India joins rescue operations for Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402 missing with 53 on board

The rescue ship Deep-Submergence Navy left Visakhapatnam this morning.

New Delhi:

The Indian Navy today joined the rescue operation of an Indonesian submarine and its crew of 53 people that disappeared more than 24 hours ago. Indonesia called for assistance from India after its 44-year-old submarine KRI Nanggala-402 went missing while conducting a torpedo exercise north of the island of Bali.

The Navy’s deep rescue ship (DSVR) left Visakhapatnam this morning when the rescue operation entered the next day. The mother ship carrying the rescue submarine will probably take more than three days to reach the location.

“In this time of crisis, our prayers are with the Indonesian Navy, our #KRINanggala gun brothers and their families,” he wrote on Twitter, sharing photos of the lifeboat Deep-Submergence.

Launched in 2018-19, DSRVs are able to perform rescue from a submarine with disabilities up to 650 meters deep. The DSRV system has a side scan sonar to locate the position of the submarine in distress at sea and can provide immediate relief by posting emergency containers with the support of the vehicle using the remote vehicle (ROV) and subsequently rescuing the submarine crew using DSRV per se.

To ensure early mobilization, the system was purchased in a Flyaway configuration that allows rapid transport of the rescue system from the base to the exact location of the submarine in difficulty by transport by air / land / sea.

Indian DSRV is the latest in technology and capabilities. Provided by M / s James Fishes Defense, UK, they rely on the west and east coasts of India, respectively, to provide redundancy, high operational availability and an early response to deal with an underwater contingency.

The 44-year-old submarine carried out a torpedo exercise in the waters off the northern island of Bali on Wednesday, but failed to deliver the results as expected, a spokesman for the Indonesian navy was quoted as saying by Reuters. . An air search found an oil spill near the submarine’s sinking site and two sonar-capable ships were deployed to help with 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 a form of submarine rescue.

With Reuters entries