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Vauquelin
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Destroyer | France | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
Guépard
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Le Fantasque
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General
Research price64000 exp
Purchase price5,150,000 Credits
Hit Points15,100 
Main Battery
139 mm/40 Mle 19275 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range11.86 km.
Maximum Dispersion103 m.
HE Shell139 mm HE OEcl M1925 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,000 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity700 m./s.
HE Shell Weight40.2 kg.
AP Shell139 mm AP OPf Mle 1924 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,600 
Initial AP Shell Velocity700 m./s.
AP Shell Weight40.4 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
550 mm tube lance-torpilles2 х 2 / 1 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.67 shots/min.
Reload Time90 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo550 mm 24V 
Maximum Damage14,833 
Torpedo Speed68 knot
Torpedo Range7.98 km.
AA Defense
37 mm/50 CA Mle 19254 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second6.4 
. . . Firing Rangekm.
13.2 mm/76 CAD Mle 19292 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed36 knot
Turning Circle Radius690 m.
Rudder Shift Time5.7 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.56 km.
Air Detectability Range3.51 km.
Battle Levels
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VII
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5,150,000

Vauquelin — French Tier VII destroyer.

A further development of the large destroyer sub-type (French "contre-torpilleurs"). In contrast to the Guépard class, she featured artillery with enhanced rapid-firing capabilities. Additionally, as opposed to the Aigle class, she had her torpedo armament arranged in a different manner, providing wider rotation angles for her torpedo tubes.

Modules

link=Ship: 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)
139 mm/40 Mle 192712181032,00092,600 0420,000
link=Ship: 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)
Vauquelin (A)15,10031652/42/10 0600,000
Vauquelin (B)18,10031654/630 25,5001,500,000
link=Ship: 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)
550 mm 23DT Mle 10.7907.214,833688 0430,000
link=Ship: Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
PCA n° 7 Mle 1011.9 0350,000
PCA n° 7 Mle 21013 17,0001,100,000
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 64,000 hp36 0405,000

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 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

Vauquelin is the stereotypical French destroyer with a high health pool, high speed, 139mm guns, 8 km torpedoes, no smoke, and Main Battery Reload Booster (MBRB). By this point, players should more or less know what to expect from a high-tiered French destroyer. Vauquelin's B hull has a health pool of 18,100 HP that is bested only by the Premium destroyer Z-39. Furthermore, she continues the French tradition of speed; with Engine Boost and the Sierra Mike signal flag, Vauquelin reaches up to an admirable 45.0 knots. Though this is the same as her predecessor, only 2 destroyers at Tier VII - Minsk and Leningrad - can surpass 45 knots. Despite these positive traits, Vauquelin is initially only a modest enhancement of her predecessor. Vauquelin's A hull comes with 5 guns slightly improved over Tier VI Guépard's and 7 torpedoes not improved over Tier V Jaguar's. This corresponds to a nonexistent increase in guns and a 1 tube increase in torpedoes. But, equipping a larger number of guns and torpedoes is not the only approach to designing a more powerful warship.

Vauquelin's torpedoes are arranged atypically. Instead of mounting all 7 tubes on the centerline, a single double torpedo tube launcher is found on each side of the ship with the remaining triple launcher in a centerline space. This configuration is similar to the same-tiered destroyer Mahan and noticeably improves Vauquelin's torpedo arcs over all preceding French destroyers. A drawback of this peculiar positioning is that, short of turning the ship, captains may fire only 5 torpedoes in a full broadside. This is underwhelming compared to Tier VII destroyers that have an extensive focus on torpedoes and even some that do not. Nonetheless, Vauquelin's torpedoes hurt enough to force the enemy to think before they act and the 68 knot speed, behind only Skåne's researchable torpedoes, is not to be underestimated by fellow combatants. Vauquelin's B hull converts the two double launchers to triple launchers. This useful upgrade increases her torpedo armament to a not insubstantial total of 9 torpedo tubes.

