A visit to Washington
Sinku had been called to Washington DC to visit with the president of the United States after his successful raid against the Nazi's and the capture of three of their capital ships. Sinku was naturally very nervous about this meeting since only his crews knew he and his friends secret about not being human and he had no idea how to make the revelation without risking their lives. He also was interested to see what the president had planned for them. Another concern of his was that rumor had reached his ears of copies of the Fury being built from the keel up rather than converting old battleships. This allowed them to be bigger and more powerful with more guns and planes. Sinku hopped this was not a reality because the last thing the humans of this world needed was more ships like his own. He wasn't being selfish about it. he just knew that with that kind of surface power it could easily become a power grab and destabilize the world more than it already would be after WWII ended. He would have to do his best to prevent such a thing from happening should the rumors be true.
Currently, his fleet of ships consisting of the Fury, Hermes, Atlantia, Houston, Perth, and all four Orion class destroyers were midway between Europe and the Americas and Sinku was actually enjoying the weather since it was nice and sunny for once. Sinku had wanted to bring the captured German ships with him on this trip but something had come up and he had to divert part of his forces to deal with it and they needed a carrier with them. It bothered him that he was being called out of the fight for such a formality but he also saw it as a chance to get some things worked out. If he could swing it right, he could get the rest of his ships over and through the Panama Canal and then strike back out for his base at San Cristobal to begin to get back at the Japs for running him out of the Pacific.
Suddenly alarms blared around his fleet and two of his Destroyers broke out of formation and poured on the oil, rapidly building speed and heading off to starboard.
" Submarine sighted two points off starboard bow! Looks like a Nazi boat!" The radioman called out as soon as he got a clear message.
" Flank speed all ships! Evasive maneuvers! Spread the fleet out and don't sail in straight lines for very long!" Sinku barked the order out and shortly after the fleet broke apart to prevent the sub from getting a bead on them should it evade the destroyers.
" Ready turret one in case it surfaces and we can get a good bead on her. " Sinku said with a grim smile as he felt the engines rumble up to full speed and the ship started to cut through the waves kicking up a high bow wave that almost drenched the deck with the spray coming up the hull due to it's design. ' next upgrade on my list of modifications to this ship will be fixing the bow to more efficiently cut through the waves to keep that from happening.' Sinku thought to himself as the first explosions for depth charges were seen in the distance by the massive columns of water being thrown into the air. " Get 'em boys. I know you don't get to do this very often but it's part of what you've trained for." He mumbled to himself.
" Sir the Pisces reports they have a hit sir and the sub has surfaced. She's surrendering!"
Sinku looked at the deck of the bridge and shook his head before looking up again. " I swear those ships are blessed or something. Never cease to amaze me. Alright chock up another capture for our little fleet if it doesn't sink from damage. I think we will turn this one over to the allies so they can better understand German code lines. Now if that was a jap sub it might be another story." Sinku smiled " get them back here ASAP and signal the fleet to get back in loose formation but let's continue to zig zag in case there are more subs. I know we aren't far from Norfolk but we can't take any chances."
" Yes sir." The radioman chuckled as he sent out the message.
Several days later the fleet arrived at Norfolk naval base to a small fanfare but it was very subdued compared to what it could have been. Most likely since the fleet wasn't very well know about and most people found the Fury to be a very odd looking ship. The main 'celebration' was the U-boat that had just been moved to a loading dock along with it's captive crew. Sinku was greeted at the base of the gangplank as he left Fury for the first time since the raid.
" Good morning Commander Walker." The young lieutenant said with a salute." Good to finally meet the man who held the Japs back while we got our act back together. Name's Kipelen sir. I'm all they sent to receive you and those accompanying you to the White House. They would have sent more but as you well know, things have taken a turn for the worse in Europe so the big wigs were preoccupied."
Sinku chuckled." I can understand that." he gestured for Ohka and Crystael to follow him as Kipelen led them to the small tug that would take them up river to DC.
Kipelen got a funny look on his face as the two women came up beside them." Sir why are they coming with us?"
Sinku stopped and looked up at Kipelen's face." They are coming with us because one is my gunnery officer and the other is one of my best pilots and captain of one of my carriers. They have done more for this country than you can imagine. You will give them your respect and loose that kind of thinking that just because they are women, that they don't have as much right to be here as any other man. Trust me you don't want to have them angry at you got it sailor?"
Kipelen swallowed hard realizing he had made a big mistake." Yes sir. Understood sir. Won't happen again."
Sinku chuckled." Good to hear. My fleet is very open in it's positioning of authority. Gender, race, creed, none of it matters. Ability to execute the assignment is all that matters."
With a quick nervous nod from Kipelen, the group moved along. Ohka walked up beside Sinku and nudged his shoulder with her own. " Don't you think you were a bit hard on him there?" She whispered into his ear in Gaelic so Kipelen couldn't hear or understand what was said.
Sinku smiled " Had to set the record straight. I know he can't help it but I won't have you two looked down on just because you're women. I know you can handle yourself just fine but I can't help it."
Ohka nodded." I know. just try and take it easy."
