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Destroyer | Germany | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Leberecht Maass
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General
Research price109000 exp
Purchase price8,800,000 Credits
Hit Points14,700 
Main Battery
128 mm L/45 LC/344 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range9.85 km.
Maximum Dispersion96 m.
HE Shell128 mm Spr.Gr. 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,500 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity830 m./s.
HE Shell Weight28 kg.
AP Shell128 mm P.Spr.Gr. 
Maximum AP Shell Damage3,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity830 m./s.
AP Shell Weight28 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Vierling2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoG7 Steinbarsch 
Maximum Damage14,400 
Torpedo Speed65 knot
Torpedo Range8.49 km.
AA Defense
37 mm Flakzwilling 302 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second5.2 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Flak 386 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second18 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed37 knot
Turning Circle Radius680 m.
Rudder Shift Time6.3 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.92 km.
Air Detectability Range3.5 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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8,800,000

Z-23 — German Tier VIII destroyer.

Developed from the Leberecht Maass-class destroyers (Zerstörer 1936A type), this ship had larger dimensions and greater firepower compared to her prototype. She received 150mm main gun mounts, but retained the torpedo armament of her predecessor.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
128 mm L/45 LC/341522.5961,50063,000 0650,000
150 mm L/48 Tbts KC/36922.5962,200123,700 15,0001,400,000
Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Z-23 (A)14,70062042/620 0900,000
Z-23 (B)19,50062044/4/220 26,0002,200,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
G7 Steinbarsch0.7907.214,400658.5 0800,000
G7 Schildbutt0.7907.214,400669.5 16,0001,300,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
FKS Typ 8 Mod. 109.9 0400,000
FKS Typ 8 Mod. 21010.8 20,0001,400,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 70,000 hp37 0635,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 2
 Slot 5  Target Acquisition System Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 3

Player Opinion

Performance

A solid upgrade to Leberecht Maass, Tier VIII's Z-23 is similar in broad strokes but sees incremental improvements in several key areas. Most welcome is the ability to take the concealment upgrade in the new upgrade slot, allowing her to reach a detection range of 6.2 km when combined with camouflage and the captain skill; still worse than most other destroyers, but at least closer to competitive. A slight downgrade in acceleration, rudder shift, and turning circle is compensated for by a meaty helping of 2,000 additional hit points.

In her stock configuration, Z-23 has exactly the same guns as Maass, but loses a turret. However, like predecessor Ernst Gaede, Z-23 has a choice between between two different calibers of guns: the standard 128mm destroyer guns, or 150mm barrels like those found in the mid-tier German cruisers (Konigsberg and Nürnberg). While the rate of fire penalty for the 150mm option is slightly larger than it was for Gaede, note that when combined with the upgraded hull it also adds an additional gun to the forward turret. This makes for a total of 5 guns, compared to only 4 for the 128 mm option, and goes a long way towards restoring her gun power.

Finally, the upgraded torpedoes pick up an extra kilometer of range, improving their flexibility. The 1-knot increase in speed is small but can only help as well.

All in all, like her predecessors Z-23 may not quite have the finesse of American or Japanese destroyers, but her durability, Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), and balanced gun and torpedo armaments allow her to adapt to almost any circumstance.

Pros:

  • 128mm main battery guns have a very fast rate of fire.
  • Can deliver torpedo strikes from beyond her detection range.
  • The 150mm main battery guns have good AP shells, and has HE shells with a high (12%) fire chance.
  • Has decent speed for a Tier VIII destroyer.
  • Has access to Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.).
  • High amount of hit points for a Tier VIII destroyer, second only to Akizuki.

Cons:

  • Relatively large detection range compared to other Tier VIII destroyers.
  • Main battery turrets have a somewhat slow turret traverse speed.
  • Mediocre AA.
  • Very short smokescreen duration limits offensive smoking ability.

Research

Upgrade the hull first for a massive increase in survivability. Next, the upgraded torpedoes are more comfortable to use. After that, get the 150 mm guns if you prefer them. Take the gun range last.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Z-23 are as follows:

If available, captains are encouraged to install Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 (+20% to duration of Hydroacoustic Search.) in Upgrade Slot 2 in order to extend Z-23’s Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) duration to 115 seconds.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Players can equip the following consumables on this destroyer: Damage Control Party, Smoke Generator, Engine Boost, and Hydroacoustic Search.

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectibility range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Z-23 with Type 18 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

The choice of which Signal Flags to mount will confer to the individual preference of each captain, and are subject to great variation, although there are certain flags which suit Destroyer gameplay better. Captains should mount India Yankee to decrease time to extinguish fires, mount November Foxtrot to decrease reload time of consumables, and mount Sierra Mike to increase the ship's maximum speed. To make their torpedoes more potent, captains should mount Juliet Whisky Unaone to increase chance of causing flooding and Juliet Charlie to mitigate risk to magazine detonation from mounting the former flag. If captains wish to buff their primary artillery, they are encouraged to mount Victor Lima + India X-ray to increase fire chance to HE shells.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. [1], www.bismarck-class.dk/german_destroyers/picture/z23.jpg.

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