AN: Not sure if you could call this a sequel per se to Haifuri: Gone Asiatic but the premise is similar and actually takes part in the same timeline, about three months afterward, with the final battle that occurred in Haifuri: Gone Asiatic occurring on November 1st, 2020. But this time it revolves Moeka China and her crew aboard the mighty Ikoma an Ikoma class Cruiser which is basically a Design B-65 Cruiser.
Also I don't own anything at all save the OCs.
Anyway, weigh anchor!
March 18th, 2055
Thirty Years after the Imperial Republics War
The Imperial Republics War also known as the Kraken War which is best known for the way it started with the Malay Barrier Incident and how it ended, the Sri Lanka/India Campaign is often shrouded in mystique. It's most famous years are it's first two because during the majority of the opening two years the Navy and Blumer Forces in the Pacific and East China Sea were constantly reacting to sudden events where the enemy was constantly launching hit-and-run attacks and violent and unexpected offensives, with the majority occurring around the Formosa Strait, this often led to titanic duels between People's Liberation Army Navy, Republic of China Navy, Japanese Blumer forces, on occasion -during the first six months of the war- USN Nuclear Powered Battleship Groups, and enemy forces.
But, besides that point. Often times with major military forces clashing against the enemy near Taiwan and occasionally in the East China Sea, it meant that their wasn't much from stopping the enemy from trying to take Australia. This is really where the unsung heroes of war come into play. The brave boys and girls of the American Junior Navy Academy Pacific Fleet, its Marine counterpart, and Royal Australian Navy Youth Academy students, time and again they helped avert disaster and even got the nerve to launch retaliatory strikes on occasion with varying results. They also generally fought in some of the most intense actions in the entire war and applied serious pressure against the enemy and where the first ones to lead a major offensive against the enemy instead of defensive actions.
But, it all had started some place and the spot where actual progress was made in stopping the enemy was in the Solomon Islands, to be specific on an island with only 2,037 square miles of area, mostly Jungle, this island was called Guadalcanal, but while important land battles did occur on the canal as some veterans called it, some of the much more important actions happened at sea. Really a deciding factor in making sure that the enemy didn't get to use an airfield to interdict shipping heading for Australia. These actions were often brutal, somewhat one-sided, night affairs and due to the length of the campaign that resulted, numerous ships were sunk in the strait that was between Guadalcanal and Malaita. Before the war the strait was known as Sealark Channel but now it went by a different name: Iron Bottom Sound.
Today a rather unique ship, the Laney Chouest glided through the waters of the Iron Bottom Sound. Her bright red hull and tan superstructure had a dull gleam to it. The ship herself wasn't exactly a special purpose research ship but instead was a mere Louisiana mudboat, her purpose was to ferry supplies including specialized mud to offshore oil rigs. Thanks to her various systems she was perfect for a mission such as this, sending submersibles and ROVs down to the seafloor to film and photograph sunken ships. But likely any expedition, it required funding as such this expedition was being backed by both the Japanese Maritime Law Enforcement Department better known as the Blue Mermaids and the United States Navy. The man in charge of the expedition itself was from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Dr. Robert Ballard, the man who had found the wreck of RMS Titanic and the Nazi German Battleship Bismarck. However also on the expedition was several veterans from both sides.
Moeka China was one of those veterans who was on the expedition, she'd become a Blumer herself in the fourth year of the war and had commanded the Blue Mermaid Battleship Yamato which had been reactivated and had served with distinction during the last three years of the war. But before she'd formerly became a Blumer she'd fought in several intense actions with some of the most chaotic and intense happening during the Guadalcanal clash. She was on extended leave for five-weeks before she was expected to be back in Tokyo to take command of the Blue Mermaids first ever Guided Missile Cruiser, the Chitose.
She had actually aged rather well, what with only a few wrinkles here and there; but they were mainly from smiling and laughing. She didn't have to worry about grey hair since that was her natural hair color, but her eyes held a certain amount of melancholy in them. She was wearing her typical white officers uniform.
