Navy Day in Argentina Date in the current year: May 17, 2016

Navy Day in Argentina In Argentina, Navy Day is celebrated on May 17 each year. It commemorates the anniversary of the victory achieved in the Battle of Buceo, also known as the Battle of Montevideo.

The Battle of Montevideo was a decisive naval battle fought in May 1814, during the Argentine War of Independence. Argentine naval forces led by William Brown burnt five Spanish ships and captured two. Argentine fleet lost only one ship. Brown was promoted to the rank of Admiral for this victory. He was the first admiral of Argentine maritime forces, he is commonly referred to as the “father of the Argentine navy”.

Nowadays, the Navy of the Argentine Republic (also known as Armada of the Argentine Republic) is one of the three branches of the country's Armed Forces, together with the Air Force and the Army. In addition to the War of Independence, it has been involved into the Cisplatine War, the Anglo-French blockade of the Río de la Plata, the Paraguayan War, the Revolución Libertadora, the Falklands War, and the Gulf War.

There currently are 42 commissioned ships in the Argentine Navy, including four destroyers, three submarines and two amphibious support ships. There also are corvettes, patrol vessels, and auxiliary vessels.

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