Spring 2019

Submarine rescue upgrade for Korea

Expanding the reach and scope of the latest rescue service technology with bespoke ‘moonpool’ entry system

JFD has further underscored its market-leading position in submarine rescue with a contract to design and manage an advanced deep search and rescue vehicle for the Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy).

JFD has been working closely with the ROK Navy for over 20 years and this recent contract demonstrates a growing respect for JFD’s highly-advanced, 3rd generation submarine rescue systems.

The contract, awarded by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is to design and build a bespoke DSRV for use by the ROK Navy, together with providing training and in-service support. The rescue vehicle will be hosted on a new auxiliary submarine rescue ship, also to be built by DSME.

Innovative 3rd generation submarine rescue systems

The DSRV, which will be delivered in 2021, is a variation of JFD’s innovative 3rd generation submarine rescue vehicles, of which two were delivered to the Indian Navy last year. These systems represent a significant milestone for an advanced and highly capable submarine rescue capability.

The contract comes on the back of JFD's position as one of the world leaders in the subsea rescue industry, and a leading innovator in subsea technology. The team currently provides fast, safe and reliable subsea rescue services, solutions, products, engineering services and training to 80 countries and 33 of the world’s navies including the Royal Navy, Australian, Singaporean, and South Korean Navies, as well as providing the NATO Submarine Rescue System. 

Working closely with navies around the world

JFD crews also continue to support multiple submarine rescue systems in service around the world. They recently executed a successful Black Carillon 2018 comprehensive submarine rescue exercise with the Royal Australian Navy, and will soon complete the mid-life upgrade of the Republic of Singapore Navy’s system.

Giovanni Corbetta, managing director of JFD says:

’We work with navies around the world to improve safety for submariners and this includes ensuring that systems are bespoke, when needed, to suit customer requirements. In this case, the system was adapted to fit the customer’s deployment method.’

The key feature in this contract is the fact that the JFD-delivered DSRV will be launched and recovered from the submarine rescue vessel via a ‘moonpool’ which is a shaft (or ‘wet porch’) that passes right through the middle of a vessel’s hull, through which the DSRV can be lowered directly into the water. This mode of entry minimises the impact of weather and sea states on the ability to operate the DSRV, maximising the chances of a successful submarine rescue operation, further safeguarding the lives of submariners.

It is an advanced launch and recovery method for a DSRV, but the JFD team has extensive experience in launch and recovery via a ‘moonpool’ through years of delivering advanced saturation diving systems and diving bells through moonpools, predominantly in the offshore oil and gas industry.

The system will undergo a comprehensive series of tests and trials including factory, harbour, and sea acceptance trials, before entering operational service. Following its delivery, the JFD team will continue to work in partnership with the ROK Navy, providing a comprehensive training and support programme that will ensure that submarine rescue operations are carried out safely and efficiently. 

Further information

Read JFD's original ROK Navy contract press release: JFD wins multi-million pound submarine rescue vehicle contract with the Republic of Korea Navy

Find out more about JFD's innovative 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue Systems: JFD completes build of the first of its new 3rd Generation Submarine Rescue System

JFD also has two further articles in the Spring issue of Pelican:

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