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    Argentina's Ship With Russian Experts on Board Departs for Submarine Search Zone

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    Argentina's corvette that has to deliver a Russian bathyscaphe to the area where the search operation of the missing San Juan submarine is ongoing, has set off from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia.

    COMODORO RIVADAVIA (Sputnik) — Argentina's Robinson corvette with Russian experts on board has left for the area where the search operation of the missing Argentina's San Juan submarine is ongoing, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Tuesday.

    The corvette with Russian and Argentine experts has departed from the port of Comodoro Rivadavia.

    The corvette moored in the port on Monday at 4:40 p.m. local time (19:40 GMT) and is expected to deliver the Russian Panther Plus submersible to the search operation zone.

    The San Juan submarine with a crew of 44 went missing on November 15, while en route from Ushuaia to Mar del Plata. The Navy said a likely explosion had been registered in the area close to where the last contact was made.

    Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry stated that the Russian Navy's search and rescue unit had departed from St. Petersburg to Argentina to assist in the search for the submarine.

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