The Monumen Kapal Selam is a testament to the naval history of Indonesia. The museum is primarily housed in Indonesia’s finest and first submarine, the Pasopati 410. Built in Vladivostik in year 1952, the Russian Whiskey class submarine was purchased by the country in 1962. It served the country in the effort to push the Dutch out of New Guinea. Its job was to destroy the enemy lines as well as supervise and conduct secret raids. The Pasopati also took a major role in maintaining Marine Law, especially during Operation Trikora. The submarine was known to have destroyed enemy lines by psychologically putting pressure on the enemy.
In year 1995, Basofi Soedirman who was the then governor of Surabaya decided to convert the submarine into a museum. Surabaya at the time was also home to the navy’s eastern armada. The submarine was then cut into 16 individual pieces and was brought to its present location. Different parts of the submarine were then reassembled by placing it on a solid foundation. It is then became a monument tank taken from the full scale submarine and not a replica. Its authenticity adds to its distinct charm. In July of 1998, the submarine was officially opened to the public by the name Monkasel and has been operating as one of the top attractions of Surabaya since then. [Read more…]