a touch of paranoia?
  14. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/magazine/uss-wasp-lost-world-war-ii-aircraft-carrier.html Add to the the other wrecks Paul Allen's research crew have found in one year alone (March 2018-March 2019): USS Lexington (CV-2), USS Juneau (CL-52), USS Helena (CL-50), IJN Hiei and USS Hornet (CV-8). Well done.
  15. Yes. ...And the overwhelming vote was to add a new choice I’ve found Texas has one of the greatest barbecue traditions in American history. Go ask her Houston * for some pointers. With the new adjustments, The Northamptons (Houston), the Pensacolas (Salt Lake City) and the Omahas (?????) are now guests, so they can't be asked. So we're back to square one. *Texas is a battleship, so if she even has a Belle, she wouldn't be able to assist the cruisers. Houston, on the other hand is a cruiser, would have knowledge of Texas-style "barbecue" and could be asked.
  16. We have the Mother's Day choices to make as well: Wichita: We all decided that we wanted to stage a festival in honor of the cruisers. Invite the Northamptons, the Pensacolas, the Omahas, everyone. [Translation: Houston can't save us now. ...Not that she could save us in any case; in the "Barbecue Belt", Houston's slow-roasted beef would be considered as heretical as Boisie's critter cuisine.] The clerical error was apparently resolved, so even the Spam (a crime against pork?) solution is off the table: 1: This was Boise’s choice. We’re going with all the meat. 2: [Redacted 2] seems… really, very passionate about her choice. We’re going with Memphis barbecue. 3: I honestly prefer seafood. 4: I’ve never had a pork steak, but I’m willing to give it a try. 5: I mean, Wichita’s right. Kansas City barbecue is unquestionably the best barbecue. Put me down for #1. It may not be barbecue, but grilled game/beef/mutton/chicken/etc. over an open fire is still tasty. As for the Halloween Special, I would also like to see what Verdun came up with.
  17. I agree Belle Unredaction is a bit...off. I think Declassified or Uncensored are probably more accurate terms. I hope that Wichita's new Fleet responsibilities as hostess don't prevent her from still being irresponsible at times. She gave us: Captain: You’re having an airshow? Wichita: What do we look like, backwoods amateurs? Of course, we’re having an airshow. ...Her original response was not quite that charitable: [Redacted8]: What do we look like, backwoods amateurs? Apart from Boise, I mean. Of course we’re having an airshow. Even diplomats may have their own opinions. I did not foresee Wichita as the Holloween hostess, though in hindsight the popcorn should have given it away. I was assuming someone that U-29 presumes still functions adequately in sunlight...😉
  18. Thanks for being willing to take up the baton, Wichita. Hopefully the Leningrad Stockholm Syndrome will fade with time... Wichita's looks are deceiving. I would have suspected her of being more of a free spirit than she is. And far be it from me to bite the hand that's been sending popcorn... Ad Astra Per Aspera. Well played. ...Wait....I seem to remember that in the Mother's Day Preparations, the responsible cruiser, [Redacted 8], was doing a herculean job of herding cats. ...And considered Kansas City barbecue the best in the country. And what was her part of the preparations again? Captain: And what are you overseeing?[Redacted8]: Location. And massed popcorn production. I think the Interviewer position is in good hands, Mahan. 😊 Speaking of barbecue and assuming each Belle is true to her namesake's barbecue traditions:
  19. [REDACTED]: The Ghost is well informed. You are too kind. [REDACTED]: ... People don't talk to Scharnhorst like this. U-29: Nein. And make sure you don't either. While I consider it laudable for a submarine to speak softly and carry a full spread, being too reserved where Scharnhorst a battleship is concerned actually does her a disservice. Get in touch with Salmon, [Redacted]. You may find her "training exercise" methods worth taking note. I appreciated the response to my question very much, but why must you torment me so? I will not look a gift horse in the mouth, that would be rude. Danke. I look forward to seeing you next in my fleet, [Redacted].
  20. It was and trust me, I am. But I also remember La Motte-Picquet's words of wisdom: That said, if working together includes live-fire target practice, consider a one-way trip around Bungo Channel with a rose for Tosa in her teeth a done deal.
  21. 'Mistake' indeed. Your mistake, Kaga, is whining to Mahan for forgiveness. I have neither forgiven nor forgotten.
  22. Funny you should bring up the infamous Mother's Day Special, and those wicked, wicked subs... So there you go. I personally don't mind a heretofore unknown Belle being interviewed and remaining anonymous, but I think having a redacted Belle interview another redacted Belle a bit silly. There's over seventy known Belles not named Mahan or Belfast: press some of them into service.
  23. But isn't the battleship HMS Lion under construction at Newcastle upon Tyne when the war begins? Even assuming that anything of the battlecruiser HMS Lion was left to reassemble (she was sold for scrap in 1924!), why would one settle for resuscitating that hull, when she could be provided a bigger, brand-spanking new ship? Unless that is what you mean by rebuilding warships that were scrapped. If so, then the only thing standing in the way of Vickers Amstrongs turning out a new receptacle for her would be labour and materials. The very same things that stood in the way historically. If things had turned out differently and there had been consistent available resources to finish her? Who's to say? I do think that the Captains of Belles have a war to fight though and while it may be Neutral, the INPF isn't a country. Shipbuilding from scratch should probably remain in the hands of the various countries, if for no other reason than even with a freshly commissioned ship and crew (and a handful of souvenirs from her battlecruiser days) , there is no certainty the Belle of HMS Lion would awaken. (And the Royal Navy is gonna need every ship it can beg, borrow or build).
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