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CALVO SOTELO gunboat (1938)

Calvo Sotelo 1939

Calvo Sotelo 1955

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Calvo Sotelo (ex-Zacatecas)   Echavarietta y Larrinaga, Cadiz 11/1933 27/8/1934 8/1938 stricken 4/1957

  

Displacement standard, t

1600

Displacement full, t

2000

Length, m

86.0 pp 92.4 oa

Breadth, m

12.2

Draught, m

3.50

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 2 Yarrow boilers

Power, h. p.

6500

Max speed, kts

18.5

Fuel, t

oil 138

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000 (15)

Armament

4 x 1 - 120/45 Vickers-Armstrong Mk F, 2 x 1 - 88/42 SK C/32, 3 x 1 - 20/65 C/30, 2 DCR

Military load 500 troops

Complement

160

Ship project history: Built under Mexican order as Zacatecas as gunboat-troop transport, capable to carry 500 infantrymen and 30 horses, landed through two sideports. Designed armament consisted from 2 single 102mm/45 and 2 single 57mm guns, 2 single 25mm/60 AA MGs and 2 small MGs. Lead sister-ship Durango was transferred to the customer 14/7/1936 and served under Mexican flag till 2001. Incomplete Zacatecas, which building was suspended because of financial disagreements of builder and customer, came into hands of Nationalists at Cadiz and was completed by them as usual gunboat with strong armament. Fitting of enlargened superstructures and heavy armament has led to strong overload and decreased stability of ship to dangerous limits. Bunkrooms for soldiers and sideports were kept unchanged.
Ship was officially requisitioned by Franco Government 30/5/1938, one day prior to departure to sea trails.

Modernizations: 10/1938: - 2 x 1 -120/45, 2 x 1 - 20/65; + 2 x 1 - 13.2/76

1939: - 2 x 1 - 88/42; + 1 x 1 - 120/45 Vickers-Armstrong Mk F, 2 x 1 - 57/42 Nordenfelt

1943: - 3 x 1 - 120/45, 1 x 1 - 20/65, 2 x 1 - 13.2; + 2 x 1 - 102/45 Vickers Mk LA, 3 x 1 - 20/65 C/38

Naval service: Since 1943 Calvo Sotelo was used as depot ship for S38 class MTBs, thus 120mm/45 guns were replaced by 2 old single 102mm/45. In 1952 ship was laid up into reserve at Cadiz.

Calvo Sotelo 1951

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