UK Extends Contract for NATO Submarine Rescue Missions

September 30, 2020 – A three-year contract extension to ensure NATO submariners are backed up by world-class rescue operations has been awarded to Scotland-based firm, JFD.

Worth more than seven million pounds, the contract extension will reach into 2023 and provide operational support to the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS).

Created in 2008, NSRS is a collaborative project shared between the UK, France and Norway to ensure submarine operations are as a safe as possible. The dedicated system provides rescue to the three nations, as well as to allied NATO partners through signed agreements (MoUs).

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said, “The safety of our personnel is of the utmost importance and I am pleased we have extended our submarine rescue capability contract with JFD, which will continue to support jobs in Scotland.

“This contract extension also represents our dedication to the NATO Submarine Rescue System and underpins our continued commitment to ensuring NATO submarine operations remain as safe as possible.

In addition to providing ‘rescue ready’ capability 24 hours day, 365 days a year, the contract also provides expertly trained operating teams, service upgrades to the specialized rescue vehicles and full maintenance.

Ready to go at a moment’s notice, rescue operations can involve sending specialized vehicles to collect submariners after receiving a distress signal. The expert operations team will then slowly decompress the submariners and return them safely above the sea.

JFD is a world-leading underwater capability provider based in Aberdeen. Having worked with the MOD since 1983, the firm is an integral part of the UK’s submarine rescue provision.

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