JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has demonstrated NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) Intervention system during Silverlink Local In-Water Training (SL LIWT 21) exercise held in Glasgow, Scotland, in March.
The simulated Intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (IROV) dives, led by JFD, are part of a series of training deployments for the NSRS designed to ensure the system is in a permanent state of readiness, able to be utilised at a moment’s notice by the NATO partner nations of France, Norway and the UK, which jointly own the system.
The exercise encompassed the entire NSRS IROV mobilisation process, including road transportation. With over 52 hours of diving operations and 31 dives conducted, the exercise also included the delivery of Emergency Life Support Stores (ELSS) pods to a simulated submarine tower.
JFD has undertaken several successful NSRS exercises since 2015, when it was awarded the original five-year contract to manage NSRS. This has since been extended to 2023. As part of this agreement, JFD continues to work with the authority to develop the system ensuring the highest safety standards are always achieved.
In addition to operating five of the world’s submarine rescue systems, JFD has also been progressing a world first with the simultaneous build of three submarine rescue vehicles (SRVs) at its Inchinnan, Glasgow facility.