But now here she was on a expedition to Iron Bottom Sound to explore the numerous wrecks that dotted the seafloor here. "You okay, Moka? You're being awfully quiet." A voice asked beside her, Moeka turned and saw her close friend Akeno. "Yes I'm fine Mike, it's just that so many lives were lost either in or over these waters. To myself and the crew of the Ikoma who served on her during the Guadalcanal Campaign as well as the entire USN as well it's Junior Naval Academies, these waters are considered sacred and thus whenever a ship transits Iron Bottom Sound, a strict silence is enforced on the ship." Moeka replied looking at Akeno. While her best friend wasn't a veteran of the Guadalcanal Campaign, she had requested for and had earned extended leave so she could offer moral support if needed.
While the years had been decently nice to Moeka over the course of her career, she still had a few scars here and there, mostly in her torso from the occasional lucky piece of shrapnel that had penetrated her protective vest. They hadn't been as kind to Akeno, she had a number of scars covering her, including a big ugly one along her leg from a piece of steel that had really torn the muscles up in that area, she also had a pair of ugly ones in her side from two more pieces of shrapnel that had been sent flying thanks to the same hit that had sent the piece of shrapnel flying into her leg, during the Malay Barrier Incident. What's more her vibrant hair was started to grey and the spark in her eyes while it was still there was certainly muted, but still that didn't let her get down.
"Why are these waters considered sacred? Is there a reason for that?" Akeno asked sounding a little confused. Moeka tried to figure out why that was until she figured out that unlike her, Akeno had mostly served in the East China Sea theater during the Imperial Republics War and thus she didn't really know.
"First ever naval battle here resulted in no less than five friendly Heavy Cruisers sunk with a sixth having the crap beaten out of it and in return, the friendly forces didn't sink a single enemy ship, but did get some licks in. Later a goddamned Sugar Boat managed to get close enough to the enemy formation that had all but annihilated the Heavy Cruiser formation back at Savo Island and succeeded in torpedoing an enemy Heavy Cruiser before Destroyers drove it off. There are over fifty ships that lie on the bottom in this channel alone, let alone in and around the entirety of the Solomon Island chain. A large number of souls were lost in these seas." Moeka said in a tone that was somewhere between bitter and solemn.
"Really, over fifty ships are in this channel alone? Well that explains why these waters to some are considered sacred ground. Still, if I am remembering correctly the Ikoma took part in several actions in this general area?" Akeno asked, after straining to remember.
"Yes, several times actually. Including both 1st and 2nd Naval Battles of Guadalcanal, the Ikoma took a bit of a beating in the 1st Naval Battle of Guadalcanal and then against my better judgement I decided to have the Ikoma, with only minimal repairs done to the damage sustained at the 1st Naval Battle of Guadalcanal to follow the South Dakota, Washington, Walke, Benham, Preston, and Gwin into Iron Bottom Sound for the 2nd Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. It resulted in nearly having my ship shot-out from under me." Moeka said somewhat bitter.
"I remember hearing about that and if I remember right it was that reason alone which resulted in you mainly staying in the South Pacific Theater during the war. Simply because you were a part of a core of battle-tested Captains and the Superintendent was smart and decided that it would be easier to keep Ikoma in one piece if she was based out of Pearl." Akeno replied.
"That's true, it's just that I was on the sidelines for so long after that battle mainly because they basically had to rebuild the Ikoma because of the savage beating she took." Moeka said shaking her head.
"I can imagine that. Still why are you out here? I mean, Ikoma wasn't sunk in battle." Akeno asked curious.
"Let's just say that I feel obligated to the crews of sunken ships my crew rescued and to those on my crew who didn't make it home. The same is also true with those who we rescued but succumbed to their injuries on the Ikoma. It's really a way of just visiting them, I haven't been to this area in years." Moka said calmly, shaking her head slightly and gesturing out to the calm waters.
"You know how after the whole Malay Barrier Incident with the Kraken Fleet how it was then revealed that it was a rapidly expanding India and Bangladesh that that had renamed itself and this was after the sudden and unexpected collapse of its government in 2009 after the Asteroid 2008 TC-3(1), something the size of the Seawise Giant that impacted near Sri Lanka and the resulting tsunamis and continental subsidence from the massive earthquakes that the impact triggered. I don't think anyone expected that. I mean it was eerie similar to what resulted in World War II kicking off.(2)" Akeno said.
