TNI Dispatches Massive Search Operation for Missing Submarine
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Military (TNI) headquarters has mobilized 5 ships and around 400 personnel in search of Indonesian Navy's missing submarine KRI Nanggala-402 which lost contact on Wednesday 60 miles off of Bali waters.
“There are currently 5 navy ships and one helicopter conducting the search with around 400 personnel behind this mission,” said TNI main headquarters spokesperson Maj. Gen. Achmad Riad on Thursday, April 22.
Achmad Riad said that one of the ships joining the search and rescue mission is the KRI Rigel, which was also dispatched in the search of Sriwijaya Air SJ182 that tragically crashed in the waters of Kepulauan Seribu (the Thousand Islands).
The national search and rescue agency (Basarnas) and the National Transportation Safety Commission (KNKT) are also in the search for the missing submarine.
According to the TNI, Malaysia has also offered to assist in the search and is set to mobilize its Mega Bakti rescue vessel on April 26. Singapore will also join the search by mobilizing a sub rescue that will arrive in the location on April 24.
The missing Indonesian navy submarine is the German-built KRI Nanggala-402 produced in 1977 and actively served the Navy since 1981.