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All 53 crew members on the KRI Nanggala 402 submarine that disappeared in the Bali sea are dead, the Indonesian Navy confirmed on Sunday.
The vessel vanished on Wednesday April 21, along with its 53-strong crew, sparking fears for their welfare.
Indonesian Navy chief, Yudo Margono, sadly confirmed all on board died after the German-made submarine sunk during a military drill.
Scans showed the sub around 850m beneath the sea, way beyond what the machinery had been built for.
Mr Margono said the crew were not to blame for the accident and said the "main part" of the sub had been "found cracked."
"The KRI Nanggala is divided into three parts, the hull of the ship, the stern of the ship, and the main parts are all separated, with the main part found cracked," he told press on Sunday.
Military chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told reporters: "Based on the evidence, it can be stated that the KRI Nanggala has sunk and all of its crew have died.
"All of us Indonesians express our deep sorrow over this tragedy, especially to the families of the submarine crew."
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The devastating news come just a day after Mr Margono declared the ship sunk and not just missing.
He said: "With the authentic evidence we found believed to be from the submarine, we’ve been advised to declare it sunk and have now moved from the sub miss phase to sub sunk."
A bottle of lubricant and a device that protects a torpedo, had bee found, Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto added.
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He said: "The objects found near the last location of the submarine are believed to be parts of the submarine.
"These objects would have never got out of the submarine unless there was pressure."
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