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ALMIRANTE BROWN

 

Nationality:

Argentina

Type: CA
Class: VEINTICINCO DE MAYO - 2 ships in class
Builder: Cantieri Odero Terni Orlando, Sestri Ponente
Commissioned: September, 1929
Displacement: 6,800 tons

Dimensions: (in feet and inches)

560' 4" x 58' 6" x 15' 4"

Armor:
PLACEMENT THICKNESS
Deck: 1"
Sides: 2.75"
CT: 2.33"
Turrets: 2"
Machinery: 2-shaft Parsons geared turbines; 6 Yarrow boilers; 85,000shp.  Oil:  180 tons
Speed: 32 knots
Armament:
NUMBER SIZE MOUNTS
6 7.5" 3x2
12 3.9" 6x2
6 40mm 6x1
6 21" TT 2x3
Compliment: 600

 

 

Sister ship:  VEINTICINCO DE MAYO

 

 

Notes:  The VEINTICINCO DE MAYO class were basically modified Italian TRENTO class cruisers.  The 7.5" gun mounts were capable of 45 of elevation.  They entered service in 1931 and were widely employed.  Although often criticized as attempting too much on too small a displacement, these two ships were very popular in the Argentine Navy.

On 3 October 1941 during fleet exercises in bad weather, ALMIRANTE BROWN rammed the destroyer CORRIENTES,  which subsequently sank.  She was then herself rammed in the stern by the battleship RIVADAVIA.  ALMIRANTE BROWN spent three months in Puerto Belgrano undergoing repairs.  In the late 1940s, a British radar set was fitted.  In 1949 she visited New York.  On 20 April 1950, a helicopter landed on ALMIRANTE BROWN, making the first such landing on an Argentinean ship.  After a long career ALMIRANTE BROWN was decommissioned on 24 March 1960 and was sold for scrapping in 1962.

 

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