BAV Cumana (DDL-1938)


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Largest ships yet built by the Venezuelan Navies new shipyard at Puerto Cabello, they were magnificent destroyers with a blend of speed and firepower only matched by the French Mogador, Italian Capitano Romano, German Breslau and Japanese Akitsuki class ships. The ships were again armed with the twin 5.1" guns and turrets with four turrets being fitted, two each fore and aft. A large number of 40mm and 20mm weapons were also fitted wherever possible. Two sets of quintuple torpedo tubes rounded out the armament.

The ships were listed as destroyer leaders and were mated up with three of the Barquisimeto class each to give 4 ship flotillas. These four ship flotillas had more firepower than the 10-12 ship flotillas used in WW1. At times, due to inconsistencies in the US awareness of vessel types, these ships were listed as light cruisers. They were fast ships making nearly 40 knots on trials and had a listed maximum speed of 38 knots.


Displacement 2,900 tons std 3,750 tons full load
Length 455 ft
Breadth 43 ft
Draught 12 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 85,000shp
Speed 38 knots
Range 4500 miles at 15 knots
Armour nil
Armament 8 x 5.1" (4x2)

14 x 40mm (2x4 3x2)

10 x 20mm (2x2 6x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 10 x 21" (2x5)
Complement 295
Notes BAV Cuman (1938)


5.1"/55 caliber twin turret as fitted to the Cumana and other Venezuelan ships.

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