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samedi 3 août 2013

Le brise-glace Almirante Irizar en tenue de navire-hôpital pendant la Guerre des Malouines

Almirante Irizar en tenue de navire-hôpital arrivant à Puerto Argentino en juin 1982.
El buque hospital ARA Almirante Irizar arribando a Puerto Argentino - Junio de 1982.
The hospital ship
 
ARA Almirante Irizar arriving to 
Puerto Argentino in June 1982. 
The vessel was built at the Wärtsilä shipyard in Helsinki, Finland, under a contract signed in 1975 between the Argentine Navy and the shipyard. Irízar was launched in February 1978 and was formally commissioned on December that year, arriving in Argentina on 23 March 1979. She replaced the elderly icebreaker ARA General San Martín, which was then retired from active service. During the Falklands War, the vessel served as a troop transport and then as a hospital ship, a role for which her crew included medical personnel from the Argentine Army in addition to the naval medical staff. After the end of the war, she was used to return Argentine POWs and injured personnel back to the continent.
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