USS Pensacola (CA-24)

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USS Pensacola (CA-24)
AB RB SB
5.3 5.3 5.3
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Purchase:690 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

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The Pensacola-class, USS Pensacola (CA-24), 1941 is a rank V American heavy cruiser with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.93 "Shark Attack".

General info

Survivability and armour

Armourfront / side / back
Citadel32 / 76 / 25 mm
Main fire tower64 / 19 / 19 mm
Hull19 mm (steel)
Superstructure17 mm (steel)
Number of section10
Displacement12 050 t
Crew654 people

Talk about the vehicle's armour. Note the most well-defended and most vulnerable zones, e.g. the ammo magazine. Evaluate the composition of components and assemblies responsible for movement and manoeuvrability. Evaluate the survivability of the primary and secondary armaments separately. Don't forget to mention the size of the crew, which plays an important role in fleet mechanics. Save tips on preserving survivability for the "Usage in battles" section. If necessary, use a graphical template to show the most well-protected or most vulnerable points in the armour.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB70 / 21 km/h
RB60 / 18 km/h

Write about the ship's mobility. Evaluate its power and manoeuvrability, rudder rerouting speed, stopping speed at full tilt, with its maximum forward and reverse speed.

Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 70 21
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 60 18

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB4 200 → 5 447 Sl icon.png
RB4 000 → 5 188 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications248 300 Rp icon.png
354 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 100 Ge icon.png
Crew training200 000 Sl icon.png
Experts690 000 Sl icon.png
Aces1 700 Ge icon.png
Research Aces720 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
250 / 320 / 100 % Sl icon.png
196 / 196 / 196 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
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Dry-Docking
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mods new ship rudder.png
Rudder Replacement
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Propeller Replacement
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Engine Maintenance
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods ship tool kit.png
Tool Set
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Fire Protection System
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mods engine smoke screen system.png
Smokescreen
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Shrapnel Protection
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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Ventilation
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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New Pumps
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods ship ammo wetting.png
Ammo Wetting
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
203mm_us_mk19_navy_ap_ammo_pack
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
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Anti-Air Armament Targeting
Research:
12 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
17 000 Sl icon.png
310 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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203mm_us_mk25_navy_hc_ammo_pack
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
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Auxiliary Armament Targeting
Research:
11 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
16 000 Sl icon.png
290 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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127mm_usa_mk36_navy_radio_fuse_ammo_pack
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods ship rangefinder.png
Improved Rangefinder
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods he frag proxi fuze ship.png
127mm_usa_mk36_navy_radio_fuse_ammo_pack
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
Mods new main caliber turrets.png
Primary Armament Targeting
Research:
9 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
14 000 Sl icon.png
260 Ge icon.png
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203mm_us_mk17_navy_special_common_ammo_pack
Research:
19 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
27 000 Sl icon.png
500 Ge icon.png

Armament

Primary armament

2 х Turret3 x 8 inch/55 Mark 15 cannon
Ammunition450 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 41°
2 х Turret2 x 8 inch/55 Mark 15 cannon
Ammunition300 rounds
Vertical guidance-5° / 41°

The Pensacola carries a main armament of ten 8"/55 Mk.15 guns in two triple and two twin mounts. These guns are the standard armament for American heavy cruisers, and pack an impressive punch. The guns have good ballistics, and can access four shell types: Mk.14 Common, Mk.19 APCBC, Mk.25 HC and Mk.17 SP Common. Of these shells, the Mk.17 Special Common shell is most effective against cruisers, as it has a great explosive mass and enough penetration for most cruiser main armour belts. The Mk.19 APCBC shell can be used against heavily-armoured targets, but has a relatively small explosive mass of 1.65 kg. Finally, the HC shell, with almost 10 kilograms of explosive filler, is highly effective against destroyers and unarmoured vessels.

However, the guns have two main drawbacks. Firstly, they have the slowest reload speed of any 8-inch gun, with a fire rate of just three rounds per minute (20-second gun reload). This means that they fire much slower than their contemporaries, which typically have a fire rate of five rounds per minute (12-second reload). As well, the guns have the slowest horizontal turret rotation speed of any heavy cruiser, at just 3.1 degrees/second (comparatively, the Admiral Hipper's guns rotate at 6.8 degrees/second).

Secondary armament

8 х Turret5 inch/25 Mk.13 AA cannon
Ammunition200 rounds

The Pensacola carries a secondary armament of eight 5"/25 Mk.13 anti-aircraft guns, mounted on single open-mounts. These cannons are very effective medium-to-long range anti-aircraft guns, but are not effective against any armoured targets. They have access to just two shell types - Mk.36 AAC (HE-TF) and Mk.28 AAC (HE-VT). The former is a time-fuse shell (meaning that the fuze is set before the weapon is fired), while the latter is a proximity fuze shell that explodes automatically upon reaching the target. Both shells are ineffective against armoured targets, having ~35 mm of penetration. However, they are both capable of dealing with air and unarmoured targets quite effectively. The HE-VT shell is typically the better pick, as it offers greatly-improved efficiency against air targets.

The guns themselves are relatively good at short-range defence, being capable of firing at 20 rounds per minute (3-second reload). As well, they have very good vertical and horizontal firing angles. However, take note that the guns fire at a low muzzle velocity of 657 m/s which should be accounted for when manually aiming.

Anti-aircraft armament

2 х Turret4 x 1.1 inch/75 Mk.1 automatic gun
Ammunition7800 rounds
Belt capacity65 rounds
Fire rate150 shots/min
4 х Turret12.7 mm AN-M2 machine gun
Ammunition2000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Fire rate577 shots/min

The 1.1 inch/75 Mk.1 gun, otherwise known as the "Chicago Piano" (because it was the size of a baby grand-piano), was the standard anti-aircraft armament for most American ships prior to the introduction of the 40 mm Bofors cannon - Pensacola carries two of these quad-mount guns. These guns are mediocre at best; though they have a good fire rate (similar to the AN-M2 Browning), they aren't too effective at dealing damage, and also jam rather quickly. As well, take note that the gun doesn't have ammunition options.

Pensacola also carries four AN-M2 anti-aircraft guns. The AN-M2 is a navalised anti-aircraft version of the popular Browning machine gun. This gun is rather ineffective at dealing significant damage to enemy aircraft, and is only effective within ~1.5-2 kilometres at most. As well, keep in mind that these guns have a long 12-second reload after the gun's magazine has been used.

Additional armament

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Usage in battles

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Modules

Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 8 inch Mk.19 APCBC Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 8 inch Mk.25 HC Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation 5 inch Mk.28 AAC-VT Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting 8 inch Mk.17 SP Common

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • If you do manage to connect it can cause high damage

Cons:

  • Fire rate so slow compared to other nations you are better off sticking to Helena, Cleveland, and Brooklyn
  • No torpedoes
  • Poor AA
  • Players will target you assuming you are one of the most dangerous ships in the US fleet

History

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Media

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See also

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

External links


Brooklyn Navy Yard Ships
Cruisers 
Cruiser, Light (CL)  USS Brooklyn (CL-40) · USS Helena (CL-50)
Cruiser, Armored (CA)  USS Pensacola (CA-24)

USA heavy cruisers
Pensacola-class  USS Pensacola (CA-24)
Northampton-class  USS Northampton (CA-26)
Portland-class  USS Portland (CA-33)
New Orleans-class  USS New Orleans (CA-32)
Baltimore-class  USS Baltimore (CA-68)