The old desire of recovering the outside of the former LT A. R. A. TOWORA’s hull for her exhibition became true in 2009. Placed out of service in 1984, this unit was dismantled and, in 1994, careened on the beach of the Argentine Navy, leased to the Nautical and Sub-aquatic Activities Fuegian Association (Asociación Fueguina de Actividades Subacuáticas y Náuticas, AFASyN) in Ushuaia. There she was used as storeroom for kayaks and paddles, her interior partitions being dismantled and her floor leveled with concrete.

This recovery and value enhancement was agreed among the ANAU (CLCDNA, Daniel Martin), the AFASyN, the Maritime Museum of Ushuaia (Director Lic. Carlos Vairo) and the Town Council of Ushuaia (Mayor Federico Sciurano and Under Secretary CL (RE) Guillermo Estévez).

This agreement established that the Navy would provide staff for the project and resources would be made available by the Naval Area. The AFASyN would follow suit in coordination with the other participants; the Town Council would be in charge of improving the site, while the Maritime Museum would provide funding and its expertise for museological presentation. The first stage of this project, which consisted in careening the hull dead-work and fixing the structure to move the unit, was in charge of the High-Speed Boats Group (Agrupación Lanchas Rápidas) staff headed by CFCD Alberto Gianola Otamendi, with the sub management of TNCDNA Heraldo Da Luz and the crews from the patrol boats and tugboats A. R. A. TOBA. So the Towwora recovered her characteristic camouflaged appearance that had set her apart in Fuegian waters. The second stage of this project, also completed, was the complicated hoisting of the torpedo boat and her moving to the new site where she will be exhibited. For this complex operation, a team led by CC López, Commander of the AVAS at the time, joined. A spar and a building berth of an appropriate size and two private large cranes were rented in order to withstand the remaining 25 tons. The location selected for her final site is at the Mission (Misión), on the south end of the footbridge linking the Mission with the town. There are plans to build an aeronaval theme park in this site. The Malvinas monument is at one end of the passage and, at the other, this open-sky museum, which is intended to include naval aviation and Marine Corps units together with historic vessels, as well as the emblematic Antarctic pioneer DC3 (CTA-15), which is already on exhibit in the surroundings. This last naval plane operated during the 27th Antarctic Campaign accomplishing a memorable mission – on January 6, 1962, under the then CF Hermes Quijada, and with other unit with plate CTA-12, they landed on the Geographic South Pole. It was the second flight in history and the first by Argentine airplanes. This project is still under development in 2010. Next come the lowering of the vessel, the building of her definitive bed, the development of the park and lightning of the area, the mounting of a permanent exhibit in the interior of the vessel (visible from the upper stern, which will be glazed), and a cenotaph in homage to her history and the memory of naval pioneers in Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, Malvinas and the South Atlantic Islands.

The LT A. R. A. TOWORA was the first combat unit, together with the LT A. R. A. ALAKUSH (P-82 and P-84), permanently assigned to Tierra del Fuego from 1961 to 1984 and they were the predecessors of the High-Speed Boats Group. They were both acquired by the Navy with 10 patrol torpedo boats (PTB) Higgins from the U.S.A., surplus from World War II operating in the Pacific. They were 23.94 m long with a 6.10 breath, average draft 1.30 m and 38 tons of displacement. They were propelled with three 1,500-HP Packard gas engines, each one with their respective shafting line and propeller, which enabled these vessels to develop a top speed of 42 knots and a maximum radius of action of 1,000 miles at 20 knots. They were equipped with two 20 mm dual-purpose Bofors canons at bow and stern, four 12.7 mm machine guns, rocket launchers, and four torpedo tubes. Their crews were made up of 15 men.

The former LT A.R.A. ALAKUSH, after being placed out of active service, was used as a naval target and sunk in Ushuaia Bay. diada del servicio activo, fue empleada como blanco naval y hundida en la Bahía Ushuaia.

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