Boost for Navy, gets deep sub­mer­gence res­cue ve­hi­cle

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - NATION - Press Trust of In­dia

NEW DELHI: En­hanc­ing its op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Navy has in­ducted its first deep sub­mer­gence res­cue ve­hi­cle which is de­ployed to res­cue downed or disas­ter-struck sub­marines at high sea.

Navy Spokesper­son Capt D K Sharma said that with in­duc­tion of the deep sub­mer­gence res­cue ve­hi­cle (DSRV), In­dia has joined a se­lect group of coun­tries that have the ca­pa­bil­ity to lo­cate and res­cue “dis­tressed sub­marines”.

At present, the US, China, Rus­sia and a few other coun­tries have ca­pa­bil­i­ties to de­ploy DSRVS.

“In­dian Navy joins se­lect league of na­tions with ca­pa­bil­ity to search, lo­cate and pro­vide res­cue to dis­tressed sub­marines by in­duc­tion of first DSRV and as­so­ci­ated kit in fly away con­fig­u­ra­tion,” he said.

Though DSRVS are used for res­cue of per­son­nel in downed sub­marines, they are also de­ployed for var­i­ous other mis­sions in­clud­ing to lay ca­bles on the sea bed.

Some DSRV ves­sels are air trans­portable in very large mil­i­tary cargo. Capt Sharma said the DSRV can be mo­bilised from the naval base in Mum­bai to near­est mount­ing port by air, land and sea. The sec­ond DSRV is ex­pected to be in­ducted at Visakha­p­at­nam in 2019. “The DSRV can be mo­bilised ...for pro­vid­ing rapid res­cue to the sub­ma­rine in dis­tress,” Navy spokesper­son said.

In­dian Navy sources said in­duc­tion of the DSRV was part of the Navy’s ef­forts to en­hance op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties when China has been ramp­ing up its mar­itime pres­ence in crit­i­cal sea lanes which are of strate­gic im­por­tance to In­dia.

Last year, the In­dian Navy op­er­a­tionalised a new con­cept of de­ploy­ment of war­ships in the In­dian Ocean re­gion to ef­fec­tively counter China.

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