Higgins 81 ft PT-6

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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

Armourfront / side / back
Hull40 mm (wood)
Superstructure15 mm (wood)
Number of section3
Displacement48 t
Crew17 people

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.


Speedforward / back
AB93 / 35 km/h
RB67 / 25 km/h

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

Repair cost
Total cost of modifications3 600 Rp icon.png
160 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost80 Ge icon.png
Crew trainingfree
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces10 Ge icon.png
Research Aces80 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 20 / 100 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
Mods new ship hull.png
450 Rp icon.png
20 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods new ship rudder.png
Rudder Replacement
Mods new ship screw.png
Propeller Replacement
Mods new ship engine.png
Engine Maintenance
Mods ship tool kit.png
Tool Set
Mods manual ship extinguisher.png
Fire Protection System
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
360 Rp icon.png
20 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods new ship pumps.png
New Pumps
720 Rp icon.png
30 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
.50 AP belt
450 Rp icon.png
20 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
.50 APIT belt
360 Rp icon.png
20 Sl icon.png
40 Ge icon.png
Mods new main caliber turrets.png
Primary Armament Targeting
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Depth Charges
540 Rp icon.png
20 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
720 Rp icon.png
30 Sl icon.png
70 Ge icon.png


Primary armament

2 х Turret12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate577 shots/min
Vertical guidance-6° / 60°
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.

Additional armament

Setup 12 x 533 mm Mk.8-3 C/D torpedo
Setup 24 x Mk.6 depth charge
Setup 32 x 533 mm Mk.8-3 C/D torpedo
4 x Mk.6 depth charge

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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


  • 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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See also

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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

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)