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US sending 'airborne assets' to help search for missing Indonesian submarine

April 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The United States is sending "airborne assets" to help search for the Indonesian submarine that went missing with 53 crew members on board, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Thursday.

Washington (CNN)The United States is sending "airborne assets" to help search for the Indonesian submarine that went missing with 53 crew members on board, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Thursday.

"We are deeply saddened by the news of Indonesia's lost submarine, and our thoughts are with the Indonesian sailors and their families," Kirby tweeted.

"At the invitation of the Indonesian government, we are sending airborne assets to assist in the search for the missing submarine. "

Adm. Yudo Margono, chief of staff of the Indonesian Navy, said at a news conference Thursday that the vessel has sufficient oxygen for all the submariners until Saturday at 3 a. m. local time.

In a statement published Wednesday night, the Indonesian Ministry of Defense said the KRI Nanggala-402, a German-made submarine, lost contact during a torpedo drill in the Bali Strait, a stretch of water between the islands of Java and Bali that connects to the Indian Ocean and Bali Sea. The US assets will join a sprawling search effort.

Three submarines, five airplanes and 21 warships have been deployed to help search for the missing sub, Margono said.

Kirby added Thursday that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will speak with his Indonesian counterpart, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Friday morning to discuss what else the US can do to assist the search.

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