PLA Navy holds submarine rescue drill in East China Sea

September 3, 2018 – The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy conducted a submarine rescue drill in the East China Sea on Saturday, with military experts on Monday calling it a worldwide challenge. The drill involved frigates, submarines, rescue vessels and anti-submarine aircraft from multiple PLA Navy forces, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. “Submarine rescue work is a worldwide challenge with high risks,” Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, told the Global Times on Monday. The drill shows that China understands its importance, and is making efforts…

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RIMPAC 2018 Hosts Submarine Rescue Symposium

Approximately 30 submarine officers and civilian contractors from 13 nations attended a Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2018 submarine rescue symposium hosted at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, July 9. The symposium offered those in attendance an opportunity to strategize how different nations can work together in the event of a submarine accident or casualty. “The great thing about RIMPAC is we get more participation from around the world, specifically Asian countries that were not able to join our working groups throughout the year,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Joshua Powers. “This…

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Viet Nam starts building its first submarine rescue ship

A keel laying ceremony was held on Thursday in the northeastern port city of Haiphong to mark the building of Viet Nam’s first submarine search and rescue ship. The vessel will not only serve the Vietnamese navy force’s needs in its waters, but also engage in international submarine rescue operations when the situation demands. The vessel, numbered MSSARS 9316, measures 94m long, 16m wide, and 5.85m high, with a displacement measurement (i.e. weight) reaching 4,000 tonnes. The vessel will feature an on-deck helipad and a “robust dynamic positioning system and…

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JFD demonstrates NATO Submarine Rescue System capabilities

JFD, the world-leading submarine rescue and diving equipment company and part of James Fisher and Sons plc, is currently taking part in a major international submarine rescue exercise, Dynamic Monarch ‘17. The exercise requires JFD to demonstrate the capabilities of the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) and to provide training. An integral part of the UK’s submarine rescue provision since 1985, JFD is responsible for maintaining NSRS in a permanent state of rescue readiness for the NATO partner nations of France, Norway and the UK. Fully air transportable using a…

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