USS Baltimore

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USS Baltimore
USS Baltimore
AB RB SB
5.7 5.7 5.7
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Description

The Baltimore-class,USS Baltimore (CA-68), 1943 is a gift rank V American heavy cruiser with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Hot Tracks" as a reward for the 2020 Operation W.I.N.T.E.R. event.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel152 / 152 / 64 mm
Main fire tower203 / 83 / 37 mm
Hull19 mm (steel)
Superstructure17 mm (steel)
Number of section0
Displacement17 031 t
Crew1 560 people

Baltimore does not have as much armour as a Hipper-class heavy cruiser, it is somewhat on par with IJN counterparts such as the Mogami.

Having lots of AA also means lots of crew. However, lots of crew can also be lost due to the AA being repeatedly destroyed. It is not recommended to repair the ship unless major damage has been sustained.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB0 / 0 km/h
RB0 / 0 km/h

Baltimore's speed is a bit slower than other heavy cruisers. Her agility is better however.

She is unlikely to evade a torpedo, but being a heavy cruiser, she should survive a hit or two.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 0 0
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 0 0

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB16 850 → 21 854 Sl icon.png
RB20 120 → 26 095 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications298 000 Rp icon.png
442 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training230 000 Sl icon.png
Experts790 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 800 Ge icon.png
Research Aces780 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
450 / 600 / 100 % Sl icon.png
202 / 202 / 202 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
34 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods manual ship extinguisher.png
Fire Protection System
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Smokescreen
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
34 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods ship ammo wetting.png
Ammo Wetting
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
34 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
203mm_us_mk21_navy_ap_ammo_pack
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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203mm_us_mk25_navy_hc_ammo_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
127mm_usa_mk46_special_common_sap_ammo_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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127mm_usa_mk31_aavt_radio_fuse_ammo_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods new main caliber turrets.png
Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
18 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods he frag base fuse tank.png
203mm_us_mk17_navy_special_common_ammo_pack
Research:
23 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
34 000 Sl icon.png
560 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

Baltimore, being a WW2 US cruiser, shoots super-heavy AP shells out of her 203 mm guns. These shells are heavier than others, weighing over 150 kg. Most other nations' shells weigh usually 110 kg. This gives them a longer flight time, but a steeper angle. The idea was that, at long ranges, the shells would penetrate battleship's decks from above instead of hitting the much thicker side armour.

Secondary armament

Her secondaries are found on most WW2 US ships. Dual purpose, dual 127 mm turrets. She has six of them. Those turrets are her first line of defence against PT boats and aircraft.

Anti-aircraft armament

As with most WW2 US ships, AA armament is where she shines. Compared to a Cleveland-class light cruiser, Baltimore has many more 40 mm Bofors emplacements. She has twelve quadruple 40 mm Bofors turrets, and twenty-four 20 mm Oerlikon single guns. This is much stronger than what could be mounted on light cruisers, giving her awesome close range firepower.

Unlike the Cleveland-class, she cannot fire Variable Time-Fuse shells out of her main guns, giving her slightly less long range AA power compared to a Cleveland.

Usage in battles

Baltimore feels right at home when protecting allies from aircraft. Her 203 mm guns have a difficult time killing dreadnoughts, she should shoot first at other cruisers and destroyers.

Her super-heavy 203 mm shells are useful to shoot above islands while avoiding incoming fire.

She can count on close range AA to protect her from most air attacks while staying near islands.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Amazing AA defences
  • Super-heavy AP shells
  • Large crew
  • Much better fire rate than other American heavy cruisers

Cons:

  • Fire rate of 4 rounds per minute is still rather slow

History

USS Baltimore (CA-68) anchored at Guantanamo Bay in 1943.

USS Baltimore (CA-68) was the lead ship of her class of heavy cruisers built for the United States during the Second World War. Based on the preceding unique heavy cruiser Wichita, the Baltimores were extremely heavily armed and carried a potent anti-aircraft armament, though like all other American cruisers, they lacked torpedo armament. Baltimore saw extensive service in the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War, and carried Franklin D. Roosevelt to his meeting with American military leaders at Pearl Harbour. After the war, she was reduced to reserve, but reactivated for the Korean War. Despite false allegations by the North Koreans that Baltimore had been sunk by North Korean G-5 torpedo boats, she was actually reduced to reserve, and scrapped by 1973.

