World of Warships – First Look: Tier X Premium British Battleship HMS Incomparable

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Here’s our First Look at Tier X Premium British battleship HMS Incomparable. Her name is oddly prescient: there is no other ship quite like Incomparable in the game. It makes predicting how she’ll play incredibly difficult. Incomparable is also a ship of extremes, featuring a number of worst-in-tier qualities (turning circle, health pool, torpedo protection) married to a number of best-in-tier ones (speed, stealth). She is truly unique. Let’s discuss further.

FROM WARGAMING:
Hit points – 70000. Plating – 25 mm.

Main battery – 3×2 508 mm. Firing range – 17.6 km.
Maximum HE shell damage – 7400. HE shell armor penetration – 85 mm. Chance to cause fire – 55%. HE initial velocity – 751 m/s.
Maximum shell damage – 19500. AP initial velocity – 751 m/s.
Reload time – 28.0 s. 0 degree turn time – 30.0 s. Maximum dispersion – 196 м. Sigma – 2.00.

Torpedo tubes – 2×4 533 mm. Maximum damage – 16767. Range – 12.0 km. Speed – 62 kt. Reload time – 96 s. Launcher 0 degree turn time – 7.2 s. Torpedo detectability – 1.3 km.
Instead of choosing between wide and narrow spreads, captains can choose to fire off individual torpedoes or expend the entire launcher at once

Armament: 11×2 102.0 mm

AA defense: 12×2 40.0 mm., 4×1 40.0 mm., 8×2 20.0 mm., 26×1 20.0 mm., 11×2 102.0 mm., 4×8 40.0 mm.
AA defense short-range: continuous damage per second – 273, hit probability – 70 %, action zone – 2.0 km;
AA defense mid-range: continuous damage per second – 620, hit probability – 75 %, action zone – 3.5 km;
AA defense long-range: continuous damage per second – 116, hit probability – 75 %, action zone – 5.8 km;
Number of explosions in a salvo – 6, damage within an explosion – 1400, action zone 3.5 – 5.8 km.

Maximum speed – 33.0 kt. Turning circle radius – 1160 m. Rudder shift time – 16.0 s. Surface detectability – 13.5 km. Air detectability – 12.3 km. Detectability after firing main guns in smoke – 16.4 km.

Available consumables:
1 slot – Damage Control Party
2 slot – Repair Party
3 slot – Engine Boost (Duration time 0 s; Maximum speed +10%; Reload time 120 s; Charges 3)
4 slot – Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search
5 slot – Fighter/Spotting Aircraft

All stats are listed without crew and upgrade modifiers but with best available modules. The stats are subject to change during the testing.

– http://warships.us/searaptor

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33 Comments:

  1. Incomparable was supposed to be (following the Incomparable wiki page) 1000 ft long, so 0.8 feet shorter than the H-42 german BB design, which AFAIK is the base for Grosser Kurfurst’s hull

  2. This is a 1916 design, suggested by 1st sealord, Jackie Fisher

  3. She looks like a ship that would have a steep learning curve, but a skilled player would be able to really cause some trouble for the enemy team.

  4. My first impression? Incomparable is a ninja assassin who carries around a shotgun.

  5. Thank you…
    I am looking forward to this ship… got Cunningham ready for this one!

  6. FDR, Midway and Nakhimov: “We got our self a new prey boys!”

  7. Jackie Fisher will come back from the dead to yell “SPEED IS ARMOR” at anyone who critiques her armor scheme

  8. This ships original design was by the same chaps who desighed the Admiral Class battlecruisers (HMS Hood), so it’s no surprise there would be a similarity between the two.

    • Eustace d’Eyncourt and the other Admiralty constructors had no hand in the design of HMS Incomparable. It was Vickers that did all the design work in a design study conducted from 1912 to, at least, 1916. Some of the plans still exist in the Fisher Papers, Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge. Incomparable looks like no other gun-armed capital ship ever.

  9. This ship has one trick, ambush from stealth.

    “Surprise, Mother F*cker!!!!!”

    Then run away very quickly behind an island

  10. Melted a Marlborough today on PTS with Nevsky in a 1 vs 3. (Marlborough)Fast reload HE spammer but didnt seem anything special.

