Nueva Esparta-class destroyer

The Nueva Esparta-class destroyers were a class of warships used by the navy of Venezuela. The lead ship was named after Nueva Esparta (Spanish for "New Sparta"), the name of one of the States of Venezuela.

These ships were requested in 1950, and were built by the Vickers Armstrongs shipyards in Barrow-in-Furness between 1951 and 1954.

Nueva Esparta-class destroyer
Class Ship
Type Destroyer
Manufacturer Vickers-Armstrongs
Production Period 1951 - 1953
Origin Venezuela
Country Name Origin Year
Venezuela 1953
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Venezuela 1953 1983 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Vickers-Armstrongs 1951 1953 3 View

Ships in Class

Code Name Launch date Commissioned Repair Weapons refit Status Decommissioned
D11 Nueva Esparta 19/11/1952 08/12/1953 1959 1960 Sunk 1978
D21 Zulia 29/06/1953 14/02/1956 1959 1960 Floating museum - sunk 1983
D31 Aragua 27/01/1955 14/02/1956 1959 N/A Sunk 1975

The ships were designed by Vickers Armstrong shipyards in the 1950s for the Venezuela naval forces. The design has been identified as a derivative of the Batch 3 Battle-class destroyers built for the United Kingdom and Australia, according information released by the International Naval Research Organization and several independent researchers in 2006. They were to form part of a fleet that included a 25,000 ton aircraft carrier and a Tiger-class cruiser.

Class overview
Builders: Vickers Armstrongs Shipyards Barrow in Furness
Operators:  Venezuelan Navy
Preceded by: Nueva Esparta class destroyer
General characteristics
Displacement: Standard: 2,600 tons
Full load: 3,670 tons
Length: 402 ft (122,5 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Draught: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler boilers (650 psi, 850 °F), Parsons steam turbines, 50,000 shp
Speed: 34 kn ( km/h)
Range: 10,000 nmi at 10 kn, 1 month
Complement: 18 officers and 236 crew members
Sensors and
processing systems:
Radar Type 293Q target indication
Radar Type 291 air warning
Radar Type 274 navigation
Radar Type 275 fire control on director Mk.VI
Radar Type 262 fire control on director CRBF and STAAG Mk.II
Armament: 6 x QF 4.5 in /45 (114 mm) Mark V in 3 twin mountings UD Mark VI
4 x 40 mm /60 Bofors A/A in 2 twin mounts STAAG Mk.II
2 x 40 mm /60 Bofors A/A in 1 twinmount Mk.V
2 x Torpedo tubes for 21 in (533 mm)torpedoes Mk.IX
1 x 'Squid A/S mortar

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