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ARGENTINEAN NAVY (ARGENTINA)

CAPITAL SHIPS

NUEVE DE JULIO coast defence battleships (1892)

Independencia 1901

Libertad 1940

Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Independencia 577 Laird, Birkenhead, UK 1889 26/2/1891 26/11/1892 stricken 1951
Nueve de Julio, 1892- Libertad 578 Laird, Birkenhead, UK 1889 11/12/1890 26/11/1892 stricken 12/1946

  

Displacement normal, t

2330

Displacement full, t

2595

Length, m

70.1 pp

Breadth, m

13.1

Draught, m

3.96 mean

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 4 cylindrical double-ended boilers

Power, h. p.

2780

Max speed, kts

14.2

Fuel, t

coal 340

Endurance, nm(kts)

3000(10)

Armour, mm

steel; belt: 203, deck: 37, barbettes: 203 - 152, hoods: 127, secondary gunshields: 32, CT: 102

Armament

2 x 1 - 238/32 MRK L/35 C/86, 4 x 1 - 120/41 Armstrong T, 4 x 1 - 47/42 Nordenfelt, 2 - 450 TT (beam)

Complement

230

Ship project history: Coast defence battleships with low freeboard, capable to operate on large rivers. Libertad was laid down as 9 de Julio, renamed during construction. Since 1931 ships were rated as armoured gunboats.

Ship protection: Main 203mm belt had 1.5m hight and protect a citadel, it was closed by 203mm fwd and 152mm aft bulkheads.

Modernizations: (1925-1927), both: wer converted to oil-firing (2800hp, 14kts, 170t of oil, 2100(7)nm); - 2 - 450 TT

1930s, both: - 4 x 1 - 47/42; + 4 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II

Naval service: In the time of WWII ships were used as hulks and depot ships, but were in commission till the end of war. Libertad after being stricken was used till 1968 as pilot hulk Interseccion.

Independencia 1900

Libertad 1936

Ivan Gogin, 2011-14