Argentine Navy confirms sounds detected not from missing ARA San Juan submarine

Argentine Navy confirms sounds detected not from missing ARA San Juan submarine

The submarine was heading from a base in southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its home port in Mar del Plata. But the raft is a different model than what would be carried on the San Juan, and a white flare is not typically used by the crew.

The U.S. Navy Southern Command said the SRC uses advanced technology capable of reaching depths of 850 feet and rescuing six people at a time.

Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi says the "noise" was analyzed and experts determined it did not come from tools being banged against the hull of a submarine as was previously reported by some media.

Gabriel Galeazzi, a naval commander, told reporters that the submarine had come up from the depths and reported an electrical malfunction before it disappeared 268 miles (432 km) off the coast.

The global search effort for the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan will benefit from calm weather this week, and just in time: the sub's supply of breathable air is likely running low, according to the Argentine Navy. The rough conditions on the surface suggest that it has been traveling underwater.

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This means the search now involves 14 planes and 10 vessels, as Brazil, Chile, the United States, and UK have also sent aid. Authorities have mainly been scanning from the sky as storms have halted the maritime hunt.

One Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft is already in Argentina, where it joined a NASA P-3 research aircraft supporting the ongoing search efforts over the submarine's last known location. REUTERS/Marcos BrindicciThe weather was beginning to improve on Tuesday afternoon as wind speeds slowed and waves that rose as high as 8 meters (26 feet) over the weekend diminished.

If the sub is bobbing adrift on the surface and the hatch is open, it will have an available air supply and enough food for about 30 days, he said. "We are holding up as well as we can". Grief counselors, five psychologists and a psychiatrist, are lending their support to the families of the crew members.

In addition to the UUVs, the USA has deployed aircraft to assist in the search, as well as underwater equipment specifically designed for submarine search and rescue.

The ARA San Juan submarine, with 44 crewmen on board, last communicated with their command base on November 15. It was built in Germany and in 2008 was brought to Argentina for maintenance which included the replacement of the electric propeller engines together with the four diesel engines, Reuters reports.

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