Indonesian sub loss: lessons for Australia

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By Denis Mole*

The loss of any submarine should be a catalyst for countries with submarines to review the likely causes and responses to determine if any lessons can be learned, in much the same way that airlines seek to learn from air disasters.

The tragic sinking of the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 with its 53 crew has added significance for Australia because of our proximity, being between Australia and the highly contested South China Sea. What submarine search and rescue capability does Australia have and what is available in the region?

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