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ATA-227 was sold to Argentina and named ARA Chiriguano (Q15)
Sotoyomo Class Auxiliary Fleet Tug:
  • Laid down, 13 April 1945, by the Levingston Shipbuilding Co., Orange, TX
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Canceled by the War Shipping Administration in 1946
  • Sold in 1947 to Argentina christened ARA Chiriguano (Q15)
  • Redesignated (A25), date unknown
  • Struck from the Argentine Naval Register in 1984
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target during a Argentine fleet gunnery exercise in October 1996. She was hit at bridge height by a MM-38 Exocet missile fired by the destroyer ARA Almirante Brown (D-10), which caused extensive damage and fire, but she remained afloat until struck by a AS-39 Exocet missile launched from a Super Etendard aircraft.
    Displacement 835 t.(lt) 1,360 t.(fl)
    Length 143'
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 13' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 12 kts.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 1,200 Bbls
    two GM 12-278A Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 60Kw 120V. D.C.
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    ARA Chiriguano (A25)
    ARA-227 73k Ex-ATA-227 in Argentine Naval service as ARA Chiriguano (A-25) at anchor, circa 1949, location unknown.
    Official Argentina Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1956-57".
    Robert Hurst
    ARA-227 252k ARA Chiriguano (A-25) underway, date and location unknown.
    Official Argentina Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    ARA-227 268k ARA Chiriguano (A-25) underway in Esperenza Bay, Antarctica, date unknown.
    Official Argentina Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    ARA-227 263k ARA Chiriguano (A-25) in harbor at Puerto Belgrano, Argentina, 1981. Photo by Henk Ros radio-officer Dutch ocean-going tug Smit London

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