BAV Barquisimeto (DD-1939)


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The Barquisimeto is an overall advance on the previous San Carlos class. Bigger dimensions, more 5.1", more minor AA. A set of much more capable ships.

The eight ships of the class were laid down in pairs in 1937 onwards but wartime requirements delayed completion of the last two pairs till 1942-43 as the twin 5.1" were in short supply and went to complete the battleships and cruisers first. These ships were criticised for being so large with such a small armament. But there were two things that did not show that made the size difference understandable. The 5.1" DP guns were firing 13 rounds a minute, almost twice as fast as earlier guns and models. A larger magazine to take 180 rounds per gun were fitted. The other item was enlarged fuel tanks, as these destroyers were to act with the main fleet and required a better range than the earlier ships.

Displacement 2,100 tons std 2,700 tons full load
Length 405 ft
Breadth 38 ft
Draught 12 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 60,000shp
Speed 35 knots
Range 7000 miles at 14 knots
Armament 6 x 5.1" (3x2)
6 x 40mm (3x2)
6 x 20mm (6x1)
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 215
Notes BAV Barquisimeto (1939)


Old drawing that never looked quite right.


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