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Through the Spy Glass: Anchorage

Anchorage is based on a project to create an improved heavy cruiser based on the core design of the Baltimore class. A primary objective of the original project was to improve the firepower of the new ships, so a fourth main battery turret was implemented into the design. While no ships of this type ever ended up being built, some of the design concepts were implemented in the Des Moines-class cruisers.


Anchorage is an American heavy cruiser armed with twelve 8-inch (203 mm) main battery guns in four triple-gun turrets. She differs from your usual American cruisers by additionally carrying a set of quadruple-tube torpedo launchers, one each side, with a 10.5 km range. Rounding off her equipment is an unusual selection of consumables, including two charges each of Sonar, Smoke Generator, and Repair Party. This loadout makes her better suited to providing defensive support rather than going on the offensive, and it also allows her to use her full firepower safely.

Like most American cruisers, Anchorage will likely see the most success with a Norman Scott Commander build because he is excellent at improving the firepower of your ship. Building into armor piercing is also beneficial since Anchorage has excellent shell characteristics that match Baltimore.


We recommend the following build: Norman Scott with his base trait Directed Impact improving your ship's main battery shell grouping by up to 5%

  • Beyond Range, improving your ship's main battery range by up to 10%.
  • Igniter, improving the chance your cruiser's HE shells will start a fire by up to 3%.
  • Punch Through, improving your cruiser's main battery AP shell damage by up to 10% and your cruiser's AP shell penetration multiplier by up to 6%.
  • Fixated, improving your cruiser's main battery shell grouping by up to 5% and your main battery dispersion by up to 5%,
  • Refill Station, improving your cruiser's main battery reload time by up to 10%, and if you're within proximity of an ally, further increases your cruiser's main battery range by up to 10%.

Regarding Inspirations, you should try:

  • Gunichi Mikawa to improve your cruiser's detectability by up to 6%.
  • Günther Lütjens to improve your cruiser's main battery gun AP shell damage by up to 5%.

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