ARA Moreno was a dreadnought battleship designed by the American Fore
River Shipbuilding Company for the Argentine Navy. Named after Mariano
Moreno, a key member of the first independent government of Argentina,
the First Assembly (Primera Junta), Moreno was the second ship in the
Rivadavia class. Argentina placed orders for Moreno and her only sister
ship, Rivadavia, in response to a Brazilian naval building program and
border disputes, particularly in the River Plate area. During their
construction, the two dreadnoughts were subject to numerous rumors
involving Argentina selling the two battleships to a country engaged in
the First World War, but these proved to be false. After Moreno was
completed in March 1915, a series of engine problems occurred during
her sea trials, which delayed her delivery to Argentina to May 1915.
The next decade saw the ship based in Puerto Belgrano as part of the
Argentine Navy's First Division before sailing to the United States for
an extensive refit in 1924 and 1925. During the 1930s the ship was
occupied with diplomatic cruises to Brazil, Uruguay, and Europe until
the Second World War broke out. Decommissioned in 1949, Moreno was
scrapped in Japan from 1957. (more...)
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