The Novik-class, Frunze, 1940 is a rank I Soviet destroyer with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.79 "Project X" when the Soviet fleet was implemented into the game. Considered by many players the best learning destroyer for the upcoming line.
Survivability and armour
At this BR, you'll mainly encounter armour that protects the guns of the ship, therefore skill and the cannons are your main protection here. The hull is only 16 mm thick. She has a crew of around 168 sailors, which helps a lot in combat. As for the ammo magazines, their chances of being hit are low due to their placement. The transmission is more likely to be damaged. However with nothing in the way to protect the magazines, a lucky shot could detonate your whole ammo compartment.
In RB, the speed of the Frunze is average at best. A fully upgraded ship is capable of reaching 59 km/h at around 29 seconds. As for turning, doing a full circle will require 1 minute and 30 seconds approximately, however you will be able to do that while maintaining a speed of 41 km/h. As for braking from max speed, it will take 35 seconds while using the HALT feature.
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Modifications and economy
The Frunze has 4 x 102 mm cannons as the main weapon. These guns have decent firepower and fire rate but are far from the best brawling weapons. The greatest advantage of these guns is the high accuracy which they have. As such, the Frunze should be played as a sniper destroyer more so than a close-range brawler. The accuracy of these guns at long range far surpasses the other equivalent destroyers of other nations and can be used to shell enemies from far range with impunity from more inaccurate enemy fire.
The Frunze also has the option of loading a unique shrapnel shell. While it is quite effective against any destroyer it might face due to increased fragmentation damage, it cannot set the enemy on fire (thus near useless against any destroyers that utilizes anti-fragmentation armour), as well as cannot hull break any PT boats (its greatest threats) it hits due to the shell over-penetrating and dealing little to no damage at all.
Another point worth mentioning is the fact that the arrangement of the guns is not exactly the best, with a single gun at the front and the 3 others all at the back. This means that you can only use a single gun against a target directly in front of you.
In addition to the 102 mm cannons, the Frunze has a 76 mm and a 45 mm cannon. These guns fire HE shells and are essentially the only defence the ship has against aircraft, and even in doing so are sub-par. They aren't particularly good at tackling small and manoeuvrable patrol boats either.
Simply put, the Frunze is a sitting duck for any planes with any kind of bomb or torpedo. There are two superfluous DShKs on each side of the bridge, but the firing arc of these guns make them unusable in almost all conceivable situations. The main weapons that are used as anti-aircraft are the 76 mm and 45 mm guns on the back of the Frunze, and unfortunately, these guns are sub-par at tackling mobile targets.
The Frunze has 3 x 450 mm torpedo tubes. They can only attack when pointed at the sides, and cannot fire directly forward.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Main cannons are very accurate
- Relatively high crew count for reserve ship
- Quite fast and easy to control
- Small superstructure allows it to take lesser crew loss when being hit by small-calibre guns
- Non-existent armour protection
- Gun crew is unprotected, even small-calibre machine guns can take them out
- Terrible secondary and AA armament; very vulnerable against PT boats and planes
- Has terribly slow main gun traverse, making it hard to shoot faster and agile targets
The Novik-class series, which includes the Frunze, comprised of the most modernized destroyers among their class in the Imperial Russian Navy. This combat ship was laid down in Kherson in 1913 and received the designation "Bystry." Following six months of construction, the destroyer was finally launched and soon allotted to the Black Sea Fleet. In 1918, the destroyer was captured during the German occupation and later, passed into the hands of the Anglo-French interventionists. She was then taken out of commission during a retreat and was only able to join the armed forces ranks under the Soviet flag in 1927. The destroyer joined the Second World war under the designation "Frunze." In the war's summer of 1941, the ship was tasked with setting up minefields in the Black Sea and escorting convoys of transport ships. She also defended Odessa during its siege. On September 21st, the Frunze was attacked by the seasoned I Group pilots of the StG 77 wing during her attempt to rescue the Krasnaya Armenia gunboat bombed by Junkers aircraft. The Stukas performed numerous group raids on the destroyer, which resulted in the ship getting hit by several 250 kg bombs and consequently sinking.
- From Devblog
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