USS Raleigh (CL-7)

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USS Raleigh (CL-7)
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The Omaha class, USS Raleigh (CL-7) is a Rank III American light cruiser with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.85 "Supersonic".

General info

Survivability and armour

With barely even anti-frag amour this ship is a sitting duck to all ships at its BR. Expected to fight battleships, it is arguably the worst ship in the game in terms of stopping damage, as its moderate crew, poor turn radius and massive un-armoured side, makes it a siting duck to anything that sails its way, barring some destroyers when down tiered, which is a rare occurrence


Barely able to turn and with a speed less than 40 kph, the ships is slow and poor to turn. Its not as slow as a battleship, but it is not exactly login to be sealing with the destroyers


Primary armament

The one saving grace of this ship is its 6 inch artillery. Powerful enough to obliterate most destroyers in a few well placed hits, it unfortunately has a poor DPM, and an even poorer traverse rate. This vessel is essentially a sport ship for more powerful ships in its BR range

Secondary armament

The 76mms annoy do have HE-VT shells, meaning that they can ward off planes and ships, but only at close range

Anti-aircraft armament

Once considered enough reason for a 5.3 BR! The Raleigh, does boost the woeful AA power of the Trenton, but only marginally. The Chicago Piano guns are still there (Bar 1 mount), but so are several oerlikon mounts. This provides some decent AA cover at close range, but to put things in perspective, there are 4.0 destroyers with better AA cover. While planes have no life expectancy in naval, it is better to simply stay close to AA ships and destroyers as a lost plane is small price to pay for the destruction of a cruiser

Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.15 (533 mm)

The ship does have a pair of torpedo launcher, but their poor placement and poor torpedoes, makes them a poor choice to use

Usage in battles

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Tier Seakeeping Unsinkability Firepower
I Dry-Docking Tool Set 6 inch Mk.27 SC 76 mm AP Mk.29 Anti-Air Armament Targeting
II Rudder Replacement Fire Protection System Smokescreen 76 mm HE-VT Auxiliary Armament Targeting
III Propeller Replacement Shrapnel Protection Ventilation Improved Rangefinder Primary Armament Targeting
IV Engine Maintenance New Pumps Ammo Wetting Torpedo Mode

Pros and cons


  • Powerful 6-inch guns can wreak havoc on any opponent.
  • Decent armour, due to being a cruiser.


  • Rather slow compared to destroyers.
  • Armour will not protect you from torpedoes.


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See also

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External links

[Wikipedia] USS Raleigh (CL-7)

Bethlehem Steel Corporation
Gun Destroyers (DD)  USS Phelps (DD-360) · USS Moffett (DD-362) · USS Cowell (DD-547)
Cruiser, Light (CL)  USS Raleigh (CL-7)
Cruiser, Armored (CA)  USS Northampton (CA-26) · USS Portland (CA-33)

USA light cruisers
Omaha-class  USS Raleigh (CL-7) · USS Trenton (CL-11)
Atlanta-class  USS Atlanta (CL-51)
Cleveland-class  USS Cleveland (CL-55)
Brooklyn-class  USS Brooklyn (CL-40) · USS Helena (CL-50)