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Argentine Defence minister ‘ashamed’ of the Santisima Trinidad sinking in port

Thursday, January 24th 2013 - 20:02 UTC
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Puricelli: my face drop when having to tell the president that an anchored ship in a port sank Puricelli: my face drop when having to tell the president that an anchored ship in a port sank
Lawmaker Solanas said that if it was an act of ‘sabotage’ all Navy ranking officers should be sacked Lawmaker Solanas said that if it was an act of ‘sabotage’ all Navy ranking officers should be sacked
ARA Santisima Trinidad sunk at Belgrano port ARA Santisima Trinidad sunk at Belgrano port

Argentine Defence Minister Arturo Puricelli said that the sinking of the destroyer ARA Santísima Trinidad could have been a planned sabotage attack, but also confessed that when President Cristina Fernandez asks him why the ship sank his face drops with embarrassment.

“When the president asks me, she will witness my face drop when having to tell her that an anchored ship in a port sank,” the Puricelli told radio reporters on Wednesday morning.

Nonetheless, the official did point out that the ship docked at the naval base of Puerto Belgrano was “out of service,” and on its way to the scrap yard.

According to a report, the ship started to sink because of a broken pipe inside of a damaged compartment. That said, Puricelli has ordered that the Navy carry out a full investigation, in order to fully define the causes of the incident.

The ARA Santísima Trinidad has been out of service since 2004 and anchored in the central navy base close to the town of Bahía Blanca. She had been cannibalized so that her sister ship ARA Hercules could remain operational.

ARA Santísima Trinidad is a Type 42 destroyer, the only of her class built outside Britain. She participated in the 1982 Falklands war. Her sister ARA Hercules was built at Vickers in the UK.

However despite Puricelli’s comments an independent lawmaker, Pino Solanas said that if it is true that the vessel went down because of an act of ‘sabotage’, the minister should then “sack all of the Navy’s ranking officers”.

“Puricelli’s statements and excuses are regrettable and pitiful” said Solanas adding that he should really be ashamed because “we have become the laughing stock of the world, our men-o-war sink in our main naval base”.

He recalled other events involving the Argentine navy such as the impounding of the flagship ARA Libertad in Ghana; the corvette ARA Espora delayed 78 days in South Africa because of lack of spares and now the Santisima Trinidad.

“This only goes to show the negligence and irresponsibility of those accountable for Defence”, said lawmaker Solanas.
 

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  • LEPRecon

    “Puricelli’s statements and excuses are regrettable and pitiful” said Solanas adding that he should really be ashamed because “we have become the laughing stock of the world, our men-o-war sink in our main naval base”.

    Well said Mr Solanas. Its about time that the Argentine government started accepting RESPONSIBILITY for their actions instead of always looking around for someone else to blame.

    Until they do, Argentina will never improve.

    Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:12 pm 0
  • briton

    well
    you must of known about it,
    and you did nothing,

    perhaps if you people cared more for your very own things , equipment,
    and stop worrying about the British falklands,

    that poor abandoned loney sick unloved ship, would be in a better position today,
    would it not .

    Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:14 pm 0
  • Raven

    A full enquiry?

    It is quite simple.

    Ships, even when in port, require maintenance, especially if they are old.

    Neglect that, and the sad sight of a Destroyer trying to turn belly up is the result.

    The poor girl should have been scrapped years ago.

    Jan 24th, 2013 - 08:17 pm 0
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