Two Royal Navy veterans, who served as non-commissioned seamen in the sonar and torpedo sections of the Conqueror, will be on the expedition ship. They'll be joined by two Argentine Navy veterans, Captain Galazi and another officer who were on the Belgrano when it was torpedoed.
Additionally, National Geographic Society filmmakers have interviewed about 20 other veterans on both sides for the documentary. "By hearing a lot of different voices we will be able to convey to any viewer what the experience was like in a personal and individual way," Bredar said.
Should the Belgrano be located, the National Geographic Society will make an announcement at that time. In addition to laying a plaque, the Argentine Navy has independent plans to stage a ceremony at sea to honor those who perished during the conflict.
When the expedition vessel returns to port, National Geographic Society staff and representatives from the Argentine Navy will process film footage and still photographs. A media conference will be held in Buenos Aires approximately two to three days after the conclusion of the expedition, at which time footage and photographs will be provided. Stay tuned to Nationalgeographic.com for updates.
Over the decades, the National Geographic Society has launched numerous marine archaeology expeditions, helping to locate the R.M.S. Titanic, the Bismarck, the U.S.S. Yorktown, dozens of ships lost during World War II at Guadalcanal, and, most recently, the World War II wreckage of John F. Kennedy's PT109. In all these cases the ships were treated as gravesites and left undisturbed, Bredar said.