The Indian Navy has reportedly conducted a live test exercise of its new submarine rescue system, known as a deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV).
DSRVs are designed to rescue stranded crews from a submarine in distress.
The exercise was performed near Visakhapatnam and its successful execution of the submarine rescue system marks the addition of a new capability to the Indian Navy, the Press Trust of India reported.
It will facilitate DSRV integration into the navy and enable the service to offer help as a submarine rescue provider to other friendly countries in the Indian Ocean Region.
During the exercise, the DSRV was used to transfer stranded personnel from Sindhughosh-class submarine INS Sindhudhvaj.
The vessel simulated a submarine in distress from which the DSRV performed the rescue act.
A senior official was quoted by the news agency as saying: “The entire evolution was done by the Indian crew and marks the culmination of the training phase on the East Coast.”
The DSRV is capable of performing rescue operations at depths of 650m and can save 14 personnel at a time.
It has the ability to operate even in conditions of up to Sea State 6.
In December last year, the Indian Navy formally inducted its first flyaway deepsea submarine rescue system. Chief of the Naval Staff and chair of the Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral Sunil Lanba formally inducted the submarine rescue system at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
The DSRV is designed and supplied by James Fisher & Sons, UK. It features a sophisticated radar and a remotely operated vehicle.
The induction has allowed India to join a select group of nations to have an integral submarine rescue capability.
Separately, the Indian Navy is looking to seal a deal with the US to buy 24 Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters, reported the Hindustan Times.