It is the oceanographic ship Yantar. The other changes in the operative.
After ten days of absence from the area of operations, on Tuesday the oceanographic vessel Yantar rejoins the search for the submarine ARA San Juan, which disappeared 126 days ago in the Atlantic Ocean. As reported by the Navy to Clarin, the ship of the Russian Navy plans to verify on the seabed a contact detected by the destroyer ARA Sarandi, the only ship present in the area since last week.
In the last hours, this ship of the Argentine Navy began its return to Puerto Belgrano, sweeping the path that the submarine should have taken, to Mar del Plata, that November 15, when all contact was lost.
In replacement of Sarandi, today will sail from the base located in front of the city of Punta Alta, the destroyer ARA Argentina. Meanwhile, in the dry dock of the Naval Arsenal of Puerto Belgrano, the repair work of the ARA Islas Malvinas, which entered the station three weeks ago, culminates.
According to Navy sources, the ship would be able to leave that site on Wednesday and ready to return in the next few days to the raking zone, set by the Training and Enlistment Operations Command (COAA). On board the Malvinas Islands, the ROV Pantera Plus will travel, which, with its crew of nine also from the Russian Navy, allows to verify contacts located up to 1,000 meters deep.
“The final enlistment of the Malvinas Islands and Pantera Plus warning, to return to the search area, will depend on the arrival of spare parts that the Russian Navy required from Great Britain and that was delayed by the diplomatic incident between London and Moscow, Root of the case of the former poisoned Russian spy “, as they trusted from the Navy to the family group of San Juan.
Meanwhile, the relatives of the crew of the San Juan insist with their request to the Navy to expand the search area of the submarine. At the request of that group, in recent weeks, the vessels participating in the operation were raking sectors located north of the area set by the COAA based on the place where the “anomalous, singular, short, violent and non-nuclear event would have occurred “. “ that, according to the Navy, would have affected the San Juan.
According to the relatives, before the information provided by the Nuclear Test Control Organization (CTBO), based in Vienna, was found, there were indications about the presence of the submarine that could not be verified, because Russian and American aid had not yet arrived. What they are asking is that now the raking actions are focused on those contacts, detected the week after the submarine’s disappearance and, they claim, were never verified.