USS Detroit

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This page is about the American light cruiser USS Detroit. For other Omaha-class cruisers, see Omaha (Family).
USS Detroit
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USS Detroit
AB RB SB
5.0 5.0 5.0
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Description

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".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel76 / 76 / 38 mm
Main fire tower6 / 6 / 6 mm
Hull25 mm (steel)
Superstructure8 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement9 150 t
Crew458 people

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Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB73 / 29 km/h
RB63 / 25 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 73 29
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 63 25

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB900 Sl icon.png
RB900 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts310 000 Sl icon.png
Aces700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces790 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 300 / 400 / 50 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 154 / 154 / 154 % 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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Shrapnel Protection
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Ventilation
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New Pumps
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Ammo Wetting
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76 mm AP
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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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Torpedo Mode
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Hydroplane

Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret2 x 6 inch/53 Mk.12 cannon
Ammunition400 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 30°
6 х Turret6 inch/53 Mk.12 cannon
Ammunition200 rounds
Vertical guidance-10° / 20°

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.

Secondary armament

7 х Turret3-inch Mark 10 gun
Ammunition100 rounds

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.

Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret4 x 1.1 inch/75 Mk.1 automatic gun
Ammunition7800 rounds
Belt capacity65 rounds
Fire rate150 shots/min
10 х Turret20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

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.

Additional armament

Setup 16 x 533 mm steam turbined Mk.15 torpedo
Main article: Mk.15 (533 mm)

The ship has a pair of torpedo launchers, but their poor placement and poor torpedoes makes them a poor choice to use.

Scout plane

Main article: SOC-1

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

Pros:

  • Shell rooms are located deep beneath waterline, and rear shell room is also covered by fuel tanks
  • All six forward main guns can fire towards bow direction
  • Two scout seaplanes
  • 76 mm guns have HE-VT shells

Cons:

  • When firing on one broadside, the single-gun turrets draw ammo from shared ready racks, so they maintain fast-firing longer than the twin-gun turrets, resulting in unsynchronized firing pattern
  • Poor armour

History

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See also

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  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Bethlehem Steel Corporation
Gun Destroyers (DD) 
Porter-class  USS Phelps · USS Moffett
Fletcher-class  USS Cowell
Destroyer Leaders (DL) 
Mitscher-class  USS Wilkinson
Cruiser, Light (CL) 
Omaha-class  USS Raleigh · USS Detroit
Heavy Cruisers (CA) 
Northampton-class  USS Northampton
Portland-class  USS Portland
Baltimore-class  USS Baltimore · USS Pittsburgh

USA light cruisers
Omaha-class  USS Detroit · USS Raleigh · USS Trenton
Atlanta-class  USS Atlanta
Cleveland-class  USS Cleveland
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
Motor gun boats  USS Douglas
Sub-chasers  Carmi (PC-466)
Destroyers  USS Welborn C. Wood · USS Wilkinson · USS Bennion · USS Cowell · USS Davis · USS Moffett · USS Phelps
Light cruisers  USS Detroit · USS Helena