The Pensacola Class is the first USN Heavy Cruiser. Pensacola is regarded as a Light Cruiser by some, as her armor is not able to withstand even its own caliber guns. However, she is regarded as a Heavy Crusier due to her main guns having a caliber of 203mm. In game, she will give you what the last tier couldn't give you-damage. However, in return she sacrifices torpedoes as the USN saw that Carriers and Carrier Aviation were the main threat. Even so, her AA is only for "Self-Defence" and it will not destroy many planes in the Carrier squadrons.
The first US Navy cruiser built under the limitations of the Washington Naval Treaty with powerful artillery but weak armor, which was characteristic of such ships. The cruiser was armed with 203 mm main guns, on the basis of which she was redesignated as a heavy cruiser soon after commissioning. However, the ship's armor actually corresponds to that of a light cruiser.
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