ARA La Argentina (D-11)

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ARA La Argentina
History
Argentina
Name: La Argentina
Builder: Blohm + Voss
Launched: 25 September 1981
Acquired: 11 May 1983
Commissioned: 4 August 1983
Status: in active service
Notes: Pennant number: D-11
General characteristics
Class and type: Almirante Brown-class destroyer
Displacement: 3,360 tons
Length: 126 m (413 ft)
Beam: 14 m (46 ft)
Draught: 5.8 m (19 ft)
Propulsion:
  • COGAG (4 turbines)
  • 36,000 shp (27,000 kW)
Speed: 30.5 knots (56.5 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km)
Complement: 224
Armament:
Aircraft carried: 1 × Aérospatiale AS 555 Fennec helicopter
Aviation facilities: Single hangar

ARA La Argentina (pennant number D-11) is the second ship of the MEKO 360H2 series of four destroyers built for the Argentine Navy. The ship is the eighth ship in the history of the Argentine Navy to bear the name of the corsair frigate La Argentina which conducted a privateer raid around the world against Spanish trade in 1817.

Origin[edit]

La Argentina and her sister ships were authorized under the Naval Construction National Plan of 1974, an initiative by the Argentine Navy to replace old World War II-vintage warships which were nearing the end of their operational lives. A contract was signed with the Blohm + Voss Shipyards in Hamburg, West Germany for the construction of four MEKO 360H2 destroyers.

Construction[edit]

La Argentina was launched on 25 September 1981. The ship was delivered to the Argentine Navy on 11 May 1983 for her sea trials, following which the ship departed for Argentina, arriving at Puerto Belgrano Naval Base on 18 July and being formally commissioned into the Navy on 4 August of that same year.

Service history[edit]

The ship emerged in 2006 from an overhaul which included the extension of her flight deck to allow for the operation of SH-3 Sea King helicopters picture.

She is currently[when?] home-ported at Puerto Belgrano as part of the Navy's Destroyer Division, along with her three sister ships.

The Argentine Navy struggles to meet maintenance and training requirements because of financial problems and import restrictions. The Almirante Brown class are reported to be short of spares and suffering engine problems, plus all their ordnance is past its expiry date.[1] As a result, La Argentina suffered a major breakdown in 2012.[1]

On June 30, 2017, La Argentina accidentally collided with a jetty while departing Punta Alta Naval Base for an international naval exercise in the Pacific. The collision resulted in a gash in La Argentina's bow. She was quickly repaired, but undergoing repairs, a fire broke out after an accident with welding equipment. Repairs were completed however, and La Argentina departed for Peru on July 5th 2017.[2]

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Guia de los buques de la Armada Argentina 2005-2006. Ignacio Amendolara Bourdette, ISBN 987-43-9400-5, Editor n/a. (Spanish/English text)