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ARA Heroína (pennant number D-12) is the third ship of the MEKO 360H2 series of four destroyers built for the Argentine Navy. The ship is the third ship in the history of the Argentine Navy to bear the name of the corsair frigate Heroína, which claimed the Falkland Islandsmarker for the United Provinces of the River Plate on November 6, 1820.

Origin

Heroína 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 Hamburgmarker, West Germanymarker for the construction of four MEKO 360H2 destroyers.

Construction

Heroína was launched on February 17, 1982. The ship was delivered to the Argentine Navy on November 7 1983 for her sea trials, following which the ship departed for Argentina, arriving at Puerto Belgrano Naval Base on December 21.

Service History

Heroina is to enter a major engine and structural overhaul in 2006, following her sister ship La Argentina.

She is currently homeported at Puerto Belgranomarker as part of the Navy's 2nd 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)



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