|Rudderow-class destroyer escort|
USS Rudderow (DE-224)
|Name:||Rudderow class destroyer escort|
United States Navy|
Republic of China Navy
Republic of Korea Navy
|Preceded by:||Edsall class destroyer escort|
|Succeeded by:||John C. Butler class destroyer escort|
|Displacement:||1,740 tons (1,770 metric tons) (fully loaded)|
|Length:||306 ft (93.3 m) (overall)|
|Beam:||36 ft 6 in (11.1 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft (3.4 m) (fully loaded)|
General Electric steam turbo-electric drive engine |
Two 3-bladed propellers solid manganese-bronze 8.5 feet diameter
|Speed:||24 knots (most ships could attain 26/27 knots)|
|Range:||5,500 nautical miles at 15 knots (10,200 km at 28 km/h)|
|Sensors and |
The Rudderow class destroyer escorts were destroyer escorts launched in the United States in 1943 to 1945. Of this class, 22 were completed as destroyer escorts, and 50 were completed as Crosley-class high speed transport and were re-classified as high speed transport APDs. One ship was converted to an APD after completion. They served in World War II as convoy escorts and anti-submarine warfare ships.
History[edit | edit source]
The lead ship was USS Rudderow (DE-224) which was launched on 14 October 1943. The ships had General Electric steam turbo-electric drive engines. The ships were built at various shipyards in the United States, including the Philadelphia Navy Yard and Defoe Shipbuilding Company. They were very similar to the Buckley-class destroyer escort, having the same hull and machinery. The main differences were the Rudderows had two 5-inch guns and two twin-40 mm mounts, instead of the three 3-inch guns and one twin-40 mm or one quad-1.1 inch mount of the Buckleys. The class was also known as the TEV type from their Turbo-Electric drive and 5-inch (V) guns.
The final 180 of the class were canceled near the end of the war. After World War II, some of the surviving units of this class were transferred to Taiwan, South Korea, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and other countries. The rest were retained by the US Navy's reserve fleet until they were decommissioned.
Ships[edit | edit source]
|Rudderow||DE-224||14 October 1943||15 May 1944|
|Tollberg||DE-593||12 February 1944||31 January 1945|
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of destroyer escorts of the United States Navy
- List of frigates of the United States Navy subset of above with hull numbers DE/FF 1037 and higher plus all DEG/FFGs because of the United States Navy 1975 ship reclassification
- List of frigates
References[edit | edit source]
- U.S. Destroyers, an illustrated design history by Norman Friedman, ISBN 1-55750-442-3 Chapter 7
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- http://www.desausa.org/ Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA).
- http://www.ussslater.org/ USS Slater, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum.
- Destroyers Online - List of Destroyer Escort classes
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