USS Rudderow (DE 224).

Length: “Long hull” 306' 0" x 300' 0"

Molded Beam: 37' 0"

Displacement: 1,450 long tons standard; 1,810 full load.

Draft: Light: 9' 7"; Deep: 13' 9"

Designed Complement: Officers, 15; Enlisted, 198.

Shaft Horsepower: 12,000

Speed: Trial: 23.6 knots; Service: 24 knots

Screws: Two.

Rudders: Two.

Bridge: Low, enclosed.

Stack: One.


Gun battery: 2 x 5-inch/38 caliber dual purpose guns.

Initial: 2 x twin 40mm Bofors.

Later: 1 x quad and 3 x twin 40mm Bofors.

Short range: 8 or 10 x single 20mm Oerlikon.

Anti-submarine battery: 2 x depth charge tracks, 8 x depth charge projectors, 1 x Hedgehog.

The Rudderow class TEV (Turbo Electric 5-inch) type first appeared in 1944. The design matched two 5-inch/38 cal. guns with a Buckley-class (TE) hull and 12,000 shp powerplant. It also introduced a low, enclosed bridge, which it shared with the John C. Butler class (WGT).

Seventy-two Rudderows were built; 69 were completed by the time of the surrender of Japan on 2 September 1945, two more followed later in September and one in November.

Only 21 Rudderows saw service as destroyer escorts. The last 47 TEVs delivered before World War II ended were commissioned as APDs; one other was converted as an APD after completion as a DE. Three other APDs were completed postwar.


Six yards participated in the building program: Bethlehem-Hingham and Quincy, Consolidated, Defoe, and the navy yards at Charleston and Philadelphia.


TEVs in the US Navy sustained no losses during World War II and received no citations or commendations.
Rudderow class

Sources: Bauer and Roberts, Friedman, Whitley, DESA, Global Security, Destroyer History Foundation database.