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-fragmentation armour, this ship is a sitting duck to all ships at its BR. Expected to fight battleships, it is arguably one of the worst ship at its rank in terms of stopping damage, as its moderate crew, poor turn radius, and massive un-armoured side, makes it a sitting duck to anything that sails its way, barring some destroyers and smaller vessels.


Mobility Characteristics
Game Mode Upgrade Status Maximum Speed (km/h) Turn Time (s) Turn Radius (m)
Forward Reverse
AB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 73 29
RB/SB Stock ___ ___
Upgraded 63 25


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 reload rate, and an even worse traverse rate. This vessel is essentially a support ship for more powerful ships in its BR range.

Secondary armament

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

Anti-aircraft armament

The Raleigh is equipped with one Chicago Piano mount and eight single-mount Oerlikon cannons. This provides some decent AA cover at close range, though it certainly isn't winning any awards for defensive firepower. It is better to simply stay close to AA ships and destroyers for some extra protection.

Torpedo armament

Main article: Mk.15 (533 mm)

The ship does have a pair of torpedo launchers, 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 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.
  • Better AA defences than the USS Trenton (CL-11) at close range.


  • Rather slow compared to destroyers.
  • Armour will not protect you from torpedoes.
  • Not the best AA at medium to long range.


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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)