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Supertest: Soviet Tier VI Premium Battleship Novorossiysk

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Historical background

Novorossiysk was the name given to the Italian battleship Giulio Cesare when she was transferred to the USSR after the Second World War as a war reparation.

The Soviets used her as a training ship and in 1953, all Italian light AA guns were replaced by eighteen 37 mm 70-K AA guns in six twin mounts and six singles. A new fire control system was also installed. This was intended as temporary rearmament, as the Soviets drew up plans to replace her secondary 120mm mounts with the 130mm/58 SM-2 that was in development, and the 100mm and 37mm guns with 8 quadruple 45mm.

Everything was well and fine until the night of 28/29 October 1955 when an explosion occurred at the front of the ship while she was anchored in the harbor of Sevastopol. The flooding couldn’t be controlled and the ship quickly capsized, taking the lives of 608 men, including crews from other ships that were sent to assist on the Novorossiysk.

There are multiple theories around the sinking of the ship. The official statement was that the ship hit a leftover mine. One of the most widely spread theories is that a team of elite Italian frogmen lead a sabotage mission, but there was never any real proof for it.

In World of Warships, Novorossiysk is a battlecruiser-like battleship which implies an improved main battery dispersion but also thinner armor protection.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag


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.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery




Propulsion: 97 500 HP


GFCS VI mod. 1


320 mm/44 OTO Model 1934 in a turret

General Characteristics

Health44 500 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction30%
Displacement29 032 tons
Overall length168.96 m
Beam27.83 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)30.88 m
Freeboard5.64 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range17.470 km
320 mm/44 OTO Model 1934 in a turret2 x 2 320 mm
2 x 3 320 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range4.960 km
120 mm/50 ОТО Model 1933 in a turret
100 mm/50 on a Minisini mount
6 x 2 120 mm
4 x 2 100 mm
Maximum speed27.8 knots
Turning Circle Radius660 m
Rudder Shift Time12.9 s
Surface Detectability14.68 km
Air Detectability8.08 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke11.73 km

Main Armament

2 x 2 320 mm/44 OTO Model 1934 in a turret
2 x 3 320 mm/44 OTO Model 1934 in a turret
 Maximum Firing Range17.470 km
 Reloading Time28.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time36.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front35°
Optimal firing angles at the rear35°
Sigma1.40 sigma
Maximum Dispersion195 m
Type of Projectile HE – 320 mm HE Model 1934
Alpha Damage4 800
Penetration capacity 55 mm
Explosion size1.91
Fire chance35 %
Projectile Speed830 m/s
Air Drag0.379
Projectile Mass485 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 320 mm AP Model 1934
Alpha Damage9 700
Projectile Speed830 m/s
Air Drag0.314
Projectile Mass525 kg
Projectile Krupp2 600
Projectile Detonator0.033 s
Detonator threshold53 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Secondary Armament

6 x 2 120 mm/50 ОТО Model 1933 in a turret
Maximum Firing Range4.960 km
Reloading Time6.0 s
Sigma1.0 sigma
Type of ProjectileHE – 120 mm HE
Alpha Damage1 700
HE penetration20 mm
Explosion Size0.38
Chance to Cause Fire7 %
Projectile Speed950 m/s
Air Drag0.381
Projectile Mass23.15 kg
4 x 2 100 mm/50 on a Minisini mount
Maximum Firing Range4.960 km
Reloading Time5.0 s
Sigma1.0 sigma
Type of ProjectileHE – HE-56
Alpha Damage1 400
HE penetration17 mm
Explosion Size0.29
Chance to Cause Fire6 %
Projectile Speed800 m/s
Air Drag0.289
Projectile Mass15.8 kg

Anti-air Armament

4 x 2 100 mm/50 on a Minisini mount
Sector range0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance75 %
Sector’s damage8
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second28
Flak clouds number1
Flak cloud damage1 050
6 x 2 37 mm V-11 mount
6 x 1 37 mm 70-K mount
Sector range0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance75 %
Sector’s damage54
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second190


Slot 1
Slot 2
Fast Damage Control Team
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 10 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration: 0.5%/s
Casemate damage regeneration: 50%
Citadel damage regeneration: 10%

The Armor

In terms of armor, it’s basically a copy-paste of Giulio Cesare except for the bow and stern that are 16 mm thick instead of 19 mm.

External armor protection:

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:


Citadel armor protection:

Turrets armor protection:

Hidden armor protection inside the bow and stern:

Personal Opinion

Well… to nobody’s surprise, I’m really looking forward to playing this ship. Giulio Cesare remains on the list of the ships that were so busted that Wargaming had to remove them from the shop and now we get a slightly stronger version but at tier VI.

We will see how it goes but I am quite confident regarding how Novorossiysk will perform.

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15,466 thoughts on “Supertest: Soviet Tier VI Premium Battleship Novorossiysk

  1. Why did they decide to randomly decrease the bow/stern armour from 19mm to 16mm?
    Balance reasons?

  2. It’s like the rest of the “battlecruiser-like” battleships. May it be Champagne, Slava, Borodino, Florida, etc. They all get thinner bow and stern. Repulse also has a 16 mm bow and stern.

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