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Belfast '43
Cruiser | U.K. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points38,400 
Main Battery
152 mm/50 BL Mk.XXIII on a Mk.XXIII mount4 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time10 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time25.71 sec.
Firing Range15.42 km.
Maximum Dispersion139 m.
HE Shell152 mm HE 6crh Mk IV mod.1 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,450 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity841 m./s.
HE Shell Weight50.8 kg.
AP Shell152 mm AP 6crh Mk IV 
Maximum AP Shell Damage3,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity841 m./s.
AP Shell Weight50.8 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
102 mm/45 QF Mk.XVII on a Mk.XIX mount6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.6 km.
Rate of Fire20 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell102 mm HE 35 lb 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,500 
Initial HE Shell Velocity811 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm TR Mk IV2 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.83 shots/min.
Reload Time72 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk IX* 
Maximum Damage15,867 
Torpedo Speed61 knot
Torpedo Range8.01 km.
AA Defense
102 mm/45 QF Mk.XVII on a Mk.XIX mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second56.4 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II on a Mk.V mount5 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second30.5 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk.I on a Mk.IIA mount8 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second28.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm/39 Vickers QF Mk.VIII on a Mk.VI mount2 х 8 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second39.6 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maximum Speed32.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius680 m.
Rudder Shift Time9.9 sec.
Surface Detectability Range11 km.
Air Detectability Range7.16 km.
Battle Levels

Belfast '43 — British special premium Tier VIII cruiser.

Commissioned in 1939, the second ship of the Edinburgh class, HMS Belfast, struck a German mine at the beginning of World War II and was subsequently under repair until 1942. After that, in 1943, the ship escorted northern convoys and participated in the sinking of Scharnhorst in the Battle of the North Cape. In 1944, she covered the landing of Allied troops in Normandy. Between 1950 and 1952, the cruiser participated in the Korean War. Since 1971, Belfast has served as a museum ship and, since 1978, as a branch of the Imperial War Museum.

First sold November 8th, 2020.


Main Battery Guns Rate of Fire
180° Turn Time
Maximum Dispersion
Maximum HE Shell Damage
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
Maximum AP Shell Damage
Research price
Purchase price
152 mm/50 BL Mk.XXIII on a Mk.XXIII mount625.71392,45093,100 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Belfast (1943)38,4006114468/5/2/62 00
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
180° Turn Time
Maximum Damage
Torpedo Speed
Torpedo Range
Research price
Purchase price
533 mm Mk IX*0.8727.215,866618 00
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
Mk VIII mod. 10 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 80,000 hp32.5 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1 
Main Armaments Modification 1
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1
Magazine Modification 1
Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2 
Damage Control System Modification 1
Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1
Surveillance Radar Modification 1
Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3 
Main Battery Modification 2
Secondary Battery Modification 1
AA Guns Modification 1
Aiming Systems Modification 1
Smoke Generator Modification 1
Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4 
Damage Control System Modification 2
Steering Gears Modification 1
Depth Charges Modification 1
 Slot 5 
Torpedo Lookout System
Concealment System Modification 1
Steering Gears Modification 2
Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion


Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.
Refer to the in-game Port screens for more useful data.


Belfast '43 is a variation of Tier VIII Edinburgh, maintaining good maneuverability, a large 114mm armor belt, and unique set of consumables; Short Burst Smoke Generator, Surveillance Radar and Hydroacoustic Search. Belfast '43 is one of the few ships to mount both a Smoke generator and Surveillance radar. Although this is a powerful combo, her smoke is the Short Burst Smoke Generator, and she lacks access to any form of Repair party, which severely limits her potential compared to Tier X Plymouth, or to a lesser extent Tier VII Belfast.

The Ship

Belfast '43 is built around her consumable suite. Her Short Burst Smoke Generator lends itself well to ambushing low health ships while remaining detected or for quick escapes if an enemy closes the distance too quickly. But it does not allow captains to shoot undetected for long periods of time; it will disperse quickly, as well as recharge quickly to use again. Her Surveillance Radar is an excellent tool for spotting enemy destroyers and submarines up to 9km away. And her Hydroacoustic search is useful for spotting torpedoes and enemy ships that stray too close. These all add up into a strong package that specializes in area denial and destroyer hunting.

Armor and Survivability

Belfast '43 is covered by mostly 16mm armor, which can be overmatched by 229mm shells and larger. This protects her from ships like Baltimore and Charles Martel, but is still prone to damage at any angle from Battleship caliber guns such as Colorado and Bismarck. Although she has a 114mm armor belt and midsection which is thick enough to bounce any AP shell in the game when angled correctly, and shatter Conqueror HE shells. She still is a fragile light cruiser and captains must be careful to use cover and her smoke wisely as to maintain stealth for most of the game. In support of this stealthy playstyle, she has a very low detection radius, and when built correctly can radar ships a couple hundred meters before she herself is spotted.


