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Argentine Navy (2022)


Current Active Inventory: 30 Fleet Units


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Last Updated: 12/31/2021 | © www.WDMMW.org


There is little doubt that the Argentina Navy is a hurting, aging service with little in the way of modernization to be had on the horizon. Its core strength comes from its Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) surface force which accounts for over 40% of total strength. Beyond this is a concentration on a corvette force but many of these vessels are aging out or have exceeded their acceptable 30-year hull lifespans - some examples surpassing forty years of service. The modest destroyer force is 13.3% of total strength but, again, age is a major factor in their availability and usefulness. Corvettes comprise 30% of all strength followed by a patrol force strength of 43.3%. Overall the service covers its basics, leading to an avergae Force Balance rating but many key systems are aging, leaving the service behind its regional rivals.


The following represents an overview of the modern naval fighting capabilities of the Argentine Navy (2022). The service currently counts 30 total units in its active naval inventory. This total includes frontline commissioned vessels but excludes smaller patrol vessels, auxiliary / survey ships, replenishment, and historical ceremonial types. The WDMMW review takes into account specific categories of warships covering attack, defense, and general support designs. Inventory numbers and related unit types are provided as-is and derived from publically-available information / sources. "On Order" totals found at the bottom of this article are related to any future hulls currently under procurement/construction though said hulls may not be delivered for service in the current year for various reasons.




Total Units: 30
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TvR:
19.8
True Value Rating takes into account current strengths/weaknesses, matched against the highest-rated service (the USN yields a top rating of 323.9).
Global Rank:
29/33
A total of 33 naval services from 33 nations currently tracked. Current Ranking.
FORCE CONCENTRATION:

Carriers: 0 units
Submarines: 2 units
Fleet Core: 26 units
Amphib Asslt: 2 units
FORCE BALANCE:

AVERAGE

Fleet covers basic operating requirements by addressing primary categories.
SUPPLIERS:
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HULL PREFIX:
"ARA"
ESTABLISHED:
1810
212 yrs ago
as the "Argentine Navy"
MEDIAN HULL AGE:
33.1
Years
HULL AGE VISUALIZATION


Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15 yrs

16 to 25 yrs

26 to 30 yrs

>30 yrs


Age plays a vital role in the life of any warship as hulls and various onboard technologies are pushed to the limit, ultimately exposed to the corrosive and generally unforgiving effects of life at sea. Such degradation often leads to modernizations, refits, or outright retirement. Our color gauge attempts to showcase a vessel's current state within the fleet, helping to detail those outgoing vessels against those at the midway point of their service or those just having been commissioned.




Submarines (2)


Hulls developed for undersea/submersible operation; nuclear-powered or conventionally-powered.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
38yrs
Santa Cruz
S-41
Santa Cruz-class
49yrs
Salta
S-31
Salta-class

Total Units: 2 (7%)


NOTES: Despite both Santa Cruz and Salta being available, both boats currently hold reserve status in the Argentine Navy fleet - officially maked as inactive.




Destroyers (4)


Multi-mission hulls developed for Blue Water environment; operating independently or as part of the main surface fleet.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
39yrs
Almirante Brown
D-10
Almirante Brown-class
39yrs
La Argentina
D-11
Almirante Brown-class
39yrs
Heroina
D-12
Almirante Brown-class
38yrs
Sarandi
D-13
Almirante Brown-class

Total Units: 4 (13%)


NOTES: Argentina classifies the Almirante Brown-class as destroyers though their qualities are more akin to Frigates; ARA Heroina D-12 is labeled as In Reserve; notes indicate the vessel may be completely out of service and possibly scrapped altogether.




Corvettes (9)


Hulls defined as dimensionally smaller than frigates but larger than OPVs, capable of operating independently or as part of the main fighting fleet.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
37yrs
Espora
P-41
Espora-class
36yrs
Rosales
P-42
Espora-class
35yrs
Spiro
P-43
Espora-class
32yrs
Parker
P-44
Espora-class
21yrs
Robinson
P-45
Espora-class
18yrs
Gomez Roca
P-46
Espora-class
46yrs
Drummond
P-31
Espora-class
44yrs
Guerrico
P-32
Espora-class
42yrs
Granville
P-33
Espora-class

Total Units: 9 (30%)


NOTES: ARA Drummond and ARA Guerrico are said to be In Reserve status.




Offshore Patrol Vessels (13)


Hulls defined as OPVs and outfitted for the purpose of close-to-shore defense / deterrence.

OUTLOOK
POSITIVE
 
3yrs
Bouchard
P-51
Gowind-class
1yrs
Piedrabuena
P-52
Gowind-class
1yrs
Almirante Stomi
P-53
Gowind-class
76yrs
King
P-21
Murature-class
48yrs
Intrepida
P-85
Intrepida-class
48yrs
Indomita
P-86
Intrepida-class
83yrs
Zurubi
P-55
Zurubi-class
44yrs
Baradeo
P-61
Baradero-class
44yrs
Barranqueras
P-62
Baradero-class
44yrs
Clorinda
P-63
Baradero-class
44yrs
Concp. d. Uruguay
P-64
Baradero-class
22yrs
Punta Mogotes
P-66
Punta Mogotes-class
22yrs
Rio Santiago
P-67
Punta Mogotes-class

Total Units: 13 (43%)


NOTES: ARA Bartolome Cordero P-54 of the Gowind-class is set for commissioning sometime in 2022; ARA King P-21 is used for training purposes; ARA Zurubi was refitted for extended service life and recommissioned in 1993.




Amphibious Assault (2)


Hulls designed specifically for the support of amphibious-minded, offshore / close-to-shore operations.

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
46yrs
Hercules
B-52
Type 42-class
44yrs
Bahia San Blas
B-4
Costa Sur-class

Total Units: 2 (7%)


NOTES: ARA Hercules is held In Reserve, not operational since 2020; ARA Bahia San Blas is utilized primarily as a cargo ship.




On Order (1)


Hulls set to be delivered in the current procurement year or in subsequent year(s).

Bartolome Cordero
OPV

Total Units: 1


On Order Commitment: 1 Units




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