Indonesia Strengthened Search and rescue, 21 ships will participate this Friday The missing submarine has 53 crew members And the remaining one The oxygen capacity is less than 24 hours.
With the help of the sonar system, navy ships and helicopters combed the waters of northern Bali. Contact with submarine KRI Nanggala-402It was made in Germany during a military exercise in 1978.
The head of the Indonesian Navy, Yudo Margono, said that the day before, the submerged ship disappeared and can hold about 72 hours of oxygen. In other words, The search team is working until early Saturday morning Look for possible survivors.
According to the Indonesian Army, the submarine Diving starts at 3:46 AM local time (Tuesday at 20:46 GMT), about 15 minutes later, the No. 8 torpedo tube was loaded.
The last communication with the crew occurred before 4:25 local time (21:25 GMT Tuesday) Authorized torpedo launch The connection to the ship is lost.
The ships participating in the exercise immediately began to search.
Four hours later, the team departing from the helicopter looked like Fuel leaks near the area The submarine disappeared in it.
The navy chief pointed out that the so-called fuel stains found at sea may be caused by the submarine floating about 50 or 100 meters, and The crew has released fuel Reduce the weight of the boat
He added that another explanation is that this is due to Ruptured fuel tank Cause the device to sink about 500 or 700 meters.
Australia and the United States They joined Singapore and Malaysia on Friday, sending ships to cooperate with Indonesia to find submarines.
Indonesia currently has a Fleet of five submarines Two German-made aircraft, including the missing one, were purchased in 1981, and three were manufactured in South Korea.
This Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby (John Kirby), Confirmed on Thursday that the United States will send air forces to Indonesia to assist in the search for submarines.
Kirby stated in a message on his Twitter account that “at the invitation of the Indonesian government, we will send air assets to help find the missing submarine”, adding that the United States is “The news makes me deeply sad Loss of Indonesian submarine. “
In addition, he added that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will hold talks with the Secretary of Defense on Friday. Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto (Prabowo Subianto), To “express our regrets and discuss what other help the United States can provide.”
Indonesian Navy Chief of Staff Yudo Margono announced at a press conference on Thursday that the ship provided enough oxygen for everyone on board. Until 3:00 AM on Saturday (local time). He added that they hope to find him before the oxygen reserves are exhausted.