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North Carolina
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Battleship | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
Colorado
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General
Research price120000 exp
Purchase price9,800,000 Credits
Hit Points53,700 
Main Battery
406 mm/45 Mk.6 in a turret3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fireshots/min.
Reload Time30 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time45 sec.
Firing Range21.14 km.
Maximum Dispersion292 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 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount10 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range6.6 km.
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 Shell%
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount10 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second151 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
40 mm/56 Bofors on a Mk.1 mount15 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second169.5 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.4 mount38 х 1 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second136.8 
. . . Firing Range2.01 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 turret2452925,7003613,100 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)53,7001340631015/38/10 01,700,000
North Carolina (B)66,0001340631044 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 Airstrike 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(27km), 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, when using a range build she can shoot from 27 km away(without spotter aircraft).
  • 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 like Colorado, useful for supporting allies and cap areas when needed.
  • Decent turn radius for a battleship.
  • Excellent concealment with all relevant upgrades.

Cons:

  • Due to the heavy weight of AP shells, they have a long flight time meaning that excessive lead is required to hit a target.
  • Poor main battery dispersion.
  • Despite speed improvement, many battleships can still outrun her.
  • Extensively covered in 32mm armor, vulnerable to HE spam and AP overmatch.
  • Very easy to citadel when showing broadside because of the citadel's location at the waterline.
  • Poor protection against torpedos and torpedo bombers due to the poor torpedo damage reduction of a mere 19%.
  • Even though North Carolina's AA is strong they can be easily destroyed by HE shells, rockets or 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 AircraftWhile 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

Consumables

North Carolina can equip the following consumables:

Signals

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

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

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

Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Added to the game from the very beginning (alpha version).
  • Update 0.4.0:
    • AA defense efficiency reduced to 43%.
  • Update 0.5.2:
    • Increased rudder shift times:
      • On the stock hull by +1.16s.
      • On the researchable hull by +2.17s.
    • Credit earnings ratio increased by +7%.
  • Update 0.5.3.2:
    • The Type 8 camouflage was renamed to Type 10.
  • Update 0.5.6:
  • AA defenses were significantly reinforced. Her secondary guns were also slightly improved. Firing accuracy of her main guns was enhanced. Now her guns will be more comfortable to fire.
  • Hull (A): All 2x 20mm Bofors Mk1 AA mounts were replaced with 4x 20mm Bofors Mk2 AA mounts. As a result, the average AA damage within the 3.5km AA engagement area radius increased by 27 points (from 132 to 159 points).
  • Hull (B): All 4x 20mm Oerlikon Mk20 AA mounts were replaced with 1x 20mm Oerlikon Mk4 mounts, and all 2x 20mm Bofors Mk1 AA mounts were replaced with 4x 20mm Bofors Mk2 mounts. One 4x 20mm Bofors Mk2 AA mount was added on top of the third main turret. As a result, the average AA damage within the 2km AA engagement area radius decreased by 10 points (from 168 to 158 points), and the average AA damage within the 3.5km AA engagement area radius increased by 53 points (from 185 to 238 points).
  • Firing range of the secondary guns was increased by 0.5km (from 4.5km to 5km).
  • Traverse angles were extended for the second and third main turrets (previously the traverse angles were limited by obstructing AA mounts)
  • Firing accuracy of her main guns was increased by adjusting the distribution of shell impact points within the dispersion ellipse.
  • Update 0.5.9:
    • The armored model of the hull was refined.
  • Update 0.5.10:
    • Fixed models of navigation lights and radars.
  • Update 0.6.5:
    • Fixed geometry and textures of the main caliber guns. This change will not affect game performance in any way.
  • Update 0.6.6:
    • Improved appearance of the ship using a special technology for high-quality rendering of thin elements (mainly rigging).
  • Update 0.6.7:
    • Credits earnings ratio decreased by -5%.
  • Update 0.6.12:
    • Detectability when firing main guns in smoke changed to 15.1 km.
    • Detection range of the Vought OS2U Kingfisher aircraft was increased from 4 km to 7 km in air, and to 8 km by sea.
  • Update 0.6.13:
    • The survivability of air defense weapons was tested and brought to a single standard. The change affects 40mm guns.
  • Update 0.7.4:
    • Corrected the description text of the battleship's high-explosive projectiles.
  • Update 0.7.10:
    • Added the special camouflage "Leviathan".
  • Update 0.7.12:
    • The rudder shift time for hull (A) has been reduced from 22.8 to 20.0 seconds.
    • The rudder shift time for hull (B) has been reduced from 17.3 to 15.2 seconds.
    • HP recovery rate for the Repair Party consumable was increased from 0.5 to 0.66 % HP per second.
  • Update 0.9.4:
    • The thickness of the deck armor was increased from 37 to 38 mm.
  • Update 0.9.10:
    • The distribution of HP in the hull was slightly updated.
  • Update 0.10.0:
    • The firing range of the secondary battery was increased to 6.6 km.
  • Update 0.10.1:
    • Fixed an error that led to the conning tower armor protection not being present on hull (B).
  • Update 0.10.3:
    • The stock hull was replaced with a new one, created on the basis of the researchable hull with a modified air defense composition.
  • Update 0.10.4:
    • Fixed geometry and textures of the Leviathan camouflage.

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