ARA Almirante Domecq Garcia (D23)
USS Braine (DD-630), South Pacific, 1944.
|Namesake:||Daniel L. Braine|
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works|
|Laid down:||12 October 1942|
|Launched:||7 March 1943|
|Commissioned:||11 May 1943|
|Decommissioned:||17 August 1971|
|Struck:||17 August 1971|
|Fate:||transferred to Argentina, 17 August 1971|
|Name:||Almirante Domecq Garcia|
|Commissioned:||17 August 1971|
|Decommissioned:||30 November 1982|
|Struck:||30 November 1982|
|Fate:||Sunk as a target, 7 October 1983|
|Class and type:||Fletcher-class destroyer|
|Length:||376 ft 6 in (114.76 m)|
|Beam:||39 ft 8 in (12.09 m)|
|Draft:||17 ft 9 in (5.41 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h; 40 mph)|
|Range:||6,500 nautical miles (12,000 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
Almirante Domecq Garcia was acquired from the United States Navy, with which she had served as USS Braine since her commissioning on 11 May 1943. She participated both in World War II and the Cold War for the United States.
The Argentine Navy took possession of ex-Braine on 17 August 1971, and renamed her Almirante Domecq Garcia, after Admiral Manuel Domecq Garcia. She was commissioned at Treasure Island, California, in a ceremony attended by Admiral Garcia’s daughter, Mrs. Eugenia Domecq Garcia de Forn. Commander Mario Eduaro Olmas assumed command and raised the flag of the Republic of Argentina.
On 30 November 1982 the ship's flag was lowered. She had sailed 123,000 miles (198,000 km) under the flag of the Republic of Argentina. She was sunk as a target on 7 October 1983 off Mar del Plata by the combined action of an Exocet MM-38 missile launched by the corvette ARA Drummond and a torpedo fired from the submarine ARA San Luis.