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TORPEDO SHIPS

AUDAZ destroyers (1953-1965)

Audaz 1953

Audaz 1965

Intrépido 1981

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Audaz D31 SECN, Ferrol 26/9/1945 24/1/1951 30/6/1953 stricken 9/1974
Osado D32 SECN, Ferrol 3/8/1945 4/9/1951 26/1/1955 stricken 7/1972
Meteoro (ex-Atrevido) D33 SECN, Ferrol 3/8/1945 4/9/1951 30/11/1955 stricken 9/1974
Furor D34 SECN, Ferrol 3/8/1945 24/2/1955 9/9/1960 stricken 8/1974
Rayo D35 SECN, Ferrol 3/8/1945 4/9/1951 26/1/1956 stricken 8/1974
Ariete D36 SECN, Ferrol 3/8/1945 24/2/1955 7/2/1961 wrecked 25/2/1966
Temerario D37 SECN, Ferrol 14/7/1945 29/3/1960 16/3/1964 stricken 12/1975
Intrépido D38 SECN, Ferrol 14/7/1945 15/2/1961 25/3/1965 stricken 3/1982
Relámpago D39 SECN, Ferrol 14/7/1945 26/9/1961 7/7/1965 stricken 12/1975
  

Displacement standard, t

Audaz, Osado, Meteoro: 1106

others: 1227

Displacement full, t

Audaz, Osado, Meteoro: 1474

others: 1548

Length, m

90.0 pp 93.9 oa

Breadth, m

9.49

Draught, m

3.44

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Rateau-Bretagne geared steam turbines, 3 La Seyne boilers

Power, h. p.

30800

Max speed, kts

Audaz, Osado, Meteoro: 33

others: 31.6

Fuel, t

oil 290

Endurance, nm(kts)

3800(14)

Armament

Audaz, Osado, Meteoro: 3 x 1 - 105/45 SK C/32, 2 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 2 x 4 - 20/65 C/38, 2 x 3 - 533 TT, 4 DCT, 1 DCR, 30 mines

others: 2 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 34, 2 x 1 - 40/70 SP48, 2 - 324 TR (side, 6), 2 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog Mk 11 ASRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR

Sensors later ships: SPS-5B, MLA-1B, Mk 63 radars, QHBa sonar

Complement

Audaz, Osado, Meteoro: 145

others: 199

Ship project history: Small destroyers (actually torpedo boats), built under 1939 program. Project 158 was developed with German help on the basis of construction of French torpedo boats of Le Fier class, which drawings have been bought in occupied France in September, 1942. Machinery would made under French licence: Rateau turbines and La Seyne boilers» with raised steam parameters (as on Oquendo class destroyers), was arranged en echelon. In a hull structure for the first time in Spain welding was widely used.
All 9 ships have been authorized 30/3/1944 and laid down in July-September, 1945. However further building was strongly delayed, mainly because SECN, mastering production of French turbines and boilers, only to 1950 could adjust their production, thus machinery with given boilers appeared absolutely unreliable. Only in 1953-1955 first Audaz, Osado and Meteoro (ex-Atrevido) were commissioned under original project, appeared seriously overloaded. Rayo was commissioned in 1958 as test ship, and remaining five ships were completed in 1960-1965 as ASW frigates with modern American armament and electronics, later first four ships have been similarly converted also.

Modernizations: 1959-1963, Audaz, Osado, Meteoro, Rayo: were rebuilt as later ships.

Naval service: Ariete was lost 25/2/1966: owing to boilers accident she lost speed and ran ashore at coast of Galicia.

Audaz 1952

Rayo 1960s

Intrépido 1969

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