"Yeah, you know one of the things the Junior Navy Academies had begun to do right around when the whole shitstorm with the Imps had begun was that each fleet was getting it's own paint scheme. The Atlantic Fleet since it was oldest was going to keep the Great White Fleet paint scheme, while the Pacific Fleet used a base paint scheme of Measure 21 and then laid onto that, running from stem to stern roughly halfway up the hull just aft of the rate number which was in white was thick red stripe running down the length of the ship roughly amidships though that red stripe then had six bright white stars painted inside of it. But no one found out what the Asiatic Flotilla of the Junior Naval Academy was going to receive." Moka said calmly.
"Yeah, I remember hearing about that, but either way, images of American ships clad first in the colors of the Great White Fleet and later in unique variations of Measures 31, 32, and 33 with either the standard colors or more commonly Cavite Blue became synonymous with those actions. But besides that point, why did you ask for me to tag-along? Doesn't make sense." Akeno asked.
"Mike, the reason I asked you join me on this trip is so you could learn just by looking at the various ships that we'll investigate here and help you get a sense of scale for the battles that happened here; not only that be it will help you understand how my first campaign went." Moeka replied before looking thought and then continuing. "That and just like when we were on that expedition that found the wrecks of the Electra, Encounter, Pope, Exeter, and Tokoro; where I tagged along for moral support it's the same deal with you being here."
"Oh, makes sense I guess. It wasn't easy seeing the wreck of the Tokoro. God, seeing her hull so violently ripped open by shell fire and lying broken on the seafloor." Akeno said her tone mellow and sad. Moeka put a hand on her friend's shoulder to comfort her. "It wasn't easy for me either. Particularly when Kirkland-san told us about the damage to the base of the pilothouse from that shell. I was amazed that everyone had survived that in the first place."
"Really?" Akeno asked and Moeka nodded. "Indeed, I was amazed by the amount of damage that Kirkland explained that had happened their. More to that matter, I've seen Heavy Cruisers take similar hits and it would generally kill or incapacitate the vast majority of the bridge crew. You got extremely lucky." Moeka said.
"Yeah, I did. As did Tama, Mei, and Kouko. But Rin did not, I've carried the guilt of her not surviving ever since that fateful day. There have been times were I wished that I was the one who didn't make it and that Rin was the one who lost ten percent of her mobility in one of her legs." Akeno said her voice torn with loss, regret, and guilt.
"True, but there are times when I wonder how I survived the sinking of the Canberra." A new voice said and the two Japanese Blumers turned and they beheld a man probably two or three years older than they were, he had olive skin, brown eyes, and black hair. He was wearing khaki shorts, a dark blue shirt, and a cap that had the silhouette of a very familiar Kent class Heavy Cruiser, well to Moeka at least.
"Jack! How are you doing?!" Moeka asked as she walked over and greeted fellow Guadalcanal Campaign vet, Jack Chambers. "Doing a damn sight better than I was after the Battle of Savo Island, that's for sure. To this day neither myself nor any of the other brave lads and lasses who survived the sinking of the Canberra have no idea how I managed to survive. Particularly considering where I was on the Canberra." Jack replied with a sad smile.
"I remember, you were in bad shape when you were brought aboard the Ikoma. Granted I was stunned that five Heavy Cruisers had been sunk and that the sixth one the USS Chicago had suffered incredible damage(3). If I am right, friendly fire was also a thing." Moeka said with a semi-distant gaze.
"Yeah, the Canberra took at least one salvo of gunfire from the Bagley and I'm all but bloody convinced we took a Mark 16 Torpedo from that damn destroyer." Jack replied sourly.
"Still, it's not good to focus on the past. It's better to live in the present and not live in the past. I speak from experience, let's just say the shock of losing Rin caused me to be like that for a couple of months before Mashiro knocked me out of it." Akeno said and Moeka nodded in agreement.
"Yeah, that's true. Although let me tell you, that the Battle of Savo Island was just one massive fuck-up after another. It was for us, like watching a train wreck in slow motion." Jack replied sourly.
"Ouch, hey I got to ask. How did the Guadalcanal Campaign start anyway?" Akeno asked.
"Now that's a complicated story. Hell the Guadalcanal Campaign actually started for the Americans at least as a multinational six-month long training mission in the jungle and to be more specific the South Pacific; the island of Guadalcanal was selected for this. You had students from the United States Marine Corps Junior Academy Hollywood and Tōkyō Gurandokonbatto Kōkō. Plus at sea it was planned to have ships from Yokosuka Maritime Girls High School, Toumai Boys Marine High School, United States Navy Junior Academy Pacific, and a pair of ships from Royal Australian Navy Youth Academy. However, just seventy-two hours before it the exercise was slated to begin, an Airship flight heading from Port Moresby to San Francisco by chance flew over Guadalcanal and saw that their was something new on the island, right in the middle of the exercise zone." Moeka said.
