BAV San Carlos (DD-1927+)


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The San Carlos type destroyers were the first ships built in Venezuela at the new naval shipbuilding facilities made possible by the artisans imported to Venezuela via Wrangels fleet. The design was an advanced Guanare type with a new bow section. The armament was increased to 5 single 5.1 on dual-purpose mountings all on the centerline requiring a slightly longer vessel than the Guanare.

The 5.1" proved to be the standard dual-purpose gun used in the Venezuelan fleet and was a very good weapon in service. The ships made the upgrade from the 17.7" torpedo through to the 21" torpedo. The US triple mounting was licensed along with the 25mm (1.1") and the 40mm twin was picked up from the Dutch. The San Carlos thus ended up with nine torpedo tubes with one centerline mount and two broadside mountings. Only four of the class had been completed when the Venezuelans purchased the US twin mounting that they could fit their 5.1" guns into. The ships AA armament more resembled the Barquisimeto type by 1942.


Displacement 1,700 tons std 2,350 tons full load
Length 370 ft
Breadth 35 ft
Draught 11 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 40,000shp
Speed 34 knots
Range 3500 miles at 12 knots
Armour nil
Armament 5 x 5.1" (5x1)

4 x 40mm (2x2)

8 x 1.1" (2x4)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes 9 x 21" (3x3)
Complement 185
Notes BAV San Carlos (1927)


Single 5.1" mounting on coast defence mounting. Many of these weapons were mounted around the main Venezuelan Naval base. These are the same guns as mounted on the San Carlos class destroyers.


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