This model was awarded Silver Medal M.E. Exhibition, London, 1995
The 'TEV' class destroyer escort 'Rudderow' was the first of twenty-two similar vessels ordered by the U.S. Navy Department in 1943. Small ships displacing only 1,811 tons fully loaded, they measure 306 feet in length with a 37 foot beam, and carried a variety of light weapons manned by a crew of 156 men. Their twin-shaft General Electric turbines gave them a top speed of 23 knots and they proved highly useful in the role for which they had been designed.
Rudderow was built in the huge Philadelphia Navy Yard and launched on 14 October 1943. Put into service immediately upon completion, she took part in numerous wartime operations, most notably the landings in the Philippines in March 1945. She survived the War for peacetime duties but was eventually laid up and then broken up in November 1969