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Destroyer | Europe | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points17,600 
Main Battery
120 mm/50 Mk.10 in a turret2 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire33.33 shots/min.
Reload Time1.8 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Firing Range12.35 km.
Maximum Dispersion107 m.
HE Shell120 mm brisantgranaat M/50 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,750 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity825 m./s.
HE Shell Weight23.5 kg.
AP Shell120 mm pantserprojectiel M/50 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity825 m./s.
AP Shell Weight23.5 kg.
AA Defense
120 mm/50 Mk.10 in a turret2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second122.4 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
40 mm/70 SAK-40/L70-350

on a SAK-40/L70-350 mount6 х 1 pcs.

. . . Average Damage per Second163.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius620 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Surface Detectability Range7.93 km.
Air Detectability Range2.9 km.
Battle Levels

Friesland — European special premium Tier IX destroyer.

The lead ship in a series of "submarine hunters" used by the Dutch Navy. The ship carried various anti-submarine weapons as well as 120 mm Bofors dual purpose naval guns, one of the most effective pieces of armament during the post-war period.

Friesland was first released for sale on 4 Sep 2019. She is no longer available for sale, having been replaced by her Netherlands counterpart Groningen.

Groningen is a ship of the Dutch in-game nation with identical characteristics. She was first released for sale in August 2021.[1]


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
120 mm/50 Mk.10 in a turret33.37.21071,75082,100 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Friesland17,60062026/2 00
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
Vuurleiding Mk 9 Mod. 10 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 60,000 hp36 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
Defensive AA Fire Modification 1
Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1
Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3 
Main Battery Modification 2
AA Guns Modification 1
Aiming Systems Modification 1
Smoke Generator Modification 1
 Slot 4 
Damage Control System Modification 2
Propulsion Modification 1
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
 Slot 6 
Main Battery Modification 3
Gun Fire Control System Modification 2
Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

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.

Friesland is a Tier IX ship representing the European branch. She is equipped with only two dual mount gun turrets. She has a quick reload time and a variety of consumables at her disposal. Uncommon for destroyers in this game, she is not equipped with a torpedo armament.

Play style

Friesland is an interesting take on the gunboat destroyer play style, giving up torpedoes for extremely fast firing guns and powerful hydro. With her US style Smoke GeneratorWhile active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates., she can farm enemy ships for long periods of time from the safety of her smoke. Her powerful Hydroacoustic SearchWhile active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain. both protects her from torpedo attacks while discouraging most ships from getting close. Access to Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased. also heavily discourages all but the most determined carriers from striking her. Due to her slow shells, Friesland ideally wants to position 8km to 10km away from enemy cruisers and battleships. Close enough where she can easily land shells, but not so close where they can rush her and exploit her lack of torpedoes. Make sure someone else is providing constant spotting before you smoke up and farm; smoking up only to lose vision on your target can lead to awkward moments of silence.

Her biggest worry are radar cruisers, especially the long range 12km radars mounted on Russian cruisers. The threat of radar can force Friesland out of her smoke, making her more vulnerable due to her slow speed and sluggish handling. She is relatively easy to hit and will take significant damage if the player is not careful. Her mediocre concealment means she can struggle to force engagements against stealthier destroyers, though she comfortably outguns the vast majority of them. The few exceptions including French destroyers, Russian destroyers, and Smaland

Though a solid ship by herself, Friesland can also function as a excellent support vessel. She can lay down smoke for her allies, letting them fire from relative safety while she spots enemy ships, screens for torpedoes, and even provide effective anti-air support.

Overall Friesland and her sister ship Groningen are great ships, capable of locking down large areas with their immense firepower and long lasting smoke.


  • Main battery turrets can rotate the full 360 degrees with a very quick traverse speed
  • Outstanding rate of fire
  • Best fire starting potential of any Tier IX Destroyer
  • Very powerful AA suite, can reliably shred enemy planes when Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased. is active
  • Powerful Hydroacoustic SearchWhile active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain. that can detect ships up to 5.0km away
  • Access to Smoke GeneratorWhile active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates. with emission and smoke duration comparable to USN destroyers
  • Respectable turning radius and rudder shift time


  • Somewhat easy to hit due to her slow speed
  • Poor main battery ballistics - high arcs with long flight times
  • Loss of a main battery results in her firepower being halved
  • Does not carry torpedoes
  • Slow top speed, especially due to lack of Engine BoostWhile active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage. consumable
  • Poor concealment


As a premium ship, Friesland doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Friesland are as follows:

Commander Skills

The following information is provided for players who wish to create a permanent captain for the ship. Those players who are retraining captains or using the ship to gain extra experience for a captain should consult the page relevant to the ship to which the captain will be assigned.


Friesland equips the following consumables:


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


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


Historical Info

Historical Gallery



  1. HNLMS Friesland (D812) - Wikipedia
  2. HNLMS Groningen (D813) - Wikipedia
  3. Friesland-class destroyer - Wikipedia
  4. 1:42 Scale – Friesland - News - World of Warships
  5. Armada: Friesland - News - World of Warships
  6. 1:42 Scale: Friesland - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  7. Armada: Friesland - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube

  1. Update 0.10.7

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.8.5.

Testing Changes

  • May 23, 2019:
    • Preliminary characteristics.
  • July 19, 2019:
    • Main battery turrets now rotate 360 degrees.
    • Main battery firing angles increased: bow turret by 1 degree, stern turret by 5 degrees to both sides.
    • Continuous AA damage bonus granted by the Defensive AA Fire consumable lowered from +200% to +100%.
  • Update
    • Friesland was added to the European tech tree for 1,000,000 Free Experience and the Armory for 19,300 doubloons.
  • Update 0.10.6:
    • Friesland was removed from the European tech tree and the Armory. Owners may choose to exchange her with Dutch Destroyer Groningen during Update 0.10.7 to 0.10.8.
  • Update 0.10.8:
    • Fixed the incorrect names of modules and armaments.
  • Update 0.11.3:
    • Minor fixes to geometry and textures of the ship.

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