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 One of the numerous and very successful ''[[Fletcher]]''-class destroyers which boasted a sufficiently high speed, powerful dual-purpose artillery, efficient AA defenses, and decent torpedo armament. One of the numerous and very successful ''[[Fletcher]]''-class destroyers which boasted a sufficiently high speed, powerful dual-purpose artillery, efficient AA defenses, and decent torpedo armament.
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Black
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Destroyer | U.S.A. | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points17,100 
Main Battery
127 mm/38 Mk30 mod. 05 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire17.96 shots/min.
Reload Time3.34 sec.
Rotation Speed34 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time5.29 sec.
Firing Range12.85 km.
Maximum Dispersion111 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
HE Shell Weight24.5 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP/SC Mk38 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity792 m./s.
AP Shell Weight25 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Mk152 х 5 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.63 shots/min.
Reload Time96 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoMk29 
Maximum Damage21,600 
Torpedo Speed43 knot
Torpedo Range13.71 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk30 mod. 05 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second53.5 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk47 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second25.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk13 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second33.9 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk202 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius560 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.38 km.
Air Detectability Range3.24 km.
Battle Levels
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Black — American promo premium Tier IX destroyer.

One of the numerous and very successful Fletcher-class destroyers which boasted a sufficiently high speed, powerful dual-purpose artillery, efficient AA defenses, and decent torpedo armament.

Black was originally the reward for reaching Rank 1 in five (5) separate seasons of Ranked Battles.

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)
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount185.291111,80052,100 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)
Black17,10062053/7/5/220 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)
Mk290.6967.221,6004313.7 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk9 mod. 1012.8 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 60,000 hp35 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 Engine Boost Modification 1 Defensive AA Fire Modification 1 Surveillance Radar Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 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
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

Tier IX reward ship Black is very similar to her American tech tree counterpart Fletcher, with the main differences being her torpedoes and the availability of the Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumable. Black is unique among American destroyers in that she can equip Surveillance Radar, though her radar is weaker than those available to most other Tier IX ships, featuring only 7.5 km range and 20 seconds of uptime. Despite the reduction in range and short duration, this radar — combined with five fast-firing American destroyer guns — still makes Black a fearsome ship when contesting control points, able to see through smoke to spot for her team and continue damaging enemy destroyers.

The other major difference between Black and Fletcher is their torpedo armament. Black’s torpedoes feature a 13.7 km range and are rated for 21,600 damage, but travel at a painfully slow 43 knots. These torpedoes are almost more for area denial, as leading targets with them is almost impossible; they take longer to reach their max range than they do to reload. Note, however, that these torpedoes are harder to detect than most others found on Tier IX destroyers (0.9km detection radius), and adding the Torpedo Acceleration commander's skill to Black’s commander will likely result in more torpedo hits.

There are some other minor differences between the sister ships — Black is slower with a smidgen less anti-aircraft firepower — but most important characteristics remain the same. Black brings a slightly different play style to the American destroyer family, and fans of Fletcher will find Black a great addition to their port.

Pros:

  • Extremely fast main battery traverse speed
  • Very quick main battery rate of fire
  • Very good main battery base range
  • Torpedoes have very low detectability, good reload speed, good range and high alpha damage
  • Has access to the Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumable
  • Decent AA suite for a destroyer, can be further improved with the Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) consumable
  • Good turn radius and quick rudder shift time

Cons:

  • Ship modules are fragile
  • Poor shell velocity and very high arcs make long range gunnery difficult
  • Torpedoes are exceptionally slow
  • Slower ship speed than techtree counterpart Fletcher

Research

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

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Black are as follows:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Black can equip the following consumables:

Though she has three options for Slot 3', Blacks strongest asset is the Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumable, which can be equipped without giving up the Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) consumable (unlike high tier Pan-Asian destroyers such as same-tier counterpart Chung Mu).

Camouflage

As a Tier IX premium ship, Black comes included 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. This Type 10 camouflage provides a 100% bonus to experience earned in battle, not the usual 50%.

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. USS Black (DD-666) - Wikipedia
  2. Fletcher-class destroyer - Wikipedia
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