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Argentina says signals detected, likely from missing submarine

Argentina says signals detected, likely from missing submarineHopes that 44 crew members of a missing Argentine navy submarine may be found alive rose after the defense ministry said the vessel likely tried to communicate via satellite on Saturday as an international search mission was underway in the stormy South Atlantic.



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Elite Royal Navy rescue team sent as possible calls detected from missing Argentine submarine

Elite Royal Navy rescue team sent as possible calls detected from missing Argentine submarineThe Royal Navy has deployed its elite submarine rescue team to join the search for a missing Argentine submarine, after failed satellite calls thought to be from the vessel raised hopes the crew were still alive. HMS Protector also began scouring the South Atlantic as part of the international hunt for the missing vessel, and HMS Clyde was being diverted from South Georgia. Argentine officials said naval bases had detected seven incomplete satellite calls over the weekend attributed to the sub and were now trying to use them to pinpoint its location. The communication attempts "indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of the emissions," the Argentine Navy said on its Twitter account, adding that the calls lasted between four and 36 seconds. An international team of ships and aircraft were braving heavy seas and high winds to search for the German-built ARA San Juan which has been lost since last week. ARA San Juan seen leaving the port of Buenos Aires Credit:  REUTERS The Royal Navy said it was flying the Submarine Parachute Assistance Group (SPAG) to the region to join the hunt. The highly trained team of medics, engineers and escape specialists is continuously on six hours notice to go anywhere in the world. Team members are parachute trained so that they can leap into the water at the scene if needed, but in this case will embark on HMS Protector. They carry inflatable boats and life rafts, medical equipment and communications gear which allows them to talk to trapped crews. Arrived on task in the search area in the early hours of this morning and have commenced sonar and visual search for #ARASanJuan as part of the ongoing multinational operation. Conditions remain challenging given current weather. pic.twitter.com/Sxgi9MZGo5— HMS_Protector (@protector_hms) November 19, 2017 The San Juan and its 44 crew last made contact on Wednesday when she was 267 miles off the coast in the Gulf of San Jorge. The latest possible calls were a sign for “cautious enthusiasm”, naval experts said, showing the crew may be alive, afloat and at a shallow enough depth to attempt to communicate. HMS Protector has begun sonar scans to hunt for the submarine Credit: MOD Claudio Rodriguez, whose brother Hernan is aboard the submarine, told a local television channel: "They've got to be afloat. Thank God. That gives us hope, because we knew that if they were down below, they would be screwed.” HMS Protector, the Royal Navy’s 5,000 ton ice patrol and survey ship, was diverted to join the search from a routine mission in the area and can bring its high definition sonar to bear on the search. The hunt also includes help from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and the United States. America on Sunday said it was sending a second P-8 Poseidon submarine hunting navy patrol plane to join the search. The US Navy has also dispatched two submarine rescue chambers that can dock onto stricken boats and ferry crew to the surface from hundreds of feet underwater. ARA San Juan submarine Credit: Argentine defence ministry/AFP The San Juan is a TR-1700 class submarine which had been returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia, near the southernmost tip of South America, to its base at Mar del Plata, about 250 miles south of Buenos Aires. Among those on board is Argentina's first female submarine officer, 35-year-old weapons officer Eliana Krawczyk. Rescuers are focusing on an ocean patch about 190 miles in diameter located about 270 miles from the coast of the southern province of Chubut.



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Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44

Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44Argentina’s navy was hunting on Friday for one of its submarines which has been reported missing off the country’s south coast with a crew of 44 on board. The navy said it had not had contact with the submarine, the San Juan, for 48 hours. "We have not been able to find, or have visual or radar communication with the submarine," navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference. The TR-1700 class diesel electric submarine had been returning from a routine mission to Ushuaia near the southernmost tip of South America, to its base at Mar del Plata, around 400 kilometers (240 miles) south of Buenos Aires. The San Juan’s last contact with the navy command was on Wednesday morning, Balbi said. Argentina said it launched an air and sea search on Thursday, involving a destroyer and two corvettes. An initial search in an area around the sub’s last known position, some 430 kilometers off the southeastern Valdez peninsula, provided no clues. Picture released by Telam on November 17, 2017 showing the ARA San Juan submarine in Buenos Aires Balbi said the search was hampered "because it was carried out at night and in bad meteorological conditions prevailing in the area of operations." The navy denied a press report that there may have been a fire onboard. Balbi appealed for caution. "I don’t want to dramatise the issue. We’re lacking communication and don’t know what happened," he said. "There may be a battery issue, a problem of power supply," the spokesman said, adding that navy protocol was that the submarine would surface if any power problems were detected. The San Juan sailed 10 days ago from Mar del Plata to Ushuaia. It spent three days there before heading off on the return voyage, Balbi said. Among those on board is Argentina’s first female submarine officer, weapons officer Eliana Krawczyk, 35. "Let us pray that nothing has happened to any crewmember. At sea they are all brothers, and a submarine carries more risk than a ship," her father Eduardo told Todo Noticias TV. The San Juan is one of three submarines in the Argentine fleet. Sixty-five meters (213 feet) long and seven meters wide, it was built by Germany’s Thyssen Nordseewerke and launched in 1983. It underwent a re-fit between 2007 and 2014 to extend its usefulness by some 30 years.  



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Submarine with 44 crew aboard missing for two days, says Argentine navy

Submarine with 44 crew aboard missing for two days, says Argentine navyA search is underway for a submarine and 44 crew who have been missing for two days. Argentine naval officials said they had lost contact with the vessel off its southern coast – but insisted it was not yet considered lost. Communication was last established with the German-built diesel-electric submarine on Wednesday and nothing has been heard from the crew since.



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Argentine navy hunts for missing submarine

Argentine navy hunts for missing submarineArgentina’s navy was hunting Friday for one of its submarines, which has been reported missing in the South Atlantic with a crew of 44 on board. The navy said it had not had any contact with the submarine, the San Juan, for 48 hours. “We have not been able to find, or have visual or radar communication with the submarine,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference.



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Russia's Nuclear Submarine Force Is Back (Maybe)

Russia's Nuclear Submarine Force Is Back (Maybe)Russia’s Navy has a new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) patrolling the world’s seas. On Friday, the submarine, Knyaz Vladimir, set sail on its first venture. The sub is the first of five upgraded Borei-class submarines that Russia is building.



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Argentine navy hunts for missing submarine

Argentine navy hunts for missing submarineArgentina’s navy was hunting Friday for one of its submarines which has been reported missing off the country’s south coast with a crew of 44 on board. The navy said it had not had contact with the submarine, the San Juan, for 48 hours. “We have not been able to find, or have visual or radar communication with the submarine,” navy spokesman Enrique Balbi told a news conference.



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Argentina's navy searches for missing submarine with at least 40 on board

Argentina's navy searches for missing submarine with at least 40 on boardArgentina’s navy has launched a huge search-and-rescue operation for a military submarine with at least 40 crew members that has been missing off the coast of Patagonia for more than two days. The last radio contact with the San Juan submarine was on Wednesday, when it was 430km off the coast of the southern province of Chubut, in the area of San Jorge bay, a naval spokesman said on Friday.



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Is Russia's Submarine Force Dying a Slow Death?

Is Russia's Submarine Force Dying a Slow Death?Some big problems with no easy solutions.  Is Russia’s Submarine Force Dying a Slow Death? In March 2017, Russia’s new Yasen-class nuclear attack submarine Kazan launched at the northern port city of Severodvinsk. The Russian navy — already badly depleted since the collapse of the Soviet Union — can’t quickly replace most of its existing nuclear submarine fleet, which is approaching the end of its collective lifespan.



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British Navy fires nine from nuclear submarine over failed drugs tests

British Navy fires nine from nuclear submarine over failed drugs testsNine British sailors assigned to a nuclear submarine have been discharged from the Royal Navy after failing compulsory drug tests, Britain’s ministry of defence has confirmed. The service personnel, stationed aboard HMS Vigilant — one of four Royal Navy submarines equipped with nuclear missiles — were dismissed after all tested positive for an illegal substance. “We do not tolerate drugs misuse by service personnel,” a Royal Navy spokesperson said.



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