Almirante Clemente Class Destroyer
The Almirante Clemente class of destroyer escorts is a class of warships built for several countries. The class was designed by Luigi Ansaldo Ficantieri for the Venezuelan Naval Forces, currently Venezuelan Navy, in the 50's to complement its Nueva Esparta class destroyer.
The Venezuelan Navy has 2 out of 6 ships originally ordered, and Portugal, Algeria, and Indonesia each have 2 ships of this design. In the Portuguese navy, these ships are referred as patrol boats. In the '50s Venezuelan Navy, the ships were classified as DLV (Destroyer Light Vessel) or light destroyers, in the '80s were reclassified as ASW frigate, and are currently classified as coast guard vessels.
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