For submariners in the Asia-Pacific region, the continuing operation of Swift Rescue could mean the difference between life and death.
The Swift Rescue project began in 2007, when James Fisher Defence and Singapore Technologies Marine were awarded a contract to provide a complete submarine rescue capability to the Republic of Singapore.
The two companies formed First Response Marine (FRM) Pty. Ltd., and two short years later the ST Marine-built Swift Rescue and its JFD-built Rescue System entered services on time and to budget.
Since then Swift Rescue has continued to operate under FRM ownership with JFD exclusively providing all rescue payload, maintenance and operational support until at least 2029. As such, Swift Rescue is the first, and only, commercially owned and operated submarine rescue mothership (MOSHIP) in the world.
CyberpioneerTV shows DSAR-6 in action during Exercise Pacific Reach.
At the heart of Swift Rescue’s capability is the DSAR-6 Submarine Rescue Vehicle. In most instances, DSAR-6 and her Launch & Recovery System, Personnel Transfer & Decompression Systems, Remotely Operated Vehicle and system support equipment are all maintained at a state-of-readiness of 2 hours.
The rescue payload is mounted on a raft, independent of the ship’s systems, allowing the entire spread to be mobilised onto a secondary vessel in less than 24 hours.
Swift Rescue’s secondary functions include torpedo recovery, underwater intervention tasks, diver support and disaster support roles.
Video showing DSAR-6 and Swift Rescue in action.
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