BAV Amazonas (CA-1933)


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The Amazonas like most of the modern Venezuelan Navy ships were built utilising parts supplied from the ex Russian ships of Wrangels Fleet. In the case of the Amazonas the guns came from the semi-dreadnoughts of the Evstafi class which had had a secondary armament of four 8" on each ship. Pooling both sets of guns gave a useful heavy cruiser armament of eight 8".

Like the Anzoategui of the same building period the Amazonas carried its aircraft handling facilities at the stern. The 8" turrets were the same as the twins fitted in the Pensacola class. The 5.1" heavy AA were the old Russian guns on a new AA mounting. From 1938 onward the ship was refitted with 40mm and 20mm light AA weapons as they were available.


Displacement 12,500 tons std 16,100 tons full load
Length 608 ft
Breadth 64 ft
Draught 25.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 78,000shp
Speed 32 knots
Range 9000 miles at 15 knots (2,200 nm at 28 knots)
Armour 5" side, 3" deck, 5" turrets
Armament 8 x 8" (4x2)

8 x 5.1" (8x1)

28 x 40mm (7x4)

26 x 20mm (26x1)

Aircraft 4
Torpedoes nil
Complement 890
Notes BAV Amazonas


Curtis Seagull as refitted to Amazonas in 1940.


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