The Indian Navy has inducted the first flyaway Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System into its fleet. Acquisition of this capability is a significant and pioneering jump in the Indian Navy’s capability in deep submarine rescue.
The system was formally inducted into the force by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai, on Thursday.
Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System
The newly acquired capability would be operated and deployed by the crew of Indian Navy’s newly formed Submarine Rescue Unit (West) from its base in Mumbai.
The Indian Navy’s Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System is considered to be the most advanced system currently in operation globally.
It is capable of undertaking rescue from a disabled submarine up to 650 m depth, operated by a crew of three, can rescue 14 personnel at one time and can operate in extreme sea conditions (up to Sea State 6).
In the past, such DSRV systems have saved and rescued many people from submarines during emergencies. Most of them can rescue 24 people at a time from a depth of 600 m.
New Feather In The Cap
According to an official statement, the Indian Navy now joins a select league of nations worldwide with the sovereign capability, in fly away configuration, to search, locate and rescue crew from a disabled Submarine.
Currently, countries like United States, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom and Australia have the capability to deploy DSRVs.
The deep sea rescue system would have a global footprint and can be mobilised from the Naval base at Mumbai to the nearest mobilisation port by air/land or sea to provide rapid rescue to the submarines in distress.
The Indian Navy currently operates submarines the Sindhughosh, Shishumar, Kalvari Classes and nuclear-powered submarines.
Its third generation, advanced Deep Sea Submarine Rescue System consists of a non-tethered Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) and its associated equipment.
The second such rescue system has been planned for induction next year at Visakhapatnam.
(Note- All the photos are courtesy the official Twitter handle of the Indian Navy)