ARA Galiano (DD-1924)


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These light destroyers were built for Argentina in the Germanic States and were supposed to be the replacements for the Rio type destroyers but those were refurbished and kept as escorts.

The Galiano type were a new development for the German shipbuilders as before they had been designing destroyers and torpedo boats for the North Sea and Baltic Sea areas. Now the designs could operate in any sea area.

With two 4.1" single shielded mounts fore and aft there were some complaints that the ships were undergunned but the enhanced torpedo armament over other ships of their size made them a force to be reckoned with. The light AA provided was adequate for their size. High speed was necessary for the ships to attain their aim, get close to ships larger than them and torpedo the s%$t out of them.


Displacement 1,100 tons std, 1,350 tons full load
Length 294 ft
Breadth 32 ft
Draught 13 ft
Machinery 2 shaft Steam Turbines 32,000shp
Speed 35 knots
Range 3400 miles at 15 knots
Armour nil
Armament 2 x 4.1" (2x1)

2 x 37mm (2x1)

4 x 20mm (4x1)

Mines 30 when fitted
Torpedoes 8 x 21" (2x4)
Complement 110
Notes ARA Galiano


Galiano fitted for minelaying. A maximum of 30 mines could be carried and this made them useful additions to the larger minelayers.


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