Talk:Operation Back Lash - 2667

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Marking this article as my next target for updating. --Dundradal 07:25, 5 September 2010 (CDT)

LOAF and my chat on August 21, 2010 about Confed/Kilrathi carriers in the 2665-2668 period. This has a great breakdown of carrier/fighter losses for the 2667-68 period.

[21:19] <+Dundradal> how many carriers lost in 2666?
[21:20] <@LOAFB> That depends on what your definition of is is...
[21:20] <@LOAFB> Lets see what we can figure out though
[21:21] <+Dundradal> destroyed and crippled
[21:21] <+Dundradal> isn't it 4 destroyed and 2 laid up?
[21:22] <@LOAFB> The problem is that End Run has a different concept of carriers
[21:22] <+Dundradal> true
[21:22] <+Dundradal> ok
[21:22] <+Dundradal> found the Bear rant to Lonewolf
[21:22] <@LOAFB> There are heavy and medium carriers... and they're much bigger than aything else we hear about.
[21:22] <+Dundradal> We lost a third of our carriers in the last three
[21:22] <+Dundradal> months standard, half of our fleet in the last nine months. I know that's classified information, but you
[21:22] <+Dundradal> might as well know the truth now. That's three carriers in just the last two actions, with full compliment of
[21:22] <+Dundradal> five hundred spacecraft, six hundred pilots, and ten thousand crew.
[21:23] <@LOAFB> Hehe, yeah, that
[21:24] <@LOAFB> We're just barely hanging on. You are right, if we lose four more fleet
[21:24] <@LOAFB> carriers, half of all we've got left, the war is lost.
[21:24] <@LOAFB> So eight in the year before End Run, according to End Run
[21:25] <+Dundradal> "I don't know what production is like back home, but I never did trust the promises of all those new
[21:25] <+Dundradal> ships we kept hearing about. Sir, as far as I know we simply don't have any more reserves. We've lost
[21:25] <+Dundradal> half our fleet carriers in the last year. We lose four more in a single action and those furballs will be at
[21:25] <+Dundradal> Earth's front door."
[21:25] <@LOAFB> But it's problematic because somehow those amazing giant carriers include the Concordia, a Bengall and a heavy cruiser.
[21:25] <+Dundradal> yeah
[21:25] <+Dundradal> damn you Gettysburg
[21:26] <+Dundradal> here's the big one
[21:26] <+Dundradal> "I'm talking about the survival of the Confederation, Geoffrey. I didn't like sending those kids out any
[21:26] <+Dundradal> more than you did. But, by God, Geof, we're on the ropes and fighting for survival. Our carriers are the
[21:26] <+Dundradal> thin line between tens of billions of people and the vengeance of the Kilrathi. We have a grand total of
[21:26] <+Dundradal> seven fleet carriers left to cover the entire front, Geof; we've lost nine in the last year and it'll be another
[21:26] <+Dundradal> year before they finish repairing Austerlitz and our new heavy carriers come on line. They have at least
[21:26] <+Dundradal> twenty and God knows how many more coming into the fleet."
[21:26] <+Dundradal> that bumps it up to 9 destroyed
[21:26] <+Dundradal> and Austerlitz in repairs
[21:30] <@LOAFB> "We won Vukar by the skin of our teeth. We lost the Trafalgar , and Gettysburg will be in dry dock for
[21:30] <@LOAFB> a year. That just leaves Wolfhound and Concordia for this entire sector and you take half of our assets
[21:30] <@LOAFB> and go gallivanting off. Damn it, man, you almost took our victory and turned it into a disaster."
[21:30] <@LOAFB> And then that from the end
[21:30] <+Dundradal> yeah
[21:31] <+Dundradal> so 5 heavy/medium carriers left at the end of 2667
[21:31] <+Dundradal> and 10 CVEs
[21:31] <+Dundradal> until we lose 2 CVEs later
[21:31] <@LOAFB> Nine CVEs
[21:31] <@LOAFB> And a medium carrier might be a separate thing
[21:32] <+Dundradal> true
[21:32] <+Dundradal> and I miscounted
[21:32] <+Dundradal> forgot austerlitz
[21:33] <@LOAFB> "Seventy three billion and some change," Jamison continued, not giving
[21:33] <@LOAFB> Tolwyn a chance to interject. "A full compliment of fighters another ten
[21:33] <@LOAFB> billion. In the last three years we've lost over one and a half trillion
[21:33] <@LOAFB> dollars worth of carriers and fighters."
[21:34] <@LOAFB> Let us do that math
[21:34] <+Dundradal> I suck at math
[21:35] <@LOAFB> 18-19 carriers
[21:35] <@LOAFB> (1,500,000,000,000 / 83,000,000,000)
[21:35] <+Dundradal> hmm
[21:36] <@LOAFB> I guess it's over that amount, so 19 carriers between 2665 and 2668.
[21:36] <+Dundradal> damn
[21:36] <+Dundradal> although
[21:36] <+Dundradal> I'd expect there to be high fighter losses
[21:37] <+Dundradal> so maybe we can lose a few carriers in there
[21:37] <@LOAFB> Yeah that's true
[21:38] <+Dundradal> thinking of 1942 carrier wing attrition rates
[21:38] <+Dundradal> and not just losses but damaged planes
[21:39] <+Dundradal> so if you think of it that way
[21:39] <+Dundradal> it's actually reasonable
[21:39] <@LOAFB> In the last
[21:39] <@LOAFB> standard year we can be certain that we have destroyed seven of their escort
