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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

Tier IX
Health 17 100 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 0 %
Displacement 5 360 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 142.19 m
Beam 14.24 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 16.3 m
Freeboard 3.7 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 12.140 km
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount 4 x 1 127 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 10.500 km
533 mm Mk14 1 x 5 533 mm
Maximum speed 38.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 620 m
Rudder Shift Time 3.9 s
Surface Detectability 7.1 km
Air Detectability 3.24 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 2.65 km

Main Armament

4 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount
 Maximum Firing Range 12.140 km
 Reloading Time 2.5 s
180 Degree Turn Time 10.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 34°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 106 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 127 mm HE Mk32
Alpha Damage 1 800
Penetration capacity  21 mm
Explosion size 0.38
Fire chance 5 %
Projectile Speed 792 m/s
Air Drag 0.347
Projectile Mass 24.5 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 127 mm AP/SC Mk38
Alpha Damage 2 100
Projectile Speed 792 m/s
Air Drag 0.347
Projectile Mass 25.0 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 598
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 21 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Torpedo Armament

1 x 5 533 mm Mk14
533 mm Mk16 mod. 1
Reloading Time 60 s
Maximum Distance 10.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 58°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 46°
Damage 19 033
Flooding Chance 323%
Speed 66 knots
Surface Detectability 1.4 km

Anti-air Armament

4 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 17
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 60
Flak clouds number 3
Flak cloud damage 1 540
3 x 2 76.2 mm/50 Mk.22 on a Mk.33 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 36
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 126

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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