Indonesian Warships Pay Tribute to 53 Crew of Sunken Submarine

    Antara - 27 April 2021 14:03 WIB
    Indonesian Warships Pay Tribute to 53 Crew of Sunken Submarine
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    Surabaya: Several Indonesian warships moored at East Java's Tanjungwangi Port and lowered the national flag to half-mast on Monday to honor 53 submariners who were on board KRI Nanggala - 402 when it sank near Bali.

    The warships included KRI Bontang, KRI Oswald Siahaan, KRI Rimau, KRI Bawean, KRI Rigel-933, which located the missing submarine using a multi-beam sonar and magnometer.

     



    Not only warships, but the Indonesian Navy's Marine SAR command post for Nanggala-402 at Tanjungwangi Port in Banyuwangi district, East Java, and the Taftib marine battalion in Surabaya also hoisted the Red and White flag at half-mast.

    Earlier, in Jakarta, House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Puan Maharani had made an earnest request to lawmakers to fly the national flag at half-staff at their residences as a mark of respect for the 53 submariners who died on duty.

    Maharani also ordered the hoisting of the national flag at half-staff at the parliament building to honor the sailors who were on board KRI Nanggala-402 when itsank in the waters north of Bali Island on April 21, 2021.

    Contact with the German-made submarine was lost while it was preparing for a torpedo drill.

    Indonesian Navy’s Chief of Staff, Admiral Yudo Margono, confirmed that the submarine had sunk after several of its components were retrieved during the search mission.

    (WAH)

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