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World of Warships Supertest: British Tier VIII Submarine Sturdy

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Historical background

HMS Sturdy was a S-class submarine of the Royal Navy. The ship was laid down in December 1942, launched in September 1943, and commissioned in December 1943. She was part of the third group of that class, heavier and more heavily armed than the previous two.

Sturdy spent the major part of the Second World War in the Pacific. In total, she sank eleven Japanese ships, ranging from small fishing boats to cargo and communication ships. After the war, she returned home and kept serving in European waters. She was sold in July 1957 and scrapped in May 1958.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s camouflages

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
Sonar
Torpedoes

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Sturdy (A)

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Propulsion: 1 550 HP

‎ASDIC 8 Mod. A

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533 mm Mk VIII Mod 0

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Sturdy (B)

‎ASDIC 8 Mod. B

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533 mm Mk VIII Mod 0

General Characteristics

TierVIII
Health12 000 HP – stock
12 800 HP – upgraded
Torpedo Damage Reduction0 %
Displacement814 tons – stock
990 tons – upgraded
Dimensions
Overall length66.14 m
Beam7.2 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)6.5 m
Freeboard1.8 m
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range5.000 km
76 mm/45 20cwt QF HA Mark I on a HA Marks II mount1 x 1 76.2 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range8.000 km stock
9.000 km upgraded
533 mmBow – 6 x 1 533 mm
Stern – 1 x 1 533 mm
Dive capacity
Battery capacity280 units – stock
330 units – upgraded
Dive capacity depletion1.0 unit/s
Dive capacity recharge rate0.6 unit/s
Surface maneuverability
Maximum speed25.0 knots
Turning radius460 m
Rudder shift time5.0 s
Underwater maneuverability
Maximum speed17.0 knots
Diving plane shift time11.8 s
Maximum dive and ascent speed3.1 m/s
Detectability
Surface detectability6.1 km
Periscope depth detectability2.19 km
Air detectability2.19 km

Secondary Armament

1 x 1 76 mm/45 20cwt QF HA Mark I on a HA Marks II mount
Maximum Firing Range5.000 km
Reloading Time5.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time3.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front
Optimal firing angles at the rear26°
Sigma1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of ProjectileSAP
Alpha Damage1 500
Penetration capacity22 mm
Projectile Speed640 m/s
Air Drag0.47
Projectile Mass7.5 kg
Ricochet Angles80° – 85°

Torpedo Armament and Sonar

Sonar ‎ASDIC 8 Mod. A – Stock
Sonar ‎ASDIC 8 Mod. B – Upgraded

Reloading Time8.0 s – stock
6.5 s – upgraded
Maximum Distance9.000 km
Ping effect duration on a sector highlighted once25 s
Ping effect duration on a sector highlighted twice55 s
Ping velocity500 m/s
Ping width15 m
6 x 1 533 mm bow torpedo launchers
3 loaders
1 x 1 533 mm stern torpedo launcher
1 loader
Acoustic Homing Torpedo 533 mm Mk VIII Mod 0

Reloading Time45 s
Maximum Distance8.000 km – stock
9.000 km – upgraded
Firing angles at the front0 – 15°
Firing angles at the rear0 – 15°
Damage4 630
Flooding Chance77%
Speed75 knots
Arming distance302 m
Surface Detectability1.7 km

Consumables

Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 15 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Hydrophone
Number of charges: 5
Work time: 30 s
Cooldown: 30 s
Interval between pings: 4 s
Ship bearing: 6.0 km
Submarine Surveillance
Preparation time: 330 s
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Detection of submarines: 6.0 km

The Armor

Personal Opinion

Sturdy or rather Scurvy is simply pathetic. While, just like Undine, she has far superior battery capacity than her counterparts, nearly everything else is mediocre. It is especially true when it comes to her HP pool, being the lowest of all tier VIII submarines after S-189 with 14 200 HP.

When it comes to her torpedo armament, it’s essentially the same as that of Undine with just 1.0 km more range and an additional launcher on the stern. Undine’s torpedo armament already looked bad at tier VI, for Sturdy, it’s a pure tragedy, especially considering that she doesn’t even get standard torpedoes with higher damage. As if it wasn’t enough, her sonar pings are a lot slower than on other tier VIII submarines.

As a last nail in the coffin, she is stuck with a limited number of Hydrophone charges with a shorter range than other submarines.

Sooooo… yeah… let’s stick to calling her Scurvy instead.

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