LCS(L)(3)

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LCS(L)(3)
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LCS(L)(3)
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Description

The Landing Craft Support (Large) (Mark 3) is a rank V American motor torpedo gun boat with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull8 mm (steel)
Superstructure4 mm (steel)
Number of section4
Displacement245 t
Crew73 people

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Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB39 / 25 km/h
RB29 / 19 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 39 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 29 19

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
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RB4 920 → 6 184 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications203 100 Rp icon.png
299 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training180 000 Sl icon.png
Experts610 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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190 / 190 / 190 % 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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76 mm AP
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40 mm HE clips
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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76 mm HE-RF
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret2 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 1 gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min
Vertical guidance-15° / 88°

The LCS(L)(3) gets access to four 40 mm Bofors guns in two twin mounts. These weapons are extremely potent anti-aircraft and anti-coastal-ship guns due to their accuracy and punching power. Though these weapons fire slower than the 20 mm Oerlikon or 12.7 mm AN/M2, they more than make up for it due to their hard-hitting 40 mm shells. These guns are capable of shredding aircraft and small boats from ranges of 2.5 km away, though effectiveness will drop off after that range due to the large bullet drop. The guns fire from 4-round clips that reload continuously, meaning that they are capable of continuous fire. However, note that they will eventually jam after firing too long.

Secondary armament

Turret3-inch Mark 10 gun
Ammunition350 rounds

The LCS(L)(3) has access to a single 76 mm Mk 10 gun as its secondary armament. The Mk 10 gun is a decent secondary armament, being capable of crippling or outright destroying many coastal ships with a single hit. However, this gun is a 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.

Anti-aircraft armament

4 х Turret2 x 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

The LCS(L)(3) has access to four dual 20 mm Oerlikon cannons. 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 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.

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Two twin mounted 40 mm guns can decimate small vessels and torpedo boats
  • Secondary 76 mm gun has VT-fuse shell. If you use it correctly, you could counter enemy bombers trying to drop torpedoes
  • Decent crew count, able to resist small vessels
  • Does not hull break

Cons:

  • Rather sluggish, the slowest boat in its rank, on par with SF40, torpedo and bomber is a large threat
  • Wooden structure, very vulnerable to fire, the crew get knocked out quickly if you are on fire

History

During World War II, the American military took a big gamble on landing naval infantry and armour – the Americans used the strategy of quickly capturing coastline using landing ships in all three theaters of war. The landing ships and boats themselves had light armaments and could not fully cover their marines during landings, so the question arose about the creation of a small maneuverable gunboat with enough firepower to support naval landings against enemy infantry, lightly armoured fortifications and fire positions. The LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) designs were used as a basis, with the addition of a 76 mm gun with an armour screen, two twin 40 mm cannons and four twin 20 mm machine guns. The powertrain remained the same as on the LCI – two sets of four engines with 225 hp each, with a total power output of 1800 hp. The artillery ship's maximum speed was 16 knots. The gunboat was designated LCS (L) – Landing Craft Support (Large). It took just 10 days to prepare such a ship from the landing platform. It could escort its landing party and support it with fire along the coast, and work as an anti-aircraft vessel or provide a smokescreen for the actions of larger ships. The LCS gunboat's baptism of fire was in the battle for Okinawa. It was later used in operations on the Pacific Ocean. After the end of World War II, the US used these ships in the Korean War and Vietnam, and provided them to allies.

- From Devblog

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See also

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External links


Albina Engine and Machine Works Inc.
Landing Craft Support (Large) 
Landing Craft Support (Large) Mark 3  LCS(L)(3)

USA boats
Motor torpedo boats  PT-3 · PT-810 · PT-811 · PT-20 · PT-103 · PT-109 · PT-314 · Thunderbolt (PT-556)
  PT-565 · PT-200 · PT-71 · PT-6
Motor gun boats  PTF-7 · PT-59 · USS Tucumcari
Motor torpedo gun boats  USS Asheville · LCS(L)(3) · USS Candid