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BRAZILIAN NAVY NORTHEAST NAVAL FORCE * - 7 CORVETTES

7)CV RIO BRANCO



Picture SDGM (Serviço de Documentação Geral da Marinha)


Laid down 1914


Incorporated to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN): 3/Feb/1915


Decommissioned from. RCN: 3/Apr/1919


Incorporated to the Brazilian Navy (MB): 14/Dec/1932


Decommissioned 21 Mar 1957.


Tonnage : 825 ton (Full loaded).


Length: 55.59 m


Beam: 9.75 m


Draught: 4.57 m.


Speed:  15 knots.


Armament: 1 101,6mm Armstrong gun, 2 Madsen 20,1mm machine guns. In January 1943, a Submarine Signal Company Model WEA=2 underwater listening device was installed and in December of that year a chemical recorder type CAN=55 100=A from the Sangames-Electric Company. 


Propulsion. 2 triple expansion J Thornicroft machines with 1050 HP. The ship had two Yarrow-type boilers burning fuel oil and which were installed in a compartment with two funnels. 


Complement 9 Officers and 83 ratings


With the entry of Brazil in the War, Rio Branco was reclassified from Survey ship into  Corvette and incorporated to the FNN Naval Northeast Force. During her brief stay at the ports of Recife and Salvador, between two convoy escort missions, Rio Branco was involved in the task of mapping those two important ports. From December 16, 1943 to July 6, 1945, she was employed in the convoy escort, heading one of the groups running from Recife (PE) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ). During the war period the ship participated in the escort of 428 ships domestic and foreign merchants, so she sailed a total of 72,203 miles with 308.5 days at sea.


 

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