ARA Veinticinco de Mayo (C-2)

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Name: Veinticinco de Mayo
Namesake: May Revolution
Builder: Cantiere navale fratelli Orlando, Livorno
Laid down: 29 November 1927
Launched: 11 August 1929
Commissioned: 11 July 1931
Fate: Scrapped 1960
General characteristics
Class and type: Veinticinco de Mayo-class cruiser
Displacement: 6,800t normal; 9,000t full load
Length: 560.3 ft (170.8 m)
Beam: 58.5 ft (17.8 m)
Draught: 15.3 ft (4.7 m)
Installed power: 85,000 hp (63,000 kW)
Propulsion: Parsons turbine, 2 screws
Speed: 32 knots (59 km/h)
Range: 8,000 nautical miles (15,000 km) at 14 knots (26 km/h)
Complement: 600
Aircraft carried: 2 × Grumman J2F Duck
Aviation facilities: Catapult launcher

ARA Veinticinco de Mayo was a cruiser which served in the Argentine Navy through World War II. The English translation of the name is May 25, which is the date of Argentina's May Revolution in 1810.

History and design[edit]

Veinticinco de Mayo was built in Italy and was the first ship of the Veinticinco de Mayo class of cruisers. Three vessels were to be produced, but in the end, only 25 de Mayo and her sister ship Almirante Brown were acquired, both in 1931.

These ships were unusual in several ways. First, they carried 7.5-inch guns, only the third class of warship to do so[citation needed] (the British Hawkins-class cruisers of World War I being another; a more typical main armament for heavy cruisers is 8-inch guns). Also, like the Italian Zara class and other Italian-built warships of the era they carried their floatplanes under the foredeck and launched them from a fixed catapult over the bows.

See also[edit]


  • David Miller, Illustrated Directory of Warships - from 1860 to the present day. (Salamander Books, London, 2001)
  • M.J. Whitley, Cruisers of World War II, An International Encyclopedia (1995) Arms and Armour Press

Further reading[edit]

  • Burzaco, Ricardo. Acorazados y Cruceros de la Armada Argentina. Eugenio B, Buenos Aires, 1997. ISBN 987-96764-0-8 (in Spanish)
  • Arguindeguy, Pablo. Apuntes sobre los buques de la Armada Argentina (1810-1970). Comando en Jefe de la Armada, Buenos aires, 1972. ISBN n/d (in Spanish)

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