Argentine Navy’s ARA Piedrabuena (P-52) enters naval service. The 2nd Argentinian Gowind-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) of the collection is ice confirmed: particularly tailored to the navigation in Snowflake waters. This function was specifically added for the Argentinian Navy (Armada de la República Argentina, ARA) in order that the ship can be utilized in assist missions with the icebreaker Almirante Irizar. Piedrabuena was laid down in 2019 and launched on 1 October 2020 by DCNS in Lorient. The vessel started sea trials in March 2021. It was formally delivered to the Argentine Navy in April 2021.

After repeated negotiations and break-offs, in February 2018 the Argentine Navy was instructed to restart negotiations with Naval Group for the procurement of 4 Gowind-class vessels. The choice was motivated by the assembly between Argentine President Mauricio Macri and French President Emmanuel Macron on the annual World Financial Discussion board summit in Davos, Switzerland. An order for 4 vessels was anticipated in July 2018. In November 2018, Argentina confirmed the acquisition of 4 Gowind-class vessels. The acquisition contains the already-built L’Adroit, which in 2016 visited the area on a advertising and marketing journey, and three new vessels.


Argentine Navy ARA Piedrabuena (P-52) Offshore Patrol Vessel

Gowind offshore patrol vessel (previously L’Adroit) is a patrol vessel designed by the French firm DCNS for maritime safety missions. She was initially a part of the Gowind household of corvettes and patrol vessels however the much less navy family members like Bouchard have been moved into the Kership consortium. The design was self-funded by DCNS with out an preliminary buyer, and was initially leased to the French Navy as L’Adroit earlier than being offered to the Argentine Navy in November 2018. The primary vessel was commissioned as ARA Bouchard in December 2019.

The Gowind design is a household of metal monohull frigates, corvettes and offshore patrol vessels developed since 2006 by France’s Naval Group, previously referred to as DCNS, to conduct missions in littoral zone corresponding to anti-submarine warfare (ASW). The Gowind household contains vessels with lengths from 85 to 111 metres (278 ft 10 in to 364 ft 2 in) and displacement from 1,000 tons to three,100 tons.
The Gowind design can deploy unmanned aerial autos (UAVs), unmanned floor autos (USVs) and underwater unmanned autos (UUVs).