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This article is about the modern destroyer. For the 1930s training cruiser, see ARA La Argentina. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (August 2010) ARA La Argentina Career (Argentina) Name: ARA La Argentina (D-11) Builder: Blohm + Voss Launched: 25 September 1981 Acquired: 11 May 1983 Commissioned: 4 August 1983 Status: in active service, as of 2011[update] Notes: Pennant number: D-11 General characteristics Class and type: Almirante Brown-class destroyer Displacement: 3,360 tons Length: 126 metres (413 ft 5 in) Beam: 14 metres (45 ft 11 in) Draught: 5.8 metres (19 ft 0 in) Propulsion: COGAG (4 turbines) 36,000 shp Speed: 30.5 knots (56.5 km/h) Range: 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km) Complement: 224 Armament: 8 × MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles 1 × Selenia/Elsag Albatross octuple launcher with 24 Aspide surface-to-air missiles 1 × Otobreda 127/54 Compact 5 inch dual purpose gun 8 × Breda/Bofors 40 mm L/70 anti-aircraft guns (4×2) 6 × 324 mm torpedo tubes (2×3) Aircraft carried: 1 × AS 555 Fennec helicopter Aviation facilities: Single hangar ARA La Argentina (pennant number D-11) is the second ship of the MEKO 360H2 series of four destroyers built for the Argentine Navy. The ship is the eighth ship in the history of the Argentine Navy to bear the name of the corsair frigate La Argentina which conducted a privateer raid around the world against Spanish trade on 1817. Contents 1 Origin 2 Construction 3 Service history 4 References 4.1 Bibliography Origin La Argentina and her sister ships were authorized under the Naval Construction National Plan of 1974, an initiative by the Argentine Navy to replace old World War II-vintage warships which were nearing the end of their operational lives. A contract was signed with the Blohm + Voss Shipyards in Hamburg, West Germany for the construction of four MEKO 360H2 destroyers. Construction La Argentina was launched on 25 September 1981. The ship was delivered to the Argentine Navy on 11 May 1983 for her sea trials, following which the ship departed for Argentina, arriving at Puerto Belgrano Naval Base on 18 July and being formally commissioned into the Navy on 4 August of that same year. Service history The ship emerged in 2006 from an overhaul which included the extension of her flight deck to allow for the operation of SH-3 Sea King helicopters picture. She is currently homeported at Puerto Belgrano as part of the Navy's Destroyer Division, along with her three sister ships. References Bibliography Guia de los buques de la Armada Argentina 2005-2006. Ignacio Amendolara Bourdette, ISBN 987-43-9400-5, Editor n/a. (Spanish/English text) v · d · e Almirante Brown-class destroyer Almirante Brown · Heroína · La Argentina · Sarandí List of destroyers of the Argentine Navy