Colombian Navy – Frigates

Frigates (and Destroyer Escorts)

Almirante Padilla class LOA 325′ TDISP 2,100 tons (4 active, service since 1983)

RIMPAC 2014 ship arrivals
ARC Almirante Padilla FM-51 arrives to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for RIMPAC 2014 exercise, June 2014. USN 1424372 (PO1 Diana Quinlan)

Almirante Padilla frigates Cartagena 2018Almirante Padilla frigate Cartagena 2020

ARC Córdoba DT-15 (1969-1980) Rudderow / Crosley Class DDE/APD LOA 306′ TDISP 1,700 tons. Formerly USS Ruchamkin APD-89, DE-228 (1945-1969). The last of 51 Crosley class high speed transports based on the WW2 Rudderow class DDE design. Transferred to Colombia via Military Assistance Plan. After dismantling, it was partially rebuilt as part of a theme park at Tocancipá, Cundinamarca, Colombia. See USN retired frigates and destroyer escorts for more context.

USS Ruchamkin ARC Cordoba at Parque_Jaime_Duque_01
USS Ruchamkin / ARC Cordoba at Jaime Duque Park theme park, in the vicinity of a Taj Mahal-inspired building, near Bogota. Credit: Karolynaroca, CC BY-SA 3.0
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USS Crosley Oct. 1944 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. APD-87 NH-91587 Courtesy of A.D. Baker III and Naval History and Heritage Command.
USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) Tocanipa 2018
The Crosley class high speed transports differed from the Rudderow class DEs by having the aft 5″ gun, the torpedo tubes amidships, and the Hedgehog ASW mortar cabinet removed. APDs could embark 200 troops, 40 tons of cargo, and still provide gunfire support for amphibious landings.

USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) Tocanipa 2011USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) Bagota 2011

USS Ruchamkin (APD-89) Bagota 2018
In addition to the ARC Córdoba (at left), and the Taj Mahal replica, there is a DC-6 Avianca aircraft (middle upper) and a very odd interpretation of a 17th Century ship (middle lower).

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