The Russian Navy has send its specialists to support the search of the Argentine Navy submarine, ARA San Juan, which went missing in the South Atlantic Ocean on Nov. 15.
The 328th expedition search-and-rescue unit, made up of a commander and operators for the Pantera Plus deep-sea craft, salvage divers and a diving medic, left St. Petersburg on an An-124 military transport aircraft for Argentina.
Earlier, containers with the Pantera Plus remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and diving equipment were delivered to the Pulkovo airport from the city of Lomonosov.
The unit leader is 1st Rank Captain Sergey Bashmakov, the Head of the Rescue and Underwater Technologies R&D Institute. All the Russian specialists have long-term experience of search and rescue (SAR) operations.
Russian Navy has also send its ocean survey ship Yantar 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 and Uruguay.
Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation