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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III Phone Call With Indonesian Minister of Defense, Prabowo Subianto

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke this morning with Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto to express his heartfelt concern over the missing Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala 402 and the uncertain fate of the 53 sailors on board.

The two discussed the recent deployment of a P-8 Poseidon aircraft to aid the search. Secretary Austin offered to provide additional assistance, which could include undersea search assets, for the effort. Minister Prabowo thanked Secretary Austin for his concern and for U.S. assistance, citing his appreciation for the friendship between the two countries.