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Argentina: Antarctic tribute to lost San Juan crew

Tuesday, January 30th 2018 - 08:03 UTC
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They formed the number 44 on the ice as they headed into the Antarctic while performing a traditional military salute next to their ship, the ARA Almirante Irizar. Forty-four submariners on the ARA San Juan were lost in the waters of the South Atlantic on 15 November.

 The photo was taken from one of the helicopters that accompanied the ship.

It was then published on the Argentine armed forces' Twitter account.

The icebreaker arrived in Antarctica on Friday. Argentina has 13 permanent and transitory bases on the continent.

The ship itself has had a troubled past.

A fire partially destroyed it in 2007 and this is its first mission for more than 10 years. (BBC)

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  • Little J

    A moving tribute to those who lost their lives on the A.R.A. San Juan

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 12:19 pm +1
  • Enrique Massot

    A commendable homage to the crew of the lost ARA San Juan. The deserved tribute comes amid new revelations that shows the submarine and its crew may have been doomed from the moment of their departure.

    According to confidential documents published by Infobae, a major revision that must be conducted every 18 months had not been conducted. For that reason, submersion had been limited to 100 m. as waterproofing could not be ensured beyond that depth.

    According to classified documents, the sub was losing 50 litres of oil for every day of navigation, which had lowered the hydraulic system's reservoirs.

    Infobae anticipated it will deliver more information coming from classified documents.

    Jan 31st, 2018 - 06:42 pm 0
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