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Devonshire
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Cruiser | U.K. | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
Hawkins
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Surrey
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General
Research price35000 exp
Purchase price3,300,000 Credits
Hit Points28,600 
Main Battery
203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII4 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire4.29 shots/min.
Reload Time14 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range12.73 km.
Maximum Dispersion120 m.
HE Shell203 mm HE 256 lb 
Maximum HE Shell Damage3,300 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell17 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity814 m./s.
HE Shell Weight116.1 kg.
AP Shell203 mm AP 256 lb 
Maximum AP Shell Damage4,500 
Initial AP Shell Velocity814 m./s.
AP Shell Weight116.1 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX4 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
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 Shel%
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm QR Mk IV2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.63 shots/min.
Reload Time96 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk IX 
Maximum Damage15,433 
Torpedo Speed61 knot
Torpedo Range8.01 km.
AA Defense
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV12 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second43.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm/39 QF Mark VII4 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second51.6 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second37.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed31.25 knot
Turning Circle Radius710 m.
Rudder Shift Time11 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.52 km.
Air Detectability Range6.6 km.
Battle Levels
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VI
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3,300,000

Devonshire — British Tier VI cruiser.

One of the London-class ships—British "Washington Treaty" cruisers of the second series. The large-scale re-equipment of all cruisers of this class which occurred in the late 1930s to the early 1940s provided for changes in the ships' silhouettes, and noticeable reinforcement of their armor protection.

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)
203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII4.322.51203,300174,500 0200,000
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)
Devonshire (A)28,60013114444/12/420 0380,000
Devonshire (B)34,40013114444/2/1020 13,000930,000
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)
533 mm Mk IX0.6967.215,433618 0200,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk VI mod. 1012.7 0200,000
Mk VI mod. 21014 7,100570,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 80,000 hp31.3 0200,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

The Devonshire feels like a relief compared to its predecessor at tier V. The gun caliber is now equal to 203 mm and the guns are organized in four turrets with 2 guns per turret in an ABXY configuration. These turrets rotate faster than the single gun turrets on the Hawkins and have workable firing arcs. This way, the Devonshire is very useful for keeping all the turrets on target while kiting away or towards the enemy. The major drawback of the ship is the short range of the guns and the relatively slow shell speed.

The armor at the sides is very thin and you should be aware of your surroundings to not show broadside to the wrong enemy. But the 25 mm midsection deck armor can be a very nice surprise if you keep the range open. The Devonshire is also one of the few cruisers at tier VI that has a Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable. This means that the Devonshire has acceptable survivability.

The Devonshire retains the good AA which is also present on the Hawkins. This can be improved with the Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) consumable. The Devonshire has better torpedoes with 4 torpedoes per launcher instead of the 2 per launcher on the Hawkins. They can be fired one at the time and have average range and speed. The torpedoes are nice to have and may reward you with an occasional hit or save you from a rushing enemy, but don't rely on them too much.

The Devonshire can be a fun ship to play in the right hands. Be aware of the position of the enemy and position yourself in such a way that you don't sail inside a cross-fire. Try to always angle your armor by kiting towards or away from the enemy. Use HE as default and only switch to AP if a flat broadside is presented at a short-range.

Pros:

  • Good AA for her tier
  • British Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable
  • Relatively quick rudder shift with an acceptable turning radius for a heavy cruiser
  • Choice of Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) or Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumables
  • Good firing arcs and good turret traverse for a heavy cruiser
  • The 25 mm midsection deck armor is a nice surprise, which can bounce some long-range shots. However proper angling and maneuvering is still necessary to improve the survivability

Cons:

  • Short range of the main batteries
  • AP is not what you expect from 203 mm guns. It will frequently bounce or over-penetrate
  • The reload is slow for a cruiser, but not as bad as the Italian cruisers
  • The armor at the sides of the ships is thin for a cruiser

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Devonshire is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for more hit points, better AA and faster rudder shift time. Research of this module unlocks progression to Surrey.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk6 mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.

Optimal Configuration


Commander Skills

Gallery

Historical Gallery

References

  1. HMS Devonshire (39) - Wikipedia
  2. County-class cruiser - Wikipedia
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