The Baltimore-class, USS Pittsburgh (CA-72), 1953 is a rank V American heavy cruiser with a battle rating of 6.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Direct Hit".
Survivability and armour
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.
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Modifications and economy
USS Pittsburgh, being a WW2 US cruiser, shoots super-heavy AP shells out of her 203 mm guns. These shells are heavier than others, weighing over 150 kg. Most other nations' shells weigh usually 110 kg. This gives them a longer flight time, but a steeper angle. The idea was that, at long ranges, the shells would penetrate battleship's decks from above instead of hitting the much thicker side armour.
The secondary armament on the USS Pittsburgh are six dual-purpose, dual-mounted 127 mm turrets, weapons that a majority of other Bluewater ships use and so players are quite familiar in their operation at this stage. These turrets are the USS Pittsburgh's first line of defence against PT boats and aircraft.
USS Pittsburgh carries ten 3 inch Mk.33 automatic cannons in twin installation. As part of her AAA, the gun fires HE-VT shells in her default configuration and has no other ammo options. The gun has a rate of fire of 50 rpm and overheats in 35 seconds. Unlike the 40 mm Bofors, the 3-inch gun mount has no shield or surrounding parapet to defend against shrapnel; the side mounts can only rotate 180° so they can't shoot over the superstructure and cover another broadside, whereas the Bofors can rotate 360°. Overall, Pittsburgh's AA barrage is quite sparse, and she is completely exposed to air raid after all AA guns are overheated.
Usage in battles
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Pros and cons
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- Anti-fragmentation armour can help protect against cruiser-caliber HE shells
- Well-armoured hull increase its survivability
- Decent mobility
- Great overall firepower, with an access to super-heavy AP shell and large number of dual-purposes cannons
- Huge numbers of proximity fuse AA battery provide formidable anti-air defense
- Large target, easy to hit and is vulnerable to torpedoes
- Dreadful stock grind thanks to its terrible default SAP shell
- No torpedo armaments
- Main magazine sits far above the waterline, can be detonated with a well-placed shot
- No scout planes, unlike her sister ship
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|Bethlehem Steel Corporation|
|Gun Destroyers (DD)|
|Porter-class||USS Phelps · USS Moffett|
|Destroyer Leaders (DL)|
|Cruiser, Light (CL)|
|Omaha-class||USS Raleigh · USS Detroit|
|Heavy Cruisers (CA)|
|Baltimore-class||USS Baltimore · USS Pittsburgh|
|USA heavy cruisers|
|New Orleans-class||USS New Orleans|
|Baltimore-class||USS Baltimore · USS Pittsburgh|