BAV Cumana (DDL-1941)


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These were magnificent destroyers, with a blend of speed and firepower only matched by the French Mogador, Italian Capitano Romano, German Breslau and Japanese Akitsuki class ships. The ships were again armed with the twin 5.1" guns and turrets with four turrets being fitted, two each fore and aft. A large number of 40mm and 20mm weapons were also fitted wherever possible. Two sets of quadruple torpedo tubes rounded out the armament. The steel shortage of 1942 and getting twin turrets for the ships did delay completion of some of the later units.

The ships were listed as destroyer leaders and were mated up with three of the Barquisimeto class each to give 4 ship flotillas. These four ship flotillas had more firepower than the 10-12 ship flotillas used in WW1. At times, due to inconsistencies in the US awareness of vessel types, these ships were listed as light cruisers. They were fast ships making nearly 40 knots on trials and had a listed maximum speed of 38 knots.

Displacement 3,200 tons std 3,850 tons full load
Length 459 ft
Breadth 45 ft
Draught 14 ft
Machinery 2 shaft steam turbines, 100,000shp
Speed 38 knots
Range 7000 miles at 14 knots
Armament 8 x 5.1" (4x2)
10 x 40mm (1x4 3x2)
6 x 20mm (6x1)
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 295
Notes BAV Cumana (1938)



5.1"/55 caliber twin turret as fitted to the Cumana and other Venezuelan ships.

Old drawing looking ancient.

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