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World of Warships Supertest: Pan-European Tier X Destroyer Gdańsk

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Historical background

Gdańsk is… awkward. Basically, if I got this right, in the World of Warships cinematic universe, Poland decided to order new destroyers to a foreign country and decided to ask France again. It’s a bit odd as for the Grom-class, they ordered them to the British as they favored the contemporary British designs at the time.
The Gdańsk would then be based on the Mogador-class of French Destroyers, keeping the same overall design but with the main battery consisting of three twin turrets with 138.6 mm guns, and instead of a fourth twin turret in Y position like on the Mogador, there is a single 138.6 mm shielded mount for a total of 7 guns. Gdańsk is also much larger than Mogador, being almost 20 m longer and displacing nearly 2 000 tons more.

Size comparison between Harugumo, Gdańsk, and Mogador – Credits to Ch0m1n

At some point in the 1950s, the ship would then be modernized with Soviet anti-air mount and torpedo tubes. I guess that it was to replace the French mix of triple and twin wing-mounted launchers but that’s everybody’s guess. As for the massive size increase, I have no idea what could be the reason and by extension, the reason why she has a weaker broadside than Mogador.

In any case, Gdańsk stands at the top of the new Pan-European gunboat line of destroyers.

Ship’s preview

Ship’s permanent 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.


Gun Fire Control System
Main battery




Propulsion: 92 000 HP


‎SUO Mk 10 Mod. 1


139 mm/50 Mle 1934/1929 on an Mle 1935/1929 mount



General Characteristics

Health24 400 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction0 %
Displacement4 790 tons
Overall length152.52 m
Beam13.79 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship)18.1 m
Freeboard4.2 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range12.000 km
139 mm/50 Mle 1929 on an Mle 1929 mount
139 mm/50 Mle 1934 on an Mle 1935 mount
1 x 1 139 mm
3 x 2 139 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range7.500 km
533 mm QR Mk IV2 x 5 533 mm
Maximum speed41.2 knots
Turning Circle Radius810 m
Rudder Shift Time5.26 s
Surface Detectability9.5 km
Air Detectability4.36 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke4.1 km

Main Armament

1 x 1 139 mm/50 Mle 1929 on an Mle 1929 mount
3 x 2 139 mm/50 Mle 1934 on an Mle 1935 mount
Turret n°3 can rotate at 360°
 Maximum Firing Range12.000 km
 Reloading Time3.7 s
180 Degree Turn Time18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front43°
Optimal firing angles at the rear44°
Sigma2.0 sigma
Maximum Dispersion105 m
Type of Projectile HE – 139 mm HE OEA Mle 1928
Alpha Damage2 000
Penetration capacity 23 mm
Explosion size7.5 m
Fire chance10 %
Projectile Speed840 m/s
Air Drag0.234
Projectile Mass39.9 kg

Torpedo Armament

2 x 5 533 mm PTA-53-30
Torped M1947 mod 0

Reloading Time116 s
Maximum Distance7.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front45°
Optimal firing angles at the rear48°
Damage11 200
Flooding Chance180%
Speed86 knots
Surface Detectability1.6 km

Anti-air Armament

5 x 4 57 mm ZIF-75 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 4.0 km
Hit chance100 %
Sector’s damage68
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second238
2 x 4 25 mm 110-PM on a 4М-120 mount
Sector firing range0.1 km – 3.1 km
Hit chance95 %
Sector’s damage11
Sector’s damage frequency0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second39

ASW Armament

Shipborne depth charges

Reloading Time40 s
Number of charges2
Number of bombs in payload12
Damage2 400
Sink speed21.5-32.2 m/s
Explosion radius800 m
Fire chances10%
Flooding chances15%
Damage distribution


Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 3
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 40 s
Smoke Generator
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 20 s
Cooldown: 160 s
Smoke radius: 450 m
Smoke duration: 97 s
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 90 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Speed bonus: +8%
Surveillance Radar
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 10 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Ship spotting range: 9.0 km

The Armor

External armor protection:

Personal Opinion

On paper, Gdańsk looks pretty strong. While she lacks AP shells and is gigantic compared to Mogador/Kléber, her damage output looks solid when it comes to spamming HE. She has the stupid combination of Smoke Generator and Surveillance Radar too and even with the short duration, she is likely to be able to shred other destroyers.

Two big downsides I can see with her are the horrendous gun firing angles and her massive size that makes her an easy target, especially with the much lower speed than what a French DD can achieve.

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