I definitely rename my ships. Thus far I've had the USS Aldrin, the Armstrong, the Lovell, and the John Glenn. If it were possible to use the Grissom and the Shepard without people assuming CSI or Mass Effect, those would've been on my list of names too.
I tend to rename my ships, my Miranda was the U.S.S. Zephyr, my cruisers are U.S.S. Nexus (inset letter) and my escort is the U.S.S. Dreadnought.
I kept my Nova's given name of U.S.S. Denison, which led me on an interesting hunt for it's namesake when I wanted to do a ship plaque quote for her. Interestingly enough, I found a dude by that name who was an engineer, like my captain ^__^
It's partially composed of its namesake material (granite) which was for some time the precursor of neutronium.
Originally Posted by Ravenstein
But the Delaware was such a beautiful dreadnought...
Ravenstein loves dreadnoughts.
Originally Posted by Vrano
I miss the days of the Dreadnaughts and Battleships.
Originally Posted by Ravenstein
Couple of problems with that. That is the sinking of the HMAS Torrens, a destroyer escort protected by about 10 mm of armor on the belt, the area the torpedo would have hit.
Compare that to the USS Delaware, which had about a 280 mm armored belt. As a similar sinking we have the HMS Barham which was hit by three G7 Torpedoes. The HMS Barham had a similar belt armor to the Delaware (British battleships tended to be underarmored in comparison to the battleships of other navies, Barham was a later generation of dreadnought then the Delaware) and the G7 had a larger warhead then the Mk 48 does. Thinking the Delaware could have taken several such torpedo hits would not be an overestimation. However the Delaware would have been doomed anyway as she lacked anti-submarine systems.
Modern ships tend to react poorly to damage in comparison to their predecessors due to the emergence of active defenses like anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons. Modern technology and naval doctrine de-emphasizes sturdiness and passive protections like armor and system redundancy in favor of agility and technology. A good example of this would be the Falklands War, where many British vessels were lost to damage that a WW1 or 2 ship would have shrugged off.
I'd argue that even agility isn't a particularly modern element, but overall I'm in agreement with you. Are you a naval geek too?
Silly names do kinda bug me. I think, "Jesus, you're doing it wrong!" when I see a campy or humourous name. But sometimes I see one that is absolutely hilarious and I just laugh.
The ones that never seem funny are scifi ships. I've seen way too many Adama's flying the USS Galactica, too many Doctors with the USS Tardis, etc. Come on, get original!
I tend to use logical ship names. My latest, the Imperial Class vessel I pilot called the USS Demeter, is named after the vessel from Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'. I also had the USS Star Union, named after a Franz Joseph tech manual Dreadnought, and the USS Passendaele, a WW1 battle.
I did do some humourous names. The IKS Flaming Targ is my BoP.
I have been naming my ships after US military battles (USS Carentan, USS Bastogne, and USS Leyte Gulf). While I prefer to see more realistic names on the ships of other players, I do not think it is a big deal in the end. After all, it's their own loss if they miss out the fun of the Rp, IMHO.
I change the name when I first get receive ship to what I want it to be at the same time that I customize the skin. After it flies I never change the name of that particular vessel again. If I do a major change in consoles and weapons and such, I may alter the skin to reflect the "refit" but the name remains the same.