Argentine gov't may dismiss navy head for missing sub

Argentine gov't may dismiss navy head for missing sub

Argentine gov't may dismiss navy head for missing sub

But Balbi has defended the Argentine navy, saying that "with respect to the maintenance and state of our naval and air units, no unit ever leaves port or takes off if it isn't in operating conditions to navigate or fly with total security".

The center-right leader spoke as the search for the San Juan shifted from rescue to recovery on Friday, after navy officials lost hope of finding alive any of the crew, which included the country's first female submarine officer.

Reports of a sound detected underwater near the submarine's last known position off Argentina's southern coast in the Atlantic last week suggest it may have imploded at depth.

The Argentine navy said Russian Federation is sending an Antonov transport aircraft and a ship in the southern Patagonian port of Comodoro Rivadavia is being adapted to carry a USA navy submarine rescue chamber to the area.

Many family members are accusing the Navy of sending their loved ones out in vessel, that they say was over 30-years old and was likely not properly maintained.

Now back at his home in Mar del Plata when news of the missing submarine started to emerge Ms Alvares travelled from her home in Villa Angela in the north of Argentina to be with his son who she says is'in shock
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'It's a hard moment for all, but obviously, especially for the families of the 44 crew members.

However, a multinational search and rescue effort continued Saturday. Many have been critical of the official response, claiming the Navy was too slow in accepting worldwide offers of assistance and that the vessel had not been properly maintained.

"The problem with being the loved one of someone who is missing is that the mourning process can not start, because they are still out there somewhere", local psychologist Guillermo Bruchstein said in a Saturday television interview.

President Mauricio Macri has ordered an inquiry to "know the truth" about what happened to the San Juan.

The US Navy said it had deployed unmanned underwater vehicles, or "mini-subs" equipped with sonar, to join the search.

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