Indonesia declares 53 crew members of the lost submarine dead after the wreckage was found

Denpasar — ​​A missing Indonesian submarine was found in at least three parts in the depths of the Bali Sea, Army and Navy officials condolences to relatives of 53 crew members on Sunday. Said sent.

Rescue teams have discovered new objects, including life jackets, that appear to be on the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala-402.

“Based on the evidence, it can be said that KRI Nanggala sank and all its crew members died,” military marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told reporters.

Naval Commander Yud Margono said the crew was not responsible for the accident.

“KRI Nanggala is divided into three parts: the hull, the stern, and the main part of the ship, and the main part is cracked,” he said.

President Joko Widodo has previously confirmed the discovery in the Bali Sea and expressed his condolences to the victims’ families.

“All of us Indonesians have expressed deep sorrow for this tragedy, especially to the families of the submarine crew.”

Indonesian Navy Ship
On April 25, 2021, the Indonesian Navy patrol boat returned after a search for the missing submarine KRI Nanggala while participating in a training exercise on Wednesday off Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. (Achmad Ibrahim / AP Photo)

The Navy said on Saturday that it had found objects such as pieces of prayer mats and bottles of periscope lubricant near the last known location on the submarine, causing the Navy to believe that the ship had cracked.

Margono said on Saturday that Sonar Scan detected a submarine-like object at 850 meters (2,790 feet) beyond Nanggala’s dive range.

With assistance from the United States, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and India, more than 12 helicopters and ships are searching for areas where contact has been lost.

Residents of the East Java town of Banyuwangi, where the search and rescue naval base is located, participated in a national call to accelerate the modernization of the Indonesian Wehrmacht.

“This could be a learning point to watch out for (existing) technology usage as the government advances military technology and people’s lives are at stake,” said the 29-year-old. Resident Hein Ferdy Sentoso said.

Marine members
Indonesian Navy members had a morning briefing on board a ship on April 25, 2021, before searching for the missing submarine KRI Nanggala while attending a training exercise off Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. to hold. (Achmad Ibrahim / AP Photo)

The most populous countries in Southeast Asia have sought to renew their military capabilities, but some equipment is still old and has had fatal accidents in recent years.

There were five submarines in Indonesia before the recent accident. Two German-made Type 209 submarines, including Nanggala, and three new Korean ships.

By Nilufar Rizki and Sultan Anshori