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World of Warships Supertest: Tier VIII British Destroyer Lightning

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HMS Lightning was an L-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was launched on 22 April 1940 and sunk on 12 March 1943 by German Motor Torpedo Boat S-55.

Ordered under the 1937 Programme and laid down as Job No J4502, Hawthorn Leslie & Co of Newcastle Upon Tyne were awarded the contract to build her with machinery supplied by Parsons. She would be the 10th Royal Navy ship to bear the name Lightning. Build was completed on 28 May 1941 but had been delayed by late delivery of the three twin 4.7-inch mountings required meeting the original design. The tender cost was £440,807 which excluded items such as weapons and communications equipment supplied by the Admiralty.

On 25 March 1942, Lightning was adopted by the Borough of Doncaster as part of a Warship Week National Savings plan. Doncaster and the surrounding boroughs raised over £800,000 in National Savings and effectively paid for the ship. At the same time T/S Lightning was formed in Doncaster for Sea Cadets, that continues to this day.


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All stats are listed without crew and upgrade modifiers but with best available modules. The stats are subject to change during the testing.


GeneralMain BatteryTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier 8
Hit points 15 900 HP
Main battery
Maximum firing range 12 210
120-??/50 QF Mk XI ?3 x 2 120 mm
Torpedo tubes
533 mm QR Mk IV ?2 x 4 533 mm
Air defense
120-??/50 QF Mk XI ?3 x 2 120 mm
20 mm Oerlikon Mk V ?6 x 2 20 mm
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV ?4 x 1 20 mm
40 mm/39 QF Mark VII ?1 x 4 40 mm
Maximum speed 36.0
Turning radius 590
Rudder shift time 4.9
Surface detectability range 7.02 km
Air detectability range 3.81 km
Detectability after firing in smoke 2.5 km
Propulsion 48 000 hp
120-??/50 QF Mk XI
Guns ?2 x 120 mm
Reloading time 6 s
Sigma 2.00 ?
Horizontal Dispersion 50
Vertical Spread 110
Traverse Speed 10
Vertical traverse rate 10
Type of projectile HE
Alpha damage 1 700
Damage 520
Alpha piercing HE 20
Explosion size 0.41
Burn prob 0.09
Projectile speed 774 m/s
Air drag 0.343
Projectile mass 28.12
Projectile krupp 480
Type of projectile AP
Alpha damage 2 200
Damage 0
Alpha piercing HE 0
Explosion size 0
Burn prob -0.5
Projectile speed 774 m/s
Air drag 0.343
Projectile mass 28.12
Projectile krupp 2 300
533 mm QR Mk IV
Torpedoes ?4?x?533?mm
Reloading time 96
Traverse Speed 25
Vertical traverse rate 25
Torpedo angles 4.8 – 16
Arming time 1
Alpha damage 44 300
Maximum Damage 15 867
Alpha piercing HE 1 000
Speed 61 kt
Max distance 8.0?km
Surface detectability range 1.3 km
Alert distance 100
Explosion size 1.2
UW Critical 2.65
Running depth 2.10?m

Instead of choosing between wide and narrow spreads, captains can choose to fire off individual torpedoes or expend the entire launcher at once.

120-??/50 QF Mk XI (?3?x?2 120?mm?)
Antiair aura 0.15
Maximum firing range 4.5?km
Reloading time 5 s
20 mm Oerlikon Mk V (?6?x?2 20?mm?)
Antiair aura 0.37
Maximum firing range 2.0?km
Reloading time 0.5 s
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV (?4?x?1 20?mm?)
Antiair aura 0.14
Maximum firing range 2.0?km
Reloading time 0.5 s
40 mm/39 QF Mark VII (?1?x?4 40?mm?)
Antiair aura 0.13
Maximum firing range 2.5?km
Reloading time 0.5 s

?Damage Control Party I

?Smoke Generator I

?Engine Boost I

?Damage Control Party II

?Smoke Generator II

?Engine Boost II

?Hydroacoustic Search I

?Hydroacoustic Search II