Military Capabilities

Plans to forward deploy Indonesian submarines thwarted by fatal tsunami

02 October 2018

Key Points

  • Indonesia’s plans to station its new submarines near a resource-rich sea have been delayed
  • The planned facility was severely damaged in a tsunami that has killed hundreds across the city of Palu

A plan by the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) to forward deploy its new Nagapasa (Type 209/1400)-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) at the Palu Naval Base in Central Sulawesi is now delayed indefinitely after a tsunami struck the facility on 28 September.

The disaster, which has killed more than 900 people and displaced about 105,000 in the city so far, has severely damaged a pier at which the service had planned to dock its submarines.

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