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Saipan B
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Aircraft Carrier | U.S.A. | Tier VIII
Tech Tree Position
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General
Purchase priceSpecial Doubloons
Hit Points47,900 
AA Defense
40 mm/56 Bofors on a Mk.1 mount10 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second113 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
40 mm/56 Bofors on a Mk.2 mount5 х 4 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second79.5 
. . . Firing Range3.51 km.
20 mm Oerlikon on a Mk.24 mount15 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second91.5 
. . . Firing Range2.01 km.
Maneuverability
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius920 m.
Rudder Shift Time15.9 sec.
Concealment
Surface Detectability Range11.87 km.
Air Detectability Range10.18 km.
Battle Levels
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VIII
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Special

Saipan B — American special 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. The ship boasted very good armor compared to the protection of far larger strike aircraft carriers.

First available on 19 November 2021 during the Black Friday event.

Modules

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)
Saipan B.47,900615210/5/15 00
Attack Aircraft Speed
(knot)
Average Damage per Second
(HP/min)
LoadoutHit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
F8F Bearcat176001,660 00
Torpedo Bombers Maximum Torpedo Damage
(HP)
Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
BTD Destroyer6,4671312,040 00
Bombers Maximum Bomb Damage
(HP)
Speed
(knot)
Hit Points
(HP)
Research price
(exp)
Purchase price
(Credits)
BTD Destroyer11,2001312,150 00
Engine 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
Damage Control Party 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
Airstrike Modification 1
 Slot 5 
Flight Control Modification 1
Concealment System Modification 1
Squadron Consumables Modification 1

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".


Saipan B, or Saipan Black, is a clone of Saipan with an attractive black skin.

As a premium USN aircraft carrier, Saipan B’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 B’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 B 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:

  • Excellent ship speed of 33 knots.
  • Much better concealment compared to tech tree counterpart Lexington.
  • Decent mid- and short-ranged AA defenses.
  • Carries Tier X planes, the same used on a fully upgraded Midway.
  • Very high potential damage output with all plane types.
  • Torpedo bombers drop four (4) torpedoes with each attack run.

Cons:

  • Saipan B is a fragile ship, with low health and poor armor.
  • No long range AA artillery, thus no flak.
  • Very long plane restoration time.
  • 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.

Research

As a premium ship, Saipan B has no module upgrades to research.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for Saipan B 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.

Consumables

As Saipan B is an aircraft carrier, there are no player-controlled ship consumables. She has standard aircraft consumables for a Tier VIII carrier.

Camouflage

As a premium ship, Saipan B comes with Default permanent camouflage and a set of permanent combat bonuses.

Signals

As a carrier, Saipan B has no risk of detonating and a very fast fire extinguishing time. Players should mount 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.


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

Historical Info

Historical Gallery

Video

References


LittleWhiteMouse's Premium Ship Review: Saipan from the NA forums -- from 2016 so largely obsolete.


Ship Change Log

See here for links to Update notes.

  • Available for purchase in the Premium Store during the Black Friday 2021 sale during Update 0.10.10. Could also drop from Black Friday containers.

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