UPDATE | Indonesia navy looking for submarine with 53 aboard, oil spill discovered eventually level of contact

Indonesia’s army stated it was looking for a submarine with 53 crew aboard after dropping contact with the vessel throughout naval workouts off the coast of Bali on Wednesday.

Indonesia’s army chief Hadi Tjahjanto informed AFP the navy had dispatched warships off the northern coast of the island to seek for it, and that neighbours Singapore and Australia had been requested for assist.

“Round 07:00, monitoring by a helicopter found an oil spill within the place the place the submarine submerged,” the ministry stated in a press release.

He added there have been 53 crew aboard the vessel, which was believed to be in waters about 700 metres (2 300 toes) deep.

First Admiral Julius Widjojono stated they’d misplaced contact with the 43-year-old German-built submarine early Wednesday morning.

“We all know the world however it’s fairly deep,” he stated.

The vessel was reportedly to conduct live-fire torpedo workouts earlier than contact was misplaced.

The 1 300-tonne KRI Nanggala 402 was in-built 1978, in line with a authorities web site.

Indonesia, which has been transferring to improve its army tools lately, has 5 German and South Korean-built submarines in its fleet.

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