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?An ''[[Edinburgh]]''-class light cruiser, one of the most powerful among same-type ships in the Royal Navy during World War II. Underwent several major upgrades. Instead of AA and torpedo armament, the ship received improved anti-torpedo protection and an enhanced surveillance radar. <br><br>HMS ''Belfast'' is now preserved as a [https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast military museum ship] in London, England. She was first released for sale on 21 October 2016 on the EU servers and on 4 November 2016 on the NA servers. It has since been permanently removed from sale.<br><br><br>{{Model3DViewer|ece7059ebe44478392684e1c0c8c294e}}+An ''[[Edinburgh]]''-class light cruiser, one of the most powerful among same-type ships in the Royal Navy during World War II. Underwent several major upgrades. Instead of AA and torpedo armament, the ship received improved anti-torpedo protection and an enhanced surveillance radar. <br><br>HMS ''Belfast'' is now preserved as a [https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast military museum ship] in London, England. She was first released for sale on 21 October 2016 on the EU servers and on 4 November 2016 on the NA servers. It has since been permanently removed from sale.<!-- <br><br><br>{{Model3DViewer|ece7059ebe44478392684e1c0c8c294e}}-->
  
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 ''Belfast'' is just like her tech tree cousins in that she is relatively weakly armored, and will greatly prefer finding island cover where possible while making judicious use of her smoke screen. Used well, she can serve as a measure of area control over capture zones and critical areas, pushing enemy destroyers away; those that choose to wander too close won't live long enough to regret their mistake. Given enough time, the volume of fire from her main battery can lay low even the largest battleships. Unfortunately, as soon as she comes under heavy enemy fire, ''Belfast'' is in trouble. Her best defenses are to stay moving and be visible as little as possible.  ''Belfast'' is just like her tech tree cousins in that she is relatively weakly armored, and will greatly prefer finding island cover where possible while making judicious use of her smoke screen. Used well, she can serve as a measure of area control over capture zones and critical areas, pushing enemy destroyers away; those that choose to wander too close won't live long enough to regret their mistake. Given enough time, the volume of fire from her main battery can lay low even the largest battleships. Unfortunately, as soon as she comes under heavy enemy fire, ''Belfast'' is in trouble. Her best defenses are to stay moving and be visible as little as possible.
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 * Decent range and turret traverse speeds. * Decent range and turret traverse speeds.
 * Good concealment. * Good concealment.
?* Great acceleration.+* Great acceleration.
 +* She has access to HE shells, which makes her more versatile compared to other British cruisers.
  
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 * Poor shell velocity at longer ranges. * Poor shell velocity at longer ranges.
 * Somewhat lackluster as a commander trainer. Commanders specialized for use in ''Belfast'' are likely to have skills that don't translate well to other British cruisers (such as Demolition Expert). * Somewhat lackluster as a commander trainer. Commanders specialized for use in ''Belfast'' are likely to have skills that don't translate well to other British cruisers (such as Demolition Expert).
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 *'''Slot 1''': {{Main Armaments Modification 1}}<nowiki>*</nowiki> *'''Slot 1''': {{Main Armaments Modification 1}}<nowiki>*</nowiki>
 *'''Slot 2''': {{Damage Control System Modification 1}}<nowiki>*</nowiki> *'''Slot 2''': {{Damage Control System Modification 1}}<nowiki>*</nowiki>
?*'''Slot 3''': {{AA Guns Modification 2}}<nowiki>*</nowiki>+*'''Slot 3''': {{AA Guns Modification 1}}<nowiki>*</nowiki>
?*'''Slot 4''': {{Steering Gears Modification 2}}+*'''Slot 4''': {{Steering Gears Modification 1}}
 *'''Slot 5''': {{Concealment System Modification 1}}  *'''Slot 5''': {{Concealment System Modification 1}}
  
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 '''Upgrade Slot 2''' offers captains the ability to mount a special upgrade. Captains with access to {{Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1}} would be well-advised to equip it in this slot. '''Upgrade Slot 2''' offers captains the ability to mount a special upgrade. Captains with access to {{Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1}} would be well-advised to equip it in this slot.
  
?'''Upgrade Slot 3''' offers choices for specialization in different roles. {{Aiming Systems Modification 1}} should be equipped for ship to ship combat. '''AA Guns Modification 2''' is a good choice to provide additional defense against aircraft.+'''Upgrade Slot 3''' offers choices for specialization in different roles. {{Aiming Systems Modification 1}} should be equipped for ship to ship combat. '''AA Guns Modification 1''' is a good choice to provide additional defense against aircraft.
  
