a Submarine The Indonesian contact with 53 people on board lost after an exercise near an island BaliA spokesman for the Indonesian Navy told local media on Wednesday.
The Commander in Chief of the Indonesian Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Hadi Tjiganto, said, “Nangala“(Identification code 402), one of two Cakra class submarines in the Indonesian fleet, was participating in an exercise when it missed a scheduled report call. Jakarta authorities believe the submarine has disappeared in waters 60 miles (95 km) north of Bali.
Sent dozens of search ships
Tahiganto said the Navy has activated dozens of ships to explore the area, including one for hydrographic studies, and has sought help from Singapore and Australia, which both have submarine rescue ships. Shortly after requesting help, in fact, Swift Rescue (SSRV) of the Republic of Singapore Navy was deployed in the Bali Sea. The Defense Ministry said the submarine lost contact after it obtained permission to dive at 03:00 AM (local time), and that a helicopter then spotted a black spot – most likely oil – near the boat’s estimated dive site.
There were 49 crew members on board the submarine, as well as the commander and three gunners. According to the Indonesian Navy, Prof. Electrical fault During the dive, this caused the submarine to lose its trim and thus made it impossible to take emergency measures that would have allowed it to resurface. The latest news reveals the unit of drowning in the stretch of sea, which ranges between 600 and 700 meters deep.
In service since the 1980s
The Cakra class is German-made, and entered service in the Indonesian Navy from 1981: the lost submarine in particular was constructed in 1979. As far as is known, the “Nanggala” was at sea for tests on the horizon and a firing training was planned. Tomorrow, Thursday, April 22. According to the plans of the exercise, the submarine was to launch a torpedo.
Indonesia currently has a fleet of five submarines: in addition to the two Cakra submarines, three of the most recent Class passes, Which has been built with South Korea, and plans to purchase three more by 2024, bringing the total to eight.
The country, which is the largest island nation in the world with more than 17,000 islands, faces increasing challenges with regard to maritime claims: on a par with other littoral states. South China SeaJakarta opposes China’s attempt at nationalization. In particular, in recent years, there have been many accidents with Chinese ships near the Natuna Islands. As mentioned News agencyPresident Joko Widodo confirmed the country’s sovereignty over the disputed waters last year during a visit to the islands on the edge of the South China Sea.
The visit comes a week after the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, insisted that Chinese fishermen have freedom to do business in the areas that China claims are traditional fishing areas, which partly overlap with the Indonesian economic exclusivity zone.
Geng’s statement sparked discontent in Indonesia and prompted the military to increase its presence on the islands. Although China has claimed this waters for years, its actions have recently become more aggressive with dozens of fishing boats flying the Chinese flag, escorted by Coast Guard vessels, increasingly infiltrating the Indonesian ship Zee, and refusing to abandon it despite Navy notices. In Jakarta.