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The first U.S. Navy cruiser built under the limitations of the Washington Naval Treaty with powerful artillery but weak armor, which was characteristic of such ships. The cruiser was armed with 203 mm main guns, on the basis of which she was redesignated as a heavy cruiser soon after commissioning. However, the ship's armor actually corresponded to that of a light cruiser.

Modules

Compatible Upgrades

 Slot 1  Air Groups Modification 1 Main Armaments Modification 1 Auxiliary Armaments Modification 1 Magazine Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 0
 Slot 2  Damage Control System Modification 1 Propulsion Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 1 Aircraft Engines Modification 1
 Slot 3  Main Battery Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 1 AA Guns Modification 1 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 1 Aiming Systems Modification 1 Torpedo Bombers Modification 1 Attack Aircraft Modification 1
 Slot 4  Damage Control System Modification 2 Propulsion Modification 2 Steering Gears Modification 2 Attack Aircraft Modification 2 Torpedo Bombers Modification 2 Bombers Modification 2
 Slot 5  Flight Control Modification 1 Target Acquisition System Modification 1 Concealment System Modification 1 Steering Gears Modification 3
 Slot 6  AA Guns Modification 2 Main Battery Modification 3 Torpedo Tubes Modification 3 Gun Fire Control System Modification 2 Flight Control Modification 2 Air Groups Modification 2 Secondary Battery Modification 2 Artillery Plotting Room Modification 2

Player Opinion

Performance

The Pensacola is the first heavy cruiser within the American cruiser line---though "heavy" in this case refers strictly to her 8" guns and not to any sort of durability. The light armor of the Pensacola makes her one of the more difficult cruisers of her tier, with the tendency to take heavy penetrating and citadel hits regardless of angle. A stand-up fight in Pensacola against anything larger than a cruiser will end in a pyrrhic victory at best and an instant demise at worst.

Pros:

  • Decent main batteries - good firing angles for all ten guns compared to their IJN counterparts Aoba and great AP penetration capabilities
  • Good anti-aircraft armament - not as powerful as its light cruiser counterpart Cleveland but a good enough deterrent
  • Good maneuverability - good turning radius, good rudder shift time, and decently fast

Cons:

  • Poorly armored - can take citadels from almost any angle by 406mm AP shells
  • Poor large caliber AA range and damage
  • Very slow turret traverse - almost as slow as Fuso’s turrets
  • Poor concealment - has the same base concealment as New Mexico

Research

Availability of researchable upgrades for ' is as follows:

  • Hull: Upgrade to Hull (B) for slightly more hitpoints, more anti-air capabilities, and better rudder shift time. Research of this module unlocks progression to Astoria.
  • Gun Fire Control System: Upgrade to Mk6 mod. 2 for an extra 10% range on the main battery.

Optimal Configuration

Upgrades

The recommended upgrades for ' are as follows:

Commander Skills

Key skills for ' commanders include Expert Marksman, Demolition Expert, and Concealment Expert.

Consumables

' can equip the following consumables:


Captain focusing ' on AA build will equip Defensive AA Fire II (While active, the damage per second of large caliber anti-aircraft guns is increased.) for the Slot 2, especially when in a division with a carrier. Although for solo playing, Hydroacoustic Search II (Detects all enemy ships and torpedoes within the specified radius, disregarding obstacles such as smoke and terrain.) is more recommended if there is no carrier around.

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 ' with Type 16 camouflage that lowers her detection radius, reduces the accuracy of incoming shells, reduces her repair costs, and increases the amount of experience she earns.

