According to a tweet from the Argentine navy, the ARA San Juan had been positively identified under the water of…
According to a tweet from the Argentine navy, the ARA San Juan had been positively identified under the water of a US company.
The navy had earlier shared a
What happened to the sub?
The ARA San Juan was returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southern tip of South America, when it reported an “electrical breakdown.”
According to naval commander Gabriel Galeazzi, the submarine surfaced and reported what was described as a short circuit in the vessel’s batteries.
The submarine was ordered to cut its mission short and return to the naval base in Mar del Plata immediately.
The Argentine Navy’s last contact with the vessel was at approximately 07:30 (10:30 GMT) on 15 November , at which point its captain reportedly confirmed that the crew were well.
Eight days after the subished, the Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization said that it had detected a noise a few hours after the sub’s last contact.
The body, which operates a network of listening posts to monitor nuclear explosions, said that there had been a “hydroacoustic anomaly” about 30 nautical miles (60km) north of the sub’s last-known position at 10:31 (13:31 GMT
Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters last year that water had entered the submarine’s snorkel, which could be used to take in air from above the surface when the submarine is submerged.
The saltwater dropped on a battery tray in the prow, causing the battery to short circuit and to smoulder, he said. The sub had reported the fault and had been ordered back to base but then disappeared.