World of Warships – First Look: Tier X Premium American Cruiser USS Austin

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Here’s our First Look at Tier X Premium American light cruiser USS Austin. Austin is slated to replace USS Somers in the Armory, presumably for steel (though that has not yet been confirmed). Will she be worth it? She seems to fill a similar role to Tier X Premium British cruiser HMS Plymouth, but Austin has a different set of tricks up her sleeve than Plymouth. Let’s dive in and learn more.

Hit points – 30,700. Plating – 16 mm.

Main battery – 6×2 127 mm. Firing range – 15.0 km.
Maximum HE shell damage – 1,800. Chance to cause fire – 9%. HE initial velocity – 808 m/s.
Maximum SAP shell damage – 2,700. SAP initial velocity – 808 m/s.

Reload time – 8.0 s. 180 degree turn time – 4.5 s. Maximum dispersion – 137 м. Sigma – 2.05.
Torpedo tubes – 2×5 533 mm. Maximum damage – 19033. Range – 10.5 km. Speed – 66 kt. Reload time – 106 s. Launcher 180 degree turn time – 7.2 s. Torpedo detectability – 1.4 km.

AA defense:
6×2 76.2 mm.
6×2 127.0 mm.
AA defense mid-range: continuous damage per second – 347, hit probability – 90 %, action zone 0.1-4.0 km;
AA defense long-range: number of explosions in a salvo – 10, damage within an explosion – 1,820, continuous damage per second – 238, hit probability – 90 %, action zone 0.1-6.0 km;

Maximum speed – 35.0 kt. Turning circle radius – 670 m. Rudder shift time – 7.7 s. Surface detectability – 11.9 km. Air detectability – 7.4 km. Detectability after firing main guns in smoke – 5.2 km.

Available consumables:
Slot 1 – Damage Control Party
Slot 2 – Defensive AA fire
Slot 3 – Main Battery Reload Booster (Duration time 15 s; Main battery reload time -75%; Reload time 125 s; Charges – 1)
Slot 4 – Repair Party
Slot 5 – Hydroacoustic Search

All stats are listed without and upgrade modifiers. The stats are subject to change during the testing.




  1. USS Goboom… it will explode or overpen. Thanks for the look.

  2. Austin is like a Boise moved to T10

  3. I think you forgot Smolensk when you compared it to other light cruisers. Smolensk has the worst belt armor of 70mm and only like 32k hp.

  4. USS Smolensk

  5. Not sure how I feel about this one. Just seems like way too much stuff all mixed and matched together only to be mashed into some bizarre monster of a boat. It’s like the Indominus Rex of WoWs.

  6. Looks like Modernized Cold War Atlanta Class 🤔

  7. That heal actually appears to be a slightly improved heal with 4 charges (cruisers normally get 3) and 0.66% hp per second instead of 0.5%

    • I should have looked closer at it then. Apologies. I don’t THINK it’s the British cruiser heal, but it might be improved versus what most heavy cruisers get. I will check.

    • @SeaRaptor British cruisers get 2.0% per second for 20 seconds, my guess is that it’s probably more akin to a colbert heal (slightly larger potential heal + better coefficients for hp restoration from pens and cits)

    • this is us BB heal 0,66 per 28 seconds. Same heal is on Colbert

  8. Main battery reload booster with SAP …

    My Lightning: “War Gaming, what the hell did I do to you????”

  9. “Look at me. LOOK AT ME! I am the Destroyer now!”

    • I have done this in many a Minotaur match. It’s honestly one of the things I like best about the ship. Once you’re done assassinating all the DDs, your 4×4 torpedo launchers mean you ARE the DD now. =D

  10. The SAP and Reload Booster makes for another interesting possibility. Since the ship won’t be relying on HE for damage you are unlikely to take Demo/IFHE/HE boosting skills so you might actually be able to take some AA skills without sacrificing everything else. Sub 2 second SAP volleys every 2 minutes for the whole game sounds kinda freaky too. Even just a Cruiser or BB turning out in front of you while you are humping the corner of an island is gonna take some hurt. Too bad the new Deadeye meta will have 6 different 20km away sniper BB’s frothing at the mouth to delete you every game.

  11. This will be either a 0% WR or USS Smolensk no in-between

  12. My thunderer licking his lips with he loaded…. I love getting HE citadels

  13. Nothing special, i saw one get deleted by a mino didn’t even have a chance.

  14. This thing will *not* like the Ocean map.

  15. I’ve been on the Turner Joy twice at the museum and inside the turret once. Badass feeling looking through the sight up to the hillside and wishing you could really pull the trigger. Besides…taking out a few of those homes up there as a result would be a dick move. Bremerton’s museum up the block has a lot of cool stuff, especially from WW2 era.

  16. I’m intrigued by this…. especially with the AA potential.

  17. Austin: “have you ever seen a cruiser spit out 84 SAP shells in fifteen seconds?”
    DDs: “N-no.”
    Austin: “wOuLd YoU LiKe tOo?!?’

  18. maybe I will “love this ship” when she’s added to this game….
    I will love to hit this with 457mm Royal HE shell….

  19. My kremlin with 9 -457’s and dead eye approves of this.

  20. The Elbing has more HP than this shit

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