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 Given ''Belfast''’s unique access to three different consumables — {{Hydroacoustic Search}}, {{Surveillance Radar}}, and {{Smoke Generator}} — Superintendent is highly recommended as a Level 3 skill. Jack of All Trades should not be overlooked at Level 2 for similar reasons. Level 4's Inertia Fuse for HE shells will radically improve her damage performance against enemy capital ships, but is a hefty points investment and should only be taken in conjunction with Demolition Expert, and '''after''' captains have invested in Concealment Expert.  Given ''Belfast''’s unique access to three different consumables — {{Hydroacoustic Search}}, {{Surveillance Radar}}, and {{Smoke Generator}} — Superintendent is highly recommended as a Level 3 skill. Jack of All Trades should not be overlooked at Level 2 for similar reasons. Level 4's Inertia Fuse for HE shells will radically improve her damage performance against enemy capital ships, but is a hefty points investment and should only be taken in conjunction with Demolition Expert, and '''after''' captains have invested in Concealment Expert.
  
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?| Expert Loader = 1+| rating12 = 1 <!-- Preventive Maint -->
?| Aircraft Servicing Expert = +| rating13 = 1 <!-- Expert Loader -->
?| Direction Center for Catapult Aircraft = +| rating14 = 0 <!-- Air Supremacy -->
?| Dogfighting Expert = +| rating15 = 0 <!-- Direction Center for Fighters -->
?| Incoming Fire Alert = 1+| rating16 = 0 <!-- Improved Engine Boost -->
?| Evasive Maneuver = +| rating17 = 1 <!-- Incoming Fire Alert -->
 +| rating18 = 0 <!-- Last Gasp -->
  
?| High Alert = 1+| rating21 = 1 <!-- High Alert -->
?| Jack of All Trades = 3+| rating22 = 3 <!-- Jack of All Trades -->
?| Expert Marksman = 2+| rating23 = 2 <!-- Expert Marksman -->
?| Torpedo Acceleration = +| rating24 = 0 <!-- Torpedo Acceleration -->
?| Smoke Screen Expert = 2+| rating25 = 2 <!-- Smoke Screen Expert -->
?| Expert Rear Gunner = +| rating26 = 0 <!-- Improved Engines -->
?| Adrenaline Rush = 3+| rating27 = 3 <!-- Adrenaline Rush -->
?| Last Stand = 1+| rating28 = 1 <!-- Last Stand -->
  
?| Survivability Expert = 1+| rating31 = 1 <!-- Basics of Survivability -->
?| Basics of Survivability = 1+| rating32 = 1 <!-- Survivability Expert-->
?| Torpedo Armament Expertise = +| rating33 = 0 <!-- Torpedo Armament Expertise-->
?| Emergency Takeoff = +| rating34 = 0 <!-- Aircraft Armor -->
?| Basic Firing Training = +| rating35 = <!-- Basic Firing Training -->
?| Superintendent = 3+| rating36 = 3 <!-- Superintendent -->
?| Demolition Expert = 3+| rating37 = 3 <!-- Demolition Expert -->
?| Vigilance = 2+| rating38 = 2 <!-- Vigilance -->
  
?| Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament = +| rating41 = <!-- Manual Fire Control for Secondary Armament -->
?| Fire Prevention = +| rating42 = <!-- Fire Prevention -->
?| Inertia Fuse for HE Shells = 3+| rating43 = 3 <!-- Inertia Fuse for HE Shells -->
?| Air Supremacy = +| rating44 = 0 <!-- Sight Stabilization -->
?| Advanced Firing Training = +| rating45 = <!-- Advanced Firing Training -->
?| Manual Fire Control for AA Armament = +| rating46 = <!-- Massive AA Fire -->
?| Radio Position Finding = 2+| rating47 = 2 <!-- Radio Position Finding -->
?| Concealment Expert = 3+| rating48 = 3 <!-- Concealment Expert -->
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?''{{#var:ship_name}}'' can equip the following consumables:+''{{#var:ship_name}}'' equips the following consumables:
 * '''Slot 1:''' {{Damage Control Party}} * '''Slot 1:''' {{Damage Control Party}}
 * '''Slot 2:''' {{Hydroacoustic Search}} * '''Slot 2:''' {{Hydroacoustic Search}}
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 * '''Slot 4:''' {{Surveillance Radar}} * '''Slot 4:''' {{Surveillance Radar}}
  
