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  • Yamato, a super battleship.

  • A real sea monster with the height of a 17-story building.

  • 72,000 tons of steel. 500 km of welded joints

  • enough to wrap them around Japan and decorate it all with a bow.

  • Building Yamato was like forging the ultimate sword

  • while everyone else was making machine guns.

  • Why? This is a tragic story.

  • The real-life Yamato never met a worthy opponent among other surface warships.

  • Instead, she was met by almost four hundred aircraft

  • that tore her apart in two hours.

  • She was at the top of the battleship evolutionary tree,

  • but she reached this peak too late.

  • By the time she did, aircraft carriers

  • and submarines had changed naval warfare.

  • The power of Yamato became legendary.

  • But in World of Warships, this legend lives.

  • Just look at this giant.

  • How can this sea monster ever be sunk?

  • Her side armor thickness is up to 410 mm.

  • The main turrets are protected with armor plates more than half a meter thick.

  • And look at those gorgeous lines!

  • Yamato just slices through the waves.

  • And that shape was not a whim of the Japanese designerspoetic souls.

  • Her high bow and low aft ensure the best seaworthiness,

  • and the rise at the center is necessary for more convenient arrangement

  • of ammunition and structures.

  • The slight sag between the center

  • and the bow saves weight without any loss of durability.

  • That hull makes Yamato the most durable warship in the game.

  • It will require an entire squadron to deal with this battleship.

  • She can withstand a torpedo salvo and keep firing from all guns.

  • When she fights alone,

  • the battle will become something like a scene from a Godzilla movie.

  • When youre at the wheel of this ship,

  • the most difficult thing about this monster is to wake it up.

  • Just imagine: it devours 62 tons of fuel per hour.

  • That works out to 130 tons of fuel per 100 km.

  • Stopping this leviathan is as hard as accelerating or turning.

  • The inertia of thousands of tons propels the ship forward.

  • You have to plan all your maneuvers in advance, and don’t even try to hurry.

  • But there’s no need to hurry.

  • The Emperor doesn’t pay attention to the annoyance of small destroyers and cruisers.

  • The turrets traverse slowly and the reload takes a long time.

  • While the shells are flying, you can sit back and sip your tea.

  • But when the shells reach their target

  • What? How can it be? Yamato should have torn it apart!

  • Remember, Yamato was gigantic for a reason.

  • She was built to carry guns of the largest caliber in the history of naval artillery—460 mm.

  • A shell of this caliber weighs as much as a car.

  • In fact, this battleship could lob a shell out to 42 km: literally beyond the horizon.

  • A spotter aircraft would be needed to direct and adjust the fire.

  • There are no maps of such large size in the game,

  • otherwise it would be the end of the battle

  • before you even got an enemy warship in your gunsights.

  • In World of Warships, Yamato’s maximum firing range is 26 km.

  • If you try to hit a destroyer at that distance,

  • it will be able to sail a few circles around the base waiting for your salvo.

  • However, destroyers can survive for a different reason.

  • An armor-piercing shell hit, but it just flew in one side and out the other.

  • If the enemy warship had been more massive and durable,

  • the shell would have stuck inside and caused severe damage to its compartments.

  • But here it only caused a hole through the hull

  • and a controllable amount of flooding.

  • So, when you fire at small targets, load HE shells.

  • But should you waste such great power to destroy minor ships and aircraft?

  • Of course, Yamato can do the job.

  • She carries about one hundred AA guns as well as 155-mm secondary guns.

  • All those weapons work quite well

  • while youre focused on aiming your main batteries.

  • So what’s the best way to use those monstrous guns?

  • There are two ways. The first is daring, and the other is convenient.

  • Let’s talk about the convenient way.

  • Think where the main action will take placeand don’t go there.

  • Turn your side to aim all three main battery turrets in that direction,

  • and support your team with mighty shots of 15 tons of steel per salvo.

  • Your shells can fly so far, enemy warships just won’t be able to reach you with theirs.

  • The rest is a matter of your skill at leading your targets.

  • And here’s the daring way.

  • Choose a flank and lead your team forward, protecting them with your armor.

  • You must always be wide awake

  • and plan out the maneuvers it will take to pass between islands,

  • trying not to expose yourself to enemy torpedoes.

  • Aim your main guns at the enemy flagship,

  • while your allies keep enemy destroyers and aircraft away from you.

  • Yamato is good in both roles. The path to her is a green wave.

  • With every successive Tier, Japanese battleships become bigger and bigger.

  • And there are no hidden pitfalls.

  • What could be a better reward for those

  • who reach the top than firing the guns of the largest caliber in the world

  • from the deck of the legendary battleship?

Yamato, a super battleship.

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    噹噹 posted on 2016/02/06
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