Tuesday, November 21, 2017
San Juan I.
ARA San Juan missing! Sub down!
ARA = Armada de la República Argentina. Argentine navy.
As reported in various media and followed closely also by Sharkhunters the ARA submarine San Juan missing! Thanks to Harry!
"ARGENTINE SUB MISSING"
"The Argentine navy is stepping up its search in the South Atlantic for a 44-crew submarine that has been out of radio contact for three days . . . all national and international resources were being deployed to help find the SAN JUAN as quickly as possible. A Nasa [National Aeronautic and Space Administration, American] research plane has joined the search for the vessel. Britain and countries in the region have offered help after it disappeared 430km off the coast."
"The German-built submarine was inaugurated in 1983, the newest of the three submarines in the Argentine navy's fleet."
"ARA San Juan (S-42) is a TR-1700-class diesel-electric submarine in active service with the Argentine Navy. The submarine was constructed in Germany and entered service on 19 November 1985. San Juan underwent a mid-life update from 2008 to 2013. . ."
This submarine relatively old but having recently undergone a refurbishment and "mid-life update".
We hope for the best but fear the worst. Extensive resources not being applied in the search for what is apparently a stricken naval vessel. More to follow as is available.