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Flint
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Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier VII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points26,600 
Main Battery
127 mm/38 Mk32 mod. 126 х 2 pcs.
Rate of Fire12.24 shots/min.
Reload Time4.9 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
Firing Range11.12 km.
Maximum Dispersion98 m.
HE Shell127 mm HE Mk32 
Maximum HE Shell Damage1,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell%
Initial HE Shell Velocity792 m./s.
HE Shell Weight24.5 kg.
AP Shell127 mm AP/SC Mk38 
Maximum AP Shell Damage2,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity792 m./s.
AP Shell Weight25 kg.
Torpedo Tubes
533 mm Quad2 х 4 pcs.
Rate of Fire0.61 shots/min.
Reload Time98 sec.
Rotation Speed25 deg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time7.2 sec.
TorpedoMk15 mod. 3 
Maximum Damage16,633 
Torpedo Speed55 knot
Torpedo Range9.15 km.
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk32 mod. 126 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second99.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
20 mm Oerlikon Mk412 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second43.2 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk18 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second90.4 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed32.5 knot
Turning Circle Radius610 m.
Rudder Shift Time8.4 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range10.98 km.
Air Detectability Range6.44 km.
Battle Levels
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VII
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Flint — American promo premium Tier VII cruiser.

Flint belonged to a series of cruisers with very powerful dual-purpose guns. The major difference from the lead ship was her short-range AA armament, which was improved at the expense of fewer main guns.

Flint was originally available by reaching Rank 1 in three (3) separate seasons of Ranked Battles. She can now be obtained exclusively via the Armory for Steel.

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/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.29 mount12.27.2981,80052,100 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)
Flint26,60068968/6/1220 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)
Mk15 mod. 30.6987.216,633559.2 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk7 mod. 1011.1 00
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 75,000 hp32.5 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 Smoke Generator Modification 1 Torpedo Tubes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

Flint is a Tier VII American cruiser that is a variant of the premium Tier VII American cruiser Atlanta, and is only available by reaching Rank One in three separate seasons of Ranked Battles. She plays very-similarly to Atlanta; she can be used as a slightly under-gunned light cruiser, or she can be played as "heavy" destroyer.

Success in game depends on finding the sweet spot between the two. At 26,600 HP and a good chance that one of the heavyweights on the enemy team will hit critical areas if given a clean shot, it's best to weave through friendly traffic, get in close (the 5-inch main guns have a range of a touch over 11km) and spray whatever target is a priority with HE rounds. She'll do far more damage with fire than she will with actual shell impacts. AP rounds are highly situational with this ship as they will only penetrate broadside targets at point-blank range (less than 5km); however, they can be utterly devastating if her captain knows when to use them.

Flint is one of the rare cruisers that has access to the Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.). She - and her sister ship, Atlanta - are unique in the game in that they have unlimited charges of the Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) consumable. When coupled with her excellent anti-aircraft armament, she utterly shreds enemy planes. Flint’s torpedo armament is also improved over that of Atlanta; her torpedoes have a 9.2km range (versus Atlanta’s paltry 4.5km).

Pros:

  • Fast main battery traverse speed
  • Extremely high DPM and shell volume for a Tier 7 cruiser
  • Very high shell arcs allow to safely shoot over islands
  • Tight turn radius
  • Good long range (flak) AA suite
  • Equipped with torpedoes with good damage, range and speed
  • Access to the Smoke Generator (While active, generates a smoke screen that blocks line-of-sight for both enemies and teammates.) consumable
  • The Defensive AA Fire (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) consumable has unlimited charges

Cons:

  • Two less main turrets compared to Atlanta
  • Lacks Atlanta's Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.)
  • Small hitpoint pool and no usable armor, poor survivability
  • Abysmal main battery base range, barely better than Atlanta's base surface detection
  • Poor shell velocity makes hitting targets at range difficult
  • Low AA DPS with no mid-range aura
  • Slow rudder shift for such a small ship
  • Requires several 4-point captain skills to perform optimally


Research

As a premium ship, Flint doesn't have any upgrades to research.

Tactical Advice: Stick with HE most of the time, she'll do more damage for you in the long run that way. Don't go toe to toe with anyone unless forced into it. Even some destroyers outrange and outgun her. Keep her speed up at all times and move, move, move. Twist, turn, vary her speed; anything to throw the enemy's aim off. This ship is a knife fighter and you need to use it like a shotgun. Fast, messy, quick hit and run close quarters combat. If she finds herself at the front of the pack staring down a couple of ships, she's probably going to get hammered. Practice predicting the "arc" of the shells. This ship has a ridiculously high rate of fire but at anything beyond 4-5km the shells come in at such an extreme angle that she's literally "raining" or "walking" shells across her target. If she ends up going one-on-one with someone and they can concentrate on what her arc of fire is doing even a large slow ship has a decent chance to evade most of the impacts. Focus on ships already under attack by allies, add her firepower to the carnage.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

Commander Skills

The following information is provided for players who wish to create a permanent captain for the ship. Those players who are retraining captains or using the ship to gain extra experience for a captain should consult the page relevant to the ship to which the captain will be assigned.

Consumables

Flint can equip the following consumables:

Like Atlanta, Flint Defensive AA Fire consumable has unlimited charges.

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Flint comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. USS Flint (CL-97) - Wikipedia
  2. Atlanta-class cruiser - Wikipedia
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