ARA Cabo San Antonio (Q-42)

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Name: Cabo San Antonio
Builder: AFNE, Río Santiago
Launched: 20 July 1968
Out of service: 1997
General characteristics
Displacement: 3828 tons (light); 7804 tons (full load)
Length: 442 ft (135 m)
Beam: 62 ft (19 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m) forward; 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m) aft (full load)
Propulsion: Six diesel engines, two shafts
Speed: 16.9 knots (31.3 km/h; 19.4 mph) (max)
Notes: Characteristics are assumed similar to USS De Soto County
The De Soto County class

ARA Cabo San Antonio (Q42) was a tank landing ship in the Argentine Navy, built in Argentina at AFNE, Río Santiago shipyard. She was launched on 20 July 1968. Cabo San Antonio was based on the US Navy's De Soto County-class tank landing ship design.


The high point of her career was the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands (Malvinas) in 1982, as part of Operation Azul. Cabo San Antonio disembarked with 20 LVTP7 tracked amphibious armoured personnel carriers and LARC-V transports from the 1st Amphibious Vehicles Battalion, carrying D and E Companies of the 2nd Marine Infantry Battalion at Yorke Bay. She did not participate further in the Falklands War once the British fleet arrived around the islands.

Cabo San Antonio was decommissioned in 1997.


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