Indonesia has reported that a missing boat with 53 people “drowned” after finding debris on the shores of Lake Bali is believed to have been in the ship.
“With the evidence we found that we believe it came from a submarine, we have now moved from the ‘missing missing’ section to the ‘sub sunk’,” said Admiral Yudo Margono, Indonesian military chief of staff, pointing out the debris found in the search. KRI Nanggala-402, which went missing in deep water near Bali during a workout on Wednesday.
Among those thought to be dead was Harry Setiawan, an Indonesian naval officer.
The loss of a senior, a craftsman and a crew is a dangerous restoration of the military in this country at a time when territorial disputes and spear competition are heating up in the region.
Officials had predicted that diesel fuel, built forty years ago, would end Saturday morning.
Indonesia continues to hunt alongside special aircraft and rescue ships shipped by US, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and India.
“The depth of the sea we have identified is 850 meters, which is very difficult and causes a lot of trouble,” Margono said at the end of Saturday. It is more than three times the depth that experts say the ship can safely navigate.
Indonesian navy operates five warships. Two, including those who have now drowned, were arrested in Germany and the rest in South Korea.
Jakarta is importing seven additional ships to be built in Russia and abroad, while Southeast Asian countries want to deal with the radical change in Chinese military presence. Beijing in 2019 was the second largest military operator in the world after the US, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Indonesian military casualties rose by 69% between 2010 and 2019, the fourth largest jump in Asia Pacific, according to SIPRI.
“China’s rise as a regional military force and its rhetoric in the South China Sea has been a major security threat to many Southeast Asian countries,” he said. paper author Siemon T. Wezeman, senior researcher at SIPRI.
Southeast Asian military spending rose by at least 33% between 2009 and 2018, “more than the global increase [in] wasting military money, ”said Wezeman.
Managing its vast seas and thousands of islands is a challenge for Indonesia, which has been at loggerheads with China over fishing rights in the South China Sea and elsewhere.
The need to replace the old weapons – which in most developed countries “would have already been changed or become more sophisticated” – is also driving a war in Southeast Asia, says Wezeman, adding that Indonesia’s largest warships in 2012 were second-hand is between 25 and 40 years old.
KRI Nanggala-402 was built 41 years ago and operated in South Korea in 2012.
Indonesian naval forces on Wednesday said the blackout had probably occurred “diving into the water”, causing shipwreck.