World of Warships

Supertest: U.S. Premium Tier VIII Cruiser Anchorage

The Anchorage is, just like the Buffalo, based on the CA-B design of heavy cruiser from the U.S. Navy. Work on this design started in the late 1930s as a follow-up to the Baltimore-class cruisers that were also still in the design phase. the “CA-B” design was meant to carry 12 203 mm guns in 4 triple turrets and presented also thicker armor than the Baltimore-class with a 190 mm main belt.

When it comes to the torpedo armament, it’s a bit awkward. In tables referring to the different CA designs, the CA-B is mentioned with 1 quadruple torpedo launcher on each side. However, on the blueprint available, it doesn’t have any.

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In the end, the design was abandoned and later on, it would be the Des Moines-class that would succeed the Baltimore-class.

In World of Warships, the Anchorage follows the basic features of the CA-B (with torpedoes) but at the same time, is equipped with secondary and anti-air armament from the mid 1930s. Unlike the other U.S. heavy cruisers, she is equipped with a Smoke Generator instead of a radar.

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For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.

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Modules
Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

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Anchorage

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Propulsion: 120 000 hp

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Mk8 mod. 1

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203 mm/55 Mk15

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533 mm Type16 mod. 1
Characteristics
GeneralMain BatterySecondariesTorpedo TubesAir DefenseConsumables
Tier VIII
Health 41 800 HP
Displacement 20 254 tons
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 15.600 km
203 mm/55 Mk15 4 x 3 203 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 5.000 km
127 mm/38 Mk29 mod. 0
127 mm/38 Mk24
2 x 2 127 mm
4 x 1 127 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 10.500 km
533 mm Mk14 2 x 4 533 mm
Maximum speed 33 knots
Turning Circle Radius 800 m
Rudder Shift Time 11.2 s
Surface Detectability 13.62 km
Air Detectability 8.02 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 7.98 km

gun

4 x 3 203 mm/55 Mk15
 Maximum Firing Range 15.600 km
 Reloading Time 15.5 s
180 Degree Turn Time 30.0 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 141 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 203 mm HE/HC Mk25
Alpha Damage 2 800 HP
Damage 1 220 HP
Penetration capacity  34 mm
Explosion size 0.86
Fire chance 14 %
Projectile Speed 823 m/s
Air Drag 0.333
Projectile Mass 118 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 203 mm AP Mk21
Alpha Damage 5 000 HP
Chance to Cause Fire -0.5 %
Projectile Speed 762 m/s
Air Drag 0.356
Projectile Mass 152 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 919
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 34 mm

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2 x 2 127 mm/38 Mk29 mod. 0
Maximum Firing Range 5.000 km
Reloading Time 6 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 127 mm HE Mk32
Alpha Damage 1 800 HP
Damage 380 HP
HE penetration 21 mm
Explosion Size 0.38
Chance to Cause Fire 5 %
Projectile Speed 792 m/s
Air Drag 0.347
Projectile Mass 24.5 kg
4 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk24
Maximum Firing Range 5.000 km
Reloading Time 6 s
Sigma 1.00 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 127 mm HE Mk32
Alpha Damage 1 800 HP
Damage 380 HP
HE penetration 21 mm
Explosion Size 0.38
Chance to Cause Fire 5 %
Projectile Speed 792 m/s
Air Drag 0.347
Projectile Mass 24.5 kg

torps

 

2 x 4 533 mm Mk14
533 mm Type16 mod. 1
Reloading Time 85 s
Maximum Distance 10.500 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 50°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 50°
Damage 19 033
Flooding Chance 323 %
Speed 66 kt
Surface Detectability 1.4 km

AA

2 x 2 127 mm/38 Mk29 mod. 0
4 x 1 127 mm/38 Mk24
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 90 %
Sector’s damage 25
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 88
Flak clouds number 4
Flak cloud damage 1 470
14 x 4 28 mm/75 Mk2 mod. 2
16 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon Mk4 
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.4 km
Hit chance 85 %
Sector’s damage 61
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 214

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 5 s
Cooldown: 60 s
Fighter
consumable_PCY012_FighterPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Patrol radius: 3.0 km
Number of planes in the squadron: 4
Smoke Generator
Number of charges: 2
Work time: 30 s
Cooldown: 160 s
Smoke radius: 450 m
Smoke duration: 124 s
Spotting Aircraft
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 240 s
Bonus: +20% maximum firing range
Hydroacoustic Search
consumable_PCY016_SonarSearchPremiumNumber of charges: 3
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.5 km
Ship spotting range: 5.0 km

The armor

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The Anchorage has the same armor scheme as the Buffalo which, for tier VIII, is pretty good.

The bow section

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The bow of the Anchorage is fully covered with 27 mm of armor. This will allow the ship to bounce 381 mm AP shells and smaller.

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For the protection of the middle section, the upper casemate is 25 mm thick while the citadel athwartship is 152 mm thick.

The middle section

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The deck and sides are 27 mm thick. For the main belt, the upper part is 152 mm thick while the lower part is 102 mm thick.

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For the internal protection, the citadel’s sides below the turrets are 127 mm thick. Due to how deep and narrow these parts are, they will be fairly hard to hit.

For the horizontal protection, there is only the 76 mm main armor deck so without surprise, AP bombs will just smash through it.

The stern section

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The stern is covered with 27 mm of armor, allowing you to bounce 381 mm AP shells and smaller. Just be careful to not point the flat part right at the enemy otherwise, no matter the caliber, the shells will be able to penetrate.

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For the protection of the middle section, the upper casemate is 25 mm thick while the citadel athwartship is 152 mm thick.

The superstructure

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The superstructure is the classic 16 mm at Tier VIII except the 206 mm thick conning tower, nothing special to see here.

The turrets

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For the turrets, the face is 203 mm thick, the roof is 76 mm thick, the sides are 102 mm thick at first and then 51 mm thick and finally, the back is 51 mm thick as well.

When it comes to the barbettes, they are protected by a uniform 152 mm plating except for the 38 mm top.

Personal opinion

On paper, this ship looks like an absolute monster for tier VIII.

It’s bringing a tier IX cruiser at tier VIII  with a ridiculous potential damage per volley but on top of that, she gets a Smoke Generator when she needs cover and carries the same torpedoes as the Fletcher which are some of the best in the game. At least, compared to the Buffalo, Anchorage doesn’t have a radar.

This situation somewhat reminds me of the Yamato/Musashi scenario.

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