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Argentina ousts navy chief after San Juan submarine disappearance

Staff Writer | December 16, 2017
Argentina has dismissed its navy chief one month after the disappearance of the submarine ARA San Juan off its southern coast with 44 crew members.
San Juan
Accident   ARA San Juan has not been found since November 15
Defense Minister Oscar Aguad placed Adm. Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur in retirement, the Argentina newspaper La Nacion reported Saturday. The ministry plans to name an interim leader Monday.

Srur was named head of the navy and promoted to admiral in January 2016.

The San Juan, a 34-year-old, German-built, diesel-electric vessel, has not been found after losing contact on November 15 in the south Atlantic Ocean.

The sub's last known location was in the San Jorge Gulf was between where it departed from southern Argentina's Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its home base in Mar del Plata.

One week after the disappearance, Argentina's navy said an explosion was detected at its last known location a few hours after losing contact.