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World of Warships Supertest: Pan-European Tier IX Premium Destroyer Velos

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Historical background

Velos started life as USS Charrette, one of the many Fletcher-class destroyers of the U.S. Navy. The ship was laid down in February 1942, launched in June 1942, and commissioned in May 1943.

After her commissioning, the ship was deployed in the Pacific and spent the major part of the conflict on screening duty for carriers and battleships. She also took part in a few raids to sink Japanese ships, mostly convoys or small combat units. After the war, the ship was placed in reserves and later on decommissioned in January 1947.

In June 1959, the ship was transferred to Greece and renamed Velos. She took part in almost all Greek and NATO exercises and was also deployed during various crises with Turkey.

Velos/Charrette’s most notable action wouldn’t be an act of war but instead, an act of mutiny. In May 1973, under the command of Nikolaos Pappas, the ship that was taking part in a NATO exercise anchored at Fiumicino in Italy. The captain and his crew refused to return to Greece as a form of protest against the dictatorship of the Junta and a press conference was organized to reveal the horrors of the regime. While the captain, six officers, and twenty-five petty officers remained in Italy as political refugees, the rest of the crew were advised (to not say ordered) to stay on board the ship and later return to Greece in fear of retaliation against their families. A month later, the ship returned to Greece with a replacement crew.

After the fall of the Junta in July 1974, some of the officers returned to the navy. Commander Pappas reached the rank of Vice-admiral and served as the chief of the Hellenic Navy General Staff from 1982 to 1986.

Velos was decommissioned in February 1991 and in 1997,  the Hellenic Navy General Staff declared her a Museum of the Struggle against the Dictatorship. The ship changed locations a few times but since September 2019, she is anchored on the waterfront of Thessaloniki.

In World of Warships, Velos appears as she was in Greek service. She is very similar to the classic U.S. destroyers in terms of characteristics but gets a shorter main battery reload time and the Engine Boost and Defensive AA Fire consumables are in separated slots.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s commemorative flag

Ship’s 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
Torpedoes

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Velos

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Propulsion: 60 000 HP

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‎‎SUO Mk 9 Mod. 1

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127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount

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‎Mk16 mod. 1

General Characteristics

TierIX
Health17 100 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction0 %
Displacement5 360 tons
Dimensions
Overall length142.19 m
Beam14.24 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)16.3 m
Freeboard3.7 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range12.140 km
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount4 x 1 127 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range10.500 km
533 mm Mk141 x 5 533 mm
Maximum speed38.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius620 m
Rudder Shift Time3.9 s
Surface Detectability7.1 km
Air Detectability3.24 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke2.65 km

Main Armament

4 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount
 Maximum Firing Range12.140 km
 Reloading Time2.5 s
180 Degree Turn Time10.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front34°
Optimal firing angles at the rear30°
Sigma2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion106 m
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 127 mm HE Mk32
Alpha Damage1 800
Penetration capacity 21 mm
Explosion size0.38
Fire chance5 %
Projectile Speed792 m/s
Air Drag0.347
Projectile Mass24.5 kg
Type of ProjectileAP – 127 mm AP/SC Mk38
Alpha Damage2 100
Projectile Speed792 m/s
Air Drag0.347
Projectile Mass25.0 kg
Projectile Krupp2 598
Projectile Detonator0.01 s
Detonator threshold21 mm
Ricochet Angles45° – 60°

Torpedo Armament

1 x 5 533 mm Mk14
533 mm Mk16 mod. 1
Reloading Time60 s
Maximum Distance10.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front58°
Optimal firing angles at the rear46°
Damage19 033
Flooding Chance323%
Speed66 knots
Surface Detectability1.4 km

Anti-air Armament

4 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount
Sector range0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage17
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second60
Flak clouds number3
Flak cloud damage1 540
3 x 2 76.2 mm/50 Mk.22 on a Mk.33 mount
Sector range0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance90 %
Sector’s damage36
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second126

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Smoke Generator

Number of charges: 3
Work time: 30 s
Cooldown: 160 s
Smoke radius: 450 m
Smoke duration: 127 s
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Speed bonus: +8%
Defensive AA Fire

Number of charges: 3
Work time: 40 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Damage from continuous DPS: +50%
Damage from flak explosions: +300%

The Armor

Personal Opinion

As of right now, Velos looks alright. In terms of DPM, she is definitely a solid gunboat with high DPM and either the advantage of having the U.S. smoke to rain down shells from safety or a nimble hull with good top speed and tight turning radius.

While she is stuck with only one torpedo launcher, it reloads particularly fast so, in the end, her torpedo armament can’t be called weak either.

As an added bonus, the ship is also quite stealthy allowing her to have the surprise element on her side in a few situations.

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