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The ARA San Juan and its crew of 44 have been missing since last Wednesday (Nov, 15) after vanishing about 300 miles from Argentina's southern coast.
Since then over a dozen countries, including the US and Russia, have sent assistance to locate the submarine. (also, NASA helped on searches.)
Yesterday, the Argentine Navy confirmed that an event consistent with an explosion was detected in the south Atlantic last week, dashing any hopes of the submarine's survival.
The information about the possible explosion came up on the very same day from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization, an international body that runs a global network of listening posts designed to check for secret atomic blasts.
A huge scale investigation is being launched into the disappearance, and the President plans to remove the head of the Navy, Marcelo Srur. He has hit out at Mr Srur after his distrust of the help offered by Chile, Brazil and Britain delayed the search and rescue mission.
Argetinian news site Infobae reports Defence Minister Aguad demanded that Major Srur present a comprehensive report on the circumstances that led to the disappearance of ARA San Juan.
He wants to know if the ship had its original German batteries, why it wasn’t accompanied by corvette warships, if it was immediately ordered to return to Buenos Aires, and why the fact the submarine had lost contact with Naval control was kept from him for 48 hours.
The San Juan was traditionally escorted by two ‘coveted’ warships when carrying out illegal fishing controls, and relatives have questioned why the submarine wasn't accompanied on this journey.
Mr Aguad led a crisis committee in the ministry and met with President Mauricio Macri, who yesterday spoke on the phone with his counterpart Vladimir Putin.
As part of that dialogue, Aguad agreed with Russian Defense Minister Serguei Shoigu to coordinate the dispatch of a Russian vessel with specialised rescue equipment to help in the search for the missing submarine.
illegal fishing controls,
originally posted by: vinifalou
I don't know if it's routine, but does Nasa always help in situations likes this?
NASA’s DC-8 is usually the aircraft flown from South America to Antarctica for the IceBridge mission’s annual research flights over the continent. But this year, the DC-8 was booked for a different mission, so NASA’s P-3 filled in. Since late October, the P-3 crew and instrument operators have been making flights out of Ushuaia, Argentina, to map Antarctica’s ice.
and Argentina, militarily speaking, does not matter to anyone enough to have secrets worth spending a submarine crews life on. It never has, and likely as not never will, unless there is a major shift in world power over the next little while.