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World of Warships Supertest: Japanese Tier V Cruiser Agano

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Historical background

The Agano-class was a group of four ships (Agano, Noshiro, Yahagi, and Sakawa) built by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Second World War. These ships were meant to replace the completely obsolete Tenryu, Kuman, and Nagara-class cruisers as flagships of destroyers squadrons. However, due to Japanese shipyards being overloaded, the ships only started construction at the start of the 1940s while the design was ready by 1937.
The ships’ main armament consisted of six 152 mm guns in three twin turrets as well as two quadruple 610 mm torpedo launchers.

Agano herself was laid down in June 1940, launched in October 1941 and commissioned in October 1942. The ship took part in the battles of Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands in 1943. However, later that year, Agano was attacked by aircraft from TF38 and was hit by a torpedo that blew off a part of her stern, forcing her to return home for repairs. Sadly, she and her escort were spotted on the way home and was hit by a torpedo from the submarine USS Scamp. The hit flooded the boiler rooms, leading the ship to lose power completely. She was then towed on the rest of her journey to Truk by her sistership Noshiro.

After emergency repairs were performed by the repair ship Akashi, the ship left Truk on the 15th of February 1944 with a small escort. The ships were then attacked by the submarine USS Skate and Agano was hit by 2 torpedoes. The ship steadily flooded and 523 members of her crew were rescued by the destroyer Oite… before she was sunk by TBF Avengers from TF58 the next morning with only 20 members of the destroyer’s crew surviving.

In World of Warships, Agano introduces us to the new Japanese light cruiser line.

Ship’s preview

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
Torpedoes

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Agano (A)

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Propulsion: 100 000 HP

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‎Type5 mod. 1

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152 mm/50 41st Year Type in a twin turret

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Type 93

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Agano (B)

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‎Type5 mod. 2

Stock Ship

General Characteristics

Tier V
Health 22 500 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 4 %
Displacement 6 652 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 174.5 m
Beam 15.2 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 23.4 m
Freeboard 4.5 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 13.300 km
152 mm/50 41st Year Type in a twin turret 3 x 2 152 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.300 km
76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount 2 x 2 76 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 12.000 km
610 mm Quad 2 x 4 610 mm
Maximum speed 35.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 690 m
Rudder Shift Time 10.34 s
Surface Detectability 11.05 km
Air Detectability 5.11 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 5.31 km

Main Armament

3 x 2 152 mm/50 41st Year Type in a twin turret
Front turrets can rotate at 360°
 Maximum Firing Range 13.300 km
 Reloading Time 9.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 30.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 26°
Sigma 2.0 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 125 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 152 mm HE Type4
Alpha Damage 2 600
Penetration capacity  25 mm
Explosion size 0.58
Fire chance 13 %
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.356
Projectile Mass 45.4 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 152 mm AP Type4
Alpha Damage 2 900
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.356
Projectile Mass 45.4 kg
Projectile Krupp 1 900
Projectile Detonator 0.025 s
Detonator threshold 25 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary Armament

2 x 2 76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount
Maximum Firing Range 4.300 km
Reloading Time 2.4 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 76 mm HE Type98
Alpha Damage 1 300
HE penetration 13 mm
Explosion Size 0.18
Chance to Cause Fire 4 %
Projectile Speed 920 m/s
Air Drag 0.347
Projectile Mass 5.99 kg

Torpedo Armament

2 x 4 610 mm Quad
Type93

Reloading Time 120 s
Maximum Distance 12.000 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 78°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 77°
Damage 20 967
Flooding Chance 355%
Speed 60 knots
Surface Detectability 1.6 km

Anti-air Armament

2 x 2 76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 15
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 53
4 x 2 25 mm/60 Type 96 on a twin mount
4 x 3 25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount
2 x 2 13 mm/76 Type 93 on a twin mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance 85 %
Sector’s damage 25
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 88

Consumables

Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Hydroacoustic Search
consumable_PCY016_SonarSearchPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.0 km
Ship spotting range: 4.0 km
Fighter
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Number of planes in a squadron: 2
Patrol radius: 3.0 km

Fully Upgraded Ship

General Characteristics

Tier V
Health 25 800 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 4 %
Displacement 8 574 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 174.5 m
Beam 15.2 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 23.4 m
Freeboard 4.5 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 14.630 km
152 mm/50 41st Year Type in a twin turret 3 x 2 152 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 4.300 km
76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount 2 x 2 76 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 12.000 km
610 mm Quad 2 x 4 610 mm
Maximum speed 35.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 690 m
Rudder Shift Time 7.39 s
Surface Detectability 11.05 km
Air Detectability 5.11 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 5.31 km

Main Armament

3 x 2 152 mm/50 41st Year Type in a twin turret
Front turrets can rotate at 360°
 Maximum Firing Range 14.630 km
 Reloading Time 9.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 30.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 26°
Sigma 2.0 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 134 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 152 mm HE Type4
Alpha Damage 2 600
Penetration capacity  25 mm
Explosion size 0.58
Fire chance 13 %
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.356
Projectile Mass 45.4 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 152 mm AP Type4
Alpha Damage 2 900
Projectile Speed 850 m/s
Air Drag 0.356
Projectile Mass 45.4 kg
Projectile Krupp 1 900
Projectile Detonator 0.025 s
Detonator threshold 25 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary Armament

2 x 2 76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount
Maximum Firing Range 4.300 km
Reloading Time 2.4 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 76 mm HE Type98
Alpha Damage 1 300
HE penetration 13 mm
Explosion Size 0.18
Chance to Cause Fire 4 %
Projectile Speed 920 m/s
Air Drag 0.347
Projectile Mass 5.99 kg

Torpedo Armament

2 x 4 610 mm Quad
Type93

Reloading Time 120 s
Maximum Distance 12.000 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 78°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 77°
Damage 20 967
Flooding Chance 355%
Speed 60 knots
Surface Detectability 1.6 km

Anti-air Armament

2 x 2 76 mm/60 Type 98 on a Type A mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 15
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 53
22 x 1 25 mm/60 Type 96 on a single mount
8 x 3 25 mm/60 Type 96 on a triple mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance 85 %
Sector’s damage 52
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 182

Consumables

Consumables
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Hydroacoustic Search
consumable_PCY016_SonarSearchPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.0 km
Ship spotting range: 4.0 km
Fighter
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Number of planes in a squadron: 2
Patrol radius: 3.0 km

The Armor

External armor protection:

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:

Citadel armor protection:

Personal Opinion

As of right now, Agano is looking… painful to say the least. Stats-wise, she is very similar to Yahagi but without the Engine Boost. The only thing where Agano is better is with the front turrets being able to rotate at 360°. Other than that, considering how horrible Yahagi is to play, I’m not looking forward to playing this ship at all.

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