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London
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Cruiser | U.K. | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points34,600 
Main Battery
203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII4 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time15 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time22.5 sec.
Firing Range13.4 km.
Maximum Dispersion125 m.
HE Shell203 mm HE 256 lb 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,850 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell15 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity855 m./s.
HE Shell Weight116.1 kg.
AP Shell203 mm AP 256 lb 
Maximum AP Shell Damage4,550 
Initial AP Shell Velocity855 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 Fire0.57 shots/min.
Reload Time106 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk VII 
Maximum Damage15,733 
Torpedo Speed59 knot
Torpedo Range7.02 km.
AA Defense
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second37.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV15 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second54 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm/39 QF Mk VIII2 х 8 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second39.6 
. . . Firing Range2.49 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32.25 knot
Turning Circle Radius710 m.
Rudder Shift Time7.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range12.06 km.
Air Detectability Range6.58 km.
Battle Levels
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London — British promo premium Tier VI cruiser.

The lead ship in the second series of County-class cruisers—British "Washington Treaty" cruisers armed with eight powerful 203 mm guns. The cruiser was rebuilt during extensive modernization undertaken in the late 1930s, which changed the ship's exterior and reinforced her armor and AA batteries.

First made available with Update 0.9.1 on 12 February 2020.

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)
203 mm/50 BL Mk VIII422.51252,850154,550 00
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)
London34,60013114442/4/1520 00
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 VII0.61067.215,733597 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk VI mod. 1013.4 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 80,000 hp32.3 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 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 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

London is a Tier VI British heavy cruiser, that is taking the spot as a premium ship alongside Devonshire

On paper London offers an arsenal that is neither outstanding nor disappointing. Eight 203mm main guns offer a good broadside firepower, stronger than that of Aoba, yet not quite on the level of Pensacola. Her 15 second reload is the slowest of any cruiser at her tier save for the large guns of Admiral Graf Spee. Both shell types are usable, her HE shells having decent all around stats while her AP is effective against the lightly armored cruisers that are common in London's matchmaking spread. The biggest drawback of her main armament is the short range, making it difficult to apply her weaponry especially when facing Tier VIII ships. Eight torpedo launchers round off the armament, offering a painful sting at close range if required. Unfortunately, close range is all they are good for given the short range of 7km. Also while torpedo hits are painful, with only four per side they may not be enough to defeat a larger opponent.

London's armor scheme reflects that of many of her comrades. A large, thinly armored hull and a citadel that sticks up above the waterline. An advantage of the scheme is the absence of citadel space beneath the turrets, making only shots beneath her funnels capable of deleting London. Shells hitting beneath the turrets are highly likely to exit the hull on the other side, resulting only in over-penetrations. While advantageous against AP fire under limited circumstances, it makes London highly vulnerable against HE fire as even destroyer caliber fire will not struggle to land penetrating hits all around her hull.

An important tool in London's arsenal is her Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.). It permits her to temporarily break vision, and if desired to fire a few rounds at targets in range. Be careful, though, as a heavy cruiser comes with a larger smoke firing concealment penalty than a light cruiser.

For her play style, London should aim at landing HE salvos on destroyers whenever possible. Her short range demands her to get close for this, but attempting long range combat is not possible given the short range. Use of Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search and Smoke Generator will be important in these locations

Pros:

  • Good healthpool for a Tier 6 cruiser
  • Large caliber main guns with hard hitting HE and AP shells
  • Good main battery firing angles
  • Equipped with fairly hard hitting torpedoes
  • Access to a Smoke Generator and a Repair Party
  • Long lasting Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search useful for defensive purposes

Cons:

  • Weak armor scheme: large caliber hits can be devastating
  • Very short main battery range
  • Slow main battery reload speed, poor DPM
  • Weaker HE shells than techtree counterpart Devonshire
  • Torpedoes are short ranged
  • Weak AA suite
  • The Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) consumable only heals a small amount of health per charge

Research

As a premium ship, London doesn't have any modules to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for London are as follows:


In Slot 2 the Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 (Increases the action time of the Hydroacoustic Search and Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search consumables.: +20% action time.) special upgrade adds 36 seconds to the already-long action time of the Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search consumable.

Commander Skills

Consumables

London equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, London comes with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

A beautiful white and gold -- Victorian White -- permacamo is also available for 2000 Doubloons.

Signals

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

  1. HMS London (69) - Wikipedia
  2. County-class cruiser - Wikipedia
  3. Armada: London - News - World of Warships
  4. Armada: London - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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