DCI com­pletes train­ing of In­dian sub­mariners for Scor­pène

SP's MAI - - MILITARY UPDATES -

The Défense Con­seil In­ter­na­tional (DCI), the ref­er­ence op­er­a­tor of the French Min­istry of De­fence for the trans­fer of French mil­i­tary know-how to in­ter­na­tional part­ners, has com­pleted train­ing of the first of two crews of In­dian sub­mariners for fu­ture Scor­pène-type sub­marines. The train­ing is part of the P-75 pro­gramme, launched be­tween In­dia and France in Oc­to­ber 2005, which cov­ers the construction of six Scor­pène sub­marines by the In­dian ship­yard Mazagon Dock Lim­ited.

Since Septem­ber 2015, DCI has been in charge of train­ing two crews for fu­ture Scor­pène-type sub­marines, one of the most ad­vanced and mod­ern sub­marines in the world, thanks to a much higher de­gree of au­to­ma­tion than pre­vi­ous-gen­er­a­tion de­signs. Un­der the P-75 pro­gramme, DCI has de­ployed a team of nine ex­pert sub­mariners to train two crews, i.e. 100 In­dian sub­mariners, and trans­fer to them the know-how of the French Navy. The trainees in­clude sev­eral in­struc­tors who will sub­se­quently train the crews of the four other sub­marines in the P-75 pro­gramme.

The train­ing, which was per­formed on land then on­board the sub­ma­rine at the dock­side and at sea, cov­ered the sub­ma­rine’s equip­ment and sys­tems in ac­cor­dance with cur­rent French Navy stan­dards. Train­ing cov­ered the safe op­er­a­tion of the ves­sel, on the sur­face and sub­merged, in nor­mal and de­graded modes.

“We are de­lighted with the suc­cess­ful train­ing of this first crew of In­dian sub­mariners. DCI has shown once again its ca­pac­ity to trans­fer its know-how and its train­ing sys­tems to its for­eign navy part­ners”, said Jean-Michel Pala­gos, Chair­man and CEO of DCI. Train­ing of the sec­ond crew is al­ready un­der way.

Fol­low­ing Chile and Malaysia, In­dia is the third coun­try, ahead of Brazil, to re­ceive sub­mariner train­ing from DCI, con­firm­ing the lat­ter’s ca­pac­ity to adapt to an in­ter­na­tional, in­ter­cul­tural en­vi­ron­ment.

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