Dealey-class destroyer escort

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USS Dealey (DE-1006)
USS Dealey (DE-1006)
Class overview
Operators:  United States Navy
 Uruguayan Navy
 Colombian Navy
Preceded by: John C. Butler-class destroyer escort
Succeeded by: Claud Jones-class destroyer escort
Built: 1952–1957
In commission: 1954–1994
Completed: 13
Preserved: 1
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,270 long tons (1,290 t)
Length: 314 ft 6 in (95.86 m)
Beam: 36 ft 9 in (11.20 m)
Draft: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 × Foster-Wheeler boilers
1 × De Laval geared turbine
20,000 shp (15 MW)
1 shaft
Speed: 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h)
Complement: 170
Armament: 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
4 × 533 mm (21.0 in) torpedo tubes
2 × ASW torpedo racks
2 × Hedgehog anti-submarine mortar
2 × DCT (K-guns)

The Dealey class destroyer escorts were the first post-World War II escort ships built for the United States Navy.

Slightly faster and larger than the escort destroyers of the previous era, they were fitted with twin-mounted 3 inch guns, ASW rockets, a depth charge rack and 6 depth charge launchers. There were later modernisations that removed the ASW rockets and the depth charges in favor of nuclear-capable anti-submarine rocket launchers and torpedo mounts which fired lighter homing torpedoes. A large SQS 23 sonar was refitted in a bow sonar dome and most of the class were also fitted with a hangar and landing pad for DASH drone helicopters to deliver MK 44 and Mk 46 torpedoes. The drone helicopters proved very unreliable and their failure contributed to the relatively short life of the class.

They were decommissioned in 1972 and 1973 in favor of the Knox class frigate. USS Dealey (DE-1006) and USS Hartley (DE-1029) were sold at surplus to other countries in 1972, with the remainder of the class being sold for scrap.

Ships[edit]

Name Number Builder Commissioned-
Decommission
Fate
Dealey DE-1006 Bath Iron Works 1954-1972 Transferred to Uruguay as ROU 18 De Julio (DE-3)
Cromwell DE-1014 Bath Iron Works 1954-1972 Sold for scrap
Hammerberg DE-1015 Bath Iron Works 1955-1973 Sold for scrap
Courtney DE-1021 Defoe Shipbuilding 1956-1973 Sold for scrap
Lester DE-1022 Defoe Shipbuilding 1957-1972 Sold for scrap
Evans DE-1023 Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging 1957-1968 Sold for scrap
Bridget DE-1024 Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging 1957-1968 Sold for scrap
Bauer DE-1025 Bethlehem Steel, Alameda 1957-1973 Sold for scrap
Hooper DE-1026 Bethlehem Steel, Alameda 1958-1968 Sold for scrap
John Willis DE-1027 New York Shipbuilding 1957-1972 Sold for scrap
Van Voorhis DE-1028 New York Shipbuilding 1957-1972 Sold for scrap
Hartley DE-1029 New York Shipbuilding 1957-1972 Sold to Colombia as ARC Boyaca (DE-16)
Joseph K. Taussig DE-1030 New York Shipbuilding 1957-1972 Sold for scrap

See also[edit]

Media related to Dealey class destroyer escorts at Wikimedia Commons

ARC Boyaca remains are in a junk yard at the city of Guatape department of Antioquia.

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