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Torpedo nets

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Let's face it, torpedoes are a major hazard in naval warfare. But there is way to protect ships. Torpedo nets hang over the side and catch torps, like a fish.

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Maybe they could be utilized here in WoWs. They could be available as one-use consumable, with standard ones costing silver and more effective ones costing gold. Of course they would not offer 100% protection.

Win/win, players feel protected and WG generates income.

Having protection against the tin fish would reduce player grumbling and decrease 'torp fever' - thus lessen camping. 

 

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Beta Tester
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wow, just like fisherman! but catching torpedoes.:great:

NB: they're so creative.

Edited by Ratdoto

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Alpha Tester
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creative,

but then the DDs shall cry

The extra bulge like this at the ship shall SLOW IT very much

Edited by Harpoon01

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Alpha Tester
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The extra bulge like this at the ship shall SLOW IT very much

 

I don't think a 50 thousand ton ship will be slowed much, maybe a knot or two.

DDs would be different, but I'm not sure if they used them, as there is no need. Their mobility is their protection.

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I don't think a 50 thousand ton ship will be slowed much, maybe a knot or two.

DDs would be different, but I'm not sure if they used them, as there is no need. Their mobility is their protection.

 

in this game a knot or two is plenty

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Weren't torpedo nets used when ships were moored? If the ship was moving and maneuvering wouldn't the violent action break the poles attaching it to the ship in the first place?

 

 

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Weren't torpedo nets used when ships were moored? If the ship was moving and maneuvering wouldn't the violent action break the poles attaching it to the ship in the first place?

 

 

 

Didn't you see the photo of a ship under way with nets extended?

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Alpha Tester
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in this game a knot or two is plenty

 

Google search reveals that nets decrease speed by a knot.What would you prefer, torp protection or a knot?

Oh, and the search also revealed that they were very effective.

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It's also noted that torpedoes can be fitted with net cutters to slice through torpedo nets, and they were mostly superseded by torpedo bulges, which we already have in-game.

 

Honestly, my gut reaction to this is no. Even as a one-use item, it's got a lot of potential for player rage when a DD captain sees a perfect spread do absolutely nothing.

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Didn't you see the photo of a ship under way with nets extended?

 

Didn't think that was a wake.

 

Google search reveals that nets decrease speed by a knot.What would you prefer, torp protection or a knot?

Oh, and the search also revealed that they were very effective.

 

But...they never saw practical wartime use out in the open sea outside of convoy transport ships in WW2 did they? And convoy ships didn't move really quickly anyway.

 

Design and use[edit]

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HMS Hotspur deploying torpedo nets

Torpedo nets could be hung out from the defending ship, when moored or otherwise stationary in the water, on multiple horizontal booms. Each boom was fixed to the ship at one end at or below the edge of the main deck, by a steel pin that permitted the boom to be swung against the ship and secured when the ship sailed. A series of such booms was so fixed at intervals along each side of the ship. When the ship was moored, the free ends of the booms could be swung out with the net hung on the outer ends, thus suspending the net at a distance from the ship equal to the length of the boom, all around the ship. With the net mounted, a torpedo aimed at the ship would hit the mesh net and explode at a sufficient distance from the hull to prevent serious damage to the ship.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_net

 

 

Nets in Operation

 

"At Anchor, tried to furl our nets but through breaking a winch, could not brail up so we weighed and proceeded with nets out. We got barely 6 knots out of the ship." 

 

Both evolutions were manpower intensive so times would have been significantly extended in an action scenario. Nets tended only be used when the ship was lying still or going at very low speed; at higher speeds they would rise and become ineffective. When the ship moved the drag and sway of the nets, was sufficient to constrain the vessel speed to a maximum of 6kts. 

 

http://www.gwpda.org/naval/nets.htm

 

 

Fact of the matter is that nets were impractical when doing combat maneuvers. Ships relied on trained spotters to find torpedoes, something in WoWs should be equivalent to players looking out for torpedoes themselves. If you are hit by a full spread of torpedoes from a destroyer or carrier then you either got outplayed or were too busy to not notice them in the first place. 

 

But hey what do I know I haven't played the game yet and all my knowledge about the game is based on watching People on YouTube.

 

Edited by MARVinis

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Alpha Tester
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Didn't think that was a wake.

 

But...they never saw practical wartime use out in the open sea outside of convoy transport ships in WW2 did they? And convoy ships didn't move really quickly anyway.

 

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_net

 

 

You can clearly see his bow wave and wake created by nets...and the prop wash. 

And yeah, a big sea would cause havoc on the net, smashing it.

Upon undertaking further reading, it transpires that these nets were more suited to moorings.

Well, there goes that idea....:(

 

Thanks for all your input. *crawls back inside shell

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most moved away from individual nets and went to harbour wide boom net setups.

 

Took less effort all round and ships could be ready to sail a lot faster.

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most moved away from individual nets and went to harbour wide boom net setups.

 

Took less effort all round and ships could be ready to sail a lot faster.

Sydney had a boom net in WWII, look how well that worked.

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