From: Chicago, Illinois
The vessel seen in this photograph is the British Thornycroft built 'Serrano' class destroyer VIDELA of the Chilean Navy. She was launched in 1928 and finnally struck from service in 1958.
Regards from Scotland.
rjg is CORRECT!
She served in the Pacific during WWII
Hornblower was close, because she was a "modified-Modified W" class. She used the same hull as the Thornycroft-built Modified W's, but differed in a couple important details, including 1 fewer 4.7 in gun, (replaced by minesweeping gear), different AA loadout, and slightly upgraded boilers and speed.
As rjg identified, she and 5 sisters were built by Thornycroft for the Chilean Navy in the late 20s. All served through WWII, presumably in the Pacific, since that's the only ocean in Chile.
I picked her from the class, because I knew the "V" would throw people off (and you can't see the flag in this photo)
< Message edited by Q-Ball -- 3/28/2009 1:12:08 PM >