HMS Abdiel

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HMS Abdiel
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HMS Abdiel
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Description

The HMS Abdiel (M39) was the lead ship of the Abdiel-class "mine-laying cruisers". A class of six fast minelayers designed for quick minelaying operations close to enemy waters or shipping lanes, the ships of the class featured exceptionally high top speed that even rivals destroyers and sufficient armaments to fend off the enemy if detected. Because of these unusual characteristics, the Abdiel-class often found themselves in roles that they were not intended for, especially as a troop transport. Abdiel also found herself in these risky missions. Abdiel primarily operated around the waters between Tunisia and Sicily, in which her minefields claimed dozens of Italians destroyers and torpedo boats moving in and out of Tunisia. After minelaying and landing operations around the Mediterranean between 1941-43, Abdiel was sunk on 10 September 1943 during the Operation Slapstick landings off the coast of Taranto, Italy, struck by German submarine-laid mines.

Introduced in Update "Apex Predators", the Abdiel is a peculiar ship in the game much like in real life. Due to how everyone spawns at ranges in-game as opposed to sailing from the port into a specific shipping lane in real life, the Abdiel cannot be used in her intended role as a "mine-laying cruiser", and any attempt at roleplaying her intended roles in-game would end in disaster due to her mine racks being effectively a huge fatal weak spot. As such, in practice, the Abdiel can be best described as a "large destroyer" due to her destroyer-calibre armaments and very high top speed, while having survivability between a large destroyer and a small cruiser. Because of this, Abdiel primarily excels at being a spearhead in lower-tiered bluewater battles, capable of taking some punishments and allowed the teammates to concentrate fire on enemy ships, though she can be easily outclassed by any proper cruisers or more advanced destroyers in uptiers.

Msg-info.png HMS Abdiel is classed as a light cruiser and has a low BR compared to other light cruisers. In this BR bracket, there are some maps that don't feature a cruiser spawn (namely Aleutian Islands) and there is a risk that you won't be able to spawn anything if your line-up consists only of HMS Abdiel herself.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower3 / 3 / 0 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement3 415 t
Crew236 people

Other than the gun shields and some very light armour on the bridge, HMS Abdiel more resembles a destroyer than a light cruiser. She does however feel much tankier than the equivalent destroyers at this BR, likely due to her displacement and larger crew size.

If carrying mines in the stern then her survivability is much reduced. Often players will target her rear quarters trying to detonate the mines or rear ammo racks, so don't carry them unless you intend to use them.

Her front ammo racks are somewhat protected behind fuel tanks and are at least partially underwater, though magazine explosions seem to plague the entire British line, particularly from plunging 5"/38 fire at range. The rear ammo racks seem to be very vulnerable too as mentioned back.

She does contain a lot of empty space however, especially if mines are not being carried, hence feels as though she can take a lot more of a beating than equivalent BR ships.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB85 / 29 km/h
RB73 / 25 km/h

HMS Abdiel, at 39 knots fully upgraded, is faster than many coastal torpedo boats. Acceleration is rapid compared to anything else in the British blue water fleet and she'll do 13 knots in full reverse. She feels more like a particularly responsive destroyer and is difficult to target against a skilled player using evasive manoeuvres. Rudder control is pretty much instant allowing you to dodge incoming shells.

Her speed and manoeuvrability allows capping and positioning unavailable to other ships, though as a Light Cruiser she is hampered by using the Heavy fleet spawn.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 85 29
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 73 25

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 372 → 3 076 Sl icon.png
RB3 582 → 4 645 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications10 380 Rp icon.png
13 740 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost750 Ge icon.png
Crew training6 300 Sl icon.png
Experts22 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces220 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
200 / 330 / 100 % Sl icon.png
124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Damage Control Division
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Fire Division
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Smokescreen
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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Mines
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Armament

Primary armament

3 х Turret2 x 4 inch/45 Mark XVI cannon
Ammunition400 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 40°

With two twin 4"/45 turrets forward and another at the stern HMS Abdiel has similar firepower to other British ships at this BR. The stern turret can fire at relative fine angles forward, about 15 degrees off the bow. Turret traverse is somewhat slow though easily enough to keep the guns on target which manouvreing.

She therefore plays far more like a destroyer than a Light Cruiser.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
4 inch HE HE 20 20 20 20 20 20
4 inch SAP SAP 102 85 64 48 38 30
4 inch HE-TF HE-TF 20 20 20 20 20 20
4 inch HE-VT HE-VT 20 20 20 20 20 20
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(s)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
4 inch HE HE 811 15.88 0 0.1 1,550 79° 80° 81°
4 inch SAP SAP 811 17.35 0.015 5 600 47° 60° 65°
4 inch HE-TF HE-TF 811 15.88 0 0.1 1,550 79° 80° 81°
Proximity-fused shell details
Ammunition Type of
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Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Arming
distance (m)
Trigger
radius (m)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
4 inch HE-VT HE-VT 811 15.88 0 0.1 274 18 1,550 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

Turret4 x 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.IIc automatic cannon
Ammunition8960 rounds
Belt capacity56 rounds
Fire rate200 shots/min

Secondaries amount to a single quad 40 mm pompom high-mounted on the rear superstructure. You often see Coastal vessels in downtiers and the pompoms tend to make short work of them.

