Experience epic, free-to-play naval combat when you helm one of over 200 historic vessels in an exciting balance of strategy and real-time combat in World of Warships. Outfit your fleet with flags, camouflage, modifications, talented commanders, and more!
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May 22

All you need to know about the “American Cruisers” collection

With Update 0.7.5, we’re launching a new cycle of updates that will bring not only fresh and renewed ships, but also an “American Cruisers” collection related to them! To create it, the development team used a wide range of resources, including historical research and archive photos. Today, we’re going to talk about the special features of this collection and highlight some of its elements.

The new collection comprises 48 elements that are thematically grouped into 8 sections, which, in their turn, can be gathered into 4 large groups:
  • The “Cruisers of the 1900–1930s” and “Cruisers of the 1940s” sections contain stylized ‘antique’ photos of American cruisers that show the evolution of ships of this type in the US Navy;
  • The “Main Battery” and “Anti-Aircraft Guns” sections contain 3D-models of armament elements that demonstrate the development of the artillery systems of the American light cruisers’ main batteries, as well as the evolution of the anti-aircraft guns of US Navy ships;
  • Insignia, from the most honorary and rare, to the widespread and those that can be obtained both by an admiral or a regular sailor of the US Navy, which can be found in the “Highest Awards” and “Orders and Medals” sections;
  • Sleeve patches worn during the Second World War by the representatives of different occupations on the US Navy ships in the “Combat Ratings” and “Other Ratings” sections.
You will always find the key with a thematic symbol, which is currently decorated with an eagle, in the first container of the collection.

Collection elements
As an example, let’s consider the four elements of the collection, one from each group. All these items are related to the history of light cruiser Helena. The stylized image highlights the most colorful episode in USS Helena’s career — during the Battle of Cape Esperance. The avalanche of missiles from the cruiser’s 152 mm turrets with high fire rate turned the Japanese ships into burning debris. The flag officer of the American squadron, Rear Admiral Scott, received the Navy Medal of Honor, which is the highest and the most valuable decoration. This success was ensured by the Gunner Mates of USS Helena and other American cruisers that took part in the battle.

USS Helena in the Battle of Cape Esperance, 1942
The information that Japan was building Mogami-class cruisers armed with fifteen 155 mm guns shocked the U.S. Naval command. The project for a light cruiser with 152 mm artillery, which had been in development since 1930, was quickly revised, and her four triple turrets were complemented with a fifth. In 1935, when most of these cruisers had already been laid down, an updated project was prepared. The advanced design had a new propulsion system and a full-fledged dual-purpose artillery consisting of the newest twin 127 mm turrets. A year later, two ships—USS St. Louis and USS Helena—were laid down, becoming part of the Navy in 1939.

Light cruiser Helena became one of the victims of the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, being hit by a torpedo once. After completion of the repair works in the summer of 1942, the cruiser actively joined the fight for the Solomon Islands, taking part in several major battles, the most successful of which being the night battle of Cape Esperance in October 1942. Thanks to being equipped with the latest radar, USS Helena was the first to disclose the approach of a Japanese squadron. Allowing the enemy ships to approach, the cruiser was the first to burst her rapid fire at the Japanese. USS Helena's shells proved fatal for destroyer Fubuki and set cruiser Furutaka ablaze. The result of the battle was a hasty retreat of the defeated Japanese squadron. Cruiser Helena's promising career tragically ended in July 1943, when three 610 mm torpedoes from Japanese destroyers sank her in the Battle of Kula Gulf.

152 mm Triple Turret
The main drawback of American 152 mm guns of the 1900s–1920s was their relatively small shell weight, 48 kg, whereas almost all similar-caliber artillery systems of other countries used shells heavier than 50 kg. In 1932, for the new generation of light cruisers, the Mark 16 gun was developed. It was designed for a "super-heavy" shell weighing 59 kg, significantly superior to its counterparts in destructive power. A triple turret with a highly automated loading process was created especially for these guns, which ensured a phenomenal firing rate for the time—up to 10 shots per minute.

