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ARGENTINEAN NAVY (ARGENTINA)

TORPEDO SHIPS

MENDOZA destroyers (1929)

Mendoza 1930

Name No Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Mendoza M, E3, 1940- T3, 1952- D3 1651 White, Cowes, UK 1927 18/7/1928 1/1929 stricken 4/1962
La Rioja LR, E4, 1940- T4, 1952- D4 1653 White, Cowes, UK 1927 2/2/1929 7/1929 stricken 4/1962
Tucumán T, E5, 1940- T5, 1952- D5 1652 White, Cowes, UK 1927 16/10/1928 5/1929 stricken 4/1962

 

Displacement standard, t

1570

Displacement full, t

2120

Length, m

101.2 pp 102.1 oa

Breadth, m

9.68

Draught, m

3.81 full load

No of shafts

2

Machinery

Parsons geared steam turbines, 4 Admiralty 3-drum boilers

Power, h. p.

42000

Max speed, kts

36

Fuel, t

oil 540

Endurance, nm(kts)

4500(14)

Armament

5 x 1 - 120/45 Vickers-Armstrong Mk E, 1 x 1 - 76/45 Vickers Mk SS, 2 x 1 - 40/39 2pdr QF Mk II, 2 x 3 - 533 TT

Complement

160

Ship project history: Ships were built in the Great Britain under the 1926 program. They have inherited names of ships of the 1907 program, built in France (Mendoza and La Rioja) or Germany (Tucuman) and requisitioned with the WWI beginning. The order was given out in 1927. Structurally they repeated British leader Scott. Armament and fire control system were similar to Churucca. On 6hr trials Mendoza and Tucuman reached 38kts, La Rioja shown 39.4kts.
    Ships have arrived to Argentina in November, 1929, and Tucuman and La Rioja have made 5800nm passage from Lisbon to Puerto Belgrano without calls to other ports.

    In 1952 ships were re-rated as destroyer escorts.

Modernizations: late 1940s, all: - 1 x 1 - 120/45, 1 x 1 - 76/45; + 3 x 2 - 40/60 Mk 1

Naval service: La Rioja and Tucumán were disarmed and placed in reserve in 1952.

Tucumán 1936

Tucumán 1952

Ivan Gogin, 2011-15