Higgins 81 ft PT-6

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Higgins 81 ft PT-6
Higgins 81 ft PT-6
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The Higgins 81 ft PT-6 is a reserve rank I American motor torpedo boat with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.

The PT-6 is the first vehicle of the American naval collection. It is a basic torpedo boat that can hold its own against other reserve rank boats but lacks the firepower to engage heavy targets.

General info

Survivability and armour

The Higgins 81 ft PT-6 has no armour beyond its 40 mm hull and 15 mm superstructure. The rear of the boat is most vulnerable as most high penetrating rounds such as the Oerlikon Mk.II 20 mm on the 80 ft Nasty or the 20 mm MG C/30 automatic cannon on the R-boot R-41 will easily penetrate or do significant damage to the torpedo bays located here. The ammunition magazine for the frontal turrets lay directly behind them but are often not worth focusing on to protect.

Red box outlines vulnerable areas on the Higgins 81 ft PT-6 and every captain should avoid exposing these segments of the boat to the enemy for extended periods of time.

The crew positioning is fairly centralized towards the middle-front of the boat. The radio station often lays beneath the water and is directly below the main turrets. The main turrets will often be the last compartment of the boat to be damaged due to their smaller hitboxes. The Higgins has 17 crewmembers and can continue to survive with a minimum of five if the crew is aced and the Crew Interchangeability stat is maxed out.

Engine compartments lay towards the middle back of the boat beneath the torpedo tubes. Fuel tanks are placed at the back of the Higgins.


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Primary armament

Main article: AN-M2 (12.7 mm)

The PT-6 has 2 turrets placed on either side of the cockpit with one M2 Browning each.

Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.8-3 C/D

There are two 533mm torpedo launchers placed in the rear of the boat. They are aimed to fire in the direction of travel and are fired by launching the torpedo to the rear. The torpedo must travel a minimum of 50m in order to arm prior to contact with enemy vessel.

Special armament

Main article: Mk.6 depth charge

When researched you can equip 4 Mk.6 depth charges. They are located at the stern of the boat between the torpedo tubes.

Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set .50 AP belt
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System .50 APIT belt
III Propeller Replacement Primary Armament Targeting Depth Charges
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Smokescreen Artillery Support

Pros and cons

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  • Good armament for a reserve ship
  • Vast amounts of ammo for the machine guns.
  • Good top speed
  • Good maneuverability
  • Can equip depth charges, unlike most other enemies at its rank


  • As with all PT boats, armor is not very good
  • Only two machine guns; makes it hard to engage heavier targets.
  • LS's and G-5s are faster in straight-line speed


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See also

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USA boats
Motor torpedo boats  58 ft PT-3 · 89 ft PT-810 · 94 ft PT-811 · Elco 77 ft PT-20 · Elco 80 ft PT-103 · Elco 80 ft PT-109 · Elco 80 ft PT-314 · Elco 80 ft PT-556
  Elco 80 ft PT-565 · Higgins 78 ft PT-200 · Higgins 78 ft PT-71 · Higgins 81 ft PT-6
Motor gun boats  80 ft Nasty · Elco 77 ft PT-59 · PGH-2
Motor torpedo gun boats  Asheville (PGM-84) · LCS(L)(3)