Going a completely different route for the Quickmatch focusing on the escort duties (and ready to be shot down)
What about: Convoy Close Escort: The sector this unit is in can contain one friendly ship above the stacking limit if one of those ships is an Auxiliary. AND Convoy Guard: Enemy Ships roll one less attack die when making Gunnery attacks against friendly Auxiliaries in the same sector as this unit.
Convoy Guard: Enemy Ships roll one less attack die when making Gunnery attacks against friendly Auxiliaries in the same sector as this unit. AND Convoy Screen: If this unit is in the same or an adjacent sector as a friendly Auxiliary unit, this unit rolls one extra attack die when making Antiair attacks for this turn.
HMS Quickmatch 'Q' and 'R' class Destroyer Commissioned: September 1942 Decommissioned: May 1950 Displacement: 1,705 tons standard Length (OA): 358 ft, 3 in Beam: 35 ft, 8 in Speed: 36.75 kts Armament: 4 x 4.7 in QF (4 x 1), 4 x 2 pdr pom-pom (1 x 4), 6 x 20mm AA (6 x 1), 8 x 21 in TT (2 x 4), 2 x DCR (45-70 DCs)
Notes: Repeat of J class, but with only 4 x 4.7 in guns instead of 6, and 8 TT instead of 10.
Taking the liberty to post this units service history; its convoy SA's are not out of line; BUT
thats so much like an all ready done Royal Navy DD.
It did its yeoman convoy work; but when you look at its service record the last half of 1944 and 1945 in the Pacific
with the BPF thats not represented at all; representing at least part of that service game wise is so much more valuable to the Australian fleet in this game.
Its my last words on the subject, just seems if your going to give it some historical insight the convoy protection route minimizes its potential.
D e t a i l s o f W a r S e r v i c e H M A S Q U I C K M A T C H
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September 14th - Completed Contractor's sea trials and commission for trials.
October - November Passage to Scapa Flow after completion of trials and storing. Carried out work-up in English Channel and SW Approaches.
Nominated for service with Force Q in Mediterranean.
December Detached for escort duty in Atlantic.
20th - Escorted HM Aircraft Carrier VICTORIOUS with HM Destroyers RACEHORSE and REDOUBT during passage in Atlantic to Pacific for loan service with US Navy.
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January 31st - Joined military convoy WS26 with HM Destroyers QUALITY, QUIBERON, RACEHORSE and REDOUBT as Ocean Escort during Atlantic passage.
February 25th - Detached from WS26 on arrival at Durban.
March 4th - Reinforced HM Corvette NIGELLA and three trawlers in escort of Convoy DN21 with HMS RELENTLESS after series of attacks by U160.
April to May Deployed for convoy defence in Indian Ocean based at Durban.
June 25th - Joined military convoy WS30 on departure from Cape Town with HMS ROTHERHAM as escort in Indian Ocean.
30th - Detached from WS30 with HMS ROTHERHAM during passage.
July -August Transferred to South Atlantic Command for convoy defence.
September Resumed convoy defence in Indian Ocean based at Durban.
October to December Indian Ocean convoy defence in continuation for traffic between East African Ports and Ade. (Note: HM Destroyers QUENTIN, NIZAM, NEPAL, QUIBERON AND QUALITY were also deployed.)
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January Indian Ocean deployment in continuation.
February Transferred with Flotilla to Eastern Fleet. Passage to Trincomalee to join Eastern Fleet
March Deployed with Eastern Fleet Joined in Flotilla by HM Destroyers QUADRANT, QUEENBOROUGH and QUILLIAM. (Note: Ship did not take part in Operation DIPLOMAT.)
April Deployed in Indian Ocean for Flotilla duties in Eastern Fleet including convoy defence. (Note: Did not take part in Operation COCKPIT)
May 6th - Deployed with HM Destroyers ROTHERHAM, RACEHORSE, NAPIER, NEPAL, QUALITY QUIBERON and Dutch VAN GALEN in Force 65 as screen for HM Battleships QUEEN ELIZABETH, VALIANT, French RICHELIEU, HM Cruisers NEWCASTLE, NIGERIA and Dutch TROMP to provide cover for air attacks on Soerabaya, Java by Force 66. (Operation TRANSOM. Note: US aircraft carrier USS SARATOGA was part of Force 66. See references.)
27th - Returned to Trincomalee with RN ships of Forces 65 and 66.
June Deployed for Eastern Fleet screening duties.
