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Proposal: USN Anti-Aircraft Light Cruiser Line

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The polar opposite of my Large Cruiser Branch, these are small, fragile cruisers with many fast firing twin turrets of low caliber. This is the penance for the Larger Cruisers and their bane. To make up for the small health pool, these cruisers will have a suite of tools at their disposal, which will hopefully allow them to survive on the battlefield. The range listed is the maximum, full upgraded range.

Pros:
+Great AA. Best in Tier, or close to it.
+Good mix of tools.
+High rate of fire

Cons:
-Low health pools
-Short Range
-Poor Concealment

 

Tier VII
Juneau (II)-Class

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Displacement: 6,500 (standard)
Health Points: 22,000 (Hull A), 25,600 (Hull B)
Length: 541 ft
Beam: 52 ft 10 in
Speed: 32.7 kts
Belt: 3.75-in (95mm)
Main Armament
6x2 5"/38 (127mm) Mk 2 on Mk 29 mount
Reload: 4.9 seconds
AP: 2100
HE: 1800, 5% Fire Chance
Range: 12.0km

Anti-Air Armament
6x2 5"/38 Mk 12 on Mk 29 mount
6x4 40mm/56 Bofors
4x2 40mm/56 Bofors
8x2 20mm/70
Short Range
Damage: 286
Hit Probability: 85%
Firing Range: 2.0km
Medium Range
Damage: 239
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 3.5km
Long Range
Damage: 126
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 5.8km
Flak
Bursts: 5
Damage: 1470

Consumables
Damage Control Party
DFAA (Unlimited)
Hydroacoustic Search
Radar (8.5km, 25 sec action) -or- USN Destroyer Smoke

While she may look largely like a Copy-Paste of the Flint, she has a few notable differences, mainly in the form of her consumables, though her AA is slightly more effective.

 

Tier VIII
7500 Ton Cruiser
Colorado Springs-Class
 

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Displacement: 7,500 (standard)
Health Points: 23,800 (Hull A), [TBD] (Hull B)
Length: 560 ft
Beam: 58 ft
Speed: 33 kts
Belt: 3.75-in (95mm)
Main Armament
6x2 5"/54(127mm) Mk 16 on Mk 41 mount
Reload: 5.2 seconds
AP: 2400
HE: 1800, 9% Fire Chance
Range: 14.0km

Anti-Air Armament
Hull A

6x2 5"/38 Mk 16 on Mk 41 mount
4x4 40mm/56 Bofors
?x2 20mm/70
Hull B
6x2 5"/38 Mk 16 on Mk 41 mount
8x4 40mm/56 Bofors
4x2 40mm/56 Bofors
8x2 20mm/70
Short Range
Damage: 302
Hit Probability: 85%
Firing Range: 2.0km
Medium Range
Damage: 239
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 3.5km
Long Range
Damage: 126
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 6.5km
Flak
Bursts: 5
Damage: 1680

Consumables
Damage Control Party
Enhanced Repair Party
DFAA (Unlimited)
Hydroacoustic Search
Radar (9km, 30 sec action) -or- USN Destroyer Smoke
Catapult Fighter -or- Spotter Aircraft

As of writing this, I do not know what the maximum HP of this ship will be, but I am thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 28000. With the same 16mm plating found on the preceding ship, this ship cannot bow tank. While it can shred aircraft and destroyers with ease, it must be played with care, as it can be shredded in turn. The Enhanced Repair Party will hopefully make up for the lack of overall health, with a decent amount of charges and a relatively quick cool down (something akin to the Massachusetts). The idea is to disengage when the fire starts to pick up or after an engagement, and then she can lick her wounds.

