U.S. Navy transitions to search and recovery in search for ARA San Juan

The U.S. Navy has transitioned the search operations of the missing Argentine Navy submarine, ARA San Juan, to search and recovery.

Continuing with the transition of operations, it had deployed the Cable operated Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV) 21 to support the ongoing Argentine search efforts onboard R/V Atlantis.

The CURV-21 is a 6,400-pound Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is designed to meet the U.S. Navy’s deep ocean salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet of seawater, and is due to arrive in Argentina on Dec. 01.

The two P-8’s, along with sailors from the Patrol Squadron (VP) 5, VP-10, VP-45, VP- 26, and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11, arrived in Bahia Blanca, Argentina Nov 17 and Nov 19. VP-5 will return to El Salvador’s Comalapa Air Base and resume the counter-illicit trafficking maritime patrol operations they were conducting prior to responding to Argentina’s request for help. VP-10, VP-26, VP-45, and CPRW- 11 personnel will return to their home station at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida.

The U.S. Navy’s Undersea Rescue Command (URC) deployed two independent rescue assets, the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and the Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) on Nov. 18. URC will return to their home station in San Diego, California.

PC2 Michael Hendricks, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. Fourth Fleet

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