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Z-39 — German promo premium Tier VII destroyer.
The last sister ship of destroyer Z-23 belonged to a series of ships laid down after the start of World War II (Zerstörer 1936A Mob). She carried 150mm guns. During 1944-1945, the ship underwent an overhaul with a considerable reinforcement of her AA defenses. This, however, required that one of the ship’s main guns be demounted.
Z-39 was first released for sale worldwide on 18 May 2018.
Z-39 has surprisingly good concealment for her tier, and for a German destroyer. In fact, most of Z-39’s characteristics can be described the same way. Her 150 mm guns are some of the largest put on a destroyer in World of Warships, only matched by those available to her German compatriots Z-23 and Ernst Gaede. She has surprisingly good AA despite lacking access to Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.), and a decent striking arm of torpedoes which reload fairly fast and travel quickly.
The first unique thing about Z-39 is her main battery, which is comprised of 150mm rifles. These are significantly different from the main battery guns found on other Tier VII destroyers, most of which top out around 127 or 128mm in caliber. They are capable of delivery devastating salvos to enemy ships should the AP manage a full penetration, and her HE packs a good punch as well despite the limitations of German HE damage and their slow reload time. Unfortunately, Z-39’s four barrels share the same reload as Tier VI’s Ernst Gaede, despite her also having four 150 mm guns with identical handling. The only thing Z-39 holds an edge on gunnery wise is her longer range, as she has a nearly kilometer advantage over Gaede. While her guns are certainly powerful, it’s nothing that cannot be found a tier lower. Her torpedoes are a similar story, though the German destroyer line is somewhat known for all ships having similar torpedoes. In fact, her torpedoes are identical to the ones found on a fully upgraded Leberecht Maass, making them fairly unremarkable other than the noteworthy German traits of good speed and stealth.
Her AA is another unusual trait, possessing one of the most potent anti-aircraft arrays at her tier for a destroyer. Unfortunately, the effectiveness of this armament is dampened somewhat by the ship’s lack of access to the Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) consumable. As such, she loses out to those destroyers capable of using DFAA; namely, Mahan and Sims. Her health is another point of interest, following the typical German trend of having lots of it: in fact, she has the highest destroyer health at her tier. Additionally, she is the only Tier VII destroyer with access to Upgrade Slot 5, meaning she can equip Concealment System Modification 1 (Reduces the detectability range of the ship and aircraft carrier’s squadrons: -10% to detectability radius. / +5% to the dispersion of enemy shells fired at your ship.) and reduce her detection range even further.
Z-39 provides a good, well-balanced destroyer platform to operate from. She has a variety of tools that allow her to adapt to any situation: smoke to disengage from threats she can’t handle, health and concealment to control engagements with enemy destroyers, and a solid mix of armaments to deal lethal damage to enemy vessels. All-in-all, she is a very capable ship at Tier VII.
Has access to the Tier VIII module Concealment System Modification 1 (Reduces the detectability range of the ship and aircraft carrier’s squadrons: -10% to detectability radius. / +5% to the dispersion of enemy shells fired at your ship.), allowing the Z-39 to sneak around the seas.
Fairly quick torpedo reload.
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.) module.
AP rounds can quickly devastate cruisers with citadels at mid-to-close range.
Incredibly high hit point pool for a Tier VII destroyer; the hit point pool rivals those of Tier IX destroyers.
Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) and Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smokescreen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) durations and ranges use Tier VIII values, instead of Tier VII.
Takes large amounts of HE damage.
Lackluster HE performance.
Average torpedo alpha strike.
AA mounts are fragile and will be destroyed under sustained fire.