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USS Tucumcari (PGH-2)
us_tucumcari_pgh2.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/3.3/3.3BR
13 peopleCrew
56.8 tDisplacement
Primary armament
40 mm Bofors L/60 Mark 3 gunTurret
2 200 roundsAmmunition
500 roundsBelt capacity
160 shots/minFire rate
Secondary armament
2 x 12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun2 x Turret
4 800 roundsAmmunition
200 roundsBelt capacity
577 shots/minFire rate
Anti-aircraft armament
81 mm Mk 2 mortarTurret
100 roundsAmmunition
Economy
75 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
250 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png/5 000 / 6 340/3 910 / 4 957Repair
72 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
250 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
× (166) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle

Description

GarageImage PGH-2.jpg


The USS Tucumcari (PGH-2) is a rank II American motor gun boat with a battle rating of 3.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.79 "Project X" as part of the fleet closed beta test.

General info

Survivability and armour

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Mobility

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Armament

Primary armament

  • One 40mm Bofors L/60 gun (2,200 rounds)

Secondary armament

  • Two Browning M2 12.7mm (0.50 calibre) machine guns (4000 rounds)
  • One 81 mm mortar (100 rounds)

Anti-aircraft armament

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Usage in battles

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Modules

Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 40 mm HE clips .50 AP belt Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System 40 mm AP clips .50 APIT belt
III Propeller Replacement Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Smokescreen Artillery Support

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good top speed overall
  • Has a powerful 40 mm gun
  • Good manoeuvrability

Cons:

  • Overall armament is rather light
  • When at top speed, the bottom of the hull is exposed, due to the whole ship riding above the water, save the hydrofoil attachments
  • Very light anti-aircraft armament, allowing planes to get really close to her before dropping their ordnance

History

The USS Tucumcari, named after the city in New Mexico, was a hydrofoil boat developed by the Boeing company in the late 1960s to test a decade’s worth of hydrofoil research and development. She was a true state-of-the-art ship, sporting the latest in hydrofoil technology, electronics and a powerful gas turbine engine. All of this granted the ship an excellent top speed and maneuverability, whilst also allowing it to seamlessly traverse even rough waters. USS Tucumcari was delivered and commissioned to the U.S. Navy in March 1968.

In her early service life, Tucumcari was thoroughly tested in the Pacific waters off the American west coast, performing various patrol missions and taking part in fleet exercises. Following this, the ship was sent on its first combat missions to Vietnam, taking part in Operation Market Time. There, Tucumcari managed to successfully prove her effectiveness in combat conditions with positive remarks on her performance.

After her return to the United States in 1970, she was transferred to the Atlantic Fleet before being sent off on a European demonstration tour in 1971. Throughout the tour, USS Tucumcari visited several European (NATO) countries including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Greece and Turkey, in an effort to demonstrate the capability of hydrofoil propulsion to other NATO members.

USS Tucumcari returned to the States once more in October 1971 and resumed with, among others, coastal patrol duties with the U.S. Coast Guard. In November 1972 however, the ship was severely damaged after running aground on a coral reef at full speed during a simulated combat mission off the coast of Puerto Rico. Due to the excessive damage, it was deemed uneconomical to recover and repair the ship. Thus, USS Tucumcari was struck off the Naval Register in November 1973 and was subsequently taken apart for scraps.

- From Devblog

Media

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See also

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  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


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)