AR Hercules class

UK Type 42 (Batch 1 and 2) class

Guided-Missile Destroyer


Guided-Missile Destroyer Hercules class

Derivatives / Succeeded by
2004 AR LCC Hercules class


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

helicopter   Aircraft

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


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

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19771999ARArgentine NavyD1ARA HerculesLOHE
2004-- Hercules class B52 ARA Hercules
19812000 sunk 2013ARArgentine NavyD2ARA Santisima TrinidadLOSS

2 units


1970-may-18OrderedOrdered AR D1 ARA Hercules
1970-may-18OrderedOrdered AR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad
1971-jun-16Laid downLaid down AR D1 ARA Hercules
1971-oct-11Laid downLaid down AR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad
1972-oct-24LaunchedLaunched AR D1 ARA Hercules
1974-nov-09LaunchedLaunched AR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad
1976-may-09TrialsTrials AR D1 ARA Hercules returned to Barrow after sea trials, wearing side number 28.
1976-jul-12CommissionedCommissioned AR D1 ARA Hercules entered ARA service 19 Sept 1977
1977-augHomeportHomeport AR D1 ARA Hercules arrived in Argentina after completion of shakedown and training in UK.
1981-jul-01CommissionedCommissioned AR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad original commissioning delayed by underwater bomb blast damage
1999Fate: transferedFate: transfered AR D1 ARA Hercules converted and re-classified
2000DecommissionedDecommissioned AR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad into Reserve
2013-janFate: sunkFate: sunk AR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad rolled over and sank at Puerto Belgrano, following a period of canniblisation to keep ARA Hercules operational.
2015-dec AR D2 ARA Santisima Trinidad refloated.

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