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Chilean destroyer Blanco Encalada (D15), Chile
Code Number:
MYNV10P04_01
Title:
Chilean destroyer Blanco Encalada (D15), Chile
Name: HMS Fife
Ordered: 26/09/1961
Builder: Fairfield Shipbuilding
Laid down: 1/06/1962
Launched: 9/07/1964
Commissioned: 21/06/966
Decommissioned: June 1987
Identification: Pennant number: D20
Fate: Sold to Chile on 12/08/1987
Career (Chile)
Name: Blanco Encalada
Acquired: August 1987
Commissioned: 1988
Decommissioned: 12/12/2003
Fate: Sold for scrap in November 2005

Displacement: 6,200 tonnes
6,800 tonnes (full load)
Length: 158.9 meters (521 feet)
Beam: 16 meters (52 feet)
Draft: 6.2 meters (20 feet)
Propulsion: COSAG (Combined steam and gas) turbines, 2x shafts
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: 6,500 km (3,500 nautical miles) at 28 knots (52 km/h)
Capacity: 440-471
Armament:
- 2 twin turrets with 4.5 inch (114 mm) guns Mark N6 (B turret was later replaced by 4 MM38 Exocet missile launchers)
- 2 mountings for Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
- 1 Twin Seaslug GWS.2 SAM (removed during refit in 1986)
- 2 Quad Seacat GWS-22 SAM (in Chilean service, the Seacat was replaced by 2 eight-cell vertical launching system for Barak surface-to-air missiles)
- 2 triple 12.75" torpedo tubes

Aircraft carried: 1 Wessex HAS Mk 3 helicopter (in Chilean service, 2 Cougar helicopters)
Helicopter facilities: Flight deck and enclosed hangar for one helicopter. (In Chilean service, it was enlarged and expanded for two helicopters during refit in 1987)
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Bill Goidell

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