  11. In my opinion, she looks like either a steel ship or RB ship. If she’s a coal ship, I’d be surprised. Overall, I am looking forward to her assuming she’ll be worth it.

  12. “You can’t compare this ship to anything”

    Living up to her name I see. 🤣

  13. I really expected a British superheal with such a small health pool. Also, how is a Short Range hydro going to help when your manoeuvrability is trash – you see the torp a bit earlier, but there’s nothing you can do about it.

  14. As a naval historian specialising in Jacky Fisher, I have actually seen the original conceptual design schematics for Jacky Fisher’s HMS Incomparable series: It is quite clear that World of Warships haven’t. The mentioned stats are similar to a different ship project Fisher was planning on in 1915 – HMS Citadel. While the armour is more or less the same as mentioned, main armament was six 18-inch guns capable of ranging out to 28,000 meters and speed was only 30 knots. There were only two submerged torpedo tubes. Also, the design was in appearance very similar to the Renown class and not HMS Hood. The main appearance difference (apart from length and turret size) was that there was only a single funnel as Citadel used the same 90,000shp power plant as HMS Furious.

    The actual stats for the real HMS Incomparable are:
    Bow Armour = 75mm
    Main belt = 406mm (this straddles the waterline and covers the turtle back deck slopes)
    Upper belt = 305mm (this extends all the way up to the weather deck)
    Turtle back deck = 45mm (on both flat and slopes)
    Upper armoured deck = 65mm (this is at weather deck level)
    Main armament = Six 20-inch guns (max range for the 4,500lb shells is also 28,000 meters)
    Secondary = Twenty 6-inch guns at weather deck level (modernised = twenty twin 4.5-inch DP)
    Torpedoes = eight (in submerged tubes rather than deck mounted)
    Speed = 35 knots (the length/width/draft ratios on 58,000 tons imply that this speed was viable)
    Power = 180,000BHP (provide by twelve 15,000BHP Vickers battleship diesel engines)
    Dimensions = 312.7m (length) x 32.2m (width) x 8.84m (draft)

    In appearance Incomparable is rather spartan as, beyond the super-firing turret pair forward, a single turret aft, an armoured conning tower, and masts, there is no superstructure (boats – including up to twelve motor torpedo boats – are stored in an armoured hanger below the weather deck). The 6-inch guns can also be retracted under armoured hatches below the weather deck when not in use. There are no funnels as, being entirely diesel powered, they are not required and the diesels exhaust through the masts instead. The reason why it is hard to find data on this ship is because it is not understood that she was not an Admiralty design (or anything other than a “back of a napkin” design). The extensive design study was done for Fisher by Vickers from 1912 to, at least, 1916.

    It is a shame that WoW so badly dropped the research ball here as I would be very interested to see what effect the twelve motor torpedo boats would have on enemy ships trying to ambush the, truthfully not likely to be very manoeuvrable, Incomparable from behind islands. Up the middle on Two Brothers would be quite interesting as well.

    • WoWs only cares about humiliating and ridiculing the British RN and making Russian ships godly and German and Japanese ships demi gods.
      British weaknesses are massively exaggerated while the problems with the 3 favoured Navies are ignored or even removed entirely.
      They ignore who actually won most of the battles. Maybe it’s just jealousy because the Russian/Soviet Navy’s did very so little in comparision.

  15. I ran across one with my Musashi last night……… pens pens pens and more pens I hope he enjoyed his testing time

  16. I just see a smart carrier staying out of its great AA range and letting all his BBs punch the bag of ripe British oranges

  17. The problem I find with this BB is that it’s armour is to low

  18. Tbh i dont know why WG haven’t just split the lines into BCs yet since the new german like are mostly BC’s as well. It just seems logical… But if that happens im sure there are some ruski “projects” that are far superior haha But from seeing this it has my Hood, Vanguard and thunderer player style written all over it. Long range HE Shell dodging

  19. The way i see it, Incomparable is the biggest DD of the game… you could almost stealth torp in her

  20. the Hood was her lineage predecessor so of course like a Star Trek Hood Class has a familar resemblance to the older Constitution class its familial look should be expected

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