Battleship Mutsu in WoWs

World of Warships: Japanese premium battleship Mutsu of the Nagato class and her history and specifications from Second World War.

Mutsu' in World of Warships
The Japanese premium battleship ‘Mutsu’ in World of Warships

The battleship Mutsu belonged to the Nagato class and is placed on the rank VI of the Japanese tech tree in World of Warships. At the same rank, the free-to-play Japanese battleship Fuso is weaker and the class ship Nagato is only to be ranked on VII.

Battleship Mutsu in WoWs

After explaining the gameplay principle of World of Warships and the tactical mission already in the review of the German battleship Kaiser in WoWs from World War One, here is a difference worth mentioning: the large fire range and the enormous effect of the slower shooting eight 16-inch guns of the Mutsu. In general, the use of armor-piercing shells is sufficient for almost all encountered enemies and at a cruising angle of about 30 degrees to the targets all guns can be fired in one salvo and the Mutsu offers only a small target.

Why a premium ship?

In World of Warships as well as in War Thunder numerous, so-called premium models, are available. Here, of course, they are warships, and they come from different classes, such as destroyers, cruisers, battleships and even aircraft carriers.

They are therefore unique as ‘premium’ because they can not be unlocked in the ordinary way in the game by advances in the ship’s research tree. They can only be bought against Real currency or sometimes won at competitions within the game.
The Japanese premium ships are listed here in the ship’s research tree on the right with yellow names. The Mutsu can be found in the second column from the right as the third ship from the top to rank VI.

Japanese ship research tree in World of Warships.
Japanese ship research tree in World of Warships.

Unlike free-to-play ships, they are fully developed but often have worse statistical values ​​than their freely playable counterparts. In the case of the Mutsu, however, this one rank lower than the slightly better, free and additionally modernized class ship Nagato and thus meets weaker opponents.
Not every player has every premium ship, so that in the battle you are in a bit more unique and special.

But above all, premium ships have some other advantages:
So the repair costs and the purchase of new ammunition after the battle are more favorable than with the usual ships and one gets more ‘in-game currency’. This gives you more money to equip your ships and buy newly researched ships.
In addition, the captains of the premium ships get more experience points in the battle. Incidentally, there are additional research points whose conversion to the purchase of not researched ships but cost real money, which probably only the least use of players.
Since the masses of the research points in WoWs are usually generated for the subsequent ship, and of course a premium ship does not have any, because it is located outside the ordinary ship’s research tree, it is progressing relatively slowly there. If you want to move forward faster and without additional real-money use, you must also use a regular standard ship in between.

In spite of everything, the premium ships in WoWs are generally not very superior and not a ‘pay-to-win’ model, though some are better than others. For a long time, the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst was considered the best premium ship, but the Mutsu can also be described as successful on the rank VI.
Not every premium ship is suitable for every type of player, and you should make sure that you have gained sufficient experience with the ship class before using the tactics and do not ‘buy’ too far up the rank, since here too, the mode of play changes and is characterized by greater fire ranges and stronger aircraft carriers and planes, which does not suit everyone.

Battleships are just for a less hectic style of firing over greater distances and are not so fast sunk, especially since they can be repaired during the battle – unless you run directly into a fan of torpedoes.

Video of an action with the battleship Mutsu in WoWs

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History of the battleships Mutsu and Nagato

Nagato, with 40.6-cm guns like the Mutsu, one of the most powerful warships.

The Nagato class had as a model the fast battleships of the Queen Elizabeth class of the Royal Navy. Nagato and Mutsu were the first battleships with a main armament of 16-inch guns at a simultaneous high speed of over 25 knots.
The hull was based on the previous Japanese Hyuga class, but the 16-inch shells had a weight of 993 kg (2,192 lb) each over the 675 kg (1,490 lb) shells of 14-inch guns. For the same broadside weight thus the number of guns could be reduced.

After their commissioning in 1920-1921 they were thus the most powerful battleships of all nations, which had an excellent relationship between armament, armor protection, seaworthiness and speed. They were the first Japanese battleships with pagoda bridge masts.

