ARA Suboficial Castillo (A-6)
ARA Suboficial Castillo in Antarctic waters
|Career (United States)|
|Laid down:||18 Sep 1943|
|Fate:||transferred to Argentine Navy, 1993|
|Namesake:||Marine Julio Castillo|
|Acquired:||30 Sep 1993|
|Commissioned:||7 Jun 1994|
|Fate:||in service as of 2010|
|Displacement:||1731 tons (full)|
|Length:||62.5 m (205 ft)|
|Beam:||11.7 m (38 ft)|
|Draft:||5.2 m (17 ft)|
|Propulsion:||4 × Diesel-electric engines,
|Speed:||16 knots (30 km/h)|
|Range:||6,500 mi (5,600 nmi; 10,500 km)les at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Armament:||as Suboficial Castillo
2 × dual 40 mm /60 Bofors gun,
1 single 40 mm /60 Bofors gun,
2 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannon
Suboficial Castillo is used as support ship for both the Argentine Submarine Force and during the summer campaigns in Antarctica in the Patrulla Antártica Naval Combinada (English: Joint Antarctic Naval Patrol) with the Chilean Navy to guarantee safety to all touristic and scientific ships that are in transit within the Antarctic Peninsula.
Takelma was built by United Engineering Co, at Alameda, California, USA and commissioned by the US Navy in 1944. She was transferred to Reserve fleet in October 1976.
The ship was acquired in 1993 by the Argentine Navy and classified as aviso.
It is the first ship to bear the name of Argentine Marines's Sub-Officer Julio Saturnino Castillo, an Argentine Nation to the Heroic Valour in Combat Cross recipient killed during the Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas).
As of 2010 she is homebased at Mar del Plata naval base.
- Suboficial Castillo pictorial at Histarmar