BAV Tachira (CV-1940)


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The Tachira like most ships was a compromise between what the Venezuelan Navy would like and what they could afford. The ship was a mixture of types from their own Zulia class, the latest US Ranger and Yorktown types then under construction. The ship was virtually unarmoured and this allowed the ship to be quite large with two hangar decks for a much increased aircraft complement.

The 5.1" guns were reduced from 12 to 8 again to reduce weight which could be more devoted to aircraft. Light AA weapons were the mainstay of the armament. The bridge used on the Zulia was repeated on the Tachira with the only difference being the funnel was enlarged to handle the slightly larger propulsion system required to keep the ship at the desired speed.

Replaced flight deck view with the one created by Charybdis for his real life design of USS Wasp (CV-7) with appropriate changes for Tachira.


Displacement 20,500 tons std 26,400 tons full load
Length 752.5 ft
Breadth 84 ft hull (110 over sponsons)
Draught 24 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 90,000shp
Speed 28 knots
Range 8000 miles at 16 knots
Armour 3" box over machinery & magazines
Armament 8 x 5.1" (8x1)

16 x 40mm (4x4)

30 x 20mm (30x1)

Aircraft 66
Torpedoes nil
Complement 2100
Notes BAV Tachira



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