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RAF joins hunt for stricken Argentine sub

By Georgina Stubbs

An RAF aircraft has landed in Argentina some 35 years after the Falklands War, as it joins search efforts to find a missing submarine with 44 sailors on board.

The Argentine navy said it lost contact with the ARA San Juan on November 15.

Since then, more than a dozen international vessels and aircraft, including those from the UK, have joined the search, with efforts hindered by stormy weather and 20ft waves.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an RAF Voyager, which took off from Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, arrived in Argentina on Wednesday.

It is understood the landing of the Voyager marks the first time since the 1982 conflict that an RAF aircraft which departed from the UK has landed in the South American country.

The MoD spokesman said the Voyager is packed with three tonnes of equipment, including 12 deep emergency life support pods.

HMS Protector, a Royal Navy ice patrol ship, which arrived on Sunday was deployed to the vessel's last known location, and used its sonar equipment to search below the waves for the missing sub.

An RAF C-130 transport aircraft has also joined the search following an offer of assistance.

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