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 ===History=== ===History===
?HMS ''Icarus'' was one of nine I-class destroyers built for the Royal Navy during the 1930s. +HMS ''Icarus'' was one of nine I-class destroyers built for the Royal Navy during the 1930s.
 ====Design==== ====Design====
 +The I-class ships were improved versions of the preceding H-class. They displaced 1,370 long tons (1,390 t) at standard load and 1,888 long tons (1,918 t) at deep load. The ships had an overall length of 323 feet (98.5 m), a beam of 33 feet (10.1 m) and a draught of 12 feet 6 inches (3.8 m). They were powered by two Parsons geared steam turbines, each driving one propeller shaft, using steam provided by three Admiralty three-drum boilers. The turbines developed a total of 34,000 shaft horsepower (25,000 kW) and were intended to give a maximum speed of 35.5 knots (65.7 km/h; 40.9 mph). Icarus only reached a speed of 35.1 knots (65.0 km/h; 40.4 mph) from 33,380 shp (24,890 kW) during her sea trials.The ships carried enough fuel oil to give them a range of 5,500 nautical miles (10,200 km; 6,300 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph). Their crew numbered 145 officers and ratings.
 +The ships mounted four 4.7-inch (120 mm) Mark IX guns in single mounts, designated 'A', 'B', 'X' and 'Y' from bow to stern. For anti-aircraft (AA) defense, they had two quadruple mounts for the 0.5 inch Vickers Mark III machine gun. The I class was fitted with two above-water quintuple torpedo tube mounts for 21-inch (533 mm) torpedoes.
 +One depth charge rack and two throwers were fitted; 16 depth charges were originally carried, but this increased to 35 shortly after the war began. Icarus was one of the four I-class destroyers fitted with minelaying equipment in late 1938 – January 1939 at Malta. This consisted of mounts for rails on the deck on which to carry the mines and an electric winch to move the mines down the rails. A pair of sponsons were added to the stern to allow the mines to clear the propellers when dropped into the sea. 'A' and 'Y' guns and both sets of torpedo tubes were modified to allow them to be removed to compensate for the weight of the mines. The ships could carry a maximum of 72 mines.[6] The I-class ships were fitted with the ASDIC sound detection system to locate submarines underwater.
 ====Service==== ====Service====
 +Service 1939-40
 +On 29 November 1939, Icarus sighted the German submarine U-35 between the Shetland Islands and Bergen (Norway) but was unable to launch an effective attack because her ASDIC (sonar) was out of commission. Fellow destroyers Kingston and Kashmir were called to the scene, and Icarus departed. Kingston was able to launch a successful depth charge attack, forcing the U-boat to surface and scuttle itself.
 +Icarus participated in the Norwegian campaign in 1940, first capturing the 8,514 ton German supply ship Alster (brought to the United Kingdom and renamed Empire Endurance) on 11 April and then taking part in the Second Battle of Narvik on 13 April 1940.
 +Bismarck breakout
 +In early May 1941, the British Admiralty was on the alert that the Bismarck might attempt to break out into the North Atlantic; so Icarus was ordered to Scapa Flow for possible deployment against the Germans. On 22 May, just after midnight, Icarus sailed along with the destroyers Achates, Antelope, Anthony, Echo, and Electra, escorting the battlecruiser Hood and the battleship Prince of Wales to cover the northern approaches. The intention was that the force would refuel in Hvalfjord, Iceland, and then sail again to watch the Denmark Strait.
 +On the evening of 23 May, the weather deteriorated. At 20:55 hrs., Admiral Lancelot Holland aboard Hood signaled the destroyers "If you are unable to maintain this speed I will have to go on without you. You should follow at your best speed." At 02:15 on the morning of 24 May, the destroyers were ordered to spread out at 15 miles (24 km) intervals to search to the north. At about 05:35, the German forces were sighted by Hood, and shortly after, the Germans sighted the British ships. Firing commenced at 05:52. At 06:01, Hood took a 38 centimeters (15 in) shell from Bismarck in the after magazine, which caused a massive explosion, sinking the ship within 2 minutes. Electra and the other destroyers were about 60 miles (97 km) away at the time.
 +Upon hearing that Hood had sunk, Electra raced to the area, arriving about two hours after Hood went down. They were expecting to find many survivors, and rigged scrambling nets and heaving lines, and placed life belts on the deck where they could be quickly thrown in. From the 94 officers and 1,321 ratings aboard Hood, just three survivors were found. Electra rescued them and continued searching. Shortly thereafter, Icarus and Anthony joined in the search, and the three ships searched the area for more survivors. No more were found, only driftwood, debris, and a desk drawer filled with documents. After several hours of searching, they left the area.
 +Later service
 +She participated in Operation Pedestal, escorting a convoy to Malta in August 1942.
 +Icarus was involved in many important events of the Second World War, Dunkirk, Spitzbergen, and numerous Atlantic and Russian convoys.
 +Icarus sank four German U-boats:
 +On 14 October 1939 she participated in the sinking of U-45 in the Western Approaches with destroyers Inglefield, Ivanhoe and Intrepid.
 +On 29 November 1939 U-35 was scuttled by its crew in the North Sea, after a depth charge attack from Icarus, Kingston and Kashmir. All 43 hands on board survived.
 +On 6 March 1944 she sank U-744 while in company with the corvette Kenilworth Castle, the Canadian frigate St. Catharines, corvettes Fennel and Chilliwack and destroyers Chaudiere and Gatineau in the North Atlantic.
 +On 21 January 1945 she sank U-1199 while in company with the corvette Mignonette in the English Channel near the Isles of Scilly.
 +A long-time captain of Icarus, Colin Maud, was the Juno beach master at the D-day landings; in the film The Longest Day, he was played by Kenneth More, complete with a bulldog.
 +Lieutenant-Commander John Simon Kerans, famous for his part in sailing HMS Amethyst, down the Yangtze River, a feat made famous in the film Yangtse Incident, also served in Icarus as "number one".
 +Icarus was paid off on 29 August 1946, handed over to the British Iron & Steel Corporation on 29 October 1946 and broken up at Troon in Scotland.
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Destroyer | U.K. | Tier VI
Tech Tree Position
Research price36000 exp
Purchase price3,200,000 Credits
Hit Points10,000 
Main Battery
120 mm/45 QF Mk IX4 х 1 pcs.
Rate of Fire12 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range10.55 km.
Maximum Dispersion102 m.
HE Shell120 mm HE 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity808 m./s.
HE Shell Weight22.68 kg.
AP Shell120 mm AP 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity808 m./s.
AP Shell Weight22.68 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm QR Mk II2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.63 shots/min.
Reload Time95 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk V 
Maximum Damage11,967 
Torpedo Speed59 knot
Torpedo Rangekm.
AA Defense
12.7 mm Mk III2 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second4.2 
. . . Firing Range1.2 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV2 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second7.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maximum Speed35.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius540 m.
Rudder Shift Time4.2 sec.
Surface Detectability Range6.84 km.
Air Detectability Range2.64 km.
Battle Levels

