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Rank VI Israel | Premium | Golden Eagles
Merkava Mk.2D Pack
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The Higgins 78 ft PT-658 is a premium gift rank III American motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Direct Hit" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season V, "River Hunter".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Hull40 mm (wood)
Superstructure15 mm (wood)
Number of section3
Displacement58 t
Crew17 people

The survivability of the PT-658 is the same as most other small coastal vessels: if you get hit, it's going to hurt. The wooden construction and lack of dedicated armour on the boat makes for a short lifespan while under fire if not approached carefully. The best way to maximize your odds is hide behind islands, outcroppings, or other form of cover until an unaware victim has passed. Captains should also remember that large calibre shells may destroy the vessel outright with a single direct hit, making even the weakest destroyer a valid threat.

Ammunition on the PT-658 is stored in two locations; one cache below the forward 37 mm cannon and the other below the 40 mm cannon. This often means that when an opponent is aiming to knock out your two main armaments they may detonate your ammo.


Speedforward / back
AB104 / 23 km/h
RB74 / 16 km/h

PT boats in general have excellent mobility, and the PT-658 is no exception to this rule. It combines superb acceleration, excellent manoeuvrability in tight spaces, and an above average top speed to make for an excellent early game capture point taker.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 104 23
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 74 16

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB620 Sl icon.png
RB620 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
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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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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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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Depth Charges
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Rocket Launcher
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Artillery Support


Primary armament

Turret40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3 gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate160 shots/min
Vertical guidance-7° / 88°
Turret37 mm AN-M4 cannon
Ammunition900 rounds
Belt capacity30 rounds
Fire rate150 shots/min
Vertical guidance-6° / 30°

The primary armament of the PT-658 consists of two main cannons of differing calibres. The first is a forward-mounted 37 mm AN-M4 and the second is a rear-mounted 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3. These two weapons can knock out most coastal vessels with a few sustained volleys and can easily cripple aircraft with a single hit or two hits. Keeping this is mind allows for aggressive attacks with overwhelming firepower.

Secondary armament

2 х Turret20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

Some ships are fitted with weapons of various calibres. Secondary armaments are defined as weapons chosen with the control Select secondary weapon. Evaluate the secondary armaments and give advice on how to use them. Describe the ammunition available for the secondary armament. Provide recommendations on how to use them and which ammunition to choose. Remember that any anti-air armament, even heavy calibre weapons, belong in the next section. If there is no secondary armament, remove this section.

Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret2 x 12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate577 shots/min
Main article: AN-M2 (12.7 mm)

An important part of the ship's armament responsible for air defence. Anti-aircraft armament is defined by the weapon chosen with the control Select anti-aircraft weapons. Talk about the ship's anti-air cannons and machine guns, the number of guns and their positions, their effective range, and about their overall effectiveness – including against surface targets. If there are no anti-aircraft armaments, remove this section.

Additional armament

Setup 14 x 569 mm Mk.13 torpedo
Setup 22 x Mk.6 depth charge
Setup 34 x 569 mm Mk.13 torpedo
2 x Mk.6 depth charge
Setup 416 x 127 mm Mk.7 rocket
Setup 54 x 569 mm Mk.13 torpedo
2 x 127 mm Mk.7 rocket
Setup 64 x 569 mm Mk.13 torpedo
2 x 127 mm Mk.7 rocket
2 x Mk.6 depth charge

Describe the available additional armaments of the ship: depth charges, mines, torpedoes. Talk about their positions, available ammunition and launch features such as dead zones of torpedoes. If there is no additional armament, remove this section.

Usage in battles

Describe the technique of using this ship, the characteristics of her use in a team and tips on strategy. Abstain from writing an entire guide – don't try to provide a single point of view, but give the reader food for thought. Talk about the most dangerous opponents for this vehicle and provide recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of playing with this vehicle in various modes (AB, RB, SB).

Pros and cons


  • Punches well above its weight in the firepower category
  • Excellent overall manoeuvrability in all situations
  • Small silhouette allows for effective sneak attacks


  • Complete glass cannon, will easily get destroyed by sustained enemy fire
  • Rockets have little practical use


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the ship;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links

Higgins Industries Ships
Patrol Torpedo Boats (PT) 
81' PT Prototype  PT-6
78' PT  PT-71 · PT-200 · PT-658 · MTB-422*
  *PT-92 in UK service

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
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