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The case For These Romanian, Greek, Yugoslav And Dutch Destroyers In Game Part 1

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Since the arrival of The Swedes it occurred to me that this Pan European line need some more Continental flavour to it.

So with that I thought its time to highlight some Destroyers from other nations that would worthy to have a place in the Pan European nation.

Romania

Yes that's right a Romanian Destroyer NMS Regele Ferdinand

NMS Regele Ferdinand was the lead ship of her class of two destroyers built in Italy for the Romanian Navy in the late 1920s. After the Axis invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 (Operation Barbarossa), she was limited to escort duties in the western half of the Black Sea during the war by the powerful Soviet Black Sea Fleet which heavily outnumbered Axis naval forces in the Black Sea. The ship may have sunk two Soviet submarines during the war. In early 1944 the Soviets were able to cut off and surround the port of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula. Regele Ferdinand covered convoys evacuating Axis troops from Sevastopol and was badly damaged in May when she rescued some troops herself.

When Romania changed sides the ship was captured and incorporated in the Soviet navy, but for this ship we are only interested in her Romanian service.

 

RegeleFerdinand1935.jpg

 

Class and type:Regele Ferdinand-class destroyer

Displacement:

1,400 long tons (1,422 t) (standard)

1,850 long tons (1,880 t) (full load)

Length:101.9 m (334 ft 4 in) (o/a)

Beam:9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)

Draught:3.51 m (11 ft 6 in)

Installed power:

4 Thornycroft boilers

52,000 shp (39,000 kW)

Propulsion:2 shafts; 2 geared steam turbines

Speed:37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph)

Range:3,000 nmi (5,600 km; 3,500 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Complement:212

Armament:

5 × single 120 mm (4.7 in) guns

1 × single 76 mm (3 in) AA gun

2 × single 40 mm (1.6 in) AA guns

2 × triple 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes

40 depth charges

50 mines

Modifications

The 40-millimetre guns were replaced by two German 3.7-centimetre (1.5 in) AA guns and a pair of French 13.2-millimetre (0.52 in) M1929 Hotchkiss machineguns were added in 1939. Two Italian depth charge throwers were later installed. During World War II, the 76-millimetre gun was replaced by four 20-millimetre (0.79 in) AA guns. In 1943, the two ships were equipped with a German S-Gerät sonar. The following year, the upper forward 120-millimetre gun was replaced by a German 88-millimetre (3.5 in) AA gun.[5] German 88-millimetre guns in Romanian service were themselves modified by being fitted with Romanian-produced barrel liners.

With her tonnage it puts her at either a Tier 4 or 5 in game.

 Yugoslavia

Yugoslav destroyer Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik was a flotilla leader built for the Royal Yugoslav Navy by Yarrow Shipbuilders in Glasgow in 1930 and 1931. She was one of the largest destroyers of her time. Resembling contemporary British designs, Dubrovnik was a fast ship with a main armament of four Czechoslovak-built Škoda 140 mm (5.5 in) guns in single mounts. She was intended to be the first of three flotilla leaders built for Yugoslavia, but was the only one completed. During her service with the Royal Yugoslav Navy, Dubrovnik undertook several peacetime cruises through the Mediterranean, the Turkish Straits and the Black Sea. In October 1934, she conveyed King Alexander to France for a state visit, and carried his body back to Yugoslavia following his assassination in Marseille.

During the German-led Axis invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, Dubrovnik was captured by the Italians. After a refit, which included the replacement of some of her weapons and the shortening of her mainmast and funnels, she was commissioned into the Royal Italian Navy as Premuda. In Italian service she was mainly used as an escort and troop transport. In June 1942, she was part of the Italian force that attacked the Allied Operation Harpoon convoy attempting to relieve the island of Malta. In July 1943, she broke down and was brought to Genoa for repair and a refit. Premuda was the most important and effective Italian war prize ship of World War II.

Again I only want to focus on her time serving in The Yugoslav Navy or we start getting into the multi nation scenario situation.

The Yugoslav navy was basically captured by the Axis Forces without having any real impact on the war in The Balkans but that's not to say this ships wont be a worthy addition to the game.    

 

  The Royal Yugoslav Navy in WW2

 

Type:Flotilla leader

Displacement:

Standard: 1,880 long tons (1,910 t)

Full: 2,400 long tons (2,439 t)

Length:113.2 m (371 ft 5 in)

Beam:10.67 m (35 ft 0 in)

Draught:3.58–4.1 m (11 ft 9 in–13 ft 5 in)

Propulsion:

Two shafts;

2 × Parsons steam turbines (48,000 shp (36,000 kW))

1 × Curtis steam turbine for cruising (900 shp (670 kW))

3 × Yarrow water-tube boilers

Speed:

Maximum: 37 knots (69 km/h; 43 mph)

Cruising: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Range:7,000 nmi (13,000 km; 8,100 mi) at 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph)

Complement:20 officers and 220 enlisted

Armament:

4 × Škoda 140 mm (5.5 in) naval guns

2 × Škoda 83.5 mm (3.29 in) AA guns

6 × Škoda 40 mm (1.6 in) AA guns

2 × Škoda 15 mm (0.59 in) machine guns

6 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes

40 × naval mines

 Again this ship may come in at mid Tier or maybe at Tier 6.

I hope that WG will get round to looking at nations not well known for there naval history as time goes by

Well that is Part 1 out and I will doing part 2 very soon.

 

Edited by tm63au
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