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300px-USS Baltimore (CA-68)

Baltimore-class Heavy Cruiser

Afilliation United States Navy
Max. Displacement 17000
Main Guns 3 turrets (2 forward, 1 aft)
Sub Guns 6 slots
Torpedoes N/A
Anti Sub N/A
Has Camouflage 2 (Baltimore Camo-80 gold, Baltimore Blue-65 gold)
Cost 268500
REXP 9500
Required Level 25
Upgraded From Cleveland-class
Upgrades Into Nevada-class

The Baltimore-class cruiser (and the three ship Oregon City sub-class) was a type of heavy cruiser in the United States Navy from the last years of World War II. Fast and heavily armed, ships like the Baltimore cruisers were mainly used by the Navy in World War II to protect the fast aircraft carriers in carrier battle groups. With their strong anti-aircraft armament, Baltimores could contribute especially in air defenses of these battle groups. Additionally, their 8-inch main guns and smaller medium guns were regularly used to bombard land targets in support of amphibious landings. After the war, only St PaulMaconToledoColumbusBremerton,HelenaAlbany, and Rochester remained in service, while the rest were moved to the reserve fleet. All except BostonCanberraChicago and Fall River were reactivated for the Korean War. By 1971, all ships remaining in the original design configuration were decommissioned, and started showing up in the scrap-sale lists. However, five Baltimore-class cruisers were refitted and converted into some of the first guided missile cruisers in the world, becoming the three Albany-class and two Boston-class cruisers. The last of these was decommissioned in 1980, with the Chicago and Albany lasting until 1991 in reserve. No example of the Baltimoreclass still exists.

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