New submarine rescue vehicle completes sea trials

Photo: FET

Forum Energy Technologies (FET) has successfully completed sea trials of a new submarine rescue vehicle (SRV) ahead of its deployment for an unnamed Asia Pacific-based navy.

The sea trials tested the SRV’s capabilities to perform a variety of operations, including deep dives, navigation, and mating with a target. In-country commissioning and testing took two months to complete with nine FET personnel assisting throughout the trial.

Working closely with the customer and Lloyd’s Register, FET ensured that the sea trials followed an extensive commissioning period and factory acceptance test, which took place at FET’s test tank in Kirbymoorside, Yorkshire, UK. LR offered third party verification and supervised every part of the sea trials.

The LR-class SRV is divided into two sections: a command module for pilots and a rescue chamber for the rescue chamber operator and people being rescued. The vessel is capable of rescuing up to 17 people at a time and operate at depths of up to 600 metres.

FET said the new model has increased power and an advanced auxiliary thruster control system that allows for speeds approaching four knots, enabling it to operate in high currents. The vehicle is also able to attach to submarines at highly precarious angles above 40 degrees.

The scope of the contract also included FET personnel providing training for navy crews as part of a comprehensive programme that encompassed theoretical training, maintenance, and practical aspects such as diving and recovery.

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