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Argentina Sacks Navy Chief Over Sub Disappearance


FILE - Argentina's President Mauricio Macri talks to Admiral Marcelo Srur (standing), chief of the General Staff of the Navy, at the navy's headquarters in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nov. 21, 2017.

Argentina has dismissed the head of its navy following last month's disappearance of a submarine with 44 crew members.

Argentine newspaper La Nacion reported Saturday that Defense Minister Oscar Aguad has asked Admiral Marcelo Eduardo Hipolito Srur for his resignation. The move comes one month after the last contact with the submarine ARA San Juan.

A replacement for the admiral has not been announced.

The sub disappeared in the South Atlantic November 15 with 44 crew members aboard and has not been located.

The sub had enough oxygen to sustain life for about 10 days under water. At the end of November, a rescue mission was called off.

This 2013 photo provided by the Argentina Navy shows an ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric vessel, near Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This 2013 photo provided by the Argentina Navy shows an ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric vessel, near Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Investigators determined that an explosion was detected in the area where the sub was last known to be.

Argentina carries on with its recovery mission, however. The navy announced on Saturday that it "remains committed to ...the relatives of the 44 crew members."

A search was put on hold Saturday because of high winds and waves up to five meters high.

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