World of Warships

Supertest: British Tier VI Premium Cruiser London

It is time to have a look at the upcoming British heavy cruisers that will enter live testing next month. I will not lie, I never thought that we would actually see an entire line of heavy cruisers in the Royal Navy tech tree but then again, I also believed that Wargaming would never ever bring submarines…

Some might point out that I still didn’t cover the stats of Gorizia aaaand… after playing it, I just don’t want to do it. If you want a quick summarize, the ship is simply a worse (PRE-BUFF) Zara that exchanges torpedoes for a hydroacoustic Search.

Now, enough talk about the Gorizia, let’s talk about HMS London.

HMS London, pennant number C69, was part of the second group of the County-class of heavy cruisers from the Royal Navy. The ship was launched in September 1927 and commissioned in January 1929.
London started her career as part of the 1st cruiser squadron and in 1937, she and her sister ship Shropshire helped to evacuate civilians from the city of Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War.

From March 1939 until March 1941, London underwent a reconstruction that modified the ship significantly, may it be the superstructure, the secondary armament or the protection.

When she returned in active service, HMS London took part in the Hunt of the Bismarck in May 1941. During this period, her upper deck and hull were damaged because of the weight of the new superstructure. The ship had to be repaired from October 1941 until February 1942. Her return to active service didn’t last long though. She spent 9 months in the North Atlantic, escorting convoys and took a serious beating from the heavy seas with cracks forming on the hull and rivet popping out. The damage she suffered lead to the ship being dry-docked in December 1942. These repairs were the occasion to make a proper refit to the ship: new radars, more anti-air weapons, rectification of the hull, etc. The refit was completed in May 1943 and after sea trials, the ship served off the South African coasts and later on with the Eastern Fleet until the end of the war.

After the war, she was implicated in the Amethyst Incident in early 1949 with Communist Chinese forces and was badly damaged while fighting them. She returned to Hong Kong for repairs and remained in Chinese waters until August 1949. HMS London was sold for scrapping in 1950 after more than 20 years of service.

In World of Warships, despite being the Premium ship used to go with the introduction of the new Heavy Cruiser line, the London is a “One of a kind” ship because unlike the others, she has the same Smoke Generator as the Leander

As you can see, this article signs the return of the 3D models available in our previews so take the time to explore the model of HMS London!


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery


Propulsion: 80 000 hp

Mk VI mod. 1

203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII

533 mm Mk VII

GeneralMain BatterySecondariesTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier VI
Health 34 600 HP
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 13.400 km
203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII 4 x 2 203 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 5.000 km
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX 4 x 2 102 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 7.000 km
533 mm QR Mk IV 2 x 4 533 mm
Maximum speed 32.3 kt
Turning Circle Radius 710 m
Rudder Shift Time 7.8  s
Surface Detectability 12.06 km
Air Detectability 6.58 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke 6.79 km

4 x 2 203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII
 Reloading Time 15 s
180 Degree Turn Time 22.5 s
Optimal front firing angle
Optimal rear firing angle 34°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 125 m
Type of Projectile  HE – 203 mm HE 256 lb
Alpha Damage 2 850 HP
Damage 1 230 HP
Penetration capacity  33 mm
Explosion size 0.86
Fire chance 15 %
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.346
Projectile Mass 116.1
Type of Projectile AP – 203 mm AP 256 lb
Alpha Damage 4 550 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 855 m/s
Air Drag 0.346
Projectile Mass 116.1
Projectile Krupp 2 400
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 34 mm

4 x 2 102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX
Reloading Time 3.0 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Type of Projectile HE – 102 mm HE 35 lb
Alpha Damage 1 500 HP
Damage 310 HP
HE penetration 16 mm
Explosion Size 0.3
Chance to Cause Fire 6 %
Projectile Speed 811 m/s
Air Drag 0.33
Projectile Mass 15.88
2 x 4 533 mm QR Mk IV
533 mm Mk VII
Reloading Time 106 s
Maximum Distance 7.0 km
Optimal fronfiring angle 51°
Optimal rear firing angle 42°
Damage 15 733
Speed 59 kt
Surface Detectability 1.2 km

4 x 2 102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 28
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 98
Flak clouds number 4
Flak cloud damage 1 260
2 x 8 40 mm/39 QF Mark VIII
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 22
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 77
15 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance 85 %
Sector’s damage 37
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 130


Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Damage Control Party I
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Repair Party I
Number of charges: 1
Work time: 10 s
Cooldown: 120 s
HP regeneration speed: 1% HP/s
Hydroacoustic Search I
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Torpedo detection range: 3.0 km
Ship detection range: 3.0 km
Smoke Generator I
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 15 s
Cooldown: 240 s
Smoke radius: 600 m
Lifetime: 99 s
Damage Control Party II
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Repair Party II
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 10 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: 1% HP/s
Hydroacoustic Search II
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo detection range: 3.0 km
Ship detection range: 3.0 km
Smoke Generator II
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 15 s
Cooldown: 160 s
Smoke radius: 600 m
Lifetime: 99 s

The armor


The London might have the firepower of a heavy cruiser but her armor protection is quite light, even for her turrets.

The bow section


The bow is covered with 16 mm of armor. This means that she will be protected from the AP from other cruisers with the exception of the soon to arrive Cheshire at tier VIII that is actually carrying 234 mm guns.

The frontal protection of the middle section is… quite thin to say the least. The upper casemate is 19 mm thick so anything that went through the bow will go through that without issue.

For the citadel’s athwartship, the upper part is 25 mm and the lower part is 16 mm. Basically, do not stay bow-in in front of a battleship. unless you want to be nuked.

The middle section


The middle section is decently protected for a tier VI cruiser but far from great.

The deck and the sides are 19 mm thick while the main belt is 114 mm thick. It also goes half-way above the waterline which will lead to AP shells from battleship bouncing on it if it’s angled properly (even though it can also mean that the same AP shells will just be able to punch through without issue).

There is an interesting thing about that citadel though. It is very short and only covers the engine space so that will at least help the ship a bit.


The citadel deck is only 35 mm thick. If a CV with AP bombs wants to citadel the ship, it will have absolutely no issue at scoring citadel hits.

The stern section


The stern is protected the same way as the bow with 16 mm of armor.

Once again, the upper casemate is 19 mm thick and the citadel athwartship is 25 mm thick for the upper part and 16 mm thick for the lower part. The armor on this ship is simply made of paper and the fact that you have a smoke generator will be very useful, to say the least.

The superstructure


The superstructure on the London is 13 mm thick and is actually fairly big, going even past the X turret.

The turrets


The turrets are entirely covered with 25 mm of armor. Anyone who already played the Japanese cruisers that also had thinly armored turrets to compensate for their top-heavy nature knows that it is really not good. HE shells from cruisers will be able to cripple these turrets.

Personal opinion

For now, I will wait to see how are the guns on this ship but they better be packing a very nice punch to compensate for the armor protection and lack of range.

The Smoke Generator and good concealment will definitely be useful to get close but that range really bothers me, especially if you land in a Tier VIII match.

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    1. Sadly the account on which we were hosting the 3d models got banned while we had the authorization from WG to show them…

      We are currently trying to find an alternative.

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