Argentine Navy Loses Contact With Submarine

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The Argentine Navy has launched a search mission for the diesel-electric submarine ARA San Juan (S-42) after losing contract with it on Wednesday.

The 66-meter TR-1700 submarine has been in service since 1986 and carries a crew of about 40-44. Reports from the military indicate the vessel disappeared in the waters of Madryn, northern Patagonia, Argentina about 400km (250 miles) off the coast.

The last registered position of the vessel was on November 15 at 07:30 in latitude 46 ° 44 ‘south and longitude 59 ° 54 West, at the height of Puerto Madryn.

This is the internal radiogram about the disappearance of the ship:

Urgent 24, a local media outlet in Argentina reports military officials have not spotted the vessel on radar nor with any of the search vessels.

In a press conference, the spokesman of the Navy, Enrique Balbi , cleared doubts and rumors that transcended in the last hours: “Still we have not been able to have visual contact or radar with the submarine.


“It has been 48 hours since it disappeared. It is following an internationally approved plan, which after a time of not having contact. The bad weather conditions and the night they did not let us do an optimal search."


Balbi stressed: “Officially, we have no news of the fire or electrical problems or sinister in the area of ??batteries. It can also be a matter of equipment or antennas. I want to bring tranquility to family. Today with the clarity of the day we are going to power (improve the search) “.

ARA San Juan (S-42) (undated) at the Naval Base in Ushiaia Pier

ARA San Juan (S-42) diagram of the vessel

Official version of the Navy: “The submarine ARA San Juan has not yet been found”

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Philo Beddoe's picture

It was Britbobbed.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Nah, it was aliens.  Sub is on its way to Alpha Centari.

cossack55's picture

The illustration shows no crew.  Must be Musk

2ndamendment's picture

The Kraken ate it. No need to look for survivors. 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Got a little too close to the Fuckin Islands.

Manthong's picture


I am not totally positive…

..but it seems that when you put a big chunk of metal under the water……

In certain circumstances …. it might sink

land_of_the_few's picture

Maybe it got savaged by maurauding Capybaras? It was near Patagonia, after all.

ne-tiger's picture

Where's that crazy dude who talks about falkland 24X7

Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Swimming away from the stricken submarine, with a tactical knife clenched between his teeth.

land_of_the_few's picture

Seriously though good luck to them, there is an escape dock of some kind, if they can be located.

German built sub, pretty good and fast.

Milton Keynes's picture

31 years old.  Economic troubles.  Likely a mishap

RafterManFMJ's picture

Probably got hired to run 30 tons of coke to Los Angelos

Ahmeexnal's picture

Probably stockin up on venezuelan cocaine and ready to sail to spain.

kralizec's picture

Last transmission - "No hale ese enchufe!"

("Don't pull that plug!")

sushi's picture

Captain ordered "Blow everything"

Crew obeyed and inhaled 40 tons of coke.


BarkingCat's picture

US Navy, they would be blowing each other

the_narrator's picture

Speaking of which, there's a great Argentinian mockumentary about the Falkland islands called "Fucklands".  It's a pretty amusing low budget movie in which an Argentina dude plots to take over the Falklands by seducing and impregnating the locals.

Ahmeexnal's picture

Mostly men in the Falklands. Only thing he could impregnate are sheep.

Oldrepublic's picture

GDP per capita in the Falklands is much higher than the UK.

$55,000 vs $35,000.

ReZn8r's picture

my thoughts exactly. A rare antique 1986 Diesel Electric submarine is a true museum piece and would look very nice on display in Moscow. Think of the photo ops for Vlad.

NoDebt's picture

"Set condition 1SQ.  Spin up tubes one through six and twenty four through thirty."


auricle's picture

Give me a ping Vasily, one ping only.

kralizec's picture

Uno ping? Si, Capitan!


Manthong's picture

Give me a ping Vasily,....

great reference...

and few really understand  sonar


And awshit…..

I recall some comedian stating

……that men go into a dimly lit bathroom ………..

……………. And pee by sonar.

Jim in MN's picture

My father was a sonarman in the Korean War.  Generally the Navy was the 'place to be' in that conflict, but they do (or did) actually stick the sonarman in the bottom of the bow of the ship.  Which meant, you know, if you fucked up and hit something, you'd personally hit it first.  I thought that was a nice touch.

Wikipedia has this image of a sister ship of Dad's destroyer after a mishap with a mine.  It's sailing itself back to Japan for repairs, backwards, after losing the entire bow section.  Tough fucking ships.

inhibi's picture

Did he ever mention'cuddling' that happens aboard submarines?

They used to give navymen saltpeter to qwell their sexual drives on submarines. I mean, months on board a tiny vessel with just men? 

Jim in MN's picture

Well, honestly Dad was on a destroyer, not a sub. 

land_of_the_few's picture

Those are the angular looking subs that cruise around on top of the water, right? :D

TBT or not TBT's picture

You fool! You’ve killed us!

Manthong's picture


I guess the lesson there is that one needs to carefully arm the torpedo.

The Chief's picture

"Andrei…You've lost another submarine?"

IH8OBAMA's picture

No no no no no.  I can't imagine a worse fate than to be stuck in a can on the bottom of the ocean and nobody's coming to save you.


Haus-Targaryen's picture

With 44 onboard said can, without power to scrub the air of CO2 -- they're all already dead. 

May God have mercy on their souls. 

Manthong's picture


few would recall USSR Kursk

or the US Thresher

BlindMonkey's picture

How many bubble heads are here?  I'm one. 


Brothers of the 'phin globally have heavy hearts tonight. 

cheech_wizard's picture

Make that two.

Standard Disclaimer: My personal favorite...only because I was there to witness as a member of the crew...


BlindMonkey's picture

Man, I never had that much fun. 

Yog Soggoth's picture

I did not like the reflection on the side of the sub in that picture. It looked liked extremely stretched steel with some plaster and paint to cover the old portholes.

shitshitshit's picture

they should have sold their bitcoins before plunging