Armed Forces - Navy
The navy was under the jurisdiction of the Minister of the Naval Forces. Argentinian navy (8-th largest in the world during this period) underwent considerable expansion at the time of the Second World War. Its personnel of the naval forces stood at 12 000 (including a 450-strong coastal artillery corps); its equipment included four line vessels (two of them old), two coastal defence armoured ships, three light cruisers, 16 destroyers, and three submarines, with a collective displacement of 107 000 tonnes. The main naval bases were at Puerto Belgrano and La Plata.