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World of Warships Supertest: Spanish Tier X Freemium Destroyer Álvaro de Bazán

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Historical background

Álvaro de Bazán is a fictional design created by Wargaming.

In September 1939, El programa de la Marina imperial (a Spanish shipbuilding program) was approved by Franco. This program should have brought back Spain to a status of great naval power. For this purpose, Spain planned to work on new ships and armaments by using Italian prototypes as a benchmark.

As such, they went with the theory that Spain ordered to Italy a slightly modified version of a Capitani Romani light cruiser to act as a destroyer leader. During the development, German AA guns from the 1940s were installed and parts of the ship’s silhouette were altered, namely the superstructure’s layout, the smokestacks as well as the masts. This was done based on the Spanish light cruiser Mendez Nenez and the Italian light cruiser Pompeo Magno.

In-game, the ship is a weird, budget version of the Attilio Regolo with far more fragile turrets and worse firepower. It’s supposed to have “high-powered” AP shells but as I write this article, it absolutely does not. In fact, her AP performances are very similar to those of the Gearing when it comes to penetration or ballistics.

She does have an alternative fire mode though with characteristics that are as follows:

  • Reload time: 40.0 s
  • The interval between salvo: 2.0 s
  • Number of bursts in a series: 3

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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‎Álvaro de Bazán

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Propulsion: 110 000 HP

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‎‎SCI Mk X Mod. 1

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135 mm/45 Model 1938 on a Model 1938 mount

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‎533 mm Si 270 it

General Characteristics

Tier X
Health 26 600 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 11.620 km
135 mm/45 Model 1938 on a Model 1938 mount 4 x 2 135 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 13.500 km
533 mm Quad 2 x 4 533 mm
Maximum speed 40.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 730 m
Rudder Shift Time 5.5 s
Surface Detectability 7.68 km
Air Detectability 4.27 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 3.11 km

Main Armament

4 x 2 135 mm/45 Model 1938 on a Model 1938 mount
 Maximum Firing Range 11.620 km
 Reloading Time 10.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 18.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 102 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 135 mm granada rompedora HE 1938 it
Alpha Damage 1 950
Penetration capacity  23 mm
Explosion size 0.48
Fire chance 9 %
Projectile Speed 825 m/s
Air Drag 0.29
Projectile Mass 32.7 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 135 mm obús perforante AP 1938 it
Alpha Damage 2 500
Projectile Speed 825 m/s
Air Drag 0.416
Projectile Mass 32.7 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 200
Projectile Detonator 0.01 s
Detonator threshold 23 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Torpedo Armament

2 x 4 533 mm Quad
533 mm Si 270 it
Reloading Time 95 s
Maximum Distance 13.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 55°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 61°
Damage 13 900
Flooding Chance 230%
Speed 56 knots
Surface Detectability 1.1 km

Anti-air Armament

2 x 2 37 mm/69 Flak M42 on an LM/42 mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 100 %
Sector’s damage 11
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 39
10 x 4 30 mm/45 Flak 103/38 on a quadruple mount
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.0 km
Hit chance 95 %
Sector’s damage 94
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 329

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
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: 3
Work time: 120 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Speed bonus: +8%

The Armor

Personal Opinion

Welp… With Álvaro, it feels like we will get the Spain experience… except that the S is silent.

With the terrible base reload, she is going to get completely outtraded by enemy destroyers and she can’t rely on the alternative firing mode since you end up naked for 40 seconds after 3 salvos while you would normally be able to shoot 5 salvos in the same time duration. Unless it’s to quickly finish off a target, don’t use the alt firing mode.

For the HE, it’s the same as Attilio but with almost twice the reload time, the AP is mediocre and other than that, the ship just has nothing that would make it interesting or good.

So yeah, painful testing in perspective.

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