ARA King (P-21)


ARA King in Ushuaia, circa 1947
Name: King
Namesake: Juan King, Argentine naval officer in the Cisplatine War.
Builder: AFNE Rio Santiago, Argentina
Launched: 1943
Commissioned: 1946
Out of service: In overhaul as of 2015
General characteristics
Type: Murature class patrol boat
Displacement: 1030 tons
Length: 77 m (252.6 ft)
Beam: 9 m (29.5 ft)
Draft: 4 m (13 ft)
Propulsion: 2-shaft, 2 × Werkspoor Diesel engines, 2,500 ihp (1,900 kW), 90 tons oil
Speed: 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h)
Range: 9000 nautical miles @ 12kn
Complement: 130
  • 3 × 105-millimetre (4 in) L45 Bofors DP guns
  • 4 × 40 mm (1.6 in) Bofors AA guns

ARA King is a World War II era Argentine Navy warship, originally classified as minelayer and later as patrol ship. The vessel is named after Juan King, an Argentine naval officer that served in the Cisplatine War. It is the third Argentine naval ship with this name.


King was as part of a program to build four mine warfare ships during the Second World War, of which two (Murature and King) were completed as patrol boats and the others (Piedrabuena and Azopardo) as antisubmarine frigates.


King was launched in 1943 and commissioned in 1946.

In 1955 took part of rising against Juan Domingo Perón's government known as Revolución Libertadora, when she protected as a floating battery the rebel naval base at Río Santiago.

After the decommissioning of her sister Murature in 2014, King is the oldest unit still in service in the Argentine navy as of 2018.[1][2]

See also



  1. ^ A.R.A. "Murature" - P 20 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ "Un catamarqueño es el nuevo comandante del ARA 'King' - El Esquiu" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2018-11-17.


  • Amendolara Bourdette, Ignacio (2005). Guia de los buques de la Armada Argentina 2005-2006 (in Spanish and English). Buenos Aires, Argentina. ISBN 987-43-9400-5. Retrieved 2014-09-13.

Further reading

  • Arguindeguy, Pablo (1972). Apuntes sobre los buques de la Armada Argentina (1810-1970) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Comando en Jefe de la Armada.
  • Burzio, Humberto (1960). Armada Nacional (in Spanish). Secretaria de Estado de Marina.
  • Piccirilli, Ricardo; Gianello, Leoncio (1963). Biografías navales (in Spanish). Buenos Aires: Secretaría de Estado de Marina..

External links

  • Patrol ship ARA “King” - Histarmar website (Historia y Arqueología Marítima – Patrullero ARA King) (accessed 2015-12-24)
  • Argentine Navy website - Patrulleros Clase "MURATURE" (in Spanish - accessed 2013-10-31)