Australia, India, and Singapore to Aid Indonesia’s Search For Missing Submarine

April 22, 2021, 01.35 AM
The Indonesian Navy Submarine KRI Nanggala-402 enters the Indah Kiat docks in the port city of Cilegon in Banten province in this file photo. The KRI Nanggala-402 has gone missing during exercises off the northern coast of Bali on Wednesday (21/4/2021) CYPRIANUS ANTO SAPTOWALYONOThe Indonesian Navy Submarine KRI Nanggala-402 enters the Indah Kiat docks in the port city of Cilegon in Banten province in this file photo. The KRI Nanggala-402 has gone missing during exercises off the northern coast of Bali on Wednesday (21/4/2021)

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – The Indonesian Ministry of Defense has announced that Australia, India and Singapore have agreed to aid in the search of the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402, hours after the vessel went missing off northern Bali on Wednesday, April 21.

“The Australian, Indian and Singaporean navies have confirmed that they will take part in the search for KRI Nanggala-402,” said the ministry in a written statement on Wednesday evening.

“The three countries gave their confirmation, after Indonesia sent a distress call to the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison officer [ISMERLO], an organization that coordinates international search and rescue efforts for submarines.”

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The Ministry added that the Indonesian military also stepped up their efforts to find the submarine, which was lost with its 53 man crew.

“The Indonesian Navy has deployed the KRI Rigel from the Hydro-Oceanographic Service or Dishidros based in Jakarta, as well as the minesweeper KRI Rengat from the minesweeping unit to search for the missing submarine. They will carry out the search with side scan sonar.”

The ministry added that two more submarines are heading to the area where KRI Nanggala-402 was last seen. Prior to the deployment of the ships, “helicopters flying aerial reconnaissance of the area have seen an oil spill near the location of the accident.”

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The KRI Nanggala-402 was under the command of the Second Fleet based in Surabaya, East Java.

The submarine lost contact with their base at 3 am local time, as the vessel was practicing the firing of SUT [Surface and Underwater Targets] torpedoes towards targets on the Bali Straits.

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