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Supertest: Dutch Tier III Cruiser Java

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First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of content these past few days. Between work and the King of the Sea tournament, I was just way too busy to publish the articles on the new ships that will be released with the next update. It’s almost a good thing since quite a few of them were changed a few days ago. In any case, don’t worry, I will cover them all.

The Java-class was a pair of two light cruisers from the Royal Netherlands Navy although initially, a third ship, HNLMS Celebes was planned. Java herself was laid down in May 1916, launched in August 1921 and commissioned in May 1925. The class was designed the counter the Chikuma-class of protected cruisers from the Japanese Navy. The ships’ main armament consisted of ten deck mounted 150 mm guns which was, in the 1910s considered as heavily armed. However, due to the construction delays, by the time the ships entered service, they were already completely outdated.

Java had a quiet early career, serving in the Dutch Indies. In 1937, she was used as a convoy escort during the Spanish Civil War. When World War II started in the Pacific, Java was again performing convoy escort with British forces. In February 1942, she was attacked by carrier-borne bombers from the carrier Ryuujo but suffered no damage. The ship later took part in the Battle of Badung Strait, exchanging fire with Japanese forces but, again, suffered no damage.

It’s on the 27th February 1942 that the Java would meet her end. During the battle of the Java Sea, she was hit by a Long Lance torpedo fired from the cruiser Nachi. The ship sank quickly as the torpedo detonated an aft magazine blowing off her stern. Only 14 crew members survived the sinking.

The wreck of the ship was found in 2002 but sadly, it was discovered in November 2016 that Java, alongside De Ryuter had been illegally scraped and nothing was left of the two ships.

If you want to learn more about Java, here is a video from Drachinifel covering the ship:

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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Java (A Hull)

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Propulsion: 65 000 hp

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‎SUO Mk3 Mod. 1

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150 mm/50 Bofors Мк.6

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Java (B Hull)

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‎SUO Mk 3 Mod. 2

General Characteristics

Stock Ship

TierIII
Health21 600 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction3 %
Displacement6 670 tons
Dimensions
Overall length155.34 m
Beam15.99 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)18.86 m
Freeboard5.05 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range11.570 km
150 mm/50 Bofors Мк.610 x 1 150 mm
Maximum speed33.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius570 m
Rudder Shift Time10.1 s
Surface Detectability9.72 km
Air Detectability4.9 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke4.26 km

Main Battery

10 x 1 150 mm/50 Bofors Мк.6
 Maximum Firing Range11.570
 Reloading Time10.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 s
Optimal firing angles at the front17° for 5 guns
49° for 6 guns
64° for 7 guns
Optimal firing angles at the rear20° for 5 guns
44° for 6 guns
53° for 7 guns
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion113 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 150 mm HE Brisantgranaat
Alpha Damage2 150 HP
Damage760 HP
Penetration capacity 25 mm
Explosion size0.57
Fire chance11 %
Projectile Speed900 m/s
Air Drag0.284
Projectile Mass46 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 150 mm AP Pantsergranaat
Alpha Damage3 000 HP
Projectile Speed900 m/s
Air Drag0.288
Projectile Mass46.7 kg
Projectile Krupp2 200
Projectile Detonator0.025 s
Detonator threshold25 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Anti-air Armament

4 x 1 75 mm/55 Wilton-Fijenoord Mk4
Sector range0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage32
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second112

Consumables

Slot 1
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s

Fully Upgraded

TierIII
Health24 500 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction3 %
Displacement8 206 tons
Dimensions
Overall length155.34 m
Beam15.99 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)18.86 m
Freeboard5.05 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range12.727 km
150 mm/50 Bofors Мк.610 x 1 150 mm
Maximum speed33.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius570 m
Rudder Shift Time7.2 s
Surface Detectability9.72 km
Air Detectability4.9 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke4.26 km

Main Battery

10 x 1 150 mm/50 Bofors Мк.6
 Maximum Firing Range12.727
 Reloading Time10.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 s
Optimal firing angles at the front17° for 5 guns
49° for 6 guns
64° for 7 guns
Optimal firing angles at the rear20° for 5 guns
44° for 6 guns
53° for 7 guns
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion121 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 150 mm HE Brisantgranaat
Alpha Damage2 150 HP
Damage760 HP
Penetration capacity 25 mm
Explosion size0.57
Fire chance11 %
Projectile Speed900 m/s
Air Drag0.284
Projectile Mass46 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 150 mm AP Pantsergranaat
Alpha Damage3 000 HP
Projectile Speed900 m/s
Air Drag0.288
Projectile Mass46.7 kg
Projectile Krupp2 200
Projectile Detonator0.025 s
Detonator threshold25 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Anti-air Armament

4 x 1 75 mm/55 Wilton-Fijenoord Mk4
Sector range0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage32
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second112
4 x 1 12.7 mm/80 Browning
Sector range0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance85 %
Sector’s damage20
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second70

Consumables

Slot 1
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s

The Armor

Just like any tier III cruiser, the Java is protected with wet toilet paper but at least, her citadel will be difficult to hit.

General External Armor Protection:

Citadel Armor Protection:

Turtleback:

Hidden Armor Platings in the Bow and Stern

Personal Opinion

On paper, the ship actually looks fairly strong. The ballistics of the guns are great for this tier, she is the fastest tier III cruiser and her HP pool is quite reasonable.

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