World of Warships

Supertest: Pan-European Tier III Destroyer Romulus

The Romulus-class was a group of 2 destroyers operated by the Royal Swedish Navy during the Second World War. The class consisted of HSwMS Romulus and HSwMS Remus. They were built in Italy as the Spica-class torpedo boats Spica and Astore in the mid-1930s and sold to Sweden in 1940. The 2 ships were adapted for northern conditions and remained in service during World War II and into the first decades of the Cold War. They were modernized and re-designated as anti-submarine frigates in 1953. Both ships were scrapped in 1958.

Characteristics of the line

Currently, the concept of European destroyers brings the following features:

  • Very fast torpedoes with relatively low damage and long-range;
  • Artillery is similar to that of American destroyers: quite effective in close combat but weaker than that of artillery-focused destroyers;
  • The speed of the new destroyers is relatively low: 35 knots at Tiers VII — X. It can be increased by an Engine Boost consumable found in a dedicated slot, giving a standard bonus of 8%;
  • Starting from Tier VII, the AA defense of European destroyers has a large area of effect and deals good damage;
  • Presence of Repair Party: at Tiers V — VIII it is the same as on British destroyers, and at Tiers IX and X this consumable will be active for 4 seconds longer;
  • Starting from Tier VIII, ships are equipped with Surveillance Radar in a dedicated slot. It has an action time of 15 seconds and a range of up to 7.5 km;
  • Lack of Smoke Generator and relatively high detection range: when fighting with other destroyers for key areas it’s better to rely on Surveillance Radar and torpedoes.

3

Modules
Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

Romulus (A)

Propulsion: 19 000 hp

SUO Mk 3 Mod. 1

100 mm/47 OTO Model 1931

Torped M1913

Romulus (B)

SUO Mk 3 Mod. 2

As usual, I will cover the stats of the stock and fully upgraded versions of the ship.

Characteristics

Stock ship

GeneralMain BatteryAir DefenseTorpedo TubesConsumables
Tier III
Health 6 800 HP
Displacement 780 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 8.610 km
100 mm/47 OTO Model 1931 3 x 1 100 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 8.000 km
450 mm Twin
450 mm Quadruple
1 x 2 450 mm
1 x 4 450 mm
Maximum speed 34 kts
Turning Circle Radius 440 m
Rudder Shift Time 2.93 s
Surface Detectability 6.94 km
Air Detectability 2.28 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 2.47 km

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3 x 1 100 mm/47 OTO Model 1931
 Reloading Time 6 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 50°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 32°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 75 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE –  100 mm HE
Alpha Damage 1 450 HP
Damage 320 HP
Penetration capacity  16 mm
Explosion size 0.3
Fire chance 6 %
Projectile Speed 840 m/s
Air Drag 0.318
Projectile Mass 13.8
Type of Projectile AP – 100 mm AP
Alpha Damage 1 650 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 840 m/s
Air Drag 0.318
Projectile Mass 13.75
Projectile Krupp 1 721
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 17 mm

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2 x 2 25 mm/65 Breda M1935
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 4
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 14

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1 x 2 450 mm Twin
1 x 4 450 mm Quad
Torped M1913
Reloading Time 40 s
Maximum Distance 8.0 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 58°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 87°
Damage 5 100
Flooding Chance 79 %
Speed 55 kt
Surface Detectability 1.2 km

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party I
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Engine Boost I
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Boost: +8% speed
Damage Control Party II
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Engine Boost II
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Boost: +8% speed

Fully Upgraded Ship

GeneralMain BatteryAir DefenseTorpedo TubesConsumables
Tier III
Health 7 700 HP
Displacement 995 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 9.130 km
120 mm/45 Bofors M1924 3 x 1 120 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 8.000 km
450 mm Twin
450 mm Quadruple
1 x 2 450 mm
1 x 4 450 mm
Maximum speed 34 kts
Turning Circle Radius 440 m
Rudder Shift Time 2.1 s
Surface Detectability 6.94 km
Air Detectability 2.28 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 2.47 km

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3 x 1 120 mm/45 Bofors M1924
 Reloading Time 6.5 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 35°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 83 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 120 mm HE M1924
Alpha Damage 1 700 HP
Damage 500 HP
Penetration capacity  19 mm
Explosion size 0.4
Fire chance 8 %
Projectile Speed 800 m/s
Air Drag 0.318
Projectile Mass 24
Type of Projectile AP – 120 mm AP M1924
Alpha Damage 2 000 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 800 m/s
Air Drag 0.318
Projectile Mass 21
Projectile Krupp 1 721
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 20 mm

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2 x 1 40-??/60 Bofors M1936
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 11
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 39

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1 x 2 450 mm Twin
1 x 4 450 mm Quadruple
Torped M1913
Reloading Time 40 s
Maximum Distance 8.0 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 58°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 87°
Damage 5 100
Flooding Chance 79 %
Speed 55 kt
Surface Detectability 1.2 km

Slot 1
Slot 2
Damage Control Party I
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Engine Boost I
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Boost: +8% speed
Damage Control Party II
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Engine Boost II
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Boost: +8% speed

The armor

For the armor, the ship is entirely covered with 6 mm of armor.

Personal Opinion

Just like the Tier II, the Tier III of this new destroyer line is… seriously underwhelming. The Smallest HP pool, the worst concealment, no Smoke Generator and decent-ish firepower at best. Even her torps that are supposed to be fast are slower than the torps of a few other destroyers and have barely more range than things like Campbeltown.

So far, this line is a massive no and I expect quite a few buffs to arrive for these ships.

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