8 x Type 95 depth chargeSetup 3
The Fubuki class, 2 group, Ayanami (1936) is a rank III Japanese destroyer with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy".
Overall it's a capable, well-rounded destroyer, trading secondary/anti-aircraft armament of most other destroyers for a better torpedo armament.
Survivability and armour
Overall IJN Ayanami has average survivability and armour for its battle rating.
She has a 23 mm of steel armour on her hull, 8 mm on her superstructure, and 3 mm over her main firing tower, which is average for a destroyer in the same BR. Her guns carry 3.175 mm of anti-fragmentation armour that, unlike in other destroyers of the same BR, provides protection from all sides. She has 197 crew, which is average when compared with equivalents.
Looking at the weak points of her layout, the primary gun turrets are very large and relatively easy to knock out, while hits amidship are very likely to knock out at least one torpedo mount and one of the engines. On the other hand bulk of the ammunition is stored underwater, making it a difficult ship to ammo-rack.
50,000 IHP coming out of four Kampon boilers and two Kampon 'Ro' geared turbines give her a max speed of ~65 KM/H, which is fairly middle of the road for comparable destroyers. She has a 5.4s rudder shift which is his is decent enough mobility, but won't win any prizes compared to other destroyers. The main issue here is that she out-turns her main battery, so you may want to be careful with the rudder.
The Type 3 127 mm gun found on the Fubuki in three twin mounts is the 'B' model Type 3. They are located in the front and rear of the vessel: one in the front, two in the rear and the rear guns are super-firing. It has HE and HE-DF shells available to it. Overall Type 3 shell speed of 910 m/s is the second-best among comparable destroyers, exceeded only by a modern Albatros-Klasse (143), firing shells at 914 to 925 m/s (depending on the type). She has a 7.5s (8 rounds/min) reload speed with a stock crew and a 5.5s (11 rounds/min) reload speed with a fully aced crew, what is one of the lowest firing rates among comparable destroyers, compensating it with a large number of shells fired in a broadside.
The HE shell has 54 mm (0° angle) of penetration at 1,000 m, dropping off to 27 mm at all angles at 10,000 m. The HE shell also has a velocity of 872 m/s and overall is an easy shell to lead at the range. It carries 2.2 kg of explosive filler.
The HE-DF is delayed fuze ammunition, should be used only to engage enemy aircraft at a distance, supplementing relatively weak secondary armament. While hitting a small target is certainly a difficult challenge, it's much easier than on the predeceasing Mutsuki due to notably higher shell travel speed significantly better vertical guidance (+75° vs +33° on Mutsuki) and a higher targetting speed (5.1°/s horizontal and a whopping 23°/s vertical).
The secondary weaponry on the Fubuki consists of two twin 13.2 mm Type 93 machine guns located amidship, on a platform attached to the rear smoke funnel. Practically speaking they are applicable primarily for anti-aircraft role, similarly to the machine guns on the Mutsuki, however they have notably higher firepower, even if overall they are the weakest secondaries among Ayanami's BR.
Firing 476 RPM with a magazine of 120 rounds of ammunition and a reload speed of two seconds gives them a decent uptime. These Type 93 machine guns can use Universal (T/AP/HEI/AP), HEI or AP belts of ammunition. The AP belts have 26 mm of penetration at 10 m, dropping off to 12 mm at 1,000 m; while the tracer round in the HEI belt has 10 mm of penetration at 10 m, dropping off to 6 mm at 1,000 m. Their traverse is very good, covering up to +80°, however overall these are just two dual machine guns of a relatively low calibre, which is the weakest secondary armament
The Fubuki has three triple torpedo mounts of a 610 mm calibre. They do not carry an onboard reload. These torpedoes are the Type 90, which have good speed - 85 KM/H or 52 MP/H - and a 7 km range. The Type 90 carries 480 kg of TNT equivalent explosives, which is only beaten out by the Yuugumo and Kiyoshimo's Type 93s. Overall, they are strong torpedoes for their 4.0 BR, given their good range, fast speed and large explosive filler. She has access to a 'Torpedo Mode', giving her extra range for less speed.
Unlike on the IJN Mutsuki, launchers on the Ayanami have a much more intuitive setup, with the first, front launcher covering the widest firing arc (80°), but also being the first one to fire when manoeuvring bow-first towards the enemy. Second, middle launcher having relatively decent 66° firing arc and oriented towards rear of the ship is also fairly usable. The tricky one is the third launcher, aiming exactly perpendicular to the ship, and having a very narrow field of fire plays more of a support role, forcing ship to effectively expose its entire length to the enemy in order to release any of its torpedoes. Overall though, it's a very practical setup, making Fubuki-class destroyers an extremely dangerous enemies regarding their torpedo setup, with hostile often even being unable to recognize that the ship released torpedoes from frontal launcher when its firing consistent gunnery barrage.
The Fubuki can mount eight Type 95 depth charges, located near the rear of the vessel. They have a 100 kg TNT equivalent filler but are less effective at this point without submarines in the game at this time.
Usage in battles
Fubuki-class is a good long-range combatant. Fast shell travel speed of her guns enables effective engagement at ranges where they'd struggle with a response, which is further aided by a relatively fast and long-range torpedoes (trading speed for a significant increase in range with the Torpedo mode modification).
The ship can also be effectively used as a kiter, owning it to a rear-heavy primary armament and an ability to deploy a significant number of powerful, long-range torpedoes. However, an average speed for the BR makes it far more challenging to choose the engagements when compared to faster Mutsuki.
Pros and cons
- Exceptionally high shell speed
- Effective torpedoes for its battle rating
- Inadequate secondary armament
- Poses very little threat to the aircraft
- Outgunned within the range of secondaries by any other destroyer in the same BR
The Special-Type Destroyers represented in-game as IJN Fubuki (which is actually Ayanami of the 2nd group of Special-Types) were designed in 1922 due to the Washington Naval Treaty. Under the criteria of a speed of 39 knots (72 KM/H), a 4,000 nautical mile range and a strong torpedo armament, the class were ordered in 1923. Their armament and size were very good for their time and remained a fair enemy up to the end of WW II. They were designed to 'cruise' in the Pacific, as the bow was shaped to provide protection against the weather. Built between June 1928 and March 1933, they fall into three main groups: The Fubuki class, using the Type 3 'A' mount, the Ayanami class, using the Type 3 'B' mount and with other changes, and the Akatsuki class, which had three boilers and a torpedo launcher/turret. However, their heavyweight caused stability issues and after the Fourth Fleet Incident, they were rebuilt in 1935-1937 with more ballast, a slightly different bridge, and less gun and torpedo ammunition. Eight Ayanamis also were retrofitted with Type 3 'C' guns. These rebuilds increased their weight further to 2,000 tons, and over 2,400 with a full load. The Ayanami we have in-game was sunk in November 1942; USN battleship Washington shelled her and causing heavy damage resulting in its scuttling by fellow Ayanami-class ship, Uranami.
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