USS Baltimore (CA-68) (1943), Rank V, USA, Event
This vehicle will be the exclusive award in the “Operation W.I.N.T.E.R.” event.
The development of new heavy cruisers for the US Navy began after the outbreak of World War II. The restrictions of the London and Washington Treaties ceased to be relevant, so the United States enthusiastically began to refine the projects built within the limits of the restrictions. Based on the heavy cruisers of the USS Wichita class, a new cruiser was developed to correct the issues of its predecessor, namely low stability and a shortage of anti-aircraft weapons, and also with improved seaworthiness, protection and range. The lead ship of the new series, the heavy cruiser USS Baltimore, was laid down in 1941. The distinctive features of the new large series of cruisers are extremely powerful and versatile anti-aircraft weapons and an increased hull width for increased stability. The USS Baltimore entered service in 1943 and immediately began performing combat missions in the Pacific. Until the end of World War II, Baltimore was in the midst of naval war, taking part in a number of US operations. After a short "vacation" it was re-commissioned in 1951, but did not take part in the new, Korean War. The ship was decommissioned from service in May 1956.
In our game, the heavy cruiser Baltimore will be the main naval prize in the “Operation W.I.N.T.E.R.” event. This is a very harmonious blue-water ship - according to many experts, the Baltimore class is the best among all heavy cruisers from the war period. Featuring very decent protection (armor belt up to 152mm, armor of the main battery turrets up to 203 mm), Baltimore has fairly good speed. The main caliber guns of the cruiser are nine 203 mm guns in three triple-gun turrets, while the commander is offered a choice of several types of shells. Auxiliary artillery - six twin-barreled 127mm universal turrets. AA artillery truly gives zest to this ship. Baltimore is protected from air attacks by 12 quad 40mm Bofors mounts, and 24 rapid-fire 20mm Oerlikon autocannons. Perhaps this is a new record in the game!