ARA Almirante Brown (C-1)

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For other ships of the same name, see ARA Almirante Brown.
Almirante Brown.jpg
Career (Argentina)
Builder: Odero in Genoa (Italy)
Laid down: 12 October 1927
Launched: 28 September 1929
Commissioned: 18 July 1931
Fate: Scrapped 1962
General characteristics
Displacement: 6,800t normal; 9,000t full load
Length: 560.3 ft (170.8 m)
Beam: 58.5 ft (17.8 m)
Draught: 15.3 ft (4.7 m)
Propulsion: Parsons turbine, 2 screws
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h) @ 85,000 hp (63,000 kW)
Range: 8,000 mi (13,000 km) @ 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 600
Armament: Six 7.5 inch
Twelve 4 inch DP
Six 40 mm AA guns
Six 21 inch torpedo tubes
Armour: Deck: 1 inch
Sides: 2.8 inch
Conning tower: 2.3 inch
Turrets: 2 inch
Aircraft carried: 2 × Grumman J2F Duck
Aviation facilities: Catapult launcher

The Almirante Brown was a Veinticinco de Mayo-class heavy cruiser in service with the Armada of the Argentine Republic during World War II. The ship was named in honour of Admiral Guillermo Brown, the Father of the Argentine Navy. Almirante Brown was built by Odero in Genoa (Italy), laid down 27 November 1927, launched on 11 August 1929, and completed 11 July 1931. Her total displacement was 6,800 tons. The ship was broadly similar to the Italian Trento Class but was armed with three twin 7.5-in gun turrets as against four 8-in. Another important difference was the repositioning of the boilers, which gave the ship a single funnel. On trials the cruiser reached its contracted speed of 32 knots. As completed the ship had a short funnel but it was subsequently raised. During the Second World War the ship finally received the catapult which had been included in the original design. The catapult and crane were carried on the centreline between the funnel and mainmast, with two Grumman floatplanes. When built six twin 100-mm antiaircraft guns were mounted at forecastle deck level but these were later replaced by twin 40-mm Bofors guns.

Almirante Brown was decommissioned on 27 June 1961 and sold for breaking up in Italy in 1962.

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References[edit]

  • David Miller, Illustrated Directory of Warships - from 1860 to the present day. (Salamander Books, London, 2001)
  • M.J. Whitley, Cruisers of World War II, An International Encyclopedia (1995) Arms and Armour Press
  • Purnell's Illustrated encyclopedia of Modern Weapons and Warfare

Further reading[edit]

  • Burzaco, Ricardo. Acorazados y Cruceros De La Armada Argentina. Eugenio B, Buenos Aires, 1997. ISBN 987-96764-0-8 (in Spanish)
  • Arguindeguy, Pablo. Apuntes sobre los buques de la Armada Argentina (1810-1970). Comando en Jefe de la Armada, Buenos aires, 1972. ISBN n/d (in Spanish)