Not to be confused with the Confederate Cruiser.

Naginata-class Cruiser / 薙刀クラスクルーザー
An Imperial Naginata Cruiser
Faction EmpireLogoThumb Empire of the Rising Sun
Unit Type Cruiser
Designation Anti-Ship/Anti-Sub
Tier 2
Production Building Instant Docks
Secondary Ability Type-S Torpedo Array
Hidden torpedos attack in a fan-shape
Cost $1800
Production Time 0:20
Heroic Upgrade AI-guided torpedoes (Increased range and homing capabilities)
Dev. Status RA3 Original Unit
Country of Origin  Japanthumb Japan
Created by  Shirada Shipworks
Key Features  » Shinya Type-X torpedo tube (x2)
 » Type-S hidden torpedo array
 » Impact resistant nano-steel hull
 » Fully-furnished officers cabin
 » Artful etchings inspire national pride

"The seas belong to the Empire!"

- Naginata captain

Tactical Analysis

  • Torpedo assault: The Empire of the Rising Sun's formidable cruiser is loaded with torpedoes and built for fast, rapid-fire launches. The torpedoes have a limited guidance system and pack a tremendous wallop, making them devastating against anything floating, or submerged in water.
  • Spread shot: The Naginata's secret weapon is an array of concealed torpedo tubes, linked to launch all at once. These unguided torpedoes then fan out and collide with anything in their path. Some Naginata captains now tend to save the Torpedo Type-S for use at very close range, to focus the entire spread on a single target and compensate for their inaccuracy.
  • Nano-steel armour: Naginata cruisers tend to emerge victorious in any head-on ship battles because of their fast-launching torpedoes as well as their thick, durable armour, which is highly resistant to concussive blasts of any kind.
  • Specialized against ships: Even the Empire of the Rising Sun's resources have limits, it seems, for in spite of the Naginata cruiser's immense power against other ships, it is has no anti-air capability at all, and is limited to moving by sea unlike the Imperial Tsunami-class tanks.

WWIII Operational History

The Empire of the Rising Sun attacked from the seas using its never-before-seen army, assembled in secret. And the Empire met with little resistance overtaking much of the waters north of the Soviet Union, in part because the element of surprise was on the Emperor's side, and in part because of Imperial Naginata cruisers. The mainline ship-hunters of the Imperial navy decimated virtually all that stood in their way, opening up an opportunity for Japan's Shogun battleships to lay down withering coastal bombardment to pave the way for a full-scale invasion. While the Naginata's role is limited to blockading the seas, it excels in this to such an extent that it has proved itself as one of Japan's most-feared fighting elements.

The role of the Naginata cruiser is exemplified even in its title: These ships take their name from an ancient Japanese bladed staff, once used to keep the enemy at bay or to bring down fast-moving cavalry. Today's Naginata likewise is dangerously unapproachable from the seas, for its captains seem always well-prepared to let loose pairs of quickly-loading, semi-guided torpedoes that smash into and destroy anything on the water.

While the dual fast-firing torpedo launchers seem like more than enough, each Naginata cruiser turns out to have an additional set of five launchers hidden below the waterline. These can launch a spread of torpedoes to attack multiple targets, in the event that the Empire's fleet becomes outnumbered. Weapons such as this speak to how well the Empire has accounted for the possibility of being outnumbered. What's more, these special Type-S torpedoes travel so far below the waterline that even submerged Soviet Akula-class submarines cannot hide from them--a fact that contributed to the overwhelmingly one-sided first encounter between the Soviet and Imperial navies.

Studies of the Naginata Cruiser's weaknesses have shown that indirect fire seems to be the only reasonable way to retaliate against them. Even then, this clinical conclusion failed to note the Empire of the Rising Sun seems always likely to have several of its Sea-Wing vessels lurking nearby, ready to ambush any aircraft on approach. As for the Naginata cruisers themselves, not only are they powerful, they are sleek and manoeuvrable as well. The speed of these ships enables them to close the distance and then quickly finish their victims, and their unusually strong armour means they can withstand heavy fire on approach to their targets.

It must be considered a great honour to serve aboard a Naginata cruiser in the Imperial Navy. These vessels are the main vessel of the Imperial Navy, and charged with protecting the mightiest forces in the Imperial fleet, the Shogun battleships. Thus the rigors of the required training and responsibilities of the post mean that service aboard Naginata cruisers is restricted only to the Japanese elite-men whose stern loyalty to their cause and sharp senses for naval warfare purportedly make them as feared within their society as their ships are hated by their enemies.

Post-War Operational History

A shipment of AI-controlled torpedoes manufactured by Tennier-Elmpool, one of the largest Syndicate subsidiaries, had their transport sunk from under them by a passing Imperial detachment outside the Roanapur Sprawl. Once the shipment hit the water, the AI-controlled torpedoes automatically engaged their directives of ramming into hostile units. Several of the pursuing Imperial naval units were damaged as a result.

One of the torpedoes, however, was struck by sudden feelings of self-preservation and defected to the Imperial Navy, where its artificial intelligence unit was replicated for Imperial use. These reverse-engineered torpedoes are somewhat loathed by Naginata captains who don't trust the scheming mind that controls them, but captains whose respect has been won by the new torpedoes note the usefulness of their longer range and superior tracking capabilities.

Naginata captains, with their sharp senses for naval warfare, seek for Alert Icebreakers with melancholy as much as Shogun captains with pride, either closing in on the Alert or waiting for it to spring the trap of the Type-S.

Just the Stats

Naginata Cruiser
Ship of the Line
Cost 1800
Build Time 0:15
Health 300
Speed 90
Armour Type Heavy Armour
Heavy Torpedo Array
Move and Fire, Reload(10/1s), Debuff (Speed -50%)
Range 350
Damage 20
Suppression N/A
DPS 100

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