Such main battery mounts were used on Brooklyn- and Helena-class cruisers, and their slightly modified version was deployed on Cleveland- and Fargo-class cruisers.

The relatively low initial velocity of heavy shells and close location of the barrels in the turret had an adverse effect on the firing accuracy over long distances. However, the turret's ability to shoot up to 30 shells per minute made it an extremely formidable weapon in close- and medium-ranged battles. This advantage was especially useful in the fast-flowing night battles between American and Japanese ships during the Pacific Campaign.

Rewards: Navy Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest and most valuable decoration a service member can receive. The Army, Air Force, and Navy have their own specific versions of the medal. The Navy Medal of Honor was established in 1861, at the beginning of the American Civil War, and is the oldest version of the decoration.

Only around 3,500 people have been awarded with any kind of Medal of Honor throughout its history. In the Navy, it can be awarded to anyone, from a simple sailor to an admiral.

One of those to receive the Navy Medal of Honor posthumously was Rear Admiral Norman Scott, who commanded a squadron in the Battle of Cape Esperance in October 1942, the U.S. Navy's first surface victory of the Pacific Campaign.
A month later, the admiral perished on the bridge of his flagship, cruiser Atlanta, in the initial naval battle of Guadalcanal.

Branch marks: Gunner’s Mate
The rating of Gunner—or Gunner's Mate—is one of the oldest in the U.S. Navy. It appeared at the end of the 18th century, nearly simultaneously with the birth of the American fleet itself.

Gunners are not only those who service the weapons during battle; the rating also includes members of the team servicing shell magazines and gunpowder magazines, those who keep all artillery-related mechanisms in a serviceable condition, and those responsible for the ship's small arms storage. Until 1941, this rating also included gun fire control system maintenance personnel.

The sleeve insignia of a Gunner's Mate was introduced in the 1860s and initially depicted two crossed gun barrels. The decoration acquired its design, which resembles its modern look, after the 1894 sleeve insignia reform. Until 1949, the patch was worn on the right sleeve, but since 1949, it has been worn on the left sleeve.

Duplicate exchange rate
The remaining items of the “American Cruisers” collections can be received in exchange for duplicates at the rate of 5 to 1. You can select the item that you receive for duplicates. When you complete your collection, all remaining duplicates are exchanged at the following rate: 1 duplicate = 15,000 credits.

By collecting the sections of the collection, you’ll receive an additional color scheme for the standard camouflages of American ships, as well as a second flag on these ships (like the "Yamamoto Isoroku" collection). The main rewards for completing the collection will be the unique “Freedom” camouflage for Cleveland and a commemorative flag.

Camouflage characteristics:
  • -10% to the cost of the ship's post-battle service;
  • +50% to XP earned per battle;
  • -3% to detectability range by sea;
  • +4% to the maximum dispersion of shells fired by the enemy attacking your ship.

For completing the sections of the collection, you get the second flag or an additional color scheme for different types of American ships:
Collection Section
Cruisers, 1900s–1930s
A second flag on all U.S.A. cruisers
Cruisers, 1940s
A second flag on all U.S.A. battleships
Main Battery
A second flag on all U.S.A. aircraft carriers
Anti-Aircraft Guns
A second flag on all U.S.A. destroyers
Highest Awards
An additional color scheme for the standard camouflages of all U.S.A. cruisers
Orders and Medals
An additional color scheme for the standard camouflages of all U.S.A. battleships
Combat Ratings
An additional color scheme for the standard camouflages of all U.S.A. aircraft carriers
Other Ratings
An additional color scheme for the standard camouflages of all U.S.A. destroyers

Combat missions and containers
"American” containers with items from the collection will be given for completing combat missions that will be available from June 1. These missions will be available for two updates — up to 0.7.7. Players will be able to get more than 26 containers for completing all combat missions. If you become interested in the collection in August or even later, the container with a key to it will always be available as a reward for completing the final task of the first mission of the “Hit Hard! Hit Fast! Hit Often!” campaign. In addition, after opening the collection, you’ll be able to find its elements in the daily containers. The following rewards can be found in the “American” containers:

