USS North Dakota (BB-29)
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armament
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The Delaware-class, USS North Dakota (BB-29), 1919 is a rank V American battleship with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "New Power".
Survivability and armour
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Modifications and economy
- 5 x 12-inch/45 Mk.5 cannons
The 12-inch/45 Mk.5 only comes with AP.
- 14 x 5-inch/45 Mk.5 cannons (7 per side). Comes with Common shells stock and an APC round as a tier I modification.
- 2 x 3-inch/50 Mk.10 cannons (1 per side)
The USS North Dakota possess two 533 mm Bliss Leavitt Mk.1 Launchers with 6 torpedoes each, making up a total of 12 torpedoes available to fire.
Usage in battles
Your main goal as a battleship (dreadnaught) in Realistic battles that also include "Naval EC" is to fight and control the battlefield with your high-calibre shells, mainly targeting heavy cruisers and battleships, due to lacking any high-explosive shells. It is not advisable to shoot at light cruisers due to your high penetration armour-piercing shells (487 mm at 1 km). Though you still can shoot at them, however, your effectiveness will go down when compared to shooting at heavy cruisers and battleships. These rounds will still do major damage to the interior of the ship. Stay near allies that can be helpful with taking down enemies larger than heavy cruisers. It is recommended not to be part of the main force to push onto the battlefield, your ship is slower compared to the other ships that you will be fighting, and if a fight goes sour you can easily be overrun and defeated by the enemy due to focus firing while trying to retreat to a more advantageous position.
Stay near friendly ships that can support in the anti-air area, this battleship has very poor anti-air defence capabilities and what little anti-aircraft it does receive are 2 x 3-inch guns. A list of ships to stay near during battles, these ships can support you with a volume of different but strong anti-aircraft support. There are other ships that can support your ship but with the size and speed of this ship, the ships you need to stay by either need, long-range anti-aircraft, or mass of shells anti-aircraft. A good list is below:
- USS Sumner (DD-692)
- USS Phelps (DD-360)
- USS Cleveland (CL-55)
- USS Helena (CL-50)
- USS Northampton (CA-26)
- USS New Orleans (CA-32)
- Type 1936A (Mob)
- Prinz Eugen
- Admiral Hipper
- Admiral Graf Spee
- HMS Arethusa
- HMS Hawkins (D86)
- HMNZS Leander
- HMS York (90)
- HMS London (69)
- IJN Tone
- IJN Suzuya
- IJN Mogami
- IJN Mikuma
Pros and cons
- Large calibre shells
- Can take quite a bit of damage
- Comes with torpedoes for additional firepower
- Lack of anti-aircraft support
- Long reloads
- Lack of high-explosive rounds for the main cannons
- Considered a priority target by opponents due to the high BR and heavy firepower, particularly aircraft
USS North Dakota (BB-29) was the second ship of the two-ship Delaware class of dreadnoughts, built for the United States Navy (USN) prior to the start of the First World War. The ships were an improved version of the preceding South Carolina class, and carried a heavy armament of high-calibre cannons all mounted on the centreline. North Dakota never saw combat action due to the neutrality of the United States, and served in a variety of training roles during and after the First World War. She was later converted into a radio-controlled target ship, and scrapped by 1931 in compliance with the London naval treaty.
Design and development
In 1906, HMS Dreadnought was launched, heralding a new type of super-powerful battleships - the dreadnoughts. The dreadnoughts represented a major shift in naval doctrine, as naval architects had come to favour a larger main battery over a smaller main battery coupled with more secondary guns. As a result, the first American dreadnoughts, the South Carolina class, was launched in 1908. This class featured a variety of innovations, the most important being the positioning of the main battery on the centreline in superfiring pairs - this doctrine was subsequently used by the ships of every major nation. The next class, the Delaware class, continued the trend and mounted a fifth turret. As well, the ship had improved mobility over the dreadfully slow South Carolinas, being capable of making 21 knots. The lead ship, Delaware, was launched in 1909, while the North Dakota was actually launched earlier, in November of 1908.
USS North Dakota displaced 22 400 tons at full load, almost 4000 tons more than the preceding South Carolina class. The ship’s complement consisted of 933 officers and men. Main armament consisted of ten 12-inch (305 mm) guns on five twin turrets - two were located forwards of the superstructure in a superfiring pair while three were located aft, one of them facing forwards in a non-superfiring position. The ship’s secondary armament consisted of fourteen 5-inch (127 mm) guns in casemate mountings, two 3-pdr 47 mm guns, and four 1-pdr 37 mm anti-aircraft guns. The ship also carried two submerged 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes. Powered by steam turbines delivering 25 000 shaft horsepower, North Dakota was capable of making 21 knots (39 km/h) - this later became the standard for all American battleships.
After her commissioning, USS North Dakota fulfilled a variety of training roles and also crossed the Atlantic on her first goodwill voyage to the United Kingdom and France. Following the breakout of war in Europe, North Dakota was assigned to the Atlantic fleet and participated in vigorous training exercises intended to keep sailors ready in the case of an American entry into the First World War. When war was finally declared in 1917, North Dakota remained in the United States, while her sister ship Delaware was sent overseas to fight. As a result, she never saw any active combat. After the end of WWI, North Dakota was used as a training ship for a short period of time before being converted to a radio-controlled target ship. She was eventually scrapped in 1931 after the introduction of the London Naval Treaty.
When the British Dreadnought was built, the United States had been completing their own “all-big-guns” battleship, the South Carolina class. Despite the fact that the new ships were not generally inferior to the British competitor, they were criticized for their small hull size and weak auxiliary artillery.
As a result, the Delaware-class battleships were developed during the mid 1900s. Being larger, better armed and more protected than the preceding South Carolinas, the Delaware-class battleships were ordered for construction and laid down in 1907. The two ships of the class, USS Delaware and USS North Dakota, were both commissioned into service with the USN in April 1910. Although sister ships, USS North Dakota featured a different propulsion system than USS Delaware - namely a steam turbine instead of a traditional steam engine.
Both ships saw only limited action, despite serving through the WWI period. While USS Delaware was operating overseas in European waters, USS North Dakota was kept close to the American shoreline due to concerns about its novel propulsion system. Following the end of WWI, both ships mostly continued their peaceful service until the signing of the Washington Naval Treaty in 1922.
Upon the treaty’s signing, the Navy’s strength was limited, particularly in battleships. As a result, both of the Delaware-class battleships were gradually put out of service during the 1920s while newer battleships were built to replace them. USS Delaware was broken up for scrap in 1924, while USS North Dakota eventually met the same fate in 1931, after serving as a target ship for several years.
Links to articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:
- reference to the series of the ship;
- links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.
- Navy History and Heritage Command. (2019). North Dakota (BB 29). Retrieved January 26, 2021, from https://www.history.navy.mil/our-collections/photography/us-navy-ships/battleships/north-dakota-bb-29.html
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