An image captured by Singaporean Navy's remotely-operated underwater vehicle shows the debris of Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402 on the seabed off Bali on April 25, 2021. (Antara Photo/Fikri Yusuf)

All 53 Personnel in Indonesia’s Sunken Submarine Presumed Dead

BY :ANTARA

APRIL 25, 2021

Bali. All 53 crew members of the sunken KRI Nanggala-402 submarine are now presumed dead after search operation found debris in the seabed off Bali on Sunday morning.

A joint operation bertween the navies of Indonesia and Singapore confirmed the discovery of the submarine that went missing early on Wednesday.

Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono said the ill-fated submarine had been detected 838 meters under the sea surface at around 08.04 a.m. Jakarta time thanks to joint works between an Indonesian naval ship and the MV Swift Rescue vessel belonging to the Singaporean Navy.

Yudo told a news conference at the Bali military base that the multibeam echosounder in Indonesian ship KRI Nigel detected significant underwater contact and passed the information to MV Swift Rescue, which has a remotely-operated underwater vehicle (ROV) with a deeper range.

The ROV returned with visual proof of the sunken submarine, he said.

"The KRI Nanggala has been torn into three parts,” Yudo said. 

The ROV pulled several items from the scene deep in the seabed, including an escape suit, he added.

In this photo posted by Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen, Navy personnel embark submarine rescue vessel MV Swift Rescue for a mission to help locate a missing Indonesian submarine on April 21, 2021.
In this photo posted by Singaporean Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen, Navy personnel embark submarine rescue vessel MV Swift Rescue for a mission to help locate a missing Indonesian submarine on April 21, 2021.

“It is with great sadness that I have to announce that all the 53 crew members onboard have fallen,” Armed Forces Commander Chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in the news conference.

The submarine, bought from Germany in 1981, sank during a combat exercise in the waters north of Bali early on Wednesday.

The submarine made last contact after it was given order for a live-firing exercise at around 3.00 a.m.

A Navy officer shows an orange vest pulled from the debris of sunken KRI Nanggala-402 submarine as Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono, left, speaks in a news conference in Bali on April 25, 2021. The submarine was found with the help of a Singapore naval ship four days after it sank on April 21. (Antara Photo/Fikri Yusuf)
A Navy officer shows an orange vest pulled from the debris of sunken KRI Nanggala-402 submarine as Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Yudo Margono, left, speaks in a news conference in Bali on April 25, 2021. The submarine was found with the help of a Singapore naval ship four days after it sank on April 21. (Antara Photo/Fikri Yusuf)

Identities of the crew members are given as follows: 

1. Captain Heri Oktavian
2. Lieutenant Commander Eko Firmanto
3. Lieutenant Commander Wisnu Subiyantoro
4. Lieutenant Yohanes Heri
5. Lieutenant I Gede Kartika
6. Lieutenant Junior Grade Muhadi
7. Lieutenant Junior Grade Ady Sonata
8. Lieutenant Junior Grade Imam Adi
9. Lieutenant Junior Grade Anang Sutriatno
10. Ensign Adhi Laksmono
11. Ensign Munawir
12. Ensign Rhesa Tri
13. Ensign Rintoni 
14. Ensign M Susanto
15. Senior Chief Chief Petty Officer Ruswanto
16. Chief Petty Officer Yoto Eki Setiawan
17. Chief Petty Officer Ardi Ardiansyah 
18. Chief Petty Officer Achmad Faisal 
19. Chief Petty Officer Willy Ridwan Santoso 
20. Chief Petty Officer M Rusdiyansyah 
21. Chief Petty Officer Ryan Yogie Pratama 
22. Chief Petty Officer Dedi Hari Susilo 
23. Petty Officer 1st Class 
24. Petty Officer 1st Class Purwanto 
25. Petty Officer 1st Class Eko Prasetiyo 
26. Petty Officer 1st Class Harmanto 
27. Petty Officer 1st Class Lutfi Anang 
28. Petty Officer 1st Class Dwi Nugroho 
29. Petty Officer 1st Class Pandu Yudha Kusuma 
30. Petty Officer 1st Class Misnari 
31. Petty Officer 1st Class Setyo Wawan  
32. Petty Officer 1st Class Hendro Purwoto 
33. Petty Officer 1st Class Guntur Ari Prasetyo 
34. Petty Officer 1st Class Diyut Subandriyo 
35. Petty Officer 1st Class Wawan Hermanto
36. Petty Officer 1st Class Syahwi Mapala 
37. Petty Officer 1st Class Wahyu Adiyas 
38. Petty Officer 1st Class Edi Wibowo 
39. Petty Officer 2nd Class Kharisma D.B 
40. Petty Officer 2nd Class Nugroho Putranto 
41. Petty Officer 2nd Class Khoirul Faizin 
42. Petty Officer 2nd Class Maryono 
43. Seaman Roni Effendi 
44. Seaman Distriyan Andy P 
45. Seaman Raditaka Margiansyah 
46. Seaman Gunadi Fajar R 
47. Seaman Denny Richi Sambudi 
48. Seaman Muh Faqihudin Munir 
49. Seaman Edy Siswanto 
50. Captain Harry Setyawan 
51. Commander Irfan Suri 
52. Lieutenant Commander Whilly 
53. Suheri (civil servant)

File photo: KRI Nanggala-402 submarine docks at the naval base in Surabaya, East Java on February 6, 2012. (Antara Photo//M Risyal Hidayat)
File photo: KRI Nanggala-402 submarine docks at the naval base in Surabaya, East Java on February 6, 2012. (Antara Photo//M Risyal Hidayat)

(The story has been updated with remarks from the Navy chief of staff)

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