USS Johnston: Tier IX American Premium Destroyer 1942 (How to Obtain)

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flag warship USS Johnston: Tier IX American Premium Destroyer 1942 (How to Obtain)

The USS Johnston was a sizable, fast, and heavily armed destroyer. As World War II began, naval armament limitation treaties became obsolete. This resulted in the construction of new ships with greater displacements, enabling considerable enhancements in various design aspects, especially in air defense capabilities.

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Key Features

  • Main Battery:
    • Johnston boasts a main battery of five 127mm guns.
    • These guns have a unique burst fire mode and can fire SAP shells.
    • In short engagements with enemy destroyers, her combination of firepower and concealment makes her extremely deadly.
    • Captains should aim to land their first shots effectively, especially considering her typically challenging ballistics.
  • Torpedoes:
    • Johnston carries a load of ten torpedoes.
    • These torpedoes have characteristics similar to those of the Gearing, and they can reach extreme range.
    • However, the reload time is quite long.
  • Consumables:
    • Johnston’s consumables include Engine Boost and Defensive AA Fire.
    • These are consistent with other USN destroyers and occupy the same slot.


  • Close-Range Combat:
    • Johnston excels in close-quarters combat with enemy destroyers.
    • Her burst fire mode and SAP shells make her lethal in short engagements.
    • Captains must focus on precise aiming to maximize damage output.
    • Using her normal firing mode to adjust aim beforehand is advisable.
  • Versatility:
    • Johnston’s American Smoke Generator provides long-duration smoke cover.
    • She can engage larger targets from safety using her long-range torpedoes.
    • However, caution is necessary when facing enemy Surveillance Radar.

Johnston Info

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Ship Name: flag shipicon IX USS Johnston
Level: 9
Class: Fletcher-class destroyer
WG Introduction: March 6, 2023
Status When Final: shipicon Premium Ship
Released: 13.5
Base value: resource 19 000
Nation: flag USA
Current Development Status: Released

How to Obtain

flag shipicon IX USS Johnston will be available in an Admirals Bundle in the armory for resource 33 950, also as a standard ship with 10 pt captain in the premium shop and as a possible drop in the container Wings of Freedom" containers. Please note that Johnston has replaced Georgia in the container Wings of Freedom containers.

Buttons will be available when the ship is released as final on each region

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Hit points: 17,100
Overall Plating: 13-20 mm
Side Plating: 19 mm
Deck Plating: 19 mm
Bottom: 20 mm
Turret Plating: 20 mm
Superstructure: 13 mm
Tonnage: 2,924 t

Main Battery Armament:

5x1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount:
Max Range: 12.5 km
Reload: 4.5 s
Minimum Shell Type Switching Time: 4.5 s
180° Turn Time: 5.3 s
Dispersion at Max Range: 109 m
Horizontal Dispersion at 12 km: 105 m
Vertical Dispersion at 12 km: 62 m
Sigma: 2.0σ

Shell Types

HE Shells

5x 127 mm HE Mk32:
Max HE Shell Damage: 1,800
Max HE Damage per Salvo: 9,000
Max HE Damage per Minute: 120,000
Alpha Piercing HE: 21.0 mm
Ammo Type: High Explosive
Shell Air Drag: 0.347
Shell Always Ricochet At: 60.0°
Normalization: 68.0°
Shell Detonator: 0.001
Shell Detonator Threshold: 2.0
Shell Diameter: 127 mm
Shell Krupp: 475.0
Shell Mass: 24.5 kg
Shell Ricochet: 91.0°
Shell Velocity: 792.0 m/s
Burn Probability: 5%

SAP Shells

5x 127 mm SC Mk38:
Max SAP Shell Damage: 2,500
Max SAP Damage per Salvo: 12,500
Max SAP Damage per Minute: 166,667
Ammo Type: Semi Armor Piercing
Alpha Piercing SAP: 36.0 mm
Shell Air Drag: 0.347
Shell Always Ricochet At: 75.0°
Normalization: 45.0°
Shell Detonator: 0.03
Shell Detonator Threshold: 25.0
Shell Diameter: 127 mm
Shell Krupp: 3.0
Shell Mass: 24.5 kg
Ricochet: 65.0°
Shell Velocity: 792.0 m/s

Alternative Fire Mode - Burst Fire

Burst Fire
To activate Burst Fire, Press Image of the F Key "F Key"
Increases main battery gun rate of fire by allowing you to shoot a series of quick salvos at short intervals.
Each salvo series is followed by a longer reload time.
Reload time: 9.0 s
Burst interval: 1.4 s
Shots in the series: 3

Depth Charges:

Maximum damage: 5100
Charges: 2
Bombs per charge: 12
Reload time: 40 s
Burn probability: 21%


1 × 5 533 mm Mk14-/Mk17:
1 × 5 533 mm Mk15-/Mk17:
Max Damage: 17 900
Range: 13.5 km
Reload: 170 s
Speed: 66 kts
180 degree turn time: 7.2 s
Torpedo detectability: 1.4 km
Time for enemy ships to react: 7.9 s
Chance of causing flood: 301%

AA Defence:

Long Range:

5 × 1 127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.30 mod.0 mount:
Firing range:  5.8 km
Hit Probability:  100 %
Damage by Zone Area AA:  74
Damage Caused by Shell Explosions:  1540
Number of Explosions Per Salvo:  4
Action Zone:  3.5 - 5.8 km
Continuous Damage: 159

Mid Range:

5 x 2 40 mm/56 Bofors on a Mk.1 mount:
Firing range:  3.5 km
Hit Probability:  100 %
Damage by Zone Area AA:  112

Short Range:

6 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount:
Firing range:  2.0 km
Hit Probability:  95 %
Damage by Zone Area AA:  53


Maximum speed: 38.0 knots
Turning circle radius: 570 m
Rudder shift time: 3.0 s
Propulsion: 60,000 hp


Surface Detectability: 7.2 km
Air Detectability: 3.2 km
Detectability by enemy subs: 0-3.2 km
Detectability whilst firing in smoke: 2.8 km


Slot 1: Damage Control Party:
Charges: infinite
Action Time: 5 s
Reload Time: 40 s
Slot 2: Smoke Generator:
Charges: 3
Action Time: 30 s
Smoke screen dispersion time: 127 s
Radius: 450 m
Reload Time: 160 s
Slot 3: Engine Boost:
Charges: 3
Action Time: 120 s
Reload Time: 120 s
Boost: +8%
Slot 3: Defensive AA Fire:
Charges: 4
Action Time: 40 s
Reload Time: 80 s
Average AA Damage: +100%
Damage within the explosion radius of shells fired from medium and long-range AA defenses: 300%
All statistics are presented without crew and upgrade modifiers, but with the best modules available. Please note that these statistics may change at any time.


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  1. Finally something looks like a good Tier IX premium ship. It'll be most likely only doubloons though. Other varriants are research bereau or steel

    1. No, There is Coal resource aswell. And we didn't get any new Coal ship for a while or lack of them a lot.
      Tier 9 is common tier for Coal ships.
      So, there was never actually doubloon-only premium ships, exept bundles but those ships also come in game for other resources anyway.

  2. Doubloons, as I predicted. Similar to Sun Yat Sen, Karl IV Johan and Navarin, now they only release good Tier IX premium ships for doubloons.

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