19th - Joined HM Battlecruiser RENOWN, French battleship RICHELIEU, HM Aircraft Carrier ILLUSTRIOUS, HM Cruisers NIGERIA, KENYA and CEYLON with HM Destroyers QUILLIAM, QUALITY, ROTHERHAM of 4th Destroyer Flotilla and RACEHORSE, RELENTLESS, ROEBUCK, RAIDER of 11th Destroyer Flotilla as Force 60.
21st - Deployed as screen for major ships of Force 60 during air attacks at Port Blair, Andaman Islands (Operation PEDAL.
July 22nd - Joined Force 62 with HM Destroyers RELENTLESS, ROTHERHAM, RACEHORSE, RAIDER, ROEBUCK, ROCKET, RAPID, QUILLIAM, and QUALITY as screen for HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH, HMS VALIANT, HM Battlecruiser RENOWN, French RICHELIEU, HM Cruisers NIGERIA, KENYA, GAMBIA. CEYLON, CUMBERLAND, PHOEBE and Dutch TROMP as Force 62 to provide cover for air attacks on Sabang, Sumatra and bombardments of shore targets (Operation CRIMSON. Note: Air attacks were made by HM Aircraft Carriers INDOMITABLE and VICTORIOUS.)
25th - Detached from Force 62 with Dutch cruiser TROMP and HM Destroyers QUILLIAM and QUALITY to form Inshore Force to attack harbour installations at Sabang and shipping in harbour. Engaged by shore batteries and sustained some damage with casualties.
27th - Return passage to Trincomalee with Force 62
August to October Eastern Fleet deployment in continuation (Note: Ship did not take part in Operation BANQUET or Operation MILLET. Ship may have been under repair.)
November 22nd - Transferred to British Pacific Fleet with Flotilla on formation at Trincomalee.
December Passage to Australia with Flotilla
10th - Arrived at Sydney to prepare for service in SW Pacific under overall US Navy command.
24th - Deployed in anti-submarine search operations off Sydney with US Submarine Chaser PCS97, HM Australian Corvettes BALLARAT, GOULBURN, KALGOORIE and WHYALLA after U862 had sunk US Freighter in approaches to Sydney.
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January Deployed with BPF for exercises prior to operational duty with US 5th Fleet in SW Pacific.
February Deployed with Flotilla with BPF ships in further preparatory exercises.
28th - Took passage with ships of BPF to Forward British Base at Manus, Admiralty Islands to await instructions for joining US Navy operations with ships of Task Force 113.
March 7th - Arrived at Manus.
Carried out further preparatory exercises with Task Force 113 whilst based at Manus.
23rd - Sailed from Ulithi as Task Force 57 to join ships of US 5th Fleet in operations off Sakishima Gunto island Group (Operation ICEBERG ONE). British Pacific Fleet was designated Task Force 57 on departure from Ulithi.
31st - Deployed as screen for TG57 ships during renewed attacks.
April 1st - Under air attacks with BPF ships during air operations. (Note: HMS INDEFATIGABLE and HM Destroyer ULSTER were damaged.
11th - Detached from operations off Sakishima-Gunto for deployment as screen for Task Force 57 during air attacks on North Formosa. (Operation ICEBERG OOLONG)
15th - Resumed operations with screen for Task Force 57 off Sakishima-Gunto after refuelling.
May 1st - Sailed from Leyte as part of screen for Task Force 57 ships.
4th - Deployed as screen for BPF aircraft carriers during resumed joint air attack on the Sakashima Gunto Group (Operation ICEBERG TWO;;; The battleships and cruisers of Task Force 57 had been detached to carry out a bombardment of Miyako Shima which had left the Carrier Force vulnerable to concentrated air attacks including KAMIKAZE.
9th - Under further KAMIKAZE attacks.
25th - On release from ICEBERG TWO took passage to Manus as part of screen for ships of Task Force 57.
June BPF transferred to US 3rd Fleet and re-designated Task Force 37.
28th - Sailed from Sydney as part of screen for Task Force 37.
July 6th - Sailed for operational area off Japan to join US 3rd Fleet ships.
16th - On arrival in operational area deployed with screen during joint air attacks and bombardments of targets in Japan.
Part of screen for aircraft carriers during air raids on Tokyo-Yokohama area.
August Deployment with screen for carriers in continuation. (Note: Joint air operations with Task Force 38 were carried out on shipping in North Honshu and Hokkaido followed by attacks in Tokyo area.)