BAV Trujillo (BC-1928 (1939-mod))


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The conversion of the Zulia to an aircraft carrier freed up all of the armour, turrets and guns required for a new capital ship. The US yards were the place of choice for Venezuelas shipbuilding requirements. The Fore River Navy Yard was chosen to convert the Zulia and because of that the same yard was also chosen for the new ship to be built. The ship was to be based on the earlier battlecruiser Alaska that was completed for the US in 1916. That ship had been built with 8x14" in four twin turrets, the barbettes of which were a very similar size to the triple 12" turrets of the ex-Russian ship.

The main differences between the US and BAV ships were in the propulsion systems and the secondary armaments. The Venezuelan Navy had purchased the propulsion units that were to have been fitted in the USS Constelation, half was fitted in the aircraft carrier Zulia the other half was fitted into the Trujillo. This gave each ship approximately 90,000 shp and a speed of 28 knots. The secondary armament of the US ship had been casemate 6" which was changed to 5.1" as removed from the original Zulia armament.

The ship returned to the Fore River Navy Yard in 1938 for modification and refurbishment. The 5.1" guns were fitted into the US pattern twin turrets and 5 were fitted on each side of the ship. Unusual in a capital ship the ships boats were all placed at the stern of the ship with what would normally be an aircraft handling crane to place them in and out of the water. During the coming war the ship returned to the US for further refits for 40mm and 20mm AA armament upgrades, fitting of radar and other updated equipment.


Displacement 31,000 tons std 37,800 tons full load
Length 721.5 ft
Breadth 94 ft
Draught 30 ft
Machinery 4 shaft steam turbines, 90,000shp orig
Speed 28 knots
Range 8000 miles at 15 knots (3,250 nm at 26 knots)
Armour 10" side, 4" deck, 11/9/7" turrets
Armament 12 x 12" (4x3)

20 x 5.1" (10x2)

40 x 40mm (8x4 4x2)

24 x 20mm (24x1)

Aircraft nil
Torpedoes nil
Complement 1400

Triple 12" as fitted to the Trujillo.


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