USS Roanoke

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USS Roanoke
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USS Roanoke
AB RB SB
6.0 6.0 6.0
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Description

The Worcester-class light cruisers are the final class of "gun cruiser" built for the United States Navy, being laid down just a few months before the end of World War II. The class was, in concept, built as a distinctive hybrid between the Cleveland-class and Atlanta/Juneau-class light cruiser, featuring twelve 6-inch guns mounted in six twin turrets arranged in linear configuration. Each 6-inch gun was intended to be dual-purpose, and as such they were housed inside a turret with high elevation and firing angles to engage air targets, not dissimilar with the 5-inch dual-purpose guns onboard the Cleveland and Atlanta. However, with the advent of guided anti-ship and surface-to-air missile, the Worcester-class, along with its heavier counterpart the Des Moines-class, were considered obsolete. Out of ten original ships ordered, only two ships; Worcester and Roanoke were completed. Neither saw any action during their relatively short 11-year career before being decommissioned in 1958.

Introduced in Update "Air Superiority", the Worcester-class, USS Roanoke (CL-145), 1949 features an alternative take on the "gun cruiser" design of the Cleveland and Brooklyn, featuring twelve 6-inch guns that were capable of engaging surface and air targets. As the ship is optimized for anti-air duties using her 6-inch guns, she lacked the 5-inch dual-purpose guns that were a common feature of American cruisers, thus captains may often find her dedicated air defense to be somewhat lacklustre. Nevertheless, once the HE-VT shell options are unlocked, the Roanoke is capable of easily eliminating both ground and air targets, even at longer ranges.

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel102 / 127 / 89 mm
Main fire tower165 / 76 / 51 mm
Hull16 mm (steel)
Superstructure17 mm (steel)
Number of section8
Displacement18 500 t
Crew1 799 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB71 / 25 km/h
RB61 / 22 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 71 25
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 61 22

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB13 238 → 17 169 Sl icon.png
RB13 205 → 17 126 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications173 300 Rp icon.png
274 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 000 Ge icon.png
Crew training140 000 Sl icon.png
Experts490 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 500 Ge icon.png
Research Aces670 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
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190 / 190 / 190 % 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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Damage Control Division
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Fire Division
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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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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
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76 mm HE-RF
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Primary Armament Targeting
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Improved Rangefinder
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Armament

Primary armament

6 х Turret2 x 6 inch/47 DP Mk.16 cannon
Ammunition804 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 78°

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Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
1,000 m 2,500 m 5,000 m 7,500 m 10,000 m 15,000 m
Mk.34 HC HE 49 49 49 49 49 49
Mk.35 AP APCBC 266 230 182 146 120 96
Mk.34 HC-VT HE-VT 49 49 49 49 49 49
Shell details
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warhead
Velocity
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Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
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Ricochet
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Mk.34 HC HE 812 47.6 0 0.1 5,880 79° 80° 81°
Mk.35 AP APCBC 762 58.9 0.03 7 866.32 48° 63° 71°
Proximity-fused shell details
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Mk.34 HC-VT HE-VT 812 47.6 0 0.1 874 23 5,880 79° 80° 81°

Secondary armament

11 х Turret2 x 3 inch/50 Mk.33 cannon
Ammunition3000 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Fire rate50 shots/min
2 х Turret3-inch/50 Mk.34 gun
Ammunition1500 rounds
Belt capacity150 rounds
Fire rate50 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.

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
100 m 1,000 m 2,000 m 3,000 m 4,000 m 5,000 m
HC Mk.27 HE 8 8 8 8 8 8
Shell details
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warhead
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mass (kg)
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Ricochet
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HC Mk.27 HE 823 5.9 0 0.1 500 79° 80° 81°
Proximity-fused shell details
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mass (kg)
Fuse delay
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Fuse sensitivity
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distance (m)
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radius (m)
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Ricochet
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AA Mk.31 HE-VT 823 5.85 0 0.1 548 15 352.8 79° 80° 81°

Anti-aircraft armament

8 х Turret2 x 20 mm/70 Oerlikon Mk.II autocannon
Ammunition3600 rounds
Belt capacity60 rounds
Fire rate450 shots/min

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.

Usage in battles

While having good firepower, the survivability of the USS Roanoke is rather poor, mostly owing to its ammo placement. Not only is its magazine huge, but the number 1, 3, and 4 turrets have ammo placed right at the waterline, in contrast to most other ships that have their ammo stored at the bottom of the hull. The 127mm armour belt won't stop any AP shells at this BR or higher, so even a single salvo from an enemy cruiser is very likely to cause instant destruction from an ammo detonation. Therefore, the USS Roanoke should avoid the most heated confrontations, instead helping allies take out isolated enemies, aircraft or small, nimble boats and destroyers, a job it does well thanks to its radar and fast rangefinder. If forced into combat against enemies of equal or greater rank, the USS Roanoke should try to have hard cover or allies nearby to hide behind. Even shallow cover like low-lying islands can be helpful; as long as the vulnerable magazines near the waterline are hidden, the USS Roanoke will become just as durable as other cruisers at this BR.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Twelve fast-firing 6-inch guns in six turrets, thus being able to keep more firepower in case some were disabled
  • Main guns has very good handling and elevation, capable of engaging surface and air targets
  • Very well protected for a light cruiser, with layer of anti-frag armour and thick citadel armour along the length of the ship
  • Numerous 3-inch AA guns are effective at harrassing deck mounts and countering PT boats
  • Generally fast and manoeuvrable despite the size
  • Has an air search radar and fast rangefinding system

Cons:

  • Very large in size, can be easily spotted and targeted
  • Six turrets in linear configuration resulting in a huge ammo rack size, any shot that went through citadel are likely to detonate it
  • Much like other American cruiser, it has no torpedo armaments
  • Lack of 5-inch dual-purposes guns resulting into mediocre anti-air capability while stock, forcing the usage of 6-inch guns to manually engage air targets

History

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Media

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See also

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New York Shipbuilding Corporation
Gun Destroyers (DD) 
Porter-class  USS Porter
Cruiser, Light (CL) 
Cleveland-class  USS Cleveland
Fargo-class  USS Fargo
Worcester-class  USS Roanoke
Large Cruisers (CB) 
Alaska-class  USS Alaska
Battleships (BB) 
Wyoming-class  USS Arkansas

USA light cruisers
Omaha-class  USS Detroit · USS Raleigh · USS Trenton
Atlanta-class  USS Atlanta
Brooklyn-class  USS Brooklyn · USS Helena
Cleveland-class  USS Cleveland
Fargo-class  USS Fargo
Worcester-class  USS Roanoke