JFD, a part of James Fisher and Sons, has secured a third in-service support (3ISS) contract to continue delivering support services for the Nato Submarine Rescue System (NSRS).

Valued at £63m, the contract will allow JFD to continue providing complete safety critical operational assurance services and solutions for Nato’s system.

This 3ISS contract was awarded by the NSRS Authority, on behalf of three participant countries, including the UK, Norway and France.

It is valid for a period of next five years and will come into effect from summer next year. The contract also includes an additional nine-year extension option.

According to JFD, the NSRS is a fly-away international submarine rescue initiative that provides support to the submariners in case of any life-threatening submarine incident.

Prior to the latest 3ISS award, the company was supporting the NSRS platform under the ‘second in-service support’ (2ISS) contract, which began in 2015. 

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The NSRS is availed to locate a distressed submarine (DISSUB) and rescue the onboard crew members as quickly as possible to avoid any catastrophic outcomes.

To ensure this, JFD provides continuous support to maintain operational readiness of NSRS. The company also ensures that the specialist personnel remain fully trained to conduct safe rescue missions.

JFD managing director Richard Dellar said: “We are extremely proud to have been awarded the NSRS 3ISS contract.

“Our dedication to submariners is demonstrated by our continuous drive to set new safety standards and ensure rescue readiness 24/7, 365 days a year.

“NSRS will continue to form a key part of JFD’s global submarine rescue community along with Australia, Singapore, India and the other nations we support.”

In 2020, JFD delivered a full-scale mock-up of search and rescue vehicle for the Republic of Korea Navy.