"Exactly, a small airstrip that would eventually become known as Jackson Field. What those boys and girls did was incredible, I mean the USMC Junior Academy Pacific students were often issued M5A2 Folsom Carbines (4) plus they had a reputation for not being the most reliable weapons in the world, they were accurate yes but they had a nasty habit of jamming at least once in one in every five thirty round magazines. On the hand the SMGs that some mainly the non-combat personnel were issued was the M1A1 Thompson Submachine Gun, it fired a powerful round at a high rate of fire and was very accurate. Then there is the GPMG that they had was the M1919A6, oh boy the M1919A6 it was a solid GPMG about as reliable as can be, rarely jammed, had a cyclic rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute and each platoon had one of the damn things, but they were heavy weighing in at fifteen kilograms and while improvements have been made to help reduce the awkwardness of the thing when it comes to changing barrel. Of course then there was the other Light Machine Gun/Squad Support Weapon that the Marine Students were issued the BAR and the only thing that plagued it was it's occasional habit of jamming and it's small magazine. Of course the sidearm was the ever reliable M1911A1 pistol, hell the military uses it as it's standard issue sidearm for it's knock down power. The standard LAW that they carried I believe were M75 ILAW(5). At least those were their infantry firearm and anti-tank weapons." Jack said shaking his head in amazement at the fact that the Marines had pulled through.
"Yeah and then you look at the weapons that the boys and girls of the Tōkyō Gurandokonbatto Kōkō had. They came equipped with much more powerful and reliable Arisaka Type 55 Battle Rifle(6) and Howa Type 58 LMGs(7). Plus they didn't really carry SMGs although they did use standard issue SIG P220 pistols chambered in 9mm. There standard LAW I believe was the M2 Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle. Plus both groups got standard issue uniforms, armor, and helmets which likely saved a lot of lives." Moeka replied.
Akeno nodded in understanding. "Then you look at the equipment that the enemy forces had and realize that by all rights they should have been effortlessly kicked off the island. There weapons were newer to such a degree that they were factory new, they didn't run into problems often and were powerful things as well. I mean all of the infantry weapons were either chambered in 9x18mm, 5.45x39mm, or 7.62x39mm. Plus I think that their Sniper Rifle used something like 14.5x114mm rounds. Then of course there were the vehicles that they used." Jack said with a shudder and Akeno and Moeka nodded in response.
"Anyway from what I've gathered, when the force that was going to put the boots on that island arrived, a whole area had been cordoned off for shore bombardment practice. The sudden bombardment spooked the enemy and they for the most part fled the airfield which had received enough aircraft just about to start doing air operations. The LSTs had just come ashore to finish off-loading the heavier equipment when suddenly the enemy forces who hadn't been spooked off the airfield when the bombardment started suddenly attacked in a frantic effort to either retake the airfield or destroy the planes that were already their. However they failed in that regard and were repulsed. When word of this got back to I guess Imperial Republic South Pacific Theater Command, they ordered an immediate counter-offensive by both sea and air. The air offensive was heavily bloodied and marginally successful and well the sea offensive, well it was a smashing success." Moeka said and Jack nodded in response.
"Probably the biggest reason that it was so successful was because of the fact that while the top admirals in the USN were happy with their Battleships and Airship carriers, the overall Superintendent of the United States Navy Junior Academies was very much an innovative man. He tried to convince the head USN admirals of the idea of converting their airship carriers into aircraft carriers which considering how it could be done with little modification was rather impressive in itself. However they wanted proof that it could work and this happened about three years before the war started, but anyway six airship carriers were selected for conversion. The two Saratoga class Airship Carriers(8) and all four Yorktown class Airship Carriers(9) were selected for conversion instead of the eight Essex class Airship Carriers. While those things were in drydock getting refitted, the overall Superintendent of the USNJAs, Admiral Shane went to several aircraft corporations which until that time had only built planes for the rich: Curtiss, Douglas, and Grumman." Jack said shaking his head.
