The wreckage of an Argentine navy submarine that exploded and disappeared one year ago with 44 crew on board has been located in the Atlantic Ocean.

The country’s navy said there had been a "positive identification of the ARA San Juan," at a depth of 800 meters.

The Seabed Constructor - a vessel owned by US search firm Ocean Infinity, which set out in September on the latest attempt to find the San Juan - found the missing sub.

The Ocean Infinity ship "decided to do a new search and, thanks to God, it was able to find the zone," navy spokesman Rodolfo Ramallo told Todo Noticias TV.

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"Now another chapter opens. From the analysis of the state in which the submarine has been found, we will see how to proceed," he said.

"It appears to be complete, but it obviously imploded," Gabriel Attis, head of the Mar del Plata naval base, told reporters.

The navy lost contact with the submarine on 15 November last year, about 450 kilometers from the Argentine coast. It was on its way back to base from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina.

An air and sea search began 48 hours later involving units from 13 countries, but the majority withdrew before the end of 2017.