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Supertest: Pan-European Tier III Destroyer Romulus

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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.

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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
TierIII
Health6 800 HP
Displacement780 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range8.610 km
100 mm/47 OTO Model 19313 x 1 100 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range8.000 km
450 mm Twin
450 mm Quadruple
1 x 2 450 mm
1 x 4 450 mm
Maximum speed34 kts
Turning Circle Radius440 m
Rudder Shift Time2.93 s
Surface Detectability6.94 km
Air Detectability2.28 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke2.47 km

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3 x 1 100 mm/47 OTO Model 1931
 Reloading Time6 s
180 Degree Turn Time18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front50°
Optimal firing angles at the rear32°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion75 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE –  100 mm HE
Alpha Damage1 450 HP
Damage320 HP
Penetration capacity 16 mm
Explosion size0.3
Fire chance6 %
Projectile Speed840 m/s
Air Drag0.318
Projectile Mass13.8
Type of ProjectileAP – 100 mm AP
Alpha Damage1 650 HP
Chance to Cause Fire-0.5 %
Projectile Speed840 m/s
Air Drag0.318
Projectile Mass13.75
Projectile Krupp1 721
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold17 mm

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2 x 2 25 mm/65 Breda M1935
Sector range0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage4
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second14

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1 x 2 450 mm Twin
1 x 4 450 mm Quad
Torped M1913
Reloading Time40 s
Maximum Distance8.0 km
Optimal firing angles at the front58°
Optimal firing angles at the rear87°
Damage5 100
Flooding Chance79 %
Speed55 kt
Surface Detectability1.2 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
TierIII
Health7 700 HP
Displacement995 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range9.130 km
120 mm/45 Bofors M19243 x 1 120 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range8.000 km
450 mm Twin
450 mm Quadruple
1 x 2 450 mm
1 x 4 450 mm
Maximum speed34 kts
Turning Circle Radius440 m
Rudder Shift Time2.1 s
Surface Detectability6.94 km
Air Detectability2.28 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke2.47 km

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3 x 1 120 mm/45 Bofors M1924
 Reloading Time6.5 s
180 Degree Turn Time18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear35°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion83 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 120 mm HE M1924
Alpha Damage1 700 HP
Damage500 HP
Penetration capacity 19 mm
Explosion size0.4
Fire chance8 %
Projectile Speed800 m/s
Air Drag0.318
Projectile Mass24
Type of ProjectileAP – 120 mm AP M1924
Alpha Damage2 000 HP
Chance to Cause Fire-0.5 %
Projectile Speed800 m/s
Air Drag0.318
Projectile Mass21
Projectile Krupp1 721
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold20 mm

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2 x 1 40-??/60 Bofors M1936
Sector range0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage11
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second39

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1 x 2 450 mm Twin
1 x 4 450 mm Quadruple
Torped M1913
Reloading Time40 s
Maximum Distance8.0 km
Optimal firing angles at the front58°
Optimal firing angles at the rear87°
Damage5 100
Flooding Chance79 %
Speed55 kt
Surface Detectability1.2 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.

15,466 thoughts on “Supertest: Pan-European Tier III Destroyer Romulus

  1. Quad torpedo launcher on a Romulus/Spica cl***, hm? Since when, Wargaming?

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