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This guide will show you an example of the USS Seawolf.
1.3 Example 1 (USS Seawolf tube launch)
To illustrate, I will use the USS Seawolf as an example to show how to conduct TLAM strikes.
Tube launch is the best method, but technically, you can also use the original Los Angeles cla*s.
If you’re up to a challenge (….why not?
The main advantage of this sub is the Seawolf’s depth diving sub in vanillaCW, 8 tubes instead 4 with most US subs, and flank speed as fast as the subs of Los Angeles-cla*s.
As you can see in the second photo, I took the liberty to change the loadout before directing the crew into battle stations. This is possible on Single Missions.
I have 12 TLAMs in my stock instead of the 8 usual. I sacrificed 2 Harpoons, 2 TASMs, and loaded the first 4 into the lower tubes. 2 Mk loads other tubes. 48 ADCAPs, 1 Harpoon missile, and 1 MOSS decoy.
The ambient noise level was in the mid-70s with a moderate layer of duct and weak duct. I was able to hear more than 20k yd with pa*sive sonar and towed array and identify 4 targets, as shown in the picture below.
We have a Sovremenny DDG in the west-south, a Jianghu FF in the east-north, a Jianghu 3 FF in the south-south, and a Ming SS in the north.
My main concern was the Jianghu 3 and Jianghu 3 as they were close at 25k yds each (though within the effective range of Mk.48 ADCAP).
Mings do not have the detection capabilities at that range, and even less against Seawolves, so it is not a factor in this exercise.
Although the Sovremenny can carry missile-launched torpedoes, and can even shoot down my TLAMs, it is not optimized for ASW work. It also relies on other units seeing my sub first.
Additionally, I knew that knocking out the Jianghus would reduce the chance of Torpedo Rain from the Sovremenny and would also make it easier for me to egress once my TLAM salvo started. So with that plan in place, I fired 2 ADCAPs for each Jianghus.
Because of the wide range involved, I didn’t bother doglegging torpedoes to come from another angle.
My main concern was the ADCAPs’ limited endurance at that range. As you can see in this picture, my torpedo only had a little more than 1 minute before it self-destructs.
Unfortunately, the torpedo that was intended for the Jianghu 3 exploded on launch and broke its wire, so the shot was lost. I then reloaded tube 5, and decided to take out the Jianghu 3 with a Harpoon. The TLAMs followed shortly after.
After launching my Harpoons toward Jianghu 3, my TLAM was aimed at the point, as you can see in this picture. The idea is to keep them as far away from the Sovremenny and close enough to be able to guide them in once they activate.
Let me now talk about the uniqueness of this Single Mission.
FIRST, IMPORT YOUR TLAMS TO THE SOUTHWEST BASE.
Your first 8 TLAMs were hard-coded to target a specific base for some unknown reason.
If you aim them at north east base, they will turn active once they reach that base.
This issue can be avoided by aiming at the south west base first, and positioning your submarine so that it is less than equal distance between the two bases when you launch TLAMs.
I fired 6 missiles in a single salvo, which caused huge plumes of smoke, rocket booster firing, and marked my position. I did an emergency dive right after firing those missiles. I used negative trim on the planes and ballast to turn the propeller shaft to flank speed. Cavitating is not a concern at this point.
(Time to dody-maw somewhere else!)
As I was performing the emergency dive, I also dropped the noisemaker and fired the MOSS in the opposite direction. I’m still relatively shallow and I’m only about 15 kts before my speed increases, as shown in the above photo. The noisemaker marks my position when I launch, so I know how far I have traveled. The MOSS confuses any sonobuoys and dipping sonars that may be dropped in the area, hopefully encouraging the enemy to drop their torpedoes on my MOSS instead.
(Meanwhile the Harpoons found the Jianghu 3 & sent it to sleep with the fishes.
The picture above shows that the subterfugee succeeded; enemy torpedoes were far away. They usually drop around the MOSS. However, if they do drop a sonobuoy close to or directly on top, you’ll need to get out your dance moves and prepare to flee.
Once you have stopped cavitating enough, you can turn away from the original heading and level the bubble. Don’t stop running until you are at least 8k yards from your launch point. Slow down, go to ultra quiet, and then just slink along quietly, listening to your surroundings, to make sure that no enemy ASW planes, helos, or helicopters has a bearing on your movements.
Once you are certain that you are not being tracked or acquired, return to 200 feet and prepare for another TLAM salvo.
This phase is the most important. Make sure you have finished reloading your tubes before you go into ultra-quiet.
(I sent the 2 last TLAMs to my northeast base.
(Freedom inbound lol)
Then it’s back to the grind with occasional dancing with the torpedoes. When the message appears on the lower right, it means that the land strike is over. Often, just bringing the minimum 8 TLAMs is not enough. You should bring more, at least 10 of them.
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