The ARA San Juan made eight outbound calls prior to its disappearance on November 15 but none of these were considered “emergencies”, the Navy said on Tuesday.
In yet another surprise revelation, Navy spokesperson Enrique Balbi told reporters Tuesday that the missing vessel had on eight occasions tried but failed to establish an internet connection on the night of November 14 through to the following day.
“These calls were reported to authorities and even to federal judge Marta Yáñez” who is investigating the case, Balbi said.
However, Yáñez yesterday denied she had received such information and took aim at authorities over their handling of the case in general.
On Monday, Defence Minister Oscar Aguad revealed on prime time television that the ARA San Juan had suffered a similar glitch to the one likely to have caused its disappearance, a “minor breakdown” which the Navy had scheduled for maintenance in 2018.
And late last week, the Navy confirmed long-held rumours stemming from the very first news reports into the disappearance about an explosion heard in the vicinity of the vessel around the time of its last communication. A copy of the communication which the Navy received from the ARA San Juan was also later leaked to the press.