USS Trenton (CL-11)
The Omaha class, USS Trenton (CL-11) is a rank IV American light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" during the naval closed beta test.
Survivability and armour
The considerable bulk of the Omaha combined with the poor ammunition protection leaves much to be desired. While other first unlock cruisers boast a relatively uniform level of protection across the hull, the Omaha's armour is concentrated around the engines. From a few angles, the fuel storage can absorb AP shots, but as a rule of thumb, it's best to assume the Omaha won't take many hits.
With a top speed of 63 km/h (39 mph) when spaded, the Omaha in part makes up for its lack of protection with comparatively robust mobility. It is still a light cruiser, however, turning and manoeuvring remain an issue.
The USS Trenton (CL-11) utilises the following weapons for primary offensive measures:
- 6 x 152 mm 6 inch/53 Mk.12 cannons (200 rpg = 1,200 total)
- 2 x 152 mm 6 inch/53 Mk.12 (dual-mounted) cannons (400 rpg = 800 total)
Compared to the other 6-inch and 15 cm guns, the Omaha has a good HE round boasting 5.88 kg of explosive filler and a mediocre SAP round. The Omaha lacks base fuse, distant fuse, and variable time fuse HE shells.
The USS Trenton (CL-11) utilises the following weapons for secondary offensive measures:
- 4 x 76 mm (3 in) Mark 10 cannons (500 rpg = 2,000 total)
The 3-inch guns can be brought to bear on small craft and planes alike. They are ineffective against larger targets.
The anti-aircraft capabilities of the USS Trenton (CL-11) include:
- 2 x 28 mm 1,1 inch/75 Mk.1 quad-mounted cannons (7,800 rpg = 15,600 total)
The anti-aircraft protection for targets closer than 2 km is woefully inadequate. Many destroyers are better suited for anti-air defence than this ship.
The USS Trenton (CL-11) can be outfitted with the following torpedoes:
- 6 x 533 mm Mk.15 torpedoes
There are two sets of torpedo launchers with one on each side of the Trenton. As the Trenton usually has to present a large cross-section of the ship to bring its maximum number of guns to bear, there is very little added effort needed to get the torpedoes lined up.
Usage in battles
The Brooklyn performs adequately against destroyers and other light cruisers at 5.0. On larger maps, the top speed can allow the Omaha to cruise ahead of the other light cruisers, although the bulky profile limits your ability to use surprise and concealment. If possible, group yourself with friendly destroyers; your bulk and firepower is an effective counter to 4.7 destroyers like the Somers, Sumner, Tashkent, and Akizuki, and the friendly destroyers can offer a modicum of anti-aircraft protection.
|I||Dry-Docking||Tool Set||6 inch Mk.27 SC||76 mm AP Mk.29||Anti-Air Armament Targeting|
|II||Rudder Replacement||Fire Protection System||Smokescreen||76 mm HE-VT||Auxiliary Armament Targeting|
|III||Propeller Replacement||Ventilation||Shrapnel Protection||Improved Rangefinder||Primary Armament Targeting|
|IV||Engine Maintenance||New Pumps||Ammo Wetting||Torpedo Mode|
Pros and cons
- Excellent HE rounds
- Rear turret is able to rotate 360 degrees, allowing faster response to engagements on either side
- Poor armour layout
- Tall profile makes for an easier target at range
- Anti-aircraft complement is mediocre
In the early 1900s leading up to The Great War, conflicting views and opinions on cruiser design among the U.S. Navy’s top brass led to not a single new vessel of this class being laid down. With the outbreak of hostilities in Europe in 1914 and the later involvement of American forces in the conflict, the U.S. Navy had every opportunity to gather the needed experience for creating a new cruiser design.
Thus, during WW1, numerous design propositions for new cruiser variants and subclasses were developed and assessed. In the end, two designs stood out from the rest; a light cruiser with a displacement of up to 8,000 tons and a heavier battlecruiser weighing up to 46,000 tons. The former of the two designs resulted in the creation of the Omaha-class light cruisers. Despite receiving the Congress’ approval in 1916, the Omaha-class cruisers weren’t put into production before more than two years worth of significant redesigning was done to the ship.
The lead ship of the class, USS Omaha, was laid down in December 1918 followed by 9 further ships of the class seeing completion by 1924. Among her sister ships was also USS Trenton (CL-11), the 8th ship of the class, launched in spring 1923. Trenton, like many American warships of the time, travelled a lot around the globe prior to the outbreak of WW2. She frequently took part in fleet exercises, patrols and manoeuvres in the Atlantic and Pacific, whilst also paying visits to several Mediterranean ports. During the Spanish Civil War, Trenton was also involved in evacuating American citizens from the country as part of a smaller squadron.
During WW2, Trenton and her sister ships were already starting to show their age despite being upgraded several times. Therefore, ships of this class were primarily relegated to theatres where enemy opposition was estimated to be minimal and was assigned with less vital missions such as patrol duties and occasional shoreline bombardments. As such, no Omaha-class cruiser was ever lost in combat, though some were severely damaged, such as USS Raleigh during the Pearl Harbor raid. In the end, all ships of the Omaha-class were decommissioned after the end of WW2 and were subsequently sold for scrap by the late 1940s.
- From Devblog
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