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Encyclopedia > List of ships of the Argentine Navy

This list includes all major warships and sailing vessels in service with the Argentine Navy since being formally established in the 1860s. It does not include vessels prior to that date, nor it includes auxiliary vessels, transports, colliers or scientific vessels. 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. Argentine Navy Jack The Armada República Argentina (ARA) is the navy of Argentina. ...

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Aircraft Carriers

Colossus class (British-built) The Colossus class was a class of ten light aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy. ...

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 Hr. Ms. Karel Doorman 1969 1999

HMS Warrior (R31) (later CVL20) was a Colossus-class aircraft carrier, of the Royal Navy. ... HMS Venerable (R63) was a Colossus-class aircraft carrier of the Royal Navy. ...

Dreadnoughts

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

Almirante Brown class battleship (French-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

Garibaldi class (Italian-built)

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

Bernardino Rivadavia class (Italian-built)*

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Bernardino Rivadavia none HIJMS Kasuga 1903 (Japan) Currently museum
ARA Mariano Moreno none HIJMS Nishin 1903 (Japan)
  • These ships were sold to Japan prior to completion as per naval disarmament agreements with Chile.

Monitors

Los Andes class (British-built)

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

Cruisers

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 1951 1982 (1)
ARA Nueve de Julio C-5 ex-USS Boise 1951 1977

(1) sunk in combat action during the Malvinas War. The Belgrano as she was in 1941 as the USS Phoenix passing Battleship row at Pearl Harbor The ARA General Belgrano was an Armada República Argentina cruiser sunk with significant loss of life in a controversial incident during the Falklands War. ... The third USS Phoenix (CL-46) was a light cruiser of the United States Navy. ... The Boise (CL-47) was a United States Navy Brooklyn-class light cruiser. ... The Falklands War or the Malvinas War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas), was an armed conflict between Argentina and the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands (Spanish: Islas Malvinas) between March and June 1982. ...


Destroyers

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
ARA Córdoba none none 1912 1957
ARA La Plata none none 1912 1957

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 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 (1)
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 1929 1972

(1) sunk after collision with the heavy cruiser ARA Almirante Brown during fleet exercises off Mar del Plata Mar del Plata (population 550,000) is an Argentine city located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean in the Buenos Aires Province. ...


Brown/Almirante Domecq García class (leased US Fletcher class) USS Fletcher (DD-445) Underway at sea, circa the 1960s. ...

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 1962
ARA Rosales D-22 ex-USS Stembel 1962 1962
ARA Almirante Domecq García D-23 ex-USS Braine 1971 1982 (1)
ARA Almirante Storni D-24 ex-USS Cowell 1971 1979

(1) expended in live fire missile test in 1983 USS Heermann (DD-532) was a World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyer in the service of the United States Navy, named after Fleet Surgeon Lewis Heermann. ... USS Stembel (DD-644), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Rear Admiral Roger N. Stembel ( –1900), who served in the Civil War. ... USS Braine (DD-630), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was a ship of the United States Navy named for Rear Admiral Daniel L. Braine (1829–1898), who served in the Civil War and explored the Arctic. ... USS Cowell (DD-547), a Fletcher-class destroyer, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for John G. Cowell (1785–1814). ...


Seguí class (modified US Allen M. Sumner class) The class of destroyers was built by the United States during World War II. General characteristics Displacement: 2,420 tons (stand) Length: 390 ft (119 m) oa Beam: 41 ft (12. ...

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 D-29 ex-USS Collett 1977 1984

Py class (modified US Gearing class) USS Collett (DD-730) was a World War II-era -class destroyer in the service of the U.S. Navy, named after John Austin Collett. ... The Gearing class of destroyers originated near the end of World War II when the United States Navy required more range (fuel) and anti-aircraft capabilities from its class destroyers. ...

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

Hércules class (British Type 42 destroyers) USS Perkins was a Gearing class destroyer in the United States Navy. ...

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

(1) Transformed into a Fast Assault Transport and given the pennant B-52 in 2002 ARA Hercules is a Type 42 Destroyer of the Armada Republica Argentina. ... The ARA Santisima Trinidad is a Type 42 destroyer, of the Armada Republica Argentina. ...


Almirante Brown class (German MEKO 360H2 type) in shipbuilding, MEKO refers to a family of warships developed by the German company Blohm + Voss. ...

