LCM(6) Zippo

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Rank VI USA | Premium | Golden Eagles
A-10A Thunderbolt (Early)
LCM(6) Zippo
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LCM(6) Zippo
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Description

The Landing Craft Support (Flamethrower) Zippo is a premium gift rank III American armoured gun boat with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Fire and Ice" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season IX, "Smell of Victory".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Main fire tower25 / 25 / 25 mm
Hull6 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section3
Displacement77 t
Crew15 people

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Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB21 / 16 km/h
RB16 / 12 km/h

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Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 21 16
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 16 12

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB620 Sl icon.png
RB880 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts160 000 Sl icon.png
Aces500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces640 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 110 / 170 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 142 / 142 / 142 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
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Rudder Replacement
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Propeller Replacement
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Engine Maintenance
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Tool Set
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Fire Protection System
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Smokescreen
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New Pumps
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40 mm HE clips
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20 mm HE magazines
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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40 mm AP clips
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20 mm AP magazines
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Artillery Support

Armament

Primary armament

Turret40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3 gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate160 shots/min
Vertical guidance-1° / 30°

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Secondary armament

Turret20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min
3 х Turret12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate577 shots/min
4 х Turret7.62 mm M73 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity250 rounds
Fire rate500 shots/min

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Anti-aircraft armament

2 х TurretFlamethrower
Ammunition800 rounds
Belt capacity800 rounds
Fire rate1200 shots/min
Main article: Flamethrower

Flamethrowers are a very unique weapon in naval battles and can even burn on the ocean's surface. The system mounted to the LCM(6) Zippo has long range for a flamethrower, but it is very short-ranged in terms of naval weapons.

Like the Churchill Crocodile, one of this weapon system's disadvantages is being mounted to a vehicle that cannot quickly close the gap between it and the enemy to get within range. If they do, however, the flamethrower can make quick work of small vessels with open gun positions. Larger vessels hit by the flamethrowers can be distracted by the fires, as they can be deadly if left uncontrolled.

Though the system is bound to the anti-aircraft suite, the flamethrowers unfortunately do not have the traverse speed or range to effectively combat enemy aircraft. Like other naval weapons, flamethrowers will elevate so that they can reach their effective ranges but with the dual mount, the M73 machine guns will be elevated the same. This means that while the flamethrowers can get on target, the machine guns will be elevated to such a degree that they become virtually unusable since bullet drop differs significantly from the fire arc.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • 40 mm Bofors and several 20 mm Oerlikon autocannons
  • Features two flamethrowers as a deadly close-range weapon
  • Napalm fuel can light the water surface on fire for a brief moment, causing any boats that pass on it to catch fire

Cons:

  • Abysmal top speed and mobility
  • Rather poor survivability due to low crew count
  • Shallow draught cause the boat to be constantly rocking around even in calm sea, hampering the accuracy
  • The 40 mm Bofors is housed in a turret with poor elevation, leaving the boat vulnerable to aircraft attacks

History

LCM(6)(F) "Zippo" using its flamethrower in Vietnam

Many WWII-surplus LCMs (Landing Craft, Mechanized) were modified by the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam as "monitor" patrol craft.

Flamethrowers were added to the LCM(6) which increased the offensive capabilities of the vessel, giving it the ability to clear vegetation and burn out enemy positions by the riverside. These flamethrowers gave the vessel the "Zippo" nickname, after a popular brand of cigarette lighters.

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See also

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External links


USA boats
Motor torpedo boats  PT-3 · PT-6 · PT-20 · PT-71 · PT-103 · PT-109 · PT-174
  PT-200 · PT-314 · Thunderbolt (PT-556) · PT-565 · PT-658 · PT-810 · PT-811 · PT-812
Motor gun boats  Kim Qui · LCS(L)(3) · PT-59 · PTF-7 · USS Candid · USS Asheville · USS Douglas · USS Tucumcari · USS Cyclone
Armoured gun boats  LCM(6) Zippo

USA premium ships
Motor torpedo boats  PT-3 · PT-109 · PT-174 · Thunderbolt (PT-556) · PT-658 · PT-811
Motor gun boats  LCM(6) Zippo · USS Douglas
Sub-chasers  Carmi (PC-466)
Destroyers  USS Welborn C. Wood · USS Wilkinson · USS Bennion · USS Cowell · USS Davis · USS Moffett · USS Phelps · USS Frank Knox
Light cruisers  USS Detroit · USS Helena