List of auxiliary ships of the Argentine Navy

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ARA Almirante Irizar icebreaker

This list includes all major auxiliary ships (transports, colliers, tankers, scientific vessels, tugs, among others) in service with the Argentine Navy since being formally established in the 1860s.[n 1] It does not include vessels prior to that date, nor does it include warships which are listed separately.

The list is organized by type of ship, by class within each type, and by service entry date within each class. Service entry dates indicate the ship's commissioning into the Argentine Navy, and not the ship's entry in service with another navy unless specifically said.

There is a separate list of current ships of the Argentine Navy regardless the type.

Naming tradition[edit]

The current norms establish naming conventions for Argentine Navy ships according to their type; some of these used for auxiliaries are summarized below.[1]

Avisos, salvage ships, maritime tugs
Mariners or civilians of relevance to the Navy.
Icebreakers and polar ships
Antarctic coastal geographic features, or names historically related with the Argentine activity in Antarctica.
Transports and tankers
Coastal geographic features.
Research ships
Maritime port cities.

List of ships[edit]

Avisos[edit]

Irigoyen class (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Comandante Gral. Irigoyen A-1 USS Cahuilla 1961 2010
ARA Francisco de Gurruchaga A-3 USS Luiseno 1975 in service
ARA Suboficial Castillo A-6 USS Takelma 1993 in service

Zapiola class (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Comandante Gral. Zapiola A-2 USS Arapaho 1961 1976 [2]

Sotyomo class (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Diaguita A-5 ex-US Navy (ATA-124) 1947 1979 [2]
ARA Yamana A-6 ex-US Navy (ATA-126) 1947/8 1985 [2]
ARA Chiriguano A-7 ex-US Navy (ATA-227) 1947 1996 [2]
ARA Sanaviron A-8 ex-US Navy (ATA-228) 1947 1997 [2]
ARA Alférez Sobral A-9 USS Salish (ATA-187) 1972 2019 [2]
ARA Comodoro Somellera A-10 USS Catawba (ATA-210) 1972 [2] 1998[citation needed]

Teniente Olivieri class aviso (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Teniente Olivieri A-2 Marsea 10 (in the US Maritime Administration) 1987 in service [2]

Neftegaz class (Polish-built)[3][4]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Puerto Argentino A-21 Neftegaz 61 2015[5] in service
ARA Estrecho San Carlos A-22 Neftegaz 51 2015[6] in service
ARA Bahía Agradable A-23 Neftegaz 71
Tumcha
2015[7] in service
ARA Islas Malvinas A-24 Neftegaz 57 2015[8] in service

Icebreakers[edit]

General San Martín class icebreaker (German-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA General San Martín Q-4 none 1954 1982[2]

Almirante Irizar class icebreaker (Finnish-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Almirante Irizar Q-5 none 1978 In service [n 2]

ARA Bahía Paraíso (1981-1989)

Multipurpose ships[edit]

Ciudad de Zárate class multipurpose ship (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Ciudad de Zárate Q-61 USCG Red Cedar (WLM 688) 2000 in service
ARA Ciudad de Rosario Q-62 USCG Red Wood (WLM 685) 2000 in service
ARA Punta Alta Q-63 USCG Red Birch (WLM 687) 2000 in service

Oceanographic/Hydrographic Research[edit]

Capitán Cánepa-class (ex Flower-class, Canadian-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Capitán Cánepa Q-3 HMCS Barrie
Gasestado
1957 1972[2]

Comodoro Lasserre-class (ex Colony-class, US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Comodoro Lasserre Q-9 HMS Caicos
ARA Santísima Trinidad
1963 1969[2]

Islas Orcadas-class (ex Eltanin-class, US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Islas Orcadas USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) 1974 1979[2]

Puerto Deseado-class oceanographic ship (Argentine-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Puerto Deseado Q-20 none 1979 in service

Hydrographic ships (Argentine-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Comodoro Rivadavia Q-11 none 1974 in service
ARA Cormorán Q-15 none 1964 in service
ARA Petrel Q-16 none 1965 2014

Repair ships[edit]

Achelous class (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Ingeniero Iribas Q-21 USS ARL-5 1947 1967
ARA Ingeniero Gadda Q-22 USS ARL-6 1947 1960

Tankers/Oilers[edit]

Motor ships (various origins) [n 3]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Ingeniero Julio Krause B-13 ex-Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales fleet 1993 in service[2]

