MV Mega Bakti, a submarine rescue ship of the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN), was deployed this morning to assist in the search for a missing Indonesian submarine, KRI Nanggala, which lost contact while conducting training in the waters off the north of Bali. The Malaysian Ministry of Defence in a statement, said MV Mega Bakti set off from the Submarine Command Headquarters operations jetty in Teluk Sepanggar, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
MV Mega Bakti is a submarine rescue ship operated by the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The ship was specially designed and built by Keppel Singmarine for use in Malaysia. The ship is fitted with a double lock decompression chamber (DDC) and global positioning system intelligent buoy tracking system (GIB), and a remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). The ROV is controlled remotely by operators via a cable connected to the Mega Bakti.
During a rescue operation, the ROV is used to install the distressed submarine ventilation and depressurization system (DSVSD) at a depth of up to 400 meters. It is capable of cleaning the obstacles at the escape hatch of a submarine-in-distress (DISSUB), capturing photos and videos and sending emergency life support stores (ELSS) pods. The ELSS Pod is used as a medical aid, food and other necessities to DISSUB using the ROV.
Mega Bakti provided 12 ELSS pods capable of accommodating pressures of 65 bar. The GPS intelligent buoy is used to detect DISSUB positions stranded at sea and can detect up to 1,000 meters. The distressed submarine ventilation and depressurization system (DSVSD) is installed on DISSUB to discharge clean air and drain out contaminated air from DISSUB. The portable underwater telephone system is also used to carry out communication between Mega Bakti and a DISSUB.