ARA Drummond (P-31)
|Name:||SAS Good Hope|
|Namesake:||Cape of Good Hope|
|Laid down:||12 March 1976|
|Launched:||5 March 1977|
|Out of service:||17 November 1977|
|Fate:||Delivery blocked by UNSCR 418 during sea trials in France|
|Commissioned:||9 November 1978|
|Homeport:||Mar del Plata|
|Status:||In active service|
|Class and type:||Type A69 Drummond-class corvette|
|Displacement:||1,170 tons (1,320 tons full load)|
|Length:||80 m (260 ft)|
|Beam:||10.3 m (34 ft)|
|Draught:||3.55 m (11.6 ft)|
|Installed power:||12,000 shp (8.9 MW)|
|Propulsion:||2 × SEMT Pielstick 12 PC 2.2 V400 diesels, 2 × CP propellers|
|Speed:||23.3 knots (43 km/h)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,330 km) at 16 knots (30 km/h)|
|Complement:||5 officers, 79 enlisted, 95 berths|
|Sensors and |
|Electronic warfare |
|Aviation facilities:||small pad for VERTREP|
She is currently based at Mar del Plata and conducts fishery patrol duties in the Argentine exclusive economic zone, where she has captured several trawlers in recent years. According to reports in November 2012 the Drummond class "hardly sail because of lack of resources for operational expenses".
Drummond was built in 1977 in France for the South African Navy to be named SAS Good Hope but was embargoed at the last minute by United Nations Security Council Resolution 418 over apartheid. The vessel was sold to Argentina instead and delivered on 9 November 1978.
In 1982 she served with her sister ships in the Falklands War. On 7 October 1983, during a live fire exercise off Mar del Plata, she sunk the old destroyer Almirante Domecq Garcia with a MM38 Exocet missile.
She had also served as support ship of the Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro tall ships races.
HMS York incident
On 25 February 2010 the British tabloid The Sun reported that Drummond had been intercepted and shepherded away by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS York in the vicinity of the Falkland Islands. The story was published in the middle of a diplomatic dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina about oil drilling, escalating the crisis as the "first head-to-head of the Falklands row". The British Ministry of Defence quickly issued a denial. A spokesman said the incident had occurred a month earlier, before the oil dispute began; both ships were in the same zone in international waters during rough weather at night, and, after a friendly dialogue by radio, each had continued on its own exercise.
Portions based on a translation from Spanish Wikipedia.
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