HMS Death Claw (CA-437)

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HMS Death Claw (CA-437) is a Saganami-C-class Heavy Cruiser assigned to Second Fleet and located in the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area.


Death Claw was first brought into commission on 11 March 2012 under the command of then-CAPTJG Beau Thacker, by order of BuShips. This ship was originally in Sixth Fleet, based out of Springhill, Louisiana. Captain Thacker was soon tapped to become the executive officer of Sixth Fleet, promoted to Captain, senior grade on 15 April 2012, under Admiral of the Red Michael Malotte. Death Claw along with HMS Broadsword became the nucleus of that fleet. He get promoted to command Sixth Fleet and was promoted to Rear Admiral of the Red on 24 August 2012.

It spun off another chapter in 28 August 2012, HM Pinnace Death Claw-01, which eventually became HMS Windsong on 07 May 2013. The ship was in service for over a year until they upgraded up to HMS Sphinx on 15 September 2013 and put into the Active Reserves.

Death Claw was called up from the reserves on 20 April 2018, when it was recommissioned for the new Cincinnati chapter, commanded by CAPTJG Mike Moyer. This chapter split off the southern half of the membership area of HMS Sabrepike, which drew members from a large area of southwestern Ohio. Death Claw was assigned to Task Force 22 as a squadron mate to Sabrepike in CruDiv 711 as part of a component of Task Group 22.2.

Commanding Officers

# Name Assumed Relieved
1 RADM Beau Thacker 11 March 2012 15 September 2013
2 CAPTJG James Michael Moyer 20 April 2018 Incumbent

Crew Lineage

  • 11 March 2012: Launched as HMS Death Claw (CA-437).
  • 28 August 2012: HM Pinnace Death Claw-01 launched.
  • 07 May 2013: Pinnace returned; HMS Windsong (DD-119) commissioned.
  • 15 September 2013: Ship upgraded to HMS Sphinx (SD-86).


  • 20 April 2018: Cadre from HMS Sabrepike formed new Cincinnati chapter and launched as HMS Death Claw (CA-437)

Command Staff

  • Commanding Officer: CAPTJG James Michael Moyer, RMN
  • Executive Officer: CDR Richard Davenport, GSN
  • Ship's Bosun: CPO Paul Limbert, RMN

Ship's Orders

NOTE: This Wiki is the authoritative source for orders per the Fourth Space Lord. All orders have been provided by the issuing authority or are as posted in the TRMN Forums.

Ship's Orders are subordinate to, and expand upon or amplify Admiralty Orders, Naval Directives, and Eighth Fleet Orders. They are applicable to Sphinx operations and personnel.

Order No. Effective Date Subject Status
Link to Ship's order 24 August 2016 Placeholder for Ship Orders

Related Orders

Order No. Effective Date Subject Status
Naval Directive 12AP-02 15 April 2012 Acting Executive Officer for Sixth Fleet
Naval Directive 12AU-01 24 August 2012 Commanding Officer for Sixth Fleet


See Also

Heavy Cruiser
Hexapuma - Kodiak Max - Death Claw -Sabrepike - Snow Leopard - Hawk - Wolf - Leopard
Helen Zilwicki - Jonas Adcock - Trebuchet

Heavy cruisers
Royal Manticoran Navy
Broadsword (CA) Broadsword (lead) - Claymore - Glaive
Drake (CA) Drake (lead)
Prince Consort (CA) Princess Samantha
Saganami-B (CA) Juggernaut - Justicar
Saganami-C (CA) Death Claw - Hexapuma - Kodiak Max - Sabrepike - Snow Leopard - Hawk - Wolf - Leopard - Jonas Adcock - Helen Zilwicki - Trebuchet
Star Knight (CA) Merlin - Alchemist - Star Witch