The PC-461-class, Carmi (PC-466) is a premium rank II American sub-chaser with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.91 "Night Vision".
Survivability and armour
The Carmi is comparably similar to the PC-451. Her armour and large size provides good protection against machine guns and can resist 20 mm autocannons when angled properly. The Carmi is longer than the PC-451, which gives her more crew space to accomodate 65 sailors (19 men more than the PC-451) while also being a larger target. When used properly, the Carmi is able to hold on her own against coastal boats at higher ranks.
As a larger sub-chaser, the Carmi's mobility isn't something to write home about. She is, however, quite manoeuvrable for her size. Allowing her captain to evade close range torpedoes if spotted early enough.
Modifications and economy
The PC-466 Carmi has access to two 76 mm Mk 10 guns as its main armament. The Mk 10 gun is a great main gun for low tier naval battles, being capable of crippling or outright destroying many coastal ships with a single hit. However, this gun is an early version and lacks the full automatic fire of later American 76 mm cannons. The gun gets access to three shells - HE, AP and HE-VT. Of these shells, the HE shell is almost always the best choice, packing the largest punch against enemy boats. Despite this, it is wise to bring a bit of the other shells, for use against aircraft and armoured vessels.
The PC-466 Carmi has access to two single 20 mm Oerlikon cannons for anti-aircraft defence. The 20 mm Oerlikon cannon was the standard light anti-aircraft gun for several nations, including the United States, and replaced the prior AN/M2 Browning machine gun. This weapon is an effective short-range AA gun, and has great firing angles. The weapon has access to three belts - Default, AP and HE. Of these, the HE belt is by far the most effective against boats and aircraft due to its high explosive mass. As well, the guns fire from a drum magazine that will need to be reloaded. Because of the magazine design, the gun will not jam with continuous fire.
This ship can be armed with depth charges, once they are researched. These come pre-armed with a 3 second fuse, and once dropped in the water will explode after this time. You can adjust the fuse time in the menu in the Battle Lobby when you select the ship. Depth charges can come in quite handy if you have a boat or ship close on your aft and you can't turn around to shoot them. This type of situation comes up mainly at Capture Points when there are multiple enemy ships or boats trying to capture the point and destroy you. Just get pointed straight and drop 2-3 of them behind you. (Left-Ctrl by default). Even if the boat or ship is fast, the charge will either break their hull or cause significant damage to the vessel, allowing you to get away or turn around.
Usage in battles
The Carmi performs best at longer range (~2 km) where she can outrange most of the PT boats and is less vulnerable to flanking. Her 76 mm guns can be a bit tricky to use at first, especially against fast PT boats. But it does have a great damage output. Situational awareness is a key of success of playing this boat, as knowing when to switch between the 76 mm and 20 mm guns can be rewarding.
Pros and cons
- Two 76 mm guns pack a heavy punch for its rank
- Good survivability for its BR
- Decent traverse speed
- High crew count of 65
- Mediocre top speed
- Very large target
- 76 mm guns is somewhat harder to use against fast PT boats
- Secondary 20 mm Oerlikon guns has limited coverage
The ship was laid down on September 1, 1941 by George Lawley and Sons in Neponset, Massachusetts. It was launched on April 29, 1942, and was named the USS PC-466. It was originally classified as a submarine chaser, but was re-designated as a control submarine chaser on August 20, 1945, and was named the USS PCC-466. During the Japanese surrender the USS PCC-466 was present in Tokyo Bay, in September of 1945. It was decommissioned on March 1, 1947 and was sent to the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group, in Astoria, Oregon. It was once more classified as a submarine chaser, PC-466, on October 27, 1955. It was named theCarmi on February 1, 1956, and was sold for scrap in 1960.
The ship had a displacement of 280 t, a length of 173 ft 8 in, a beam of 23 ft, and a draft of 10 ft 10 in. It was powered by two 1,440 bhp Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 diesel engines, and featured a Westinghouse single reduction gear, and had two shafts. The armament consisted of one 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount, one 40 mm gun mount, three 20 mm guns, two rocket launchers, four depth charge projectors, and two depth charge racks. The crew complement was 65 sailors and officers, and the maximum speed was 20.2 knots.
Links to articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the series of the ship;
- links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.
- Priolo, Gary P. Carmi PC-466. NavSource Naval History. http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/010466.htm
|George Lawley and Sons|
|173’ PC||Carmi (PC-466)|
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