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Supertest: British Tier V Premium Battleship Agincourt

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HMS Agincourt was a dreadnought battleship built in the United Kingdom. She was laid down in September 1911 and launched in 1913. The thing is that initially, she wasn’t meant to serve for the Royal Navy.

Initially, the ship was part of the South American naval arms race, meant to be sold to Brazil as Rio de Janeiro. However, due to various political and economical reasons, the sale never concluded. Enters the Ottoman Empire that happened to hear about that new Dreadnought which was still under construction. The Ottomans wanted to buy the ship and rename her as Sultan Osman buuuuut… World War I happened. The British government retracted on the sale and seized the ship to reinforce the Royal Navy. This ended up biting the allies in the arse as the Ottomans were fairly pissed of losing a shiny very well-armed battleship and as such, they decided to join the Central Powers.

When it comes to the ship characteristics, Brazil wanted something really impressive and Agincourt doesn’t disappoint here. Her main battery was composed of no less than fourteen 305 mm guns in seven twin turrets, all on the centerline of the ship. At the time, it was the biggest number of main battery guns ever fitted on a Dreadnought. When firing a full broadside, the blast was so great that nearby ship crews were wondering if she didn’t detonate.

As strong as the Agincourt was, her career turned out to be fairly short. The only real action the ship ever witnessed was during the battle of Jutland in 1916.

The ship was placed in reserve at Rosyth in March 1919. After unsuccessful attempts to sell her to the Brazilian Government, she was listed for disposal in April 1921 but was used for experimental purposes later that year. The Royal Navy then planned to convert her into a mobile naval base and she was stripped in preparation for the conversion, which would have included the removal of five of her seven turrets with their barbettes converted into storage and workshops. Nos. 2 and 5 turrets would have been retained. In the end, she was sold for scrap on 19 December 1922 to comply with the tonnage limitations of the Washington Naval Treaty, although she was not actually broken up until the end of 1924.

If you want to learn more about HMS Agincourt, here is a video from Drachinifel covering it:

In World of Warships, we are getting Agincourt the way she was during the war with an absolutely amazing camouflage.

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.

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Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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Agincourt

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Propulsion: 34 000 hp

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Mk V mod. 1

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305 mm/45 Mk XIII

General Characteristics

Tier V
Health 48 400 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 15 %
Displacement 31 860 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 15.340 km
305 mm/45 Mk XIII 7 x 2 305 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 5.500 km
152 mm/50 Mk XIII
76 mm/50 QF Mk X
20 x 1 152 mm
10 x 1 76 mm
Maximum speed 22 knots
Turning Circle Radius 670 m
Rudder Shift Time 13.5 s
Surface Detectability 12.24 km
Air Detectability 8.7 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 9.35 km

Main Battery

7 x 2 305 mm/45 Mk XIII
 Maximum Firing Range 15.340 km
 Reloading Time 36.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 45.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 34°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 36°
Sigma 1.80 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 213 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 305 mm HE Mk IIa
Alpha Damage 4 400 HP
Damage 3 130 HP
Penetration capacity  76 mm
Explosion size 1.69
Fire chance 32 %
Projectile Speed 831 m/s
Air Drag 0.36
Projectile Mass 470 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 305 mm AP Mk VIa
Alpha Damage 8 800 HP
Projectile Speed 831 m/s
Air Drag 0.36
Projectile Mass 470.8 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 487
Projectile Detonator 0.015 s
Detonator threshold 51 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary battery

20 x 1 152 mm/50 Mk XIII
Maximum Firing Range 5.500 km
Reloading Time 5 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 152 mm HE 4crh
Alpha Damage 2 200 HP
Damage 790 HP
HE penetration 25 mm
Explosion Size 0.58
Chance to Cause Fire 12 %
Projectile Speed 914 m/s
Air Drag 0.315
Projectile Mass 45.3 kg
10 x 1 76 mm/50 QF Mk X
Maximum Firing Range 5.500 km
Reloading Time 5 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 76 mm HE Mk27
Alpha Damage 1 100 HP
Damage 180 HP
HE penetration 13 mm
Explosion Size 0.19
Chance to Cause Fire 4 %
Projectile Speed 823 m/s
Air Drag 0.47
Projectile Mass 5.9 kg

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
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Cooldown: 80 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration: 0.5%/s

The Armor

While the protection of her citadel is quite thin on the sides, as a whole, the ship appears to be fairly tanky against HE and AP.

General External Armor Protection

Front and read protection of the middle section and hidden armored deck

Citadel protection

There is a 38 mm turtleback covering the citadel on her entire length.

Turret armor protection

Personal Opinion

I see a first REALLY big problem with the Agincourt. She has literally no anti-air at all, no fighter, nothing. This means that if the ship is alone, a CV will literally free farm her. Considering the amount of low tier carriers… I’m not really a fan of that.

Now if we look at the rest, 14 guns with British HE, short AP fuse and more than respectable penetration… her firepower looks really scary. It is, however, compensated by the low firing range and low speed so positioning will be vital.

As a whole, I’m kinda looking forward to playing her but at the same time, I really hate the slow speed of low-tier battleships.

Easter-egg

Just above the conning tower, there are 2 bunk beds. This is a reference to the fact that after her sale to the Ottomans they wanted Agincourt to be the Flagship so had her quarters refitted to better suit that station.

 

 

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