Submarine rescue system completes sea trials

JFD is delivering two complete third-generation submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy. Credit: JFD JFD is delivering two complete third-generation submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy. Credit: JFD

A third-generation submarine rescue system has successfully completed sea trials on board a newbuild deep sea search and rescue vehicle destined for the Indian Navy.

Underwater capability provider JFD called the trial of the DSRV a significant milestone in the £193 million contract which will see delivery of the system in March 2018.

“The sea trials of the DSRV has ushered in a niche capability into the Indian Navy. The DSRV, which is operated by a crew of three, can rescue 14 personnel from a disabled submarine at one time,” said Ben Sharples, India DSRV project director.

“These sea trials have proven the newly inducted DSRV’s ability to undertake rescue operations from disabled submarines at sea and has provided the Indian Navy with a critical capability,”

Supply scope

Under the £193m contract, JFD is delivering two complete third-generation submarine rescue systems, including launch and recovery systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, logistics and support equipment and a 25-year all-inclusive annual maintenance contract.

JFD said that this first system is ready to mobilise from the naval base at Mumbai, providing rapid rescue to submarines in distress after just over 30 months from contract award.

During the sea trials, the DSRV carried out underwater mating with a bottomed submarine at a depth of over 300 feet, followed by a target mating and hatch opening at 45 degrees. On successful mating with the bottomed submarine, JFD and the Indian Navy then carried out a safe transfer of personnel from the submarine to the DSRV.

In addition to the mating and transfer of personnel exercises, the DSRV conducted a record dive which represents the deepest submergence by a ‘manned vessel’ in Indian waters, as well as Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) operations at a depth of over 750 metres and Side Scan Sonar operations at a depth of over 650 metres, all of which represent significant ‘firsts’ for the Indian Navy.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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