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Save our sailors

This undated handout from the Indonesian Military (TNI) released on April 21, 2021 shows the Indonesian Cakra class submarine KRI Nanggala 402 docking at a naval base in Surabaya, East Java. The TNI said it was searching for the submarine with 53 crew aboard after losing contact with the vessel during naval exercises off the coast of Bali on April 21, 2021.(AFP/Indonesian Military)
Editorial board
Jakarta   ●   Fri, April 23 2021

All eyes are now on a national, indeed multinational, operation to locate the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine, which went missing with 53 crew on board north of Bali during a torpedo drill on Wednesday afternoon. Our prayers go to not only the crew, but also to those involved in the search and rescue effort as they race against time.

Navy chief of staff Adm. Yudo Margono said on Thursday the oxygen supply in the event of a blackout, as might be the case of KRI Nanggala, would last 72 hours. With the clock ticking, every second will count in this life-saving operation.

Singapore, Malaysia and Australia have responded to Indonesia’s call for help while other nations, including the United States, Germany, France, Turkey, India and Russia have offered assistance.

A slight hope arose on Thursday as Navy ship KRI Pulau Rimau detected a high magnetic object at ...

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