28 September 2017

JFD demonstrates NATO Submarine Rescue System capabilities

Major submarine rescue exercise in Turkish waters demonstrates multi-national co-operation and promotes knowledge exchange. 

JFD, the world-leading submarine rescue and diving equipment company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is currently taking part in a major international submarine rescue exercise, Dynamic Monarch ‘17. The exercise requires JFD to demonstrate the capabilities of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) and to provide training.

An integral part of the UK’s submarine rescue provision since 1985, JFD is responsible for maintaining NSRS in a permanent state of rescue readiness for the NATO partner nations of France, Norway and the UK. Fully air transportable using a variety of suitable aircraft, the system is capable of launch and recovery in a significant wave height of up to 5m (sea state 6) and is designed to reach a distressed submarine in 72 hours from an alert.

Dynamic Monarch is one of the largest international submarine rescue exercises, occurring every three years, and is designed to test international forces’ inter-operability and ability to respond to submarines that have become disabled, anywhere in the world. The exercise offers the chance to demonstrate multi-national submarine rescue co-operation and provides a platform for sharing knowledge amongst participating nations.

The mother ship (MOSHIP) embarkation and mobilisation took place at King George V Dock in Glasgow, with the system sailing to the exercise point in Turkey ahead of the commence date of 8 September. Executed over a two week period, the simulated rescue operations involved various submarines.

The exercise involved Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) operations and a series of demonstrations of submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) ‘mating’ with a variety of submarines. Training opportunities were provided to JFD operational personnel on each element of the system, as well as to NSRS partner nation personnel in areas such as rescue chamber operations and medical support functions, throughout the exercise process.

Upon completion of the exercise, the MOSHIP transited back to the disembarkation point at King George V Dock, from where the equipment was returned to HMNB Clyde for restoration works to maintain ‘Rescue Readiness’ status.

Rob Pickering, JFD NSRS project manager said of the exercise,

“Dynamic Monarch ’17 provides JFD with the opportunity to demonstrate the world class capability of NSRS. The highly trained operational team instilled further confidence in the participant nations that in the event of a real emergency, the NSRS Rescue System can mobilise and participate in a successful rescue.”

JFD has undertaken several successful NSRS rescue exercises over the previous two years of service, including Northern Sun ’15, Golden Arrow ’16 and Northern Sun ’17, which shows the continued commitment to the NATO Submarine Rescue System as well as the recognition of responsibility to assuring the operations team is fully trained in all aspects of a safe rescue.