A few minutes later they boarded the tug and made their way up river towards DC. As they passed by some of the dry docks holding ships being repaired or built Sinku saw one ship that made is heart sink. It was an almost carbon copy of the Fury. how they had gotten a copy of the plans he had no idea. He knew that he had to either be assigned that ship or make sure it was the last one built. It had three barrels on each turret instead of two like he had feared would happen since it was being purpose built to the design. It looked like it was just about finished so Sinku got a bright idea that he would help put it through it's paces alongside Fury. She'd be faster than Fury but it most likely wouldn't have the modifications that had been made to Fury since they left Pearl initially. She wouldn't have the faster auto loading system and improved catapults or the experienced crew. Of course he really wanted the ship for the pacific to help deal with the new Japanese monsters that were now on the loose.
Several hours later they arrived at the dock in DC and were rushed off to the White House. They were taken to the Oval Office and waited for the president to arrive.
FDR was brought in in his wheelchair and Sinku, Ohka, and Crystael rose to their feet with a salute to essentially their commander even though they weren't really in the U.S. Navy.
FDR smiled. " At ease and be seated please. I have to say it is a pleasure to finally meet the man responsible for holding back the Japanese in the Pacific for so long while we were getting our act back together. You have the thanks of myself and the whole country Commander Walker. Although with your exploits I think it might be high time to make you a full Admiral.
Sinku was shocked." Sir that would be an honor. But before you do that, I think there is something you should know." Sinku looked at Ohka and Crystael and gestured with nods to watch the doors." Me and my friends here plus a few others aren't actually navy officers much less human or of this world. We showed up in Pearl Harbor just before the attack as a result of a mistake I made in our timeline to try and escape from our own Pearl Harbor like event." Sinku paused for a minute to let it all sink in to the presidents mind.
" So what you're telling me is that since Pearl you have been impersonating a military officer and aren't even human. What exactly do you mean by not human son?"
Sinku stood up and he, ohka , and crystael all changed to their normal anthro appearances and the President and his aide nearly had a heart attack. " What in gods name is this?!"
Sinku sighed." This is what I meant. We are what is known as anthromophs. We have human features but animal bodies. Now before you freak out more, I will have you know that my crews know this about us and still serve. They don't seem to care."
The three returned to their human guises to make the conversation easier.
FDR took a long breath." Well that was certainly a new one for me. Does Admiral Nimitz know about this?"
Sinku nodded." Yes I showed him once and he nearly threw me in the brig. However after he thought about all that we have done for you even though this war isn't our fight, he reconsidered and let us continue to do what we do best. We raid bases and capture enemy vessels while also taking the fight to the enemy at any cost."
" You're basically pirates."
" You could put it that way. I was actually hoping that our recent acquisitions would allow me to make a request of you. Give my fleet autonomy to make our own decisions but still be technically part of the Navy. That way if something goes wrong, you have plausible deny-ability of our existence. Basically make us a secret fleet that you have no 'official knowledge' of"
FDR thought about it for a minute. " Well it certainly is an idea. But this is a lot for me to process all at once. Perhaps we can come back to it later in our conversation today?"
Sinku nodded." I can go along with that sir."
" Now I heard you captured a U-Boat on your way here? Anything useful out of it?"
" Not really sure sir. I have turned it over to the Navy for examination and things like that since I have no need of a sub in my fleet that I have assembled. I also noticed on my way in that there is at least one copy of y flagship being built."
" That's right. We saw the success of your ship So we decided to make more of them. Although getting plans for it proved impossible since the copies and originals are missing from when the Pennsylvania was converted into the ship you now command."
Sinku chuckled." Were they now? interesting. I will say that the ship performs well but I think you would be better off building more regular battleships or carriers instead of the hybrids. They work great but have a lot of issues that I've been having to deal with. First their anti air suite isn't very good and being both ship types in one, we tend to be a really big target and have almost been sunk three times already. I would however like to be there when you put that ship through it's paces. Maybe even have a little friendly competition between the two to see which one is better?"
The president rubbed his chin." Interesting idea. But that's something to take up with the Navy."
Sinku chuckled" I suppose so. Also I would request that if you are going to have one of these monsters, it needs to go the Pacific. We've got at least two Japanese monsters on the loose as you know and we need all the firepower we can get. I have two ships armed with 18's but one more certainly wouldn't hurt. I would caution you as well from building more than one right now before the navy gets the chance to test this one out. "
FDR nodded." That's the only one planned due to the material requirements and how the war is starting to show that battleships may not be the way to go. But it was slated for the Pacific fleet as it is as Halsey's flagship."
" He'll like that I'm sure. Boy I'll never hear the end of it once he gets it though. Lot of intership competition gonna be going on there."
They continued their conversation for a few more hours going back and forth about various points of the war and even a few personal matters. In the end, Sinku got his wish to have his fleet be classified as a secret raider fleet allowing his actions to be by his choosing and not from the top.
" I appreciate the vote of confidence in my crews and command skills sir. We won't let you down."
" Good to hear. Admiral Walker."
" Actually sir my name is Sinku Anaka."
" Anaka? that's awful Japanese sounding. Yet you have a slight Scotish accent."
" Family line originates in what would be japan in our world if humans were still around. Long story about that but it stems out of the results of this war and those after it. Don't worry. I have no care for japan and no ties to it here. Feel free to keep calling me Walker in official matters but on informal basis, Sinku will do."
" Interesting. Very well Admiral. It has been a pleasure to talk to you and I hope to meet again in the future. Good hunting."
With a sharp salute, Sinku, Ohka, and Crystael left the Oval office and found Kipelen and headed for the launch to go back down river to Norfolk.
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