Elco 80 ft PT-556

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Elco 80 ft PT-556 Thunderbolt
General characteristics
12 peopleCrew
61 tDisplacement
3Number of section
40 mm (ship_wood)Hull armor
15 mm (ship_wood)Superstructure armor
Primary armament
20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II cannonTurret
1 800 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
-5° / 60°Vertical guidance
4 x 20 mm Oerlikon Mk.II cannonTurret
7 200 roundsAmmunition
60 roundsBelt capacity
450 shots/minFire rate
-15° / 85°Vertical guidance
Secondary armament
37 mm AN-M4 cannonTurret
420 roundsAmmunition
30 roundsBelt capacity
150 shots/minFire rate
Anti-aircraft armament
2 x 12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun2 x Turret
4 000 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
Additional armament
4 x 569 mm Mk.13 torpedoSetup 1
1 600 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png/2 300/1 980Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
210 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
590 Ge icon.pngAces
148 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
50 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png120 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png


GarageImage Elco 80 ft PT-556.jpg

The Elco 80 ft PT-556 Thunderbolt is a premium rank II American motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.83 "Masters of the Sea" as part of the fleet release into Open Beta Test.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Primary armament

The primary armament consists of quadmounted 20 mm Oerlikon cannons aft and a single one at the front. They are extremely deadly to light targets and aircraft. Both turrets have fast traverse rate and good elevation angles so there should be no problem in engaging aircraft. Short bursts are all it should take to take out any unarmoured targets or aircraft. The ballistics should be familiar from the other PT boats. You should have some trigger discipline because you don't have enough ammunition to "spray and pray". The HE or universal ammunition belt should be used because of the general lack of armour around your battle rating.

Secondary armament

Main article: AN-M4 (37 mm)

The secondary armament on this boat is one 37 mm AN-M4 cannon at the front of the boat. The low rate of fire and low velocity makes it unsuitable for general use but it can save you if your 20 mm cannons are taken out. It is unsuitable for anti-aircraft because of the problems mentioned above and the fact that it has poor elevation angles. The high explosive shells also self-destruct so you can't engage with them past medium ranges. The penetration rates of the armour-piercing shells are on par with the main Oerlikon cannons so you can have it as your backup for armoured targets.

Anti-aircraft armament

Main article: AN-M2 (12.7 mm)

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Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.13 (569 mm)

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Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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See also

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USA boats
Motor Torpedo  Higgins 81 ft PT-6 · Elco 77 ft PT-20 · Higgins 78 ft PT-71 · Elco 80 ft PT-103 · Elco 80 ft PT-109 · 58 ft PT-3
  Elco 80 ft PT-314 · Higgins 78 ft PT-200 · Elco 80 ft PT-565 · 89 ft PT-810
Motor Gun  80 ft Nasty · Elco 77 ft PT-59 · PGH-2 · LCS(L)(3) · Elco 80 ft PT-556 · Asheville (PGM-84)

USA premium ships
MTB  58 ft PT-3 · Elco 80 ft PT-109 · Elco 80 ft PT-556
Sub-chasers  165 ft PC-466 Carmi
Destroyers  Bennion (DD-662) · Cowell (DD-547) · USS Phelps (DD-360)