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Cruiser | U.S.A. | Tier X
Tech Tree Position
Purchase pricepromo Doubloons
Hit Points49,700 
Main Battery
203 mm/55 RF Mk.16 in a turret3 х 3 pcs.
Rate of Fire10.91 shots/min.
Reload Time5.5 sec.
Rotation Speeddeg./sec.
180 Degree Turn Time30 sec.
Firing Range15.83 km.
Maximum Dispersion142 m.
HE Shell203 mm HE/HC Mk25 
Maximum HE Shell Damage2,800 
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell14 %
Initial HE Shell Velocity823 m./s.
HE Shell Weight118 kg.
AP Shell203 mm AP Mk21 
Maximum AP Shell Damage5,000 
Initial AP Shell Velocity762 m./s.
AP Shell Weight152 kg.
Secondary Armament #1
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount6 х 2 pcs.
Firing Range7.3 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 Shel%
AA Defense
127 mm/38 Mk.12 on a Mk.32 mount6 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second90.6 
. . . Firing Range5.01 km.
76.2 mm/50 Mk.22 on a Mk.33 mount10 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second208 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
76.2 mm/50 Mk.22 on a Mk.33 mount2 х 2 pcs.
. . . Average Damage per Second41.6 
. . . Firing Range3.99 km.
Maximum Speed33 knot
Turning Circle Radius770 m.
Rudder Shift Time8.6 sec.
Surface Detectability Range13.86 km.
Air Detectability Range7.9 km.
Battle Levels

Salem — American promo premium Tier X cruiser.

A Des Moines-class heavy cruiser. Her main battery mounts were equipped with an auto-loading mechanism, which provided her with the greatest firepower among ships of her type. The cruiser's advantages included advanced radar equipment, powerful AA artillery, and reliable horizontal armor protection.

Salem was first released for sale with Update 0.7.6 and is available exclusively via the Armory for Coal Coal.


Main Battery Guns Rate of Fire
180° Turn Time
Maximum Dispersion
Maximum HE Shell Damage
Chance of Fire on Target Caused by HE Shell
Maximum AP Shell Damage
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
203 mm/55 RF Mk.16 in a turret10.9301422,800145,000 00
Hull Hit Points
Main Turrets
Secondary Gun Turrets
AA Mounts
Torpedo Tubes
Hangar Capacity
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Salem49,70062033612/60 00
Fire Control System Firing Range Increase
Maximum Firing Range
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Mk10 mod. 1015.8 00
Engine Maximum Speed
Research price
Purchase price
( Credits)
Propulsion: 120,000 hp33 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 Surveillance Radar Modification 1 Engine Room Protection
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Aiming Systems 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 Steering Gears Modification 2 Ship Consumables Modification 1
 Slot 6  Main Battery Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2

Player Opinion


The first Tier X premium[1] in the game, Salem plays much like her tech tree sister Des Moines, albeit with a tad more survivability at the trade off of less utility. Captains familiar with the American heavy cruiser branch should adapt to Salem’s minor quirks fairly quickly.

The largest difference between the two comes in the form of consumable choices. Des Moines can choose between Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) (with a 10.0 km range), Catapult Fighter (While active, a group of fighter planes circles the ship providing protection by attacking incoming enemy aircraft.), or Spotting Aircraft (While active, a spotter plane circles the ship enhancing main battery firing range.) for her Slot 3 consumable, and equips the standard version of Repair Party (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.); Salem — who wasn't completed with her aircraft catapults installed — eschews aircraft entirely and has access to either Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) (with a 8.5 km range) or Hydroacoustic Search (While active, detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, without regard of obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) in Slot 3, and equips a specialized repair teams consumable similar to those on Royal Navy cruisers. Most other vital statistics remain identical — or roughly comparable — between the two.

