BAV Falcon (CB-1936)

 

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With the completion of the upgrading to the Caracas class armoured cruisers, the Venezuelans had the 8 twin 10" turrets, guns and barbettes. The Naval High Command requested the funds from the Government for a pair of Large cruiser that would have bigger guns than any other modern cruiser.  The Government liked having something world class and big to show the country how powerful the country was and said yes to build the BAV Falcon class.

Not being restricted by treaties the Venezuelans could get a bit more out of their ships than the restricted navies. With a standard displacement of 14,000 tons there was 40% more tonnage to play with than the equivalent Philadelphia class CUS cruisers. This allowed more armour over the magazines and propulsion areas. the size of the ship increased by 40 feet to allow for the 4 twin 10" in place of the 3 triple 8" on the CUS ships.

 

Displacement 14,500 tons std 18,500 tons full load
Length 635 ft
Breadth 70 ft
Draught 23.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 78,500shp
Speed 32 knots
Range 7000 miles at 15 knots (2,200 nm at 28 knots)
Armour 5" side, 3" deck, 5" turrets
Armament 8 x 10" (4x2)

8 x 5.1" (4x2)

12 x 40mm (3x4)

24 x 20mm (3x2 18x1)

Aircraft 3
Torpedoes nil
Complement 890
Notes BAV Falcon

 

 

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