?''Belfast'' differs from her Tier VIII sister ''[[Edinburgh]]'' in that she has an additional consumable slot dedicated to {{Surveillance Radar}}; thus, she is not forced to choose between {{Smoke Generator}} and Surveillance Radar and can equip both. However, she does not have access to {{Repair Party}} as ''Edinburgh'' does. Captains are recommended to equip premium versions of all four consumables available to ''Belfast'' — {{Damage Control Party II}}, {{Hydroacoustic Search II}}, {{Smoke Generator II}}, {{Surveillance Radar II}} — for maximum efficiency in hunting down destroyers and survivability. Remember, ''Belfast'' is a premium ship and will make extra credits that can go towards paying for the premium consumables.+''Belfast'' differs from her Tier VIII sister ''[[Edinburgh]]'' in that she has an additional consumable slot dedicated to {{Surveillance Radar}}; thus, she is not forced to choose between {{Smoke Generator}} and Surveillance Radar and can equip both. However, she does not have access to {{Repair Party}} as ''Edinburgh'' does.
  
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 ====Design==== ====Design====
?''Belfast'' and her sister ''[[Edinburgh]]'' were designed as modified Town class cruisers, being the third (or ''Edinburgh'' sub-class). This sub-class was significantly larger than the previous ''Southampton'' and ''Gloucester'' sub-classes, being approximately 1,200t heavier than the preceding ''Gloucester'' sub-class.+''Belfast'' and her sister ''[[Edinburgh]]'' were designed as modified Town class cruisers, being the third (or ''Edinburgh'' sub-class). This sub-class was significantly larger than the previous ''Southampton'' and ''Gloucester'' sub-classes, being approximately 1,200 tons heavier than the preceding ''Gloucester'' sub-class.
  
 The ships of the Town class were constructed in response to the Japanese ''[[Mogami]]'' and American ''Brooklyn'' class cruisers, which were both armed with fifteen 6-inch (152mm or 155mm) guns. British ship designers sought to match the other cruisers’ number of guns, but due to length restrictions, were unable to properly fit five turrets onto the ships. Another plan that was developed called for the Edinburgh class to be mounted with quadruple 6-inch turrets; however, this idea was abandoned due to the difficulties in manufacturing such a turret that performed adequately. Ultimately, the new cruisers were mounted with twelve 6-inch (152mm) guns in four triple turrets, arranged in an A-B-X-Y position. However, a new turret, designated the Mk.XXIII was used, which used more powerful motors and a more efficient 'long trunk' ammunition supply, which could provide between 10 to 12 shells to the gun per minute. The effective maximum rate of fire stayed the same as earlier cruisers however, at 8 rounds per minute. The new Mk.XXIII triple turret is easily distinguishable from the earlier Mk.XXII used on the previous Town class cruisers by the flattened edge between the turret roof and face, as opposed to a curved edge. The ships of the Town class were constructed in response to the Japanese ''[[Mogami]]'' and American ''Brooklyn'' class cruisers, which were both armed with fifteen 6-inch (152mm or 155mm) guns. British ship designers sought to match the other cruisers’ number of guns, but due to length restrictions, were unable to properly fit five turrets onto the ships. Another plan that was developed called for the Edinburgh class to be mounted with quadruple 6-inch turrets; however, this idea was abandoned due to the difficulties in manufacturing such a turret that performed adequately. Ultimately, the new cruisers were mounted with twelve 6-inch (152mm) guns in four triple turrets, arranged in an A-B-X-Y position. However, a new turret, designated the Mk.XXIII was used, which used more powerful motors and a more efficient 'long trunk' ammunition supply, which could provide between 10 to 12 shells to the gun per minute. The effective maximum rate of fire stayed the same as earlier cruisers however, at 8 rounds per minute. The new Mk.XXIII triple turret is easily distinguishable from the earlier Mk.XXII used on the previous Town class cruisers by the flattened edge between the turret roof and face, as opposed to a curved edge.
  