The primary trait of Salem is her absurd rate of fire for a heavy cruiser: each of her barrels loads a fresh 203mm round every 5.5 seconds. The speed at which she pummels enemy targets is a sight to behold, whether she is punishing an enemy destroyer caught by her radar, or pumping super-heavy American armor-piercing shells into the sides of enemy cruisers and battleships. Enemy aircraft carriers don't enjoy seeing a Salem on the other team either; her impressive AA suite is only a touch worse than Des Moines’, as Salem here is rendered without her short-range 20mm Oerlikons. With good handling characteristics and the utility offered by her consumables, Salem is an excellent support ship and a late-game terror. She serves equally well as both an anti-air and anti-destroyer screening vessel; however, unlike Des Moines, Salem’s radar is not as useful in assisting in the destruction of enemy destroyers due to it's shorter range.

Like her sister ship, learning to use Salem’s main battery guns to their fullest requires a bit of time and adaptation. The high shell arcs and long flight times at medium to long range give her both advantages and disadvantages that other Tier X cruisers lack. She is capable of sitting behind an island and using her high shell arcs to lob shells at distant targets from cover, or — more commonly — snuggle up to an island and point her bow at the enemy, while presenting a relatively small target profile. Exploiting this technique allows captains to turn a disadvantage into an advantage. Lobbing armor-piercing shells at bigger targets such as battleships can deal a surprising amount of damage in such a short time; however, captains should only do so when Salem is close enough to have the rounds deal maximum penetration.

Salem possesses a stronger repair consumable than Des Moines, functioning identical to that of British cruisers of Tiers VIII-X. When it comes to taking fire damage, Salem is functionally immune: her heal can repair up to four full duration fires (damage from the HE shells that triggered the fires not withstanding). While the enhanced repair gives her more flexibility and survivability in the event of positioning mistakes, captains should not be relying it to keep them alive in situations that Des Moines couldn't survive.

Unlike most other Tier X cruisers, Salem cannot effectively fight as an anti-surface combatant in open water, and her slower shell speeds prevent her from faring well in ranged firefights. Instead, captains should focus on playing defensively during the initial stages of a game, and choose areas of the map that provide hard cover and allow them to fight enemies on their own terms at short and medium range. Despite lacking a torpedo armament, the closer Salem gets to a target, the more dangerous she becomes. It should not come as a surprise that if played right, Salem can dictate the early flow of a battle, then become more aggressive in the mid- and late-game stages, quickly mopping up the enemy team with her withering rate of fire. This isn't the only way to play Salem, of course, but it's a common one; captains should adjust their play style depending on the situation to give their team the best chance of winning. Knowing when to go defensive or aggressive is key to conning Salem to victory.


  • Fast firing guns.
  • High shell arcs make firing over islands easier.
  • AP shells have more forgiving angles for ricochet prevention.
  • Good chances to set fires.
  • Strong AA.
  • 27mm of armor protects against 15-inch guns; citadel is protected by a thick 152mm belt.
  • Salem's Specialized Repair Teams (While active, restores a percentage of the ship's health points each second.), with up to 48% of her health pool restored per charge (with the India Delta+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used. signal mounted).


  • High shell arcs make leading shots more difficult.
  • Short ranged main battery with a stock reach of 15.8km and no Spotter Aircraft consumable.
  • Slow turret rotation for a cruiser.
  • No torpedoes.
  • Citadel is above water and easy to hit when showing broadside, and all 16" guns can overmatch her armor.
  • Lack of torpedo defense.
  • Surveillance Radar (While active, detects all enemy ships within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) has a short range (8.5 km) compared to other radar cruisers.
  • No Unique Upgrade (the first tier X ship without one).

    LittleWhiteMouse's Premium Ship Review: Salem from the NA forums (partly based on incomplete information).


