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SPANISH NAVY (SPAIN)

ESCORTS

PIZARRO gunboats (1946-1951)

Pizarro 1954

Hernán Cortés 1970

Legazpi 1970

Vicente Yáñez Pinzón 1981

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Pizarro F31 SECN, Ferrol 6/1943 3/8/1944 8/1946 stricken 10/1970
Hernán Cortés F32 SECN, Ferrol 6/1943 3/8/1944 9/1947 stricken 12/1971
Vasco Núñez de Balboa F33 SECN, Ferrol 6/1943 3/8/1944 2/1947 stricken 11/1965
Martín Alonso Pinzón F34 SECN, Ferrol 6/1943 3/8/1944 3/1948 stricken 2/1966
Magallanes F35 SECN, Ferrol 8/1944 8/8/1945 12/1948 stricken 1/1971
Sarmiento de Gamboa F36 SECN, Ferrol 8/1944 8/8/1945 4/1950 stricken 12/1974
Vicente Yáñez Pinzón F41, 1981- PA41 SECN, Ferrol 8/1944 8/8/1945 8/1949 stricken 1/1983
Legazpi F42 SECN, Ferrol 8/1944 8/8/1945 8/1951 stricken 11/1978

 

Displacement standard, t

1710

Displacement full, t

2246

Length, m

87.5 pp 90.5 wl 95.2 oa

Breadth, m

12.2

Draught, m

3.40 normal 3.78 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

6000

Max speed, kts

18.5

Fuel, t

oil 402

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(15)

Armament

as designed: 3 x 2 - 105/60 SK C/33, 4 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 4 x 2 - 20/65 C/38, 4 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 4 DCT, 1 DCR, 30 mines

F31-33: 3 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 4 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 4 DCT, 1 DCR, 30 mines

F34: 2 x 1 - 105/42 SK C/32, 4 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 4 DCT, 1 DCR, 30 mines

F35, 36, 41: 3 x 1 - 120/45 Vickers-Armstrong Mk F, 4 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 4 DCT, 1 DCR, 30 mines

F42: 3 x 1 - 102/45 Vickers Mk LA, 4 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 4 DCT, 1 DCR, 30 mines

Complement

251

Ship project history: Strongly armed purpose-built escorts, originally planned as improved variant of Eolo class minelayers, however finally as the prototype British Black Swan class sloops were chosen. First four Pizarro class gunboats were ordered by the decree from 2/9/1941, second four by the decree from 25/9/1943. They were repeatedly redesigned, building was conducted under project 149B, all armament should be presented by German samples, and main artillery to consist from 3 twin 105mm/60 SKC/33 guns in stabilized DP mounts. Machinery was installed en echelon, similar to used on Jupiter and Eolo classes, but with steam temperature increased to 355°C.
Because of fall of Nazi Germany delivery of artillery and part of equipment has not been effected, that has compelled to complete ships already after the Second World War without sonars and with improvised armament.

Modernizations: 1952-1954, all: were armed with 3 x 2 - 120/50 NG48, 4 x 2 - 37/83 SK C/30, 6 x 1 - 20/65 C/38, 4 DCT, 1 DCR, 30 mines

1960, Vicente Yáñez Pinzón, Legazpi: were modernized as ASW frigates, armament was consisted of 2 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 4 x 1 - 40/70 SP48, 2 - 324 TR (side, 6), 2 x 24 - 178 Hedgehog ASRL, 8 DCT, 2 DCR; sensors included MLA-1B, SS-5B, Decca TM626, Mk 29 radars, sonar

Naval service: In 1958 all were re-rated as frigates. Vicente Yáñez Pinzón was re-rated as patrol in 1974.

Legazpi 1953

Vicente Yáñez Pinzón 1974

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