File photo taken on June 2, 2014 shows the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan. (Xinhua/TELAM/Argentinean Army/Juan Sebastian Lobos)
MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday it will send personnel and equipment to help the Argentine Navy in search of its lost submarine.
The decision was announced during a phone conversation between Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Argentine counterpart Oscar Aguad, the ministry said in a statement.
Russian transport aircraft will "as soon as possible" deliver search and rescue specialists and an unmanned underwater vehicle system to the South Atlantic, where the Argentine submarine ARA San Juan vanished on Nov. 15 with 44 crew members on board.
The Russian Navy will also deploy its oceanographic research vessel Yantar to the area of the search operation. The ship is equipped with two deep-water vehicles, which are able to conduct surveys at a depth of up to 6,000 meters.