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  • Naval Academy

  • Greetings, fellow Captains!

  • In previous episodes,

  • we told you about battleships and cruisers;

  • today we'll talk about aircraft carriers.

  • The emergence of this type of vessel sparked fundamental changes in naval warfare.

  • The first aircraft carriers were little more than bases for reconnaissance aircraft.

  • Because aviation technology was so primitive,

  • carrier-borne aircraft had not yet been developed into a separate class,

  • and these ships had limited attack capabilities.

  • However, progress was inevitable,

  • and early multi-wing aircraft soon evolved into easy-to-handle

  • and reliable biplanes and then robust monoplanes

  • capable of carrying heavy torpedoes and bombs.

  • At the same time,

  • carrier-borne fighters were designed to hunt the enemy's strike aircraft.

  • The United States and Japan were the first to see the true advantages of naval aviation.

  • Along with the United Kingdom,

  • these nations operated the most numerous

  • and advanced carrier fleets in World War II.

  • U.S and Japanese aircraft carriers differed,

  • both in terms of their mobility and secondary armament.

  • However, their key difference in the game is the performance of the aircraft

  • and the composition of air groups.

  • Each aircraft carrier has several squadrons,

  • capable of achieving various missions.

  • For most carriers, torpedo bombers constitute the main anti-ship force.

  • Their torpedoes can destroy thick-skinned and slow targets,

  • such as enemy battleships and aircraft carriers.

  • Dive bombers are more effective against light-ships and destroyers,

  • as the HE bombs that they drop can inflict heavy damage and cause fires.

  • Meanwhile, carrier-borne fighters contest air superiority;

  • their firepower against other aircraft often exceeds that of ships' anti-aircraft guns.

  • In addition, all squadrons can be used for reconnaissance.

  • You can adjust the composition of the aviation on board your ship;

  • by emphasizing one or another aircraft type,

  • you can change the carrier's style of play and your role in the team.

  • All in all, the great range of missions and the diversity of capabilities

  • make aircraft carrier gameplay unique.

  • The first US aircraft carrier was USS Langley a converted collier.

  • She opens up the US carrier branch in World of Warships.

  • The ship carries only two squadrons,

  • making her a relatively easy introduction to the carrier class.

  • Langley's two squadrons give the player the chance to practice

  • and perfect the skill of aircraft management.

  • All carriers that follow her in the branch feature increasingly better armor,

  • speed, secondary armament, and anti-aircraft systems.

  • But, most importantly, the number of squadrons increases,

  • the planes are faster and more durable,

  • and their armament, including torpedoes and bombs, increases in power.

  • At Tiers V, VI, and VII, a player can get light and escort aircraft carriers Bogue,

  • Independence, and Ranger.

  • These ships will help you to master different game tactics:

  • each can carry three types of planes, opening up more options to the player.

  • Tiers VIII and IX are heavy aircraft carriers Lexington and Essex.

  • Compared to their predecessors, these ships have substantial armor,

  • relatively strong secondary armament, and, naturally, significantly better aircraft.

  • At the top of the US tech tree you will find the aircraft carrier Midway.

  • When built, she was the world's largest carrier

  • and even carried jet fighters on board.

  • American fighters are worth a separate mention.

  • Having more planes in their squadrons,

  • US aircraft carriers can dominate the air,

  • often allowing them to defeat their Japanese counterparts.

  • Nevertheless, Japanese carriers have something to offer in return.

  • Japanese carriers encourage a user to play more aggressively.

  • Japanese air groups are smaller, but there are more of them.

  • The key power of these carriers consists in airborne torpedoes;

  • few ships can avoid hits when attacked by several squadrons at once.

  • The Japanese aircraft carrier branch begins withshō (literallyPhoenix in Flight”).

  • Unlike her American counterpart, Hōshō was purpose-built as an aircraft carrier,

  • which puts her ahead of Langley in most characteristics.

  • However, her small hangar capacity does not forgive mistakes

  • and you will feel the loss every time one of your planes goes down.

  • The next aircraft carrier, Zuihō (“Lucky Phoenix”),

  • was converted from a submarine tender.

  • Larger and faster than her predecessor, Zuihō can carry more planes

  • and offers more tactical capabilities.

  • At Tiers VI and VII, Ryūjō (“Prancing Dragon”)

  • andryū (“Blue Dragon”) embody the legendary Japanesedragons

  • featuring powerful attack air groups and better protection.

  • They enable a player to tackle multiple tactical tasks,

  • from conducting reconnaissance to delivering heavy blows on enemy ships.

  • Shōkaku and Taihō (“Soaring CraneandGreat Phoenix”)

  • are Tiers VIII and IX aircraft carriers.

  • Not limited by international treaties,

  • they demonstrate the might of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

  • With thick armor, high speed, and large air groups,

  • these ships are every bit on par with their enemies at these tiers.

  • Heavy aircraft carrier Hakuryu (“White Dragon”) crowns the Japanese carrier branch.

  • This warship was drafted, but never actually built.

  • The very quantity of her air groups will make enemies nervous:

  • the carrier can operate eight squadrons at a time,

  • so escaping her strikes is quite a challenge.

  • In our next episode, we will talk about the true masters of avoiding enemy attacks.

  • Get ready for a review of the most reckless

  • and fierce warriors in World of Warshipsthe destroyers.

  • Action Stations.

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Naval Academy: Aircraft Carriers

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    all9411271 posted on 2018/10/06
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