Moving on in this new branch of the Russian tech tree, here is the Gangut, the only ship ever completed in this new line.
The Gangut was the lead ship of the Gangut-class built by the Imperial Russian Navy between 1909 and 1914. Funnily enough, she was also the last being completed. The class consisted of 4 ships: Gangut, Petropavlovsk, Sevastopol and Poltava.
The ships all served during the First World War with the task of defending the entrance of the Gulf of Finland from a potential German attack that… never happened. In the end, their time in service mostly consisted of training and providing cover for minelaying operations.
In 1917, they participated in the general mutiny of the Baltic Fleet followed by the February Revolution and finally, they joined the Bolsheviks the following year.
After all the revolutions, rebellions, etc. being settled down, the ships were renamed to give them fancy revolutionary names. First, Petropavlovsk was renamed Marat and Sevastopol was renamed Parizhskaya Kommuna. Between 1925 and 1926, Gangut and Poltava were also recommissioned and respectively renamed Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya and Frunze. Frunze was later scrapped in 1930.
Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya was rebuilt between 1931 and 1934. She took part in the Winter War by bombarding Finnish coastal artillery. Later in 1941, she received a significant upgrade to her anti-air armament right before the Operation Barbarossa. During the Siege of Leningrad, she provided gunfire support against the German forces despite being bombed 3 times. She remained on active duty until 1954 and was later scrapped in 1956.
In World of Warships, we will have Gangut, the WW1 version of the ship. This means that we have now a ship 2 times in the game but with different configurations. Now I will let you choose between the bourgeois version or the proletarian version of the ship.
The armor analysis
The armor scheme on the Gangut is relatively similar to the one found on the Knyaz Suvorov. We once again have this mix of turtleback and spaced armor protecting the citadel as well as the very thick armor protection all over the ship.
The bow section
The deck of the bow is 38 mm thick just like on the Knyaz Suvorov. The upper part is 75 mm and the extended armor belt is 125 mm thick. Once again, we have a ship that cannot be overmatched on her bow section.
Inside the bow, there is one armored deck of 25 mm. If needed, it will provide some protection against plunging fire towards your citadel but this is a massive if.
The frontal protection of the middle section is not too bad. The citadel’s athwartship (surrounded in red) as well as the casemates on the sides and at the top are 50 mm thick.
Finally, the upper part of the citadel’s athwartship, as well as the casemate around it, are 100 mm thick.
The middle section
On the middle section, the armor is as follows:
Main belt: 225 mm
Upper belt: 125 mm
Deck: 38 mm
Except for the Kaiser with her insane 350 mm main belt, the main belt on the Gangut is pretty much the standard armor thickness at tier IV.
The sloped armor of the turtleback is 38 mm thick.
The part of the citadel that is protected by the turtleback is only 19 mm thick so if a shell goes through the turtleback, you will definitely feel it.
As for the upper part protected by the spaced armor, it is 51 mm thick. Will it be enough to protect your citadel from broadside shots even under 10 km? I am frankly not sure.
Finally, the deck of the citadel is protected by 25 mm of armor except under the 1st and 4th turret where it goes up to 44 mm.
The Stern section
The stern of the Gangut is where we start to see squishy parts. the top of the stern is only 19 mm thick which means that cruisers will penetrate it with HE and battleships will overmatch it. The lower deck is 38 mm thick. As for the extended belt, it’s 100 mm thick for the upper part and 125 mm thick for the lower part. As for the tip of the stern, it is 50 mm thick.
There are 2 armored decks. the upper one is 38 mm thick and the lower one is 25 mm thick for the middle part and 38 mm thick for the sloped sides as well as the tip.
The tip of the upper armored deck is also thinner than the rest with 30 mm of armor.
Finally, there is also a bulkhead inside that stern because it wouldn’t be funny otherwise. The upper part of the bulkhead is 100 mm thick and the lower part 125 mm thick.
As for the rear protection of the middle section, it is as follow:
For the lower part including the citadel (surrounded in red as per usual), it’s 30 mm thick and then 100 mm thick.
For the upper part, it’s 125 mm thick.
For the superstructure, as you can see it is very small and is protected by 13 mm of armor. Not much room for cruisers to deal damage to this ship.
On the Gangut’s turrets, the face and the sides are protected by 203 mm of armor, the rear is protected by 305 mm of armor (counter-weight) and the roof is 76 mm thick. Not the tankiest turrets but that’s not too bad.
So to conclude, we once again have a ship with excellent external armor all-around it but that will require careful angling if you don’t want a surprise citadel.
Ah, also as a side note. The guns on the Knyaz Suvorov and the Gangut are the same as on the Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya. This makes them at tier III the strongest battleship guns and at tier IV they are almost completely taking the 1st seat.