List of ships of the Argentine Navy

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ARA Independencia aircraft carrier

This list includes all major warships that entered service with the Argentine Navy since being formally established in the 1860s.[n 1] It also includes ships that were purchased by Argentina but did not enter service under Argentine flag. The list does not include vessels prior to the 1860s; and it also excludes auxiliary ships (tugs, transports, colliers, tankers, cientific vessels, etc.) which are listed separately.

In addition, there is a separate list of ships currently in service with the Argentine Navy, regardless the type.

The list is organized by type of ship, by class within each type, and by 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.

Naming tradition[edit]

The current norms establish naming conventions for Argentine Navy ships according their type, some of them specific to warships are summarized below.[1]

Destroyers, Frigates, Corvettes
Naval heroes, or names of significantly historic ships.
Submarines
Province names, with priority those starting with S.
Mine warfare ships
Province names, not used by Submarines.
Amphibious warfare ships
Coastal geographic features.
Fast attack ships
Adjectives symbolizing qualities of combat ships.

List of ships[edit]

Aircraft carriers[edit]

Colossus class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Independencia V-1 ex-HMS Warrior 1959 1969
ARA Veinticinco de Mayo V-2 ex-HMS Venerable,
ex-HNLMS Karel Doorman
1969 1999

Dreadnoughts[edit]

Rivadavia class (US-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Rivadavia none none 1915 1957
ARA Moreno none none 1915 1957

Battleships[edit]

Almirante Brown class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Almirante Brown none none 1881 1932

Libertad-class river battleships (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Libertad none none 1892 1946
ARA Independencia none none 1893 1946

Armored cruisers[edit]

Garibaldi class (Italian-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Garibaldi none none 1896 1931
ARA San Martín none none 1898 1935
ARA Belgrano none none 1898 1947
ARA Pueyrredón none none 1898 1953


Bernardino Rivadavia class (Italian-built) [n 2]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Bernardino Rivadavia none Ordered as Mitre, later renamed. Sold before completion to Japan. no service
1903 (Japan) as Kasuga
scrapped in 1948
ARA Mariano Moreno none Ordered as Roca, later renamed. Sold before completion to Japan. no service
1903 (Japan) as Nisshin
scuttled 1936, raised and sunk as target 1942

Monitors[edit]

Los Andes class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA El Plata none none 1875 1930
ARA Los Andes none none 1875 1930

Cruisers[edit]

Patagonia class (Austria-Hungary-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Patagonia none none 1887 1917


Late-19th century cruisers (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Veinticinco de Mayo none none 1891 1916
ARA Nueve de Julio none none 1894 1925
ARA Patria none none 1894 1927
ARA Buenos Aires none none 1896 1932

Almirante Brown-class heavy cruisers (Italian-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Almirante Brown C-1 none 1931 1960
ARA Veinticinco de Mayo C-2 none 1931 1960

La Argentina class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA La Argentina C-3 none 1939 1974


General Belgrano class (US Brooklyn-class cruisers)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA General Belgrano C-4 ex-USS Phoenix
ex-ARA 17 de Octubre
1951 1982 [n 3]
ARA Nueve de Julio C-5 ex-USS Boise 1951 1977

Destroyers[edit]

Catamarca class (German-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Catamarca none none 1912 1957
ARA Jujuy none none 1912 1957


La Plata class (German-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Córdoba none none 1912 1957
ARA La Plata none none 1912 1957



Eight other destroyers were ordered around this time but never entered service with the Argentine Navy. See Wild Beast-class destroyer (Greece) and Aventurier-class destroyer (France).



Cervantes class (Spanish-built) - ordered by the Spanish Navy and sold to Argentina prior to completion.

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Cervantes D-1 ex-Alcalá Galiano 1928 1961
ARA Juan de Garay D-2 ex-Churruca 1928 1960


Mendoza class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Mendoza D-3 none 1929 1961
ARA La Rioja D-4 none 1929 1962
ARA Tucumán D-5 none 1929 1962


Buenos Aires class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Buenos Aires D-6 none 1938 1971
ARA Entre Ríos D-7 none 1938 1971
ARA Corrientes D-8 none 1938 1941 [n 4]
ARA San Juan D-9 none 1938 1971
ARA San Luis D-10 none 1938 1970
ARA Misiones D-11 none 1938 1970
ARA Santa Cruz D-12 none 1939 1972


