Mendoza-class destroyer

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Mendoza 1932.jpg
Mendoza in 1932.
Class overview
Name: Mendoza class
Builders: JS White, Cowes, England
Operators:  Argentine Navy
Built: 1927-29
In commission: 1929-62
Completed: 3
Retired: 3
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
  • 1595 tonnes (standard)
  • 2154 tonnes (full load)
Length: 102.11 m (335.0 ft)
Beam: 9.68 m (31.8 ft)
Draught: 3.81 m (12.5 ft)
Propulsion: 2 shaft geared steam turbines, four boilers, 42,000 hp (31,000 kW)
Speed: 36 knots (67 km/h; 41 mph)
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 160

The Mendoza class were a group of destroyers built in Britain for the Argentine Navy in the 1920s. They were the first part of the Argentine re-armament programme of the 1920s


The ships were based on the Thornycroft type destroyer leader design built at the end of World War I, with minor modifications. British pattern weapons were used. There was a limited modernisation in the 1950s when 40 mm (1.6 in) Bofors guns and updated sensors were fitted.

Ships in class[edit]

All three ships were built by J. Samuel White & Co in Cowes, Isle of Wight; and were named after provinces of Argentina.

Ship Launched Commissioned Decommissioned
ARA Mendoza (E-3) 18 July 1928 24 January 1929 April 1962
ARA La Rioja (E-4) 2 February 1929 23 July 1929 April 1962
ARA Tucuman (E-5) 16 October 1928 3 May 1929 April 1962

See also[edit]




  • Whitley, M.J. (1988). Destroyers of World War 2. Cassell Publishing. ISBN 1-85409-521-8. 
  • Guillermo J. Montehengo, An Argentinian Naval Buildup in the Disarmament Era, in Warship 2002-2003, Conway's Maritime press.

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