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ARA Isla de los Estados
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Name: ARA Isla de los Estados
Namesake: Isla de los Estados
Builder: Sociedad Metalúrgica Duro Felguera, Gijón, Spain
Yard number: 122
Launched: 1975, as Trans-Bética
In service: 22 December 1980
Fate: Sunk, 11 May 1982
General characteristics [1]
Type: Cargo ship
Tonnage: 3,900 GRT
Length: 81.4 m (267 ft 1 in)
Beam: 13.4 m (44 ft 0 in)
Draught: 4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)
Propulsion: Diesel engine, single screw
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 27
Service record
Part of: ARA Naval Transport Service
Operations: Operation Rosario
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ARA Isla de los Estados was an Argentine naval supply ship sunk during the Falklands War.

Ship historyEdit

The 3,900 ton ship was built in 1975 by the Sociedad Metalúrgica Duro Felguera in Gijón, Spain, as Trans-Bética. She was acquired by the Argentine Navy, renamed and commissioned into the Naval Transport Service on 22 December 1980, being used to maintain a regular transport service between the Falkland Islands and the mainland.[1]

On 28 March 1982 she sailed from Puerto Deseado to participate in "Operation Rosario" in the Falkland Islands, arriving on 4 April, three days after the initial landings, to provide transport around the archipelago.[1]

SinkingEdit

Isla de los Estados was sunk by HMS Alacrity during the first hours of 11 May 1982, in a surface action north of the Swan Islands in Falkland Sound. Alacrity engaged Isla de los Estados with 15 rounds of her 4.5-inch gun. The Argentine ship blew up after seven hits ignited her cargo of jet fuel and ammunition.[2] Only two of the 24 men aboard survived; 15 crew members and seven servicemen (from all three armed forces plus the coast guard) were killed or missing.[1] This was the only surface naval action during the 1982 war.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Historia y Arqueologia Marítima". histarmar.com.ar. 2011. http://www.histarmar.com.ar/BuquesMercantes/ListadoI/IsladelosEstados.htm. Retrieved 7 February 2012.  (Spanish)
  2. Mayorga, Horacio A.: No Vencidos. Ed. Planeta, Buenos Aires, 1998, page 320. ISBN 950-742-976-X (Spanish)

Coordinates: 51°42′3″S 59°29′22″W / 51.70083°S 59.48944°W / -51.70083; -59.48944

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