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Search continues for missing Indonesian submarine with 53 crew on board

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Wikimedia / U.S. Navy

Officials in Indonesia are continuing to search for a submarine that disappeared while on a routine exercise on Wednesday, with 53 crew members on board. The Indonesian military has issued a warning about unverified information and speculation after the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine went missing. It’s understood the vessel is expected to run out of oxygen within hours.

Military spokesman Achmad Riad addressed a press conference yesterday, in which he confirmed that contact was lost with the submarine as it was undertaking a torpedo exercise about 95 kilometres off the coast of Bali.

“The last communication with KRI Nanggala was at 4:25am when the drill commander was authorising a torpedo launch, that’s when communication with Nanggala was cut off.”

According to a Coconuts report, there has been some speculation, some of it by officials, that there may have been an electrical failure during the submarine’s descent and that water pressure may have caused damage to the fuel tank. Achmad won’t be drawn further on the reports, saying the military is waiting for more information.

On board the missing vessel are 49 crew members, the submarine’s commander, and 3 arsenal personnel. The German-built submarine is one of 5 that belong to the Indonesian navy. A number of other countries, including Singapore and Australia, are assisting in the search.

SOURCE: Coconuts


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    Master Baiter

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    Why does Indonesia have submarine? Seems like a waste of money for such a poor country.

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    Mr cynic

    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Indonesia has very expensive submarines for the same reason that malaysia has very expensive submarines that have never departed from the main naval base yet alone dive and thailand has a very expensive aircraft carrier that has no naval aircraft onboard and generally sits in port doing nothing.

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    Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    are the critically needed new covid 19 subs from china and the exciting moon orbit launch in a couple years still on the table for trouble free thailand? asking for a friend…

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    Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 2:32 am

    Submarines with little or no practical use are status symbols for these southeast Asian countries. Usually its something the generals thought were more important than rural medical facilities which they shut down due to lack of funding

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