|ARA Granville (P-33)|
ARA Granville at Mar del Plata naval base in 2005
|Namesake:||Guillermo Enrique Granville|
|Laid down:||1 December 1978|
|Launched:||28 June 1980|
|Commissioned:||22 June 1981|
|Homeport:||Mar del Plata|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2019[update]|
|Class & type:||Type A69 Drummond class corvette|
|Displacement:||1,170 tons (1,320 tons full load)|
|Length:||80 m (260 ft)|
|Beam:||10.3 m (34 ft)|
|Draught:||3.55 m (11.6 ft)|
|Installed power:||12,000 shp (8.9 MW)|
|Propulsion:||2× SEMT Pielstick 12 PC 2.2 V400 diesels, 2× CP propellers|
|Speed:||23.3 knots (43 km/h)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)|
|Complement:||5 officers, 79 enlisted, 95 berths|
|Sensors and |
Thales DRBV 51A air/surface search|
Thales DRBC-32E fire control
Consilium Selesmar NavBat
Thales Diodon hull MF sonar
|Electronic warfare |
Thales DR 2000 S3|
Thales Alligator 51 jammer
2× Matra Dagaie decoys
4× MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles|
1× 100 mm/55 Mod.1968 dual purpose gun
1× twin Bofors 40 mm L/70 AA guns
2× 20 mm Oerlikon AA guns
2× .50cal Colt M2 machine guns
2× triple 324 mm ILAS-3 tubes (WASS A-244S torpedoes)
|Aviation facilities:||small pad for VERTREP|
She is currently based at Mar del Plata and conducts fishery patrol duties in the Argentine Exclusive Economic Zone where she has captured several trawlers in recent years. According to reports in November 2012 the Drummond class “hardly sail because of lack of resources for operational expenses”.
The first two ships of the Drummond class were built in 1977 in France for the South African Navy. The sale was embargoed by United Nations Security Council Resolution 418 during sea trials and the ships were sold to Argentina instead. A third ship was ordered and entered service as ARA Granville on 22 June 1981, in time for the Falklands War (Spanish language:Guerra de Malvinas ) the following year. There are minor differences in equipment fit compared to her sisters, for instance the Granville has French Degaie decoys rather than the British Corvus chaff launchers.
On 28 March 1982 she sailed with her sister ARA Drummond and took up station northeast of Port Stanley to cover the main amphibious landings on 2 April. After the attack she operated north of the Falklands with her sister ships as Task Group 79.4, hoping to catch ships detached from the British taskforce. On 29 April the corvettes were trailed by HMS Splendid whilst she was looking for the Argentine carrier ARA 25 de Mayo, but they managed to outrun the British submarine. Granville carried the P-3 pennant number until the introduction of the Espora class corvettes in 1985 when she became P-33. In 1994, Granville and her sisters participated in Operation Uphold Democracy, the United Nations blockade of Haiti. During this time, she was based at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Wertheim, Eric (2007). The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems (15 ed.). Naval Institute Press. p. 9. ISBN 9781591149552. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=TJunjRvplU4C&pg=PA9.
- ↑ "Depredación del Mar Argentino". Lanacion.com.ar. 2005-02-15. http://www.lanacion.com.ar/nota.asp?nota_id=679815. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- ↑ "La depredación del Mar Argentino". Lanacion.com.ar. http://www.lanacion.com.ar/nota.asp?nota_id=787398. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- ↑ "Argentine navy short on spares and resources for training and maintenance". MercoPress. 22 November 2012. http://en.mercopress.com/2012/11/22/argentine-navy-short-on-spares-and-resources-for-training-and-maintenance.
- ↑ Freedman, Lawrence (2005). The Official History of the Falklands Campaign: The 1982 Falklands War and Its Aftermath. 2. Routledge. p. 7. ISBN 9780714652078. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=PSsxmXWChqIC&pg=PA7.
- ↑ Freedman (2005), p. 272
- ↑ Freedman (2005), p. 274
- ↑ "con el propósito de asegurar el cumplimiento del embargo comercial, dispuesto por el Consejo de Seguridad, por medio de las corbetas ARA Grandville, ARA Guerrico y ARA Drummond". .tau.ac.il. http://www1.tau.ac.il/eial/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=504&Itemid=216. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
- Guia de los buques de la Armada Argentina 2005–2006. Ignacio Amendolara Bourdette, ISBN 987-43-9400-5, Editor n/a. (Spanish/English text)
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