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Saturday, January 19th 2019, 3:14pm

Noticias Argentinas 1949

Noticias Argentinas

4 January
The eighth Mendoza Class destroyer, which had been completed as an anti-aircraft destroyer, has been reprieved from the scrap merchant and has been re-commissioned and assigned to Carrier Squadron at Bahia Blanca. She will serve alongside the former destroyer leader ARA Sarandi as a close escort and plane guard for the three aircraft carriers.

In other naval news, the five Project 414 Class torpedo destroyers are receiving modest refits with German 55mm AA guns to improve their self-defence capabilities and to offer more anti-MTB firepower in coastal waters. The training cruiser ARA General San Martin is also undergoing a modest refit and modernisation.

5 January
At the Peruvian Callao naval base a crew formally took over the former Peruvian aircraft carrier Lima which was recently purchased by the Argentine Navy. The nucleus crew will sail her to Bahia Blanca for a work up period and trials before she is formally commissioned into service.

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Tuesday, February 12th 2019, 11:19am

20 January
The first six T-6M41 'Nahuel’ (Tiger) heavy tanks have arrived at the Arsenal Esteban de Luca for refitting. During the year the entire fleet of 48 Nahuel tanks will be refitted with a new 520hp V-12 diesel engine developed by HAFDASA and new radio sets.

22 January
The Army has issued its 1949 TOE for a standard infantry division. The only major change is that the Reconnaissance Battalion will lose one Motorised Reconnaissance Company but the other will be issued with nine CA-6M45 Armicustos armoured carriers for improved mobility.

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Saturday, March 9th 2019, 10:20am

30 January
Today saw the first of three Argentine Grand Prix races being held on the Palermo street circuit in Cordoba. The event was marred by the death of popular French driver Jean-Pierre Wimille. He was driving his first flying lap during practice when his car swerved to avoid children crossing the track and crashed into a tree. He was killed instantly due to serious head injuries. During the race, local driver Pablo Pessatti was also killed when he was thrown out as his car overturned.
The race was won by Italian Alberto Ascari driving a Maserati 4CLT, as was the runner-up, Italian Villoresi. Third place went to Argentine driver Óscar Alfredo Gálvez in his Alfa Romeo 308.

6 February
Today saw the second of three Argentine Grand Prix races being held on the Palermo street circuit in Cordoba, the race was curtailed at 30 laps due to heavy rain.
The race was won by Óscar Alfredo Gálvez in his Alfa Romeo 308 with Juan Manuel Fangio in his Maserati 4CLT in second place and the Uruguayan Eitel Cantoni driving a Maserati 4CL in third place.

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Saturday, March 9th 2019, 5:32pm

Quoted

During the race, local driver Pablo Pessatti was also killed when he was thrown out as his car overturned.

Yes... the era of not wearing seat belts. Probably better than the alternative.

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Saturday, May 4th 2019, 12:35pm

14 March
At a formal pier side ceremony attended by the Peruvian naval attaché, the Defence Minister Vice Almirante (ret). Juan Perez Benedicto Hood and Vice Almirante Torrez-Bucholz, the commander of the Carrier Squadron, the ex-Peruvian carrier was commissioned as ARA Almirante Brown. The vessel will join the Carrier Squadron as the main training carrier. It is believed the current training carrier, ARA Avispón, will be converted wholly to the amphibious transport role.
The Lima was built as the Giovanni Caboto and served in the Italian Navy from her completion in 1931 until her sale to Peru in 1941.

18 March
Techint has been awarded a contract to build a gas pipeline from Comodoro Rivadavia to Cordoba with completion due in 1952. Techint is an Argentine-Italian industrial company founded by Italian industrialist Agostino Rocca and headquartered in Milan, Italy and Cordoba.

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Saturday, May 25th 2019, 10:26am

20 March
Five new Type 9A Motor Torpedo Boats were commissioned into service today. The ARA M35, M36, M37, M38 and M39 have joined the 2nd MTB Squadron at Viedma, replacing five older craft.

22 March
The second prototype Gloster AXP-1001 jet-fighter has flown at Hucclecote, Gloucestershire, England. The third prototype is now undergoing final construction and will be shipped to FMA for completion and its test flight. Last month the manufacturing rights were acquired by FMA and tooling at their main factory in Cordoba has now begun in readiness for full production of 160 aircraft as the I-03 Pulqui III.

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Tuesday, July 9th 2019, 8:24pm

1 April
The Navy has long seen the Motor Torpedo Boat as a potent coastal defence asset along the isolated coast, but extended support away from base has always been a problem. Today the Navy has laid down two specialist vessels to solve that problem. The two Project 723 tenders on their completion next year will support a flotilla each, supplying them with torpedoes and fuel and equipped with modern workshops to effect repairs. The two vessels are being built by AFNE Bahia Blanca and Tandanor at Comodoro Rividavia.

11 April
Today a new radio station has opened on the airwaves. The Servicio Internacional de la República Argentina (SIRA) (International Service of the Republic of Argentina) is a state-broadcaster for external broadcasts across South America. SIRA will broadcast 24 hours a day in seven languages. The broadcasts focus on Argentine news, culture, geography, history, music and other local topics. Music varies from Argentine folkloric (usually gaucho and indigenous fare) and tango music to Argentine dance music.