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CARRONADE amphibious fire support ship (1953)


Ships


No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
IFS1, 1.1969- LFR1 Carronade   Puget Sound Bridge, Seattle 19.11.1952 26.5.1953 25.5.1955 stricken 5.1973


Technical data


Displacement standard, t

1040

Displacement full, t

1500

Length, m

72.3 wl 74.7 oa

Breadth, m

11.9

Draught, m

3.05

No of shafts

2

Machinery

2 diesels

Power, h. p.

3100

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armament

1 x 1 - 127/38 Mk 30, 2 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1, 8 x 2 - 127 Mk 105 RL

Electronic equipmentSPS-10, SPQ-6 radars
Complement162


Standard scale images


<i>Carronade </i>1961
Carronade 1961
<i>Carronade </i>1963
Carronade 1963


Project history

Carronade was a direct successor to the wartime rocket-firing landing ships and craft, built as a result of revived interest in amphibious warfare after Inchon. Design work actually began in 1948, and at one stage a converted DE was considered. Considerations included suitability for mass production and the desire to achieve 20kts (as in other ships of the amphibious convoy then contemplated); the two conflicted, since speeds above about 15kts proved very expensive. In addition, the conflict between a need for large numbers of rockets and the desire to hold down ship size was resolved by placing large numbers of rockets in magazines above the waterline, protected only by 19mm STS. Proposals for a mortar-locating radar, for counter-battery fire, were dropped, the ship being limited to conventional weapons and fire control systems.

Modernizations

None.

Naval service

No significant events.