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New Orleans
Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Research price110000 exp
Purchase price8,900,000 Credits
Hit Points30,500 
Main Battery
203 mm/55 Mk143 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time15 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time25.71 sec.
Firing Range14.7 km.
Maximum Dispersion134 m.
HE Shell203 mm HE/HC Mk25 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell14 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.
HE Shell Weight118 kg.
AP Shell203 mm AP Mk19 
Maximum AP Shell Damage4,600 
Initial AP Shell Velocity853 m./s.
AP Shell Weight118 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/25 Mk19 mod. 68 х 1 pcs.
Firing Rangekm.
Rate of Fire13.33 shots/min.
Reload Time4.5 sec.
HE Shell127 mm HE/HC Mk36 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Initial HE Shell Velocity657 m./s.
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shel%
AA Defense
20 mm Oerlikon Mk426 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second93.6 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk16 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second67.8 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
127 mm/25 Mk19 mod. 68 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second58.4 
. . . Firing Range4.2 km.
Maximum Speed32.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius660 m.
Rudder Shift Timesec.
Surface Detectability Range11.82 km.
Air Detectability Range7.5 km.
Battle Levels

New Orleans — American Tier VIII cruiser.

The first U.S. heavy cruiser of the new generation. The key difference from the preceding cruisers was her remarkably reinforced armor. Taking into account her limited displacement, the ship boasted a successful balance of armament, protection and speed.


Main Battery Rate of Fire
180 Degree Turn Time
Maximum Dispersion
Maximum HE Shell Damage
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
Maximum AP Shell Damage
Research price
Purchase price
203 mm/55 Mk14425.711342,800144,600 0730,000
203 mm/55 Mk14527.691342,800144,600 20,0001,570,000
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
New Orleans (A)30,5006152386/26/80 01,000,000
New Orleans (B)35,4006152389/17/80 28,0002,100,000
Gun Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
Mk8 mod. 1014.7 0550,000
Mk8 mod. 21016.2 15,0001,200,000
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
Propulsion: 107,000 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 AA Guns Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 2 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


What is basically a facemelt of the Pensacola, Northampton and Portland (which is currently represented by the tier VII premium cruiser Indianapolis), the New Orleans shows herself as a new shift in US heavy cruisers. A stocky ship, it should come as to no surprise that her armor is vastly improved from Pensacola (though that is not saying much), allowing her to at least handle herself in cruiser duels. Her AA suite is also reinforced, though it is not until the next ship in the line Baltimore that the AA becomes truly fearsome.

She has the same excellent gun performance as the Pensacola, with an improved rate of fire once the guns are upgraded. When fully specialized for concealment she has an astounding 9.1 km detection radius by sea---only barely more than the 9.0 km range of her Surveillance Radar. Despite this, pushing in at the beginning of a battle is an extremely hazardous proposition as her armor is still inadequate protection against battleships, especially considering her mediocre hit point pool. She must use islands and concealment to contribute in the early game without taking too much fire. The later stages of the game can offer more opportunities to be aggressive, whether it is hunting down enemy destroyers with her radar or ambushing enemy cruisers.


  • Decently armored - can bow-tank enemy battleships better than its predecessor (Pensacola) can
  • Good main batteries - fastest 203mm reloading guns for its tier, good turret traverse, and good firing range
  • Decent anti-aircraft armament
  • Excellent concealment - can drop down to the same range as her Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).)


  • Smallest health pool of all same tier cruisers
  • Armor must to be angled to be effective - still very weak against battleship AP


This is a suggested research path:

  1. New Orleans (B) Hull
  2. 203 mm/55 Mk14 main battery mod. 2
  3. Mk8 GFCS mod. 2

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for New Orleans are as follows:

Anti-air Build: Captains focusing on making New Orleans have better 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 (+20% to AA mounts maximum firing range.) for the Slot 3 to add more range for her AA up to 5.0km (6.0km with Advanced Firing Training skill). The usefulness of this build is dependent on whether there is a carrier in the game. This build is great in divisions with a Tier VI or VII carrier to make sure that the carrier division has AA as a cover. If not for divisions, the lack of high-tier carriers make players tend to replace AA Guns Modification 2 for 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.).

Gun Build: Captains focusing on making New Orleans 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

The poor range and DPS of the large caliber AA makes it not really worth it to choose Manual Fire Control for AA Armament, as the ship can reliably shoot down enemy strike aircraft with Defensive AA Fire (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.) alone.


New Orleans can equip the following consumables:

Captain focusing New Orleans on AA build will equip Defensive AA Fire II (While active, damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns increased.) for the Slot 2, especially when in a division with a carrier. Although for solo playing, Hydroacoustic Search II (Detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) is more recommended if there is no carrier around.

New Orleans captains should use Surveillance Radar II (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, regardless of obstacles (such as smoke screens or islands).) on Slot 3 to increase their in-game impact (hunting the extremely stealthy destroyers of Tier VIII - X), as Catapult Fighter (While active, a fighter plane circles the ship providing additional protection from enemy aircraft by engaging incoming fighters and bombers.) is not at all useful in hunting / spotting stealthy or smoke-covered enemy ships.


Type 1, 2, or 5 camouflage can be equipped for credits; Types 2 or 5 are recommended at a minimum to reduce the accuracy of incoming shells.

Players who wish to spend doubloons can equip New Orleans 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.



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