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USS Atlanta (CL-51)

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I'll try to badpost my thoughts on the cruiser one day.

 

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They once said that the cruiser in World War 2 was the main hammer of the surface fleet as it were to be the everyman's tool in surface warfare... and they were right. The cruisers were the most part the main ships that had the range and versatility that could virtually do anything. if we speak of things, then they would have had the most distinguished careers that weren't the steel giants. One such cruiser was this thing, and to her defense she fought so hard she was named "Defender of Guadalcanal" because of the fighting that could force even the enemy to shed manly tears at its duration.

 

I PRESENT TO YOU THE ATLANTA.

 

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... not THIS Atlanta ya gutless derps that spem on the Cleveland like no tomorrow and cry like a baby when it will be nerfed or what (and yes, this Atlanta is CL-104 of the Cleveland class)

 

j9ujr9.jpg... THIS Atlanta (well, this is San Diego but still counts). You know you're knee deep in shit when you see a light cruiser packing SIXTEEN guns, FOURTEEN OF IT beading right at you broadside and they fire fast. No seriously, they fire really fast and they can bead you IN THE DARK because glorious radar assisted fire control.

 

A light cruiser prospect to lead destroyer flotillas, the Atlanta was basically a light cruiser that had a specific role: it was an atypical light cruiser for it was not meant to be an anti-surface combatant but it was to lead destroyers and a secondary role was to be an AA screen, and she, along with her sisters, were the only cruiser class to lug around torpedoes in the US Navy because their colleagues dedicated their offense to their guns, sweet sweet guns, but not on their case as they were to lead destroyers so its natural to prospect that they too would go on torpedo runs themselves despite being a big-ass light cruiser. Actually, you can't really say this ship is a big ass light cruiser but a big ass destroyer. It carried destroyer guns, has torpedoes, has armor that's so thin its not even funny and leads them... wouldn't that make her an oversized destroyer leader that's not a destroyer escort? All that's left for her to do is lay mines and depth charges and she'd be impressive.

 

Atlanta had nearly 2 inches of belt, an inch and a half of deck and turret with 2 and a half inches of conning tower for her protection... which was rather light for a light cruiser as her successor Cleveland had nearly 5 inches of belt and was adequately armed as humanely as possible with lots of dakka. Her offensive set though... was surprising for a ruddy ship of her type; sixteen 5 inch guns in dual mount high angle turrets in the ABC-PQ-XYZ or 123-45-678 layout with a turret on each side of the ship, several 1.1 inch "Chicago Piano" quad mounts and single mount 20mm Oerlikons. Now the 5 inch guns were equivalent to the ones used on destroyers and the Atlanta had SIXTEEN of them that can aim high and pop timed fuze shells for AA duty, and as her sisters acquired during the course of the war, VT fuze shells which were the biggest middle finger to aircraft ever shot out of a 5 inch gun. Plane overkill? Nah.

 

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Glorious array of 5 inch guns.

 

In most cases, its British colleague of the same role the Dido (I know ya still throw second looks at this name) was also there but her layout followed the "Mogami" style layout where turrets B and C were superfiring up forward section and turret X at rear but in terms of caliber, the Dido edged out at that one despite being questionable at 5.25 inches.

 

After her shakedown, she was sent to the Pacific and spent a good deal of time at Pearl Harbor until she got her first taste of combat: Midway. Technically, not really an active role as she was babysitting carriers as part of TF 17 but still served and had unloaded when they took a beating. After that apart from the lull yet alert things, had sailed as a screen once again during the Eastern Solomons where she was an AA screen, saw the carrier Saratoga hit as she unloaded yet took no damage from the incursion, contributed to the flak bursts on Enterprise because she butted in on Enterprise (CV-6) x North Carolina OTP when she was being targeted by strike aircraft, had a brief supply run, had some escort runs and participated as a bombardier as well as rapid action combatants should the need arise.

 

... and then came the brawl of Guadalcanal where it would be the moment she would make her manly tear inducing defiance to die without fighting.

 

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This destroyer? Yeeeah... Atlanta whacked Akatsuki the hardest. Your "lady" was sunk by majority of her shots apart from Atlanta's friends because lolflashlight.

 

Well Atlanta was still screening as an AA ship for convoys in the daytime looking to offload because in the ground, Guadalcanal was getting to be a real grindfest where attrition was getting so bad it wasn't even worth joking here which downed several planes and then she was called to rolled to the night. In the initial stages of blind navigating and nearly colliding with her friendlies apart from the mass confusion and being the target of several Japanese ships and eating damage, Akatsuki pointed her flashlight at Atlanta and got a load of return fire that devastated the destroyer so hard and so quick that she never even had the time to dump her torpedoes as the light cruiser shifted fire along with the other ships that beaded her as she was the closer illuminating ship. Then it turned worse as she engaging the other destroyers apart from already taking damage from several ships that beaded her when she was illuminated by their flashlights and taking damage from the battleship Hiei which was there where the light cruiser knocked out her searchlights, she took a torpedo hit that killed all power until they kicked in the auxiliary power at full to resume firing and if that wasn't enough, San Francisco, a New Orleans cruiser which was with her at the time, accidentally blasted Atlanta with AP shells because the captain was on binocular view all the time and failed to see the cruiser's silhouette was trying to blast a target beyond which, for the better part of the crew as a saving grace of sorts, did not detonate but instead overpenetrated and as soon was she was to respond at the shooter, the silhouette in the dark wasn't a Japanese type ship, had to signal that they were friendly and focused on other things like trying to keep the ship's integrity together. In the morning, however, the ship was really whacked so hard it wasn't even funny.

