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Photo.    By Luiz Brazil Cotta  FT3 (Ret. Brazilian Navy)


Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)

Launched 19 June 1943

Commissioned 23 October 1943, Decommissioned 19 December 1944Stricken 20 July 1953

Fate: To Brazil 19 December 1944, renamed  Benevente (D-20)

Stricken and scrapped in 1964

Displacement: 1,240 tons (std) 1,620 tons (full)

Dimensions: 306' (oa), 300' (wl) x 36' 10" x 11' 8" (max)

Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1),1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks.

Machinery: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws.

Speed: 21 knots.

Range: 10,800 nm @ 12 knots.

Crew: 15 / 201.

DE 100 Christopher sailed from Philadelphia 25 December 1943 for duty off Brazil and to Trinidadon training exercises' in convoys' and screening cruisers during their shakedown and training periods. Between 16 January and 11 February, she sailed off Montevideo, screening the British cable ship Cambria as she repaired broken cables.

Similar duty continued until) Christopher was decommissioned at Natal 19 December 1944, and loaned to Brazil under lend-lease. She was renamed Benevente in Brazilian service. On 30 June 1953, when the loan ended, she was stricken from the U.S Navy List and transferred to Brazil under  the Mutual Assistance Program.   In the picture above, USS Christopher is moored at the quayside at Natal during the ceremony transferring to the Brazilian Navy sided by USS Herzog. 19 Dec 1944

Photo.   By Luiz Brazil Cotta  FT3 (Ret. Brazilian Navy)


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