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Rabu, 21 April 2021

Indonesia searching for missing submarine with 53 on board - ABC News

Indonesia's navy is searching for a missing submarine with 53 people on board and is seeking help from Australia and Singapore in the hunt.

The German-made submarine, KRI Nanggala-402, was conducting a torpedo drill in waters north of the island of Bali but failed to relay the results as expected, a navy spokesman said.

"We are still searching in the waters of Bali, 96 kilometres from Bali, [for] 53 people," military chief Hadi Tjahjanto told Reuters in a text message.

The military chief confirmed that assistance in the search for the submarine and missing crew members had been sought from Australia and Singapore.

He said that contact with the vessel was lost at 4:30am local time on Wednesday.

Representatives of the defence departments of Australia and Singapore did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

From above, you view two rows of navy sailors standing on the top of a partially-submerged submarine.
Indonesian authorities are searching for the missing 53 crew.(

Supplied: Indonesian Navy

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The 1,395-tonne KRI Nanggala-402 was built in Germany in 1978, according to the Indonesian cabinet secretariat's website, and underwent a two-year refit in South Korea that was completed in 2012.

Indonesia in the past operated a fleet of 12 submarines purchased from the Soviet Union to patrol the waters of its sprawling archipelago.

But now it has a fleet of only five — two German-built Type 209 submarines and three newer South Korean vessels.

Indonesia has been seeking to upgrade its defence capabilities but some of its equipment still in service is old and there have been deadly accidents involving, in particular, ageing military transport planes in recent years.

Reuters

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