?''Belfast'' & ''Edinburgh'', like preceding cruisers, were designed to have armor capable of protecting the ships against 152mm caliber gunfire. The ship featured a smaller magazine and citadel space compared to previous cruisers. This shortened length allowed for more armor to be mounted around the machinery and weaponry spaces. Additionally, the ''Edinburgh'' sub-class carried more powerful machinery than previous ''Southampton'' sub-class, which allowed her to maintain the designed speed of 32 knots, despite her increased displacement. Her increased fuel capacity, granted the ship an extended range over the older Town class ships. Both Edinburgh and Belfast would receive upgraded radar systems and increased anti-aircraft capabilities at the beginning of World War II.+''Belfast'' & ''Edinburgh'', like preceding cruisers, were designed to have armor capable of protecting the ships against 152mm caliber gunfire. The ship featured a smaller magazine and citadel space compared to previous cruisers. This shortened length allowed for more armor to be mounted around the machinery and weaponry spaces. Additionally, the ''Edinburgh'' sub-class carried more powerful machinery than previous ''Southampton'' sub-class, which allowed her to maintain the designed speed of 32 knots, despite her increased displacement. Her increased fuel capacity, granted the ship an extended range over the older Town class ships. Both ''Edinburgh'' and ''Belfast'' would receive upgraded radar systems and increased anti-aircraft capabilities at the beginning of World War II.
  
?Other differences from the other Town class cruisers included the aircraft catapult being in front of the forward funnel instead of behind it, and the addition of 2 more twin 4-inch (102mm) dual-purpose mounts bringing the total to 3 dual mounts per broadside. The larger size of the ship also allowed the Octuple 40mm 'pompom' mounts to be fitted, as opposed to the earlier Town class recieving quadruple 40mm 'pompom' mounts.+Other differences from the other Town class cruisers included the aircraft catapult being in front of the forward funnel instead of behind it, and the addition of 2 more twin 4-inch (102mm) dual-purpose mounts bringing the total to three dual mounts per broadside. The larger size of the ship also allowed the octuple 40mm 'pompom' mounts to be fitted, as opposed to the earlier Town class receiving quadruple 40mm 'pompom' mounts.
  
 ''Belfast'' was laid down at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 10 December 1936. She was launched on 17 March 1938 and spent the following year fitting out and beginning her sea trials.  ''Belfast'' was laid down at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland on 10 December 1936. She was launched on 17 March 1938 and spent the following year fitting out and beginning her sea trials.
  
 ====Service==== ====Service====
?HMS ''Belfast'' entered service in August 1939, with further trials and testing scheduled when World War Two began one month later. Assigned to the 18th Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet alongside her sister ship, HMS ''Edinburgh'', ''Belfast'' participated in interception and interdiction missions alongside HMS''[[Hood]]'', designed to destroy whatever elements of the German fleet could be found. These efforts proved mostly unsuccessful, gaining the confiscation of the liner ''Cap Norte'' as the only success.+HMS ''Belfast'' entered service in August 1939, with further trials and testing scheduled when World War Two began one month later. Assigned to the 18th Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet alongside her sister ship, HMS ''Edinburgh'', ''Belfast'' participated in interception and interdiction missions alongside HMS ''[[Hood]]'', designed to destroy whatever elements of the German fleet could be found. These efforts proved mostly unsuccessful, gaining the confiscation of the liner ''Cap Norte'' as the only success.
  
?In November 1939, ''Belfast'' was transferred to the 2nd Cruiser squadron, and that same month was nearly sunk after striking a German mine. The explosion damaged nearly all her machinery mountings, many hull plates below the waterline, and most importantly, bent the keel. Repairs would, of necessity, be long. During the time under repair, ''Edinburgh'' was lost, leaving ''Belfast'' as the largest light cruiser in the Royal Navy.+In November 1939, ''Belfast'' was transferred to the 2nd Cruiser Squadron, and that same month was nearly sunk after striking a German mine. The explosion damaged nearly all her machinery mountings, many hull plates below the waterline, and most importantly, bent the keel. Repairs would, of necessity, be long. During the time under repair, ''Edinburgh'' was lost, leaving ''Belfast'' as the largest light cruiser in the Royal Navy.
  
