Elco 80 ft PT-109
The Elco 80 ft PT-109 is a premium gift rank II American motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was one of the earliest pre-orders offered to access the fleet closed beta test before being removed from the store with the wide-release of the closed beta test in Update 1.79 "Project X".
Survivability and armour
The hull structure of the boat has no armour at all. The only armour present on this boat is the bridge that contains 6 mm of antifragmentation armour, and the 13 mm rolled homogeneous armour of the 20 mm mount.
Most of the front hull is open space and so there are not critical components that could be hit if rounds come in across at the front end. However, from the bridge on backwards is the engine, ammo, torpedoes, and fuel all scattered around that could be easily hit, ignited, or detonated.
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Modifications and economy
Two turrets with twin-mounted AN-M2 machine guns are had around the bridge area. Despite their full-flexible 360 degree traverse, limitations with the boat structure will severely restrict their fire angles against enemy boats.
|12.7 mm AN-M2 (x4)|
|Turrets (Bow to stern)|
|Front turret (x2)||Rear turret (x2)|
|Ammo capacity (Belt capacity)||4,000 (200)|
|Rounds per turret||2,000|
A single 20 mm Oerlikon cannon is mounted at the stern of the boat.
|20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II|
|Ammo capacity (Belt capacity)||420 (60)|
|Rate of fire (Rounds/min)||450|
The PT-109 is armed with four 21 in wet-heating Mk.8 torpedoes, which are mounted with two on the port side and two on the starboard side. Both are angled from the front and so requires angling to get onto target.
|21 in wet-heating Mk.8 torpedo|
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Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
- Slender PT boat profile
- Quite speedy at flank speed
- Open space in front could let some lucky shots pass through harmlessly
- Limits in gun traverse means, despite able to traverse 360 degree, there are many angles where only one turret could aim onto target
- Both primary armaments are only able to be used on ship targets at ship starboard side
- Torpedoes at each side are split at an angle, requires manoeuvring to get a decent aim at a target in front
PT-109 was laid down by Elco (Electric Launch Company) in Bayonne, New Jersey, on 4 March 1942. It was launched on 20 June 1942, delivered to the U.S. Navy on 10 July, and completed on 19 July.
Under the command of CDR Henry Farrow, USN, PT-109 was first attached to Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron FIVE (MTBRon5). MTBRon 5 was assigned to the Panama Sea Frontier beginning in September 1942. On 22 September 1942, PT-109 was transferred to MTBRon 2, with her new commanding officer LT George A. Brackett, USNR. MTBRon 2 was transferred to the South Pacific in 1942. There, the squadron took part in the Solomons campaign, fighting night actions against the Japanese Tokyo Express with the goal of defending the US-held Guadalcanal. MTBRon 2 was at Tulagi island on 23 April 1943, when LTJG John F. Kennedy took command of the PT-109.
- Elco 80 ft PT-103 - Head of the ship-class that PT-109 was built off.
|Electric Launch Company (Elco) Ships|
|Motor Torpedo Boats (PT)|
|77' PT||Elco 77 ft PT-20 · Elco 77 ft PT-59|
|80' PT||Elco 80 ft PT-103 · Elco 80 ft PT-109 · Elco 80 ft PT-314 · Elco 80 ft PT-556 · Elco 80 ft PT-565|
|Motor torpedo boats||58 ft PT-3 · 89 ft PT-810 · 94 ft PT-811 · Elco 77 ft PT-20 · Elco 80 ft PT-103 · Elco 80 ft PT-109 · Elco 80 ft PT-314 · Elco 80 ft PT-556|
|Elco 80 ft PT-565 · Higgins 78 ft PT-200 · Higgins 78 ft PT-71 · Higgins 81 ft PT-6|
|Motor gun boats||80 ft Nasty · Elco 77 ft PT-59 · PGH-2|
|Motor torpedo gun boats||Asheville (PGM-84) · LCS(L)(3)|
|USA premium ships|
|Motor torpedo boats||58 ft PT-3 · 94 ft PT-811 · Elco 80 ft PT-109 · Elco 80 ft PT-556|
|Sub-chasers||165 ft PC-466 Carmi|
|Destroyers||USS Welborn (DD-195) · USS Bennion (DD-662) · USS Cowell (DD-547) · USS Moffett (DD-362) · USS Phelps (DD-360)|
|Light cruisers||USS Helena (CL-50)|