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Indian Navy acquires deep submarine rescue capabilities

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Enhancing its operational capabilities, the Indian Navy has inducted its first deep submergence rescue vessel. The vessel is deployed to rescue downed or disaster-struck submarines at high sea.

Navy spokesperson tweeted that Indian Navy joins select League of Nations with capability to search, locate & provide rescue to distressed submarines, by induction of 1st Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel & associated kit in fly away configuration, which can be rapidly mobilised.

He further tweeted that the DSRV can be mobilised from Naval base at Mumbai to nearest mounting port by air or land or sea, for providing rapid rescue to the submarine in distress.

2nd rescue kit planned for induction at Visakhapatnam in 2019.

Though DSRVs are used to rescue personnel from downed submarines, they are also deployed for various other missions, including laying cables on the sea bed.

At present, the US, China, Russia and a few other countries have the capabilities to deploy DSRVs.