Argentina Submarine: ARA San Juan Found

Relatives of the missing crew gathered at the Mar de Plata Naval Base after the submarine went missing

The submarine disappeared on the edge of the Argentine shelf where depths plummet from 200 meters (650 feet) to more than 3,000 meters.

Ocean Infinity, a maritime company that can search and map the seabed, was hired by Argentina following the failure of a massive worldwide operation to find the vessel after it went missing in the South Atlantic.

Argentina said early on Saturday that the vessel has been discovered about 2,600ft (790m) down, in waters off the Valdes Peninsula, several hundred miles from its last reported position. "For us this is the start of a new chapter".

The wreck was found by the Seabed Constructor, a ship owned by USA search firm Ocean Infinity.

'We are all destroyed here'.

Another tweet confirmed that United States company Ocean Infinity, which was leading the search mission, had located the vessel.

The families of the 44 crew members who perished in the accident have been summoned to be officially informed. "They say that our youngsters are inside", she said.

She said families need to recover the remains of their loved ones to know what happened and help prevent similar tragedies.

On the anniversary, President Mauricio Macri said the Argentine government has an "absolute and non-negotiable commitment" to find "the truth".

The navy said previously the captain reported on November 15, 2017, that water entered the snorkel and caused one of the sub's batteries to short-circuit.

Days later, it emerged that a sound consistent with an explosion had been detected in the ocean near the sub's last known location by the United States and an worldwide nuclear weapons monitor.

The crew had been ordered to return to Mar del Plata on the country's east coast.

The San Juan - a German-built diesel-electric TR-1700 class submarine - was commissioned in the mid-1980s.

Almost 10 days later, the navy confirmed there had been an explosion on board, which experts said was likely linked to the battery problem.

Experts have said that refits can be hard because they involve integrating systems produced by different manufacturers, and any mistake during the cutting phase can put the safety of the ship and crew at risk.

Federal court testimony shows that a number of naval officials are under investigation for allegedly allowing the submarine to take an extended mission when they were aware of mechanic problems.



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