Massive deployment of the Argentine Navy to receive the imposing nuclear aircraft carrier USS “George Washington”

Massive deployment of the Argentine Navy to receive the imposing nuclear aircraft carrier USS “George Washington”
Massive deployment of the Argentine Navy to receive the imposing nuclear aircraft carrier USS “George Washington”

The aircraft carrier George Washington plans to enter Argentine territorial waters today

A massive deployment of seven ships from the Argentine Sea Fleet set sail between Sunday and Tuesday in order to receive today the imposing nuclear aircraft carrier of the United States USS “George Washington” and two escorts, to participate in the joint naval exercise “Gringo-Gaucho II”which will take place in Puerto Belgrano, south of the province of Buenos Aires.

The arrival of the aircraft carrier is another example of the excellent diplomatic relations between both countries, as well as the intense exchange and cooperation that the Biden administration has been carrying out with the Argentine government. The visit of the Secretary of State is part of this line Anthony Blinken; of the head of the CIA, William J. BurnsTreasury and Defense officials, such as the head of the Southern Command, General Laura Richardson, among others. And also Washington’s endorsement for the acquisition of 24 F16 supersonic aircraft from Denmark.

Beyond the fact that the authorization and coordination process for the arrival of the USS “George Washington” had begun last year, the government of Javier Milei made all the resources available so that both the visit and the exercise could be carried out. “Gringo-Gaucho II”, which is key to improving Argentina’s naval capabilities and to favor the so-called “interoperability” with other forces. Even more so when the current administration appeared in Brussels to deepen participation in NATO.

Navy ships that will participate in naval exercises with the nuclear aircraft carrier USS “George Washington”

Beyond that, the Navy reported that the ARA destroyer “La Argentina” was destined to receive the Nimitz-class ship of the US Navy – the largest that sail the seas in the world – and then converge with the other six warships. Argentines that will participate in the training exercises between both forces.

As officially reported, the Sea Fleet is anchored in front of the city of Mar del Plata. Since its departure, the aforementioned destroyer, the ARA “Sarandí”; and the corvettes ARA “Rosales” and ARA “Espora” carried out navigation through restricted waters, and carried out operations with Fennec helicopters and refueling with Sea King.

In addition, as can be seen in the video, they carried out maneuvers and also tactical communications in English, “transaction to speech with a distance guide, and a surface tactical encounter with the ocean patrol vessels ARA “Storni”, ARA “Contraalmirante Cordero” and ARA “Good Stone.” These last three ships will participate along with the others in the naval exercises. Two Sea King H3 helicopters will also participate; a Fennec helicopter, which will serve as an organic aircraft for a destroyer; a B-200 maritime reconnaissance or surveillance aircraft; and two turbomentor aircraft.

This Tuesday they carried out SAR training with Sea King helicopters and rescue swimmers; and later with the Naval Special Operations Forces Command.

Officially, the government reported that within the framework of the international deployment “Southern Seas 2024”, tomorrow and the day after, the activities planned for the Training Exercise (opportunity) called PASSEX “Gringo-Gaucho II” will be carried out, between the Navies of Argentina and from the US

In a statement, it was indicated that the PASSEX “Gringo-Gaucho II” will take place in Argentine jurisdictional waters, during the navigation of the aircraft carrier USS “George Washington”, the destroyer USS “Porter” and the logistics ship USNS “John Lenthall”. These last two arrived escorting Argentine territorial waters from Brazil, where they carried out a series of activities with the local Navy.

As officially reported by the Brazilian Navy, last Sunday ships from both countries carried out “a typical war operation in support of the population of Rio Grande do Sul (RS).” “Coordinated by the Brazilian Navy, the action involved the transfer of 15 tons of donations between the nuclear aircraft carrier ‘George Washington’ and the Multipurpose Aircraft Ship ‘Atlântico’, on the state coast. The operation, which aimed to accelerate the transfer of donations to flood victims, also marks 200 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.”

The photo of the USS “George Washington” and the Brazilian ship, during the operation carried out over the weekend

Unlike this intervention, in Argentine waters the activity that is planned has to do with naval exercises. “This new exercise allows the Argentine Navy to improve interoperability with another navy that has NATO standards, to practice procedures and articulate defenses (anti-surface, anti-aircraft, anti-submarine, etc.), within a possible formation of a Maritime Task Force ”.

As officially reported by the Government, frigate captain Patricio Alisi and lieutenant captain Lucas David Murgia were traveling aboard the aircraft carrier USS “George Washington”, who are participating in the planning and coordination of the activities that will be carried out with the Argentine Navy. .

