In what will provide India with the much-needed capability to salvage sunken submarines, the Indian Navy, on Wednesday, inducted its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) in Mumbai. Another DSRV will be deployed along the east coast in Visakhapatnam. The induction of DSRV is important on the backdrop of the fact that the Indian Navy was, to date, dependent on help from foreign navies for salvaging/ rescuing personnel from sunken submarines. With the latest DSRV induction, the Indian Navy joins a select league of nations who have the capability to rescue their submarines.
“The DSRV (induction) is a landmark event and it marks the culmination of years of focused efforts of the Navy in acquiring niche submarine rescue capability. With these capabilities, the Indian Navy has joined the select league of navies that operate such assets,” Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said. “The second vehicle has already left for delivery to India and will be based at the naval base in Visakhapatnam… The endeavour is to provide rescue services in the Indian Ocean region and beyond… the Navy can extend services to friendly nations,” he further said.
Procured from Scotland-based JFD, over 80 naval personnel have been trained to carry out rescue missions from onboard the DSRV. Citing a Navy official, news agency PTI reported that the DSRV can rescue 14 people in one dive. A separate contract of Rs 9000 crore has been given to Hindustan Shipyard Limited to build two mother ships for the DSRV. the ships are expected to be delivered by 2020.
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