|ARGENTINE DIESEL SUBMARINE SALTA AT NAVAL BASE MAR DEL PLATA. Photo by Martin Otero, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license.|
Update 11/25/2017: Hope dims for crew as reports of underwater explosions from near the sub's last known position come in from multiple sources. These explosions were detected rather shortly after the report of last known position but took several days to be reported to search authorities as the different international organizations detecting the explosions were not in the missing submarine search and not particularly looking for explosions of the size noted. Unfortunately, the explosions detected are in fact consistent with an explosion aboard a submarine.
Update: 11/21/2017: The U.S. Navy Submarine rescue team has now been dispatched to the scene though we have no reports of an actual location for the sub.
While Argentina has embraced Russian Naval Forces ( See
and offered base support for their semi permanent presence in this hemisphere they turn to the US for assistance in finding their missing naval unit. A NASA research plane joined the search for the missing sub and it crew of 44. A NASA owned P3 ORION aircraft has joined in the search for a missing Argentine submarine and its crew of 44, a defense official told USNI News on Friday. The missing sub is the diesel attack boat ARA San Juan (S-42). Perhaps in order to avoid offending their Russian benefactors Argentina has not asked for additional US assistance but the USNI reports that Us Naval Submarine rescue assets are being prepared in the event that Argentina does make the request.
As Namazu notes: "Its just so true around the world, no matter who a given regime is playing footse with, when the chips are down and the real adults are needed the call goes to the US."
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