Indonesian submarine goes missing, reports say 53 drowned, helicopter shows oil spill over sea. Indonesian navy fleet currently has five submarines
A submarine went missing in Indonesia, carrying 53 people. The military said on Wednesday that the submarine was missing near the island of Bali. The Indonesian Navy is engaged in a search operation. Army chief Hadi Zahjanto said KRI Nangagala 402 was participating in a training operation on Wednesday when she disappeared. He said the submarine went missing in the water about 95 km north of Bali.
Help sought in Singapore and Australia
Jahjanto said the navy has deployed several ships to the area, including study ships, in search of submarines. In addition, assistance has also been requested from Singapore and Australia, which have submarine support vessels.
A submarine drowned 700 meters deep?
Local media 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 had received clearance to dive and had not been contacted since.
A helicopter spilled oil
He said a helicopter later spilled oil at the spot where the submarine was to begin to dive into the sea. He 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 underway Wednesday for a missile firing practice on Thursday. The army chief and other senior 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 submarines. number of maritime challenges in recent years, including incidents involving several Chinese ships near Natuna Island.