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May 09, 2019

Commander Nikolay Kuznetsov Naval Career and In-Game Unique Skills World of Warships

Nikolay Kuznetsov Naval Career

Commander of the U.S.S.R. Navy (1926)
In October 1926, Nikolay Kuznetsov graduated from the M. Frunze Naval School in Leningrad. Although he had entered the navy during the Civil War when he was 15, only graduating from the academy could open the doorway to a professional naval career for him. In his service as a commander of the Soviet Navy, Kuznetsov preferred to start in the Black Sea Naval Forces. He was lucky enough to be assigned to light cruiser Chervona Ukraina, which was under construction at the time. After her commissioning in 1927, she was the most modern and powerful ship of the Black Sea Fleet for quite some time.

All ranks and titles, as well as the very concept of an "officer", were abolished when the Soviet government was established in 1917. As a result of this, each commanding staff member of the Workers' and Peasants' Soviet Navy was addressed by the name of his position, or simply “Commander”. In accordance with the “Rules of wearing uniforms”, approved in 1925, in winter (and according to regulations, the Black Sea winter started on November 1), the service uniform for Commanders in the Soviet Navy was a blue tunic and a black cap with black pants. It was allowed to wear a standard-issue dirk, with a shoulder belt worn under the tunic. As a result, Commanders of the Soviet Navy differed in appearance from officers of the Imperial Russian Navy only by the presence of stars on their cap, and the insignias on their sleeves instead of shoulder boards.
Cruiser Commander (1935)
In 1935, Nikolay Gerasimovich Kuznetsov was already an experienced sailor. For more than a year, he was commanding cruiser Chervona Ukrain–į, where he began his service after graduating from the academy in 1926. A talented, devoted Commander, who spent all his energy and attention to improving the battle training of the ship. He was highly valued by the commanders and was very respected by the crew. In autumn of 1935, when special ranks, which had been abolished after the Revolution, were introduced for military personnel, Nikolay Kuznetsov, who was 31 years old, was promoted to Kapitan 2 Ranga (Captain 2 rank).

The Navy Dress Instructions adopted in 1934 strictly defined what uniform and munition items should be used by military personnel depending on the situation. According to these Instructions, the Commander of the Black Sea Fleet could parade his navy coat, white trousers, and white shoes along the shore during rare leaves. Four golden galloons with a star decorated the sleeves of a Kapitan 2 Ranga.
People's Commissar for the U.S.S.R. Navy (1941)
In May 1940, the generalship and admiralty were introduced into the Armed Forces of the Soviet Union. Nikolay Gerasimovich Kuznetsov, People's Commissar for the U.S.S.R. Navy, who had been a Flagman Flota 2 Ranga (Flag Officer 2nd rank), was promoted to Admiral. In January 1941, for the first time, a special parade uniform was introduced for the Navy Higher Command Personnel. A black double-breasted coat with a stand-up collar, decorated with gold stitchwork became its main feature. The coat was supposed to be worn with a special parade belt, along with a shoulder belt with a 1940 dagger model.

In the summer of 1941, World War II arrived on the Soviet Union's doorstep. During his service as People's Commissar for two years, Nikolay Kuznetsov did his best to prepare the Navy for the war. By the time Germany attacked the U.S.S.R., all fleets had been placed in maximum operational readiness in accordance with his order. At dawn on June 22, 1941, German aircraft were met by the fierce fire of Black Sea AA gunners.
Admiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza (1955)
Nikolay Kuznetsov had numerous ups and downs on his career due to conflicts with some of the highest-ranking Communist party members. Reductions in rank were followed by promotions. In his memoirs, he jokes bitterly about the unique character of his service in the Navy: he was twice a Kontr-Admiral (Rear-Admiral), three times Vitse-Admiral (Vice Admiral), and twice Admiral Flota (Fleet Admiral).

In May 1955, the Fleet Admiral rank was renamed to Admiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza (Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union). Those who were promoted to Admiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza were given the Marshal's star. The star was worn on the neck with the parade uniform. Starting from 1952, Admirals were supposed to wear a parade uniform that included a black coat with golden shoulder marks and a turned-down collar with gold stitchwork. The cockade on the peaked cap was also decorated with special stitchwork.
in-game unique skills
The main "feature" of the Soviet "Victory" Stage is the new unique Commander, Nikolay Kuznetsov, who comes with the following talents:
Heroic Commander of the U.S.S.R. Navy with the enhanced Jack of All Trades skill, as well as the Concealed Reserves and Will to Victory talents.
Added with a specialization for Orlan and 10 skill points.
You can have only one –°ommander Nikolay Kuznetsov.
**Jack of All Trades**
  • –10% to the reload time of consumables (by default: –5%).
  • +1 deg/s to the traverse speed of guns with a caliber above 139 mm (by default: 0.7 deg/s)
**Concealed Reserves**
  • The "First Blood" achievement provides additional charges for any consumables mounted on a ship:. 
  • +1 charge per consumable (does not apply to the consumables of an aircraft carrier's squadrons). 
  • Talent action time is 30 seconds.
**Will to Victory**
  • The talent is activated if the ship's HP is below 10% and partially restores the ship's HP up to 8%. 
  • Extinguishes fires, removes instances of flooding, and repairs damaged modules. 
  • +0.4% HP recovered per second; 
  • +5% to the dispersion of shells fired by enemies at your ship. 
  • Talent action time is 30 seconds.

Nikolay Kuznetsov will join the ranks of historical Commanders, along with William Halsey and Isoroku Yamamoto. Nikolay's talents will come in handy in helping your ship bring victory to your team.