Rudderow Class, U.S. Destroyer Escorts

Photograph of Rudderow-class destroyer escort

U.S. Navy. Via

Schematic diagram of Rudderow class destroyer escort

ONI 222


Tonnage 1430 tons standard displacement
Dimensions 306' by 36'10" by 13'9"
93.27m by 11.23m by 4.19m
Maximum speed       23 knots
Complement 156
Armament 2 5"/38 dual-purpose guns
1x3 21" torpedo tubes
2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns
10 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
1 Hedgehog projector
8 depth charge projectors
2 depth charge racks
2-shaft G.E.C. turboelectric (12,000 shp)
2 boilers
Bunkerage 378 tons fuel oil
Range 6000 nautical miles (11,000 km) at 12 knots
SL radar
QC sonar

The Rudderows, completed in 1943-45, were officially known as the TEV type destroyer escorts. They were similar to the Evarts class, but had longer hulls to accommodate more powerful turboelectric machinery and were armed with 5" guns. Of all the destroyer escort classes, they and the John C. Butlers probably came the closest to realizing the original concept.  However, fifty units of this class were converted on the ways to fast attack transports (Crosley class), and another 180 were canceled, so that just 22 were completed as destroyer escorts.

None were lost in combat in the Pacific.

Units in the Pacific:


Arrived 1944-7/10
Walter C. Wann Arrived 1944-7/29
Chaffee Arrived 1944-10
Charles J.Kimmel Arrived 1944-10
Daniel A. Joy Arrived 1944-10
Peiffer Arrived 1944-10-7
Thomas F. Nickel Arrived 1944-10-7
Tinsman Arrived 1944-10-19
Hodges Arrived 1944-10-21
Holt Arrived 1944-10-23
Rudderow Arrived 1944-10-23
Jobb Arrived 1944-10-30
Day Arrived 1944-11
Eugene E. Elmore Arrived 1944-11
McNulty Arrived 1944-11-10
Metivier Arrived 1944-11-10
Riley Arrived 1944-11-10
George A. Johnson       Arrived 1944-11-13
Parle Arrived 1945-1-3



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