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Cleveland
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Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Helena
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General
Research price110000 exp
Purchase price8,900,000 Credits
Hit Points30,600 
Main Battery
152 mm/47 Mk164 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire9.23 shots/min.
Reload Time6.5 sec.
Rotation Speed10 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time18 sec.
Firing Range14.2 km.
Maximum Dispersion140 m.
HE Shell152 mm HE/HC Mk34 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,200 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell12 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity812 m./s.
HE Shell Weight47.6 kg.
AP Shell152 mm AP Mk35 
Maximum AP Shell Damage3,200 
Initial AP Shell Velocity762 m./s.
AP Shell Weight59 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/38 Mk326 х 2 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire10 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
20 mm Oerlikon Mk423 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second82.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk110 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second113 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
127 mm/38 Mk326 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second90.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius660 m.
Rudder Shift Time9.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.88 km.
Air Detectability Range8.1 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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8,900,000

Cleveland — American Tier VIII cruiser.

The most numerous class of cruisers in the world. Owing to rather large dimensions for her type, she boasted excellent armor and had a very powerful AA armament. Reasonable arrangement of the propulsion and elaborate design of the bottom improved the ship's survivability. Her well-balanced performance characteristics placed her among the most powerful light cruisers in the world.

USS Little Rock is the last surviving example of the class, preserved as a military museum ship in Buffalo, New York.

Modules

Main Battery Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Dispersion
(m)
Maximum HE Shell Damage
(HP)
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
(%)
Maximum AP Shell Damage
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
152 mm/47 Mk169.2181402,200123,200 0730,000
Hull Hit Points
(HP)
Armor
(mm)
Armor
(mm)
Main Turrets
(pcs.)
Secondary Gun Turrets
(pcs.)
AA Mounts
(pcs.)
Torpedo Tubes
(pcs.)
Hangar Capacity
(pcs.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Cleveland (A)30,600131654610/23/60 01,000,000
Cleveland (B)36,90013165466/4/23/60 28,0002,100,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk8 mod. 1014.2 0550,000
Mk8 mod. 21015.6 15,0001,200,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 100,000 hp32.5 0620,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 2
 Slot 5  Target Acquisition System Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 3

Player Opinion

Performance

Veteran Cleveland captains will find themselves in unfamiliar territory after Update 0.7.5, as the most popular cruiser in World of Warships moves from its old home at Tier VI to new digs at Tier VIII. No longer will she be able to bully inter-war cruisers and dreadnoughts; Cleveland must now square off against her World War II contemporaries, including some very formidable Tier X opponents.

To help compensate for the tougher competition she now faces, Cleveland has undergone some notable changes. She has a few more hit points than she used to, along with another kilometer of main battery firing range. Her anti-aircraft defenses have been buffed to be more historically accurate, as she gains four quadruple 40mm Bofors mounts along with copious quantities of 20mm Oerlikons. Most importantly, her consumable choices have been radically altered: Cleveland now has access to the Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) and Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship providing enhanced main battery firing range.) consumables and can mount Defensive AA Fire (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.) and Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) simultaneously, though she loses her Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection from enemy aircraft by engaging incoming fighters and bombers.) from before. Additionally, she becomes stealthier on top of gaining access to Upgrade Slot 5 and Concealment System Modification 1 (-10% to detectability radius. / +5% to the maximum dispersion of enemy shells that fire on your ship.).

Even her main battery has gotten an upgrade. Though the shell performance of Cleveland’s workhorse 152mm rifles in four triple turrets is untouched, the reload speed has dropped from 8 seconds to 6.5 seconds, granting her the fastest-reloading light cruiser guns at Tier VIII. Cleveland’s damage potential to enemies at medium and close range is nothing short of catastrophic should they be caught under her guns. Her turret traverse speed is also nearly double the old Tier VI value, and training her commander in the Inertia Fuse for HE Shells skill will allow her high explosive rounds to penetrate the bow and superstructure armor of most Tier VIII, IX, and X battleships, causing fires along the way.

While there are a lot of good things about the change to Tier VIII, Cleveland retains many of her old weaknesses: she is still lightly-armored, and now finds herself squaring off against battleships that are much more accurate than she used to encounter. Her shell velocity at long range is just as slow as ever, making her good at showering enemy capital ships with shells from a distance, but virtually useless against lighter, more nimble enemies past 10-12 km.

Tier VIII Cleveland is just as solid a support ship as old Tier VI Cleveland was, but captains will have to stay frosty and play smart to avoid the nastier battleship opponents that she will face at her new tier.

Pros:

  • Citadel is deceptively difficult to penetrate properly from the sides, and can be over-penetrated easily.
  • Solid main battery guns. Excellent rate of fire, firing range, shell penetration, and fire chance for HE shells.
  • Favorable firing angles allow all four turrets to be used without showing excessive broadside.
  • High shell arcs for lobbing over islands.
  • Powerful anti-aircraft suite; can easily shoot down enemy strike craft without Defensive AA Fire (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.).
  • Decent maneuverability.

Cons:

  • Citadel is vulnerable to plunging fire.
  • Light armor scheme means that Cleveland takes damage from incoming fire of nearly all calibers.
  • Slow shell velocity and high arc; allows enemies time to maneuver and evade incoming fire.
  • Medium-range anti-aircraft armament can be very easily destroyed by HE shells.
  • No torpedoes.

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for Cleveland is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for additional mid-range AA, more hit points, and improved rudder shift speed.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk8 mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.
Invest in the hull upgrade first; Cleveland needs all the hit points it can grab.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Anti-Aircraft Build: A popular build for this ship, captains focusing on boosting Cleveland’s AA will opt for Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (+100% to secondary battery survivability. / +100% to AA mounts survivability.) for Slot 1 to increase the anti-aircraft armament durability and AA Guns Modification 2 (+15% continuous damage from all AA mounts. / +15% damage per second within the explosion radius of shells fired from medium- and long-range AA defenses.) for the Slot 3 to increase her AA range to 6.0 km (7.2 km with Advanced Firing Training skill). Although her AA is a powerful enough deterrent, the usefulness of this investment depends on whether or not there is a carrier in the game. This build is great in division with a VIII carrier to make sure that the carrier division has AA as a cover.

Generalist Build: Captains focusing on making Cleveland have better main batteries will opt for Main Armaments Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time.) for Slot 1 and Aiming Systems Modification 1 (-7% to maximum dispersion of main battery shells. / +20% to torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +5% to secondary battery maximum firing range. / -5% to maximum dispersion of secondary shells.) for the Slot 3 to increase her accuracy.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Cleveland can equip the following consumables:

Captains focusing on the Anti-Aircraft Build will want to equip Defensive AA Fire II (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.) in Slot 2, especially when in a division with a carrier. For solo play, Hydroacoustic Search II (Detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) is recommended if there are no carriers around.

Camouflage

Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 1 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce detectibility range.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip Cleveland with Type 18 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  • okieboat.com
  • Wikipedia
  • Volume I: U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard Aircraft Lost ...
  • USS Cleveland CL-55 Reunion Association
  • The Best Light Cruisers of World War II
  • Navysite
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