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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
Hit points15 900 HP
Main battery
Maximum firing range12 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 speed36.0
Turning radius590
Rudder shift time4.9
Surface detectability range7.02 km
Air detectability range3.81 km
Detectability after firing in smoke2.5 km
Propulsion48 000 hp
120-??/50 QF Mk XI
Guns?2 x 120 mm
Reloading time6 s
Sigma2.00 ?
Horizontal Dispersion50
Vertical Spread110
Traverse Speed10
Vertical traverse rate10
Type of projectileHE
Alpha damage1 700
Alpha piercing HE20
Explosion size0.41
Burn prob0.09
Projectile speed774 m/s
Air drag0.343
Projectile mass28.12
Projectile krupp480
Type of projectileAP
Alpha damage2 200
Alpha piercing HE0
Explosion size0
Burn prob-0.5
Projectile speed774 m/s
Air drag0.343
Projectile mass28.12
Projectile krupp2 300
533 mm QR Mk IV
Reloading time96
Traverse Speed25
Vertical traverse rate25
Torpedo angles4.8 – 16
Arming time1
Alpha damage44 300
Maximum Damage15 867
Alpha piercing HE1 000
Speed61 kt
Max distance8.0?km
Surface detectability range1.3 km
Alert distance100
Explosion size1.2
UW Critical2.65
Running depth2.10?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 aura0.15
Maximum firing range4.5?km
Reloading time5 s
20 mm Oerlikon Mk V (?6?x?2 20?mm?)
Antiair aura0.37
Maximum firing range2.0?km
Reloading time0.5 s
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV (?4?x?1 20?mm?)
Antiair aura0.14
Maximum firing range2.0?km
Reloading time0.5 s
40 mm/39 QF Mark VII (?1?x?4 40?mm?)
Antiair aura0.13
Maximum firing range2.5?km
Reloading time0.5 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

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