BAV Carabobo (CLA-1940)


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When the new aircraft carrier was purchased the Venezuelan Navies next priority was for escorts to protect the new ship. The Carabobo class were to be the close in anti-aircraft escorts. For this duty they were heavily armed with the 5.1" gun in the US twin (5") DP turrets. Lots of 40mm and 20mm light anti-aircraft guns rounded out the armament.

The ships were big for anti-aircraft cruisers when compared to the US and UK ships with similar armaments. Built for long range and high speed to keep up with the new Tachira class aircraft carrier.


Displacement 8,500 tons std 10,700 tons full load
Length 566.5 ft
Breadth 54 ft
Draught 21.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 85,000shp
Speed 34 knots
Range 9000 miles at 15 knots (2,200 nm at 32 knots)
Armour 3" side, 2" deck, 1.5" turrets
Armament 12 x 5.1" (6x2)

32 x 40mm (8x4)

8 x 20mm (8x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes nil
Complement 790
Notes BAV Carabobo


Late model with Radar and other improvements.


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