The Indonesian armed forces are searching for a missing submarine near the island of Bali with 53 crew members on board, so they are asking for help from neighboring countries such as Australia and Singapore to track it in the waters north of Bali, the navy reported Wednesday .

According to the Ministry of Defense in a statement, the submarine KRI Nanggala-402, manufactured in Germany in 1977, disappeared while conducting military exercises with torpedoes at a depth of about 700 meters at 3:00 local time (20:00 GMT). yesterday).

The submarine’s crew requested the dive permit at that time and shortly after contact with the ship was lost, so the vessels participating in the exercise began the search immediately.

Four hours later, the search teams located a fuel slick from a helicopter near the area where the submarine disappeared.

Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told the Kompas agency that he will go to the site this Thursday to supervise the search operation, in which Australia and Singapore are participating with special search submarines.

Other countries, such as India, have also responded and been willing to offer help, although the Defense Ministry did not specify how.

A letter from the Army signed on April 16 to which Efe had access invited the media to cover the military exercises planned for this Thursday of the KRI Nanggala-402, which included exercises with cannons, rockets and torpedoes in the Strait of Bali, which separates this island from the island of Java.

Indonesia currently has a fleet of five submarines, two of German manufacture, including the missing one, which was acquired in 1981, and three manufactured in South Korea.

 

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