The Argentinian submarine was heading from a base in southern Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego archipelago to its home port in Mar del Plata, about 260 miles south of Buenos Aires. It was scheduled to arrive there on November 19, 2017.

The San Juan was last spotted in the San Jorge Gulf, a few hundred kilometers off the coast of southern Argentina’s Patagonia region and nearly midway between the bases. The submarine has a crew of 44. Ships and aircraft from at least seven countries are scouring the southern Atlantic for the submarine ARA San Juan, which was last seen last Wednesday.

The Argentinians have 11 ships from the Argentine navy, from municipalities, and from countries that have collaborated with research ships such as Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Peru, the United States, and (the UK).

This undated photo provided by Argentina's navy shows the ARA San Juan near Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The U.S. Navy said it had deployed unmanned underwater vehicles, or “mini-subs” equipped with sonar, to join the search. A Russian plane arrived in Argentina on Friday carrying search equipment capable of reaching 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) below the sea surface.
An underwater explosion was registered at the location the San Juan last submerged, before totally vanishing of the grid. Was the vehicle hit by a British torpedo or did the submarine went down on its own, is the question that remains.
According to the United Nations, the Falkland Islands lie in Argentina’s waters. The decision will be key in Argentina’s dispute with Britain over the Malvinas. The British have invaded the islands in 1830 and called it the Falkland Islands. At the moment Britain has some 1.500 troops permanently based on the islands, along with four RAF Typhoon jets, plus anti-aircraft and artillery batteries.

Argentina lost a war in 1982 with Britain over the South Atlantic archipelago that Latin Americans call the Las Malvinas. However the outcome of another military confrontation between the two nations in dispute could end in the favor of Argentina.

The Falklands are home to 80% of the world’s black browed Albatrosses, 30% of its south Rockhopper penguins and 20% of its Gentoo penguins.

The discovery included an oil reservoir 81 feet deep and a gas basin 55 feet deep. The British control the islands since 1841. The Zebedee well is part of a larger oil enterprise by British companies called Sea Lion. Premier Oil owns 36% of the well and Falkland Oil & Gas owns 40%. Rockhopper Exploration owns the remaining 24%.

Four companies have hired a drilling rig that is expected to drill eight wells this year around the Falkland Islands or Islas Malvinas as the Argentinians call the island group in front of their Atlantic coast.

The news of the oil discovery came just one day before the local elections and will probably result in an oil bonanza. The islanders bought stock shares of the companies involved to profit from the oil find. About one hundred families live on the islands together with 600 families of military personnel.

CNN / AA Magnum News 2017.

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