This scenario is set in 1975; it deals with a British carrier group,
heading home across the Atlantic at the outbreak of war, attacked by
Soviet submarine and air forces. Total play time has been nearly two
months, my goodness.
So that's my fantasy Royal Navy. Who's it going to fight? Practically
Carriers and submarines are dealt with. What about the rest of the Navy?
So Queen Elizabeth, Duke of Edinburgh and let's say Eagle
are built during the early 1970s. That's the easy bit. What aircraft
do they carry?
Many designers of fantasy fleets like to come up with all sorts of
plausible-sounding technological developments. I'm mostly going to
borrow ideas which historically worked for the Americans, and transfer
them to the British with appropriate modifications.
I'll come back to what the British are up to, but the historical enemy
has to be considered.
I often come up with alternate histories. The usual way of doing this
is to change some historical detail and then speculate about what
might have gone differently. In this case, I have a specific goal in
mind, so I'm trying various divergences to try to get to the state I