|NATO Submarine Rescue System|
|Posted on: 2/13/2017 2:26:29 PM|
|The NSRS was tested in Arctic waters for the first time last week, when the Navies of the UK, France and Norway completed a submarine rescue exercise (Northern Sun) in the Norwegian Arctic region.|
The system is owned by UK, France and Norway and is permanently stationed in the UK (Prestwick in Scotland).The system is portable (about 350 tons airlifted by seven C-17 transports, two AN-124 and one A300M) and can operate anywhere in the world on 72 hours notice. 40 divers and 24 medical personnel from the there countries are permanently employed as part of the system. Whereas other submarine rescue systems are fixed to one, or a few dedicated ships, the NSRS is tailored to operate from a number of ships in the three navies.
The system can rescue 150 people from up to 600 metres depth.In exercise Northern Sun, a Norwegian submarine simulated a breakdown at 150 metres depth, and the crew was rescued by the NSRS. The main objective was to train cooperation between the Norwegian Navy/Coast Guard, which regularly operates in Arctic waters, and the operators of the NSRS who are normally based in Scotland.
Photo Thorbjorn Lovland/FF
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