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ARA Isla de los Estados

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Name  Isla de los Estados
Yard number  122
In service  22 December 1980
Namesake  Isla de los Estados
Launched  1975, as Trans-Bética
Length  81 m
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Builder  Sociedad Metalúrgica Duro Felguera, Gijón, Spain
Operation  1982 invasion of the Falkland Islands

ARA Isla de los Estados was an Argentine naval supply ship sunk during the Falklands War.


Ship history

The 3,900 ton ship was built in 1975 by the Sociedad Metalúrgica Duro Felguera in Gijón, Spain, as Trans-Bética. She was acquired by the Argentine Navy, renamed and commissioned into the Naval Transport Service on 22 December 1980, being used to maintain a regular transport service between the Falkland Islands and the mainland.

Falklands war

On 28 March 1982 she sailed from Puerto Deseado to participate in Operation Rosario in the Falkland Islands, arriving on 4 April, three days after the initial landings, to provide transport around the archipelago.

The ship, among many other things, transported troops to occupy Darwin, Goose Green and Fox Bay.

Between 15 and April 17 sowed mines in the waters surrounding Stanley. These mines had been carried by the ARA Bahia Buen Suceso.


Isla de los Estados was sunk by HMS Alacrity during the first hours of 11 May 1982 in a surface action north of the Swan Islands in Falkland Sound. Alacrity engaged Isla de los Estados with her 4.5-inch gun. The Argentine transport blew up after several hits ignited her cargo of jet fuel and ammunition. Only two of the 24 men aboard survived; 15 crew members and seven servicemen (from all three armed forces plus the coast guard) were killed or missing.


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