Take a moment today to think of the crew of the Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402), lost at sea off Bali last week. While hope was flickering, search and rescue efforts only yielded a debris field with significant material and POL, according to an announcement from the Indonesian CNO.
Among the items recovered were torpedo tube liners, pipe insulation, orange bottles of submarine periscope lubricant, items used by the crew for prayers, and bathroom sponges.
The submarine is believed to have been lost at a depth of 850m, with 53 souls aboard.
The Indonesian Navy reportedly has about 72 hours worth of oxygen left to rescue the 53 crew members of the Type 209/1300 submarine KRI Nanggala (402), which went missing in deep waters during a torpedo drill north of Bali on Wednesday.
A half-dozen warships, a helicopter, and 400 people are involved in the search while Singapore and Malaysia have dispatched additional assets, and the US, Australia, France, and Germany have offered assistance. The Indian Navy has dispatched their DSRV.
A 40-year-old boat, the German-made SSK underwent a refit in South Korea in 2012. In somber news, Nanggala disappeared in 2,300 feet of water (Type 209/1300s have a test depth of 800 feet) and an oil slick was observed shortly after.
150808-N-UN259-193 JAVA SEA (Aug. 8, 2015) The Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402) participates in a photo exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2015. In its 21st year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alonzo M. Archer/Released)