?''Belfast'' did not sail again for three years, leaving the dockyards in December 1942 with significant upgrades. Her armor plating was extended and new 20mm 'Oerlikon' anti-aircraft mounts shipped in eight single and five twin mounts. Additionally, a new radar suite installed, comprising of Types 283, 284, 285, 273, 251, 252, 281 and 242 radars. The latter two improvements comprised sufficient top-side weight that she was also bulged, providing a measure of torpedo protection to complement the added stability, which increased her beam to 21 metres, and displacement to 11,500t standard, and 14,900t on a full load. ''Belfast'' returned to the Home Fleet and conducted escort duty for the Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union, being made flagship of the 10th cruiser squadron. Her aircraft were landed in June 1943, her radars reducing the need for surveillance, and in October she provided cover for the aircraft carrier USS''[[Ranger]]'' which performed strikes on German shipping in Norwegian waters. +''Belfast'' did not sail again for three years, leaving the dockyards in December 1942 with significant upgrades. Her armor plating was extended and new 20mm 'Oerlikon' anti-aircraft mounts shipped in eight single and five twin mounts. Additionally, a new radar suite installed, comprising of Types 283, 284, 285, 273, 251, 252, 281 and 242 radars. The latter two improvements comprised sufficient top-side weight that she was also bulged, providing a measure of torpedo protection to complement the added stability, which increased her beam to 21 meters, and displacement to 11,500 tons standard, and 14,900 tons on a full load. ''Belfast'' returned to the Home Fleet and conducted escort duty for the Arctic convoys to the Soviet Union, being made flagship of the 10th Cruiser Squadron. Her aircraft were landed in June 1943, her radars reducing the need for surveillance, and in October she provided cover for the aircraft carrier USS''[[Ranger]]'' which performed strikes on German shipping in Norwegian waters.
  
?Serving as the flagship for Rear-Admiral Burnett, ''Belfast'' was part of a group of 8 Destroyers and 3 cruisers protecting convoy JW-55B in December 1943 which saw ''Belfast'' as a participant in the Battle of the North Cape in which the German battleship ''[[Scharnhorst]]'' was sunk. Protecting JW-55B with ''Sheffield'' and ''Norfolk'', the 3 cruisers held off the ''Scharnhorst'' twice from the convoy, although the sea state was limiting speed to 24 knots. After the second attempt by ''Scharnhorst'' the battleship made for port, leaving the cruisers to pursue her and bring her in range of the battleship ''[[Duke of York]]''. Both ''Sheffield'' and ''Norfolk'' developed engine problems and dropping back, leaving ''Belfast'' in a precarious position as the only ship keep ''Scharnhorst'' in contact for a while. However, once ''Duke of York'' was in range, ''Belfast'' fired star shells to illuminate the German Battleship, where ''Duke of York'' brought her under accurate fire. Although ''Scharnhorst'' put distance between herself and the British ships, a shell from ''Duke of York'' disabled her No.1 boiler room, reducing her speed. At 19:15, ''Belfast'' re-opened fire on ''Scharnhorst'', and later on in the battle expended her torpedoes into the stricken and burning ''Scharnhorst'' before she sank. +Serving as the flagship for Rear-Admiral Burnett, ''Belfast'' was part of a group of eight destroyers and three cruisers protecting convoy JW-55B in December 1943 which saw ''Belfast'' as a participant in the Battle of the North Cape in which the German battleship ''[[Scharnhorst]]'' was sunk. Protecting JW-55B with HMS ''Sheffield'' and HMS ''Norfolk'', the three cruisers held off the ''Scharnhorst'' twice from the convoy, although the sea state was limiting speed to 24 knots. After the second attempt by ''Scharnhorst'' the battleship made for port, leaving the cruisers to pursue her and bring her in range of the battleship ''[[Duke of York]]''. Both ''Sheffield'' and ''Norfolk'' developed engine problems and droppedg back, leaving ''Belfast'' in a precarious position as the only ship keeping contact with ''Scharnhorst'' for a time. However, once ''Duke of York'' was in range, ''Belfast'' fired star shells to illuminate the German battleship and ''Duke of York'' brought her under accurate fire. Although ''Scharnhorst'' put distance between herself and the British ships, a shell from ''Duke of York'' disabled her No. 1 boiler room, reducing her speed. At 19:15, ''Belfast'' re-opened fire on ''Scharnhorst'', and later on in the battle expended her torpedoes into the stricken and burning ''Scharnhorst'' before she sank.
  
 ''Belfast'' returned to England for a hurried refit, rejoining the fleet as the headquarters ship of the Eastern Fleet in April 1944 in time for the Normandy landings of Operation Overlord. During the landings, ''Belfast'' conducted naval gunfire support missions, remaining on station until July 1944. She fired 1,996 rounds of 6-inch (152mm) ammunition during this time in support of allied ground troops. ''Belfast'' returned to dockyards in England in August for a more thorough refit in preparation for deployment to the Pacific Theater. During this time her anti-aircraft suite was modified, the rear most pair of dual-purpose twin 4-inch (101.6mm) guns were removed, and 4 quarduple and 4 single 40mm 'pompom' mounts were added, as well as remote power control for the remaining 4-inch guns. The catapult was finally removed during this refit too. ''Belfast'' returned to England for a hurried refit, rejoining the fleet as the headquarters ship of the Eastern Fleet in April 1944 in time for the Normandy landings of Operation Overlord. During the landings, ''Belfast'' conducted naval gunfire support missions, remaining on station until July 1944. She fired 1,996 rounds of 6-inch (152mm) ammunition during this time in support of allied ground troops. ''Belfast'' returned to dockyards in England in August for a more thorough refit in preparation for deployment to the Pacific Theater. During this time her anti-aircraft suite was modified, the rear most pair of dual-purpose twin 4-inch (101.6mm) guns were removed, and 4 quarduple and 4 single 40mm 'pompom' mounts were added, as well as remote power control for the remaining 4-inch guns. The catapult was finally removed during this refit too.
  