Icarus — British Tier VI destroyer.

Part of the last series (I-class) of the "standard" destroyers of the British Navy. The ships of this class were the basis for transition from quadruple to quintuple torpedo tubes.


Main Battery Guns Rate of Fire
180° Turn Time
Maximum Dispersion
Maximum HE Shell Damage
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
Maximum AP Shell Damage
Research price
Purchase price
120 mm/45 QF Mk IX12181021,70082,100 0170,000
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
Icarus (A)10,00061642/220 0380,000
Icarus (B)12,10061642/220 11,500840,000
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
180° Turn Time
Maximum Damage
Torpedo Speed
Torpedo Range
Research price
Purchase price
533 mm Mk V0.6957.211,966596 0250,000
533 mm Mk VII0.51207.215,733597 6,000450,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
Mk VI mod. 1010.6 0180,000
Mk VI mod. 21011.6 6,500510,000
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 34,000 hp35.5 0150,000

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 Hydroacoustic Search 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 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion


Icarus is a Tier VI British Destroyer. Like other destroyers at her tier, she carries a powerful torpedo armament and small caliber guns. Captains already familiar with Acasta will feel accustomed to Icarus’ playstyle.

Icarus’ main armament consists of four 120mm guns in single mounts along the ship’s center-line. While these guns do not have the quick traverse time and fire rate of the guns found on Farragut or Monaghan, they are more than adequate to protect the ship against other enemy destroyers. However, these guns often struggle to deal damage against larger, more armored targets, especially battleships. When facing ships larger than their own, captains should try to aim for the enemy’s superstructure or other lightly armored areas.

Icarus’ primary weapon set against larger targets is her torpedo armament. Icarus carries eight torpedo tubes in two quadruple launchers. When fully specialized, Icarus has a moderate window to fire her torpedoes from stealth. Like other Royal Navy destroyers, Icarus also has the ability to fire single torpedoes at a time, or fire a whole launcher in a narrow spread. Captains can use this ability to get more accurate torpedo strikes, especially against bow facing targets.

Lastly, Icarus carries a somewhat unusual consumable set for a destroyer. The ship cannot be fitted with the Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.) consumable, but receives short ranged Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) instead. This consumable can be useful for spotting enemy torpedoes, or enemy ships in smoke. Icarus’ Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) consumable also features a short duration and short reload time. Captains should save the smoke consumable for when they feel the need to disengage and retreat from pursuing enemy ships.


  • Has access to the Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) consumable.
  • The ship can accelerate quicker than most other destroyers.
  • Has the ability to launch individual torpedoes.
  • Low surface detection range at Tier VI.


  • Cannot mount the Engine Boost (While active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage.) consumable.
  • Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) consumable has a short action and dispersion time.
  • Main battery shells can struggle to deal damage against larger targets.


Availability of researchable upgrades for Icarus is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for an increased hit point pool, additional anti-aircraft weapons, and a decreased rudder shift time. Research of this module unlocks progression to Jervis.
  • Torpedoes: Upgrade to 533 mm Mk VII for increased torpedo range and damage.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk VI mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
Captains should first research Hull B before researching the Torpedoes and Gun Fire Control System upgrades.

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Icarus are as follows:

Commander Skills

Key skills for Icarus commanders include Priority Target, Last Stand, Superintendent, and Concealment Expert. Captains looking to improve the ship's torpedo armament may find Torpedo Armament Expertise useful. High Alert, Jack of All trades, and Survivability Expert can be used to improve the ship's survivability. Basic Firing Training and Demolition Expert can be trained to improve the main armament.


Icarus can equip the following consumables:

Mounting premium versions of these consumables is recommended to decrease their cooldown timers.


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 Icarus 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.


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


Historical Info

Historical Gallery


  1. HMS Icarus (D03) - Wikipedia
  2. I-class destroyer - Wikipedia
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