Steam ships (various origins) [n 4]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Santa Cruz 1921 1921 [2][n 5]

Patagonia class replenishment oiler (French-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Patagonia B-1 Durance (A629), French Navy, Durance class tanker 1999 in service[2]

Punta Cigueña class tanker (US-built)[n 6]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Punta Cigueña Sulphur Bluff 1947 1961 [2]
ARA Punta Rasa Salt Creek 1947 1968 [9]

Punta Delgada class tanker (ex-Klickitat-class gasoline tankers, US-built)[n 7]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Punta Delgada B-16 USS Nanticoke (AOG-66) 1948 1984 [2]
ARA Punta Loyola USS Klickitat (AOG-64) 1948 1966 [2]
ARA Punta Ninfas USS Michigamme (AOG-65) 1948 1963 [2]

Punta Medanos class tanker (Argentine-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Punta Médanos B-18 none 1950 1988 [2]

Training ships[edit]

Libertad class tall ship (Argentine-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Libertad Q-2 none 1963 in service [2]

Fishing training ship (Japanese-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Luisito Q-51 none 1985 in service [2]

Transports and cargo ships[edit]

Motor ships (various origins) [n 8]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Ushuaia B-4 Q-10 1940 1973 [2][n 9]
ARA San Julián B-7 FS 281, SVD 381 1947 1996 [2]
ARA Magallanes Colon, Solis
ex-CAP Magallanes
1956 1963 [2]
ARA Beagle Serena 1957 1963 [2]
ARA Isla de los Estados B-8 Transbetica
Trans-Betica
1980 1982 [2]
ARA Capitán Panigadi ex-YCF Ceibo
Capitán Tulio Panigadi
1988 200? [2]
ARA Río Gallegos Santa Cruz 1988 ?[2]
ARA San Nicolás Hokusei Maru II
ex-YCF Yaham
1988 1996[2]
ARA Astra Federico Ciudad de San Fernando
Astrafederico
1992 2005 name="Histarmar – ListGral1900-2013" />[n 10]
ARA Astra Valentina Ciudad de Tigre
Astravalentina
1992 2005 name="Histarmar – ListGral1900-2013" />[n 11]

Steam ships (various origins) [n 12]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Azopardo 1885 1922 [10]
ARA América Lake Hector 1923 1937 [2]
ARA Bahía Blanca 1918 1935 [2]
ARA Chubut Punta de Indio, M.O.P. 209-C 1919 1920 [2] [n 13]
ARA Comodoro Rivadavia Anselm 1942 1944 [2]
ARA Constitución 1900 unknown [2] [n 14]
ARA Patagonia ex-cruiser same name 1917 [11] 1925 [2]
ARA Patagonia Idun, Friesland 1926 [12] 1959 [2]
ARA Piedrabuena ARA Paraná 1900 1922 [2] [n 15]
ARA República 1900 1922 [2] [n 16]
ARA Río Negro Hecla, Claris, Conde de Vilana, Pedro Tercero, Tiempo 1920 1954 [2]
ARA Vicente Fidel López Tees 1912 1949 [2]
ARA Villarino 1880 [13] 1899 [10]

Chaco class (German-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Chaco Rio Claro, Ultramar 1925 1951 [2]
ARA Pampa Rio Bueno, Tajamar 1925 1950 [2]

Bahía Aguirre class (Canadian-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Bahía Aguirre B-2 none 1950 1981 [2]
ARA Bahía Buen Suceso B-6 none 1950 1982 [2] [n 17]
ARA Bahía Thetis B-8 none 1950 1974 [2]

Lapataia class (Italian-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Lapataia B-10 none 1951 1971 [2]
ARA Le Maire B-11 none 1951 1967 [2]
ARA Les Eclaireurs B-12 none 1951 1968 [2]

Hércules class fast troop transport (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Hércules B-52 none 1977 in service [n 18]

Costa Sur class (Argentine-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Canal Beagle B-3 none 1978 in service
ARA Bahia San Blas B-4 none 1978 in service [n 19]
ARA Cabo de Hornos B-5 none 1979 in service

Tugs and salvage[edit]

Steam ships (various origins) [n 20]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Azopardo Barstow 1922 1941 [2]

