Indonesia submarine with 53 on board goes missing north of Bali

Rodiano Bonacci
Апреля 21, 2021

Local media reports said the navy believed the ship sank into a trough at a depth of 700 metres.

The navy dispatched warships off the northern coast of the holiday island to search for it, while neighbours Singapore and Australia as well as India had been asked for help. The Republic of Singapore Navy and the Indonesian Navy signed an arrangement concerning submarine rescue support and cooperation back in 2012.

The KRI Nanggala-402 submarine stopped responding on Wednesday morning, local media reported, citing defense officials.

Some reports say contact was lost after the submarine had been given clearance to dive into deeper waters.

"We are still searching in the waters of Bali, 60 miles (96 kilometres) from Bali, (for) 53 people", military chief Hadi Tjahjanto told Reuters in a text message. There was no immediate information about why it went missing. In 2017, an Argentine military submarine went missing in the southern Atlantic with 44 crew on board.

The first admiral of Indonesia's navy, Julius Widjojono, confirmed to Agence France-Presse that the submarine could not be reached.

Defence officials from the two countries have not yet commented. 'We know the area but it's quite deep'.

It said the submarine was carrying 49 crew members, its commander and three gunners.

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

The 1,395-tonne KRI Nanggala-402 was built in Germany in 1977, according to the defense ministry, and joined Indonesian fleet in 1981.

Indonesia, which has been moving to upgrade its military equipment in recent years, has five German and South Korean-built submarines in its fleet.

In 2016, an Indonesian air force transport plane crashed into a mountain, killing all 13 people board, during a training exercise in the remote region of Papua.

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