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Saipan
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Aircraft Carrier | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points47,900 
AA Defense
20 mm Oerlikon Mk2015 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second91.5 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk111 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second124.3 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm Bofors Mk24 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second63.6 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius920 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.9 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range12.24 km.
Air Detectability Range10.18 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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Saipan — American promo premium Tier VIII aircraft сarrier.

A high-speed light aircraft carrier based on the Baltimore-class cruiser. Despite relatively small dimensions, the ship carried a rather powerful air group and was armed with numerous AA artillery. She boasted very good armor comparable with the protection of far larger attack aircraft carriers.

Saipan was first released for sale on 12 April 2016 for the NA server and 13 April 2016 for the EU server.

Modules

link=Ship: Fighters
(sqdr.)
Torpedo Bombers
(sqdr.)
Dive Bombers
(sqdr.)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk8 mod. 1111 00
link=Ship: 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)
Saipan47,900615211/4/1548 00
link=Ship: Cruise Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
F8F Bearcat176001,660 00
link=Ship: Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
BTD Destroyer6,4671312,040 00
link=Ship: Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Cruise Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
BTD Destroyer11,2001312,150 00
link=Ship: Maximum Speed
(knot)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 120,000 hp33 00

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3  Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 1 Aerial Torpedoes Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Attack Aircraft Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Squadron Consumables Modification 1

Player Opinion

Performance

As a premium USN aircraft carrier, Saipan’s uniqueness comes from her aircraft being very similar to Midway’s in speed, survivability, and armament count per plane. Additionally, the ship itself has much better concealment and rudder shift than her USN peers Lexington and Enterprise, allowing players to move faster to their desired location and stealthily closer to their strike targets. This gives players an edge over their same tier counterparts in faster and quicker strikes to whittle down the enemy.

However, she does not have the same attack flight size and squadron size of Midway’s nor does she have Lexington’s armor. The lack of armor means that enemy battleship salvos and torpedoes will cause much more damage to the ship when the player's ship is detected. Players must be careful of where to position their ship for maximizing their strike capabilities while keeping their ship intact.

Furthermore, while Saipan’s torpedo bombers do carry two torpedoes each like Midway’s, this amplifies the effect of lost damage output for each plane shot down by the enemy. Furthermore, her aircraft restoration time is the longest out of all carriers currently, making each aircraft lost a massive decrease in her constant damage output. Players should carefully select targets, as randomly lashing out at any target that may have a formidable anti-air defense will result in a complete exhaust of available strike aircraft.

The culmination of these characteristics allows Saipan to have higher overall potential damage output with most other same tier carriers. Players should attempt to use each squadron as effectively as possible through minimizing losses and getting the most damage in each attack run.


Pros:

  • Tier 10 planes, the same used on a fully upgraded Midway
  • Very high potential damage output with all plane types
  • Very high fire chance and penetration with the Tiny Tim rockets and the AN-M66 bombs
  • Torpedo bombers drop four (4) torpedoes with each attack run
  • Excellent ship speed of 33 knots
  • Much better concealment compared to techtree counterpart Lexington
  • Decent mid- and short-ranged AA defenses

Cons:

  • Longest plane restoration time of all aircraft carriers
  • Small squadrons with few deck reserves for each plane type
  • Torpedo bombers have a very long aiming time
  • Torpedo bombers and dive bombers are frustratingly slow
  • No long range AA aura
  • Saipan is a fragile ship, with low health and poor armor

Research

As a premium ship, Saipan does not have any upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Saipan are as follows:

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.

Key skills for Saipan include Air Supremacy, Improved Engines, Aircraft Armor, Survivability Expert, and Sight Stabilization

Consumables

As Saipan is an aircraft carrier, players cannot modify for premium consumable versions and has standard aircraft consumables for a Tier VIII carrier.

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Saipan comes included with Type 10 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces the cost of the ship's post-battle service, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

Signals

As a carrier, Saipan has no risk of detonating and a very fast fire extinguishing time. Players should mount Equal Speed Charlie London (+50% XP earned for the battle.) for increased XP gain per battle, Zulu Hotel (+50% Commander XP earned for the battle.) to help increase the speed of commander (re)training, Juliet Yankee Bissotwo (-20% to flooding duration.) for faster flooding recovery time, and Juliet Whiskey Unaone (+15% chance of causing flooding. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) to have a better chance at causing flooding to enemy ships. Players can also choose to equip the Dragon Flag (+333% Commander XP earned for the battle.) for faster commander (re)training for the other carrier that the captain is trained on.

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References

  1. USS Saipan (CVL-48) - Wikipedia
  2. Saipan-class aircraft carrier - Wikipedia
  3. History Spotlight: Saipan - News - World of Warships
  4. Premium Ship Spotlight: Saipan - News - World of Warships
  5. Premium Ship Spotlight - Saipan - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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