More Marine Madness

My Naval fleet is expanding….   After having so much fun sailing Canterbury all over the globe, and with the recent addition of more ‘drone’ PC’s I decided to branch out a little with my fleet.

Hama’s AI Container Ship sails past (and dwarf’s!) Canterbury

USS Mispillion AO-105, a Fleet Oiler from the 60’s
A ‘Post War’ Liberty Ship.  These ships were built in their thousands during WWII, with many finding their way into private hands after the war.
Cap San Diego, a 60’s era German general cargo ship.

These varied ships will give me lots of options for new scenarios, especially in multiplayer.  But of course, they also let me play sailor a bit more 🙂

RNZN_AI Fleet Update

There has been some PC shuffling going on around the house, and as a result I now have more old PC’s to use as drones for ibnet sessions… so tonight I got some of them running, and experimented with using my laptop as a “remote control” for 3 frigates sailing around in the Gulf of Tonkin..

Google’s ‘Chrome Remote Desktop’ is really good for connecting to multiple hosts, with good framerate and even sound.

Canterbury and Wellington heading South, while Otago is heading North to meet them.  I think a display like this would look great running on the TV in the ManCave!

Next scheduled upgrade for the frigate fleet is the addition/integration of Eric Marciano’s ATC Radar

Not only does it show AI aircraft around you, it also shows ibnet players, perfect for some C&C during multiplayer missions!

Canterbury and Wellington Rendezvous in the Gulf of Tonkin

Canterbury to Vietnam

After a successful mission in South Korea, HMNZS Canterbury has made the treacherous transit down the Chinese coast, dodging Typhoon’s and is now in Danang, Vietnam.

Sailing into the sunset as Canterbury enters the South China Sea

First stop on arriving in the South China Sea was a rendezvous with CVN70, USS Carl Vinson operating on Yankee Station, East of Danang.

Early morning Rendezvous with Carl Vinson

After visiting the Carl Vinson it was time to head into port and resupply.  From ‘Yankee Station’ to Danang is only a very short transit, so before nightfall Canterbury was safely docked in Danang Harbour, within sight of the busy Danang Air Base.

Safely alongside the quay in Danang Harbour

I have been sourcing and installing Vietnam scenery with the idea to do a little exploring, with a touch of Vietnam War history included.  To that end I have installed some interesting 60’s era sceneries and AI packages.  Next step is to get the Skyhawk, Arrow and 737 in-country and start exploring!

Rendezvous in South Korea

Canterbury has continued her ‘Port Hopping’ adventure around the Eastern and Southern coast of South Korea, visiting ports in some truly spectacular scenery.

Tonight, after a day-long cruise through the myriad of small Islands around the South coast, Canterbury was coming in to Port in Mokpo, so I decided to fly the 737 down tomeet her.

Canterbury arriving in Mokpo in the late afternoon

Departing at dusk from Osan, then a quick flight down the West coast had us arriving overhead Canterbury just after dark.

A night flight across South Korea

Mokpo airport closed in 2006, due to a number of reasons, but in my world, it was still operational 😉    One of the reasons the airport closed was the “frequent misty weather”…. which is what I encountered tonight!

After the flight, with Canterbury and the 737 bedded down for the evening, I fired up DCS:World, and had a quick test flight in the Macchi around Nellis.   I now have 3 versions of DCS installed on the PC, each with their own benefits……   The primary benefit of the ‘Steam’ edition is that it is the only one compatible with the version of the Nellis ‘NTTR’ terrain package.

Recon Up North

Tonight I decided that it was time to put together a very simple mission into North Korea.  Primary platform was the Skyhawk on a tactical recon of some smaller airfields around Wonsan.   The 737 was orbiting just South of the DMZ, and Canterbury was ‘hiding’ behind an Island off the coast of Wonsan.  The idea was to rendezvous with the 737 on the way North, then descend to low level for the tactical part of the mission.  After Wonsan, I would do a fly-by on Canterbury, before heading back down the coast, via the final airfield in the mission.

Even before the mission got going there was a setback with my plan;  The 737 lost *half* of the CDU display, making it basically useless.  So the plan for the 737 was changed, on the fly, and launched without a functioning FMS!

Rendezvous with the 737 went ok, then it was time to descend into the weeds and head North

The weather was pretty awful, with turbulence and rain at 15,000ft, but lower down it was far, far worse, with low cloud and bad visibility.

Bad vis’ keep me on my toes, AAA was only visible at the last moment, and occasionally cloud would obscure mountain sides creating a few ‘tense’ moments!
Recon of the first airfield, and a quick snapshot at a AAA site on the way past!

At the first ‘target’ airfield I encountered a concentration of AAA, and had a quick snap-shot at them as I passed….”honor the threat” as the  strike guys say 😉    Next up was a quick pass over Wonsan airfield for a couple of photo passes, then out to wave at the crew of Canterbury.

Canterbury ‘hiding’ behind an Island off Wonsan
Final blast down the coast, and yes, that is 614 KIAS showing on the HUD!

Finally back at Osan, waving to the neighbors on the way to my parking spot

It was a great mission, but a shame the 737 has failed it’s CDU…. that just moved to the top of my list to repair!  Next time I want to roll some FS-Recorder tracks into the mix, with maybe some FAC action in the Arrow…

Shut down at the ramp.

0.9 Hours in the log, a bunch of photos… now it’s time to build on the mission and bring more elements into play!

Canterbury arrives on Station

After 13 days at sea Canterbury has arrived on Station in the Sea of Japan, and has executed her first mission; a covert insertion of special forces…….

Barely making steerage way, Canterbury disembarks a special forces team of the coast of North Korea……

Now that Canterbury is in place, more MP and FSRecorder ops should follow!

Canterbury is operational again!

After successful Sea Trials, Canterbury is operational once again, and has set sail for the North Pacific, and a rendezvous  with the other sims 😉

Canterbury passing close by the South coast of Norfolk Island. Next sight of land should be Bouganville Island in a couple of days

The tests, running both FS9 and a terminal server have worked out really well, with no real issues encountered.  The next step is to get Canterbury operating on iBNet again, then get some multiplayer scenarios together for the next ‘Sim Night’


F421 Sea Trials

After a *significant* refit, Canterbury today headed out on Sea Trials before being put back to work.

Canterbury seaming slowly out of the Harbor on her way to her Sea Trials

Back in April the PC running as my pseudo-ship sim died, leaving Canterbury effectively out of service.  Over the past weekend I built and configured the second i7 PC as a combined ship sim and Terminal Server, meaning that today F421, HMNZS Canterbury set sail for the first time in 3 months.

It was nice seeing Canterbury working again, and it marks a significant step in upgrading the entire sim network, with the addition of the Terminal Server to help reduce the number of full-size PC’s needed to run my sims.

Dodging traffic on the way out of the harbor

Well that does it!

A few events in the past month or so have conspired to bring forward the big PC upgrades in the sim cave!

First the HMNZS Canterbury PC died…. leaving Canterbury stuck in the middle of the Pacific… next, the TA-4, running old old Windows XP, wont run some of the cool LUA scripts I’ve been writing…..

So!  Now I have one of my ‘spare’ i7’s plugged in and about to be configured with a shiny new copy of Windows 7, and my now well developed FS9 build….  With any sort of luck I should get the thing running over the next week or so…  More to come as it develops!