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Laid down 6/Nov/1937

Completed  22/Oct/1938

Incorporated  16/Set/1939

Tonnage  550 ton

Length: 57 m

Beam: 7.80 m

Draught: 2.50 m.

Propulsion: 2 boilers and 2 standby engines with 1.300 hp.

Fuel: 85 tons.

Speed: Max.  15 knots.

Range: 2.500 NM.

Armament: 1 4 in. Gun (102 mm/28), 2 Oerlikon machineguns Mk 10 with 20 mm/70 single mounting, 44 mines.

Complement: 70.

Decommissioned 07 Jul 1960.

Carioca - C 1, was the fifth vessel to bear this name at the Brazilian Navy, after the river which crosses Rio de Janeiro and the inhabitant of that famous city. City. She was built at the Navy Arsenal at the Ilha das Cobras (snakes Island) Rio de Janeiro. Her first commander was Lieut. Commander Haroldo Reuben Cox.

On 5/Oct 1942 she was under subordination of the FNN (Força Naval do Nordeste) Northeast Naval Force created by the Ordinance # 1661 of that same day to replace the Cruiser Division, commanded by Captain Alfredo Carlos Soares Dutra, and subordinated to the Commander Fourth Fleet Rear Adm. (USN) Jonas H. Ingram.

FNN initially was composed by Cruisers Rio Grande do Sul – C 11 and Bahia - C 12, Minelayers Carioca - C 1, Cabedelo - C 4 and Camaquã - C 6 and by the Sub chasers Guaporé - G 1 and Gurupi - G 2. The fleet was then added by other new ships received under Lend Lease. Later a few Class T Italian built submarines was added, plus the Tender Belmonte and Brazilian made Destroyers of Mahan Class, thus constituting the Task-Force 46 that operated until the end of the conflict.

In 8 July 1943, The commander of the 4th Fleet, Adm. Ingram, personally observed, off the port of Fortaleza, the excellent  job done by Brazilian corvette Carioca when she towed the U.S. patrol yacht  Perseverance in a rolling sea and took her safely to that port, where she cooperated in the repairs needed, escorting her later to the port of Recife. The Carioca commander demonstrated in this contingency excellent qualities, good criterion in the fact of taking the ship under tow to a safe port.


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