An Indonesian submarine has gone missing with 53 crew members.
The Indonesian government reported the disappearance of submarine KRI Nanggala during a torpedo live fire exercise earlier today, requesting search and rescue assistance from Singapore and Australia.
An Indonesian Navy spokesperson First Admiral Julius Widjojono announced that Nanggala had failed to report for a post-maneuver brief following a torpedo live fire exercise in the Bali Sea off the coast of Surabaya, about 50 nautical miles north of Bali, an area where the water is reportedly around 700 metres deep.
In the press conference, the Indonesian government announced a search party of warships and specialised divers was being deployed, and revealed they had requested the assistance of the governments of Singapore and Australia to aid in the search. Soon after, the Republic of Singapore Navy submarine support and rescue vessel MV Swift Rescue was reported to have deployed to the Bali Sea.
The KRI Nanggala
The submarine is Cakra classvessel, a class of two Type 209/1300 attack submarines that were bought from Germany and commissioned by the Indonesian Navy in the 1980s. Nanggala is capable of firing four torpedoes simultaneously at four different targets and launching anti-ship missiles such as Exocet or Harpoon. The subs safe diving depth was increased to 257 metres and her top speed was increased from 21 knots to 25 knots as part of her last refit.