Higgins 81 ft PT-6
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.
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.
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.
The mobility of the Higgins 81 ft PT-6 torpedo boat is very good. When all modifications are purchased it has a top speed of 67 kp/h in RB (Realistic Battles) and 93 kp/h in AB (Arcade battles). As with most torpedo boats, the best use for this craft is to engage heavier vessels with torpedos. It is recommended for players to use the mobility of the Higgins 81 ft to line up a good torpedo shot at a larger enemy vessel and then break away to safety. Always try to avoid unnecessary risks due to the very vulnerable wood superstructure and hull of the Higgins 81 ft PT-6 torpedo boat.
Modifications and economy
The PT-6 has 2 turrets placed on either side of the cockpit with one M2 Browning each.
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.
When researched you can equip 4 Mk.6 depth charges. They are located at the stern of the boat between the torpedo tubes.
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Usage in battles
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|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
- 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
- Lack of armour means it will get shredded by bigger ships with heavier armaments
- 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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|Higgins Industries Ships|
|Motor Torpedo Boats (PT)|
|81' PT Prototype||Higgins 81 ft PT-6|
|78' PT||Higgins 78 ft PT-71 · Higgins 78 ft PT-200|
|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)|