"If I remember right, Curtiss couldn't figure out a design that would work. While Douglas submitted a potent little dive-bomber(10) and Grumman submitted a fairly high performance and powerful fighter(11). Curtiss later figured out there problem during the war and submitted a torpedo bomber design right?" Akeno asked curiously.
"Yeah, they did. But for the longest time they had nothing but fighters and dive bombers, while airships did nearly everything else. Although the Douglas planes were used on occasion for active scouting. But just to become a pilot for one of those things, you had to pass a standard flight exam and medical checkup. Anyway we had one of those new fangled aircraft carriers at the start of that campaign." Moeka said.
"Hey, Moeka quick question. Why was the Ikoma late in terms of arriving at Guadalcanal? She wasn't at Savo Island and probably didn't arrive in the channel until 0630 or so after we got pasted by enemy Heavy Cruisers." Jack asked.
"Yeah, we had one of the main steam lines that fed one of the turbines pop on us. We were forced to completely shut down the turbine, route steam to the other turbine, reduce our speed significantly, repair the stupid thing, and then go over the turbine and steam line with a fine tooth comb. That's what stopped Ikoma being at Savo Island." Moeka said looking out at Iron Bottom Sound again.
"Let's head inside and grab something to eat and then we can start to exchange stories. Besides I heard that also onboard is a veteran from the Imperial Republic who also served in the Guadalcanal Campaign, let's go find that guy and listen to some of his stories." Jack said and Moeka and Akeno nodded in response.
AN: Alright that's the first chapter, I tried to get as much world-building and exposition out of the way as physically possible. But I doubt I got all of it. Anyway, the Ikoma is a Design B-65 Cruiser, she's fast and lethal armed with two quadruple torpedo launchers, nine 310mm/50 caliber guns, sixteen 10cm/65 caliber Type 98 guns in eight double mounts, twelve Type 96 25mm AA guns in twin mounts, four single 13mm machine gun mounts. Top speed of thirty-three knots and her armor is as follows: 210 mm (8.3 in) to 190 mm (7.5 in) barbettes, 190 mm (7.5 in) side armor inclined 20 degrees,
125 mm (5 in) armored deck, 180 mm (7.1 in) conning tower sides, 125 mm (4.9 in) conning tower roof.
Below are the various notes for the numbers seen in the chapter.
One thing of note, WWII in this universe lasted till late 1948, but this time while the main aggressor was Nazi Germany, they only went Nazi after a successful coup in late 1930 that had the majority of the Weimar Republic Government imprisoned, but the Reichspräsident at the time Paul Ludwig Hans Anton von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg better known as Paul von Hindenburg as well as his family and part of his cabinet and HauptmannErwin Rommel (who had ironically been in Berlin just before the Coup happened to attend the 1930s European Skating Championship and happened to be passing the Reichspräsidentenpalaisas the coup began and despite being injured succeeded in disrupting the coup enough to allow the Reichspräsident to escape)managed to escape to Great Britain on the Mackensen class battlecruiser Graf Speeunder the command of Kapitän zur See Johann Günther Lütjens after fighting a brief running battle with the newly rechristened KMS Weissenburg name ship in her class of Battleships (L 20 a class) and formed the Weimar Republic in exile. The war started in 1938 when Germany which was part of the Berlin-Rome-Constantinople Alliance also known as the Axis invaded Poland with a Blitzkrieg campaign, a brilliant strategy that had airships, artillery, motorized and later mechanized infantry, and armor working together to utterly crush the enemy, the entire country falling within a month, less than six months later, Italy and the much reduced Ottoman Empire launched their own invasions, with Italy with some German support invaded North Africa in 1940, while the Ottoman Empire invaded Central Europe, swinging upward and rapidly taking Greece, Hungary, Austria, and other nations in the region in 1938 at the same time Poland was invaded. By mid 1939 Germany controlled the low countries of Europe, as well as Norway, Sweden, and Finland being inducted into the Axis powers, then they invaded France which resulted in Great Britain entering the war but ended with Operation Dynamo occurring in mid 1940; while Italy and the Ottoman Empire began to seriously build-up their militaries. Over the course of 1940 through 1943 there were no less than three attempted invasions of Great Britain with each one barely getting beaten back with incredible losses each time as well as an invasion of the Soviet Union which went sour after the catastrophic Battle of Stalingrad. However in early 1944, after a German U-Boat "Accidentally" torpedoed and sunk the American Airship Carrier USS Rangerwith heavy loss of life, the US entered the war. The war finally ended October 21st, 1948 after the North Africa Campaign, Sicily Campaign, Italian Campaign, Mesopotamian Campaign, Greek Campaign, Normandy Campaign, followed by the European and Central European Campaigns and a death toll that was over thirty million for military casualties alone. However, the ultimate goal was achieved, Paul von Hindenburg and his government was reinstated, the Ottoman Empire was broken up, Germany despite Soviet protests remained a unified nation and other nations returned to the map, some democratic and others Communist and thus the Cold War began.
