Indian Navy dispatches its Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel to search missing Indonesian submarine

Indian Navy, on Thursday, dispatched its Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) to assist Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI AL – Indonesian Navy) in search and rescue efforts for the Indonesian Submarine KRINanggala, which was reported missing on Wednesday.

On April 21, an alert was received by Indian Navy through International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO), regarding the missing Indonesian submarine. The submarine was reportedly exercising in a location 25 miles North of Bali with a crew of 53 personnel.

Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with his Indonesian counterpart Gen Prabowo Subianto in this regard. Also Read: US electricity companies urge Biden to implement policies to cut carbon emissions

“India is committed to assist our strategic partners during times of necessity. Please accept my concern and best wishes to a successful rescue,” Rajnath Singh said. 

India is amongst the few countries in the world capable of undertaking Search and Rescue of a disabled submarine through a DSRV. Indian Navy’s DSRV system can locate a submarine up to 1000 meter depth utilising its state of the art Side Scan Sonar (SSS) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). 

After the submarine is successfully located, another sub module of DSRV- the Submarine Rescue Vehicle (SRV) – mates with the submarine to rescue the trapped personnel. The SRV can also be used to provide emergency supplies to the submarine.

Under the framework of comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, Indian Navy and Indonesian Navy share a strong partnership of operational cooperation. The two navies have been exercising regularly in the past and have developed synergy and interoperability which is considered important for the present mission. Also Read: India under PM Modi more likely to respond with military force to Pakistan’s provocations: US intelligence report

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