South Asia and Beyond

Chinese Navy To Help Salvage Indonesian Sub

Two Chinese naval salvage vessels have arrived in the waters off Bali to help in the retrieval of the sunken Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala. The sub sank more than two weeks ago in the Bali Strait and is lying on the seabed 2000 feet below.

Reports said a third Chinese vessel is expected and will be joined by an Indonesian vessel used for oil drilling. It has a crane that can take loads of up to 1,200 metric tons. It’s still not clear how the salvage will be accomplished although earlier reports referred to the use of magnets and underwater balloons.