Almirante Clemente-class destroyer

The Almirante Clemente class of destroyer escorts is a class of warships built for several countries. The class was designed by Luigi Ansaldo Ficantieri for the Venezuelan Naval Forces, currently Venezuelan Navy, in the 50's to complement its Nueva Esparta class destroyer.

The Venezuelan Navy has 2 out of 6 ships originally ordered, and Portugal, Algeria, and Indonesia each have 2 ships of this design. In the Portuguese navy, these ships are referred as patrol boats. In the '50s Venezuelan Navy, the ships were classified as DLV (Destroyer Light Vessel) or light destroyers, in the '80s were reclassified as ASW frigate, and are currently classified as coast guard vessels.

Almirante Clemente-class destroyer
Class Ship
Type Destroyer
Manufacturer Gio. Ansaldo & C.
Production Period 1954 - 1956
Origin Venezuela
Country Name Origin Year
Venezuela 1954
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Venezuela 1956 2011 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Gio. Ansaldo & C. 1954 1956 6 View


Ships in Class

Code Name Shipyard ID Launch date Commissioned Weapons Refit Status Decommissioned
D12 Almirante Clemente 1491 12/12/1954 04/12/1956 1968/75 Dismantled 2011
D13 General Flores 1493 12/12/1954 1956 1968/75 Sunk 1978
D22 General Moran 1492 12/12/1954 10/01/1957 1968/75 Dismantled 2009
D23 Almirante Brión 1496 04/09/1955 1957 N/A Sunk 1978
D32 General Austria 1497 04/09/1956 1957 N/A Sunk 1976
D33 Almirante García 1498 12/10/1956 1957 N/A Sunk 1977

Class overview
Name: Almirante Clemente class
Builders: Cantieri Navale Ansaldo
Operators:  Venezuelan Navy
Preceded by: Captain class
Completed: 6
Active: 0
Retired: 6
Preserved: 1
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: Standard: 1,300 tons, Full load: 1,500 tons
Length: 99.1 m (325 ft)
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft)
Draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler boilers 650 psi (4.5 MPa), 850 °F (454 °C)), Parsons steam turbines, 2 shafts, 24,000 horsepower (18 MW)
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 3,500 nmi (6,500 km) at 10 knots (19 km/h)
Complement: 162
Sensors and
processing systems:
see table attached
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
see table attached
Armament: see table attached
Armour: Light & Medium
Aircraft carried: None

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