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Montevideo, December 15th 2017 - 06:22 UTC

ARA San Juan: since Falklands' conflict, Buenos Aires and London have never been closer

Thursday, November 30th 2017 - 07:53 UTC
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Ice patrol HMS Protector with all its sophisticated deep sea technology was among the first vessels to join the search for the missing submarine Ice patrol HMS Protector with all its sophisticated deep sea technology was among the first vessels to join the search for the missing submarine
The unconditional support pledged by the UK includes using the facilities of the MPA complex in the Falklands (Pic Donald Morrison) The unconditional support pledged by the UK includes using the facilities of the MPA complex in the Falklands (Pic Donald Morrison)
RAF pilots and crew are met by Argentine naval officers in Comodoro Rivadavia when the landing of the Voyageur carrying deep sea search equipment (Pic Infobae) RAF pilots and crew are met by Argentine naval officers in Comodoro Rivadavia when the landing of the Voyageur carrying deep sea search equipment (Pic Infobae)
Argentines helicopters landing on the deck of HMS Clyde to re-fuel Argentines helicopters landing on the deck of HMS Clyde to re-fuel

Under the suggestive heading, Clarin correspondent Maria Laura Avignolo writes that the Argentine tragedy of the submarine ARA San Juan has brought ever so close Argentine and British military for the first time since the Falklands conflict. And not surprisingly the support effort includes using the MPA complex in the Islands, if needed.

 The daily says Britain, under coordination between Ambassador Mark Kent and the Ministry of Defense, has offered “unconditional aid” and has joined the other fourteen countries that are involved in the search of the missing submarine. UK's contribution includes a Hercules C 130, Ice patrol HMS Protector with all its sea bottom capabilities, Falklands' patrol HMS Clyde, and a few days ago an RAF Voyageur landed in Comodoro Rivadavia in a direct flight from Brize Norton.

Clarin says that the major submarine SAR operation in the XXI century, because of the international effort, includes British experts and marines working from the Belgrano naval base and Comodoro Rivadavia, together with the British military attaché in Buenos Aires. MPA in the Falklands is also available as part of the rescue effort for any aircraft that might need it.

“UK Secretary of Defense Gavin Williamson offered solidarity and total support to the Argentine military attaché in London, Commodore Fernando Luis Mengo, during a ceremony at Lancaster House and pledged no aid will be spared in the search operation”.

Clarin then speculates that MoD wants to play a positive role by instructing that no mention is made to the 1982 conflict or the obsolete conditions of the Argentine navy, and the fact that a UK embargo on spares and equipment for Argentine frigates powered by Rolls Royce turbines still stands. Without forgetting the current tight UK defense budget.

Argentine sources point out that UK support in “unconditional” and they are paying for the bill. Allegedly UK´s efforts are supported on the 1910 Brussels Assistance and Salvage at Sea Convention.

However as days go by, the Clarin piece says that there is a growing consensus that the submarine, following the onboard explosion could have fallen beyond the continental shelf where depth drops to 3.000 meters which makes the rescue virtually impossible and there is no way the submarine could have survived pressures beyond 600 meters.

Likewise the Comodoro Rivadavia court which is responsible for the missing submarine case has requested that the military secret surrounding the ARA San Juan mission be lifted, as part of the ongoing judicial investigation.

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  • Ricardito

    We, Argentinians. are really thankful for the British help. Hopefully, one day we will become friends again.

    I would love to see Falkland Islanders studying in Argie universities and Argies studying English in the Falkland and put this sad chapter of history where it belongs, in the past.
    That's why I love the title of this article “Buenos Aires and London have never been closer”.
    I only blame the fascist, populist leaders we had, that forced the Falklands issue since we're in primary school.
    I live in Australia and made many British friends and acquaintances. Almost all of them thought at the beginning I was going to be mean to them because of this political and military conflict, thanks for the bad press, military junta, CFK, etc etc.

    I really hope we start a new chapter despite the obvious differences and we can move on.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 10:55 pm +12
  • shackleton

    It took the Israelis 31 years (from 1968-99) to find their INS Dakar sub at a depth of 3000m in the E.Med, a much smaller search area. The San Juan may never be found and, even if it is, we'll probably never know what caused it to sink.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 08:13 pm +6
  • Chicureo

    Voice:
    There is no SECRET that the submarine sank due to Peronist theft, corruption and greed. There is no hidden evidence that the loss of the unfortunate crew was not due to Kirchnerism murder. Nor was it no SECRET that the submarine modifications were never approved by the German builder. The only thing still hidden is PAGEBOY's ability to understand the obvious truth.

    Nov 30th, 2017 - 08:53 pm +6
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