Initial Attempts to Raise Sunken Indonesian Submarine Fails
Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy [PLA Navy] salvage ships taking part in the multinational operation to raise the sunken Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala-402 has failed to bring the doomed ship to the surface.
Indonesian Navy Second Fleet Command commander Rear Admiral Iwan Isnurwanto said the Chinese scientific salvage ship Tan Suo-2 has tried and failed to raise the sail section of the Type 209 submarine.
“The sling the Tan Suo-2 used to raise the sail section of the KRI Nanggala-402 broke. We initially thought that part of the ship was about 18 tons,” Iwan noted.
“But the Chinese crews might have miscalculated, because if the rope was broken, it meant that the sail section weighed more than 20 tons. That means they have to recalculate the rope’s strength to lift the sail section.”
Iwan added that “lifting the [submarine’s parts] is not easy because of the depths and the possibility that the sail section might be attached to other parts of the submarine.”
The salvage efforts came after the Tan Suo-2, the PRC Navy Ocean Salvage and Rescue Ship Yong Xing Dao-863, and the PRC Navy Ship Ocean Tug Nantuo-195 detected KRI Nanggala-402’s bow section, sail section, and stern section.
Indonesia intends to raise the remains of KRI Nanggala-402 and its crew. The ship and its 53-man crew was lost with all hands, when it sank off the northern coast of Bali during a torpedo exercise on April 21
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