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Argentine Navy (2024)


Current Active Inventory: 31 Fleet Units


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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 (2024). The service currently counts 31 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.

Updated: 11/05/2022 | © www.WDMMW.org




Total Hulls: 31

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TvR
19.8
TrueValue Rating takes incorporates strengths/weaknesses matched against the highest-rated service ( USN (323.9).
Global Rank
33 /39
Global Rank as compared to national powers of WDMMW. 39 total naval services from 39 nations are tracked. View Current Ranks.
Force Concentration

Carriers: 0 units
Submarines: 2 units
Fleet Core: 27 units
Amphib Asslt: 2 units
Force Balance

AVERAGE

Fleet covers basic operating requirements by addressing primary categories.

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Hull Prefix
"ARA"
Established
1810
(214 yrs ago)
as the "Argentine Navy"
Median Hull Age
34.3
Years
Hull Age Visualization

Unit Age Color Key




0 to 15yrs

16 to 25yrs

26 to 30yrs

>30yrs




Submarines (2)


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

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
40yrs
Santa Cruz
S-41
Santa Cruz-class
51yrs
Salta
S-31
Salta-class

Total Units: 2 (6%)


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
 
41yrs
Almirante Brown
D-10
Almirante Brown-class
41yrs
La Argentina
D-11
Almirante Brown-class
41yrs
Heroina
D-12
Almirante Brown-class
40yrs
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
 
39yrs
Espora
P-41
Espora-class
38yrs
Rosales
P-42
Espora-class
37yrs
Spiro
P-43
Espora-class
34yrs
Parker
P-44
Espora-class
23yrs
Robinson
P-45
Espora-class
20yrs
Gomez Roca
P-46
Espora-class
48yrs
Drummond
P-31
Drummond-class
46yrs
Guerrico
P-32
Drummond-class
44yrs
Granville
P-33
Drummond-class

Total Units: 9 (29%)


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




Offshore Patrol Vessels (14)


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

OUTLOOK
STABLE
 
5yrs
Bouchard
P-51
Gowind-class
3yrs
Piedrabuena
P-52
Gowind-class
3yrs
Almirante Stomi
P-53
Gowind-class
2yrs
Bartolome Cordero
P-54
Gowind-class
78yrs
King
P-21
Murature-class
50yrs
Intrepida
P-85
Intrepida-class
50yrs
Indomita
P-86
Intrepida-class
85yrs
Zurubi
P-55
Zurubi-class
46yrs
Baradeo
P-61
Baradero-class
46yrs
Barranqueras
P-62
Baradero-class
46yrs
Clorinda
P-63
Baradero-class
46yrs
Concp. d. Uruguay
P-64
Baradero-class
24yrs
Punta Mogotes
P-66
Punta Mogotes-class
24yrs
Rio Santiago
P-67
Punta Mogotes-class

Total Units: 14 (45%)


NOTES: 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
 
48yrs
Hercules
B-52
Type 42-class
46yrs
Bahia San Blas
B-4
Costa Sur-class

Total Units: 2 (6%)


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


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