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DE-339 John C. Butler class 


John C. Butler class FF

(United States/Portugal)

Name

No.

Comm.

Xfer

Decom.

Fate

NRP Diogo-Cao (ex-USS Formoe)

F-333 (ex-DE-509)

5 Oct 1944

7 Feb 1957

19 Nov 1968

Scrapped

1970

NRP Corte Real (ex-USS McCoy Reynolds)

F-334 (ex-DE-440)

2 May 1944

7 Feb 1957

19 Nov 1968

Scrapped

1970

Notes: These two frigates belonged to a large class of convoy escorts built during WWII. After the war, almost all were immediately placed in mothballs where they remained until being scrapped en masse during the 1960s and 1970s. These two were the only class members transferred abroad.

During the war this class was fairly successful, USS McCoy Reynolds for example sinking two Japanese submarines with depth charges during the conflict. Afterwards they were of limited use due to their slow top speed and meager sensor fit. Portugal found them useful however as offshore patrol ships.

Displacement: 1350t standard, 1745t full Dimensions: 306’x36’10”x13’4” Machinery: Steam-reduction: 2 boilers, 2 Westinghouse geared steam turbines, 2 shafts Max speed: 24kts Range: 6000NM @ 12kts Complement: 215 (14 officers, 201 enlisted)

WEAPONS-Guns

x2 Mk30 5”                          8NM surface/AA

x2 Mk2 twin 40mm              2NM surface/AA

(20mm guns deleted prior to xfer)

WEAPONS-ASW

x3 (1 triple) 21” tubes Mk35 torpedoes: 6NM surface/sub (no reloads)

x1 Mk15 Hedgehog                                  0.25NM sub

x8 Mk6 K-Gun                                           Vertical sub

x2 Mk3 DC racks x16 Mk9 DC’s:             Vertical sub

SENSORS-Radar

Type SU (X)                         80NM air search/24NM surface search (range, bearing)

SENSORS-EW

Mk51 EO director for 40mm guns

SENSORS-Sonar

Type QHB                             1NM active/passive (range, bearing, depth)


 

Entry created by: Jason W. Henson
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