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Desperate to hunt Indonesian submarines when there is no oxygen | Military news

Aviation supplies for the missing submarine will only last until Saturday when the search team detects ‘high magnetic forces’ at a depth of 50-100 meters, officials said.

Lifeboats and helicopters scoured Indonesia’s northern Bali waters as the hunt for a missing Indonesian submarine with 53 crew members on board was at a critical stage due to the oxygen supply aboard the 44-year-old ship. is limited.

Several other naval vessels left the Indonesian base Banyuwangi early Friday morning to head to the Bali Sea, which lost contact with the KRI Nanggala-402 on Wednesday during a torpedo drill.

“The first priority is the safety of the 53 crew members,” President Joko Widodo said late Thursday, calling for an all-out effort to search for the ship.

Helicopters also flew from Bali at first.

Air supplies for the submarine, already in use and believed to be in good condition, will last until Saturday, officials said.

“Hopefully before they can be found, the oxygen will be enough,” Yudo Margono, the chief of staff of the navy, said at a news conference.

The commander of the Indonesian submarine fleet, Harry Setiawan, was one of four people on board who was not a regular crew member, a military official said.

Although no conclusions have been found in the search so far, Yudo says an object with “high magnetic force” at a depth of 50-100 meters (164-328 feet) has been discovered. It is not clear whether the object was suspended or found on the sea floor.

A diesel-electric submarine can withstand depths of up to 500 meters (1,640 meters), but anything more can be fatal, a navy spokesperson said. The Bali Sea can reach a depth of more than 1,500 meters (4,921 feet).

An aerial search also uncovered an oil slick near the submarine’s dive site, which the navy said could indicate damage to the ship or possibly a signal from the crew.

According to the Ministry of Defense, the 1,395-ton ship was built in Germany in 1977 and joined the Indonesian fleet in 1981. It underwent a two-year rebuilding process in Korea and was completed in 2012.

The Navy said a power failure could have occurred during the static dive, causing loss of control and preventing emergency procedures from being carried out.

The United States sends air property

A number of countries have already responded to Indonesia’s assistance request, with Australia, Malaysia, India, Singapore and the United States sending specialized ships or aircraft.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said on Twitter that the US Department of Defense is sending “aerial assets” to assist in the search for the submarine.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to speak with Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto on Friday “to voice our sorrows and discuss how the United States might provide other support,” said Kirby. to speak.

Meanwhile, two Australian ships are heading to the search area including a support ship and a sonar-capable frigate, the defense ministry said in a statement.

Indonesia has been looking to modernize its defense capabilities, but some of its equipment is old and has had fatal accidents in recent years.

Indonesia in the past operated a fleet of 12 submarines purchased from the Soviet Union to patrol the waters of this vast archipelago.

It currently operates five ships – two German-made Type 209 submarines and three newer Korean ones.



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