ARA Neuquen (CL-1939)


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The Neuquen class ended up being very popular. The Argentinians built two for themselves and exported the design to Germany who built four for themselves and another two for Spain.

These were the pinnacle of Argentinian cruiser design, and compared more than favourably with their British competitors (Southampton and Edinburgh classes).

This is the last cruiser class built for the Argentine Navy. It is not until 1941-42 that more ships are allowed to be laid down at Bahia Blanca, and these new vessels would fight on the Allies side.

Displacement 11,200 tons std, 14,200 tons full load
Length 615 ft
Breadth 64 ft
Draught 26.5 ft
Machinery 4 shaft Steam Turbines 80,000shp
Speed 32 knots
Range 7400 miles at 15 knots
Armour 3.9" side, 2.5" deck, 3.4" turrets
Armament 12 x 5.9" (4x3)

16 x 88mm (8x2)

14 x 37mm (7x2)

24 x 20mm (3x4 12x1)

Aircraft 1
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 760
Notes ARA Neuquen

ARA Parana


This was a close drawing to what I think it should be, but their is too much, bridge, AA directors, and the aircraft handling is very tight. A bit bigger cruiser would be better with same fittings.


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