HMS Duke of York was a King George V-class battleship of the Royal Navy. Laid down in May 1937, the ship was constructed by John Brown and Company at Clydebank, Scotland, and commissioned into the Royal Navy on 4 November 1941, subsequently seeing combat service during the Second World War.
On 26 December 1943 Duke of York was part of a task force which encountered the German battleship Scharnhorst off the North Cape of Norway. During the engagement that followed, Scharnhorst hit Duke of York twice with little effect but was herself hit by several of Duke of York’s 14-inch shells, silencing one of her turrets and hitting a boiler room. After temporarily escaping from Duke of York’s heavy fire, Scharnhorst was struck several times by torpedoes, allowing Duke of York to again open fire, contributing to the eventual sinking of Scharnhorst after a running action lasting ten-and-a-half hours. After the war, Duke of York remained active until she was laid up in November 1951. She was eventually scrapped in 1957.
Duke of York will be introduced in the game as a Tier VII British battleship. All stats are listed without crew and upgrade modifiers, and are subject to change before the final release.
|Main battery||1×2 356 mm + 2×4 356mm|
|Firing range||18.1 km|
|Reload time||30 s|
|180 degree turn time||45 s|
|Maximum dispersion||242 m|
|HE initial velocity||757 m/s|
|AP initial velocity||757 m/s|
|Maximum speed||28 kt|
|Turning circle radius||790 m|
|Rudder shift time||15 s|
|Surface detectability||14.1 km|
|Air detectability||12.5 km|
|Detectability after firing in Smoke