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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

ESCORTS

BRONSTEIN destroyer escorts (1963)

McCloy 1970

Bronstein 1979

Bronstein 1990

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
DE1037, 6/1975- FF1037 Bronstein Avondale, Westwego 16/5/1961 31/3/1962 16/6/1963 stricken 10/1991, to Mexico (Hermenegildo Galeana)
DE1038, 6/1975- FF1038 McCloy Avondale, Westwego 15/9/1951 9/6/1962 21/10/1963 stricken 10/1991, to Mexico (Nicolas Bravo)

 

Displacement standard, t

1882

Displacement full, t

2723

Length, m

106.7 wl 113.4 oa

Breadth, m

12.5

Draught, m

7.00

No of shafts

1

Machinery

De Laval geared steam turbine, 2 Foster Wheeler boilers

Power, h. p.

20000

Max speed, kts

26

Fuel, t

oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 4000(15)

Armament

1 x 8 ASROC Mk 116 ASuR (8 RUR-5), 1 x 2 - 76/50 Mk 33, 1 x 1 - 76/50 Mk 34, 2 - 533 Mk 24 TT, 2 x 3 - 324 Mk 32 TT (14), 1 QH-50 DASH drone ASW helicopter, hangar and helicopter deck

Sensors

SPS-10, SPS-40, SPG-35 radars, SQS-26 sonar

Complement

191

   

Ship project history: These ships, the progenitors of a long line of large US ASW escorts, were conceived as a reaction to the Claud Jones class, in effect a Dealy with the new SQS-26 sonar, ASROC and DASH, with one of the original four 76mm/50 guns traded off for greater ASW effectiveness. One of the penalties was a loss of speed, so that the new escort was slower than the ASW Task Force with which she was to operate; the desire to regain speed (compared to the Dealey or even as compared to a 30kt submarine) led to the next series of ships.

Modernizations: mid-1970s, both: - 1 x 1 - 76/50; + TASS sonar

early 1980s, McCloy: + SQR-15 sonar

late 1980s, both: - TASS sonar

Naval service: No significant events.

Bronstein 1975

Ivan Gogin, 2015