On Saturday morning the Indian Navy has dispatched Intervention System of 2nd Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV). This is now enroute to Surabaya, Indonesia onboard Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft for onward deployment.
The DSRV sent is to assist Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI AL – Indonesian Navy) in search and rescue (SAR) efforts for the Indonesian Submarine KRI Nanggala. The submarine which was reported missing on Wednesday April 21, 2021 and reports are coming in that the submarine has been located and has been declared subsunk as was expected.
Confirming this to Financial Express Online, the official spokesperson of the Indian Navy, said, “One C-17 and two IL-76 are carrying the Intervention System of DSRV.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has assured his Indonesian counterpart, Indian Navy help in the search efforts for for KRI Nanggala, as part of Operation `Teman’.
Earlier in the week on Thursday, the Indian Navy had dispatched its Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) to help Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Laut (TNI AL – Indonesian Navy) in search and rescue (SAR) efforts.
Response by the Indian Navy
On Wednesday (April 21, 2021) was received through International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO). The message was about the missing Indonesian submarine which according to reports was exercising in a location 25 miles North of Bali and had on board a crew of 53 personnel.
As has been reported earlier by the Financial Express Online, India is one of the few countries in the world with the capability of undertaking Search and Rescue (SAR) of a disabled submarine through a DSRV.
The DSRV system utilizing its state of the art Side Scan Sonar (SSS) and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), helps in locating a submarine up to 1000 m depth.