Maria Leguizamon, whose husband German Suarez (pictured) is among the missing, told how 40 relatives gathered at the naval base were told about the explosion minutes before the press conference in Buenos Aires Ms Leguizamon, talking yesterday, said: 'They inaugurated a submarine with a coat of paint and a flag in 2014, but without any equipment inside.
'The navy is to blame for its 15 years of abandonment.'Navy spokesman Enrique Balbi defended the Argentine Navy, saying that 'with respect to the maintenance and state of our naval and air units, no unit ever leaves port or takes off if it isn't in operating conditions to navigate or fly with total security'.
She said: 'According to them, they only found out about the explosion now, but who is so stupid to believe that? They lied to us.'Maria Leguizamon, whose husband German Suarez is among the missing, told how 40 relatives gathered at the naval base were told about the explosion minutes before the press conference in Buenos Aires, but before an official had finished reading the statement 'the people became very aggressive'.
She said: 'They are furious, they started to break everything, they didn't allow him to finish reading the statement., 35, is third-in-command of the sub.
The 45-year-old lived for a decade in Mar del Plata, home port of the navy's two operational submarines, the San Juan and the Salta. The submarine enthusiast grew up in the foothills of the Andes in the Argentine province of San Juan, for which the submarine was named.
He planned to marry his girlfriend, a soldier, Lieutenant Maria Eugenia Ulivarri Rodi, next year. From Patagonia, he went to live in Mar del Plata, a seaside resort as well as the sub's home port.
During the £9million retrofitting, the vessel was cut in half and had its engines and batteries replaced.Itati Leguizamon, wife of crew member German Suarez said: 'They sent a piece of c**p to sail,' referring to the 1985 sub which had been cut in half for a £9million retrofitting three years ago.Experts predict the submarine, which suffered battery failure, was crushed due to the pressure of plunging into depths it structurally could not handle.Families have reacted furiously to the supposedly shocking state of the Argentinian submarine which is feared to have imploded after going too deep due to a mechanical failure.Relatives claim to have been told yesterday that all 44 on board the ARA San Juan died after the doomed vessel lost contact last week.