This is a work of fiction created for the Twilight 2000 Role Playing Game. Original material © Dave Ross
Heavily involved in the 1997 fleet actions in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as well as maintaining Squadrons in the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea, by the summer of 2000 only a handful of the Royal Navy’s warships remain operational. Their activities have been severely curtailed by a lack of fuel and for the most part the larger ships remain berthed at either Portsmouth or Plymouth, with only the smaller patrol ships and mine countermeasure vessels putting to sea on a regular basis.
The fleet’s flagship is the Type 42 Destroyer HMS York. A single submarine remains operational, the nuclear powered attack submarine HMS Trafalgar (there are persistent rumours that at least one other submarine has survived, although these are unconfirmed). During the course of the war a number of older vessels were brought out of mothballs and returned to service, most notably the Type 82 Destroyer HMS Bristol which was brought back into service in October 1997 (the sole ship of its class, the Bristol served in the 1982 Falklands War, before being converted to a training ship in 1991). A small number of Leander Class frigates also returned to the Fleet after having been decommissioned at the start of the decade, and one still remains operational, HMS Argonaut.
As well as those vessels that are still operational, a small number of the ships docked at Portsmouth and Plymouth are currently no longer seaworthy, and have been stripped of most of items of value. These ships would require some months of work in a fully equipped shipyard to be returned to an operational state.
A significant number of Royal Navy personnel remain in the UK, consisting of a mix of shore based personnel, recruits who had just completed basic training at the time of the nuclear exchanges, and sailors who had survived the sinking of their ships. Whilst some of these men and women serve as crews for the Navy’s remaining warships, many have been formed into provisional shore companies which provide garrisons for Portsmouth and Plymouth, while others have been transferred to Army units to bring them up to strength. The Navy has also contributed a number of specialists to the Army’s Salvage Teams.
Whilst small numbers of sailors are armed with L85A1’s, the majority have been issued with either Sterling SMG’s or L1A1 SLR’s. Support weapons are minimal (large numbers of GPMG’s have been taken from the non operational warships, but most of these have gone to the Army). Isolated from the main body of HMG’s forces in Southern England and threatened by the Duke of Cornwall, the Plymouth Shore Company has converted a number of vehicles into heavily armed and armoured gun trucks, using weaponry taken from the RN Gunnery School. In keeping with the Royal Navy’s tradition of designating shore establishments as ships and naming them accordingly with the “HMS” prefix, the sailors have given each of the gun trucks a name, most of which are intended to be humorous.
The main weapon of the Navy’s remaining warships is the 4.5 inch gun, supplemented by 30mm and 20mm cannons and limited numbers of .50 Heavy Machine Guns and GPMG’s. HMS Trafalgar has a small number of spearfish torpedoes available. Missiles such as Sea Dart, Sea Wolf, and Harpoon are extremely rare.
Additionally, a small number of Trident nuclear missiles are stored at Portsmouth under conditions of high security (HMG has deliberately made it widely known to representatives of foreign Governments that at least one Trident submarine has survived thus far and remains on patrol ready to retaliate against further nuclear strikes. Whether this is true or not is unknown.)