TC-3 was a real asteroid. Note, I said was, well that's because in real life, the asteroid known as 2008 TC-3 was a rock 4.1 meters or 13 feet in diameter and weighed 80 metric tons. 2008 TC-3 is notable in that it was the first ever asteroid that was tracked from detection to impact, it entered Earth's atmosphere on October 7th, 2008 and exploded an estimated thirty-seven kilometers over the Nubian Desert in northern Sudan. Now in this story, 2008 TC-3 is a tremendous mother that was detected at roughly the same time that RL 2008 TC-3 was detected by an astronomer roughly nineteen hours or so before impact.
In real life, the Battle of Savo Island or the Battle of the Five Sitting Ducks as some veterans call it was the first naval battle of the Guadalcanal Campaign. The Americans and Australians had a combined total of six Heavy Cruisers in Iron Bottom Sound although HMAS Australiadidn't engage the enemy. The battle was a resounding victory for the Japanese for absolutely no loss in the surface action they sank USS Quincy, USS Astoria, and USS Vincennes, so badly damaged the HMAS Canberrathat she had to be scuttled, and dealt major damage to USS Chicago, in return the only major loss the Japanese suffered happened when USS S-44stumbled across the five Japanese Heavy Cruisers that had partaken in the action and torpedoed the Kako.
The M5A2 Folsom Carbine, if you've ever played the game Resistance you know what I am talking about, however in this case the M5A2 Folsom Carbine won't suffer from the "Big gun" syndrome that it does in game. First we're removing that paddle stock, it's way too big. In it's place there is an M14E2 Style stock and pistol grip. The weapon itself is roughly the size of an M1 Carbine and is a natural evolution of M2 Carbine which was an Assault Rifle, but wasn't designed from the ground up as one like the M5A2 was, it has the Iron Sights of the M1 Garand, the barrel length of the M1 Carbine, and a modified M1918 BAR receiver. It was chambered in 7.62x33mm aka .30 Carbine. The M5A2 saw extensive service first in the ending stages of WWII, Korea, and even a little service in Vietnam but it was partially replaced by the M14 and eventually completely by the M16 during Vietnam. The weapons that are issued to United States Marine Corp Junior Academy students who are on ships and in ground exercises are generally new builts chambered for 6.8x39mm NATO(a)
(a)The 6.8x39mm or .277 Wolverine round OTL is a wildcat cartridge. It's a .223 Remington or 5.56x45mm NATO cartridge. In order to allow the 5.56x45mm case to accept the longer and heavier rounds, the case was shortened and given a larger neck and 23-degree shoulder. This round can fit in a STANAG magazine and in order to fire it out of a M16/AR15 rifle all that's needed is a barrel swap, yet this gives a hard-hitting round to a cartridge that's been the standard since for NATO since the 1980s. By hard hitting out of a 16in barrel a 5.56x45mm M855 4 gram projectile has a muzzle velocity of 2,900 feet per second with a ballistic coefficient of 0.304, and has 785 Joules of energy at 300 yards; the .277 Wolverine with a 6.5 gram projectile out of the same barrel has a muzzle velocity of 2,700 feet per second, with a ballistic coefficient of 0.323, and has 1,022 Joules of energy at 300 yards.
The M75 ILAW first entered service in 1986 and in all respects it's an upsized M72 LAW thus the moniker ILAW or "Improved Light Anti-Tank Weapon". This weapon is a single-shot reloadable weapon that's somewhat similar to the RPG-29 in design but it fires an 85mm projectile, this weapon is powerful and has completely replaced the M72, it can fire a wide-variety of warheads, however during the opening stages of the Guadalcanal Campaign, this weapon proved instrumental in stopping an enemy Amphibious Recon Tank offensive on Jackson Field.
