|120 mm/45 Model 18926 х 1 pcs.|
|Rate of Fire12 shots/min.|
|Reload Time5 sec.|
|Rotation Speed8 deg./sec.|
|180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.|
|Firing Range9.15 km.|
|Maximum Dispersion102 m.|
|HE Shell120 mm HE Model 1907|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell8 %|
|Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.|
|HE Shell Weight20.48 kg.|
|AP Shell120 mm AP Model 1905|
|Maximum AP Shell Damage2,000|
|Initial AP Shell Velocity823 m./s.|
|AP Shell Weight20.47 kg.|
|7.62 mm Maxim machine gun2 х 1 pcs.|
|. . . Average Damage per Second3.4|
|. . . Firing Range0.99 km.|
|Maximum Speed25 knot|
|Turning Circle Radius500 m.|
|Rudder Shift Time5.1 sec.|
|Surface Detectability Range9.03 km.|
|Air Detectability Range4.02 km.|
Novik — Soviet Tier II cruiser.
The pioneer ship of a scout cruiser type, Novik carried rapid-fire guns but was weak in terms of armor. In the course of her service, she was the fastest cruiser in the world.
|Rate of Fire|
|180 Degree Turn Time|
|Maximum HE Shell Damage|
|Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell|
|Maximum AP Shell Damage
|120 mm/45 Model 1892||12||22.5||102||1,700||8||2,000||0||7,500|
|Secondary Gun Turrets|
|Firing Range Increase|
|Maximum Firing Range
|GFCS II mod. 1||0||9.2||0||8,000|
|GFCS II mod. 2||10||10.1||250||24,000|
- Decent speed
- Long-range fast-firing guns
- Good armor, on par with Dresden
- Low HP pool
- Slow shell speed
- Schichau shipyards; Elbing, German Empire
- Laid down February 1900:
- Launched: August 1900
- Commissioned: 3 May 1901
- 3080 tons displacement, standard
- 109.9m length
- 12.2m beam
- 5m draft
- 12 Shultz-Thornycroft boilers, single 3-shaft VTE steam engine
- 25 knots at 17,000 shaft horsepower
- 5,000 nautical miles at 10knots
- 500 nautical miles at 20knots
- Top Deck: 10mm mid, 6mm forward, 6mm aft
- Armoured Deck: 30mm main, 50mm slopes
- Bulkheads: 10mm forward, 10mm aft
- Gun Shields: 13mm face
- Conning tower: 30mm side, 30mm top
- Six (6x1) 120mm/45 Canet guns
- Six (6x1) 47mm guns
- Two (2x1) 37mm guns
- Two (2x1) 7.62mm Machine guns
- Five (5x1) 381mm torpedo tubes
- 337 crew (1901)
With War looming over the horizon in the Pacific, the Russian Navy understood its need for a new protected cruiser that was capable of not only scouting operations, but to serve as supportive gunnery for squadrons and as a deterrent to enemy destroyers. The Naval Ministry determined the specifications for the new cruiser, placing an emphasis on speed, then held a contest to determine who would get the contract to build this ship; German shipbuilders Schichau won the contract.
Laid down in 1898 near Danzig, Novik was completed August 1900, and set to sea trials. It was immediately apparent that she lived up to her promise of being a fast ship: with an averaged clocked speed of 25 knots, making her the fastest cruiser in the world upon her completion. This came a cost; her endurance and fuel consumption above 15 knots was terrible. As well, she was envisioned as an enlarged destroyer, therefore her armour was light, with the exception of the armoured deck over her vital components, at a maximum thickness of 50mm.
Commissioned into the Baltic Fleet in 3 May 1901, Novik soon left for her service with the Pacific Fleet, joining it in Port Arthur by 1903, just before the eve of war.
The Russo-Japanese War commenced with the Naval Battle of Port Arthur. Novik was combat-capable and one of the few Russian ships that retaliated against the Japanese; suffering little damage.
Throughout the rest of the year, Novik was one of the more active ships that was stationed at Port Arthur; Novik took part of the rescue of two destroyers from a Japanese ambush and participated in the failed sorties from Port Arthur in April and June, until August when the fleet was successfully able to run the Japanese blockade during the Battle of the Yellow Sea.
While most of the fleet returned to port, Novik was part of the few that was able to escape, owing to her low silhouette, and fast speed. She decided to join the Russian cruiser squadron based in Vladivostok, going around the Japanese home islands, while being pursued by Japanese cruisers Tsushima and Chitose. She was ambushed while coaling at Sakhalin, and forced into a duel off Korsakov. It was immediately apparent she was outgunned by the larger cruisers, and after sustaining three critical hits below the waterline; Novik was scuttled, ending her carrier in the Russian Navy on 20 August 1904.
After the War, the Japanese decided to salvage Novik, and take her as a prize of war; she entered commission into the Imperial Japanese Navy on 20 August 1906 as Suzuya. Although the Japanese wanted to use Suzuya as a scout cruiser, her original boilers were heavily damaged, replaced by only 8 boilers, as opposed to her original 12. Therefore she was no more able to attain the speeds she was famous for, and the Japanese quickly reclassified her to a 2nd class coastal defence vessel, a role she fulfilled until scrapped on 1 April 1913.
Historical AccuracyNovik only served with the Imperial Russian and Japanese navies, yet she is classified as a ship of the USSR which did not exist until 1922. By then Novik had already been scrapped nine years ago.
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