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ARGENTINEAN NAVY (ARGENTINA)

TORPEDO SHIPS

HÉRCULES destroyers (1976-1981)

Hércules 1990

Hércules 2005

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
Hércules D28, 1981- D1, 2002- B52 1089 Vickers, Barrow, UK 16/6/1971 24/10/1972 10/5/1976 in service (2018)
Santísima Trinidad D2   AFNE, Rio Santiago 11/10/1971 9/11/1974 7/1981 cannibalized since 1999, deleted 2006

 

Displacement standard, t

3150

Displacement full, t

4100

Length, m

119.5 pp 125.0 oa

Breadth, m

14.3

Draught, m

4.20 hull

No of shafts

2

Machinery

COGOG: 2 Olympus TM-3B gas turbines / 2 Tyne RM-1A gas turbines

Power, h. p.

54400 / 8200

Max speed, kts

28

Fuel, t

gas turbine oil

Endurance, nm (kts) 4000(18)

Armament

1: 1 x 2 Sea Dart GWS-30 Mk 2 SAM (20 Sea Dart), 1 x 1 - 114/55 Mk 8, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 7, 2 x 3 - 324 ILAS-3 TT, 1 DCR(9), 1 helicopter (Lynx)

2: 4 x 1 MM38 Exocet SSM (4 MM38), 1 x 2 Sea Dart GWS-30 Mk 2 SAM (20 Sea Dart), 1 x 1 - 114/55 Mk 8, 2 x 1 - 20/70 Mk 7, 2 x 3 - 324 ILAS-3 TT, 1 DCR(9), 1 helicopter (Lynx)

Sensors

1: type 1006, type 965P (AKE-2), type 992Q, 2x type 909 radars, type 184M, type 162M sonars, 2x Corvus decoy RL, type 738 torpedo decoy, ADAWS-4 CCS

2: type 1006, type 965P (AKE-2), type 992Q, 2x type 909 radars, type 184M, type 162M sonars, RDL-2, RCM-2 ECM suites, 2x Corvus decoy RL, type 738 torpedo decoy, ADAWS-4 CCS

Complement

270

Ship project history: On 18 May 1970 the Argentine Government announced the signing of a contract for two ships, one to be built in Argentina and the other in Great Britain. Santísima Trinidad required a long time to build owing to delays caused by the technology transfer. She was sabotaged by terrorists on 22 August 1975, causing moderate damage. Electronic fit differed from their British sisters.

Modernizations: 1980, Hércules: + 4 x 1 MM38 Exocet SSM (4 MM38)

1982, Hércules: + RDL-2, RCM-2 ECM suites

1999, both: ability to carry 1 Fennec helicopter

11/2000, Hércules: - 1x type 909 radar (aft); hangar was enlarged for 1 Sea King helicopter, accommodations for 100 marines were placed.

2010, Hércules: - 1 x 2 Sea Dart SAM, 1x type 909 radar; + 2 x 1 - 12.7/90

Naval service: Both were laid up for some years during 1983-86 and reportedly offered for sale lo Turkey in 1986 due to the inability to obtain spares from the UK. After some trials in 1987 both were put back into service in 1988. Santísima Trinidad was placed in reserve and used for cannibalization stores for Hércules until 1999, when she was reported being considered for reactivation for use as a fast transport for Marines (no progress has been made on this plan, which was first proposed in 1991). In 2006 she was finally stricken and preserved as memorial ship at Puerto Belgrano since 2015. During November 2000 Hércules completed a refit in Chile, when an enlarged helicopter hangar replaced the original and the after missile director was removed and in 2002 she was reclassified to fast commando transport.

Hércules 1978

Hércules 2001

Ivan Gogin, 2017-18