As with her torpedoes, Vauquelin also has an improved gun firing arc toward the bow. This allows captains to better utilize Vauquelin's theoretical capabilities in practice. Though she packs 5 guns just like her predecessor, her guns turn faster by 2°/s and reload faster by 0.6 seconds for a 10°/s turret traverse speed and 5 second reload time. Neither attribute is exceptional and Vauquelin ranks middle of the pack for both. Vauquelin stands out with her 4 base charges of MBRB. Vauquelin's 5 guns do good damage per shell and even without MBRB, Vauquelin has a highly competitive damage per minute that exceeds even some artillery-focused destroyers such as Leberecht Maass. For the remaining enemy destroyers Vauquelin cannot out-damage, she can out-tank them thanks to her larger health pool. In these intense duels, the race to deal damage is closely contested and the aim of both captains will factor into the end result. Unsurprisingly, no enemy destroyer has even close to Vauquelin's shell and damage output for the 15 seconds MBRB is active. During this period, Vauquelin is competitive against even Tier VIII destroyers as fabled as Akizuki though a short 15 second encounter may not provide enough time to sink previously undamaged destroyers. The only respite for same- or lower-tiered enemy destroyers is to take advantage of Vauquelin's fairly high (though common at her tier) base detectability range of 7.56 km and (uncommon at her tier) lack of smoke. The inability to generate a smoke screen may encourage captains to adopt a mid- to long-range playstyle, for which harassing enemy cruisers and battleships is also safer.

Vauquelin truly is a capable, versatile ship. She is a gunboat at heart with torpedoes as either an offensive weapon or a defensive deterrent depending on personal preference. In contrast, her successor has just 300 more HP and trades 20% of Vauquelin's main battery DPM for 10% faster torpedoes with a 25% higher maximum damage. Captains who prefer active actions without smoke as a crutch will adapt well to Vauquelin.

Pros:

  • High burst damage with Main Battery Reload Booster (When used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced.).
  • 2nd highest health pool (behind Z-39) and longest main battery range (tied with Sims).
  • Speedy 68 knot (2nd fastest at tier) torpedoes.
  • Wider, more player-friendly gun and torpedo arcs compared to predecessors.
  • High maximum speed of 45 knots with Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.) and Sierra Mike +5% to the ship's maximum speed. (behind Minsk and Leningrad).

Cons:

  • No Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.), increasing difficulty of disengaging and vulnerability to carriers.
  • Torpedoes are the same as Tier V Jaguar's with unimpressive (though not insignificant) maximum damage.
  • Fairly large detectability range and turning radius.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Vauquelin is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for better armor and anti-air defenses and more torpedo tubes. Research of this module unlocks progression to Le Fantasque.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to PCA n° 7 Mle 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
It is recommended for captains to first research the Hull upgrade for an additional 3,000 HP on Vauquelin. Captains may decide to then proceed immediately to the next ship on the tech tree, Le Fantasque. Alternatively, captains may research the PCA n° 7 Mle 2 upgrade for a 10% increase to Vauquelin's already large main battery range.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Vauquelin are as follows:

For Slot 1, the signal Juliet Charlie -100% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating. prevents detonation. In this case, Magazine Modification 1 (Reduces the risk of magazine detonation: -70% risk.) is unnecessary and Main Armaments Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time.) is preferred to keep armaments functioning.

For Slot 2, Engine Room Protection (Reduces the risk of incapacitation, and accelerates repairs of the engine and steering gears.: -20% to the risk of incapacitation. / -20% to repair time.) is useful as incapacitation of the engine and/or steering gear can be fatal. With the Last Stand skill, Damage Control System Modification 1 (Reduces the risk of fire and flooding.: -5% to the risk of fire. / -3% to the risk of flooding when torpedoes hit the torpedo protection.) becomes viable in Slot 2 as it can decrease the chance of fire and flooding.

For Slot 3, Aiming Systems Modification 1 (Increases the firing accuracy of the main battery and secondary battery, accelerates the traverse speed of torpedo tubes, and extends the firing range of the secondary battery: -7% main battery dispersion. / +20% torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +5% secondary battery firing range. / -5% secondary battery dispersion.) is useful for a slight decrease in dispersion. Alternatively, Torpedo Tubes Modification 1 (+20% traverse speed of torpedo tubes. / −40% chance of critical damage to torpedo tubes. / +5% to the speed of shipborne torpedoes.) can be equipped to increase Guépard's torpedo speed by 3.4 knots to 71.4 knots.

For Slot 4, Steering Gears Modification 1 (OBSOLETE Use Engine Room Protection) allows captains to better dodge incoming shells at range. Propulsion Modification 1 (OBSOLETE Use Engine Room Protection) is another option for faster acceleration.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Vauquelin equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectibility range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Vauquelin with Type 17 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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. French destroyer Vauquelin (1931) - Wikipedia
  2. Vauquelin-class destroyer - Wikipedia
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