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Normandie
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Battleship | France | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
Bretagne
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Lyon
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General
Research price42500 exp
Purchase price3,470,000 Credits
Hit Points44,700 
Main Battery
340 mm/45 Mle 19123 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range17.98 km.
Maximum Dispersion242 m.
HE Shell340 mm HE OEA Mle 1934 
Maximum HE Shell Damage4,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell26 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity921 m./s.
HE Shell Weight431.8 kg.
AP Shell340 mm AP OPfK Mle 1930 
Maximum AP Shell Damage9,500 
Initial AP Shell Velocity780 m./s.
AP Shell Weight585 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
139 mm/55 Mle 191018 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range5.6 km.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time10 sec.
HE Shell139 mm HE OEA Mle 1910 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,000 
Initial HE Shell Velocity840 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
Secondary Armament #2
90 mm/50 Mle 19266 х 1 pcs.
Firing Range5.6 km.
Rate of Fire15 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell90 mm HE OEA Mle 1925 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,300 
Initial HE Shell Velocity850 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
90 mm/50 Mle 19266 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second16.2 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
37 mm/50 CAS Mle 192512 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second19.2 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
13.2 mm/76 CAD Mle 19294 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second14 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed28.03 knot
Turning Circle Radius640 m.
Rudder Shift Time18.8 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range16.2 km.
Air Detectability Range8.3 km.
Battle Levels
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VI
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3,470,000

Normandie — French Tier VI battleship.

The first French battleship design with the main battery guns placed in three quadruple gun turrets. The construction of such turrets was driven by the desire to achieve maximum broadside firepower given the ship's limited size

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)
340 mm/45 Mle 19122452424,700269,500 0340,000
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)
Normandie (A)44,7001236036/184/12/60 0340,000
Normandie (B)48,30012360318/66/6/40 12,500900,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
PCA n° 6 Mle 1018 0260,000
PCA n° 6 Mle 21019.8 6,500640,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 107,000 hp28 0140,000
Propulsion: 112,000 hp29.5 5,500300,000

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 Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

As the fastest Tier VI battleship — aside from Dunkerque — captains could be forgiven for considering Normandie a battlecruiser. She is arguably a better version of her premium counterpart Dunkerque, owing to her smaller profile, an extra main battery turret, better firing range, and better dispersion. She can easily chase down any retreating battleship and or cruiser ruthlessly, and give torpedo-based destroyers a hard run for their money. However, she is not without her own demerits.

Although Normandie is very fast and has firepower on par with her Tier VI counterparts, she also poorly armored. Her armor scheme is similar to British counterpart Queen Elizabeth: a thickly armored exterior with a somewhat poorly armored citadel, making long range engagements potentially disastrous, especially when facing off against large caliber guns (380mm and up) such as those of the aforementioned Queen Elizabeth or even Tier VII American battleship Colorado.

In addition to her somewhat weak armor, she also has very poor firing angles for all her turrets; she must expose a tremendous amount of her broadside armor just to able to fire the rearmost turret. However, Normandie’s fast rudder shift easily makes up for this handicap, and captains who time their shots well can return to being angled towards their targets after firing a full salvo. In addition to her great rudder shift, Normandie’s turning radius is excellent for her speed, on par with the USN New Mexico. Furthermore, her deadly array of secondary batteries can make quick work of enemy destroyers that venture too close—should captains invest in the relevant upgrades and commander skills for a secondary build, they are almost as deadly as Bayern’s. Unfortunately, her anti-aircraft suite is virtually useless, with even the notoriously AA-light Fuso sporting more capable flak.

In short, Normandie is a moderately-armored battlecruiser with great secondaries, main batteries, rudder shift time, and turning radius, but with below average armor and worst-in-tier anti-aircraft firepower. Her speed and rudder shift make up for her armor, but captains must learn not to always rely on her speed for everything.

Pros:

  • Main battery guns are decent: large number of barrels, standard rate of fire, best turret traverse for its tech tree ship type, great firing range, and good dispersion.
  • Long range secondary batteries for a Tier VI battleship.
  • Best-in-tier rudder shift time.
  • Excellent handling characteristics. Her turning radius and rudder shift speed give her handling comparable to high tier cruisers.
  • Excellent speed. Normandie is the fastest of its tech tree type and tier.

Cons:

  • Lowest health pool of its ship type and tier, barely better than New Mexico’s stock hull.
  • Torpedo protection is weak and her citadel is poorly-armored. Normandie can be easily penetrated by guns of 380mm and above from just about any angle.
  • Poor main battery firing angles; Normandie has to show almost full broadside to fire all 3 turrets.
  • Inaccurate, slow-reloading secondaries with small caliber: Bayern’s 150mm and New Mexico’s 127mm secondaries fire faster. Despite their large volume, Normandie’s secondaries inflict little damage.
  • Worst-in-tier anti-aircraft suite.
  • Large detection radius; only Fuso and Mutsu have worse concealment in the tier.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Normandie is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for additional hit points, quicker rudder shift time, and a cosmetic re-arrangement of her AA guns that doesn't substantially improve her AA armament. Research of this module unlocks progression to Lyon.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to PCA n° 6 Mle 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
  • Propulsion: Upgrade the propulsion module for a 1.5 knot speed increase.
Early experience gains should go to Hull (B) for the additional hit points. After that, captains should decide which they value more: the extra speed or additional main battery range.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Normandie are as follows:

Due to Normandie’s already great rudder shift time — once Hull (B) is installed — players can opt to replace Steering Gears Modification 1 with either Propulsion Modification 1 (Reduces time to full speed: -50% to time for reaching full power. / Increases engine power when the ship starts moving.) or Damage Control System Modification 2 (Accelerates fire extinguishing and recovery from flooding: -15% flooding recovery time. / -15% fire duration.) (the latter is recommended).

Commander Skills

Consumables

Normandie 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 Normandie with Type 16 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

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. Normandie-class battleship - Wikipedia
  2. www.avalanchepress.com
  3. www.navypedia.org
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