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Nueva Esparta class destroyer

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Name  Nueva Esparta class
In commission  1953-1978
Built  1951-1956
Planned  3
Nueva Esparta-class destroyer
Builders  Vickers Armstrongs Shipyards, Barrow-in-Furness
Operators  Bolivarian Armada of Venezuela

The Nueva Esparta-class destroyers were a class of destroyers used by the navy of Venezuela. The lead ship was named after Nueva Esparta (Spanish for "New Sparta"), one of the states of Venezuela.


These ships were ordered in 1950, and were built by the Vickers-Armstrongs shipyards in Barrow-in-Furness between 1951 and 1954.


The ships were designed by Vickers-Armstrong shipyards in the 1950s for the Venezuela naval forces. The design has been identified as a derivative of the Batch 3 Battle-class destroyers built for the United Kingdom and Australia, according to information released by the International Naval Research Organization and several independent researchers in 2006. They were to form part of a fleet that included a 25,000 ton aircraft carrier and a Tiger-class cruiser.

The fleet arrangement for 30/04/1949 covers:

  • 1 (25,000-ton) aircraft carrier (conceptual engineering)
  • 1 (8,000-ton) cruiser (detailed engineering)
  • 3 Nueva Esparta-class destroyers (built)
  • 6 Almirante Clemente-class destroyers (built)
  • 4 submarines (1 used from US Navy)
  • 12 patrol boats (detailed engineering)
  • 2 minesweepers (basic engineering)
  • 1 marine assault ship (built)
  • The names assigned to these ships were associated with states in Venezuela.

  • Nueva Esparta refers to bravery and loyalty.
  • Zulia to remember the Battle of Lake Maracaibo in the Venezuelan War of Independence and the huge contribution of this state to that conflict.
  • Aragua because this state is the military heart of Venezuela, and as homage to the La Victoria battle remembered on "Youth Day".
  • Service

    One ship was assigned to each destroyer division along with two Almirante Clemente-class destroyers; Nueva Esparta went to the first division, Zulia to the second and Aragua to the third.


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