 

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if anything, this was really REALLY messed up. 

 

She was severely damaged, powerless, listing because flooding from a torpedo strike earlier in the night, had several guns knocked out and some bombers had tried to deliver the coup de grace but the AA mounts that were operational drove them off. It was decided to just scuttle here because she was totaled so hard its still doubtable she can even reach port for a serious repair. And so she was scuttled, while her surviving crew, most with grievous wounds, evacuated. She took a lot of beatings and was really tenacious even as she lost most of her power and kept firing even as the ship was eating damage from both enemy and friendly fire... a cruiser that you can respect that fought so hard despite eating so much damage.

 

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"Look, there's a ship! BLAST IT!"

 

In-game wise, Atlanta is a really unique cruiser as she has destroyer guns, but some people turn her into a good anti-surface combatant as well as an AA monster as she was capable of. I'm actually really interested in getting one but got no monies so I can only hope and wait that one day I can get her or some kind soul would throw one my way though all I could offer is my gratitude.

 

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Same here lol.. No money cause of that I lost chance to get  both Myoukou and now Haguro :'3

But I am trying my best to get Tier 7 Russian Destroyer for future event... hopefully I'll get least one  ARP Cruiser. =) 

 

Believe me If I had money I'd buy it for you and for myself. :'3

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Love if she got radar as she historically did to allow her to do the very thing she is good at, killing DD's :P

 

FTR those saying radar belongs to tier 8 and above have forgotten about the tier 8 Atago and her Repair Party which is a consumable which belongs to cruisers of tier 9 and above

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Love if she got radar as she historically did to allow her to do the very thing she is good at, killing DD's :P

 

FTR those saying radar belongs to tier 8 and above have forgotten about the tier 8 Atago and her Repair Party which is a consumable which belongs to cruisers of tier 9 and above

 

That would actually turn Atlanta into a DD shredder. even the DM can't fully slug destroyers but the Atlanta could.

 

Its also more interesting that her sister San Diego got all the award shit.

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Love if she got radar as she historically did to allow her to do the very thing she is good at, killing DD's :P

 

FTR those saying radar belongs to tier 8 and above have forgotten about the tier 8 Atago and her Repair Party which is a consumable which belongs to cruisers of tier 9 and above

 

i would totally buy the atlanta if they give it an extra consumable as hydro or radar, instead of having to trade off AA consumable for hydro.

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Love if she got radar as she historically did to allow her to do the very thing she is good at, killing DD's :P

 

FTR those saying radar belongs to tier 8 and above have forgotten about the tier 8 Atago and her Repair Party which is a consumable which belongs to cruisers of tier 9 and above

 

 

i would totally buy the atlanta if they give it an extra consumable as hydro or radar, instead of having to trade off AA consumable for hydro.

 

this, huge problem with atlanta is USN and RU dd can turn around the fight when they use smoke. i remember sinking few atlanta by using smoke as cover and rekt them with AP at close range.

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this, huge problem with atlanta is USN and RU dd can turn around the fight when they use smoke. i remember sinking few atlanta by using smoke as cover and rekt them with AP at close range.

 

Exactly, its embarrassing/humiliating when a DD pops smoke and kills you with AP, you can dodge torps with Sonar and Vigillance, but you can't dodge AP shells from an unseen enemy
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Love if she got radar as she historically did to allow her to do the very thing she is good at, killing DD's :P

 

FTR those saying radar belongs to tier 8 and above have forgotten about the tier 8 Atago and her Repair Party which is a consumable which belongs to cruisers of tier 9 and above

hey she is getting radar this patch

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EvyL you should write more of these.

It's always fascinating to read when I visit here once in a while and it's good to let more people understand war history :)

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EvyL you should write more of these.

It's always fascinating to read when I visit here once in a while and it's good to let more people understand war history :)

 

ayylol but of course. I'm just knee-deep in responsibility atm that I can't effectively do so.

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Well i have seen a documentary on the Atlanta's last stand and the sailors from the ship interviewed said they did try to recover the ship but the current was not in their favor and the anchor was dragging (that part about the anchor i did not understand, why not cut the chain?), So it was not just scuttled just because of the damage, it was because recovery was very difficult.

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On 23/01/2017 at 2:53 PM, Sy_dn_ey said:

Well i have seen a documentary on the Atlanta's last stand and the sailors from the ship interviewed said they did try to recover the ship but the current was not in their favor and the anchor was dragging (that part about the anchor i did not understand, why not cut the chain?), So it was not just scuttled just because of the damage, it was because recovery was very difficult.

If they were trying to recover especially after the tin fish left a hole more than likely they'd be trying to hold her in position. The anchor dragging means they couldn't do this, and if they were to cut the anchor (chain) the localised flooding would become pretty much a storm within the hull with other various compartments getting flooded. A ship under duress with flooding that is spreading becomes well, less of a ship generally especially if she's full of ap shell holes 

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