Indian Navy’s New Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle Conducts Live Mating Exercise with Submarine INS Sindhudhvaj

Indian Navy’s new Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) undertook live mating exercise with submarine INS Sindhudhvaj on June 2, the service announced.

During the exercise, INS Sindhudhvaj was acting as a bottomed Distress Submarine (DISSUB) and personnel were transferred from the submarine to the DSRV simulating a rescue scenario. The DSRV used for the exercise was based at Visakhapatnam and the exercise was conducted off the coast of Visakhapatnam.

INS Sindhudhvaj (S56) is a Sindhughosh-class (Russian Type 877EKM Kilo-class) diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy.

Indian Navy Sindhughosh-class (Kilo-class) SSK
A Sindhughosh-class diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) of the Indian Navy.

The entire exercise was done by Indian crew marking the culmination of the training phase. Until now, the tests were conducted with personnel from JFD, the manufacturer of the submarine recue system that includes the DSRV.

“This newly acquired skill by Indian Navy and live mating exercise is a historic achievement towards DSRV integration into the Indian Navy and would pave way for the Navy to emerge as a Submarine Rescue Provider in Indian Ocean Region (IOR)”, said a Navy statement.

Indian Navy’s JFD Third Generation Submarine Rescue System (3rd Gen SRS):

JFD, UK-based subsea operations and manufacturing company and part of James Fisher & Sons, has signed a £193 million contract in March 2016 to provide two complete third generation fly-away submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy. The contract also includes a 25-year all-encompassing maintenance support service.

Each submarine rescue system includes a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) – called as Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) by JFD, Launch and Recovery System (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) system, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service.

The first DSRV, delivered in April last year, is deployed in Mumbai (west coast) while the second DSRV, delivered December last year, is for Vishakhapatnam (east coast).

The first system has completed a first full launch deployment, dive and recovery in open sea, replicating the operating conditions of a real submarine rescue operation. The DSRV also completed its air transportability trials using an Indian Air Force Ilyushin Il-76 strategic military transport aircraft.

The Indian Navy formally inducted its first DSRV into service at a ceremony in Mumbai, India on the Dec. 12 joining a select league of nations with the capability to search, locate and provide rescue to distressed submarines.

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