India Joins Rescue Operations for Missing Indonesian Submarine KRI Nanggala-402 With 53 On Board

A Navy Deepwater Rescue Vessel left from Visakhapatnam this morning.

New Delhi:

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

A Navy Deepwater Rescue Vessel (DSVR) left from Visakhapatnam this morning as the rescue operation entered its second day today. The maternity carrying the sub rescue is likely to take more than three days to arrive at the scene.

“In this moment of crisis our prayers are with the Indonesian Navy, our brothers in arms aboard #KRINanggala and their families,” the Navy tweeted sharing photos of a Deep-Submergence Rescue Vessel.

Established in 2018-19, the DSRVs are capable of salvage from a disabled submarine up to a 650-meter depth. The Sonar DSRV system has Side Scanning for locating the location of the submarine in offshore distress and can provide immediate relief by posting Emergency Life Support Containers with the help of a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) and subsequently rescuing the ship’s crew submarine. using the DSRV itself.

For early mobilization, the System has been acquired in a Flyaway configuration which allows the rapid transit of the Rescue System from base to the exact location of the distressed submarine by transportation using air / land / sea shipping.

Indian DSRV is the latest in technology and capabilities. Supplied by M / s James Fishes Defense, UK these are based on the West Coast and East India respectively to provide redundancy, high operational availability and early response to cover contingency.

The 44-year-old submarine was carrying out a torpedo drill in waters north of the island of Bali on Wednesday but failed to pass on the results as expected, a spokeswoman for the Indonesian Navy was quoted by news agency Reuters. An aerial search found an oil spill near the submarine’s dive site and two naval vessels with sonar capability have been used to assist with the search, the Ministry of Defense said.

The 1,395-tonne KRI Nanggala-402 was built in Germany in 1977, according to the defense ministry, and joined the Indonesian fleet in 1981.

There are about 40 nations operating submarines in the world, and only a few have any kind of submarine rescue capability.

With inputs from Reuters