  • Universal: HEF · AP-T · HEF · AP-T
  • 40 mm HE: HEF · HEF · HEF · AP-T
  • 40 mm AP: AP-T · AP-T · AP-T · HEF

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
AP-T 60 57 48 39 32 26
HEF 3 3 3 3 3 3
Shell details
Ammunition Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
AP-T 701 0.91 - - - 47° 60° 65°
HEF 701 0.82 0 0.1 71 79° 80° 81°

Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret4 x 12.7 mm Vickers Mk.V machine gun
Ammunition8000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min

Dedicated AAA is rather weak with 2x quad .50 cals on either side of the bridge. You'll want to keep some 4" VT handy if there are aircraft around, particularly bombers operating above pompom range. She doesn't feel to be too vulnerable to low level air attack given the BR though can suffer from high altitude bombing if the player is distracted as she's a comparatively large target.

The 4" guns do provide an excellent rate of fire however so best to use individual ranged shots to walk the fire onto the approaching aircraft.

She certainly isn't a AAA cruiser, though can be effective.

Additional armament

Setup 140 x 1123/1323 lbs Type M Mark I moored contact mine
Main article: Type M Mark I mine

HMS Abdiel can carry 40 Type M Mk1 contact mines which are dispensed from racks under the rear deck. These are 600 kg each and will happily cripple if not destroy any ship coming into contact with them.

Usage in battles

The play style for HMS Abdiel will be familiar to those of lightly gunned destroyers. In downtiers you can happily bully weaker opponents, even literally pushing them around at contact range. Uptiers are more difficult, especially when carrying mines. It's important not to give easy shorts into your rear hull. It is also important to dodge incoming salvos as plunging fire through the forward deck can reach the magazines.

The 4" guns are very accurate inside of about 5 km so it's important to place your shots against opponents who have superior firepower. Using single ranged shots and walking the fire up and down the target seems to be surprisingly effective rather than spamming broadsides. At range varying speed and direction can make her a difficult target though closer in you are likely to be outgunned.

Unless there are clear choke points the obvious use for mines is at the cap points and Abdiel does make an exceptional vessel for taking such, even at much higher BRs where her speed can turn matches. A very useful vessel to keep around should the match situation require it. Her manoeuvrability is well suited to the inland cap points, where she'll often face coastal vessels. Though watch out for torpedoes as she's rather long.

Some caution is required early in the game where it is easy to get well ahead of the rest of your team and become the focus. On the other hand she's quite capable of dodging a lot of incoming fire, so long as they don't take her engines out, and using her to lay smoke to protect the spawn or advancing fleet can be effective.

In arcade battles, her ship class is clearly visible, though in RB some destroyer captains might not recognise her silhouette and be wary of taking on a Light Cruiser. She can also be effective as a scout, keeping enemy vessels in sight such that the rest of the fleet can engage.

Well worth keeping her in your roster for Enduring Confrontation too as her ability to get around the map to complete objectives is unparalleled.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Features fast-firing and accurate 4-inch guns
  • High top speed and mobility
  • Decent anti-air defense
  • Can be loaded with 40 sea mines for area denial
  • Exceptionally good fun to play

Cons:

  • Being classed as a light cruiser, the ship is forced to spawn at longer ranges where the 4-inch guns are less effective
  • Lacks any torpedo armament
  • Practically no armour protection save for the bridge; highly vulnerable to enemy fire
  • Extremely vulnerable magazines and mine racks, both sit way above the waterline
  • Current meta doesn't particularly suit minelayers

History

Designed to speed into contested waters and lay minefields overnight, the Abdiel-class proved to be very useful vessels, although they were rarely used in their intended role. A minefield laid in the Sicilian Channel claimed two Italian Destroyers and a couple of merchant ships, though only 2% of the UK's total minelaying effort was offensive in nature, rather than the tens of thousands of mines laid around Britain's coasts by small boats and aircraft.

Instead, the Abdiel-class became invaluable as supply vessels which could run the gauntlet of Axis airpower to help relieve Malta, Tobruk and participated in many evacuations. None of the Abdiel-classes were lost whilst performing their intended role as minelayers, though three were lost during the war. Including, rather ironically, HMS Abdiel to a mine in Taranto harbour.

A memorial to the fast minelayers can be found in Milford Haven, their operating base.

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J. Samuel White
Torpedo/Gun Boats 
Steam Gun Boat (SGB)  SGB Grey Goose
Light Cruisers 
Abdiel-class  HMS Abdiel

Britain light cruisers
Emerald-class  HMS Enterprise
Dido-class  HMS Dido
Leander-class  HMNZS Leander
Arethusa-class  HMS Arethusa
Town-class  HMS Belfast · HMS Liverpool · HMS Southampton
Tiger-class  HMS Tiger
Abdiel-class*  HMS Abdiel