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Supertest: Italian Tier III Destroyer Nazario Sauro

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Historical background

The Sauro-class were a group of four destroyers from the Regia Marina built in the late 1920s. Nazario Sauro herself was laid down in February 1924, launched in May 1926 and completed in September 1926. The ships were outfitted for colonial service and served in the Red Sea during the Second World War.

Nazario Sauro herself took part in numerous convoy raiding operations but none succeeded.
With the unavoidable collapse of Italian East Africa, the ship was ordered, alongside her sisters Cesare Battisti and Daniele Manin, to run a suicidal assault on Port Sudan. However, British air reconnaissance quickly spotted the ships and Sauro, as well as Manin, were quickly sunk on the 3rd of April 1941.

Ship’s preview

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.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

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Sauro (A)

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Propulsion: 36 000 HP

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SDT 3 mod.1

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120 mm/45 Vickers-Terni Model 1924 on a Model 1926 mount

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‎533 mm Si 270 K

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Sauro (B)

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‎‎SDT 3 mod.2

Stock Ship

General Characteristics

Tier III
Health 8 900 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 0 %
Displacement 1 260 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 90.55 m
Beam 9.2 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 10.1 m
Freeboard 1.74 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 5.500 km
120 mm/45 Vickers-Terni Model 1924 on a Model 1926 mount 2 x 2 120 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 8.000 km
533 mm tubo lanciasiluri 2 x 3 533 mm
Maximum speed 35.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 500 m
Rudder Shift Time 3.8 s
Surface Detectability 5.94 km
Air Detectability 2.4 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 2.13 km

Main Armament

2 x 2 120 mm/45 Vickers-Terni Model 1924 on a Model 1926 mount
 Maximum Firing Range 5.500 km
 Reloading Time 6.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 20°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 25°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 56 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 120 mm proiettili HE 1926
Alpha Damage 1 700
Penetration capacity 20 mm
Explosion size 0.36
Fire chance 5 %
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.381
Projectile Mass 22.0 kg
Type of Projectile SAP – 120 mm proiettili CS 1926
Alpha Damage 2 600
Penetration capacity 34 mm
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.381
Projectile Mass 22.0 kg
Ricochet Angles 80° – 85°

Torpedo Armament

2 x 3 533 mm tubo lanciasiluri
533 mm Si 270 K
Reloading Time 60 s
Maximum Distance 8.000 km
Firing angles at the Front 52°
Firing angles at the Rear 50°
Damage 7 333
Flooding Chance 115%
Speed 51 knots
Surface Detectability 1.1 km

Anti-air Armament

2 x 1 40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni Model 1917 on a single mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 9
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 32
1 x 1 7.7 mm Lewis on a single mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 2
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 7

Consumable

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Exhaust Smoke Generator
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 25 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Smoke duration time: 10 s
Smoke radius: 450 m

Fully Upgraded Ship

General Characteristics

Tier III
Health 10 300 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 0 %
Displacement 1 575 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 90.55 m
Beam 9.2 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 10.1 m
Freeboard 1.74 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 6.050 km
120 mm/45 Vickers-Terni Model 1924 on a Model 1926 mount 2 x 2 120 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 8.000 km
533 mm tubo lanciasiluri 2 x 3 533 mm
Maximum speed 35.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 500 m
Rudder Shift Time 2.7 s
Surface Detectability 5.94 km
Air Detectability 2.4 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 2.13 km

Main Armament

2 x 2 120 mm/45 Vickers-Terni Model 1924 on a Model 1926 mount
 Maximum Firing Range 6.050 km
 Reloading Time 6.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 20°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 25°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 60 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 120 mm proiettili HE 1926
Alpha Damage 1 700
Penetration capacity 20 mm
Explosion size 0.36
Fire chance 5 %
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.381
Projectile Mass 22.0 kg
Type of Projectile SAP – 120 mm proiettili CS 1926
Alpha Damage 2 600
Penetration capacity 34 mm
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.381
Projectile Mass 22.0 kg
Ricochet Angles 80° – 85°

Torpedo Armament

2 x 3 533 mm tubo lanciasiluri
533 mm Si 270 K
Reloading Time 60 s
Maximum Distance 8.000 km
Firing angles at the Front 52°
Firing angles at the Rear 50°
Damage 7 333
Flooding Chance 115%
Speed 51 knots
Surface Detectability 1.1 km

Anti-air Armament

2 x 1 40 mm/39 Vickers-Terni Model 1917 on a single mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 11
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 39
1 x 2 13,2 mm/76 Breda Model 1931 on a twin mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 1.5 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 5
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 17.5

Consumable

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Exhaust Smoke Generator
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 25 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Smoke duration time: 10 s
Smoke radius: 450 m

The Armor

The Nazario Sauro is covered with 6 mm of armor everywhere.

Personal Opinion

Right now, I feel like it could be a pretty strong gunboat when looking at the rest of the tier III destroyers but that range is definitely going to be a pain to deal with.

The torpedoes could also be pretty good because, at this tier, 51 knots can be considered fast. The damage they deal isn’t great but it’s better than nothing.

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