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  • 1977    

    Guided-Missile Destroyer Hercules class

        Derivatives / Succeeded by
    AR LCC Hercules class 2004


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    4100full load (tn)
    125length (m)
    14.60beam (m)
    5.20draught (m)
    28max speed (knots)
    2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Olympus
    2Naval Engine gas turbine - Rolls Royce Tyne
    2Naval Engine propulsion system: COGAG
    4Missile Launcher MM38 Exocet single launcher
    1Missile Launcher Sea Dart
    1Naval Gun Mark 8 4.5 inch (114mm)
    2Chaff and decoys Corvus chaff launcher
    1Naval Radar air search radar Type 965
    2Naval Radar fire direction radar Type 909
    1Naval Radar surface and low level air search radar Type 992
    1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 162
    1Sonar hull mounted sonar Type 184


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        Typical Max
    AR Argentine Navy SNIA Alouette III 11
    AR Argentine Navy Westland Lynx mk23 11

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    AR Astillero Rio Santiago (AFNE) - 1
    UK BAE Systems (Vickers) - 1

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    ARArgentine NavyD1ARA HerculesLOHE19771999
    Hercules class B52 ARA Hercules 2004--
    ARArgentine NavyD2ARA Santisima TrinidadLOSS19812000

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    1970-may-18OrderedAR D1 ARA Hercules
    1970-may-18OrderedAR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad
    1971-jun-16Laid downAR D1 ARA Hercules
    1971-oct-11Laid downAR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad
    1972-oct-24LaunchedAR D1 ARA Hercules
    1974-nov-9LaunchedAR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad
    1976-may-9TrialsAR D1 ARA Hercules returned to Barrow after sea trials, wearing side number 28.
    1976-jul-12CommissionedAR D1 ARA Hercules entered ARA service 19 Sept 1977
    1977-augHomeportAR D1 ARA Hercules arrived in Argentina after completion of shakedown and training in UK.
    1981-jul-1CommissionedAR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad original commissioning delayed by underwater bomb blast damage
    1999Fate: transferedAR D1 ARA Hercules converted and re-classified
    2000DecommissionedAR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad into Reserve
    2013-janFate: sunkAR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad rolled over and sank at Puerto Belgrano, following a period of canniblisation to keep ARA Hercules operational.
    2015-decAR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad refloated.

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