How Britain’s Royal Navy might help find a missing Argentine submarine
An Argentine submarine, the ARA San Juan, is missing in the South Atlantic Ocean.
The crew of 44 has been out of contact with the Argentine Navy for 48 hours.
While it may simply be a communications problem that does not pose a threat to the boat, if there is a risk to life here, the British Navy is well-placed to help out. The map below shows the San Juan’s likely northward route to its home port at Mar del Plata and the proximity of that route to the British Falkland Islands.
That proximity is relevant in that, since its 1982 war with Argentina over ownership of the Falkland Islands, Britain has retained a considerable military presence to defend the islands. This involves a constant deployment of Royal Navy surface vessels and the semi-regular deployment of British submarines.
Considering that the U.K. government has offered assistance to Argentina’s search efforts, Royal Navy submarines would be most useful.