Brown/Almirante Domecq García class (leased US Fletcher class)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Brown D-20 ex-USS Heermann 1962 1979
ARA Espora D-21 ex-USS Dortch 1962 1975
ARA Rosales D-22 ex-USS Stembel 1962 1975
ARA Almirante Domecq Garcia D-23 ex-USS Braine 1971 1982 [n 5]
ARA Almirante Storni D-24 ex-USS Cowell 1971 1979


Seguí class (modified US Allen M. Sumner class)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Seguí D-25 ex-USS Hank 1971 1983
ARA Bouchard D-26 ex-USS Borie 1971 1983
ARA Piedra Buena [n 6] D-29 ex-USS Collett 1977 1984


Py class (modified US Gearing class)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Py D-27 ex-USS Perkins 1973 1984


Hércules class (British Type 42 destroyers)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Hércules D-28, D-1 none 1978 active [n 7]
ARA Santísima Trinidad D-2 none 1981 reserve (Semi-sunk)


Almirante Brown class (German MEKO 360H2 type)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Almirante Brown D-10 none 1983 active
ARA La Argentina D-11 none 1983 active
ARA Heroína D-12 none 1983 active
ARA Sarandí D-13 none 1984 active

Frigates and corvettes[edit]

Murature class (Locally-designed and built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Murature P-20 none 1946 2014 [2]
ARA King P-21 none 1946 in reserve [n 8][3]


Hércules class (River/Tacoma-class World War II frigates)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Hércules P-31 ex-USS Asheville,
ex-HMS Adur
18 February 1948 1961, transferred[n 9]
sold 1969
ARA Heroína P-32 ex-USS Reading 8 February 1947 sold 5 August 1964
ARA Sarandí P-33 ex-USS Uniontown,
ex- USSChattanooga
18 February 1948 sold 29 June 1967
ARA Santísima Trinidad P-34 ex-HMS Caicos,
ex-USS Hannam
1948 1963, converted[n 10]
sold 1970 or 1971


República class (Flower class)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA República P-10 ex-HMS Smilax 1948 1961


Azopardo class (Locally designed and built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Azopardo P-35 none 1957 1972
ARA Piedra Buena [n 11] P-36 none 1957 1973


Drummond class (French D'Estienne d'Orves class)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Drummond P-31 ex-SAS Good Hope 1978[n 12] active
ARA Guerrico P-32 ex-SAS Transvaal 1978[n 13] active
ARA Granville P-33 none 1981 active


Espora class (German MEKO 140A16 type, locally built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Espora P-41 none 1985 active
ARA Rosales P-42 none 1986 active
ARA Spiro P-43 none 1988 active
ARA Parker P-44 none 1990 active
ARA Robinson P-45 none 2000[n 14] active
ARA Gómez Roca P-46 none 2004[n 15] active

Patrol, torpedo and fast attack craft[edit]

Zurubí class (Argentine-built)[4]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Zurubí P-55 P-36 1939 active [n 16][5]

Intrépida class (German-built) - known as "fast craft" ((Spanish) lánchas rápidas)[6]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Intrépida P-85 none 1974 active[n 17]
ARA Indómita P-86 none 1974 active[n 18]

Baradero class (Israeli-built Dabur class) [7]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Baradero P-61 none 1978 active
ARA Barranqueras P-62 none 1978 active
ARA Clorinda P-63 none 1978 active
ARA Concepción del Uruguay P-64 none 1978 active

Punta Mogotes class (US-built Point class) [8]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Punta Mogotes P-65 ex-Point Hobart (WPB-82377) 1999 active
ARA Río Santiago P-66 ex-Point Carrew (WPB-82374) 2000 active

Gunboats[edit]

Paraná class (British-built) - also classified as "corvettes"

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Paraná none none 1875 1921 [n 19]
ARA Uruguay none none 1875 active [n 20]


Constitución class (British-built) - locally classified as "bombarderas", they were of the Rendel gunboat type.[9]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Constitución none none 1875 1955
ARA República none none 1875 1955


Bermejo class (British-built) - locally classified as "bombarderas",[n 21] they were of the Rendel gunboat type.[10]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Bermejo none none 1875 1932
ARA Pilcomayo none none 1875 1935


Rosario class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Rosario none none 1909 1959
ARA Paraná none none 1909 1959

Amphibious warfare[edit]

Cabo San Antonio class (Locally-built De Soto County)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Cabo San Antonio Q-42 none 1977 1997