Design and development

The Baltimore class was designed to be a successor to the previous Pensacola, Northampton, Portland and New Orleans classes. The ship’s design was based off of the USS Wichita, a unique heavy cruiser built just before the outbreak of hostilities. The hull itself was also extremely similar to the hull of the Cleveland class, a class of light cruiser that was then under construction. Superficially, the Baltimores look extremely similar to the Clevelands, but carried a heavier main armament. Built to this specification, the USS Baltimore was laid down in May of 1941, and commissioned after the start of the war in April of 1943.

Baltimore was 205 metres long and displaced almost 14000 tons standard, making her considerably heavier than her predecessors. Her main armament consisted of nine 8-inch (203 mm) guns in three triple turrets, the same layout as the preceding cruiser classes. However, Baltimore carried a significantly-improved secondary and anti-aircraft armament suite, composed of twelve 5-inch (127 mm) guns in six dual mounts, 48 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns in 12 quad mounts, and 24 Oerlikon anti-aircraft guns in single mounts. Powered by steam turbines delivering 120 000 shaft horsepower, she was capable of making 33 knots (61 km/h).

Operational history

Following her commissioning in 1943, Baltimore joined the Pacific Fleet and spent October-November 1943 in training off the coast of California. Between November 1943 and June of 1944, Baltimore was part of a coastal bombardment force that provided fire support at the Makin Islands, Kwajalein and Truk landings. During this time, the force made great use of Baltimore's heavy main guns, proving themselves to be effective coastal bombardment weapons. Baltimore continued to provide this fire support capacity until June of 1944, when she returned to the Continental United States.

After returning to the United States, Baltimore embarked President Franklin D. Roosevelt and transported him to Pearl Harbour, where the president met with Admiral Chester Nimitz and General Douglas MacArthur. After the meeting, Baltimore transported the President to Alaska, and then returned to active duty. She spent the last part of the war providing fire support for American troops at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After the cessation of hostilities, Baltimore joined the “magic carpet fleet” and transported American veterans back to their homeland.

After the war ended, Baltimore joined the reserve fleet at Bremerton, where she stayed until the Korean War started. She was reactivated in 1951 and assigned to the Atlantic fleet, meaning that she did not see service in the Korean theatre. She later represented the United States at the UK Fleet Review of 1953, and spent a short time in the Eastern Theatre before being reduced to reserve again. A North Korean museum claims that the Baltimore was sunk by G-5 Torpedo Boats in 1950, and has an exhibit showing “the actual boat” that sank the Baltimore. In fact, the Baltimore was never in the Korean Theatre during the war, and was scrapped in 1973. Baltimore earned a total of 9 war stars for her service during the Second World War.

Devblog

The development of new heavy cruisers for the US Navy began after the outbreak of World War II. The restrictions of the London and Washington Treaties ceased to be relevant, so the United States enthusiastically began to refine the projects built within the limits of the restrictions. Based on the heavy cruisers of the USS Wichita class, a new cruiser was developed to correct the issues of its predecessor, namely low stability and a shortage of anti-aircraft weapons, and also with improved seaworthiness, protection and range. The lead ship of the new series, the heavy cruiser USS Baltimore, was laid down in 1941. The distinctive features of the new large series of cruisers are extremely powerful and versatile anti-aircraft weapons and an increased hull width for increased stability. The USS Baltimore entered service in 1943 and immediately began performing combat missions in the Pacific. Until the end of World War II, Baltimore was in the midst of naval war, taking part in a number of US operations. After a short "vacation" it was re-commissioned in 1951, but did not take part in the new, Korean War. The ship was decommissioned from service in May 1956.

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See also

Links to articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

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

External links

References

  • Chen, C. (2005, December). Heavy Cruiser Baltimore (CA-68). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://ww2db.com/ship_spec.php?ship_id=165
  • Wertheim, E. (2019, September 02). USS Baltimore (CA-68). Retrieved January 19, 2021, from https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/1996/july/uss-baltimore-ca-68


USA heavy cruisers
Pensacola-class  USS Pensacola
Northampton-class  USS Northampton
Portland-class  USS Portland
New Orleans-class  USS New Orleans
Baltimore-class  USS Baltimore

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