Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV)

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    The Indian Navy dispatched its Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) to support the Indonesian Navy in search and rescue efforts for its submarine KRI Nanggala that went missing with 53 personnel on board.

    • The submarine was reportedly exercising in a location 25 miles north of Bali.

    About Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) 

    • Indian Navy deployed the DSRV in December 2018 and has since deployed two DSRVs at Mumbai and Visakhapatnam on the west and east coast respectively.
    • They provide redundancy, high operational availability and early response to deal with a submarine contingency.
    • India is amongst the few countries in the world capable of undertaking Search and Rescue of a disabled submarine through a DSRV
    • The Indian DSRV, supplied by James Fisher Defence, U.K., is the latest in terms of technology and capabilities.

     

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    Submarine Rescue system

    • It consists of a Submarine Rescue Vessel, a Remote Operations Vehicle, Side Scan Sonar and associated equipment.  
    • It also has Diver Decompression Chambers and hyperbaric medical equipment to decompress submariners after being rescued from a sunken submarine. 
    • The DSRV system can be rapidly mobilised by air or road to facilitate submarine rescue operations even at distant locations.
    • The Indian Navy’s DSRV system can locate a submarine up to 1,000 metres underwater using its modern side-scan sonar and remotely operated vehicle.
    • The SRV can also be used to provide emergency supplies to the submarine

    Source :TH