A remotely operated underwater vehicle operated by the U.S. Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command (URC) is staged aboard the Norwegian vessel Skandi Patagonia to support the ongoing search for the Argentine navy submarine A.R.A. San Juan (S 42) in the Atlantic Ocean. URC Sailors are highly trained and routinely exercise employing the advanced technology in submarine rescue scenarios. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Previously On Nov 17, 2017
Military ships and aircrafts search off the coast of Argentina for an Argentine Navy submarine missing for two days, officials said on friday.
The vessel, which was patrolling off Patagonia with 44 crew members, last made radio contact on Wednesday morning, Capt. Enrique Balbi, a spokesman for the Argentine Navy, said in a television interview.
Two planes were deployed Thursday afternoon to begin searching for the submarine, the San Juan, one of three in Argentina’s fleet. Rescuers were hindered by poor visibility and they resumed the search Friday morning using vessels as well as aircraft.
The submarine’s last known location was 240 nautical miles off the coast, according to the Navy.
The San Juan was traveling from the Patagonian city of Ushuaia to Mar del Plata, in Buenos Aires province, conducting a routine security patrol. Submarines often ply the Argentine coast to detect illegal fishing.
Sailors who served aboard submarines called the lengthy disappearance highly unusual.
“This has never happened to us before,” said Pedro Alcaraz, a 30-year submarine veteran who retired in 1997 as a chief petty officer. “We’ve lost communication for many different reasons, but never for this long.”