Cándido de Lasala class (ex-United States)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Cándido de Lasala Q-43 ex-USS Gunston Hall 1970 1981

Mine warfare[edit]

Bathurst class (German-built M1915 and M1916 classes) [11]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Bathurst M-1 ex-German M-48 1922 1960s
ARA Fournier M-2 ex-German M-51 1922 1960s
ARA Jorge M-3 ex-German M-52 1922 1960s
ARA King M-4 ex-German M-53 1922 1960s
ARA Murature M-5 ex-German M-74 1922 1960s
ARA Pinedo M-6 ex-German M-75 1922 1960s
ARA Py M-7 ex-German Margot 1922 1960s
ARA Segui M-8 ex-German M-90 1922 1960s
ARA Thorne M-9 ex-German M-101 1922 1960s
ARA Golondrina M-10 ex-German M-105 1922 1960s


Neuquén class (British-built Ton class) [12] [n 22]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Neuquén M-1 ex-British Hickleton (M1131) 1968 1996
ARA Río Negro M-2 ex-British Tariton (M1186) 1968 1977
ARA Chubut M-3 ex-British Santon (M1178) 1968 1995
ARA Tierra del Fuego M-4 ex-British Bevington (M1108) 1968 1995
ARA Chaco M-5 ex-British Rennington (M1176) 1969 2003
ARA Formosa M-6 ex-British Ilmington (M1148) 1968 2003

Bouchard class (Argentine-built minesweepers / minelayers) [13] [n 23]

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Bouchard M-7 Nanawa (Paraguayan Navy) 1937 1964[n 24]
ARA Drummond M-2 none 1937 1964
ARA Granville M-4 none 1937 1967
ARA Parker M-11 none 1937 1963
ARA Spiro M-13 none 1938 1962[n 25]
ARA Robinson M-3 none 1939 1967
ARA Seaver M-12 Capitán Meza (Paraguayan Navy) 1939 1968[n 26]
ARA Py M-10 Teniente Fariña (Paraguayan Navy) 1939 1968[n 27]
ARA Fournier M-5 none 1940 1949[n 28]

Submarines[edit]

By tradition, Argentine submarines bear the names of provinces whose names begin with the letter "S", thus, the pool of names is limited to only six ("Santa Fe", "Salta", "Santiago del Estero", "San Luis", "San Juan" and "Santa Cruz") resulting in repeated class names.


Santa Fe (1) class (Italian-built Tarantinos)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Santa Fe S-1 none 1933 1956
ARA Salta S-2 none 1933 1960
ARA Santiago del Estero S-3 none 1933 1959


Santa Fe (2) class (US-built Balao class)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Santa Fe S-11 ex-USS Macabi 1960 1972
ARA Santiago del Estero S-12 ex-USS Lamprey 1960 1971


Santa Fe (3) class (US-built Guppy class)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Santa Fe S-21 ex-USS Catfish 1972 1982 [n 29]
ARA Santiago del Estero S-22 ex-USS Chivo 1971 1981


Salta Class (German-built Type 209)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Salta S-31 none 1974 active
ARA San Luis S-32 none 1974 1997 [n 30]


Santa Cruz class (German-built TR-1700 type)

Six of these ships were planned by the Navy. Only the first two, built in Germany, were actually completed. The other four, to be built in Argentina, were never completed due to budgetary concerns.

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Santa Cruz S-41 none 1984 active
ARA San Juan S-42 none 1985 active
ARA Santa Fe S-43 none never completed never completed
ARA Santiago del Estero S-44 none never completed never completed
-no name- S-45 none never completed never completed
-no name- S-46 none never completed never completed

Sailing warships[edit]

La Argentina class (Austria-Hungary-built) formally classified as a sailing corvette

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA La Argentina none none 1884 1900


