Navy ac­quires new ve­hi­cle to res­cue sub­marines

The Asian Age - - Nation -

New Delhi, Oct. 13: En­hanc­ing its op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Navy has in­ducted its first deep sub­mer­gence res­cue ve­hi­cle which is de­ployed to res­cue downed or dis­as­ter­struck 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 United States, China, Rus­sia and a few other coun­tries have the 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 Deep Sub­mer­gence Res­cue Ves­sel( 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 which was in­ducted can be mo­bilised from the naval base in Mum­bai to near­est mount­ing port by air, land and sea.

The sec­ond deep sub­mer­gence res­cue ve­hi­cle is ex­pected to be in­ducted at Visakha­p­at­nam in 2019.

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