Good news, Captains! Our team regularly prepares new ships and gameplay elements and, today, we have decided to surprise our players with a new ship type—combat dolphin!
History of Combat Dolphins
The use of combat dolphins is a historically confirmed fact, but few people know that simultaneous attempts to create small autonomous underwater vehicles in the form of dolphins were made.
It is a known fact that, during World War II, Italy succeeded in employing a group of underwater carriers for transporting combat swimmers with an explosive charge. It was reported that a small autonomous vehicle, known as "Delfino Delphis" in the documents of the main naval headquarters, was designed on a secret base of the Italian naval special forces in the estuary of the Serchio river, not far from Pisa, starting from 1940. The design of the vehicle was based on the results of research conducted in the 1920s–1930s by Guglielmo Marconi, a famous inventor and president of the Royal Academy of Italy, on his own yacht that served as a laboratory. After Italy capitulated in 1943, all project documents and the group of engineers were captured by a German special forces unit SS-Sonderverband z. b. V. "Friedenthal" and moved to the north of the country. There, on Lake Garda, in the area that remained under Mussolini's control, the work on the vehicle continued until the end of the war.
When developing the dolphin model, we approached the task as we would any normal ship. We gathered a large number of photos and blueprints and took full-scale measurements in dolphinariums. Our "dolphins" are equipped with the most advanced technologies, allowing for high speed and maneuverability. A dolphin with an armament of two torpedoes can even compete with a destroyer.
Dolphin carriers were designed on the basis of small landing craft. Dolphin vehicles were to be launched into the water through an airlock in the upgraded ship's ramp. The powerful Marconi radio equipment provided long-range remote control over the combat vehicles and required an extensive antenna system on board. In World of Warships, "dolphins" will launch from the fore end of a dolphin carrier.
Players will be able to choose a dolphin carrier and send their "dolphins" to different parts of the map on a wide range of missions, be it reconnaissance, sabotage, or friendly ship protection by deflecting enemy torpedoes.
We tried to put as much life as possible into our "dolphins" using sounds. What is a dolphin without its typical "laughter"?!
The sound that dolphins make to communicate is a unique phenomenon built on a combination of sound impulses and ultrasound. We consulted lead cetologists and spent a long time with real dolphins. As a result, we managed to record more than a hundred hours of their speech for an authentic atmosphere in the game.
Action stations! Dolphins take to the sea.