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...to shoot down carrier planes? I have the Neptune which seems good at it. Any other T8/T9/T10 cruisers that does it well?

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2 minutes ago, Toxygene said:

...to shoot down carrier planes? I have the Neptune which seems good at it. Any other T8/T9/T10 cruisers that does it well?

Minotaur

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Mino, Smolensk, Colbert, Wooster, Des Moines. All will make a CV think twice. However if the CV wants you dead, no ship can do squat about it anymore.

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25 minutes ago, Toxygene said:

...to shoot down carrier planes? I have the Neptune which seems good at it. Any other T8/T9/T10 cruisers that does it well?

A word to the wise, unless you put some captain skills in or an AA module it doesn't really matter what ship your are in. Your AA will be good, but not good enough if the CV knows what he is doing and he put a lot of captain skills into his own ship. 

That being said, at T8+?

All the USN BCs, CAs and CLs are quite good. The CLs (especially Seattle and Worcester) have a bit better base AA than the CAs do but they tend to really require captain skills to buff their guns (IFHE and improved fire chance) and usually can't afford to buff the AA. The CAs can so they can easily end up more effective against planes. 

The UK CLs T9-T10. Similar to the USN CAs but with better base AA, better heals and no DFAA. The T8 is ok but nothing special. 

I don't know about the new UK CAs or the Italian CAs. The KM CAs are decent but they rarely equip DFAA (their hydro is so good) and they tend to put captain skills more to survivability and guns. The high-tier Soviets can be good too but rarely build for it. 

The French and Japanese aren't good AA boats. Don't bother trying. There are better uses for them. 

A word on Smolensk and Colbert. They have very good AA ratings but beware, their small fragile hulls make them iffy AA boats to rely on. They have so little armor, health and so little ability to repair damage that it is worth it to lose an entire rocket or DB squadron to chunk 1/4 health or more off of one of them and it is worth it to do it a second time too. It is especially easy if they are near an island because you can use it to block their long range AA fire. I'm not sure if Hak's bombs overpen them (someone else may be able to answer) but Midway's in particular really hammer them and will wreck the guns. Even near misses with HE bombs will also knock out modules and really hurt. Rocket planes are really bad on them too particularly the Tiny Tims and HVARs from the USN planes. Of the two, Smolensk is the more dangerous of because there isn't anything the CV can do about the smoke other than go away and come back when it expires. Colbert's schtick of high speed doesn't matter against a CV and it becomes counterproductive if the planes approach from the frontal arc as it gives the AA less time to work. If you are in a Colbert and planes are coming for you, turn and run away to slow the closing time to give your AA time to work. That's your best move. 

AA is currently set so that even with the heaviest AA fire from a single ship, a CV who knows what he is doing should be able to get one strike in even if the planes don't survive the strike. You have to bank on being able to survive (either evade or withstand) that one strike. That's where Colbert and Smolensk have trouble. 

 

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1 hour ago, Toxygene said:

...to shoot down carrier planes? I have the Neptune which seems good at it. Any other T8/T9/T10 cruisers that does it well?

Neptune, Buffalo, Des Monies, Minotaur, Baltimore, Cleveland, Seattle, Donski, Worcester, Tier 9-10 Italian Cruisers. 
Watched these and used these to shred planes. 

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Mino is brutal, especially if smoked and you an lure them in with your AA off (them thinking you are a weak little DD). The Super cruisers are similarly very strong AA platforms. And German cruisers can be total no fly zones if speced the right way.

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in today's CV rework meta ??? None.

You have a better shot at killing more planes in a BB then any other ship class..

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