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Construction

Builder: New York Navy Yard; New York, United States of America
Laid down: 27 October 1926
Launched: 25 April 1929
Commissioned: 6 February 1930

Specifications

9,100 tons displacement, standard
179m length
19.9m beam
4.9m draft

Machinery

4 × Parsons reduction steam turbines
8 x boilers

Performance

32.7 knots at 107,000 shaft horsepower
10,000nm at 15kts

Armor

Main belt: 64-89mm
Upper belt: 102mm
Decks: 25–44mm
Bulkheads: 64mm
Barbettes: 19mm
Turrets: 64mm/38mm/19mm/19mm turret front/roof/side/rear
Conning tower: 32mm

Armament

Main
Ten (2×3, 2×2) 203 mm/55 caliber guns
Anti-aircraft
Four (4x1) 127mm/25 caliber anti-aircraft guns
Two (2x1) 3-pounder 47 mm saluting guns
Four (2x2) 27.9 mm/75 anti-aircraft guns
Eight (8x1) 20 mm Oerlikon cannons
Torpedoes

Aircraft

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Fighters
4 x floatplanes (Vought O2U Corsairs, OS2U Kingfishers or Curtiss SOC Seagulls)

USS Pensacola (CA-24) underway at sea, September 1935

History

The USS Pensacola (CA-24), originally CL-24, was the lead ship of two 9100-ton Pensacola-class cruisers. Commissioned in February 1930, she had her first shakedown cruise from Peru to Chile from March to June 1930. She was first sent on an escort mission for a convoy from Pearl Harbor to Manila. However, due to the impending Japanese surprise attack on the convoy and Pearl Harbor, their mission diverted to Brisbane, Australia, whereafter the ship returned to Pearl Harbor. From then on, the ship would see extensive service in the Pacific theatre and eventually receive 13 battle stars for her service.

Design

After the end of the First World War, the U.S. navy realized a need for a new class of cruisers that would outclass the British Hawkins-class cruisers and can operate in a large area of the Pacific. And as with most other American cruisers, Template:var was built thrifty: lightly armored and unstable.

Design studies began as early as 1919, but because public opinion was opposed to new armaments, the U.S. Navy was forced to deliberate on seven designs (from light to heavy cruisers) until the Washington Naval Treaty was signed. Eventually, a design was founded in November 1923 and finalized in March 1925 that would become the Pensacola class.

Service

The USS Pensacola's first assignment in WWII was to join Task Force 11, which was centered around the USS Lexington (CV-2). She was to screen for the carrier during an offensive patrol in Coral Sea until Task Force 17, centered around USS Yorktown (CV-5), joined them on March 6, 1942. Then, after the combined fleet launched a surprise attack on the Japanese at Salamaua and Lae, March 10, the USS Pensacola was reassigned to TF 17 and continue patrols before returning to Pearl Harbor in April 21, 1942. In the same year, May 28, the Pensacola left as part of TF 17 with USS Enterprise (CV-6) and regroup at Midway Island. During the Battle of Midway, the Pensacola helped defend the Yorktown and shared in the downing of four Japanese torpedo bombers. Alas, the Yorktown was critically damaged during the attack and thus abandoned. After the battle, the Pensacola joined the Enterprise in the pursuit of the retreating Japanese fleet. She would later on be present at the battles of Santa Cruz Islands, Guadalcanal, and Tassafaronga, mainly to screen for carriers. And for her actions during the war, she earned a nickname among the Japanese as the "Grey Ghost".


The USS Pensacola did not have a significant post-war career. She would be used mainly as a transport for 200 men from Iwo Jima to California in November 1945 and 700 men from Guam to San Diego from December 1945 to January 1946. Afterwards, she became a target test for atomic bombs at the Bikini Atoll on July 1 and July 25 1946. She survived both tests and was taken to Kwajalein to be decommissioned August 26, 1946 and researched, before being sunk November 10, 1948.

Historical Inaccuracies

  • The 8-inch (203mm)/50 caliber gun is fictitious. Pensacola's main battery was always 55 caliber.
  • Pensacola's historical two triple torpedo tubes are missing.
  • Final refit is also missing. In June 1945, Pensacola had her tall tripod foremast cut down, tripod mainmast replaced by a short tower, 40mm Bofors guns added at the bow, #1 and #4 turret range finders removed and the starboard catapult removed. The cruiser was also repainted in Measure 21 camouflage, overall Navy Blue (5-N) and dark Deck Blue (20-B) decks.
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