The United States will deploy equipment to assist the search for the Indonesian Navy submarine, KRI Nanggala-402. According to the spokesman for the US Defense Ministry, John Kirby, they will deploy air equipment to assist the search and rescue process of KRI Nanggala-402. However, he did not specify what equipment will be deployed, whether aircraft, helicopters, or drones.
The United States Secretary of Defense helps locate KRI Nanggala-402
Kirby stated that the US Defense Secretary, Lloyd Austin, is scheduled to call Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto today. What will be discussed is the expression of sympathy for this incident and discussing how the US can help the search process.
To date, there are three countries that have sent aid ships to search for KRI Nanggala-402. They are Singapore, Malaysia, and India.
The Singapore Defense Minister helps locate the KRI Nanggala-402
Meanwhile, Singapore’s Minister of Defense, Ng Eng Hen, said they had sent the rescue ship MV Swift Rescue to help with the rescue. The Malaysian Navy (TLDM) also sent the submarine rescue ship MV Mega Bakti to assist in the search for KRI Nanggala-402.
India also mobilized assistance to locate the KRI Nanggala-402. They sent a ship equipped with an underwater vehicle (DSRV) and a Side Scan Sonar tracking system that can detect objects up to 1,000 meters beneath the sea. Apart from that, the DSRV can also be controlled remotely.
Australia and South Korea help locate KRI Nanggala-402
Meanwhile, Australia and South Korea alerted ships and personnel to immediately be deployed to assist in the search for KRI Nanggala-402. According to information, KRI Nanggala-402 experienced a malfunction while performing a static dive maneuver. This causes the ship to lose control of the danger signal device that does not work if it goes to depths of up to 600 to 700 meters below the sea
At a location near the last coordinate point of KRI Nanggala-402, oil spills were seen. Two allegations emerged in this regard, namely that the ship suffered damage to the fuel storage tank or as an emergency signal.
KRI Nanggala-402 began serving in 1981
The Type-209 attack submarine weighs 1,395 tons and was built in West Germany in 1977. KRI Nanggala-402 entered service in 1981. The ship was briefly refurbished in South Korea and completed in 2012.