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

Murature class (Locally-designed and built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Murature P-20 none 1946 active
ARA King P-21 none 1946 active

Hércules class (US-built World War II frigates)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Hércules P-31 ex-USS ? 1948 1961 (1)
ARA Santísima Trinidad P-32 ex-USS ? 1948 1963 (2)
ARA Heroína P-33 ex-USS ? 1948 1961
ARA Sarandí D-34 ex-USS ? 1948 1967

(1) transferred to Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentine Coast Guard) and renamed PNA Juan Bautista Azopardo (2) transformed into an survey vessel and renamed ARA Comodoro Lasserre


República class (Canadian Flower class) The Flower class was a class of 267 corvettes developed by the Royal Navy specifically for the protection of shipping convoys during the Second Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. They were a stopgap measure in the war against the German U-boats: small ships that could be...

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA República P-10 ex-HMCS 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 P-36 none 1957 1973

Drummond class (French D'Estienne d'Orves class)) The A69 type Avisos are small warships mainly designed for costal anti-submarine defence, but are also available for high sea escort missions (notably in support missions with the FOST). ...

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Drummond (1) P-31 ex-SAS Good Hope 1978 active
ARA Guerrico (1) P-32 ex-SAS Transvaal 1983 active
ARA Granville P-33 none 1981 active

(1) these were ships being built for the South African Navy before UN sanctions were applied to South Africa; they were acquired prior to completion, ARA Granville was ordered later. The South African Navy (SAN), known in Afrikaans as Suid-Afrikaanse Vloot is the navy of South Africa. ...


Espora class (German MEKO 140A16 type, locally built) in shipbuilding, MEKO refers to a family of warships developed by the German company Blohm + Voss. ...

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 (1) P-45 none 2000 active
ARA Gómez Roca (1) P-46 none 2004 active

(1) construction of the last two ships was halted due to budgetary issues, then resumed in 1997.


Submarines

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 The Balao class was a successful design of United States Navy submarine used during World War II. An evolutionary improvement over the earlier Gato class, the boats had slight internal differences. ...

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Salta S-11 ex-USS Lamprey 1960 1971
ARA Santiago del Estero S-12 ex-USS Macabi 1948 1963 (2)

Santa Fe (3) class (US-built Guppy class) USS Lamprey (SS-372), a Balao-class submarine, was a ship of the United States Navy named for the lamprey, any of certain eel-like aquatic vertebrates. ... USS Macabi (SS-375), a Balao-class submarine, was a ship of the United States Navy named for the macabi, a fish (Albula vulpes) occurring in tropical seas and off the American coasts as far north as San Diego and Long Island and reaching a length of 3 feet. ...

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Santa Fe S-21 ex-USS Catfish 1972 1982 (1)
ARA Santiago del Estero S-22 ex-USS Chivo) 1971 1981

(1) sunk during the Malvinas War The ARA Santa Fe was a submarine in the Armada Republica Argentina from 1971 to 1982. ... USS Catfish (SS-339), a Balao-class submarine, was a ship of the United States Navy named for the catfish, any of various species having catlike teeth, barbels around the mouth, including the common bullhead. ... USS Chivo (SS-341), a Balao-class submarine, was a ship of the United States Navy named for the chivo or big-scaled goatfish Pseudopenaeus grandisquamis, a fish inhabiting the Pacific Ocean between Panama and Mexico. ...


Salta Class (German-built Type 209) The German Type 209 diesel-electric submarine was the most popular export-sales submarine in the world from the late 1960s into the first years of the 21st century. ...

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Salta S-31 none 1974 active
ARA San Luis S-32 none 1974 1997 (1)

(1) Stricken from the fleet list after incomplete overhaul, possible return to service being considered by the Navy. The ARA San Luis is a Type 290 diesel-powered submarine of the Argentine Navy. ...


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

Gunboats

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

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Paraná none none 1875 1921 (1)
ARA Uruguay none none 1875 active (2)

(1) Converted to a transport and renamed ARA Piedra Buena. Sunk during a storm.


(2) Currently a museum ship docked at Buenos Aires; nominally in commission in the Argentine Navy and declared a National Historical Monument. Buenos Aires (Good Airs in Spanish, originally meaning Fair Winds) is the capital of Argentina and its largest city and port, as well as one of the largest cities in South America. ...


Constitución class (British-built) - classified as "bombarderas"

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"

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

Sailing Frigates

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 (1)

(1) retired from training duties in 1961, currently moored at Buenos Aires as a museum ship and a National Historical Monument


Libertad class (Locally-built)

Ship Name Pennant Number Other names Service entry Decommissioning
ARA Libertad Q-2 none 1963 active (1)

(1) Active as the Argentine Navy's training vessel.


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