?''Belfast'' arrived in the Pacific, and while in Sydney in August 1945, replaced 2 twin 20mm Oerlikon mounts with 4 single 40mm 'bofors' mounts to further her anti-aircraft power. However Japan was concluding surrender negotiations during late August 1945, so ''Belfast'' did not see any action. Although put in reserve in 1947, she returned to service the following year as part of the Far Eastern forces of the Royal Navy, where she participated in the Korean War, where she conducted patrols and naval gunfire support missions, firing over 8,000 rounds from her 6-inch guns, and earning respect from an American admiral, calling ''Belfast'' a 'straight-shooting ship'. She was however, hit once by a 75mm shell from shore in July 1952, which killed one man and wounded 4 more. By the end of the year, ''Belfast'' had been sent back home and placed in reserve again, her shore bombardment duties having been passed onto HMS ''Birmingham'' and HMS ''Newcastle''. In 1955, it was decided that ''Belfast'' would be modernised, therefore undergoing extensive refit. The refit included a distinctive new bridge structure, new radars, and the replacement of previous anti-aircraft armament with six twin RP50 Mk.V mount 40mm 'bofors'. Lattice masts were also fitted, as well as steps to protect the ship from nuclear or biological weapons. Reactivated after refit in 1959, she returned to Asian and African waters until 1962 when she left for home to serve her final year of active service as flagship of the Home Fleet, visiting American ports on the way home. ''Belfast'' was finally retired from active service in 1963, although in July/August 1963, she was briefly recommissioned with a crew of Royal Naval Reserves and Sea cadets. By December, she was back in reserve, and between 1966 and 1970, was serving as an accommodation ship in Portsmouth. +''Belfast'' arrived in the Pacific, and while in Sydney in August 1945, replaced two twin 20mm Oerlikon mounts with four single 40mm 'Bofors' mounts to further her anti-aircraft power. Japan was concluding surrender negotiations during late August 1945; subsequently, ''Belfast'' did not see action. Although put in reserve in 1947, she returned to service the following year as part of the Far Eastern forces of the Royal Navy, where she participated in the Korean War, conducting patrols and naval gunfire support missions and firing over 8,000 rounds from her 6-inch guns. While carrying out such duties, she earned respect from an American admiral, calling ''Belfast'' a 'straight-shooting ship'. She was however, hit once by a 75mm shell from shore in July 1952, which killed one man and wounded four more. By the end of the year, ''Belfast'' had been sent back home and placed in reserve again, her shore bombardment duties having been passed onto HMS ''Birmingham'' and HMS ''Newcastle''. In 1955, it was decided that ''Belfast'' would be modernized, and sent to undergo extensive refit. The refit included a distinctive new bridge structure, new radars, and the replacement of previous anti-aircraft armament with six twin RP50 Mk.V mount 40mm 'Bofors'. Lattice masts were also fitted, as well as steps to protect the ship from nuclear or biological weapons. Reactivated after refit in 1959, she returned to Asian and African waters until 1962 when she left for home to serve her final year of active service as flagship of the Home Fleet, visiting American ports on the way home. ''Belfast'' was finally retired from active service in 1963, although in July/August 1963 she was briefly recommissioned with a crew of Royal Naval Reserves and Sea Cadets. By December, she was back in reserve, and between 1966 and 1970, served as an accommodation ship in Portsmouth.
  
