|Name Veinticinco de Mayo|
Laid down 29 November 1927
Fate Scrapped 1960
Launched 11 August 1929
Draft 4.66 m
|Namesake May Revolution|
Commissioned 11 July 1931
Construction started 29 November 1927
Length 171 m
Owner Argentine Navy
|Class and type Veinticinco de Mayo-class cruiser|
Builders Cantiere navale fratelli Orlando, Livorno
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 25th, which is the date of Argentina's May Revolution in 1810.
History and design
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. 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.