Hunt on for missing Argentine submarine

21 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • The ARA San Juan is the newest of the three submarines in Argentina's naval fleet

US Southern Command has deployed a Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol and reconnaissance plane with a crew of 21, along with a NASA P-3 research aircraft, and other equipment and personnel.

A U.S. Navy official familiar with the search cautioned that it was unclear whether the Argentines described the sound as something similar to tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported.

According to national Argentinian newspaper La Nacion, it was subjected to years of complex fix and engineering work in 2008, which the country's navy believed would extend its life by 30 years.

But Balbi said earlier Monday that officials analyzed the seven low-frequency satellite signals and determined they were not received from the submarine.

Argentina's navy is analysing a noise that may have come from a missing submarine with 44 crew members on board.

US satellite communications firm Iridium Communications, brought in to help with the analysis, said the signals did not originate from the submarine. The Argentine sub has been missing in the Argentine Sea, and the subsequent search is entering its fifth day.

"Yesterday's news was something of a respite for us, to know that there is life", Claudio Rodriguez, the brother of a crew member, said on television channel A24 on Sunday morning.

In the "worst-case scenario", the missing sub could run out of oxygen in two days, Balbi said.

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According to Gonzalez, more than a dozen ships from Argentina, the United States, Britain, Chile and Brazil were involved in the search, but that the rough weather had mainly limited the operation to aerial reconnaissance.

After that, he said, it would have to surface or get near the surface to replenish air supply. However, it would not be unusual for storms to cause delays, Balbi said.

The calls "did not correspond to the satellite phone of the submarine San Juan", Balbi said.

The dramatic search has captivated the nation of 44 million, which recently mourned the loss of five citizens killed when a truck driver ploughed through a bicycle path in New York City.

From the Vatican, Argentine Pope Francis said he was making "fervent prayers" for the crew.

The ARA San Juan submarine shown here has been missing for two days after giving its last location in southern Argentine waters.

Submarine ARA SAN JUAN, TR-1700-class diesel-electric submarine in active service with the Argentine Navy, built 1983, displacement: 2140 tonnes (surfaced) 2336 tonnes (submerged), armament torpedoes.

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