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Search for Indonesia submarine focuses on oil slick off Bali

The Indonesian navy says the search for a missing submarine was focusing around an oil slick north of the resort island of Bali with help from Australia, Singapore and other countries.

4/22/2021 7:21:00 AM

The Indonesia n navy says the search for a missing submarine was focusing around an oil slick north of the resort island of Bali with help from Australia , Singapore and other countries.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia 's navy ships are intensely searching the waters where one of its submarines was last detected before it disappeared with 53 people on board, as neighboring countries are set to join the complex operation. The KRI Nanggala 402 was participating in a training exercise Wednesday when it missed a scheduled reporting call. Officials reported an oil slick and the smell of diesel fuel near the starting position of its last dive, about 96 kilometers (60 miles) north of the resort island of Bali . Indonesia ’s military said that five navy ships and a helicopter were taking part in the search while a hydro-oceanographic survey ship equipped with underwater detection capabilities is on its way to the site around the oil spills. Officials said they had not yet been linked to the missing submarine.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s navy ships are intensely searching the waters where one of its submarines was last detected before it disappeared with 53 people on board, as neighboring countries are set to join the complex operation.The KRI Nanggala 402 was participating in a training exercise Wednesday when it missed a scheduled reporting call. Officials reported an oil slick and the smell of diesel fuel near the starting position of its last dive, about 96 kilometers (60 miles) north of the resort island of Bali.

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Indonesia’s military said that five navy ships and a helicopter were taking part in the search while a hydro-oceanographic survey ship equipped with underwater detection capabilities is on its way to the site around the oil spills. Officials said they had not yet been linked to the missing submarine.

Rescue ships from Singapore and Malaysia are expected to arrive Saturday. The military said Australia, the United States, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, India and Turkey have also offered assistance.Some worry that the area may be too deep to locate or retrieve the ship, suggesting potential challenges facing the search operation. headtopics.com

ADVERTISEMENT“There looks like a terrible tragedy and it’s in a very deep part of waters, 7(00) or 800 meters (2,297 feet or 2,625 feet) deep potentially,” Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton told Sydney Radio 2GB .“It makes it very difficult for the recovery or for location. But there’s some assistance that potentially we can apply and the Chief of the Defense Force (Angus Campbell) obviously reached out to his counterpart to say whatever Australia can provide, we will,” he said.

The submarine was carrying 49 crew members, its commander and three gunners, the Indonesian Defense Ministry said.The navy said an electrical failure may have occurred during the dive, causing the submarine to lose control and become unable to undertake emergency procedures that would have allowed it to resurface. It said it believes the submarine sank to a depth of 600-700 meters (2,000-2,300 feet).

The German-built submarine, which has been in service in Indonesia since 1981, was rehearsing for a missile-firing exercise that was to take place on Thursday. Military chief Hadi Tjahjanto and other military leaders were to attend.Indonesia currently has a fleet of five submarines and plans to operate at least eight by 2024.

The world’s largest archipelago nation with more than 17,000 islands has faced growing challenges to its maritime claims in recent years, including numerous incidents involving Chinese vessels near the Natuna islands.Last year, President Joko Widodo reaffirmed the country’s sovereignty during a visit to the islands at the edge of the South China Sea, one of the busiest sea lanes where China is embroiled in territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors. headtopics.com

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His visit came a week after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang insisted that Chinese fishermen are free to conduct activities in areas China claims as its traditional fishing grounds, which partly overlap Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone.

Geng’s statement drew indignation in Indonesia and prompted the military to increase its forces at the islands. Although China has been making such claims for years, recently dozens of Chinese fishing boats, escorted by coast guard vessels, have reportedly made more aggressive moves in the area and ignored Indonesian warnings to leave.

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Those things aren't like entirely drones by now? That never ends well A horrible fate. There is sadness everywhere. Some pray while others pay homage, others suffer inconsolably. How quickly a busy deck becomes a cabin of death & dying. Indonesia’s navy ships are intensely searching for a submarine that likely fell too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim.

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Indonesia races to find missing submarine as search enters second dayWhile the US, Australia , France and Germany are offering to help, Singapore and Malaysia have already dispatched rescue ships to support the search for the KRI Nanggala 402 vessel that went missing during live torpedo exercises. hope they will accep help and not as it happened with Rusia many years ago,where all the crew died

Indonesia continues search for submarine that may be too deep to help Indonesia ’s navy ships searching for a submarine that likely fell too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. Authorities said oxygen in the submarine would run out by early Saturday. Slowly suffocating to death in a submarine on the bottom of the ocean wouldn't be in my top 10 ways to go.. Horrible. Thank you for alerting us. googleearth can you find it?

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