Chinese Navy To Help Indonesia Salvage Sunken Submarine

The Indonesian Navy said on Tuesday that a Chinese Navy vessel had arrived from Bali to pull up a submarine that sank last month as it was preparing for a deep-sea rescue operation.

Assistance helped Indonesian authorities find the affected vessels as other foreign vessels from Australia, Singapore and Malaysia arrived after leaving the archipelago.

KRI Nanggala 402 (one of the five submarines of the Indonesian fleet) disappeared last month when he was scheduled to participate in a torpedo training.

An underwater rescue vehicle supplied by neighboring Singapore visually confirms that a German-made submarine lies on the seabed at a depth of more than 800 meters (2,600 feet) and is divided into three parts, survivors. Confirmed that there is no chance of finding.

The Indonesian Navy said two Chinese rescue vessels were waiting off the coast of Bali and the third was expected to arrive late Tuesday, according to data collected by Chinese Navy officials in Bali on the submarine. He added that he is supporting the investigation.

Navy officers pay tribute to KRI Nanggala’s crew memorial service
AFP / Juni Kriswanto

All three rescue vessels can dive to a depth of up to 4,500 meters.

The Indonesian Navy said Beijing’s ambassador to the country provided assistance to Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto.

“This offer was welcomed by the Indonesian government,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Vessels from Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas regulatory task force SKK Migas used for drilling operations will also participate in salvage operations. There is a crane with a capacity of 1200 metric tons.

The Navy said last week that powerful magnets and balloons were among the possible options for lifting submarines. Submarine robots will also be used for operation.

The military has not yet provided an official account of the sinking of a submarine decades ago, which was handed over to Southeast Asian countries in 1981.

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