Almirante Clemente-class destroyer
Destroyer General Moran
|Name:||Almirante Clemente class|
|Builders:||Ansaldo Stabilimento Luigi Orlando, Livorno|
|Operators:||Bolivarian Armada of Venezuela|
|Preceded by:||Captain class|
|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)|
|Sensors and |
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 1950s to complement its Nueva Esparta-class destroyers.
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 1950s Venezuelan Navy, the ships were classified as DLV (Destroyer Light Vessel) or light destroyers, in the 1980s were reclassified as ASW frigate, and are currently classified as coast guard vessels.
These ships include among their specs these characteristics:
The usage of the fin stabilizer is a weapons systems support device to stabilize the ship making it a more steady gun platform in rough seas. This can be tracked to HMS Bittern, the most of the Hunt-class destroyers after refit have it, but the very first Battle-class destroyers HMS Finisterre and HMS Camperdown have it, even ships as HMS Amethyst have it, but do not use form higher consumption of power, according to several conversations lines in the Maritime History forum MARHST in the US navy ships as USS Gyatt (DD-712) have it.
Ships in class
|Code||Name||Shipyard ID||Keel date||Launch date||Commissioned||AA & ASW Refit||Weapons Refit||Coast Guard||Major maint.||Status||Decommissioned||Life Cycle|
- D-12 Almirante Clemente, named after Lino de Clemente, an officer of the Spanish and Venezuelan navies and prominent politician in early Venezuela. Sunk in 2009.
- D-13 General Flores, named after Juan José Flores, Venezuelan soldier, as well as the first president of Ecuador. Sunk in 1978.
- D-22 General Moran, named after José Trinidad Moran, a soldier who fought with Simón Bolívar's independence movement. transferred to Coast Guard. Ship has been removed from service and partially been dismantled as of 2011.
- D-23 Almirante Brion, named after Luis Brión, an admiral in Bolivar's navy. Sunk in 1978.
- D-32 General Austria, named after José de Austria, a general under Francisco de Miranda's command. Sunk in 1976.
- D-33 Almirante Garcia, named after José María García, a naval officer under Juan Bautista Arismendi. Sunk in 1977.
- First Division
- D11 Nueva Esparta (Nueva Esparta Class Destroyer)
- D12 Almirante Clemente (Almirante Clemente class)
- D13 General Flores (Almirante Clemente class)
- Second Division
- D21 Zulia (Nueva Esparta class)
- D22 General Moran (Almirante Clemente class)
- D23 Almirante Brion (Almirante Clemente class)
- Third Division
- D31 Aragua (Nueva Esparta class)
- D32 General Austria (Almirante Clemente class)
- D33 Almirante Garcia (Almirante Clemente class)
- Jane's fighting ships edition 1970-71
- web site from a Checolovaquian naval modeller
- Ships built at Livorno
- Miramar Ship Index: Ships made in Italy by Ansaldo
- Basic Spec of Clemente Class Ships
- A complete list of Venezuelan Navy ships
- exAlmirante Clemente half-sunken in 2011 Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
- Partially dismantled exGeneral Jose Trinidad Moran in 2011 in Puerto Cabello, Venezuel