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India - India Plans To Install Submarine Rescue Facilities (01 Aug 2003)

The Indian Navy is currently examining its options in acquiring submarine rescue facilities. The Indian Navy intends to procure two Deep Submergence Rescue Vessels (DSRVs) and rescue kits.

Proposals of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vessels submitted by British, Canadian, Italian, Russian and Swedish firms are being examined. A transportable DSRV allows the submarine crew to escape to the surface after it connects with their stranded submarine.

The Navy is now reviving the 1997 contract signed with the US Navy's ''global submarine rescue fly-away kit'' service. The Phase-I of this contract involved compatibility of submarines with the ''fly-away kits''.