Acre-class destroyer

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CT Acre (D-10).jpg
CT Acre - D 10
Class overview
Name: Acre Class
Builders: Ilha das Cobas, Rio de Janeiro
Operators:  Brazilian Navy
Preceded by: H class destroyer
Completed: 6
Retired: 6
General characteristics [1]
Class & type: Acre
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 1,340 long tons (1,360 t) standard
1,800 long tons (1,800 t) full load
Length: 98.45 m (323 ft 0 in) oa
Beam: 10.67 m (35 ft 0 in)
Draught: 2.59 m (8 ft 6 in)
Propulsion: 2 shaft Parsons geared turbines, 3 boilers 34,000 hp (25,000 kW)
Speed: 35.5 knots (40.9 mph; 65.7 km/h)
Complement: 150
Armament: 4 × 5 inch/38 guns (4x1)
2 × 40 mm guns
4 × 20 mm guns
6 x 21 inch torpedo tubes
8 depth charge throwers[2]

The Acre class destroyers were a class of six destroyers built during World War II for the Brazilian Navy. None was completed before the end of the war. They are also referred to in some sources as the Amazonas class.

The ships were built in Brazil to a modified British design (but with some U.S. equipment) to replace six H class destroyers (or Jurua class) ordered from Britain but purchased by Britain for use in the war. The ships took a long time to complete, being finished in 1949-1951

The ships received a refit in the early 1960s with new electronics and the no. 2 gun being replaced by a 40mm Bofors mounting. Two ships were decommissioned in 1964 and the remaining four in 1973/4.

The ships[edit]

The six ships were:

Ship Laid down[1] Launched[1] Commissioned[1] Decommissioned
Acre 28 December 1940 30 May 1945 10 December 1951 1974
Ajuricaba 28 December 1940 30 May 1945 December 1951 1964
Amazonas 20 July 1940 29 November 1943 10 November 1949 1973
Apa 28 December 1940 30 May 1945 December 1951 1964
Araguarí 28 December 1940 14 July 1946 23 June 1951 1974
Araguaya 20 July 1940 24 November 1943 3 September 1949 1974

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Whitley 2000, p. 22
  2. ^ Gardiner and Chesneau 1980, p. 417.
  • Gardiner, Robert and Roger Chesneau. Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1922–1946. London: Conway Maritime Press, 1980. ISBN 0-85177-146-7.
  • Whitley M.J. Destroyers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia. London: Cassell Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1-85409-521-8