The Arisaka Type 55 Battle Rifle first entered service in 1955 and saw service in the mainline military until 1985 although to this day, the DMR variant is still in service with the military and the Imperial Palace Guards use this rifle as their predominantly issued weapon. It was replaced in mainline service by the Type 89 Assault Rifle, the weapon itself is chambered in 7.7x58mm Arisaka.
The Howa Type 58 LMG is an OTL NTK/Sumitomo Type 62 machine gun, but is chambered in 7.7x58mm Arisaka just like the Type 55 BR is.
The Saratoga class Airship Carrier later Aircraft Carrier is for all intents and purposes a Lexington class Aircraft Carrier from OTL but USS Saratoga and USS Ranger were built as Carriers while the rest of the Lexington sisters were built as Battlecruisers, although the Ranger is widely regarded as the better of the two because she incorporated numerous lessons learned from Saratoga in her construction. Below the flight deck, they carried a large number of spares from gas bladder patches to whole engines and such. The massive overhaul to convert these ships for aircraft operations included building a whole new flight deck and installing an arresting-wire system.
The Yorktown sisters for all intents and purposes are the same but it's a four-ship class composed of USS Yorktown, USS Enterprise, USS Wasp, and USS Hornet. Now USS Wasp is just another Yorktown class built to the same specifications although she does have a large deck-edge elevator. The facilities that the Yorktown class had was similar to the Saratoga class as was the overhaul that they had.
Early on during the Imperial Republic War, the primary strike airplane that the United States used was built by Douglas Aircraft Company, the plane was known as the Resolute. The craft had a crew of two, swiss cheese dive flaps, it was powered by a famed Pratt and Whitney R-1830-75, a popular, powerful, and lightweight engine that was offered by the famed Engine company to power novelty aircraft that the rich flew. The dive bomber itself was lightly armed with only two M2 Brownings firing through the forward propeller arc and two A/M240s which is an M240 modified for use in aircraft at high altitude in the wings, for defense it had a single A/M240 in a flex mount facing aft. It had self-sealing fuel tanks and bullet proof glass. It had a single semi-recessed hardpoint along its centerline allowing up to a single 2,000 pound bomb to be carried plus on the wings it could carry up to a single 500 pound bomb. With a long combat range and solid payload it was a rugged plane, it was 34 feet long, had a wingspan of 41 feet 6 ⅜ inches, and stood 14 feet tall; with a top speed of 270 miles per hour and a cruising speed of 190 miles per hour with a range of roughly 1,170 miles, and a maximum service ceiling of just over 25,000 feet and a rate of climb of just under 2,000 feet per minute. It's first ever recorded use was during the 1st Semester of the 2020 school year just a couple of days after the United Imperial Republics revealed theirs. (Based upon the Douglas Dauntless Dive Bomber)
The plane that Grumman provided was a powerful and lethal fighter plane. The aircraft was loved by its pilots because of it's durability, all around cockpit visibility, powerful armament, speed, and maneuverability. Tentatively called the F1F project by Grumman someone said when they saw it fly for the first time that "It has the big and powerful look of a Bear and the sleekness and speed of a big cat." Grumman seeing how they could use this as trademark material coined it the "Bearcat". With an incredibly powerful Wright Cyclone R-3550-34W engine producing 3,400 horsepower. Thanks to its bubble canopy the all-around visibility is excellent plus with a top speed of 485 miles per hour, a rate of climb of 4,350 feet per minute it's incredibly fast and an excellent climber. The armament that the Bearcat can carry is crazy, two 1,000 pound bombs under the wings or eight 5in rockets under the wings plus either a 250 gallon fuel tank on the centerline or a 500 pound bomb, combined with it's gun armament of six M2 Browning Machine Guns. The aircraft itself was thirty feet long, had a wingspan of thirty six feet, and stood thirteen feet ten inches tall. The plane had armor protecting the pilot, engine, and oil systems, the bubble canopy was made out of bullet proof glass, and it had self-sealing fuel tanks. Combined with a range of 1,115 miles and service ceiling of 42,300 feet, there was a reason pilots called this thing the "hotrod". (Based upon the Grumman F8F-1 Bearcat with some modifications)