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Prelims Syllabus : Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle Mains Syllabus : Enhancing operational capabilities in IOR

Why in News?

  • Indian Navy has inducted its first Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) which is deployed to rescue downed or disaster-struck submarines at high sea.
  • The DSRV that was inducted by India can be mobilized from the naval base in Mumbai to nearest mounting port by air, land and sea.
  • With the move, India joined a select list of international navies with the ability to search, locate and provide assistance to downed or disaster-struck submarines at high sea.

Significance of DSRV:

  • The vessels have played a significant role in saving lives as well as submarines during emergencies.
  • Most of these are capable of rescuing 24 people at depths of up to 600m in one go.
  • Besides for rescue operation, the vessels are also deployed for various other missions including to lay cables on the sea bed.

Key Highlights:

  • The DSRV can reportedly be deployed at short notice for providing assistance to submarines in distress.
  • The rescue vessel, completes with an associated kit in fly away configuration, can be crucial in quickly locating submarines through the vast expanse of sea and can be mobilised by air and water for rapid rescue.
  • Some DSRV vessels are air transportable in very large military cargo.
  • With this, India joined select list of international navies (United States, China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Singapore UK, Sweden and Australia) with ability to search, locate and provide assistance to downed or disaster-struck or distressed submarines at high sea.
  • The second DSRV is expected to be inducted at Visakhapatnam in 2019.
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