The first U.S. battleship of the new generation. The key advantage over her predecessors of this type was significantly increased speed. In contrast to preceding ships of the same type, she featured a thinner armor belt, but had very solid horizontal armor protection and a superior AA armament including numerous dual-purpose artillery. USS North Carolina is now preserved as a military museum ship in Wilmington, North Carolina.
- Handles very differently from her predecessors.
- Highest range of any Tier VIII battleship.
- Unrivaled AA suite at her tier.
- Very durable when angled.
- Decently fast at nearly 28 knots.
- 16-inch guns fire the same super-heavy shells as Iowa and Montana, so the shell penetration and damage are devastating with good hits.
- Rudder shift is fairly slow.
- Below average armor piercing shell velocity.
- Dispersion can be unfriendly at times, and she can't mount Aiming Systems Modification 1 to improve it.
- Large citadel and not as well-armored as Colorado; flashing her broadside to enemy battleships is suicidal.
- Small volume of secondaries compared to other Tier VIII battleships.
- Extremely poor torpedo defense at only 19% (compared to Amagi’s 28% and Bismarck’s 22%).