Chinese Navy ships have arrived off Bali to help transport a submarine that sank last month, killing 53 crew members, the Indonesian Navy said on Tuesday as it prepared for an operation. deep sea rescue.
The help came after other foreign ships from Australia, Singapore and Malaysia left the archipelago, after helping Indonesian authorities locate the stranded vessel.
KRI Nanggala 402 – one of the five submarines in the Indonesian fleet – went missing last month on plans to participate in live torpedo training exercises.
An underwater rescue vehicle provided by neighboring Singapore visually confirmed that the German-built submarine lay on the seabed more than 800 meters (2,600 feet) deep, broken into three parts, confirming that it there was no hope of finding any survivors.
Two Chinese rescue ships were waiting in waters off Bali, while a third is expected to arrive later Tuesday, the Indonesian navy said, adding that Chinese navy officials in Bali were helping review data collected on the submarine.
The three rescue vessels can dive to a depth of 4,500 meters.
The Indonesian Navy said Beijing’s ambassador to the country offered to assist Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto.
“The offer has been well received by the Indonesian government,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
A vessel from Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas regulator SKK Migas task force, used for drilling operations, will also join the rescue operations. It has a crane with a capacity of 1,200 tonnes.
Last week, the Navy said high-powered magnets and air balloons were among the possible options for lifting the submarine. An underwater robot will also be used in the operation, he said.
The military has yet to provide an official explanation for the sinking of the decades-old submarine, which was delivered to the Southeast Asian nation in 1981.
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