List of hostile incidents at the Argentine border

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This is a list of hostile incidents at the Argentine border. This timeline does not include events from the 1982 Falklands War.



Special edition of the Argentine newspaper Clarín, 29 November 1966. The Argentine government considered the act as "seditious", but its perpetrators were rehabilitated in 2014 by the government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.


  • 4 February 1976: The Argentine destroyer ARA Almirante Storni fired warning shots at the British research ship RRS Shackleton.[7]
  • 3 and 4 October 1977: The Argentine Navy shelled and captured the Soviet trawler Prokopyevsk and the Bulgarian Ofelia and Aurelia off Puerto Madryn. Three Argentine sailors died from drowning and one Bulgarian sailor was wounded.[8][9]



  • 5 July 1991: The British trawler Pict, which had been part of the British Task Force in the Falklands War as an auxiliary minesweeper,[12] was captured by the patrol boat Azopardo, from the Argentine Naval Prefecture.[13]
  • 1995: According to British reports, the Argentine corvette ARA Granville harassed seven trawlers and illuminated RFA Diligence with her radar.[14]


  • 5 February 2000: The Argentine corvette ARA Spiro shelled and captured the Taiwanese trawler Hou Chun 101 off Gulf San Jorge.[15]
  • 12 June 2002: The Argentine Naval Prefecture's patrol boat Thompson shelled and damaged the Russian squid trawler Odoyevsk off Puerto Madryn.[16][17][18]
  • 11 February 2004: The Argentine corvette ARA Drummond shelled and sunk the Taiwanese trawler Jim Chin Tsai off Comodoro Rivadavia.[19]
  • 15 March 2004: The icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar entered a maritime area designated as conservation zones under the jurisdiction of the Falkland Islands and issued demands for other ships to identify themselves.[20]
  • 20 February 2006: The British squid trawler John Cheek was seized by the patrol boat Prefecto Fique from the Argentine Naval Prefecture.[13][21]
  • 14 March 2016: The Argentine Mantilla-class patrol vessel Prefecto Derbes shelled and sunk the illegal Chinese fishing trawler Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 after the ship refused to obey in a 4-hour pursuit and attempted to ram the patrol vessel, all 32 crew members were rescued.[22]


Michael A. Morris stated that Argentina's use of force against Chile and the United Kingdom has been "the exception rather than the rule", and that some of the hostile acts or armed incidents appear to have been caused by zealous local commanders, and not as the result of a widespread strategy.[23]

Most of the naval incidents involve illegal fishing boats predating squids and fish species outside exploitation seasons and allowed seizing by the Argentine law in Argentine EEZ waters.[24] Is usual for illegal boats to enter the first miles of the EEZ and run away when they are detected by the authorities. Illegal fishing boats tend to ignore official orders and when intercepted they try to ram the patrol vessels.[25]


  1. ^ Aguirre, Facundo (2016-09-29). "El Operativo Cóndor en Malvinas" [The Condor Operative in Malvinas]. La Izquierda Diario (in Spanish).
  2. ^ "Les Gleadell". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Clarín Digital: Malvinas: los secretos de la guerra". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ Pons, James Edwin (1977). "Fishery Law Enforcement". North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. 2: 129.
  5. ^ "The News-Palladium from Benton Harbor, Michigan on July 10, 1968 · Page 34". Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  6. ^ "Argentines say Soviet ship was hit twice by shellfire" (PDF). New York Times. 25 June 1968.
  7. ^ "FALKLAND ISLANDS (RRS "SHACKLETON") (Hansard, 5 February 1976)". Retrieved 2018-09-02.
  8. ^ "ABC (Madrid) - 04/10/1977, p. 51 - Hemeroteca". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Buques pesqueros capturados por PNA (1985–2013)". Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  10. ^ "The Pittsburgh Press - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  11. ^ País, Ediciones El (19 October 1984). "Argentina y Chile firman en el Vaticano el compromiso que pone fin a su disputa histórica sobre el canal de Beagle". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  12. ^ The Forgotten Few of the Falklands, by Rob Hoole. The Naval Review, November 2007 (Vol 95 Nº 4)
  13. ^ a b Buques Pesqueros extranjeros capturados por los Guardacostas Clase “Halcón” de la PNA (1985–2013), by Mariano Agostini
  14. ^ Falkland Islands Information Portal – Time Line, by Jason Lewis. 28 November 2006
  15. ^ "Capturaron un buque que pescaba ilegalmente". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Argentineans attack Russian vessel Odoyevsk". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  17. ^ "CNN - Breaking News, Latest News and Videos". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Lanchas patrulleras argentinas". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Incendian y hunden un pesquero para evitar su captura". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  20. ^ Falklanders anger over "Almirante Irízar" incident MercoPress, 23 March 2004
  21. ^ Argentina 'arrests' British squid trawler, by Oliver Balch. The Telegraph, 26 February 2006
  22. ^ "Argentina sinks Chinese fishing boat Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 - BBC News". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  23. ^ Michael A. Morris (1989). The Strait of Magellan. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7923-0181-3. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
  24. ^ "Buques extranjeros saquean el Mar Argentino - Diario Hoy". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  25. ^ "Argentine Coast Guard sinks Chinese fishing vessel - IHS Jane's 360". Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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