Harbour tugs (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Mocovi R-5 ex-US Navy 1964 unknown [2]
ARA Calchaqui R-6 ex-US Navy (YTL 445) 1964 unknown [2]
ARA Chulupi R-10 ex-US Navy 1964 unknown [2]
ARA Capayan R-16 ex-US Navy 1965 unknown [2]
ARA Chiquillan R-18 ex-US Navy 1965 unknown [2]
ARA Morcoyan R-19 ex-US Navy 1965 unknown [2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1861 the modern Argentine Republic was born, after the Battle of Pavón.
  2. ^ Currently unserviceable, awaiting repairs due a 2007 incident.
  3. ^ These ships can't be included in a specific "class", so are listed together in this table.
  4. ^ These older ships can't be included in a specific "class", so are listed together in this table.
  5. ^ Santa Cruz was transferred from the Navy to the YPF fleet, where it served until stuck in 1948, and scrapped.
  6. ^ These ships were of the T1-M-A1 type from WW2 era.
  7. ^ These ships were of the T1-M-BT1 type from WW2 era.
  8. ^ These ships can't be included in a specific "class", so are listed together in this table.
  9. ^ Ushuaia was in 1953 redesignated as "hydrographic" with pennant Q-10. Decommissioning date in list differs from that on ship's article.
  10. ^ Bulk carrier transferred from Astra to the Navy, inactive since then.
  11. ^ Bulk carrier transferred from Astra to the Navy, inactive since then.
  12. ^ These older ships can't be included in a specific "class", so are listed together in this table.
  13. ^ Dredger leased temporarily to the Argentine Navy and converted to transport ship.
  14. ^ Formerly the gunboat Constitución, converted into transport. Article in "Histarmar" does not list activity after 1923 or decommissioning date, due to lack of documentary sources.
  15. ^ Formerly the gunboat Paraná, converted into transport.
  16. ^ Formerly the gunboat República, converted into transport.
  17. ^ Sunk as target by the Royal Navy after the Falklands War.
  18. ^ Formerly a destroyer (D-1), was converted in 2000-2004 to this role.
  19. ^ Bahia San Blas was converted to amphibious cargo ship after the retirement of the ARA Cabo San Antonio, becoming the main vessel for use by the Argentine Marines.
  20. ^ These older ships can't be included in a specific "class", so are listed together in this table.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Historia - Tradiciones - Nombres de buques Armada Argentina, sitio oficial (in Spanish) Official website of the Argentine Navy (accessed 2015-12-19)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd "Buques de la Armada Argentina 1900-2013"". Histarmar - Historia y Arqueología Marítima (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-12-29.
  3. ^ Avisos Clase "Neftegaz" Armada Argentina, sitio oficial (in Spanish) Official website of the Argentine Navy (accessed 2016-07-23)
  4. ^ AVISOS TIPO NEFTEGAZ - "Histarmar" website (in Spanish) (accessed 2016-07-24)
  5. ^ AVISOS TIPO NEFTEGAZ - A-21 "PUERTO ARGENTINO" "Histarmar" website (in Spanish) (accessed 2016-07-24)
  6. ^ AVISOS TIPO NEFTEGAZ - A-22 "ESTRECHO SAN CARLOS" "Histarmar" website (in Spanish) (accessed 2016-07-24)
  7. ^ AVISOS TIPO NEFTEGAZ - A-23 "BAHIA AGRADABLE" "Histarmar" website (in Spanish) (accessed 2016-07-24)
  8. ^ AVISOS TIPO NEFTEGAZ - A-24 "ISLAS MALVINAS" "Histarmar" website (in Spanish) (accessed 2016-07-24)
  9. ^ COMANDO DE TRANSPORTES NAVALES - Los Petroleros(in Spanish)(accessed 2016-02-20)
  10. ^ a b "Buques de la Armada Argentina 1880-1900"". Histarmar - Historia y Arqueología Marítima (in Spanish). Argentina: Fundacion Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-10-20.
  11. ^ Transporte Patagonia (1), at "Histarmar" website (accessed 2016-10-19)
  12. ^ Transporte Patagonia (2), at "Histarmar" website (accessed 2016-10-19)
  13. ^ "VILLARINO" "Histarmar" website (in Spanish) (accessed 2016-10-20)

Bibliography[edit]

Online sources[edit]

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Buques de la Armada Argentina 1900-2013" [(List of ) Ships of the Argentine Navy 1900-2013]. Historia y Arqueologia Marítima (Histarmar) (in Spanish). Fundación Histarmar - Carlos Mey. Retrieved 2014-09-14.