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Indian Navy inducts first DSRV to rescue submarines in distress



Indian Navy inducts first 'Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel' to rescue submarines in distress: Details, Significance, Highlights

The Indian Navy recently on 13th October 2018, inducted its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) at its base in Mumbai.

The Indian Navy while enhancing its operational capabilities will commission the second DSRV to its base in Vishakhapatnam by 2019.

Now, India has joined a selected list of international navies with the ability to search, locate and provide assistance to downed or disaster-struck submarines at high sea.

The countries that have DSRVs in their navies include Singapore, United States, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, UK, Sweden, and Australia. 

The DSRV will be deployed at short notice for providing assistance to submarines in distress. It is equipped with an associated kit in fly away configuration, which is important in quickly locating submarines through the vast expanse of sea and can be mobilised by air and water for rapid rescue.

Few of DSRV vessels are air transportable in very large military cargo. 

The DSRV that was inducted by India can be mobilized from the naval base in Mumbai to nearest mounting port by air, land, and sea.

The DSRV have played a crucial role in saving lives as well as submarines during emergencies. Most of these are capable of rescuing 24 people at depths of up to 600m in one go.

Moreover, for a rescue operation, the DSRV is also deployed for various other missions including to lay cables on the sea bed.


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