Google ‘Indonesia submarine‘ for more. Above article from ‘USA Today.
Prior to hearing about the recent, & tragic, disaster which needlessly ended 53 lives, it never even occurred to me that “third world countries” like Indonesia even had submarines. I was staggered to realize they did. I had to go looking for a list of countries that still had submarines &, as usual, Wikipedia did not let me down.
I will ask the question: WHY? Oh, WHY?
What are they going to do with a submarine? They dare NOT torpedo a ship from another country. That would result in outright war. So, why bother.
Please, do not insult my intelligence (however, little it might be) by saying it is for reconnoitering. Please. This is not the 1915s or even 1940s. Today we have radar, sonar, satellites & planes. You can even listen for other submarines with sonar & underwater mikes. Submarines serve no purpose.
Yes, the larger powers kind of need them for their nuclear posturing. But, what was the last time a country had the guts to use a submarine in anger. The ‘Falklands War’ in 1982? That was nearly 40-years ago.
This is nothing but puerile ego, oneupmanship — monkey see, monkey do.
I was so relieved to see that Sri Lanka was not on that list. Yes, of course, the Sri Lankan navy would love some but they just don’t have the budget. That is a good thing.
Think about it. Why do these countries need submarines. THINK.