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Supertest: Premium British Tier VIII Cruiser Cheshire

The Cheshire is based on the same 15 500 tons cruiser design as the Albemarle but with a main battery consisting of 3 twin turrets with 234 mm guns and a much more developed anti-air armament.

This better anti-air lead to the removal of the ship’s catapult in exchange for 2 dual-purpose twin 113 mm gun turrets.

She also gained a… quite interesting camouflage with a nice radioactive green color.

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Modules
Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

Cheshire

Propulsion: 110 000 hp

Mk VIII mod. 1

234 mm/50 Mk XII

533 mm Mk IXM

Characteristics
GeneralMain BatterySecondariesTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier VIII
Health 42 500 HP
Displacement 17 450 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 15.700 km
234 mm/50 Mk XII 3 x 2 234 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 3.000 km
113 mm/45 RP 41 Mk VI 8 x 2 113 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 10.000 km
533 mm QR Mk II 2 x 4 533 mm
Maximum speed 34 kts
Turning Circle Radius 720 m
Rudder Shift Time 10.5 s
Surface Detectability 12.42 km
Air Detectability 7.73 km
Detectability After Firing Main Gus in Smoke 7.74 km

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3 x 2 234 mm/50 Mk XII
 Reloading Time 15 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 34°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 33°
Sigma 2.05 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 141 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 234 mm HE 6 CRH
Alpha Damage 3 350 HP
Damage 1 820 HP
Penetration capacity  38 mm
Explosion size 1.12
Fire chance 21 %
Projectile Speed 881 m/s
Air Drag 0.279
Projectile Mass 172.4
Type of Projectile AP – 234 mm AP 6 CRH
Alpha Damage 5 550 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 881 m/s
Air Drag 0.279
Projectile Mass 172.4
Projectile Krupp 2 400
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 39 mm

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8 x 2 113 mm/45 RP 41 Mk VI
Reloading Time 3.0 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 113 mm HE Mk XVI
Alpha Damage 1 600 HP
Damage 410 HP
HE penetration 18 mm
Explosion Size 0.36
Chance to Cause Fire 7 %
Projectile Speed 746 m/s
Air Drag 0.33
Projectile Mass 25

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2 x 4 533 mm QR Mk II
533 mm Mk IXM
Reloading Time 96 s
Maximum Distance 10.0 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 25°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 32°
Damage 16 767
Speed 62 kt
Surface Detectability 1.3 km

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8 x 2 113 mm/45 RP 41 Mk VI
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 48
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 168
Flak clouds number 7
Flak cloud damage 1 470
10 x 2 40 mm STAAG 
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 65
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 228
20 x 2 20 mm Oerlikon Mk V
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance  85 %
Sector’s damage 71
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 249
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Damage Control Party I
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Repair Party I
Number of charges: 1
Work time: 20 s
Cooldown: 120 s
HP regeneration speed: 2% HP/s
Hydroacoustic Search I
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 180 s
Torpedo detection range: 3.0 km
Ship detection range: 3.0 km
Damage Control Party II
Work time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Repair Party II
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 20 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration speed: 2% HP/s
Hydroacoustic Search II
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo detection range: 3.0 km
Ship detection range: 3.0 km

The armor

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To nobody’s surprise, the Cheshire has the exact same armor protection as the Albemarle with the exception of the turrets.

The bow

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The bow is protected by 25 mm armor just like the vast majority of Tier VIII cruisers

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For the middle section’s forward protection, the upper casemate is 19mm thick and the citadel athwartship is 152 mm for the upper part and 76 mm for the lower part. For a tier VIII cruiser, it is definitely pretty good.

The middle section

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The middle section of the Cheshire is quite well protected but at the same time, her citadel is terribly exposed.

The deck is 30 mm thick so it will bounce AP shells of a diameter of 420 mm or smaller. The side armor is 25 mm and the main belt that is simply massive is 152 mm thick. It is worth noting that this main belt is the citadel and with such a huge portion above the waterline, you might want to be careful when picking your opponents.

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For the horizontal protection, above the engines, the citadel armor deck is 70 mm thick and under the turrets, it’s 102 mm thick. It won’t do much against AP bombs but at least, it does protect from AP shells that would somehow get the necessary angle to not automatically bounce.

It is worth noting that the 70 mm deck is exposed where the torpedo tubes are located. This means that ships with a sufficient HE penetration will be able to get HE citadels on the ship if RNG says yes.

The stern section

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The stern has the classic 25 mm plating except around the steering gears. On the sides, there is a 102 mm thick belt and on the flat extremity, there is a 76 mm plating.

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There is also an internal protection with a 50 mm armored deck followed by a 38 mm plate. At least, this should prove that the steering gears on this ship should be well protected.

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For the rear protection of the middle section. It’s the exact same as at the front. There is a 19 mm casemate followed by the citadel’s athwartships with the upper part being 152 mm thick and the lower part 76 mm thick. Against cruisers, it will be effective protection especially with the flat stern that can allow AP shells to penetrate easily.

The superstructure

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The superstructure is slightly bigger than on the Albemarle with an addition section between the 2 funnels. It 16 mm thick and for the secondary turrets, they are covered with 18 mm of armor.

The turrets

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The turrets are quite well armored but have the same problem as all the high tier British turrets, the flat face.

The face is 178 mm thick, the sides and the forward part of the top are 102 mm thick, the back is 152 mm thick and the rear part of the top is 76 mm thick.

Personal Opinion

As of right now, I’m really not impressed by the ship. The firepower is just wayyyy too low compared to other tier VIII cruisers. Unless the ship has destroyer level of dispersion, it will need quite a big reload buff to be anything close from interesting.

You can also add the fact that she doesn’t have a spotter plane.

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