Indonesian military says submarine missing with 53 on board: Indonesia Submarine Missing: Indonesia submarine missing, 53 people aboard, help sought from Singapore and Australia

Highlights:

  • Submarine missing in Indonesia, reports feared drowning
  • 53 people were on board, the helicopter saw oil spilling into the sea
  • The Indonesian Navy fleet currently has five submarines

Jakarta
A submarine has gone missing in Indonesia, carrying 53 people. The army reported Wednesday that the submarine went missing near the island of Bali. The Indonesian navy is engaged in a search operation. Army Chief Hadi Zahjanto said that KRI Nangagala 402 was taking part in a training operation on Wednesday when she went missing. He said the submarine is believed to have disappeared into the water about 95 km north of Bali.

Help sought from Singapore and Australia
Jahjanto said that the Navy has deployed several ships in the area, including survey ships, in search of submarines. In addition, assistance has also been sought from Singapore and Australia, which have submarine support vessels.

Submarine drowned at a depth of 700 meters?
Local media reports said the Navy believed the submarine sank to a depth of 700 meters above sea level. There is no information as to why the submarine went missing. The Defense Ministry said in a statement that the submarine was given permission to dive and has not been contacted since then.

Helicopter was seen to spill oil
He said that a helicopter was later found to have spilled oil at the place where the submarine was to begin diving into the sea. It said the submarine had 49 crew members, its commander and three gunners. Built in Germany, the submarine has been in service in Indonesia since 1981.

Preparations were being made on Wednesday for a practice of firing missiles on Thursday. The army chief and other senior military officers were to be involved in the exercise.

The Indonesian navy fleet currently has five submarines and plans to increase the number to eight by 2024. Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world with around 17,000 islands and has faced a number of maritime challenges in recent years, including incidents involving several Chinese ships near the island of Natuna.

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