Specialist British Forces Team Join Search For Missing Argentine Sub

Specialist British Forces Team Join Search For Missing Argentine Sub

Specialist British Forces Team Join Search For Missing Argentine Sub

Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) is loaded on a trailer as Undersea Rescue Command (URC) is deploying two rescue assets from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, U.S.to support the ongoing search for the Argentine navy submarine ARA San Juan in the south Atlantic Ocean on November 19, 2017.

A picture of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan written in Spanish "Come on steel men". Two Argentine navy ships detected signals day ago from about 220 miles off the coast at a depth of 650 feet, but the source of the signals could not be determined, the BBC reported. It was then taken to a naval base for analysis.

As waves of up to 20 feet complicated the search, authorities spent Sunday analyzing data from possible satellite calls that were thought to have been made from the vessel.

At last contact with its naval base, the submarine had given word of a battery glitch, Capt. Gabriel Galeazzi, another spokesman, said.

On November 18, the Ministry of Defence said that satellite calls registered on that same day could have come from the missing submarine, but the Navy later denied such speculation on Monday.

He also said that a life raft that was found in the search area early Tuesday doesn't belong to the submarine and likely fell off another vessel. More than a dozen boats and planes from Argentina, the United States, Britain, Chile and Brazil have joined the search for the vessel. The craft was navigating normally, underwater, at a speed of five knots toward Mar del Plata when it was last heard from, he said.

The last confirmed contact with the submarine was Wednesday, the Argentine navy said.

"A warship has a lot of backup systems, to allow it to move from one to another when there is a breakdown", Galeazzi said.

The sub was journeying from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia to the coastal city of Mar del Plata.

Among the 44 crew members is Eliana Krawczyk, the first female submarine officer in Argentina.

President Mauricio Macri assured families of the missing sailors that the search would continue. The foul weather over the weekend means that it is unlikely that she could have come close enough to the surface to refresh her air.

The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet. It was built in Germany and in 2008 was brought to Argentina for maintenance which included the replacement of the electric propeller engines together with the four diesel engines, Reuters reports.

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