They were modernized in the 1930s by a total renovation, where they received new machinery, extended the tail and torpedo bulges were installed. The front funnel was removed, and the pagoda mast was enlarged. For two 5.5-inch and four 2.75-inch guns, eight 5-inch guns and 20 one-inch guns were installed and the directional angle for the main guns could be raised from 13° to 43° degrees.

Until the completion of the Yamato, Nagato was from 1939 to 1941 the flagship of the Imperial Japanese Fleet and the barbette armor was increased to 500 mm (20 inch).
From 1941 to 1942 the ships were in the 1st Battle Division and participated in the Battle of the Midway Islands from June 4-6, 1942.
On December 25, Nagato was torpedoed and damaged by US submarine Skate near Truk. Mutsu sank in Hiroshima Bay on June 8, 1943, when an ammunition chamber exploded as the ship lay at anchor.

Nagato under air strikes during the Battle of Leyte
Nagato under air strikes during the Battle of Leyte in October 1944.

Nagato was refitted in 1944 with radar type 21 and 13 and for two 5.5 inch (ca. 14 cm) guns she received 78 x 25-mm anti-aircraft guns. In the Battle of the Leyte Gulf from October 20 to 26, 1944, she sank the American escort carrier Gambier Bay.
From January 1945, she was used in Japan as a floating air defense battery, with the funnel and the main mast were removed. On July 18, she was damaged in a US air strike, but survives the Second World War.

She was sunk only after being used as a target ship by the Americans in atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll on July 29, 1946.

Specification Nagato class


specificationoriginal 1920after modernization 1936
Displacement 32,721 t 38,189 t
Displacement (full loaded) 38,499 t 42,785 t
Length 660 ft 660 ft
Length at waterline 700 ft 725 ft
Length over everything 708 ft 738 ft
Beam 95.1 ft 113.5 ft
Draught 29.5 ft 31.2 ft
Boiler Kampon (15 oil, 6 coal/oil) Kampon (4 oil)
Machinery Kampon turbines with 4 shafts Kampon geared turbines with 4 shafts
Power 80,000 hp 82,000 hp
Coal 1,600 t-
Oil 3,395 t 5,600 t
Speed 26.75 kts 25 kts
Range 5,500 sm at 15 kts 8,650 sm at 16 kts
Crew 1,333 1,368


specificationoriginal 1920after modernization 1936
Main Armament 8 x 16 inch L/45 guns 8 x 16 inch L/45 guns
Secondary Armament 20 x 5.5 inch L/50 18 x 5.5 inch L/50, 8 x 5 inch
Anti-aircraft guns 4 x 3 inch 20 x 25 mm
Torpedo tubes 8 x 21-inch-
Aircrafts- 3

Armor Protection:

specificationoriginal 1920after modernization 1936
Side (belt)3-11.8 inch3-11.8 inch
Side (ends)3.9-7.9 inch3.9-7.9 inch
Back deck1 inch2.5 inch
Main deck1.73 inch1.73-2.72 inch
Lower deck2-3 inch2-3 inch
Main artillery14 inch14 inch
Babette11.8 inch11.8 inch (20 inch 1941)
Casemates0.75-1 inch0.75-1 inch

Service Statistics:

ShipyardState shipyard KureState shipyard Yokosuka
Laid down August 28, 1917 June 1, 1918
Launched November 9, 1919 May 31, 1920
Completed November 25, 1920 October 24, 1921
ModernizationApril 1934 - January 1936September 1934 - September 1936
Fate sunk July 29, 1946 as target ship sunk June 8, 1943 after ammunition chamber explosion

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References and literature

Fighting Ships of the World (Antony Preston)
Kriegsschiffe von 1900 bis heute – Technik und Einsatz (Buch und Zeit Verlagsgesellschaft)
The Illustrated Directory of Warships from 1860 to the present day (David Miller)
Flotten des 2. Weltkrieges (Antony Preston)
Kriegsschiffe 1939-45 (Heyne-Bildpaperback)
The Encyclopedia of Weapons of World War II (Chris Bishop)

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