HMS Kent (54)
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armament
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The County-class, HMS Kent (54), 1934 is a rank V British heavy cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.97 "Viking Fury".
Survivability and armour
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|Game Mode||Upgrade Status||Maximum Speed (km/h)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass
(TNT equivalent) (g)
|Turrets (Bow to stern)|
|Front port turret (x2)||Front starboard turret (x2)||Middle port turret (x2)||Middle starboard turret (x2)||Rear turret (x2)|
|Rounds per turret|
|Turrets (Bow to stern)|
|Front port turret||Middle port turret||Front starboard turret||Middle starboard turret||Rear port turret||Rear starboard turret||Rear stern turret|
|Rounds per turret|
|Torpedo Mode||Mass (kg)||Maximum speed in water (km/h)||Travel distance (km)||Depth stroke (m)||Arming distance (m)||Explosive type||Explosive mass (kg)||TNT equivalent (kg)|
Usage in battles
H.M.S. Kent provides incredible protection it features, torpedo protection of 250 KG. Which translates into taking multiple torpedo strikes, without sinking however this heavy cruiser can still be sunk by a single well placed torpedo. If it was to hit the front of starboard (Left) or port (Right) sides which is the closes to the ammunition storage for turret A (first turret on the ship). H.M.S. Kent has the 8" cannons installed, which are the same cannons on the previous ship H.M.S. York. The Kent, has four turrets with two 8" cannons per turret providing it a total of eight, 8" cannons with 1200 Rounds of ammunition. The ammunition choices for main 8" armament is limited to fire only HE or SAPCBC rounds or a combination of both.
H.M.S. Kent secondary armament consists of six 4" deck cannons, which can carry 1200 rounds of the following ammunition HE, SAP or HE-TF. The anti-aircraft is placed on the mid-ships of the ship, the armament consists only of four 40 mm 2pdr automatic cannons, with 8960 rounds of ammunition. Two quad firing 12.7mm, Vickers machine guns with 16,000 rounds of ammunition.
To get the best performance out of H.M.S. Kent, it's important to keep enemy ships at range - the eight 8" cannons will be able to knock out any enemy ship fast with well placed shots. To do this, aim for the enemy ship turrets and knock them out so it cannot fire back. Additionally, the SAPCBC rounds will penetrate the deck of the ship and detonate the ammo racks knocking that turret out completely. To do this use the SAPCBC which provide up to 263 mm of penetration and at long range up to 15000 meters up to 143 mm of penetration. This is able to penetrate any ship deck and cause catastrophic damage to the enemy ship.
The biggest naval threats to this ship are the following ships:
Maxim Gorky & Kirov Class, Light cruisers: offers fast speed, agile handling along with a devastating salvo which is able to penetrate the armour of H.M.S. Kent. Importantly, the kirov class ships lack armour protection and can be easy destroyed at range by the SAPCBC rounds. However at close ranges the kirov class, light cruisers require precision aiming for the weak parts on their hull and amour to be sunk.
Chapayev & Sverdlov, Light cruisers: Offer great handling, good speed, incredible powerful main armament and powerful secondary armament. Both of these two Russian naval ships feature incredible strong hull and belt armour able to with stand non-armour piercing rounds. However, these two ships have one major weakness the turrets and deck armour can be easily knocked out by the British 8" cannons when firing SAPCBC rounds.
Admiral Graf Spee, Heavy cruiser: The legendry and iconic heavy cruiser called by Great Britton "The Pocket Battleship" the Admiral Graf Spree is one of the most formable ships in the game with two turrets containing 3 x 283 mm/52 SK C/28 cannons, which are the same cannons used on some German battleships! The rounds from this pocket battleship are able to destroy any ship with a few salvos fired from it. H.M.S. Kent with it's 8" cannons firing SAPCBC rounds is able to destroy the Admiral Graf Spree at range's of over 15,000 meters! However to do this, H.M.S. Kent must stay hidden from the Admiral Graf Spree, aim for it's frontal turret as a marker use the SAPCBC rounds to penetrate it's weak deck armour and detonate it's magazine.
Admiral Hipper & Prinz Eugen, Heavy cruisers: These German heavy cruisers offer great armour protection and powerful cannons along with torpedo's. These heavy cruisers are able to be a royal pain for H.M.S. Kent, they are able to withstand salvos fired from her 8" cannons. The ammunition fired from the Admiral Hipper & Prinz Eugen heavy cruisers, can cause major damage and penetrate H.M.S. Kent turret armour causing the turrets to become knocked out. H.M.S. Kent can knock out the Admiral Hipper & Prinz Eugen heavy cruisers however it is not easy even at close range - the ideal distance to knock them out is between 5,000 and 8,000 meters with SAPCBC rounds performing a full broadside - Aim for the front of the Admiral Hipper & Prinz Eugen Heavy cruisers.
Another way of knocking Admiral Hipper & Prinz Eugen Heavy cruisers out is by aiming for the bridge and castle deck and setting it on fire with every salvo. Over time this will knock the crew out slowly and cause the ship to run out, causing critical damage to the ship making repairs longer and longer. Allowing for more hits to happen and possibly a torpedo strike from H.M.S. Kent to finally sink the Admiral Hipper & Prinz Eugen heavy cruisers.
Mogami class of light and heavy cruisers: are incredible strong at long range engagements, the main armament from the Mogami class are able to penetrate and destroy H.M.S. Kent with ease. The armour on Mogami class can reduce the 8" SAPCBC impact. At close ranges from under 8000 meters Mogami class of light and heavy cruisers can be easily knocked out from the 8" SAPCBC round. To do this target the front turrets and the SAPCBC round will penetrate the ammo racks and cause the magazines of the three main guns to explode.
Handling aircraft threats
H.M.S. Kent is able to handle aircraft threats very well, it's defensive armament when loaded with HE-TF is able to destroy the enemy torpedo and bomber aircraft with ease. However, it's important that you stay aware of them in battle. If they drop any torpedoes they must be dodged, only one torpedo needs to miss the torpedo protection and it's game over.
|I||Dry-Docking||Tool Set||4 inch SAP||Anti-Air Armament Targeting||8 inch Mark I.B. SAPCBC|
|II||Rudder Replacement||Fire Protection System||Smokescreen||4 inch HE-TF||Auxiliary Armament Targeting|
|III||Propeller Replacement||Shrapnel Protection||Ventilation||Improved Rangefinder||Primary Armament Targeting|
|IV||Engine Maintenance||New Pumps||Ammo Wetting||Torpedo Mode|
Pros and cons
- Great Main and secondary armament.
- 8" SAPCBC round is one of the best in game, able to cause major damage to any ship it hits.
- Good survivability and features torpedo protection.
- Torpedo protection offers protection of up to 250 Kg warheads.
- Not as fast as some other heavy cruisers.
- Long turning radius.
- Limited anti-aircraft protection compared to H.M.S. London.
- Limited armour protection, does not protect all the critical parts.
- Fuel tanks are not protected by armour plates and if penetrated can cause fires.
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|Britain heavy cruisers|
|Hawkins-class||HMS Hawkins (D86)|
|York-class||HMS York (90)|
|County-class||HMS Kent (54) · HMS London (69)|