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ARA Guerrico (P-32)
ARA Guerrico in 2005 at Mar del Plata naval base
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Class and type: D'Estienne d'Orves class Aviso
Ordered: February 1976[1]
Builder: Lorient, France
Laid down: 1 October 1976
Launched: 13 September 1977
Christened: SAS Transvaal
Out of service: 17 November 1977
Fate: Delivery blocked by UNSCR 418 during sea trials in France
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Namesake: Rear Admiral Martin Guerrico
Operator: Flag of Argentina.svg Argentine Navy
Ordered: 1978
Commissioned: 1978
In service: 9 November 1978
Renamed: ARA Guerrico
Homeport: Mar del Plata
Status: in active service, as of 2020
General characteristics
Class & type: Type A69 Drummond class corvette
Displacement: 1,170 tons (1,320 tons full load)[2]
Length: 80 m (260 ft)[2]
Beam: 10.3 m (34 ft)[2]
Draught: 3.55 m (11.6 ft)[2]
Installed power: 12,000 shp (8.9 MW)[2]
Propulsion:SEMT Pielstick 12 PC 2.2 V400 diesels, 2× CP propellers[2]
Speed: 23.3 knots (43 km/h)[2]
Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)[2]
Endurance: 15 days[2]
Complement: 5 officers, 79 enlisted, 95 berths[2]
Sensors and
processing systems:
Thales DRBV 51A air/surface search
Thales DRBC-32E fire control
Consilium Selesmar NavBat
Thales Diodon hull MF sonar[2]
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Thales DR 2000 S3
Thales Alligator 51 jammer
2× 18 Corvus decoys (P31/2)
2× Matra Dagaie decoys (P33)[2]
Armament: 4× MM38 Exocet anti-ship missiles
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)[2]
Aircraft carried: none
Aviation facilities: small pad for VERTREP

ARA Guerrico (P-32) is a Drummond class corvette of the Argentine Navy. She is the first vessel to be named after Rear Admiral Martin Guerrico who fought in the 19th century Paraguayan War.

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.[3][4] According to reports in November 2012 the Drummond class "hardly sail because of lack of resources for operational expenses".[5]

Service historyEdit

Guerrico was built in 1977 in France for the South African Navy to be named SAS Transvaal but was embargoed at the last minute by United Nations Security Council Resolution 418. It was sold to Argentina instead and delivered on 9 November 1978. She was rushed into service and deployed a month later for the Operation Soberanía against Chile.

In 1982 she served in the Falklands War (Spanish language: Guerra de Malvinas ) most notably in the Invasion of South Georgia where she was damaged by Royal Marines weapon fire which led to her spending three days in dry dock for repairs[6] before rejoining the fleet as part of Task Group 79.4, alongside her sister ships operating to the north of the islands.[7] She carried the P-2 pennant number until the introduction of the Espora class corvettes in 1985 when she became P-32.

In 1994, Guerrico 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.[8]

She has also served as support ship of the Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro tall ships races.


Portions based on a translation from Spanish Wikipedia.

  1. "Victor Moukambi dissertation.doc". University of Stellenbosch. 2008-10-13.,%20V.pdf. Retrieved 2009-02-27. 
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 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. 
  3. "Depredación del Mar Argentino". 2005-02-15. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  4. "La depredación del Mar Argentino". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  5. "Argentine navy short on spares and resources for training and maintenance". MercoPress. 22 November 2012. 
  6. John Pike. "". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  7. The Royal Navy and the Falklands War, David Brown, Leo Cooper (publisher), 1987, ISBN 978-0-85052-059-0, p.120
  8. "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". Retrieved 2012-02-12. 

Further readingEdit

  • 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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