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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

Camouflage

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.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery

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Novorossiysk

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Propulsion: 97 500 HP

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GFCS VI mod. 1

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320 mm/44 OTO Model 1934 in a turret

General Characteristics

Tier VI
Health 44 500 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 30%
Displacement 29 032 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 168.96 m
Beam 27.83 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 30.88 m
Freeboard 5.64 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 17.470 km
320 mm/44 OTO Model 1934 in a turret 2 x 2 320 mm
2 x 3 320 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.960 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 speed 27.8 knots
Turning Circle Radius 660 m
Rudder Shift Time 12.9 s
Surface Detectability 14.68 km
Air Detectability 8.08 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 11.73 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 Range 17.470 km
 Reloading Time 28.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 36.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 35°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 35°
Sigma 1.40 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 195 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 320 mm HE Model 1934
Alpha Damage 4 800
Penetration capacity  55 mm
Explosion size 1.91
Fire chance 35 %
Projectile Speed 830 m/s
Air Drag 0.379
Projectile Mass 485 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 320 mm AP Model 1934
Alpha Damage 9 700
Projectile Speed 830 m/s
Air Drag 0.314
Projectile Mass 525 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 600
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 53 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary Armament

6 x 2 120 mm/50 ОТО Model 1933 in a turret
Maximum Firing Range 4.960 km
Reloading Time 6.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 120 mm HE
Alpha Damage 1 700
HE penetration 20 mm
Explosion Size 0.38
Chance to Cause Fire 7 %
Projectile Speed 950 m/s
Air Drag 0.381
Projectile Mass 23.15 kg
4 x 2 100 mm/50 on a Minisini mount
Maximum Firing Range 4.960 km
Reloading Time 5.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – HE-56
Alpha Damage 1 400
HE penetration 17 mm
Explosion Size 0.29
Chance to Cause Fire 6 %
Projectile Speed 800 m/s
Air Drag 0.289
Projectile Mass 15.8 kg

Anti-air Armament

4 x 2 100 mm/50 on a Minisini mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.6 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 8
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 28
Flak clouds number 1
Flak cloud damage 1 050
6 x 2 37 mm V-11 mount
6 x 1 37 mm 70-K mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 54
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 190

Consumables

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:

Turtleback:

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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2 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?

    1. 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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