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Somme
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Destroyer | U.K. | Tier IX
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points18,400 
Main Battery
113 mm/45 QF Mk.IV on an RP10 Mk.IV* mount3 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire13.33 shots/min.
Reload Time4.5 sec.
Rotation Speed20 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Timesec.
Firing Range12.51 km.
Maximum Dispersion108 m.
HE Shell113 mm HE 5crh 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity746 m./s.
HE Shell Weight24.95 kg.
AP Shell113 mm SAP 55 lb 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity746 m./s.
AP Shell Weight25 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm PR Mk II2 х 5 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.45 shots/min.
Reload Time133 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk IX** 
Maximum Damage15,533 
Torpedo Speed62 knot
Torpedo Range9.99 km.
AA Defense
113 mm/45 QF Mk.IV on an RP10 Mk.IV* mount3 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second44.7 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm/56 OQF Mk.XI on a Mk.V mount1 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second12.3 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm/56 OQF Mk.X on a STAAG Mk.2 mount1 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second13.4 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm/56 OQF on a Boffin mount3 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second26.1 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed34 knot
Turning Circle Radius610 m.
Rudder Shift Time4.2 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range7.03 km.
Air Detectability Range3.26 km.
Battle Levels
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Special

Somme — British special premium Tier IX destroyer.

The Battle-class destroyers, featuring enhanced AA defenses, were designed drawing on lessons learned from wartime and ordered by the Admiralty between 1942 and 1943. The ships ordered in 1943 differed from their earlier counterparts by having more powerful main battery artillery, and among them was destroyer HMS Somme, named after one of the biggest battles of World War I. However, she was never commissioned and remained unclaimed due to the end of hostilities in 1945. She was eventually demolished on her stocks.

Somme was first released on 19 July 2023, and is available as the reward for completing the Battle of the Somme collection.

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)
113 mm/45 QF Mk.IV on an RP10 Mk.IV*/RP50 Mk.V* mount13.391081,70082,100 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)
Somme18,40062033/2/32 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)
533 mm Mk IX**0.51337.215,5336210 00
Fire Control System IDS_SHIP_PARAM_SUO_INCREASE_DIST
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk IX mod. 10 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 50,000 hp34 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
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
Depth Charges 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

Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.
Refer to the in-game Port screens for more useful data.


Tier IX premium British destroyer Somme further develops the defensive destroyer play style of British destroyers and is an identical clone to Jutland . She has a Repair PartyWhile active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second. to help in destroyer-on-destroyer fights, and her AP shells feature improved penetration angles.

Armament:

Somme carries six 113 mm guns in three turrets. They have a stock 4.5 s reload, 12.5 km range, and a fast 180-degree turret traverse time of 9 seconds. All three turrets can rotate 360 degrees. Her HE shells have the same damage and fire chance as Lightning, but the smaller caliber means they only penetrate 19 mm armor. Her AP shells are lighter and deal less damage, but have improved penetration angles and a shorter 19 mm arming threshold. This allows them to fuse on destroyer plating. With her average reload and only six guns, both her HE and AP DPM are well below average.

Somme carries ten torpedoes in two quintuple launchers. Her torpedoes deal 15,533 alpha damage, and have a 10 km range, 133-second reload, and 62 knot base speed. Like other British destroyers, her torpedoes can be launched individually and used to devastate stationary or bow-in targets. As such, they are a complement to Somme's gun power, but still a secondary weapon.


Hull:

Somme has an average base health pool of 18,400 and a slow speed of 34 knots. Her maneuverability is good, with a 4-second rudder shift and 610-meter turning radius. Her concealment is excellent, with a minimum concealment of 5.7 km. As with the other British destroyers, Somme has enhanced acceleration but cannot mount Propulsion Modification 1 Reduces time to full speed: -50% to time for reaching full power. / Increases engine power when the ship starts moving.. This allows her to accelerate forward very quickly to high speeds, but she cannot slow down as quickly. Somme also does not have access to the Engine BoostWhile active, increases a ship's speed by a fixed percentage. consumable, and has no way to increase her top speed or acceleration. She must be aware of enemy ship movements, so she does not get caught in a position where her slow speed prevents her escape.


Consumables:

Somme comes with the British Short-Burst Smoke GeneratorWhile active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates., which has a short 10-second action time and a fast 70-second cooldown, but the dispersion time is reduced to 40 seconds. With the reduced cooldown, the difference between dispersion time and cooldown is only 30 seconds, so a new smokescreen will be available shortly after each use. They last long enough to disengage or farm ships with her guns. Somme comes with six base charges of her Smoke Generator.

She also carries the same Short-Range Hydro-Acoustic SearchWhile active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain. consumable found on Lightning. It has a 180 s action time followed by a 120 s cooldown, and can detect both enemy ships and torpedoes at 3 km. With this consumable and her excellent concealment, Somme can contest key areas by alerting allies of incoming torpedoes and pushing enemy destroyers further away.

Somme features the Repair Party consumable, with two charges that each heal up to 10% of her maximum HP. This allows her to survive knife fights with enemy destroyers and increase her total potential health.

Anti-Aircraft:

Somme’s anti-aircraft performance is bad, with low long- and medium-range AA DPS (45.5 and 108.5 respectively). She also only produces two low-damage flak clouds, so enemy carriers will have no problems flying through her defenses. The short-burst smokescreens allow her to somewhat avoid air spotting, but players must be wary of straying too far from allied ships.


Battle Performance:

Somme is a cap-contesting destroyer, with her consumables aiding in fighting destroyers for cap control. Her short-burst smokes allow her to comfortably disengage and stay dark while still using her guns. Although her damage-per-minute is low for her tier, the combination of good AP shells, Repair Party, and Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search gives her many tools to outplay her opponents. When not contesting key areas, Somme has excellent concealment and usable torpedoes that can be launched individually.

Overall, Somme plays similarly to the British tech tree destroyers. Captains will appreciate her improvements over the preceding ships and ability to perform well in the defensive scouting role. She is a relatively decent gunboat backed up with very usable torpedoes, and players will likely adjust quickly to her play style.

Pros:


Cons:

  • Average HP
  • Mediocre damage-per-minute
  • Low HE penetration
  • Weak AA defenses
  • Slow
  • Does not have Engine Boost consumable
  • Repair Party only has two base charges

Research

As a premium ship, Somme has no module upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades are:

Commander Skills

Consumables

Somme equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Somme comes with Default permanent camouflage and a set of permanent combat bonuses.

Signals

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

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References


Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Update 12.6:
    • Added as the reward for completing the Battle of the Somme collection.
  • Update 12.8:
    • Fixed textures for the ship.
  • Update 12.10:
    • Added fixes to the textures and other visuals of the ship.

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