USS Raleigh

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

The Omaha-class, USS Raleigh (CL-7), 1942 is a rank III American light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

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

With barely even anti-fragmentation armour, this ship is a sitting duck to all ships at its BR. Expected to fight battleships, it is arguably one of the worst ship at its rank in terms of stopping damage, as its moderate crew, poor turn radius, and massive un-armoured side, makes it a sitting duck to anything that sails its way, barring some destroyers and smaller vessels.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB73 / 29 km/h
RB63 / 25 km/h
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 costBasic → Reference
AB4 690 → 6 354 Sl icon.png
RB6 410 → 8 685 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications45 500 Rp icon.png
97 500 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 300 Ge icon.png
Crew training55 000 Sl icon.png
Experts190 000 Sl icon.png
Aces700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces390 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
280 / 420 / 100 % Sl icon.png
154 / 154 / 154 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
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Cost:
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Rudder Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
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Cost:
4 900 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
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Cost:
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260 Ge icon.png
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Tool Set
Research:
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Cost:
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Fire Protection System
Research:
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Cost:
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Smokescreen
Research:
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Cost:
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
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Cost:
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Ventilation
Research:
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Cost:
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New Pumps
Research:
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Cost:
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Ammo Wetting
Research:
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Cost:
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76 mm AP
Research:
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Cost:
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
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76 mm HE-RF
Research:
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Cost:
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Improved Rangefinder
Research:
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Cost:
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Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
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Cost:
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Torpedo Mode
Research:
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Cost:
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Hydroplane
Research:
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Cost:
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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 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 Turret2 x 40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 1 gun
Ammunition4000 rounds
Belt capacity4 rounds
Fire rate156 shots/min
12 х Turret20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition1800 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

The Raleigh is equipped with two dual 40 mm Bofors mounts and twelve 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 does have 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 amidships 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

The USS Raleigh is mostly used for lower-level support for late and early-tier destroyers once the enemy team has early light cruisers. But the ship is much of a 50/50, as it may face late and early-tier destroyers along with same-tier light cruisers, but it will sometimes be uptiered to fight battles against cruisers such as the Cleveland, Prinz Eugen, and Mogami, having very little chance besides torpedoes to fight back.

The ship's main armament is powerful against lightly-armoured enemies and light cruisers, but the ship's guns turn slowly, and the ship only has five turrets (three broadside, two turrets) to fight on one side, and has a slow reload rate at stock. Once the ship is completely spaded out, it will perform better, but not much of a dangerous targets to late-tier cruisers.

The secondary armament is somewhat of an upgrade besides 37 mm and 40 mm AA guns, as the eight 76 mm 3-inch Mark 10 guns are good for anti-aircraft defense and come with HE-VT shells, capable of dealing with heavier aircraft. But the downside is that the range is slightly better than a regular autocannon, as its range is short and won't shoot well against heavily armoured aircraft. The guns sometimes will not detect aircraft, and because the calibre of the gun is not great for early-war cruisers, the 76 mm guns will not be winning anti-aircraft awards. You can carry mostly HE-VT for aircraft, but should also carry regular HE for incoming torpedo boats.

Anti-aircraft weaponry is a upgrade to the earlier USS Trenton(CL-11), as the ship removed one Chicago Piano in exchange for eight 20 mm Oerlikon guns, which does slightly add anti-aircraft effectiveness, but does little against incoming aircraft. The Raleigh's anti-aircraft weaponry is better than the Trenton's weaponry by a long run, but falls short due to low ammunition

The final weapon of the Raleigh is the six Mk.15 torpedoes split into two three-tube launchers on both sides near the rear broadside guns. The Mk.15 torpedo is mediocre in the game on U.S ships, because of their range and speed, which is doubled with improved torpedo modifications. Once enemy cruisers better protected than you try to engage you, it is recommended to try and launch two torpedoes as a test salvo to predict their movements. Once a torpedo hits a vital section of the ship such as the engine or rudder, use three more torpedoes to sink the enemy ship, and if the enemy is still standing, use the main guns to finish the enemy.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Powerful 6-inch guns can wreak havoc on any opponent.
  • Decent armour, due to being a cruiser.
  • Better AA defences than the USS Trenton (CL-11) at close range.
  • Two scout seaplanes.

Cons:

  • Rather slow compared to destroyers.
  • Armour will not protect you from torpedoes.
  • Not the best AA at medium to long range.

History

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Media

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See also

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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