|ARA King (P-21)|
ARA King in Ushuaia, circa 1940s
|Namesake:||Juan King, Argentine naval officer in the Cisplatine War.|
|Builder:||AFNE Rio Santiago, Argentina|
|Out of service:||In overhaul as of 2015|
|Type:||Murature class patrol boat|
|Length:||77 m (252.6 ft)|
|Beam:||9 m (29.5 ft)|
|Draft:||4 m (13 ft)|
|Propulsion:||2-shaft, 2 × Werkspoor Diesel engines, 2,500 ihp (1,900 kW), 90 tons oil|
|Speed:||18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)|
|Range:||9000 nautical miles @ 12kn|
ARA King is a World War II era Argentine Navy warship, originally classified as minelayer and later as patrol ship. The vessel is named after Juan King, an Argentine naval officer that served in the Cisplatine War. It is the third Argentine naval ship with this name.
King was as part of a program to build four mine warfare ships during the Second World War, of which two (Murature and King) were completed as patrol boats and the others (Piedrabuena and Azopardo) as antisubmarine frigates.
King was launched in 1943 and commissioned in 1946.
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