ARA Belgrano (CL-1932)


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Not being limited to the 6,000 tons for cruisers the Germanic States were (by the Versailles Treaty), the Argentine designers based their designs on the German triple 5.9" turrets of the K class, with a standard 8,000 ton displacement. This allowed for a better length to beam ratio, with better armour and secondary/tertiary armaments.

These three ships were to replace some of the old Germanic States cruisers obtained in the early 1920's but were now 15-20 years old, and showing their age.

Completed in 1932-33, the ships quality was a vast improvement on the Rosario class built just seven years before. High freeboard, deep draught these were the perfect patrol cruisers. Unfortunately when they are put against bigger ships than themselves, they lose. (See Battle of the Straits of Magellan)

Being some of the most modern ships in the fleet, the ships received priority for the fitting of new parts. New AA weapons were added, AA gunnery controllers, the biggest change being the replacement of the old single 3.4" with the modern twin 88mm weapons.

Displacement 8,200 tons std, 10,400 tons full load
Length 584 ft
Breadth 60 ft
Draught 20 ft
Machinery 4 shaft Steam Turbines 75,000shp
Speed 32 knots
Range 8500 miles at 15 knots
Armour 3" side, 1.5" deck, 2" turrets
Armament 9 x 5.9" (3x3)

8 x 3.4" (8x1)

6 x 37mm (3x2)

6 x 20mm (6x1)

9 x 5.9" (3x3)

12 x 88mm (6x2)

10 x 37mm (5x2)

18 x 20mm (2x4, 10x1)

Aircraft 2 (no hangar)
Torpedoes 6 x 21" (2x3)
Complement 590
Notes ARA Belgrano - sunk by Chilean BC Coquimbo, Straits of Magellan 20/06/1939

ARA Garibaldi - sunk defending relief convoy to Las Malvinas 12/11/1939 by aircraft from HMAS Van Diemen.

ARA Pueyrredón - surrendered in general Armistice February 1940.

My first try for a moderate sized cruiser. Unfortunately this one had too many US features rather than the 'German' look I was after.

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