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San Juan: a tragedy of the sea between doubts, delays and mysteries

On 17th November 2017, the media broke the news that the Argentine submarine S 42 ARA San Juan was missing with its crew of 44 servicemen in the South Atlantic

On 17th November 2017, the media broke the news that the Argentine submarine S 42 ARA San Juan was missing with its crew of 44 servicemen in the South Atlantic.With the passing of the days, the communications transmitted by the Argentine authorities proved not entirely reliable and sometimes made up of strongly contradictory elements, which lead to a review of the events of this tragedy of the sea. The submarine of the Armada of the Republic of Argentina, San Juan, pennant number S-42, was a submarine of the RR-1700 class.
Built at the German Nordseewerke shipyards in Emden in the 1980s after the Falklands-Malvinas War, it came into service on 18th November 1985. The 66-metre-long and 7.3-metre-wide vessel had a 6.5-meter draught and an emerging displacement of 2,116 tonnes and of 2,264 tonnes in immersion and an operating depth of 270 metres. Recently, responding in writing to the questions of a group of deputies of the parliament of Buenos Aires, Marcos Pena chief of staff of the President of the Republic of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, announced that the San Juan was not performing a simple naval exercise. The priority tactical objective of the patrolling mission was in fact the localisation, identification and photographic/filmed recording of refrigerated ships, logistics ships, oil tankers or research ships of other nationalities that were receiving an illegal cargo from fishing vessels.

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