Argentine Navy takes delivery of fourth Kership-class patrol vessel

The future Argentine Navy Kership-class OPV ARA Contraalmirante Cordero is launched into the water for the first time at the Concarneau facilities of France's the Naval Group on September 21, 2021. (Photo: Naval Group)

The Argentine Navy took delivery of its newest offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on Wednesday, April 13.

The future ARA Bartolome Cordero is the final one of four Kership-class OPVs ordered by Argentina from French shipbuilder the Naval Group.

The vessel measures 87 metres long and is armed with a 30-millimetre naval gun. Missions will include maritime border security and fisheries enforcement patrols.

An ice-capable hull will enable the OPV to operate in Antarctic waters.

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