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Chung Mu
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Destroyer | Pan-Asia | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Hsienyang
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Yueyang
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General
Research price160000 exp
Purchase price13,000,000 Credits
Hit Points14,800 
Main Battery
127 mm/38 Mk305 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire17.14 shots/min.
Reload Time3.5 sec.
Rotation Speed34 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time5.29 sec.
Firing Range11.04 km.
Maximum Dispersion97 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
HE Shell Weight24.5 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP/SC Mk38 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity792 m./s.
AP Shell Weight25 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Mk141 х 5 / 1 х 5 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.51 shots/min.
Reload Time117 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoMk15 mod. 3 
Maximum Damage16,633 
Torpedo Speed56 knot
Torpedo Range9.15 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk305 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second53.5 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk13 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second33.9 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk46 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second21.6 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed38 knot
Turning Circle Radius620 m.
Rudder Shift Time5.5 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.2 km.
Air Detectability Range3.24 km.
Battle Levels
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IX
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13,000,000

Chung Mu — Pan-Asian Tier IX destroyer.

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A former U.S. Navy Fletcher-class destroyer (USS Erben, DD-631) that was transferred to the Republic of Korea Navy in 1963. The ship carried good armament and had enhanced AA capabilities.

Modules

Main Battery Guns 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)
127 mm/38 Mk3017.15.29971,80052,100 01,000,000
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)
Chung Mu (A)14,80032053/6/520 01,400,000
Chung Mu (B)17,10032052/1/620 40,0003,200,000
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)
Mk15 mod. 30.51177.216,633569.2 01,300,000
Mk16 mod. 10.51177.219,0336710.5 25,0001,900,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk9 mod. 1011 0900,000
Mk9 mod. 21012.1 20,0001,500,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 60,000 hp38 01,100,000

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 Engine Boost Modification 1 Surveillance Radar Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Smoke Generator Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

Players familiar with Tier IX American destroyer Fletcher will be at home in Chung Mu, as most of the important characteristics of both ships are extremely similar.

While Chung Mu retains the excellent close range firepower of Fletcher, she has the Pan-Asian line signature weapon — deep water torpedoes — and has access to the unique Pan-Asian Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) and Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.). Consequently, Chung Mu is uniquely dangerous to both cruisers, battleships, and the occasional aircraft carrier. While Chung Mu is entirely capable of contesting capture points just like her American sister, her inability to damage destroyers with her torpedoes hampers her ability to control enemy destroyer access to those capture points. Rather, Chung Mu excels at cooperative flanking, where she can easily destroy distracted cruisers and battleships. Her most important upgrade from Hsienyang is gaining access to Upgrade Slot 6, allowing captains to customize their Chung Mu into builds that befit their preferred play style for the ship.

Players will be tempted to exchange the Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) for Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), but the radar's modest range and duration makes it difficult to employ effectively in the absence of smoke. As such, the radar consumable is best used by experienced players or those working in a division, as the consumable requires the close cooperation of allies to take advantage of the targets thus spotted.

Pros:

  • Excellent close range main battery firepower.
  • Good AA capabilities.
  • Good maneuver profile, especially when in top configuration.
  • Good concealment values.
  • Powerful torpedoes with excellent detection values.
  • Access to radar consumable.
  • Smoke screen can be made to operate nearly continuously with proper captain skills, and signal flags.

Cons:

  • Poor main battery muzzle velocity.
  • Incapable of damaging destroyers with torpedoes.
  • Radar is short-ranged and short-lived.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Chung Mu is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for a bump in AA, more health, and a faster rudder shift time. Research of this module unlocks progression to Yueyang.
  • Torpedoes: Chung Mu’s upgraded torpedo module is one of the best investments out there, as it provides a moderate bump up damage but a 20% increase in speed.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk9 mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
Captains will want to prioritize Hull (B) first, as the extra range provided by the fire control module is far less important than the extra hit points and better rudder shift of the B hull. The improved torpedoes should come next; the increase to main battery range should be saved for last or skipped entirely.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Chung Mu are as follows:


Upgrade recommendations for Slots 1, 3, 4, and 5 are fairly easy to make; captains who equip Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) instead of Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) are encouraged to equip special upgrade Surveillance Radar Modification 1 (Increases the action time of the Surveillance Radar consumable.:  +20% action time.) in Upgrade Slot 2. The upgrade chosen for Upgrade Slot 6 — and the corresponding commander skills — will separate one Chung Mu from another.

Torpedo Build: Captains wishing to focus their Chung Mu as a torpedo boat will opt for Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 (Decreases reload time of torpedo tubes: -15% reload time. / +50% risk of incapacitation.) in Upgrade Slot 6. This lowers her torpedo reload to only 103.7 seconds (down from 122 seconds). If her commander invests in the Level 3 commander skill Torpedo Armament Expertise, the reload time drops to a scant 93 seconds. Given how hard her torpedoes hit and how fast they travel, this configuration of Chung Mu can give even the vaunted Japanese destroyers a run for their money in the torpedo damage category.

Main Battery (Maximum Rate of Fire) Build: Another solid choice for Chung Mu in Upgrade Slot 6 is Main Battery Modification 3 (Reduces the reload time of the main battery guns: -12% main battery loading time. / -13% main battery traverse speed.). When coupled with Level 3 commander skill Basic Firing Training, her rate of fire increases significantly. In this configuration, the reload time on her main battery guns drops to 2.6 seconds (from a base of 3.3 seconds).

Main Battery (Maximum Range) Build: Some captains prefer to maximize the range of Chung Mu’s main battery guns utilizing Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 (Extends the firing range of the main battery: +16% firing range.) in the final upgrade slot. While this pushes her main battery range out to 15.0 km, landing shells on all but the slowest, largest ships at such range is incredibly difficult.

Commander Skills

The following captain skills are useful for Chung Mu. Skills with a single star are objectively useful, but two and three star options are far superior.

Regardless of other choices, Chung Mu commanders are strongly encouraged invest in either Priority Target or Preventative Maintenance at Level 1, Last Stand at Level 2, Survivability Expert at Level 3, and Concealment Expert at Level 4. Where points go after that depends on how captains wish to play the ship.

A Torpedo Build Chung Mu will want to invest in Torpedo Armament Expertise at Level 3, whereas a Main Battery Build Chung Mu will want to pick up Basic Firing Training — and probably Demolition Expert — instead. Captains concerned about enemy aircraft could opt for Advanced Firing Training or Manual Fire Control for AA Armament. The latter is the better option, as Chung Mu will run most of the time with her anti-aircraft guns disabled in order to avoid detection (making the additional AA range less valuable).

Consumables

Chung Mu can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Chung Mu with Type 19 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

Captains who have opted for a Torpedo Build Chung Mu will want to equip a Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) signal in order to maximize potential damage from torpedo hits. Throwing on a Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) signal will further boost her excellent speed and allow her to move around the map more quickly as needed. November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.) and Juliet Charlie (-100% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) are also highly recommended, if available. Main Battery Build Chung Mu captains should also consider Victor Lima (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +4% chance of causing flooding.) and India X-Ray (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm. / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) signals to maximize the fire chance of her main battery shells.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. USS Erben (DD-631) - Wikipedia
  2. Fletcher-class destroyer - Wikipedia
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