?In July 1967, Imperial War Museum personnel dined aboard ''Belfast'' while investigating the possibility of preserving one of the 6-inch gun turrets from HMS ''Gambia'', anchored nearby. During the meal, they conceived of the idea of preserving not just a turret, but an entire ship as a living museum. ''Belfast'' was the perfect candidate; she was in relatively good shape having only recently been retired. Their initial efforts failed to convince the British government of the value of the concept, however, and on 4 May 1971, HMS ''Belfast'' was scheduled for disposal.+In July 1967, Imperial War Museum personnel dined aboard ''Belfast'' while investigating the possibility of preserving one of the 6-inch gun turrets from HMS ''Gambia'', anchored nearby. During the meal, they conceived of the idea of preserving not just a turret, but an entire ship as a living museum. ''Belfast'' was the perfect candidate; she was in relatively good shape having only recently been retired. Their initial efforts failed to convince the British government of the value of the concept, however, and on 4 May 1971, HMS ''Belfast'' was scheduled for disposal.
  
 Led by the efforts of one of ''Belfast''’s final commanding officers — then a serving Member of Parliament — the ship was finally saved from the breakers in July by a private foundation and opened to the public as a museum on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1971, berthed along the south bank of the Thames in central London. She officially became [https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast a branch of the Imperial War Museum] in 1978, and now hosts more than 250,000 visitors per year as one of the best preserved warships of the modern era. Led by the efforts of one of ''Belfast''’s final commanding officers — then a serving Member of Parliament — the ship was finally saved from the breakers in July by a private foundation and opened to the public as a museum on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1971, berthed along the south bank of the Thames in central London. She officially became [https://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast a branch of the Imperial War Museum] in 1978, and now hosts more than 250,000 visitors per year as one of the best preserved warships of the modern era.
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 File:HMS Belfast (C35) in Japan 1950.jpg|''Belfast'' arriving at Kure, southern Japan, in May 1950. File:HMS Belfast (C35) in Japan 1950.jpg|''Belfast'' arriving at Kure, southern Japan, in May 1950.
 File:HMS Belfast bombarding Korea.jpg|March 1951: ''Belfast'' fires a salvo against enemy troop concentrations on the west coast of Korea. File:HMS Belfast bombarding Korea.jpg|March 1951: ''Belfast'' fires a salvo against enemy troop concentrations on the west coast of Korea.
 +File:HMSBelfastx1-5Aug52.jpg|HMS ''Belfast'' underway off of South Korea, 5 August 1952.
 File:HMS Belfast 4 db.jpg|After modernization; showing the enclosed bridge, lattice mast, and twin 40mm Bofors mountings. File:HMS Belfast 4 db.jpg|After modernization; showing the enclosed bridge, lattice mast, and twin 40mm Bofors mountings.
 File:HMS Belfast (C35) at Pearl Harbor in 1962.jpg|''Belfast'' at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1962. File:HMS Belfast (C35) at Pearl Harbor in 1962.jpg|''Belfast'' at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in 1962.
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 +# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Belfast HMS ''Belfast'' - Wikipedia]
 +# [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Town-class_cruiser_(1936) Town-class cruiser (1936) - Wikipedia]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/general-news/yeswerefinallyreleasingbelfast/ Announcing: HMS Belfast - Belfast - Armada 2.0 - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/history/belfast-story/ Belfast: A Story to Be Continued - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/general-news/experience-belfast/ HMS Belfast 360° VR Experience - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/general-news/naval-legends-belfast/ Naval Legends: HMS Belfast - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://worldofwarships.com/en/news/general-news/squall-line-belfast/ Squall Line: HMS Belfast - News - World of Warships]
 +# [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HHpSfTwMMA Armada - Belfast - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube]
 +# [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wisxhAhvFbw Naval Legends: HMS Belfast - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube]
 +# [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGZyPhQzpMs World of Warships: HMS Belfast VR Experience - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube]
  
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Revision as of 03:49, 10 October 2020

Belfast
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Cruiser | U.K. | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points35,700 
Main Battery
152 mm/50 Mk XXIII4 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time7.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time25.71 sec.
Firing Range15.42 km.
Maximum Dispersion139 m.
HE Shell152 mm HE 6crh Mk IV 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,100 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity841 m./s.
HE Shell Weight50.8 kg.
AP Shell152 mm AP 6crh Mk IV 
Maximum AP Shell Damage3,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity841 m./s.
AP Shell Weight50.8 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
102 mm/45 QF RP51 Mk XVIV*4 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range5.6 km.
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%
AA Defense
102 mm/45 QF RP51 Mk XVIV*4 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second71.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk V RP506 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second140.4 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius730 m.
Rudder Shift Time9.6 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.34 km.
Air Detectability Range7.16 km.
Battle Levels
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Belfast — British promo premium Tier VII cruiser.

An Edinburgh-class light cruiser, one of the most powerful among same-type ships in the Royal Navy during World War II. Underwent several major upgrades. Instead of AA and torpedo armament, the ship received improved anti-torpedo protection and an enhanced surveillance radar.

