Indian Navy sends DSRV to help Indonesian Navy search for missing submarine

KRI Nanggala 402 was participating in a torpedo fire exercise when he disappeared and is said to have disappeared about 60 miles north of Bali.

The Indian Navy on Thursday dispatched its Deep Immersion Rescue Vessel (DSRV) from Visakhapatnam to support the Indonesian Navy in search and rescue efforts for its KRI Nanggala submarine which went missing Wednesday with 53 on board.

“On April 21, an alert was received by the Indian Navy through the International Liaison Office for Submarine Evacuation and Rescue (ISMERLO), regarding the disappearance of the Indonesian submarine. The submarine was training at a location 25 miles north of Bali with a crew of 53, ”the navy said in a statement.

The DSRV took off by sea and is expected to cover a distance of around 2,500 nautical miles, a Navy official said. Consultations are underway between senior officials of the Defense Ministry of India and Indonesia, we learned.

Air Chief Marhal Hadi Tjahjanto, commander of the Indonesian armed forces, had said that KRI Nanggala 402 was participating in a torpedo fire exercise when it went missing and is believed to have disappeared about 60 miles north of Bali. Indonesia’s Defense Ministry said the submarine lost contact after being cleared to dive.

The Indonesian Navy has launched a massive search and rescue effort for the missing submarine and has also requested assistance from countries in the region that have an underwater rescue capability. The missing personnel include 49 crew members, three artillerymen and his commander. The German-built submarine had been in service with the Indonesian Navy since 1981 and completed a two-year refit in South Korea in 2012.

India is among the few countries in the world capable of undertaking search and rescue of a disabled submarine via a DSRV, the navy said. “The Indian Navy’s DSRV system can locate a submarine up to 1000m deep using its side-scan sonar (SSS) and remote-controlled vehicle (ROV),” he said, adding that after locating the submarine, another DSRV submodule – the Underwater Rescue Vehicle (SRV) – mates with the submarine to rescue the trapped personnel. The SRV can also be used to deliver emergency supplies to the submarine.

DSRV archive photo.

As part of a comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, the Indian and Indonesian navies have exercised regular and extensive cooperation in recent years.

Australian assistance

Singapore’s navy has already put pressure on its rescue vessel while Australia has also offered to help.

“RSN’s MV Swift Rescue – our underwater rescue vessel – was dispatched quickly yesterday afternoon, as fast as she could get ready, after our naval commander received a request for assistance from her. Indonesian counterpart. A medical team has also been added to the regular crew in case hyperbaric care is required, ”Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Twitter.

The search operations site near Bali is over 1,500 km away and the waters are deep, which is why the MV Swift Rescue took to the open sea as soon as it could, Ng said in a message. on Facebook.

Indian DSRV

The Indian Navy acquired the DSRV, a critical capability for underwater rescue, in December 2018 and has since deployed two DSRVs to Mumbai and Visakhapatnam on the west and east coasts respectively to ensure redundancy, readiness and rapid response. to deal with any underwater emergency.

India’s DSRV, supplied by James Fisher Defense, UK, is the latest in technology and capabilities, an official said.

SCI Sabarmati, the mothership of the DSRV.