[21:39] <@LOAFB> carriers, two fleet carriers and seven eights of other ships.
[21:39] <+Dundradal> hmm
[21:39] <+Dundradal> 7 CVEs?
[21:39] <@LOAFB> Two fleet carriers between End Run and Fleet Action
[21:40] <+Dundradal> although this list is my own doing and is probably wrong in regards for some of them....
[21:40] <+Dundradal>
[21:40] <@LOAFB> I think the thing is nobody ever wants to think there's more than the first nine fors ome reason
[21:40] <@LOAFB> But they were a huge success and easy to built, Confed must have made more.
[21:40] <+Dundradal> yeah
[21:41] <@LOAFB> I believe we also have ten names for them anyway
[21:41] <+Dundradal> transports would have far more construction slips that military ships
[21:41] <+Dundradal> than
[21:41] <@LOAFB> The Kilrathi destroyed seven CVEs between End Run and Fleet Action and Confed is launching Red Three with eight CVEs
[21:42] <+Dundradal> the new class of CVEs is mentioned in FA?
[21:42] <+Dundradal> 15 CVEs is impressive
[21:42] <+Dundradal> in basically a year and a half
[21:43] <@LOAFB> It isn't mentioned in Fleet Action, it's from WC3
[21:43] <@LOAFB> or the WC3 book
[21:43] <+Dundradal> there's not another one besides the Eagle?
[21:43] <+Dundradal> I thoguht it was a CVL
[21:43] <@LOAFB> I think they call the Eagle an escort carrier
[21:44] <@LOAFB> Banbridge says in Action Stations that the Kilrathi outnumber then nearly two to one in carriers, and we know the Kilrathi have twenty carriers exactly.
[21:44] <+Dundradal> yeah I rememebr that remark
[21:44] <@LOAFB> Although I guess we don't know if Confed knows that
[21:45] <@LOAFB> We do outnumber the human confederation in total number of carriers,
[21:45] <@LOAFB> fighters of all classes, and heavy cruisers. However, as you can see by the
[21:45] <@LOAFB> charts projected, we will see no new replacement of carriers of standard
[21:45] <@LOAFB> design for the next three of eighty days. In the meantime it is projected by
[21:45] <@LOAFB> my intelligence staff that the humans will have four of their new fleet
[21:45] <@LOAFB> carriers coming into operations, thus enabling them to form an entire new
[21:45] <@LOAFB> task force and reach a rough parity with our own carrier forces for the
[21:46] <@LOAFB> first time in this war.
[21:47] <+Dundradal> hmm
[21:48] <+Dundradal> well you can thank Forstchen at least for adhering sort of to the USN PAC-10 carrier doctrine
[21:49] <+Dundradal> 4 carriers would normally constitute a task group with screen
[21:49] <@LOAFB> Oh, okay, Confed intel knows about 19 Kilrathi carriers in Fleet Action
[21:49] <@LOAFB> It's mentioned later
[21:49] <+Dundradal> 19 after losses?
[21:50] <@LOAFB> The Kilrathi actually have twenty fleet carriers, we see when Thrakhath and the Emperor are dividing up the fleets
[21:50] <+Dundradal> hmm
[21:50] <+Dundradal> but wouldn't that give them like 28 carriers in 2667?
[21:50] <@LOAFB> But then when Tolwyn is talking abotu what they're facing, they know there are 'at least 19' standard carriers
[21:51] <@LOAFB> So Confed in Fleet Action must have just over half of 19 fleet carriers.
[21:52] <+Dundradal> hmm
[21:52] <@LOAFB> (So, ten I guess)
[21:52] <@LOAFB> With four more coming online in 2668-9
[21:53] <+Dundradal> the Kilrathi lose what 8 in 2667?
[21:53] <+Dundradal> during Back Lash
[21:53] <+Dundradal> not including the ones on Largzka
[21:54] <+Dundradal> I should probably start editing this article
[21:55] <@LOAFB> We see ten Kilrathi carriers in End Run, not counting the ones on the moon... five to six are destroyed.
[21:56] <+Dundradal> was one of Thrakhat's 3 damaged?
[21:56] <@LOAFB> Another one that as at Vukar was crippled
[21:56] <+Dundradal> maybe that's what I was thinking of
[21:57] <@LOAFB> Oh wait, better numbers come from Thrakhath
[21:57] <@LOAFB> Five lost at Vukar, two crippled
[21:58] <+Dundradal> half the home fleet lost and 2 crippled...
[21:59] <+Dundradal> it's amazing how fast they are able to burn through carriers
[21:59] <+Dundradal> both sides
[21:59] <+Dundradal> and even with a weaker shipyard ability Confed does ok for itself
[21:59] <+Dundradal> but pilot's would have been difficult to continually replace at that rate
[22:01] <@LOAFB> 40,000 Kilrathi ground troops killed at Vukar, five carriers destroyed and two knocked out of action for a year, twenty warships and a dozen support ships destroyed.
[22:02] <@LOAFB> Confed loses one carrier, another is crippled... seven escort ships and 96 pilots.
[22:02] <@LOAFB> The Kilrathi carriers in End Run carry 120 fighters each
[22:03] <+Dundradal> I might just copy and paste this chat into the Back Lash article
[22:04] <@LOAFB> So 840 Kilrathi pilots engaged... and only two crippled carriers survive, so only a very limited number of those must have made it.
[22:04] <+Dundradal> for reference
[22:05] <+Dundradal> where the hell does the Svestapol go?
[22:06] <@LOAFB> It doesn't follow them to Niven to meet with the rest of the fleet