  • 1 to 3 Stars 'n Stripes expendable camouflages:
    • +75% to Commander XP per battle;
    • +125% to XP earned per battle;
    • +100% to Free XP earned per battle;
    • -3% to detectability range by sea;
    • +4% to the dispersion of shells attacking your ship.
  • 5 economic signal flags (Zulu, Papa Papa, or Juliet Charlie) or 3 special signal flags (Dragon, Wyvern, Red Dragon, Ouroboros, Hydra).
  • An element of the “American Cruisers” collection.
In addition, special containers will be available in the Premium Shop that contain the following:
  • 20 special signal flags (Dragon, Wyvern, Red Dragon, Ouroboros, Hydra));
  • 2 elements of the “American Cruisers” collection.
Gather containers, because each of them, apart from the mentioned rewards, has a chance to give you a special combat mission! If you complete it, the renewed Cleveland cruiser or a Premium ship will arrive in your Port.

The combat missions will give you the chance to obtain Sims, Monaghan, Atlanta, Kidd, and Cleveland with a commemorative patch, and researched and purchased modules. The ships will be given with a Commander with 3 skill points, and a slot in the Port. The specialization of the Commander will correspond to the ship you receive. If you receive a mission for a ship you already have, you’ll get a slot, Commander, and compensation for the ship in credits. The mission for each ship can be received only once, which means that there are 5 missions total for the “American” containers.

We wish you luck!
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May 21

Camouflage Design Contest — USS Helena


Don’t miss your chance to leave a remarkable trail in World of Warships and get cool prizes!

The new USN Cruiser line is fast approaching release, and to celebrate the beautiful new ships, we're holding a contest for our talented community to design a permanent camouflage for the upcoming Tier VII Cruiser Helena. The winning design will be added into the game!
Submissions start: Sat. May 19 09:00 PM PT
Submissions end: Mon. Jun. 11 02:59 PM PT

How to participate
If you feel up to the artistic challenge, all you have to do is download the Tier VII Helena template below and let that creativity shine!

Download template

Once you've finished working your magic on the template and feel ready to go, just submit it to us using the button below!

  1. Enter your email address.
  2. Enter your in-game nickname.
  3. Choose the region in which you play.
  4. On the next page, click 'Choose File' and upload your design.
  5. Give your creation a title and a description.
  6. Read the Terms and Conditions and agree if appropriate.
  7. Click “SUBMIT”
Submit your design

The winning entry will be implemented into the game.
10 entries chosen by Wargaming.net staff will receive a Tier VIII Premium ship of choice from:
  • Alabama
  • Tirpitz
  • Roma
  • Kii
All entries will receive early access to the in-game mission chain to earn the winning camouflage. In addition, some participants, chosen at random, will receive in-game bonuses!

Get all the details and full conditions here.

What are you waiting for? Get drawing!
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Over 200 historic naval vessels are yours to command in World of Warships, the ultimate free-to-play MMO action experience. Fight for naval supremacy in a variety of ships — fire a battleship’s big guns, sneak in with a destroyer, charge with a cruiser, or darken the skies with carrier squadrons. Strategize, then strike!

World of Warships lets you experience epic naval combat like never before. Assemble and customize a fleet of gorgeously detailed ships and bring them into a variety of realistic battle scenarios across beautifully rendered real world locales. Jump into a random skirmish for a quick PvP clash, team up with friends for a challenging PvE scenario battle, or put your skills to the test in ranked battles!

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Augment your fleet with a captain’s bounty of customization options: enhanced equipment modifications, camouflage, flags, and more. Recruit a Commander and use their inherent skills on your favorite ship to improve crew performance and ship survivability.

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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 x86
    • Processor: Core2Duo 2.7 GHz, AMD Athlon II 3 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8800GT/9600GT, IntelHD 4000, NVIDIA GeForce 620M, AMD Radeon HD 4650
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
    • OS: Windows 7 x64 / 8 / 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-3570, AMD six-core 3,5 Ghz (AMD FX 6300)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti, GeForce GTX 560M, AMD Radeon R7 250
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c
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