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S Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine

South Korea launched its first ever missile-capable attack submarine on Friday, despite a recent diplomatic thaw with the nuclear-armed North. The $700 million, 3,000-tonne Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine is capable of firing both cruise and ballistic missiles and the first of three planned diesel-electric boats to go into service in the next five years. It represented a "leap forward in the country´s" defence industry, President Moon Jae-in told a launch ceremony at the Daewoo shipyard where it was designed and built.…

Argentina formally ends search for sub survivors

BUESNOS AIRES: Argentina's navy on Thursday formally ended its search for survivors from the San Juan submarine, two weeks after the vessel went missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew aboard. The navy has shifted its mission from rescue to recovery, spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. He said while it was not possible to definitively confirm the crew had perished, "no evidence of a shipwreck was found in the areas explored" and the international rescue effort had continued for "twice the time" it was estimated…

Argentina faces ‘hope and hopelessness’ in submarine search

BUENOS AIRES: No sign of the Argentine submarine lost in the South Atlantic since Nov. 15 has been found despite a massive international search effort, while families of the 44 crew members face the increasing likelihood that their loved ones will never return. Saturday marked the 10th day since the ARA San Juan submarine reported its last position off Argentina’s southern coast. Reports of a sound detected underwater near the last known position of the vessel suggest it might have imploded after reporting an electrical…

Argentina says signals detected, likely from missing submarine

MAR DEL PLATA, ARGENTINA: Hopes that 44 crew members of a missing Argentine navy submarine may be found alive rose after the defense ministry said the vessel likely tried to communicate via satellite on Saturday as an international search mission was underway in the stormy South Atlantic. The ministry said seven failed "satellite calls" that it believes came from the ARA San Juan submarine were detected in a likely sign the crew was trying to reestablish contact. The signals, in the late morning and early afternoon,…

Argentine submarine goes missing with 44 crew members on board

BUENOS AIRES: An Argentine military submarine with 44 crew members on board was missing at sea on Friday, prompting a massive search to locate the vessel which may have suffered a communication error, a navy spokesman said. The vessel was in the southern Argentine Sea when it gave its last location two days ago. "We are investigating the reasons for the lack of communication," Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. "If there was a communication problem, the boat would have to come to the surface."…

North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill as US submarine docks in South

SEOUL: North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show of force amid growing concern over the North's nuclear and missile programs. The port call by the USS Michigan came as a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group steamed toward Korean waters and as top envoys for North Korea policy from South Korea, Japan and the United States met in Tokyo. Fears have risen in recent weeks that North Korea would conduct another nuclear test…

Pakistan to protest against India’s attempt to violate territorial waters

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that it will raise the matter of India's attempt of violating Pakistani territorial waters in the United Nations. Spokesperson of Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) Nafees Zakaria was speaking in an interview with Radio Pakistan. The FO official said that Pakistan Navy pushed back the neighbouring country, who was trying to violate territorial waters. It should be noted that Pakistan Navy had successfully intercepted an Indian submarine and prevented it from entering Pakistani waters.…