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Austin
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Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier X
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase price34,650 Credits
Hit Points30,700 
Main Battery
127 mm/54 Mk.18 in a turret6 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire7.5 shots/min.
Reload Timesec.
Rotation Speed40 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time4.5 sec.
Firing Range15 km.
Maximum Dispersion136 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk.41 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity808 m./s.
HE Shell Weight31.75 kg.
Maximum SAP Shell Damage2,700 
Initial SAP Shell Velocity808 m./s.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Mk142 х 5 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.57 shots/min.
Reload Time106 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Torpedo533 mm Mk16 mod. 1 
Maximum Damage19,033 
Torpedo Speed66 knot
Torpedo Range10.5 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/54 Mk.18 in a turret6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second209.4 
. . . Firing Range5.19 km.
76.2 mm/70 Mk.23 on a Mk.37 mod. 0 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second212.4 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed35 knot
Turning Circle Radius670 m.
Rudder Shift Time7.7 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.88 km.
Air Detectability Range7.41 km.
Battle Levels
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Austin — American Tier X cruiser.

A light cruiser project (CL-154) that was developed at the end of World War II. The ship's main armament comprised the latest 127 mm dual-purpose mounts.

Austin became available in the Armory for Steel on 17 March 2021.

Modules

Main Battery Guns 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)
127 mm/54 Mk.18 in a turret7.54.51361,8009 00
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)
Austin30,700622566/62 00
Torpedoes Rate of Fire
(shots/min)
Torpedo Tubes Reload Time
(sec)
180° Turn Time
(sec)
Maximum Damage
(HP)
Torpedo Speed
(knot)
Torpedo Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk16 mod. 10.61067.219,0336610.5 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Mk10 mod. 1015 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
Propulsion: 110,000 hp35 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Defensive AA Fire Modification 1 Hydroacoustic Search Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1 Depth Charges Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 2 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

Warning. The data presented in the AA Defense sidebar section may be incorrect.
For a graphic summary of ships Tiers VIII thru XI see LittleWhiteMouse's "Actual AA DPS".


The only real way to explain Austin is to compare her to her nearest counterpart in game USS Atlanta. Both are USN light cruisers armed with five inch rifles and torpedoes. Both are good anti-aircraft platforms for their respective tiers. Both are thinly armored ships easily punished if caught flatfooted. That said, captains should be aware that the minor differences between these two ships can cause serious differences between their respective play styles.

The main battery for Austin consists of twelve 127mm guns arranged in six turrets with two rifles each. Unlike with Atlanta she finds herself missing her wing turrets which decreases her broadside by a pair of rifles. While this doesn’t drastically change the damage output of the ship it can be noticeable at times in terms of a ship surviving or not. This also plays a role in the amount of fires set as there are fewer shells to cause a potential fire. Armed with high-explosive (HE) and semi-armor piercing (SAP) shells she is a menace against destroyers she encounters as either shell type will inflict heavy damage. Against cruisers captains again should be mindful that she has no armor piercing like her tier VII contemporary. This means she gets more forgiving ricochet angles and thus can engage ships presenting more angle than with contemporary armor piercing. Combining this with decent damage values for her semi-armor piercing shells it allows her to carry her weight where Atlanta could not. Captains would be advised to stick with high-explosive if the battleship has more plating then 32mm. However when dealing with battleships. Austin does also get another advantage over Atlanta in the form of a Main Battery Reload BoosterWhen used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced.. This allows captains to bring her 8 second base reload down to a sub 2 seconds and all but literally rain fire upon her enemies.

Austin sports a pair of quintuple torpedo mounts located amid ship. Players familiar with Fletcher torpedoes will be quite comfortable with the 10.5 km range and 66 knot running speed. This gives captains a luxury not offered to many other USN cruisers. Utilizing her decent speed captains can utilize these torpedoes to flush out enemy destroyers hiding within smoke or laying an ambush of their own. Furthermore, with the right modifications and crew skills Austin can in theory fire her torpedoes without being detected but this at best gives captains only a kilometer to work with. Aside from their primary offensive use, captains may also make use of these torpedoes to help gauge an enemy’s speed and direction to better aim her main battery or choose a position to attack from.

