General Information

The Pensacola Class is the first USN Heavy Cruiser. Pensacola is regarded as a Light Cruiser by some, as her armor is not able to withstand even its own caliber guns. However, she is regarded as a Heavy Crusier due to her main guns having a caliber of 203mm. In game, she will give you what the last tier couldn't give you-damage. However, in return she sacrifices torpedoes as the USN saw that Carriers and Carrier Aviation were the main threat. Even so, her AA is only for "Self-Defence" and it will not destroy many planes in the Carrier squadrons.

In-Game Information

The first US Navy cruiser built under the limitations of the Washington Naval Treaty with powerful artillery but weak armor, which was characteristic of such ships. The cruiser was armed with 203 mm main guns, on the basis of which she was redesignated as a heavy cruiser soon after commissioning. However, the ship's armor actually corresponds to that of a light cruiser.

Detailed information

Ship info Stock Elite
Displacement 9242t
Length 178.3m
Width 19.89m
Power 107000hp No change
Ship hit point 20700 No change
Citadel Protection 7.50% No change
Fire and Flooding resistant 10.00% No change
Damage Reduction 7.20% No change
Torpedo Damage Reduction 6.00% No change
Max speed 32.23kts No change
Time to full speed 15.42sec No change
Max Traverse Speed 7.50deg/s No change
Turn Time 8.10sec No change
Main gun 203 mm L/53 MK9 2x3 & 203mm L/53 MK9 2x2 No change
Reload time 11.00sec No change
Range 9.48km No change
Main battery HE Damage 510 No change
Chance of setting fire 6.00% No change
Main battery AP Damage 710 No change
Citadel Damage Rate 200.00% No change
Turret Traverse Speed 16.00deg/s No change
Secondary gun
Secondary gun 127 mm L/25 MK19 8x9 No change
Reload time 6.00sec No change
Range 5.10km No change
Secondary battery HE Damage 300 No change
Secondary battery AP Damage Unknown No change
Citadel Damage Rate 0% No change
Chance of setting fire 3.00% No change
Turret Traverse Speed 16.00deg/s No change
Anti-Aircraft Armament
Large Caliber AA Damage 112 No change
Large Caliber AA Range 3.60km No change
Small Caliber AA Damage 93 No change
Small Caliber AA Range 1.50km No change
Surface detection 9.48km No change

Equipped skill

-Air Defense Alert I

R&D Cost






Not Applicable


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Pensacola in regards, was a ship with many weird and asymmetrical aspects. Mainly, she was a Heavy Cruisers yet their tonnage and armor reflect that of Light Cruisers. Her services saw her being called by the Japanese as the Grey Ghost which, with US Carriers they were refered to as Ghost due to Japanese Intelligence saying that they sunk the ship and it got reported back as if the damage to the ship was nothing at all. Pensacola was heading for Manila to transport Douglas McArthurs Supplies for War Plan Orange when news reached that Pearl Harbor was attacked by a Japanese Carrier Aviation. In which, she diverted course and embarked and stayed in Australia until the US Finished their duties in Europe. Pensacola was diverted to duties with the US Pacific Fleet until the rest of the war.


USN Cruisers
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