|This page is about the American light cruiser USS Detroit. For other Omaha-class cruisers, see Omaha (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armament
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Omaha-class, USS Detroit (CL-8), 1942 is a premium gift rank III American light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update "Red Skies" as a reward for Battle Pass: Season IV, "Fearless Voltigeur".
Survivability and armour
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Modifications and economy
The one saving grace of this ship is its 6 inch artillery. Powerful enough to obliterate most destroyers in a few well placed hits, it unfortunately has a poor reload rate, and an even worse traverse rate. This vessel is essentially a support ship for more powerful ships in its BR range.
The 3 inch (76 mm) cannons do have HE-VT shells, meaning that they can ward off planes and ships, but only at close range.
The Raleigh is equipped with one Chicago Piano mount and eight single-mount Oerlikon cannons. This provides some decent AA cover at close range, though it certainly isn't winning any awards for defensive firepower. It is better to simply stay close to AA ships and destroyers for some extra protection.
The ship has a pair of torpedo launchers, but their poor placement and poor torpedoes makes them a poor choice to use.
Located on the stern are two catapults with one SOC-1 scout plane each which provide unique offensive and defensive abilities, expanding tactical options. Ship-launched scout planes fly just like regular tree units but lack munition choices and cockpit views. Alongside the typical abilities of strafing, dropping 2 x 100 lb bombs, and capping zones, the SOC-1 and other scout planes have the added ability to lay down smoke cover (up to 3 times). Captains will be wise to remember to utilise the aircraft and consider when best to use it, for example to cap a point early or late in the match, to create a smoke screen to stymie enemy bombardment and repair, to attack enemy units directly, or perhaps something completely new! With two scout planes one can risk a cap attempt at the beginning of the match, saving the second for any opportunity that presents itself.
Usage in battles
While using the USS Detroit, try to exploit its mobility advantage and flank around the map. Use cover to make up for the subpar armour of the ship. When playing this ship, make sure you avoid higher-tier cruisers like IJN Mogami, HMS London or Admiral Hipper and go for destroyers and lower-tier cruisers.
Pros and cons
- Above average mobility (63 km/h)
- Decent firepower
- Two scout seaplanes
- Anti-aircraft armament struggles to land hits
- Poor armour
- Low crew count
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|Bethlehem Steel Corporation|
|Gun Destroyers (DD)|
|Porter-class||USS Phelps · USS Moffett|
|Destroyer Leaders (DL)|
|Cruiser, Light (CL)|
|Omaha-class||USS Raleigh · USS Detroit|
|Heavy Cruisers (CA)|
|Baltimore-class||USS Baltimore · USS Pittsburgh|
|USA light cruisers|
|Omaha-class||USS Detroit · USS Raleigh · USS Trenton|
|Brooklyn-class||USS Brooklyn · USS Helena|
|USA premium ships|
|Motor torpedo boats||PT-3 · PT-109 · PT-174 · Thunderbolt (PT-556) · PT-658 · PT-811|
|Destroyers||USS Welborn C. Wood · USS Wilkinson · USS Bennion · USS Cowell · USS Davis · USS Moffett · USS Phelps|
|Light cruisers||USS Detroit · USS Helena|