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Puerto Belgrano

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Base Naval Puerto Belgrano is the largest naval base of the Argentine Navy, situated next to Punta Alta city, near Bahia Blanca, some 700km south of Buenos Aires.

Home of the Argentine Fleet, it concentrates all major ships and arsenals, and is close to the main bases of the other Navy organisations: Marine's camp Baterias and Naval Aviation's air base Comandante Espora.

Opened November 30, 1896 under the name Puerto Militar , it was renamed to Puerto Belgrano in 1923. In 1911 the French-owned railway company Ferrocarril Rosario y Puerto Belgrano opened a broad gauge (5ft 6in) line between Puerto Belgrano and Rosario.

The base grew in importance with the size of the fleet. During World War I the Rivadavia class battleships ARA Moreno and ARA Rivadavia were docked here and during World War II the aircraft carriers ARA Independencia and ARA 25 de Mayo were docked at this base.

The shipyard continues doing maintenance and refits of vessels and submarines.

On April 2006, the Royal Navy's Antarctic patrol vessel HMS Endurance (A171) entered Puerto Belgrano for repairs after damaging its rudder while in Antarctica in February. It was the first time since the end of the 1982 Falklands War that a British Royal Navy ship had entered the Argentine naval base.

References

HMS Endurance completes repairs in Puerto Belgrano

External links

Official Site

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