Argentinian sub found partially 'imploded', officials say have no means to refloat

Argentine Navy Submarine Missing For A Year Found Deep In Atlantic

The ARA San Juan was an old diesel submarine, built in Germany in the mid-1980s but was refitted with new engines and batteries around five years before its disappearance, Peter Layton, a visiting fellow at the Griffith Asia Institute at Griffith University in Australia, told CNN last year.

Relatives of crew members were determined to fight for it to be quickly surfaced.

A sticker in commemoration of the 44 crew members of the missing at sea ARA San Juan submarine is seen on the windshield of a vehicle of a victim's relative outside a hotel where relatives are staying in Mar del Plata, Argentina November 17, 2018.

On Saturday, Aguad said that the vessel was found to be in an area that investigators had deemed "most likely". "If there is someone responsible, they will be held responsible".

Military ships will be deployed to the scene - hundreds of miles from its last reported position - to obtain high-res images and information from the submarine, which had 44 crew members on-board at the time it disappeared.

And almost 10 days later, following on USA reports, Argentine Navy officials confirmed there had been an explosion on board, which experts said was likely linked to the battery problem.

On Thursday, the anniversary of the disappearance, Argentina's president, Mauricio Macri, said the families of the submariners should not feel alone and delivered an "absolute and non-negotiable commitment" to discover the truth about what happened.

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The San Juan had been returning to base at Mar del Plata when the navy lost contact as it passed the San Jorge Gulf, a large bay-shaped inlet about 500 miles (800km) northwest of The Falkland Islands. But the vessel was never heard from again.

Ocean Infinity, a United States company specializing in deep water search and recovery, began looking for the ARA San Juan in September, using autonomous underwater vehicles operated by a team on board its ship Seabed Constructor, the firm said in a news release.

On Saturday, Plunkett tweeted: "Our thoughts are with the many families affected by this bad tragedy". Photo images revealed it to be the submarine, the ARA San Juan.

ARA San Juan disappeared 270 miles off the Argentine coast a year ago after reporting an "electrical breakdown".

The families of the 44 crew members who perished in the accident have been summoned to be officially informed.

Argentina learned a harsh lesson of submarines' military value during the 1982 Falklands War, when a British sub sank the ARA General Belgrano cruiser.

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