Haida (G63)

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This page is about the British Destroyer HMCS Haida. For other ships of her class, see Tribal (Family).
Haida (G63)
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Haida (G63)
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The Tribal class, HMCS Haida (G63) is a premium gift 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.

She is a Tribal-class destroyer that has a unique layout of her primary, secondary and tertiary weaponry.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower3 / 3 / 0 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section7
Displacement2 519 t
Crew293 people

The Haida (G63) is like most destroyers in the game; thin armour, good mobility and respectable firepower. The destroyer has 10 to 23 mm of hull armour all around and 3 mm of anti-fragmentation armour protecting the 120 mm main battery guns. The 40 mm 2-Pounder "Pom-Pom" and 20 mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns are protected by 12.7 mm of hardened steel.


Speedforward / back
AB82 / 31 km/h
RB67 / 25 km/h

The Haida is by no means a slow ship. She is able to reach a top speed of 35.6 knots, but she is slower when compared to similar destroyers such as Leningrad, Fletcher, the Type 1936 / Type 1936B or even the Type 1934A. However, the rudder shift is very responsive with a shift time of around 2 seconds. This allows Haida to dodge its way through gunfights or during air attacks.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 82 31
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 67 25

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 400 Sl icon.png
RB1 500 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts310 000 Sl icon.png
Aces700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces790 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 180 / 120 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 154 / 154 / 154 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Tool Set
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Fire Protection System
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Shrapnel Protection
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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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Improved Rangefinder
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Torpedo Mode
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Primary armament

3 х Turret2 x 4.7 inch/45 Mk.XII cannon, CPXIX mounting
Ammunition400 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 40°

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Secondary armament

Turret2 x 4 inch/45 Mark XVI cannon
Ammunition400 rounds

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Anti-aircraft armament

Turret4 x 40 mm 2pdr QF Mk.IIc automatic cannon
Ammunition8960 rounds
Belt capacity56 rounds
Fire rate200 shots/min
6 х Turret2 x 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mark 24 autocannon
Ammunition3600 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

The Haida is no slouch when it comes to AAA batteries for a destroyer. She is armed with one quad 40 mm 2-Pounder "Pom-Pom" mount accompanied by six twin 20 mm Oerlikon mounts. These are also very useful for tearing apart enemy torpedo boats that happen to stray too close. In addition, the 102 mm secondary mount acts as a heavy AAA mount. The 102 mm mount can be armed with High Explosives with fuses set inside.

Additional armament

Setup 14 x 533 mm Mk.IX wet-heater torpedo
Setup 22 x Y-gun Mk.VII depth charge
Setup 34 x 533 mm Mk.VIII torpedo
2 x Y-gun Mk.VII depth charge

The Haida is also armed with a single quad 533 mm torpedo launcher. The torpedoes travel at a top speed of 39.1 knots and have a maximum range of 7.32 km. The torpedoes have an arming distance of 50 meters, so be careful about the distance to the target. In addition, the torpedoes themselves pack a powerful punch, boasting a 327 kg warhead in each torpedo. There is a major factor that all players using either Haida or her non-premium counterpart- HMS Eskimo: the torpedo tubes have to be fired from nearly broadside angles, otherwise the torpedo tubes will be obstructed. Take care should you choose to fire your torpedoes.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons


  • Hard-hitting High-Explosive shells
  • Lethal AAA mounts for a destroyer
  • Relatively fast for her type
  • Excellent manoeuvrability
  • Powerful torpedo armaments
  • Premium Bonuses


  • Sub-Par speed compared to her counterparts of other nations
  • Muzzle velocity of the main cannons is sub-par when compared to those of German, Russian and Japanese destroyers
  • Terrible torpedo firing arcs: a player must practically fire torpedoes from broadsides
  • AAA mounts tend to be lacking when compared to her American counterparts


HMCS Haida was laid down on the 29th September, 1941 at the Vickers-Armstrong dockyard in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. In August 1943, the ship was launched and entered RCN service shortly afterwards. Haida's early service life is marked by escort duties as part of various Arctic convoys. In spring 1944, Haida was tasked to perform sweeps along the French coastline. Haida scored her first kill, sinking the German T-29 destroyer along with other members of her task force in April.

Prior to D-Day, Haida continued to run sweeps along the French coast, periodically engaging in skirmishes with German destroyers and torpedo boats. After sinking a German U-boat, Haida paired up with the Polish destroyer, Blyskawica in actions against German surface vessels off the western coast of France. During one such raid in August, Haida was damaged by a German ship - a 105mm round hit the stern section and returned to Halifax in September.

After repairs and refits, Haida continued her service off the coast of Norway in March 1945, serving as an escort and assisting in various operations. After the German surrender in May, Haida was sent to the Pacific in preparation for the invasion of the Japanese home islands. Whilst undergoing tropicalization refits however, Japan surrendered. This marked the end of WW2 and Haida's service as part of it.

In the postwar years, Haida switched between reserve and active status as well as undergoing several refits and upgrades. The Korean War called for Haida's service one final time. There, the ship operated as a destroyer escort, primarily performing shoreline bombardment and patrols.

After the Korean War, Haida was ultimately decommissioned from active service, but avoided being scrapped by being turned into a Toronto attraction in 1965. In the early 2000s, Haida underwent extensive restoration before becoming a National Historic Site at the Hamilton Waterfront. Today, HMCS Haida is the ceremonial flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy and still welcomes visitors from all over the globe.

- From Devblog


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See also

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External links

Britain destroyers
Town-class  Town (L45) · Montgomery (G95)
G-class  G-class (H89) · Garland (H37)
Hunt-class  Hunt (L71) · Hunt (L79)
Tribal-class  Haida (G63) · Tribal (F75)
J-class  J-class (Flotilla leader)
K-class  K class (F37)
N-class  N class (G25)
Battle-class  Battle (D14) · Battle (D37)

Britain premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  MTB-1 2 series · Fairmile D (5001)
Motor gun boats  MGB-75 · SGB (S309)
Gunboats  River class (K-246)
Destroyers  Montgomery (G95) · Garland (H37) · J-class (Flotilla leader) · Haida (G63)
Light cruisers  HMS Belfast