Argentina has announced that it has found the missing submarine ARA San Juan a year after it disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard.
The Argentine Navy said on Saturday that the vessel was detected 800 metres down in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia.
According to local media, an American company named Ocean Infinity that specialises in mapping the seabed was contracted in Summer to continue looking for submarine using its advanced side-scanning sonar and other technologies.
“The hit it received from the seafloor was remarkably detailed, showing an elongated and broken object that measures roughly 60 meters in length—the submarine was 67 meters overall when it was intact—making it a very promising discovery. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) have been sent down to inspect the object of interest and the Argentine Navy has confirmed that it was indeed ARA San Juan.”
One year ago, the ARA San Juan, laid down in 1983 in Germany, went missing in the Atlantic with 44 crew on board. The sub was on a routine mission, and its sudden disappearance gave birth to numerous theories and rumours. Rumours largely started by Russian media.
Sputnik had claimed that the sinking of Argentine submarine ARA San Juan was caused by a British deep-sea mine deployed during the Falklands War. The problem? Britain didn’t lay any mines.
Sputnik News is a successor to Russian state-owned RIA Novosti’s international branch which became defunct in 2013. The agency is wholly owned and operated by the Russian Government.
The article suggests that the explosive event registered in the area of operations of the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan was caused by a deep-sea mine “installed at the time of the Falklands War in 1982.”
Quoting Russian naval captain Vasili Dandikin on the fate of the ARA San Juan:
“In 1982, the British submarines could have placed maritime mines near the Argentine coasts, the mine could remain in the bottom for 35 years, and once a storm disconnected it from the rope, it could have hit the San Juan.”
The thing is, the UK didn’t use any naval mines during the Falklands War.