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

Optimal Configuration


The recommended upgrades for Salem are as follows:

Slot 1 provides Salem with two viable options. Main Armaments Modification 1 (-20% to the risk of main battery becoming incapacitated. / +50% to main battery survivability. / -20% to main battery repair time. / -20% to the risk of torpedo tubes becoming incapacitated. / +50% to torpedo tubes survivability. / -20% to torpedo tubes repair time.) should be mounted to increase the survivability of the main armament. This upgrade is useful for any chosen build; however, captains specifically seeking to specialize in anti-aircraft duties may choose to mount Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 (Increases survivability of the secondary battery and AA mounts: +100% survivability to each.) to increase the survivability of the anti-aircraft mounts.

Slot 3 allows for further specialization in the desired role. For builds focusing on gunnery, Aiming Systems Modification 1 (Increases the firing accuracy of the main battery and secondary battery, accelerates the traverse speed of torpedo tubes, and extends the firing range of the secondary battery: -7% main battery dispersion. / +20% torpedo tubes traverse speed. / +5% secondary battery firing range. / -5% secondary battery dispersion.) is a prudent choice to reduce dispersion, thereby increasing the chance of landing a citadel hit with a well-placed shot. For anti-aircraft duties, mount AA Guns Modification 1 (Improves AA efficiency: +20% reduction in the preparation time of the priority AA sector.).

Slot 4 - While Steering Gears Modification 1 is a reasonable choice, Propulsion Modification 1 (Reduces time to full speed: -50% to time for reaching full power. / Increases engine power when the ship starts moving.) can pay large benefits when stationary behind terrain, as when holding a flank or a cap.

For Slot 5, a viable build for open water maneuver is to select Propulsion Mod 1 in Slot 4 and Steering Gears Modification 2 (Reduces rudder shift time and accelerates the repair of steering gears: -40% rudder shift time. / -80% repair time.) in Slot 5. Torpedo Lookout System (Increases the assured acquisition range of torpedoes. to a base value of 1.8 km.) is also worth considering.

Slot 6 - Main Battery Modification 3 (Reduces the reload time of the main battery guns: -12% main battery loading time. / -13% main battery traverse speed.) can provide Salem with further specialization in her chosen role. However, for those who are comfortable with her already-outrageous DPM, other choices are attractive. Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 (Extends the firing range of the main battery: +16% firing range.) may be a useful choice for captains looking to set fires at longer range. To finalize an anti-aircraft build, mount Auxiliary Armaments Modification 2 (Improves the efficiency of the secondary battery and AA mounts: −20% secondary reload time / +15% continuous AA damage / +15% flak damage / +2 flak explosions when Defensive AA Fire is active.).

Commander Skills


Salem can equip the following consumables:


As a premium ship, Salem comes included with Type 20 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, increases the credits she earns, lowers her servicing costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.


Salem captains should mount standard signal flags to improve the ship's performance in battle. India Delta (+20% to the amount of HP recovered when the Repair Party consumable is used.) and November Foxtrot (-5% reload time on all consumables.) flags are highly recommended to improve the ship's survivability. Sierra Mike (+5% to the ship's maximum speed.) flags are also recommended to increase the ship's top speed. India X-Ray (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm. / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +5% to the risk of your ship's magazine detonating.) and Victor Lima (+1% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber above 160mm / +0.5% chance of causing a fire for bombs and shells with a caliber below 160mm. / +4% chance of causing flooding.) signal flags can be mounted to improve the ship's main battery. Lastly, economic and special signal flags can be mounted to increase the ship's economic gains per battle.


Historical Info

Historical Gallery



  1. The status of Salem has been clarified: she is a "Special" ship, like others that are available for resources rather than cash. Special ships do not have the credit earning bonuses of true premiums. In all other relevant ways, they are treated as premium ships.
  1. USS Salem (CA-139) - Wikipedia
  2. Des Moines-class cruiser - Wikipedia
  3. Monthly Wiki Spotlight - Salem - News - World of Warships
  4. Naval Legends: USS Salem - News - World of Warships
  5. Naval Legends: USS Salem - World of Warships Official Channel - YouTube
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