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Defence to support Indonesia in submarine search

Defence to support Indonesia in submarine search

Defence confirmed that it will be supporting the Indonesian search effort to find the KRI Nanggala, which went missing this week with 53 submariners onboard.

Defence confirmed that it will be supporting the Indonesian search effort to find the KRI Nanggala, which went missing this week with 53 submariners onboard.

The Department of Defence confirmed that Indonesia has accepted Australia’s support to find the KRI Nanggala with 53 submariners onboard.

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According to the Department of Defence, HMA Ships Ballarat and Sirius have begun their approach to the area of operations. Defence outlined that the Ballarat has sonar capabilities alongside an MH-60 helicopter, and is expected to reach the location today.

It is expected that the Sirius will be able to provide ongoing logistical support.

Rear Admiral Mark Hammond AM, Commander of Joint Task Force 635, outlined that the Australian Defence Force will support Indonesia throughout the process.

“My thoughts are with the submariners of KRI Nanggala, their families and the Indonesian people. As always, we stand ready to assist our fellow mariners in the Indonesian Navy,” RADM Hammond said.

“These two Australian ships will help expand the search area and extend the duration of search effort.”

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Liam Garman

Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is undertaking a Masters in Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra.
 
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