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The Navy lost contact with a submarine with 53 people on board

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Indonesia has announced that it has lost contact with one of its submarines off Bali. (Illustration: the Indonesian submarine Alugoro-405) – Indonesia Defence Ministry / AFP

Not found. Indonesia announced Wednesday that it had lost contact with one of the submarines in its fleet. The latter has 53 people on board and was carrying out exercises off Bali before communication was broken.

A Navy spokesperson confirmed that the submarine, the KRI Nanggala 402, has not resumed contact with its base after military exercises. “It is true that (the submarine) lost contact early in the morning around 3 am” local (19:00 GMT Tuesday), said First Admiral Julius Widjojono, spokesman for the Indonesian navy.

Jakarta asks Singapore and Australia for help

The navy is “currently conducting research.” “We know the area but it is quite deep,” he added. He did not give further details on the German-made submarine.

Indonesian Armed Forces Commander Hadi Tjahjanto said Jakarta had asked Singapore and Australia for help. The submarine had 53 crew on board and could be at a depth of 700 meters north of the island of Bali, he said.

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