WRT the ground war in Burma, it will generally get weekly updates like above unless something significant happens.
OTOH, in about 30 years’ time, the wrecks could be amazing artificial reefs for scuba diving if they’re not too deep to dive on...What a shame that all that scrap metal could not have been reused. But I suppose it was not practical to tow such large ships to the nearest place where they could be scrapped. Wherever that would have been in 1942. And they couldn't devote a major warship for a chore that could take a couple of months. Perhaps use a large tugboat? Escorted by a corvette or two? They would be going slow but they could end up bagging an enemy submarine. Scrap metal and/or sub bait.
No, it's a carrier war now. OTL (and ITTL) Kentucky and Illinois had their construction put on hold in 1942 and possible conversion to carriers was looked into. Kentucky's fate ITTL is largely the same as OTL and Illinois OTL was only 22% complete in August 1945 so that shows you how much priority was put into her construction.Why the change in regard to Guam, Kentucky and Illinois? If anything, wouldn't the USN want to accelerate their construction?
The problem is both ships are in really bad shape by now and simply getting them seaworthy enough that they could be towed out to sea and scuttled is challenging. Towing them somewhere to be used as breakwaters or to be scrapped is too hard and frankly risky.Not a criticism, but maybe they could have been used as a breaker somewhere?
Now we have to hope for a 'construction accident' in the future to Alaska to prevent that hopped up CA from getting launched in August 1943.... Good update all around.OTL USS Illinois was laid down on 6 December 1942 but she is a month or so behind schedule ITTL for whatever reason just to make the decision easier. Kentucky is straight OTL and I don't think it is too much of a reach to make the same decision with Guam. Keeping Alaska because she is further along.
A bunch of you asked about Vanguard awhile back so I thought I would weave that in. Mainly I would like to speed up the completion of Implacable and Indefatigable and this is a plot device to help with that. This will allow for a CV buildup in the Indian Ocean faster than OTL.
For a (dated) comparison, the USS Maine ACR-1 was patched up enough in 1912 to refloat her and then she was towed out of Havana harbor and sunk in deep water, close to Cuba.The problem is both ships are in really bad shape by now and simply getting them seaworthy enough that they could be towed out to sea and scuttled is challenging. Towing them somewhere to be used as breakwaters or to be scrapped is too hard and frankly risky.
It's a mix - the British will divert resources to escorts and getting the next too big decks in the fleet soonest. The Americans will concentrate on lift.How is the ASW fleet doing, with the larger units being taken out of pipeline are there more ASW assets being built or put in the pipeline?