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Indonesian military pays tribute to submarine crew

BULELENG, Indonesia (AP) – Indonesian family and service members paid their final respects to the 53 submarine crew members who died when their ship sank and shattered deep in the island on Friday Bali seaside.

The ceremony included parents throwing flowers into the ocean from the Navy hospital ship.

Indonesia plans to recover the KRI Nanggala 402 using a Chinese Navy vessel capable of lifting objects 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) deep.

The Navy said the submarine sank on April 21 to a depth of 600 to 700 meters (2,000 to 2,300 feet), much deeper than its collapse depth of 200 meters (655 feet), at which the pressure water would be more than the hull could withstand. .

President Joko Widodo met with the families of the 53 crew members on Thursday and expressed his condolences to them.

The German-built diesel submarine had been in service in Indonesia since 1981 and carried 49 crew members and three gunners as well as its commander, the defense ministry said.

Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago with more than 17,000 islands, has faced increasing challenges for its maritime claims in recent years, including numerous incidents involving Chinese ships near the Natuna Islands.


Tarigan reported from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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