Captain Morgan wrote:Veinticinco de Mayo was a British colossus class carrier. She was later the Dutch HNLMS Karel Doorman. After a fire damaged her engine room she was sold to Argentina and replaced the older ARA Independencia,
25 May is May revolution day in Argentina and a National Holiday IIRC.
On May 25 1810 the Spanish government of Argentina was overthrown with a little bit of help from the British since Napoleon had captured Spain and the British were concerned of him gaining power in the Americas. It's been a long time since I studied the history of all this so I may have some facts slightly wrong.
I may be able to scan a photo out of one of my Combat Fleets of the world from the Eighties and Nineties.
marcelo_malara wrote:Hi all:
The carrier had been out of service after Malvinas/Falklands war by trouble with the steam turbines, and her destiny was dubious. Finally it was sold for scrap, leaving Argentina out of the club of carrier possesing navies.
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Bgile wrote:The Argentine navy had A4s and used them against the British. They had retarded bombs, which had time to arm during low level attacks. That was a good thing for them. The really bad thing was they were painted white, which made them stand out against the ocean during the low level attacks and helped the Harriers find them.
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