Seven signals 'not from missing sub'

Katrina Barker
November 21, 2017

Seven failed satellite calls were received on Saturday, Argentina's defence ministry said, raising hopes that the crew were trying to re-establish contact, but it later emerged that they had not come from the missing vessel.

Other vehicles assisting the search include a Brazilian P-3 and EADS CASA C-295 multi-purpose aircraft, a Chilean CASA C-295, multiple Argentine naval and air force aircraft (including two Grumman S-2E Tracker submarine warfare aircraft and C-130s), and the British Navy's ice patrol ship HMS Protector.

The noise was heard in the South Atlantic about 220 miles (360 kilometers) from the Argentine coast and at a depth of about 650 feet (200 meters).

The ARA San Juan was inaugurated in 1983, making it the newest of the three submarines in the navy's fleet.

The satellite call attempts were registered between 9am and 3pm on Saturday, lasting between four and 36 seconds, but there was no voice contact.

The submarine disappeared 430km (267 miles) off the Argentine coast on Wednesday and no traces of it have been located.

Pledges of help came from Chile, Uruguay, Peru and Brazil, as well as the United States, which sent a NASA scientific aircraft and a Navy plane. Such mechanical problems are not uncommon and numerous backup systems are in place should such an incident occur, Galeazzi said.

The Southern Command of the United States (SOUTHCOM), based in Miami Florida, reported that a US Military aircraft with a crew of 21 members will depart from Jacksonville, the northern part of the state of Florida, and is expected to arrive this Sunday in the South American country.

In the "worst-case scenario", the missing sub could run out of oxygen in two days, Balbi said. "It was therefore asked to change course and go to Mar del Plata".

The U.S. Navy ordered its Undersea Rescue Command based in San Diego, California to deploy to Argentina to support the search for the submarine.

Among those on board is Argentina's first female submarine officer, 35-year-old weapons officer Eliana Krawczyk.

The ARA San Juan went missing Wednesday as it sailed from the extreme southern port of Ushuaia to the coastal city of Mar del Plata. Built in Germany, it underwent maintenance in 2008 in Argentina.

The navy said an electrical outage on the diesel-electric-propelled vessel may have downed its communications, though protocol calls for submarines to surface if communication is lost.

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