KRI Nanggala SubSunk

KRI Nanggala. Internet.

SHAH ALAM: The Indonesian military today confirmed that missing submarine KRI Nanggala has sunk following the discovery of items believed from the vessel. A scan also showed a possible wreck of the submarine wreck at a depth of 850m.

From CNA

BALI: There is evidence that the missing Indonesian KRI Nanggala 402 submarine has sunk, while objects have been recovered, said military chief Hadi Tjahjanto on Saturday (Apr 24).

Speaking at a press conference, he said: “The navy has found oil spill and parts of objects which is evidence that the KRI Nanggala has sunk.”

Navy chief Yudo Margono added: “Over the past few days, we’ve recovered debris and items from the last location that the submarine was diving.”

Based on the above it is unlikely there will be survivors of the 53 souls on board. It is unclear whether the submarine rescue vessels from Singapore, India and Malaysia would still be involved in SAR operations.

Malaysian Defence offers condolences to the families and loved ones of the crew.

— Malaysian Defence

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  1. Such a deep straits of Bali.

    Really sad indeed.

    The causes still to be confirmed, whether of main propulsion power failure or torpedo explosion or something else.

    Salam takziah.

  2. RIP to all the crews n passengers/ observers onboard. Heartfelt condolence to the family

  3. ZekMR – ”whether of main propulsion power failure or torpedo explosion or something else”

    Maybe but to me an exploded torp would have shattered the bow of the sub and there would be more debris and oil on the surface.

    We face a different operating environment; much of where our boats operate are within the continental shelf; which is why ours have a watertight cofferdam section unlike Chile’s which operate in much deeper waters.

  4. As I said, the grim task awaits. Let’s hope they can locate the sub, salvage it and give the dead a proper burial plus find out what happened.

  5. This is the price all men in green pays,once they sign up at the dotted line….KIA…MIA…
    These are the country fine warriors that is little spoken of…..under appreciate…and not valued in the eye of civillians…..

  6. Our rescue rov only canreah 803m while our neighbor can go 850+m.
    Not complain just different requirement n $ i guess. Anyway, hope KRI NANGGALA crews RIP.

  7. Michael,

    Depends on the operational setting doesn’t ……. The Yanks and Russians have DSRVs which can go very deep because they operate in very deep waters.

    By and large our subs mostly operate within the continental shelf which doesn’t go beyond the 650 metres the Mega Bakti’s ROVs and DSRV the certified for. Same reason why we had a watertight cofferdam section installed in our boats and Chile didn’t.

    Singapore’s sub rescue ship – or rather it’s DSRV – also can’t perform rescues at the depth the Nanggala is in. Ultimately sub rescues don’t have a good recovery rate. The bulk of subs which have experienced disasters have been lost; with their crews

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