Belfast '43 carries twelve 152mm guns, housed in four triple turrets. These guns are accurate and differ from most in-game British Light Cruisers in that they can load HE shells. This is a side grade to the tech tree guns; the change of the Specialized AP to normal AP shells is somewhat compensated for by the HE shells, with slightly improved penetration and damage are still strong against most ships. Her guns also have comfortable ballistics; they have effective trajectory at the limits of her range, while still being able to lob shells over islands. Belfast '43 has a longer reload time than her counterpart, Tier VII Belfast, this severely limits her DPM, though individual salvos still pack a punch. Belfast '43 has a secondary armament, which can be useful for setting the odd fire if captains find themselves too close to a battleship, but cannot be relied upon as the dispersion is poor. Belfast '43 also carries two triple, 8km torpedo racks, one on each side, which are slightly faster and more damaging, but shorter ranged than her sister ship Edinburgh. One rack of torpedoes will not do enough damage to sink a healthy battleship at her tier, so captains should keep in mind that these are best used as a deterrent.

Anti-Aircraft and ASW

The anti-aircraft armament on Belfast '43 leaves a lot to be desired; its overall damage is reduced by about 30% from her sister Edinburgh, though maintains a range of 5.8km on the long end, with medium and short ranged guns coming online at 2.5km and 2km respectively. This will generally not discourage even lower tiered carriers, therefore captains will rely on teammates and smoke to protect them from being focused by a CV. Furthermore captains will rely on allies to help kill submarines, though she can spot them fairly efficiently through the use of her consumables, and drop depth charges over her stern.

Battle Performance

Belfast '43 is an odd ship compared to her relatives in the British light cruiser tech tree line. She shares the same hull, turrets and Hydroacoustic Search as her sister Edinburgh, but that's where the similarities end. Her guns, smoke and play style are much more comparable to an oversized Lightning with a Surveillance Radar; she shoots improved HE shells, has a Short Burst Smoke Generator, but lacks any Repair Party and the Specialized AP shells of the British light cruiser and destroyer tech tree lines. Captains should utilize her low detection radius to gain position behind island cover, where they can limit line of sight from enemy ships while utilizing shell arcs to remain undetected and provide fire support to friendly destroyers. Captains should remain undetected for as long as possible, thus making her lack of armor moot. When it comes to her role as fire support, it looks very different from Edinburgh. Belfast '43’s smoke has a short duration and fast reload times, making her well suited to ambushing unsuspecting destroyers in combination with her radar before disappearing again. Her smoke is also useful for breaking line of sight for emergency retreats.


  • Good consumables suite (Hydroacoustic Search, Short Burst Smoke Generator, and Surveillance Radar in their own slots).
  • Great concealment.
  • Good maneuverability.
  • Twelve main battery guns, and six torpedoes.
  • Strong HE shells; Improved penetration & damage


  • Light armor.
  • No Repair Party.
  • Slow reload time for a light cruiser.
  • Below average health pool.
  • Only three torpedoes per side.
  • Poor main battery range and firing angles.
  • Weak AA battery and ASW.


As a premium ship, Belfast '43 has no module upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Belfast '43 is well suited to controlling vision, commanders should seek to improve consumable action time, concealment, reload time, and take Radio Location finder to increase utility.


The recommended upgrades are:

*In Slot 2, Captains should decide if they want to improve the duration of the Surveillance radar, or Hydroacoustic search, if those upgrades are not available then they should take Engine Room Protection to decrease the likelihood of losing control of the ship .

Commander Skills

The Commander Skills chosen are intended to improve the survivability of the ship, and her utility.


Belfast '43 equips the following consumables:


As a premium ship, Belfast '43 comes with Default permanent camouflage and a set of permanent combat bonuses.


The signals are chosen to improve her damage output, reduce the damage she takes from fires and floods, as well as removing the chance of detonating.

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.


Historical Info

Historical Gallery




Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.9.8.

Testing Changes

  • DevBlog 57:
    • Preliminary characteristics.
  • DevBlog 64:
    • The range of the Surveillance Radar consumable was reduced from 10 to 9 km.
    • Smoke screen dispersion time reduced from 60 to 40 s.
  • DevBlog 77:
    • Number of charges of the Short-Burst Smoke Generator consumable increased from 2 to 3.
  • DevBlog 82:
    • Number of charges of the Short-Burst Smoke Generator consumable increased from 3 to 4.
  • DevBlog 87:
    • Main battery reload time increased from 9.0 to 10.5 s.
  • First appeared on sale in November 2020.
  • Update 0.10.0:
    • The firing range of the secondary battery was increased to 6.6 km.
  • Update 0.10.1 (but not listed in the patch notes):
    • Number of charges of the Short-Burst Smoke Generator consumable increased from 4 to 5 (see DevBlog 116).
  • Update 0.11.2:
    • Added the Irish Emerald permanent camouflage.
  • Update 0.11.4:
    • Main battery reload time decreased from 10.5 to 10 s.
  • Update 0.11.8:
    • Fixed the picture of the ship in the carousel.
  • Update 0.11.9:
    • Minor fixes to geometry and textures of the ship.

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