Summer / Autumn 2021

Advanced communication technology allows remote diagnosis

JFD has developed a bespoke upgrade to the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) which will, for the first time, allow hyperbaric doctors to monitor and assess rescued submariners in the rescue chamber via a fibre optic video and voice recognition network.

This sophisticated new system means doctors will be able to communicate directly with rescuees prior to their ascent and prepare the Transfer Under Pressure (TUP) complex for their arrival and possible treatment.

This new system has been specifically designed and built to allow the command team on the surface (hyperbaric doctors, dive supervisor and the bridge commander) to monitor and initially assess rescuees in the rescue chamber, as they are transferred from the submarine into the Submarine Rescue Vehicle (SRV).

The ability to prepare the TUP, allowing treatment to be ready, increases the chances of survival. It will allow for swift processing of patients into the TUP complex enabling a faster turnaround time for the submersible to undertake further rescue cycles.

Diver communications specialists, Fathom Systems (acquired by JFD last year), was able to design a small diameter fibre line which houses the fine fibre-optic cables and has very little impact on the ability of the SRV to manoeuvre and mate in high currents or shallow depths.

As part of the ongoing contract with the MoD to operate and maintain the NSRS, JFD is committed to continuing to upgrade the system to ensure the highest standards in safety and operation.

Danny Gray, JFD operations director, stated:

‘This is an example of the commitment by JFD to not only provide the required levels of support on the NSRS contract, but to continually strive to enhance the system’s capabilities with technology upgrades. We are looking forward to the equipment being tested and proven thoroughly at sea trials.’

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