Battle (D14)

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Battle class, HMS Armada (D14)
General characteristics
260 peopleCrew
Standard armament
2 x 4,5-inch QF Mk.IV cannon2 x Primary
600 roundsAmmunition
4-inch QF Mk.XXIII naval cannonSecondary
300 roundsAmmunition
40 mm QF Mark VII gun2 x Anti-aircraft
1 500 roundsAmmunition
500 roundsBelt capacity
160 shots/minFire rate
2 x 40 mm QF Mark V gunAnti-aircraft
3 000 roundsAmmunition
500 roundsBelt capacity
156 shots/minFire rate
2 x 40 mm QF STAAG Mark II gun2 x Anti-aircraft
3 000 roundsAmmunition
500 roundsBelt capacity
156 shots/minFire rate
533 mm Mk.IX torpedo2 x Torpedo
5 roundsAmmunition
89 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
300 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 100 / 5 334/3 830 / 4 982/3 090 / 4 020Repair
87 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
300 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 100 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.72 Rp icon.pngReward for battle


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The Battle class, HMS Armada (D14) is a rank III British destroyer with a battle rating of 4.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.83 "Masters of the Sea" as part of the British fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

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Secondary armament

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Anti-aircraft armament

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Torpedo armament

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Special armament

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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  • High rate of fire
  • Decent survivability
  • All main caliber guns are located on the bow of the ship, meaning you don't necessarily have to expose the entire profile of the ship in order to maximize firepower


  • Ineffective against Cruisers
  • The low number of main guns means that loss of even one turret significantly effects ability to fight other large ships


Realizing the heavy losses to air attacks and the inability of the then current destroyer designs to deal with aerial threats, the Royal Navy decided to act. In 1941, the first plans for what would become the replacement for the Tribal-class were drawn up.

Contrary to previous classes, the new destroyers would focus on powerful AA armament, featuring large calibre, high-angle dual purpose guns assisted by a number of smaller calibre AA cannons. The proposed design was accepted in autumn of 1941 under the name “Battle-class” with initial plans to build a total of 16 ships, forming two flotillas. The first order for 10 ships was issued in April 1942, with the second order for the remaining six ships following in August.

Despite the orders already being placed, further debate among high-ranking officials about the final design of the ship continued. As the initial ships were already under construction, changes to the existing design couldn’t be applied anymore. This led to several more subclasses being developed, but that’s a story for another time.

Although the first ships were launched by November 1943, delays in their completion were caused by late deliveries of critical fire control systems. In the end, only a handful of ships were completed by the end of WW2 and none of them saw any combat action. However, most of the ships of the Battle-class continued to serve well into the Cold War.

HMS Armada was one of these early ships of the class to be completed, but due to similar reasons, was only commissioned into service in July 1945. After several port visits throughout the UK, she was placed in reserve in 1947 only to rejoin active service in 1949 as part of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla, operating in the Mediterranean.

During the mid 1950s, HMS Armada was involved in the Suez Crisis, but rejoined the Home Fleet shortly after. In 1960, HMS Armada was decommissioned and five years later, in 1965, taken apart for scrap.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

Britain destroyers
Clemson (L45) · G-class (H89) · Tribal (F75) · N class (G25) · Battle (D14) · Haida (G63)