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Destroyer
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Unit
Affiliation

Allies

Role

ASUW/ASW warship

Armament

155 mm cannon
Osprey

Protection

Heavy

Tier

1

Tech level

4

Properties
Hit points

600

Armour type

Heavy

Production
Cost

$1000

Build time

0:40

Produced by

Allied Naval Shipyard

Combat
Ground attack

60 (ARTYHE)

Cooldown

110

Sea speed

6

Attack range

8

Sight range

7 (8 for detecting submarines)

Function
Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing

25px-Disambig For other uses, see Destroyer.
Allied ship reporting!
- Destroyer
RA2 Destroyer Icons

During the Third World War, the Allies developed a new version of the Destroyer. This new Destroyer was greatly different from its predecessor: it was armed with a cannon for short-range defense against surface targets and instead of the old Depth charges it used Ospreys to engage submarines.

Background

The Destroyer was the main Allied warship and was widely deployed on every Allied naval base. It was not too expensive and could be deployed in large groups. Their cannon was effective against other ships, like Dreadnoughts, and the Ospreys were effective against submarines. They were excellent in defending Aircraft carriers against Soviet and Yuri submarines, and they were also effective in attacking coast-based enemies, clearing the way for Amphibious transports.

However, they also had a number of weaknesses: firstly, Soviet submarines in numbers could take out Destroyers because they had a faster reload time. Ospreys were also very vulnerable to Sea Scorpions that could take them out in seconds, leaving Destroyers vulnerable against submarines. Finally, they weren't able to use their cannon on submarines even if these emerged from underwater, while units such as the Grizzly tank were able to attack emerged submarines. However, Allied commanders could always force-fire the destroyer's cannon near submerged submarines, greatly damaging them.

Important operations in which Destroyers took part included the defense of the coasts of Florida, where however the Allied navy was defeated by the Soviets, the liberation of Chicago, and a number of other operations.

Game Unit

Battle stations!
- Destroyer in battle

Allied Destroyer cannons are effective against both ships, vehicles, infantry and buildings, but have a short range. If an Osprey is lost, it is automatically replaced at no cost after a period of time. If the Destroyer is lost, its child Osprey will be lost as well; an airborne Osprey will crash even if a nearby destroyer needs a replacement.

When Elite, the Destroyer's cannon would have improved dramatically, to the point the ship could destroy structures from safe distances very quickly with its cannon. Its armor has improved and it gains the ability to self-heal, essentially becoming a small battleship.

Aftermath

It is not known to operate after the events of the Psychic Dominator Disaster. After Cherdenko's to 1927, the Destroyer was replaced by Assault Destroyers in the War of the Three Powers.

Assessment

Pros

  • Cannon is effective against ships, land units and buildings.
  • Can detect and attack submarines with Ospreys.
  • Powerful in numbers.
  • Cheap to deploy in large groups.
  • Deals splash damage.
  • A cheaper alternative to the Aircraft Carrier when attacking targets close to shore, or well into the enemy base if Elite.

Cons

  • Submarines can take them out on a duel.
  • Defenseless against aircraft; even Rocketeers can sink it easily without fear of counterattack.
  • Somehow, they are outmatched in even numbers against Soviet Rhino Tanks, Allied Grizzly Tanks or even Yuri Lasher Tanks, though this is negated if the Destroyers are outside their range.
  • Ospreys are very vulnerable to Sea Scorpions.
  • It takes time for Ospreys to return on the ship to reload.
  • Unable to use their cannon on submarines even if they emerge.
  • If the Osprey kills a submarine: only the plane gains veterancy, not the Destroyer.

Selected Quotes

Allied Ship reporting
- When selected
Navigation systems ready
- When selected
Captain on the bridge
- When selected
Standing by
- When selected
Speed to full
- When moving
Main engines engaged
- When moving
Rudder set for new heading
- When moving
Aye commander
- When moving
Steady as she goes
- When moving
Enemy spotted
- When ordered to attack
Attacking
- When ordered to attack
Battle stations!
- When ordered to attack

Behind the Scenes

The Destroyer is voiced by Gregg Berger who also voiced the Harrier and the installer voiceover.

Gallery

Trivia

  • The ship in the icon is actually a stock model of Italian cruiser Pola with a slightly tweaked dock.
  • If the Destroyer is sunk while the Osprey is still on board, the Osprey will vanish in thin air.
  • In the original Red Alert 2, the Destroyer's quotes are used by most Allied naval units (same goes for the Dreadnought's in the Soviet's case).
  • Strangely, the main gun does not feature a rotating animation. Instead, the entire unit must turn to face the direction of it's targets whereas, all of the Allied naval units in the previous game feature a rotating turret animation. It is possible that this could have been the result of graphic engine limitations or simply a developer oversight.
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