Indonesian President Joko Widodo, in turn, announced that authorities would do everything in their power to locate the submarine. The Navy had previously announced that the crew would still have oxygen available until Saturday.
The US Department of Defense is “ heartbroken ” over the news of the submarine that disappeared from the radar on Wednesday during an exercise off the coast of the island of Bali. “Our hearts are with the Indonesian sailors and their families,” a Pentagon spokesperson said.
“At the invitation of the Indonesian government, we are sending air forces to help search for the missing submarine.” U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will meet with Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto today to discuss how the United States can help further, the spokesperson said.
Oil leaks found where the submarine went to dive indicate possible damage to the fuel tank and heightened fears of a deadly underwater disaster
Indonesia is already receiving support from Malaysia and Singapore, which have sent ships. France, Germany and Australia have also offered to help. Indonesia sent a helicopter and six ships to locate the German-built KRI Nanggala-402.