HMS Belfast is now preserved as a military museum ship in London, England. She was first released for sale on 21 October 2016 on the EU servers and on 4 November 2016 on the NA servers. It has since been permanently removed from sale.

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)
152 mm/50 Mk XXIII825.711392,10093,100 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)
Belfast35,7006114446/40 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk VII mod. 1015.4 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 80,000 hp32.5 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 Surveillance Radar 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
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Belfast is a Tier VII premium British cruiser of the same class as the tech tree Tier VIII Edinburgh, but does not carry any torpedoes. However, she has the ability to mount the Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.), Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), and Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumables simultaneously, as well as having high explosive rounds available.

This trifecta of consumables makes her a fearsome destroyer hunter, which is even further enhanced by her ability to mount upgrades in Slot 5 — a slot normally reserved for Tier VIII+ ships — allowing her to boost her concealment (for getting close to destroyers) or her rudder shift (for dodging incoming shells and torpedoes). Her shell arcs are fairly high, making hitting fast moving targets at range difficult, but she can also hide behind low islands in a similar play style to American destroyers and fellow Tier VII premium cruiser Atlanta.

Belfast is just like her tech tree cousins in that she is relatively weakly armored, and will greatly prefer finding island cover where possible while making judicious use of her smoke screen. Used well, she can serve as a measure of area control over capture zones and critical areas, pushing enemy destroyers away; those that choose to wander too close won't live long enough to regret their mistake. Given enough time, the volume of fire from her main battery can lay low even the largest battleships. Unfortunately, as soon as she comes under heavy enemy fire, Belfast is in trouble. Her best defenses are to stay moving and be visible as little as possible.

Pros:


Cons:

  • Mediocre armor, as befitting a light cruiser. She can weather incoming 203mm rounds, but anything larger than that is going to cause havoc.
  • Lacks the torpedoes that her tech tree counterparts have.
  • Poor shell velocity at longer ranges.
  • Somewhat lackluster as a commander trainer. Commanders specialized for use in Belfast are likely to have skills that don't translate well to other British cruisers (such as Demolition Expert).


Research

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

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Belfast are as follows:

Upgrade Slot 1 allows players to mount one of two viable options. Main Armaments Modification 1 is a generally viable choice, but players wishing to specialize for anti-aircraft duties should mount Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (Increases survivability of the secondary battery and AA mounts: +100% survivability to each.).

Upgrade Slot 2 offers captains the ability to mount a special upgrade. Captains with access to Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 (Increases the action time of the Hydroacoustic Search and Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search consumables.: +20% action time.) would be well-advised to equip it in this slot.

Upgrade Slot 3 offers choices for specialization in different roles. 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.) should be equipped for ship to ship combat. AA Guns Modification 1 is a good choice to provide additional defense against aircraft.

Commander Skills

Given Belfast’s unique access to three different consumables — Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.), and Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) — Superintendent is highly recommended as a Level 3 skill. Jack of All Trades should not be overlooked at Level 2 for similar reasons. Level 4's Inertia Fuse for HE shells will radically improve her damage performance against enemy capital ships, but is a hefty points investment and should only be taken in conjunction with Demolition Expert, and after captains have invested in Concealment Expert.

Consumables

Belfast equips the following consumables:

Belfast differs from her Tier VIII sister Edinburgh in that she has an additional consumable slot dedicated to Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.); thus, she is not forced to choose between Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) and Surveillance Radar and can equip both. However, she does not have access to Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.) as Edinburgh does.

Camouflage

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

Signals

As a premium ship with three highly useful consumables, it is best to mount November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.) for faster cooldowns. Additionally, captains can mount Zulu Hotel (+50% Commander XP earned for the battle.) for faster captain (re)training and Zulu (+20% credits earned for the battle.) or Wyvern (+50% credits earned for the battle.) for more credit earning.

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. HMS Belfast - Wikipedia
  2. Town-class cruiser (1936) - Wikipedia
  3. Announcing: HMS Belfast - Belfast - Armada 2.0 - News - World of Warships
  4. Belfast: A Story to Be Continued - News - World of Warships
  5. HMS Belfast 360° VR Experience - News - World of Warships
  6. Naval Legends: HMS Belfast - News - World of Warships
  7. Squall Line: HMS Belfast - News - World of Warships
  8. Armada - Belfast - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  9. Naval Legends: HMS Belfast - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  10. World of Warships: HMS Belfast VR Experience - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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