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“Fishermen’s Encounter with Foreign Submarine in the Malacca Strait”

Through a video uploaded by the Facebook page "Insang Merah Fishing Charter by Lebai Mael," a group of anglers can be seen fishing when suddenly they spotted a submarine sailing nearby.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) – A group of anglers who were enjoying their recreational activities faced a “once in a lifetime” moment when they encountered an unidentified submarine in the waters around Pulau Jarak.

Through a video uploaded by the Facebook page “Insang Merah Fishing Charter by Lebai Mael,” a group of anglers can be seen fishing when suddenly they spotted a submarine sailing nearby.

The involved submarine was moving on the surface of the water, which is a common occurrence when it sails in the waters of the Malacca Strait, possibly at the request of littoral (coastal) countries in the strait, namely Malaysia and Indonesia.

It cannot be confirmed whether the foreign submarine was entering or exiting the Malacca Strait.

Regarding the identity of the submarine seen by the group of fishermen, it cannot be confirmed at this point.

Selat Melaka
(credit Ingsang Merah Fishing Charter by Lebai Mael)

 

However, based on its design, it appears to be a conventional diesel-electric submarine.

There is a possibility that the submarine seen by the fishermen at Pulau Jarak belongs to the Indian Navy.

A few days ago, the OSINT (Open-source intelligence) account Mr. WB @WBWhiskeyBravo on Twitter stated that an Indian submarine, INS Shankul (S47), had been detected entering the Malacca Strait.

INS Shankul is a diesel-electric submarine of the Shishumar class of the Indian Navy, built by the German firm HDW.

This 1,800-ton submarine is capable of carrying up to 14 torpedoes and missiles.

Defense Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan previously addressed the issue of foreign submarine passages in and near the country’s waters when answering questions in the Dewan Rakyat on March 30th this year.

Selat Melaka
(credit Ingsang Merah Fishing Charter by Lebai Mael)
Selat Melaka
(credit Ingsang Merah Fishing Charter by Lebai Mael)

 

He stated that AUKUS member countries (a military cooperation involving Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) should respect the existing national and international legal instruments concerning the operation of nuclear-powered submarines in a country’s territorial waters.

According to him, AUKUS member countries should also respect existing national and international legal instruments related to the operation of nuclear-powered submarines in a country’s territorial waters.

This includes instruments developed by the United Nations (UN), such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) of 1982 and the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone (SEANWFZ) Treaty, as well as the ASEAN Declaration on Zone of Peace, Freedom, and Neutrality (ZOPFAN).

“UNCLOS 1982 also states that any submarine passing through the territorial waters of another country must sail on the surface, not submerge; it must travel on the surface,” the Defense Minister said.

“This rule applies in our country and other coastal countries,” he added.

He further emphasized that if a foreign submarine, whether conventional or nuclear-powered, intends to travel submerged in the waters of Malaysia, they must first submit a special request to the Royal Malaysian Navy (TLDM) through diplomatic channels to obtain permission. — DSA

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