Fairmile H LCS(L)(2)

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Fairmile H LCS(L)(2)
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Fairmile H LCS(L)(2)
AB RB SB
2.3 2.3 2.3
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Description

The Fairmile H LCS(L)(2) is a rank III British motor gun boat with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower65 / 60 / 65 mm
Hull6 mm (steel)
Superstructure6 mm (steel)
Number of section4
Displacement116 t
Crew25 people

While the Valentine turret itself is armoured and that has some utility, the magazines beneath it are not, nor is anything else on the ship. Moderate size and amounts of open space have marginal utility, but other peers survive on mobility.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB37 / 19 km/h
RB28 / 14 km/h

The boat's mobility is very poor, with such a low top speed, the mediocre acceleration (~19 seconds to top speed, ~16 seconds to stop, ~26 seconds to reverse from full speed) doesn't even allow a user of this boat to reverse out of danger quickly, nor does the turning radius. It is likely any positioning mistakes will be punished greatly. There isn't a saving grace, but if there was one it would be relative stability at flank speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 37 19
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 28 14

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB1 500 → 1 924 Sl icon.png
RB2 100 → 2 694 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications37 600 Rp icon.png
82 800 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training39 000 Sl icon.png
Experts140 000 Sl icon.png
Aces590 Ge icon.png
Research Aces360 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
150 / 180 / 100 % Sl icon.png
148 / 148 / 148 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
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110 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
3 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
4 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
4 200 Sl icon.png
150 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
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Cost:
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110 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
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20 mm HE magazines
Research:
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Cost:
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
4 200 Sl icon.png
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20 mm AP magazines
Research:
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Cost:
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
3 100 Sl icon.png
110 Ge icon.png
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Shot Mk.8
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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240 Ge icon.png
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
6 800 Sl icon.png
240 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
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Cost:
9 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

Turret57 mm 6pdr QF Mk.V cannon
Ammunition170 rounds
Vertical guidance-12° / 20°
Main article: 6pdr QF Mk.V (57 mm)

The 6pdr gun has unique access in the coastal tree to armour-piercing rounds. While the HE rounds have minimal effectiveness, mostly due to the low rate of fire (most other 6pdr guns in the coastal tree are semi-automatic), be sure to utilize the AP capability to the maximum, hitting vital modules and tougher targets.

Secondary armament

2 х Turret20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mark V autocannon
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

The two 20 mm cannons have limited utility against ships, but are useful in an AA role.

Anti-aircraft armament

Turret2 x 12.7 mm Vickers Mk.V machine gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min

The two .50 cal machine guns are almost no use on their own, but combined with the 20 mm cannons, they're useful in an AA role, though their range is minimal.

Special armament

TurretOrdnance ML 4.2-inch mortar
Ammunition50 rounds

The 4.2-inch mortar is practically useless, stuck to a 1 km firing range, taking forever to reach its target, and doing minimal damage when it arrives.

Usage in battles

Due to the slow speed and armour, trying to stick with the team is important. If you're in trouble or make a positioning mistake, low speed will give opponents plenty of opportunity to punish users of this vehicle. Soviet armoured boats can be tough for the rest of the team to deal with, having armour to stay protected with good enough mobility to avoid being hit by torpedoes, so be on the lookout for those. Also consider taking the role of an "AA barge," targeting aircraft outside 45° either side of the bow, even the 20 mm turrets can have difficulty targeting aircraft in the forward arc. Dashing from cover to cover is key in any boat, but taking the most efficient path is necessary to survival in such a slow boat. Consider choosing the right moment with support before moving out of cover. Utilize sight lines to the maximum and consider going for close-range ambushes. The boat's effectiveness at close range but inability to close that range easily make it a tricky one to play well.

Against Soviet armoured boats, the Pr.191, Pr.191M, and Pr.1124 early, and Pr.1124 late, knock out the turrets then proceed to the magazines or bridge. Against the MBK pr.186 or MBK-161 late or similar heavier boats, you'll need a near enough point-blank and square shot on the side of the turrets to knock them out. Consider hitting the magazines, above the waterline but below the turrets.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • The primary armament, the fore Valentine turret is well armoured
  • the 6pdr armour-piercing shell is unique to this boat and effective, able to fire down the length of enemy boats or simply break them apart hitting both sides and going through components, especially against Soviet armoured boats. Just be sure to hit vital components.
  • 20 mm mounts and the .50 cals can be surprisingly effective against aircraft, especially outside the front 45 degree arc

Cons:

  • Painfully slow speed, and its turning radius is mediocre
  • With no armour outside the Valentine turret, the magazines are somewhat vulnerable
  • 4.2-inch mortar is useless, stuck to a 1 km range though potshots may yield minimal results
  • Valentine turret traverse speed is poor

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Fairmile Marine Company
Motor Launch (ML) 
Fairmile A  Fairmile A (ML100)
Fairmile B  Fairmile B (ML345)
Motor Torpedo/Gun Boat (MTB/MGB) 
Fairmile C  Fairmile C (312) · Fairmile C (332)
Fairmile D  Fairmile D (601) · Fairmile D (617) · Fairmile D (697) · Fairmile D (5001)
Landing Craft Support (LCS) 
Fairmile H  Fairmile H LCS(L)(2)

Britain boats
Motor torpedo boats  Brave Borderer · Dark Aggressor · Dark Aggressor TD · Fairmile D (617) · Fairmile D (697) · Fairmile D (5001) · MTB-1(1)
  MTB-1(2) · MTB Vosper · MTB Vosper(2) · MTB-422
Motor gun boats  Dark Adventurer · Fairmile A (ML100) · Fairmile B (ML345) · Fairmile C (312) · Fairmile C (332) · Fairmile D (601) · Fairmile H LCS(L)(2)
  HMAS Arrow · MGB-61 · MGB-75 · ML 1383 · SGB Grey Fox · SGB Grey Goose
Gunboats  HMS Spey