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World of Warships Supertest: Pan-Asian Tier III Premium Cruiser Ning Hai

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Historical background

Ning Hai was the lead ship of a class of light cruisers from the Republic of China Navy. The class was composed of two ships, Ning Hai and Ping Hai. Ning Hai herself was laid down in Japan in February 1931, launched in October 1931, and commissioned in September 1932. Her sister would, however, be built in China with some Japanese assistance.

When the Sino-Japanese war broke out, despite her limited fighting capacities, Ning Hai was still considered a priority target for the Japanese Navy. She was, after all, one of the most powerful ships China had at its disposal. During the Japanese assault on Kiangyin Fortress, both her and Ping Hai would come under attack by enemy bombers. While her sister got sunk by eight bomb hits, Ping Hai was able to survive and escape after four hits. However, the next day, on the 25th of September 1934, she was attacked by torpedo bombers and was hit twice. She ended up sinking into shallow waters.

In 1938, the ship was refloated by Japanese forces. Initially, she was meant to become a flagship for a collaborationist navy but instead, was towed back to Japan where she was renamed Mikura and classified as a training ship. However, by July 1938, the ship was permanently moored at Sasebo and used as a barracks hulk until December 1943. At this point, due to allied submarines doing serious numbers on Japanese convoys, the Japanese were badly in need of escort ships to try to defend said convoys. As such, Ning Hai was reconstructed and recommissioned as Ioshima in June 1944. Her new career wouldn’t last though. During her second mission, she was hit by three torpedoes from the submarine USS Shad and quickly sank on the 19th of September 1944.

In World of Warships, we are getting Ning Hai as she was while serving in the Republic of China Navy.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag

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
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

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Ning Hai

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Propulsion: 7 488 HP

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‎Mk III mod. 1

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140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a twin mount

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533 mm Type6

General Characteristics

TierIII
Health13 800 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction4 %
Displacement2 526 tons
Dimensions
Overall length109.73 m
Beam11.89 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)22.0 m
Freeboard2.6 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range13.720 km
140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a twin mount3 x 2 140 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range7.000 km
533 mm Twin2 x 2 533 mm
Maximum speed21.3 knots
Turning Circle Radius390 m
Rudder Shift Time3.6 s
Surface Detectability9.88 km
Air Detectability3.33 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke4.34 km

Main Armament

3 x 2 140 mm/50 3rd Year Type on a twin mount
 Maximum Firing Range13.720 km
 Reloading Time8.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time24.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front27°
Optimal firing angles at the rear26°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion128 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 140 mm HE Type0
Alpha Damage2 400
Penetration capacity 23 mm
Explosion size0.49
Fire chance10 %
Projectile Speed850 m/s
Air Drag0.34
Projectile Mass38.0 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 140 mm Capped Common Shell
Alpha Damage2 700
Projectile Speed850 m/s
Air Drag0.37
Projectile Mass38.0 kg
Projectile Krupp1 794
Projectile Detonator0.025 s
Detonator threshold23 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Torpedo Armament

2 x 2 533 mm Twin
533 mm Type6*

Reloading Time42 s
Maximum Distance7.000 km
Optimal firing angles at the front43°
Optimal firing angles at the rear51°
Damage10 833
Flooding Chance175%
Speed57 knots
Surface Detectability1.2 km

Anti-air Armament

6 x 1 76 mm /40 3rd Year Type on a single mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage9
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second32
4 x 1 7.7 mm/80 Type 92 on a single mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 2.5 km
Hit chance85 %
Sector’s damage7
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second25

Consumable

Consumable
Slot 1
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s

The Armor

External armor protection:

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:

Citadel armor protection:

Personal Opinion

Well… I guess her balance state won’t matter as she is more of a promotional ship for the Chinese player base than anything else. However… with that speed, the huge citadel that cruisers can penetrate with HE, and her lack of firepower… that ship is going to have it rough I would say.

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