JFD Unveils Deep Search and Rescue Vessel (DSRV) for Indian Navy’s Submarine Rescue System

Scottish underwater capability provider, JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has unveiled the first deep search and rescue vehicle (DSRV) built for the Indian Navy’s 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System during a ceremony at JFD’s Renfrew manufacturing facility in Glasgow on Feb. 23, 2018.

The ceremony was hosted by JFD and attended by senior representatives from the Indian Navy. It marked a world-first in the final integration of a complete submarine rescue system within a single manufacturing facility, enabling engineers to test in-situ how each component part will integrate in order to deliver the optimum submarine rescue capability.

Indian Navy DSRV
JFD Deep Search and Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) built for the Indian Navy’s 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System.

The vessel has completed the first stage of harbour acceptance trials at Glasgow’s King George V dock earlier this month. As part of this process the system has been comprehensively tested in a variety of conditions.

The DSRV hull previously underwent factory acceptance tests in December 2017 at the JFD-owned National Hyperbaric Centre in Aberdeen. These tests included thorough pressurised testing on the system’s pressure hulls and command module – all of which were completed successfully.

JFD’s 3rd Generation DSRV marks a significant and pioneering step-change in real world submarine rescue capability. It is one of the deepest submarine rescue vehicles available and is weight optimised for maximum payload and optimum transportability. It has high levels of in-water performance including speed and manoeuvrability and can mate with submarines that might be subject to inclination on the seabed.

The 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System has been developed by JFD to maximise the chances of successfully rescuing the crew of a distressed submarine (DISSUB). Using its 30 years of experience and knowledge it has challenged the convention and brought to market an innovative new system that ensures the highest standards in safety, quality, flexibility and speed, thereby better protecting the lives of submariners.

Under the £193m contract, awarded in March 2016, JFD is providing two complete flyaway submarine rescue systems to the Indian Navy, including DSRVs, Launch and Recovery Systems (LARS) equipment, Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) systems, and all logistics and support equipment required to operate the service. The equipment has been designed, manufactured, integrated and tested by JFD prior to shipping in March 2018 for final commissioning and trials. The full, certified systems are due to be delivered to the customer in June 2018.

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