Russian Navy specialists involved in the search and recovery operation of missing Argentine Navy submarine, ARA San Juan, has suspended the mission due to adverse weather conditions.
The Sea state 3/4 conditions prevailing in the search area does not allow the Navy’s Pantera Plus remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to research the sea bottom from the Argentine Navy ship, ARA Islas Malvinas.
Earlier, the Russian specialists had been working in three positions and had examined the sea bottom at the depth of 125-970 meters. Russian Navy specialists had detected and examined two objects, which had been identified as a catching trawler and a concrete block.
A statement from the Russian Ministry of Defence added that the search operation will resume once the weather conditions are favorable.
Russian Navy has also deployed its Yantar ocean surveillance ship to the region to support SAR operations.
San Juan, with 44 crew members on board, was in the southern Argentine Sea, 432 kilometres from the Patagonian coast when it gave its last location on Nov. 15. The contact was lost when the submarine was en route from the Ushuaia naval base in the country’s far south to Mar del Plata base, around 400 kilometres southeast of the capital, Buenos Aires.
According to Argentina’s Foreign Ministry, a total of 12 countries have already provided assistance, including Germany, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Spain, the United States, France, Norway, Peru, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Russia.