Bouchard Class Destroyers
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(Note: drawing contains some parts taken from Shipbucket.com)

Ship Characteristics

Dimensions Length 390.5 ft
Beam 41 ft
Draft 19 ft
Displacement (Standard) 2,500 tons
Displacement (Full Load) 3,550 tons
Performance Speed (max) 35 knots
Speed (cruising) 15 knots
Endurance 5,800 nautical miles at 15 knots
Armament Guns 4 5 inch L38, 6 3 inch L50
ASW 1 trainable hedgehog Mk.15, 2 fixed hedgehogs Mark 11, 120DC, 5 1-ton depth charges Mark X

Background

In 1949, the United States Navy made a policy decision that it would not maintain a large reserve fleet and that surplus tonnage would be scrapped rather than maintained in reserve. The immediate result a great parade of pre-war construction to the scrap-heap with the determining factor being the rate at which scrapyards could accept the ships. By the late 1950s, this policy was extending to the Gearing class destroyers that were then being replaced by post-war construction. Large numbers of these ships were offered for sail or scrap and were purchased by a wide variety of countries across the world. Argentina purchased eight of these ships, five in DDK configuration and three in DDE. The five DDK ships became the Bouchard class.

The Bouchard class were significantly smaller than the Cordoba class but were much more seaworthy and maintained their speed better in bad weather. In Argentine service, they served as fleet destroyers with their torpedo tubes converted back to handling torpedoes rather than one ton depth charges. Later, those tubes were replaced by four OTOMAT anti-ship missiles.

Class Members

Name Ordered Laid Down Launched Commissioned Fate
Hippolyte Bouchard (ex Borie DDK-704) 1942 1943 1944 1944
Segui (ex Hank DDK-702) 1942 1943 1944 1944
Py (ex Perkins DDK-877) 1943 1944 1944 1944
Espora (ex Mansfield DDK-728) 1943 1944 1944 1944
Rosales (ex Collett DDK-730) 1943 1944 1944 1945
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