The expert has called the possible cause of death of the submarine «San Juan»

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Naval ground mine of times of the Argentine-British Falklands war (1982) could be the cause of death of the submarine «San Juan», told RIA Novosti on Saturday, a military expert, Deputy chief editor of the journal of the Ministry of defense «Warrior of Russia» the captain of the first rank Vasily Dadykin.

The representative military-naval forces of Argentina Enrique Balbi said earlier that there is information about a single explosion, which can be associated with the disappearance of the «San Juan».

The underwater ship of the Navy of Argentina «San Juan» has ceased to go on air on 15 November at the transition from naval base Ushuaia to Mar del Plata. At the time of the last communication with the crew of the submarine reported the accident of the accident. Aboard were 44 people, including the first ever Argentinean woman-submariner Eliana Maria Krawczyk.

«Naval mine, set during the Falklands war, could become the reason of death of the submarine «San Juan,» said Dadykin. He noted that «in 1982, it could set secretly approached the coast of Argentina British submarine». «For example, bottom mine for 35 years, quite calmly could wait for his victim. The storm could disrupt her minrep throw in «San Juan», — concluded the expert.

The Falklands war

The Falklands war was from 2 April to 14 June 1982 between Argentina and Britain over the Falkland (Malvinas) Islands, which are located in the South-Western part of the Atlantic ocean at a distance of 13 thousand kilometers from the United Kingdom and 400 miles from Argentina. It began with the capture of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia and the South sandwich Islands Argentina tried to bring them under its sovereignty. The opposing States had not officially declared war, although he recognized that the Islands are a war zone.

The British government on 5 April 1982, sent from Portsmouth (USA) the South Atlantic squadron of 40 ships led by the aircraft carriers «Hermes» and «invincible» with a 10-thousand expeditionary force on Board. British squadron on 25 April, landed troops on South Georgia island, which was captured by the Argentine garrison. April 30, Britain imposed a full military and naval blockade of the Falklands. British aircraft from aircraft carriers attacked the position of the Argentines on the Islands, destroyed the airfields, damaged several of their aircraft and helicopters.

English submarine on may 2 was sunk by the Argentine cruiser «General Belgrano», which was outside the 200-mile exclusion zone declared by the British. Argentine aircraft on the same day sank the British destroyer «Sheffield».

British troops landed in the Falklands on may 21. The operation was attended by 22 thousand people, two aircraft carriers, seven destroyers, seven amphibious ships, three nuclear submarines, 40 fighter-bomber vertical takeoff «Harrier» and 35 helicopters. The thirtieth of may the Argentine planes managed to damage the aircraft carrier «invincible». The twelfth of June the British Marines and paratroopers surrounded Port Stanley. Fifteenth of June, a 10-strong Argentine garrison surrendered. The armed conflict ended with the victory of Britain, which returned control of its overseas possessions.

In total during the fighting, which lasted 74 days, 649 Argentine military personnel dead, 1,188 people were injured. British casualties amounted to 258 killed, 777 wounded.