I just got through with the last tester star, and started the French naval CBT. I have to say that the Bourrasqe is an absolute beast. It is by far the best reserve ship in the game.
First game it was spaded.
It’s got slow firing weapons, but they pack a good punch. The secondaries are just there for an occasional shot an a ship or plane, and the light MGs don’t do much except to very low flying aircraft.
The torpedoes are on swivel mounts so you can launch all 6 to one side if you want. They have good speed and decent range stock. They don’t hit hard, but will still sink ships with a couple of them or a well-placed hit to the magazine.
It’s very fast and maneuverable even stock, so use that to your advantage. You should almost never be hit by torpedoes even from close-in PT boats. You will be one-shotting them anyway. The target system is somewhat fast getting an initial solution, but the updates are as fast as the HMS Tiger. You can really give fast moving ships something to think about.
The armor is non-existent, but it still seems pretty survivable. The crew is decent size, and the ammo racks are below the water line. It will get its turrets knocked out frequently as they are almost unarmored and open.
If you get a chance, give it a try. It’s the most fun I’ve had in a reserve in a long time.