KRI Nanggala 402 Submarine Goes Missing With 53 People Onboard

KRI Nanggala 402 Submarine Goes Missing With 53 People Onboard
Indonesian navy KRI Nanggala 402 Submarine. (photos from Indonesian navy)

Indonesia’s Navy submarine with 53 people on board went missing during a military exercise north of the resort island of Bali.

The country’s military chief, Hadi Tjahjanto, said on Wednesday that the KRI Nanggala 402 was participating in a training exercise when it missed a scheduled reporting call. The vessel is believed to have disappeared in waters about 60 miles (95km) north of Bali, he said.

Indonesia’s Navy is searching for a missing submarine and is seeking help from neighboring Australia and Singapore in the hunt, Indonesian authorities say.

The KRI Nanggala-402, a German-made submarine, lost contact during a torpedo drill in the Bali Strait — a stretch of water between the islands of Java and Bali that connects to the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea.

The submarine asked for permission to dive, or submerge, at 3 a.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) before losing contact, it said. The statement added that an oil spill was seen in aerial surveillance near the dive point, around 7 a.m. local time.

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