The Indian Navy today joined the rescue operation for an Indonesian submarine and its 53-person crew, which disappeared more than 24 hours ago. Indonesia sought help from India after its 44-year-old submarine, KRI Nanggala-402, disappeared while making a torpedo drill north of the island of Bali.
The Navy’s Deep Submarine Rescue Ship (DSVR) departed Visakhapatnam this morning as the rescue operation entered its second day today. The base ship carrying the rescue subordinate will likely take more than three days to reach the site.
“In this moment of crisis our prayers are with the Indonesian navy, our brothers in arms on board #KRINanggala and their families,” the navy tweeted sharing images of Deep-Submergence Rescue Vessel.
#HindaNavyThe Deep Underwater Lifeboat (DSRV) departed from #Visakhapatnam to maintain #IndonesiaNavy in Search and Rescue Efforts for #KRINanggala.
In this time of crisis our prayers are with the @_TNIAL_ , our brothers in arms on board #KRINanggala & their families
– SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) April 22, 2021
Introduced in 2018-19, the DSRVs are capable of rescuing from a disabled Submarine to a depth of 650 meters. The DSRV system has Side Scan Sonar to locate the submarine’s position in distress at sea and can provide immediate relief by posting Emergency Support Containers with the help of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and then rescuing the submarine’s crew. using the DSRV itself.
To ensure early mobilization, the System was acquired in accordance with Flyaway configuration, which allows rapid transportation of the Rescue System from the base to the exact location of the distressed submarine by transportation by air / land / sea vessels.
The Indian DSRV is the newest in terms of technology and capabilities. Provided by M / s James Fishes Defense, UK, these are based on the West and East Coast of India respectively to provide redundancy, high operational availability and early response to deal with submarine crisis.
The 44-year-old submarine conducted a torpedo exercise in waters north of the island of Bali on Wednesday, but failed to broadcast the results as expected, an Indonesian naval proposal from Reuters news agency reported. An air search found an oil spill near the submarine’s dive site and two ship’s ships with sonar capability were deployed to assist in the search, the Defense Ministry said.
The 1,395-ton KRI Nanggala-402 was built in Germany in 1977, according to the defense ministry, and joined the Indonesian fleet in 1981.
About 40 nations operate submarines in the world, of which only a few have any capacity to recover submarines.
With Reuters inputs