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President Joko Widodo: Let's Say Prayers for 53 Crew of KRI Nanggala-402

President Joko Widodo said that all optimal efforts will continue to be deployed in the rescue of the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine.

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President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) 

TRIBUNBATAM.id - President Joko Widodo said that all optimal efforts will continue to be deployed in the rescue of the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine

He also invited all Indonesian people to pray with the best wishes for the 53 crew of the submarine

"Let's pray and best hope for the 53 patriots who guard the country's sovereignty," the President said in a speech broadcast on the Presidential Secretariat YouTube channel, Sunday, (4/25/2021). 

"And for all family members to be given patience, fortitude and strength," said Jokowi. 

Jokowi said that the tragedy that hit the submarine KRI Nanggala-402 greatly shocked all Indonesian people, not only for the 53 family members of the crew. 

He added that the 53 crew of the KRI Nanggala-402 submarine were the best sons of the nation to guard the country's sovereignty. 

The submarine KRI Nanggala-402 lost contact on Wednesday (4/21/2021) in the morning. 

This ship is one of the submarines that officially became part of the main tool of the Indonesian defense system (alutsista) in 1981. 

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KRI Nanggala-402 was estimated have lost contact in the waters about 60 miles or about 95 kilometers from the north of Bali Island, at around 03.00 local time. 

This submarine carries 53 people consisting of 49 crew members, a unit commander, and three weapons personnel. 

The ship lost contact when the commander was about to give the order to fire a terpedo. 

A total of 21 KRI and helicopters were deployed to search for the KRI Nanggala-402

On Saturday (4/24/2021), the TNI Commander, Hadi Tjahjanto said, the KRI Nanggala-402 which had disappeared in the north waters of Bali had drowned. 

Hadi said the sign of 'subsunk' (drowning) for KRI Nanggala-402 was declared after searching for 72 hours.  (*)

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