The USS Bowers was a special kind of Destroyer Escort called the Crosley Class High-speed Transport. Basically, it was a dual function ship serving both as a Destroyer escort and as a small transport ship moving at a high speed of 24 knots. The USS Bowers was transferred in 1961 to the Philippine Navy and renamed the RPS Rajah Soliman. unfortunately, she sank during a storm in eatern Luzon (sayang!!!) I wonder if a modern version can be built by Philippine shipyards because such a dual function ship is very practical for a poor nation like the Philippines. Imagine a ship that can transport troops and yet conduct Offshore patrol. see data below:
Displacement 1,400 t.
Length 306' (ovl)
Beam 36' 10"
Draft 13' 6" (max)
Speed 24 kt.
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Ship crew: 186
Armament 1 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, 3 twin 40mm gun mounts, 8 single 20mm gun mounts, 2 depth charge tracks
Cargo capacity: 4 LCVP landing craft, 6 1/4 ton trucks, 2 1 ton trucks, 4 ammunition carts, 4 pack howitzers, Storage, Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft., General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft., Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft., and Troop Capacity of 12 Officers, 150 Enlisted men
Propulsion 2 GE Turbines, (turbo-electric drive), 2 boilers, 2 shafts, 12,000 Shaft horsepower
see photos and more specs at:http://www.navsource.org/archives/10/04040.htmhttp://warships.web4u.cz/lode.php?language=E&stat=USA&typ=APD&trida=Charles+Lawrence