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Torpedoes,how do they work?

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Alpha Tester
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I kinda wondering,how exactly does a torpedo is launched? Especially on USN and Soviet navy ships since their launchers are placed in hard-to-access places. On Japanese ships,the torpedo launchers are accessible to the crews(since IJN ships can reload their torpedoes,most Allied warships can only use their torpedoes once) but I don't see any button,switches or anything that can trigger them. 

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Alpha Tester
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Are you all saying that WW2 torpedoes are launched by hitting the launcher repeatedly with a hammer and praying it doesn't explode in your face(and on-board your ship)?

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Super Tester
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Launching is done using compressed air generally.

 

The question is, how do you carry the large ass torpedo, shove it into the launcher and arm the thing when the ship is moving? It sure ain't no 16 inch shell but a 21 inch torpedo however...

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The question is, how do you carry the large ass torpedo, shove it into the launcher and arm the thing when the ship is moving? It sure ain't no 16 inch shell but a 21 inch torpedo however...

 

rails, overhead gantries and sheer blood sweat and tears

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rails, overhead gantries and sheer blood sweat and tears

 

and lots of swearing.

 

Gotta have the swearing otherwise the thing wont load.

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Alpha Tester
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and lots of swearing.

 

Gotta have the swearing otherwise the thing wont load.

 

As in having difficulty trying to insert a thick,long object into a tube and the crew yelling that it is a little too tight?

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In most cases most destroyers only has one load of torpedoes and have to retreat out of combat to reload them from a resupply ship. Cruisers with hull mounted torps has a rail where they can reload in a second salvo.

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As in having difficulty trying to insert a thick,long object into a tube and the crew yelling that it is a little too tight?

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"Just lube it up a bit and she will fit" 

 

 

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The question is, how do you carry the large ass torpedo, shove it into the launcher and arm the thing when the ship is moving? It sure ain't no 16 inch shell but a 21 inch torpedo however...

 

Apart from the IJN, most other WWII navies didn't have their destroyers carry reloads. IJN carries their reloads on their decks - its the long rectangular boxes. They use rails and a powered winch to move the reload boxes to where they line up with the launchers, then shove it in. Assuming none of the equipment breaks down, a well-drilled crew can accomplish the reload within 5 minutes.

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Alpha Tester
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Apart from the IJN, most other WWII navies didn't have their destroyers carry reloads. IJN carries their reloads on their decks - its the long rectangular boxes. They use rails and a powered winch to move the reload boxes to where they line up with the launchers, then shove it in. Assuming none of the equipment breaks down, a well-drilled crew can accomplish the reload within 5 minutes.

 

Guess my idea about those rails found on Japanese destroyers and cruisers are true. It was for torpedoes after all.

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Guess my idea about those rails found on Japanese destroyers and cruisers are true. It was for torpedoes after all.

 

multi-use.

 

Torps, mines etc

 

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Apart from the IJN, most other WWII navies didn't have their destroyers carry reloads. IJN carries their reloads on their decks - its the long rectangular boxes. They use rails and a powered winch to move the reload boxes to where they line up with the launchers, then shove it in. Assuming none of the equipment breaks down, a well-drilled crew can accomplish the reload within 5 minutes.

 

Now I remember Kitakami quickly throwing the Long Lances on her deck overboard because she was under aerial attack and if it was true, the Long Lance = really REALLY explode-y due to the torpedo having a load of oxygen.

 

Whoever was on the torpedo control for the William D. Porter nearly "accidented" the battleship FDR was in.

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Assuming none of the equipment breaks down, a well-drilled crew can accomplish the reload within 5 minutes.

 

Apparently one of the reasons why Vice Admiral Mikawa didn't press his attack to reach the USN transports at Savo Island was because his Cruisers expended their torpedoes on the initial battle with the US/Australian Cruisers and they needed a fair bit of time to reload them? Not withstanding the other factors such as the threat from US carriers in the approaching morning daylight and submarines etc

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Alpha Tester
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Whoever was on the torpedo control for the William D. Porter nearly "accidented" the battleship FDR was in.

I see you also know about that crazy story

Fortunate thing that the captain of USS Iowa have mastered the vigilance skill and Steering Gear Mod 2 installed or there would be 3 Iowa-class BB in the world.

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Super Tester
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Torpedoes work by voodoo - nothing else makes sense!

 

And the acoustic torpedo has voodoo stuff in it to make the hydrophone work? BRILLIANCE!

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