|Preceded by:||Edsall class|
|Succeeded by:||John C. Butler class|
|Displacement:||1,740 tons (1,770 metric tons) (fully loaded)|
|Length:||306 ft (93.3 m) (overall)|
|Beam:||36 ft 6 in (11.1 m)|
|Draft:||11 ft (3.4 m) (fully loaded)|
|Speed:||24 knots (most ships could attain 26/27 knots)|
|Range:||5,500 nautical miles at 15 knots (10,200 km at 28 km/h)|
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The Rudderow-class destroyer escorts were destroyer escorts launched in the United States in 1943 to 1945. Of this class, 22 were completed as destroyer escorts, and 50 were completed as Crosley-class high speed transports and were re-classified as high speed transport APDs. One ship was converted to an APD after completion. They served in World War II as convoy escorts and anti-submarine warfare ships.
The lead ship was USS Rudderow which was launched on 14 October 1943. The ships had General Electric steam turbo-electric drive engines. The ships were built at various shipyards in the United States, including the Philadelphia Navy Yard and Defoe Shipbuilding Company. They were very similar to the Buckley class, having the same hull and machinery. The main differences were the Rudderows had two 5-inch (127 mm) enclosed guns and two twin-40 mm mounts, instead of the three 3-inch (76 mm) open guns and one twin-40 mm or one quad 1.1-inch (28 mm) mount of the Buckleys. Another major difference is the style of the configuration of the area of the bridge and pilot house which is low and enclosed compared to the Buckley Class which is tall and enclosed. The Rudderow Class is similar to the John C. Butler Class in this case and a distinguishing feature between these two class DEs is the size and number of the portholes in the pilot house. The Rudderow class has seven 16 inch portholes and the John C. Butler Class has nine 12 inch portholes, with both classes having three portholes facing the bow. The class was also known as the TEV type from their Turbo-Electric drive and 5-inch (V) guns.
The final 180 of the class were canceled near the end of the war. After World War II, some of the surviving units of this class were transferred to Taiwan, South Korea, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and other countries. The rest were retained by the US Navy's reserve fleet until they were decommissioned.
View forward from the mast of Rudderow-class USS Chaffee (DE-230) showing 5in and 40mm guns.
View aft from the mast of Rudderow-class USS Chaffee (DE-230) showing rear 5in and 40mm guns, depth charge racks, depth charge projectors and torpedo tubes.
|Ship Name||Hull No.||Builder||Laid down||Launched||Commissioned||Decommissioned|
|Rudderow||DE-224||Philadelphia Navy Yard||14 October 1943||15 May 1944||15 January 1947||scrapped 1970|
|Day||DE-225||14 October 1943||10 June 1944||16 May 1946||sunk as target, March 1969|
|Chaffee||DE-230||Charleston Navy Yard||27 November 1943||9 May 1944||15 April 1946||scrapped 1948|
|Hodges||DE-231||12 December 1943||27 May 1944||22 June 1946||scrapped 1973|
|Riley||DE-579||Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard||20 October 1943||13 March 1944||15 January 1947||Taiwanese Tai Yuan, 1968, scrapped 1992|
|Leslie L.B. Knox||DE-580||8 January 1944||22 March 1944||15 June 1946||scrapped 1973|
|McNulty||DE-581||8 January 1944||31 March 1944||2 July 1946||sunk as target in November 1972|
|Metivier||DE-582||12 January 1944||7 April 1944||1 June 1946||scrapped 1969|
|George A. Johnson||DE-583||12 January 1944||15 April 1944||September 1957||scrapped 1966|
|Charles J. Kimmel||DE-584||15 January 1944||20 April 1944||15 January 1947||sunk as target in November 1969|
|Daniel A. Joy||DE-585||15 January 1944||28 April 1944||1 May 1965||scrapped 1966|
|Lough||DE-586||22 January 1944||2 May 1944||24 June 1946||scrapped 1970|
|Thomas F. Nickel||DE-587||22 January 1944||9 June 1944||26 February 1958||scrapped 1973|
|Peiffer||DE-588||26 January 1944||15 June 1944||1 June 1946||sunk as target in May 1967|
|Tinsman||DE-589||29 January 1944||26 June 1944||11 May 1946||scrapped 1973|
|DeLong||DE-684||Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Fore River Shipyard||23 November 1943||31 December 1943||8 August 1969||sunk as target in February 1970|
|Coates||DE-685||9 December 1943||24 January 1944||30 January 1970||sunk as target in September 1971|
|Eugene E. Elmore||DE-686||23 December 1943||4 February 1944||31 May 1946||scrapped 1969|
|Holt||DE-706||Defoe Shipbuilding Company, Bay City, Michigan||15 February 1944||9 June 1944||2 July 1946||Korean Chung Nam, June 1963, scrapped 1984|
|Jobb||DE-707||4 March 1944||4 July 1944||13 May 1946||scrapped 1970|
|Parle||DE-708||25 March 1944||29 July 1944||1 July 1970||sunk as target in October 1970|
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