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North Carolina
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Battleship | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Research price120000 exp
Purchase price9,800,000 Credits
Hit Points53,700 
Main Battery
406 mm/45 Mk63 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range21.14 km.
Maximum Dispersion271 m.
HE Shell406 mm HE/HC Mk13 
Maximum HE Shell Damage5,700 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell36 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity820 m./s.
HE Shell Weight862 kg.
AP Shell406 mm AP Mk8 
Maximum AP Shell Damage13,100 
Initial AP Shell Velocity701 m./s.
AP Shell Weight1225 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/38 Mk3210 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 Mk446 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second165.6 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk210 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second159 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
127 mm/38 Mk3210 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second151 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed24.42 knot
Turning Circle Radius760 m.
Rudder Shift Time20 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range15.66 km.
Air Detectability Range10.06 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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9,800,000

North Carolina — American Tier VIII battleship.

The first U.S. battleship of the new generation. The key advantage over her predecessors of this type was significantly increased speed. In contrast to preceding ships of the same type, she featured a thinner armor belt, but had very solid horizontal armor protection and a superior AA armament including numerous dual-purpose artillery.

USS North Carolina is now preserved as a military museum ship in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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)
406 mm/45 Mk.6 in a turret2452715,7003613,100 01,200,000
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)
North Carolina (A)53,7001340631010/46/100 01,700,000
North Carolina (B)66,0001340631015/440 57,5004,000,000
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
(%)
Maximum Firing Range
(km)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk8 mod. 1021.1 0590,000
Mk8 mod. 21023.3 26,5001,800,000
Engine Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 100,000 hp24.4 0380,000
Propulsion: 115,000 hp27.5 15,000900,000

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Spotting Aircraft Modification 1 Damage Control Party Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1
 Slot 5  Torpedo Lookout System Concealment System Modification 1 Ship Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

The biggest transition in American battleship game play, North Carolina is the first fast battleship of the American line. She is a welcome change of pace for players used to the 21 knot top speed of New York, New Mexico, and Colorado, and is a radical departure from the pudgy appearance and mediocre firing range of her dreadnought predecessors.

North Carolina boasts speed, protection, armament, and handling that represent improvements in ship design made over the span of a 15-year gap in American battleship construction that began in the mid-1920's. Her fully upgraded top speed of 28 knots is immediately noticeable, and while other Tier VIII battleships like Bismarck, Tirpitz, and Amagi can still outrun her, the gap in speed is limited to a only few knots. North Carolina is more than capable of keeping up with her team and using her excellent range to begin punishing enemy units while they close.

North Carolina can fire at very long ranges fully upgraded, which is a double-edged sword. If the super-heavy AP shells hit at such ranges, they are legitimate plunging fire penetrations and will pierce most citadel decks. However her dispersion is irritating and the muzzle velocities of her 16-inch, 45 caliber guns are slower than the 50 caliber guns found on Iowa and Montana. Those deadly high arc shells seemingly take forever to return to earth at ranges past 13-14 km, meaning that captains must use additional lead when firing at far off targets. Frustratingly, she cannot equip Aiming Systems Modification 1 to improve her dispersion, either. All-and-all, 23+ kilometer bombing is not a good use of salvos and match time unless the enemy is camping in place.

Still, there are some nice trade-offs. Unlike many ships, her stock configuration is relatively solid, and when fully upgraded her anti-aircraft suite is brutally punishing to enemy planes. When fully-rigged for stealth — via Concealment Systems Modification 1 and the Concealment Expert commander skill — her surface detection range drops to a positively ludicrous 12.1 km. This frequently allows North Carolina to maneuver unseen and strike at unsuspecting cruisers and battleships from an angle they did not anticipate. It also allows her to cease fire and escape when necessary; she is very easy to citadel while broadside to enemy ships (even cruisers!), so care must be taken when turning around under fire. She has the worst torpedo protection out of all Tier VIII battleships; captains must be very cautious about putting North Carolina into a position where enemy destroyers will focus torpedoes on her.

With careful positioning and heads-up play, North Carolina is an solid all-around Tier VIII battleship.


Pros:

  • Excellent main battery range
  • Powerful AP shells with very good damage and penetration
  • High sigma (2.0) for a Tier 8 battleship
  • Very durable when properly angled, with a thick lower belt and 38mm deck armor
  • Very strong AA suite
  • Significant speed improvement over preceding ships in the line
  • Good turn radius for a battleship
  • Excellent concealment with all relevant upgrades

Cons:

  • Abysmal AP shell velocity
  • Poor dispersion that cannot be improved in any way
  • Extensively covered in 32mm armor, vulnerable to HE penetrations and AP overmatch
  • Citadel located at the waterline, extremely vulnerable when flashing broadside
  • Extremely poor torpedo damage reduction for a battleship
  • Most of North Carolina's AA are open mounts that can be easily disabled by HE fire

Research

Prioritize researching the Hull B upgrade, followed by the propoulsion upgrade. The range upgrade is welcome but optional, as North Carolina's base range is already plenty good, and she can equip the Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) consumable to boost it when needed.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for North Carolina are as follows:

Commander Skills

As with most battleships, it is recommended to build North Carolina for stealth and survivability, as her base AA suite is already quite powerful. Key skills include Fire Prevention, Concealment Expert, Superintendent and Basics of Survivability. For players wishing to maximize her AA potential however, Basic Firing Training and Advanced Firing Training can be considered.

Consumables

North Carolina can equip the following consumables:

Camouflage

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 North Carolina 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.

North Carolina also has an alternate premium camouflage called "Leviathan", in which she appears as she does during the Halloween scenario "Terror of the Deep".

Signals

As a battleship, North Carolina benefits greatly from flags that boost her survivability, such as India Delta, November Foxtrot, and India Yankee.

Gallery

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

References

  1. USS North Carolina (BB-55) - Wikipedia
  2. North Carolina-class battleship - Wikipedia
  3. "Armada" Video: USS North Carolina - News - World of Warships
  4. Naval Legends: North Carolina Trailer - News - World of Warships
  5. Naval Legends: North Carolina - News - World of Warships
  6. Armada: North Carolina - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  7. Naval Legends: North Carolina. Trailer - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
  8. Naval Legends: North Carolina - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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