 

Tier IX
6" A.A. Cruiser - 5 Twin Turrets Scheme D
Scottsdale-Class

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Displacement: 11,500 (standard)
Health Points: 31,300 (Hull A), 36,000 (Hull B)
Length: 600 ft
Beam: 68 ft 
Speed: 32.5 kts
Belt: 3.75-in (95mm)
Main Armament
6x2 6"/47(152mm) Mk 16 on Mk 41 mount
Reload: 4.9 seconds
AP: 3200
HE: 2200, 12% Fire Chance
Range: 15.0km

Anti-Air Armament
Hull A

5x2 6"/47 Mk 16 on DP mount
5x4 40mm/56 Bofors
20x2 20mm/70
Hull B
5x2 6"/47 Mk 16 on DP mount
5x2 3"/50 Mk 22 on Mk 33 mount
4x1 3"/50 Mk 22 on Mk 32 mount
8x2 20mm/70
Short Range
Damage: 302
Hit Probability: 85%
Firing Range: 2.0km
Medium Range
Damage: 434
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 4km
Long Range
Damage: 137
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 6.9km
Flak
Bursts: 5
Damage: 1890

Consumables
Damage Control Party
Enhanced Repair Party
DFAA (Unlimited)
Hydroacoustic Search
Radar (9.5km, 30 sec action) -or- USN Destroyer Smoke
Catapult Fighter -or- Spotter Aircraft

More of the same, only better. The Tier IX losses a turret, but extends her AA aura out even further and benefits from an increase in penetration ability with her HE. At this point, she is a mini-Worchester. She should be able eat most Destroyers with her rapid fire guns and set countless blazes with her HE. With her very good smoke, she can be played much like a British Light Cruiser, only with the option to fire HE, though she lacks the torpedoes that the British have, meaning she will need to flee should someone charge her smoke.

 

Tier X
Single Cal. 6" Cruiser - Scheme J
Anaheim-Class

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Displacement: 13,890(standard)
Health Points: 40,300
Length: 664ft
Beam: 68 ft 6.75 in
Speed: 33 kts
Belt: 3.75-in (95mm)
Main Armament
6x2 6"/47(152mm) Mk 16 on Mk 41 mount
Reload: 4.0 seconds
AP: 3200
HE: 2200, 12% Fire Chance
Range: 15.0km

Anti-Air Armament
6x2 6"/47 Mk 16 on DP mount
12x2 3"/50 Mk 22 on Mk 33 mount
10x2 20mm/70
Short Range
Damage: 302
Hit Probability: 85%
Firing Range: 2.0km
Medium Range
Damage: 503
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 4km
Long Range
Damage: 137
Hit Probability: 90%
Firing Range: 6.9km
Flak
Bursts: 6
Damage: 1890

Consumables
Damage Control Party
Enhanced Repair Party
DFAA (Unlimited)
Hydroacoustic Search
Radar (9.5km, 30 sec action) -or- USN Destroyer Smoke
Catapult Fighter -or- Spotter Aircraft

At last, we come to the end. The Anaheim can out-DPM the mighty Worchester, but she is unable to take that sort of punishment in return. She would have the lowest HP of any tech tree ship, beating out even the Zao. The only Tier X Cruiser with less HP to my knowledge is the USS Austin, who's armor scheme she greatly resembles. Remember, all these ships have 16mm of bow/stern armor, which means that guns of 229mm (slightly over 9-inch) can overmatch it. This means that all super-cruisers, Henri IV, Goliath, and Drake all overmatch through the nose, as well as all battleships (even Mikasa) can citadel it through the nose.

 

As much as I dislike the meta this line plays to, I know others enjoy it.

Thoughts?

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What point is there really? With the exception of USS Clemson & USS Arkansas, all American ships Tier 4 and up eat planes for breakfast.

And 6" = 152mm

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Thank you for pointing out that error, there was a lot of Copy-Paste for the format blocks.

The point isn't actually to shred planes, it is to give people who like the playstyle of the Atlanta and/or Flint the ability to play the ships they love. I like Super-Cruisers, but I understand others like other things, so I may as well stretch my creative legs.

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On 2/17/2021 at 10:07 AM, 40902nd said:

as well as all battleships (even Mikasa) can citadel it through the nose.

TBF Nassau and Scharnhorst have smaller guns iirc

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Well spotted, Scharnhorst and Nassau are indeed 11", which are 283s. However, this is still more than enough to punch through the nose of these ships. The point about Misaka was not that she had the smallest guns, it was more that she is Tier II. Of course, upon rereading it, I can see how it could be misinterpreted that way. And to be honest, I had completely forgotten about Nassau having 11" guns. Maybe I should also point out that I consider Graf Spee as a super-cruiser.

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I've been looking at a similar concept but starting at Tier 6 though.

This is very informative.

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