James Fisher is a leader in the provision of submarine rescue and technical solutions, special operations, diving equipment and marine engineering for the global defence industry.

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We provide our customers with unrivalled expertise and are dedicated to improving the safety of those working within the challenging subsea environment. Because of this, our innovative solutions for defence customers frequently address challenges also found in the commercial subsea sector, particularly in terms of safety and reliability in extremely hazardous environments. 

We deliver long-term value to our defence customers by:  

  • Ensuring the safety of submariners through our innovative and technologically advanced submarine rescue solutions
  • Designing safe and reliable rebreathers to safeguard divers at pressure, facilitating the safe insertion and extraction of special operations forces
  • Sponsoring developments in environmentally sensitive unexploded ordnance disposal
  • Provision of specialised marine products and services to meet the exacting requirements of the world’s navies and the global defence sector

With a strong reputation for delivering complex marine solutions on time and to budget, we offer a range of crucial and bespoke solutions to the defence industry worldwide.

Submarine Platform

Submarine rescue

World leading capability built on 40 years expertise

As an established provider to 42 navies, delivering innovative and technically advanced submarine escape and rescue solutions that improve safety and preserve life in the event of a submarine incident. JFD’s capabilities span the entire submarine escape, rescue, abandonment and survival (SMERAS) training environments. JFD is unique in being able to deliver solutions across all of these areas as a one-stop shop.

Offering a portfolio of products and services including design, manufacture, operations and support, JFD has incomparable experience within this challenging environment. A rigorous set of management systems and processes and an unblemished safety record ensure that the company delivers high quality services around the clock and around the world. JFD continues to set new benchmarks and standards for submarine escape and rescue, this continuous improvement is the hallmark of how we deliver long-term value to all our customers.

Special operations

Littoral Mobility

As the complexity of today’s Tactical Diving missions evolve, the need for increasingly sophisticated equipment is essential.

JFD offers a range of Tactical Diving Vehicles (TDVs), Underwater Life Support Systems (rebreathers) and ancillary equipment which uses both advanced and proven technology to support a range of operational profiles to enable a Special Operations team to effectively and efficiently carry out their mission.

We have recently added the ‘Shadow Seal’ to our TDV offering which extends our portfolio to suit a range of mission profiles. Our platforms are fully compatible with our Life Support Systems (rebreathers) offering Tactical Diving teams a flexible approach to underwater manoeuvre.

Our Life Support Systems have been trusted by Navies since the 1980s and to date have sold over 1700 systems worldwide.

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Submarine platforms

Innovating to Greater Depths

40 years of experience has enabled JFD to offer a range of related services and solutions to the submarine platform sector. We have developed a strong global capability network which enables us to offer robust and practical solutions to our customers.

JFD is currently engaged in four international submarine programmes to provide capability and equipment as well as the provision of through life support to specialist systems.

This includes both large and small conventional and nuclear submarines with international as well as UK customers.

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James Fisher provides a vast range of mooring and fendering products to the world’s navies.

Our specialist Fendercare Marine's comprehensive solutions include ship-to-quay, on-board and submarine berthing, to high quality deck and jetty equipment. All our solutions are certified by the world's leading independent inspection bodies.

We developed a naval lightweight grey fender in co-operation with the Yokohama Rubber Company following extensive trials and input from the Royal Navy, subsequently supplied to many navies across the world.

Defence marine products and services

James Fisher provides a comprehensive range of marine products and services to the global defence industry.

We’re a leading supplier of tailored condition monitoring, vessel performance and efficiency monitoring software solutions and consultancy services to the defence industry, having provided the Mimic condition monitoring solution to the Royal Navy for over 20 years.

James Fisher's vessels also provide specialised support to the defence sector, including transporting fuel to remote islands and far-flung communities, and complex refuelling of naval vessels such as the Royal Navy’s aircraft carrier, the Prince of Wales.

We also have vessels on standby for the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), as emergency oil spill response vessels – the Corrib Fisher and Mersey Fisher. These vessels support environmental protection by responding to maritime incidents, having been specially adapted for oil spill response operations to address vessel pollution and emission-related issues for a safe, secure, and green maritime sector.

James Fisher's solutions and services to the defence industry include:

As well as the above specialised solutions, James Fisher provides a comprehensive range of marine products and services to the global defence industry.

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James Fisher is a global supplier of trusted engineering services across the industries we serve, with an unrivalled ability to develop innovative solutions that meet the constantly developing needs of our customers operating in challenging environments.
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