Like most late tier American cruisers she brings a fantastic amount of anti-aircraft fire to the table. With six 76mm anti aircraft guns in three turrets per broadside, Austin is already boasting decent anti-aircraft power; she doubles down with dual purpose main battery guns. What this entails is that from 4km’s out she is averaging 422 damage per second, making her arguably the strongest USN anti-air cruiser in the game as of this writing. Sadly, while she does also benefit from the Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased. consumable, she does not have unlimited charges as does Atlanta.

Austin players will find that she has the smallest health pool of the Tier X cruisers with only 30,700 points. To put this in perspective, she only has 3,200 hit points more than Atlanta found three tiers lower. With the thickest armor outside of her citadel 32mm thick she is quite fragile compared to same tier cruisers. While this is thankfully thicker than the 13mm plate found on Atlanta, shells that would normally over pen Atlanta will arm against Austin and deal far more damage. Thankfully, she comes equipped with a Repair PartyWhile active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second. consumable allowing captains to heal back some of the health lost in battle and help extend the life time of the ship.

Captains who enjoy playing in Atlanta will probably enjoy Austin as she is. There are some similarities in their overall play style but captains should be aware that there are several key distinctions. The first major distinction from Atlanta comes from a lack of Surveillance RadarWhile active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.. Thus while she is effective at removing destroyers from the battle like her contemporary, she shouldn’t be leading charges into caps and contesting against enemy destroyers. Captains could arguably spec into improving her mobility and utilizing her Hydroacoustic SearchWhile active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.. Use the traditional strategy of islands for cover and high shells arcs to clear them. Building upon the idea of improving maneuverability some captains may prefer to spec her for open water firing to which can have some success but this requires a combination of skill, luck, and captain builds which make it hard to recommend of USN light cruisers is the best course of action much like with Atlanta. Combine this with solid torpedoes, access to Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased., Main Battery Reload BoosterWhen used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced., and Hydroacoustic SearchWhile active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain. consumables. Austin excels at locking down key points on the map and whittling down enemy ships unlucky enough to enter her sights.

Pros:

  • Hull side plating is 32mm thick, ideal to ricochet AP shells with the proper angling
  • Quick main battery traverse speed
  • Despite the gun caliber, Austin's main guns have fairly flat shell arcs and decent ballistics
  • Very good HE fire chance
  • SAP shells have improved penetration angles and 36mm raw penetration.
  • One quintuple torpedo launcher per side, equipped with Fletcher's upgraded torpedoes (good range, speed and damage)
  • Powerful AA defenses, aided by the Defensive AA FireWhile active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased. consumable
  • Improved Repair PartyWhile active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second. consumables with one extra charge and higher than average health recovery
  • The Main Battery Reload BoosterWhen used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced. consumable has unlimited charges, and provides a massive DPM boost when active.
  • Excellent ship handling - high top speed, good turn radius and good rudder shift
  • Very good concealment with all the relevant upgrades

Cons:

  • Smallest health pool of all Tier X cruisers.
  • Exposed citadel.
  • Her armor is too thick to let shells overpenetrate but too thin to provide meaningful protection. Arguably the most fragile cruiser at tier.
  • Short main battery range.
  • Unmodified, Austin's rate of fire is fairly disappointing.
  • The Main Battery Reload BoosterWhen used, main battery reload time is significantly reduced. has a short activation time and a long cooldown.

Research

As a premium ship, Austin has no modules to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Austin are:

Steering Gears Modification 1 Reduces rudder shift time: -20% rudder shift time. in Slot 4 may be preferred.

Commander Skills

Consumables

Austin equips the following consumables:

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Austin comes with Type 20 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, halves her service cost, and increases the amount of credits and experience she earns.

Signals

Note: Use of the Juliet Charlie signal makes detonation impossible.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

USS Austin Wikipedia Armada: Austin. 26 Mar 2021.

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for testing by supertesters in the game starting from Update 0.10.0.

Testing Changes

  • DevBlog 102:
    • Preliminary characteristics.
  • DevBlog 105:
    • Number of charges of the Main Battery Reload Booster consumable changed from 1 to Unlimited.
  • DevBlog 117:
    • SAP shell ricochet check angle increased from 60 to 65 degrees.
  • Update 0.10.2:
    • Available for purchase in the Armory for 29,000 Steel.
  • Update 0.10.10:
    • The Shark Rage permanent camouflage was added for purchase for 3 Clan Tokens in the Armory.
  • Update 0.11.1:
    • Minor corrections to geometry and textures of the ship.
    • The Weird City permanent camouflage was added for purchase for 10 Ranked Tokens in the Armory.

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