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Indonesian military locates missing submarine, with no survivors found - ABC News

Indonesian military officials have confirmed they have found a missing submarine, which lies deep in the Bali Sea and has broken into three parts.

Navy chief of staff Yudo Margono told reporters the ship's hull, stern and main body were separated, with the latter found cracked, and added the crew were not to blame for the accident. 

Rescuers found new objects, including a life vest, that they believe belonged to those aboard the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala-402, which lost contact on Wednesday as it prepared to conduct a torpedo drill.

"Based on the evidence, it can be stated that the KRI Nanggala has sunk and all of its crew have died," military chief marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told reporters.

Men in navy attire sit together. One points at items from a submarine in the foreground.
Hadi Tjahjanto, centre, displayed other items believed to belong to the submarine yesterday.(

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The submarine had been carrying 53 onboard, including Indonesia's submarine fleet commander, Harry Setiawan.

President Joko Widodo earlier confirmed the discovery in the Bali Sea and sent the families of the victims his condolences.

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Interfaith leaders attend a prayer for the crew of Indonesian Navy submarine KRI Nanggala.(

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Search teams said on Saturday they had found objects including prayer mat fragments and a bottle of periscope lubricant near the submarine's last known location, leading the navy to believe the vessel had cracked.

Admiral Margono said on Saturday that a sonar scan had detected a submarine-like object at 850 metres, beyond the submarine's diving range.

More than a dozen helicopters and ships were searching the area where contact was lost, with the United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and India providing assistance.

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Search teams located the vessel's wreckage on the ocean floor.(

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Navy officials said international help would be crucial in recovering the remains of the vessel.

Singapore Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean wrote on social media that a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) sent by the Singapore Navy was able to "recover a few critical items from the seabed at depth of more than 800 metres".

"We hope that this will help the families find some closure and certainty on the fate of their loved ones," he added.

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Locals call on Jakarta to modernise defence force

On a clear day you view a submarine break the sea surface with a helicopter overing above its periscope, dropping a rope.
The KRI Nanggala formed part of Indonesia's ageing submarine fleet.(

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Residents of the East Java town of Banyuwangi, which hosts the naval base from which search and rescue operations are being conducted, joined nationwide calls to accelerate the modernisation of Indonesia's defence forces.

"This can be a learning point for the government to advance its military technology and be careful in how it uses its [existing] technology, because its people's lives are at stake," 29-year old resident Hein Ferdy Sentoso said.

Two soldiers in an airplane look out of a circulate window, with one looking through binoculars.
Search parties first sighted debris belonging to the vessel on Saturday.(

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Indonesia, which is South-East Asia's most-populous country and largest economy, has sought to revamp its military capability, but some equipment is still old and there have been fatal accidents in recent years.

Indonesia had five submarines before the latest accident: two German-built Type 209s, including Nanggala, and three newer South Korean vessels.

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Expert Frank Owen says Indonesia needed to keep as many submarines going "as it can".

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