Rudderow-class destroyer escort
|Preceded by:||Edsall class|
|Succeeded by:||John C. Butler class|
|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)|
|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)|
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 transports 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.
The lead ship was USS Rudderow 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, having the same hull and machinery. The main differences were the Rudderows had two 5-inch (127 mm) guns and two twin-40 mm mounts, instead of the three 3-inch (76 mm) guns and one twin-40 mm or one quad 1.1-inch (28 mm) 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.
View forward from the mast of Rudderow-class USS Chaffee (DE-230) showing 5in and 40mm guns.
View aft from the mast of Rudderow-class USS Chaffee (DE-230) showing rear 5in and 40mm guns, depth charge racks, depth charge projectors and torpedo tubes.
|Rudderow||DE-224||14 October 1943||15 May 1944||15 January 1947||scrapped 1970|
|Day||DE-225||14 October 1943||10 June 1944||16 May 1946||sunk as target, March 1969|
|Chaffee||DE-230||27 November 1943||9 May 1944||15 April 1946||scrapped 1948|
|Hodges||DE-231||12 December 1943||27 May 1944||22 June 1946||scrapped 1973|
|Riley||DE-579||20 October 1943||13 March 1944||15 January 1947||Taiwanese Tai Yuan, 1968, scrapped 1992|
|Leslie L.B. Knox||DE-580||8 January 1944||22 March 1944||15 June 1946||scrapped 1973|
|McNulty||DE-581||8 January 1944||31 March 1944||2 July 1946||sunk as target in November 1972|
|Metivier||DE-582||12 January 1944||7 April 1944||1 June 1946||scrapped 1969|
|George A. Johnson||DE-583||12 January 1944||15 April 1944||September 1957||scrapped 1966|
|Charles J. Kimmel||DE-584||15 January 1944||20 April 1944||15 January 1947||sunk as target in November 1969|
|Daniel A. Joy||DE-585||15 January 1944||28 April 1944||1 May 1965||scrapped 1966|
|Lough||DE-586||22 January 1944||2 May 1944||24 June 1946||scrapped 1970|
|Thomas F. Nickel||DE-587||22 January 1944||9 June 1944||26 February 1958||scrapped 1973|
|Peiffer||DE-588||26 January 1944||15 June 1944||1 June 1946||sunk as target in May 1967|
|Tinsman||DE-589||29 January 1944||26 June 1944||11 May 1946||scrapped 1973|
|DeLong||DE-684||23 November 1943||31 December 1943||8 August 1969||sunk as target in February 1970|
|Coates||DE-685||9 December 1943||24 January 1944||30 June 1962||sunk as target in September 1971|
|Eugene E. Elmore||DE-686||23 December 1943||4 February 1944||31 May 1946||scrapped 1969|
|Holt||DE-706||15 February 1944||9 June 1944||2 July 1946||Korean Chung Nam, June 1963, scrapped 1984|
|Jobb||DE-707||4 March 1944||4 July 1944||13 May 1946||scrapped 1970|
|Parle||DE-708||25 March 1944||29 July 1944||1 July 1970||sunk as target in October 1970|
- 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
- U.S. Destroyers, an illustrated design history by Norman Friedman, ISBN 1-55750-442-3 Chapter 7
Media related to Rudderow Class Destroyer Escorts at Wikimedia Commons
- 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