Presidente Sarmiento class (British-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Presidente Sarmiento none none 1898 active[n 31]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ In 1861 the modern Argentine Republic was born, after the Battle of Pavón.
  2. ^ These ships were sold to Japan prior to completion as per naval disarmament agreements with Chile.
  3. ^ Sunk in combat action during the Falklands War.
  4. ^ Sunk after collision with the heavy cruiser ARA Almirante Brown during fleet exercises off Mar del Plata.
  5. ^ Expended in live fire missile test in 1983.
  6. ^ Named alternatively "Piedrabuena" in some sources.
  7. ^ Transformed into a Fast Assault Transport and given the pennant B-52 in 2002.
  8. ^ As of November 2015, ARA King is being overhauled.
  9. ^ Transferred to Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentine Coast Guard) and renamed PNA Juan Bautista Azopardo
  10. ^ Converted to a survey vessel and renamed ARA Comodoro Lasserre.
  11. ^ Named alternatively "Piedrabuena" in some sources.
  12. ^ Originally being built for the South African Navy before UN sanctions were applied to South Africa; was acquired prior to completion.
  13. ^ Originally being built for the South African Navy before UN sanctions were applied to South Africa; was acquired prior to completion.
  14. ^ Construction was halted due to budgetary issues, then resumed in 1997.
  15. ^ Construction was halted due to budgetary issues, then resumed in 1997.
  16. ^ Transferred in 1944 to the Navy as a patrol boat with pennant number P-36. Decommissioned in 1985, refurbished and re-commissioned in 1993. As of February 2016 is in service based at Ushuaia.
  17. ^ A 40mm gun mount was replaced by MM38 Exocet launcher in 1998.
  18. ^ At shipyard awaiting overhaul as of late 2014.
  19. ^ Converted to a transport and renamed ARA Piedra Buena. Sunk during a storm.
  20. ^ Currently a museum ship docked at Buenos Aires; nominally in commission in the Argentine Navy and declared a National Historical Monument.
  21. ^ "Histarmar" list this class as Pilcomayo rather than Bermejo.
  22. ^ The service entry date shown in this article is the one listed in the individual ships history, while the page cited shows an earlier date.
  23. ^ The Bouchard class ships were classified as mine Trackers ((Spanish) Rastreadores) by the Argentine Navy.
  24. ^ Sold to Paraguay, renamed Nanawa.
  25. ^ Transferred to the Argentine Coast Guard.
  26. ^ Sold to Paraguay, renamed Capitán Meza.
  27. ^ Sold to Paraguay, renamed Teniente Fariña.
  28. ^ Sunk in the surroundings of Cono Point (Tierra del Fuego) with all hands.
  29. ^ Sunk during the Falklands War.
  30. ^ Stricken from the fleet list after incomplete overhaul, possible return to service being considered by the Navy.
  31. ^ Used as a training vessel until 1930s, and retired from all training duties in 1961, is currently moored at Buenos Aires as a museum ship.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Historia - Tradiciones - Nombres de buques Armada Argentina, sitio oficial (Spanish) Official website of the Argentine Navy (accessed 2015-12-19)
  2. ^ El patrullero "Murature" cumple un ciclo de vida Gaceta Marinera (Spanish)(accessed 2015-01-16)
  3. ^ El jefe de la Armada visitó el patrullero ARA “King” Gaceta Marinera, 25-11-2015 (Spanish)(accessed 2015-12-24)
  4. ^ "Lancha Patrullera Clase "Zurubí" (Armada Argentina - Poder Naval - Flota de Mar - Unidades)". Argentine Navy official website (in Spanish). Argentine Navy. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  5. ^ "P-36 SURUBÍ/ZURUBI (Buques Históricos - Histarmar)" (in Spanish). Fundacion Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Lanchas Rápidas Clase "INTRÉPIDA"". Argentine Navy official website (in Spanish). Argentine Navy. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lanchas Rápidas Clase "BARADERO"". Argentine Navy official website. Argentine Navy. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lanchas Patrulleras Clase Way Point" [Way Point class Patrol Boats]. Histarmar - Historia y Arqueología Marítima (in Spanish). Fundación Histarmar. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Osvaldo, Sídoli (2009). "LOS CAÑONEROS RENDELL - ARGENTINA". Historia y Arqueologia Marítima (Histarmar) (in Spanish). Carlos Mey. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 
  10. ^ Osvaldo, Sídoli (2009). "LOS CAÑONEROS RENDELL - ARGENTINA". Historia y Arqueologia Marítima (Histarmar) (in Spanish). Carlos Mey. Retrieved 2014-09-13. 
  11. ^ "Los Barreminas Alemanes de 1922" [German 1922 Minesweepers]. Historia y Arqueologia Marítima (Histarmar) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fundación Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-01-17. 
  12. ^ "Cazaminas, Barreminas 1900/2000" [Minehunters, Minesweepers 1900/2000]. Historia y Arqueologia Marítima (Histarmar) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fundación Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-01-19. 
  13. ^ "Rastreadores" [Trackers]. Historia y Arqueologia Marítima (Histarmar) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Fundación Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 

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