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Supertest: British Tier VIII Premium Cruiser Tiger ’59

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HMS Tiger was the lead ship of the Tiger-class cruisers, last all-gun cruisers ever built for the Royal Navy.

Initially, the ship was laid down as part of the Swiftsure-class of light cruisers in 1941. However, due to low priority, the work on the ship was never completed. In 1945, Tiger was launched, partially constructed… only to have, again, work on her being suspended in 1946. It’s in 1948 that a massive redesign would occur, resulting from works on the never-built Neptune-class and Minotaur-class. This new design would incorporate the twin auto-loading 152 mm gun turrets of the Minotaur-class but, instead of having five of them, it would only be two with one at the front and one at the rear. The main battery would be completed with three twin 76.2 mm gun turrets as a secondary battery.

In total, 3 ships were built: Tiger, commissioned in March 1959; Lion, commissioned in July 1960 and Blake, commissioned in Marck 1961.

When it comes to Tiger, her career as an all-gun cruiser wouldn’t last long. In 1966, she was placed in reserve and she was rebuilt from 1968 to 1972 into a helicopter and command cruiser. In that new configuration, her rear 152 mm turret was removed as well as two of her 76.2 mm mounts. She would receive two Seacat missile launchers as well as a flight deck and hangar to operate four helicopters. When recommissioned, she proved to be a very effective command ship and was used as flagship in task groups. However, she was also very expensive to operate and maintain. She was later decommissioned in 1979

When the Falkland broke out in 1982, Tiger was still in very good condition and work started to get her ready for action. However, after a while, the refits were stopped for multiple reasons (lack of qualified crew, risk of a scenario similar to the lose of the Argentinian cruiser General Belgrano, etc.). In the end, the ship was scrapped in 1986. One of her 3inch gun is on display outside TS Tiger Leicester Sea Cadets, Leicester. The gun may have been taken out of HMS Tiger during her 1950s refit.

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

In World of Warships, we are getting Tiger as she was when completed. Her design is similar to the one of the British tech-tree light cruisers but she gets both a Smoke Generator and Surveillance Radar.

For those interested, here is a size comparison between Tiger, Edinburgh and Minotaur:

Credits to Ch0m1n

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.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery


Tiger ’59


Propulsion: 80 000 hp


Mk VIII mod.1


152 mm/50 Mk XXVI

General Characteristics

Health33 100 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction4 %
Displacement11 700 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range15.600 km
152 mm/50 Mk XXVI2 x 2 152 mm
Maximum speed30.3 knots
Turning Circle Radius590 m
Rudder Shift Time8.9 s
Surface Detectability11.70 km
Air Detectability8.52 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke5.52 km

Main Battery

2 x 2 152 mm/50 Mk XXVI
 Maximum Firing Range15.600 km
 Reloading Time3.2 s
180 Degree Turn Time4.7 s
Optimal firing angles at the front25°
Optimal firing angles at the rear35°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion141 m
Type of ProjectileAP – 152 mm AP Mk V
Alpha Damage3 200 HP
Projectile Speed768 m/s
Air drag0.347
Projectile Mass58.85 kg
Projectile Krupp2 672
Projectile Detonator0.005 s
Detonator Threshold12 mm
Ricochet Angles60° – 75°

Anti-air Armament

2 x 2 152 mm/50 Mk XXVI
Sector range0.1 km – 6.9 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage17
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second60
Flak clouds number3
Flak cloud damage1 750
3 x 2 76.2 mm/70 Mk VI
Sector range0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage62
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second217


Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 3
Slot 3
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Specialized Repair Team

Number of charges: 3
Work time: 20 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration: 2%/s
Smoke Generator

Number of charges: 3
Work time: 15 s
Cooldown: 160 s
Smoke radius: 600 m
Smoke duration: 106 s
Surveillance Radar
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 30 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Ship spotting range: 10.0 km
Defensive AA Fire
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Continuous Damage: +50%
Damage from shell explosions: +300%

The Armor

External armor protection

Surprisingly, compared to the other British light cruisers, the Tiger has 25 mm bow, stern and sides as well as a 27 mm deck.

Front and rear protections of the middle section

Citadel protection

One thing to keep in mind here is that the citadel is halfway above the waterline.

Turret protection

Personal Opinion

Right now, I’m not really sure of what to think about Tiger. While she has the same turrets and guns as Minotaur as well as good firing angles, having only 4 guns on a cruiser dispersion will definitely be an issue. However, the combination of radar, smoke, superheal and great concealment will make her very useful in a support role. Also, I’m really impressed by her turning radius. As a comparison, Fletcher has a 560 m turning radius.


At the rear of Tiger’s superstructure, there is a plate bearing the names and date of all battles in which a ship named HMS Tiger participated.

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15,466 thoughts on “Supertest: British Tier VIII Premium Cruiser Tiger ’59

  1. For your size comparison shot you should’ve also included Fiji, since Tiger was built on a modified Fiji hull.

  2. In contrast to the boring and unimaginative Copy & Paste Weimar, a very interesting ship. Will probably find the way to my port.

  3. Seems like first proper British light cruiser trainer after all these years…

  4. Here’s hoping that WG does not manage to foul this up , like Cheshire , Belfast , Mysore et al , I want this one to be done well.

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