“With the objective of increasing the level of naval training and interoperability between both navies, the activities are aimed at carrying out tactical communications exercises; air transfers of personnel between units; maneuvers and tactical evolutions in navigation; fixed-wing aircraft launch; helicopter aircraft on deck; anti-aircraft and anti-submarine defense; and visit, registration and capture practices among the participants,” it was reported.

Official sources highlighted that the “Gringo-Gaucho” operation was born as a bilateral exercise of opportunity that takes place when a United States Navy aircraft carrier and its escort ships navigate through Argentine territorial waters. “The first exercise was carried out in 1990 with the passage of the aircraft carrier USS ‘Abraham Lincoln’, and was repeated in 1991 with the aircraft carrier USS ‘Kitty Hawk’; in 1993 with the aircraft carrier USS ‘Constellation’; in 2004 with the aircraft carrier USS ‘Ronald Reagan’; in 2008 with the aircraft carrier USS ‘George Washington’ and in 2010 with the aircraft carrier USS ‘Carl Vinson’, the latter being carried out for the first time under the name Gringo-Gaucho.”

During their stay off Mar del Plata, the Minister of Defense, Luis Petri, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Brigadier General Xavier Isaac, are expected to visit the deck; the head of the Argentine Navy, Rear Admiral Carlos María Allievi, among other officials and soldiers. Although it is not confirmed, the presence of Vice President Victoria Villarruel was not ruled out. The head of state, Javier Milei, traveled to Los Angeles, where he participated in a series of meetings with leading businessmen from the United States.

The nuclear aircraft carrier USS “George Washington” sails through Argentine territorial waters

According to the official website of the United States Navy, the USS George Washington (CVN 73) is the sixth Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, named after the first president of the United States and has an estimated crew of 5,000 people. “Aircraft carriers are the centerpiece of the US naval forces. On any given day, aircraft carriers exercise the Navigation Directions of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO): Fight first, be ready and operate forward,” the US Navy published.

In addition, it clarifies that the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers are considered “the largest warships in the world”, which have the mission of “supporting and operating aircraft that participate in attacks against targets in the air, sea and on land, which threaten the free use of the sea”, as well as, these large ships are tasked with participating in sustained power projection operations in support of US and NATO forces.

“The aircraft carrier and its strike group also participate in maritime security operations to intercept threats to merchant shipping and prevent the use of the seas for terrorism and piracy. “Aircraft carriers also provide unique capabilities for disaster response and humanitarian assistance,” he noted.

USS George Washington was accompanied by the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) and the Henry J. Kaiser-class replenishment ship USNS John Lenthall (T-AO-189).

ARA destroyer “La Argentina”

According to the Navy, the keel of the destroyer “La Argentina” was placed on slipways on March 31, 1981 at the Blohm + Voss AG shipyard in Hamburg and was launched on September 28, 1981. Received by the Argentine Navy on May 1983, on that same date it affirmed the national flag and joined the Sea Fleet on August 4, 1983, becoming part of the Second Destroyer Division – current Destroyer Division.

It belongs to a series of evolved multipurpose destroyers that were designed and built according to a system of modules, which allows technological changes in weapons and systems, without affecting operability. This design is the origin of the name MEKO, hence the ships are known as MEKO 360; The number is due to the standard displacement of 3,600 tons.

The destroyer ARA “Sarandí”

The ARA “Sarandí” is a MEKO 360 type destroyer also built at the Blohm+Voss AG shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. Her keel was laid on March 9, 1982 and she was launched on August 31, 1982. The Argentine flag was affirmed on board on April 23, 1984 and on August 14, 1985 she received her War Flag, donated by the Club San Isidro Nautical.

The ARA corvette “Rosales” will participate in the naval exercises, along with the “Espora”

The Navy ordered that, along with the destroyers, the corvettes ARA “Rosales” and ARA “Espora” also participate, which have a displacement of 1,790 tons fully loaded; 91.2 meters in length, a beam of 11 meters and a draft of 4.5 meters. With a propulsion of two engines and a maximum speed of 27 knots, it has a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 18 knots and 100 crew members.

One of the three ocean patrol vessels that the Argentine Navy will send to exercises with the aircraft carrier

Finally, the Argentine Navy ordered the three ocean patrol vessels ARA “Storni”, ARA “Contraalmirante Cordero” and ARA “Piedrabuena” to participate in the activities with the United States nuclear aircraft carrier. They are vessels with a displacement of 1,650 tons, and dimensions of 87 meters in length, 13.6 meters in width and 4.2 meters in maximum draft. They have propulsion from two diesel engines that allow them to develop a speed of 20 knots, to achieve a range of 7,000 nautical miles at 12 knots. They are ships with 40 crew members and an additional capacity to board 19 people.

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