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ARGENTINEAN NAVY (ARGENTINA)

MINE WARFARE SHIPS

CHACO minesweepers (1954-1959/1968-1969)

Neuquen 1980

Chaco 1980

 

Name

No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Neuquen (ex-Hickleton)

M1

Thornycroft, Woolston, UK

1954

26/1/1955

1955 // 9/1968

stricken 4/1997

Río Negro (ex-Tarlton)

M2

Doig, Grimsby, UK

1954

10/11/1954

1955 // 6/1968

stricken 4/1997

Chubut (ex-Santon)

M3

Fleetlands, Gosport, UK

1954

18/8/1955

1956 // 7/1968

stricken 1996

Tierra del Fuego (ex-Bevington, ex-Golden Aphis)

M4

White, Southampton, UK

13/9/1951

17/3/1953

10/4/1954 // 12/1968

stricken 1996

Chaco (ex-Rennington)

M5

Richards IW, Lowestoft, UK

1957

27/11/1958

1959 // 12/1969

stricken 2/2003

Formosa (ex-Ilmington)

M6

Camper & Nicholson, Gosport, UK

1953

8/3/1954

1954 // 7/1968

stricken 2/2003

 

 

Displacement standard, t

360

Displacement full, t

425

Length, m

42.7 pp 46.3 oa

Breadth, m

8.80

Draught, m

2.50 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

M1-3, 5, 6: Napier Deltic diesels

M4: Mirrlees diesels

Power, h. p.

M1-3, 5, 6: 3000

M4: 2500

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

diesel oil 45

Endurance, nm(kts) 3000(8)

Armament

M1-4: 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 7, 1 x 2 - 20/70 Mk 9, LL sweep gear

M5, 6: 1 x 1 - 40/60 Mk 7, 2 inflatable boats, diving equipment for 4 divers

Sensors

M1-4: type 978 radar

M5, 6: type 978 radar, type 193 sonar

Complement

29

Ship project history: Former British Ton class coastal minesweepers. Chaco and Formosa were minehunters.

Modernizations: 1990s, Chaco: - type 978 radar; + R-40XX radar

1990s, Formosa: - type 978 radar; + Furuno 1831 radar

Naval service: No significant events.

Chaco 1980

Ivan Gogin, 2015