Argentina Without Any Operational SSKs, Minister Admits

The Argentine Navy’s submarine force is without any fully operational boats for the first time since its creation 85 years ago, with one of its two main diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) lost late in 2017 and its sister ship undergoing an extended refit. Addressing questions posed by the country’s Senate in late June, Argentina’s chief of the...

The Argentine Navy’s submarine force is without any fully operational boats for the first time since its creation 85 years ago, with one of its two main diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) lost late in 2017 and its sister ship undergoing an extended refit.

Addressing questions posed by the country’s Senate in late June, Argentina’s chief of the Cabinet of Ministers, Marcos Peña, admitted that the submarine force is “without operational capacity”.

The situation is mainly the result of the loss of ARA San Juan , one of the two German-built Type TR 1700 boats delivered in the 1980s that were the core of the Argentine submarine force, which disappeared with its crew of 44 officers and ratings in the South Atlantic last November.

Source: www.janes.com