JFD efficiently accomplished a complete submarine rescue train to mobilise the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS). The train, titled Golden Arrow, was the primary deployment of the entire rescue unfold since September 2019 and the primary sea deployment of the brand new fibre optic video and voice communications community improve developed and put in by JFD. Golden Arrow passed off following embarkation at King George V docks in Glasgow and working inside the waters off the west coast of Scotland vessel SD Northern River. The total Rescue system was deployed together with the Submarine Rescue Automobile (SRV), Moveable Launch and Restoration System (PLARS) and Switch Below Stress (TUP) techniques.

Richard Dellar, JFD Managing Director, commented: “Not solely was Golden Arrow one more profitable NSRS train executed by the JFD staff throughout difficult circumstances offered by COVID, it additionally offered the primary alternative to deploy at sea the brand new fibre optic communications system. This technique supplies a step change in functionality for NSRS, which is now the one rescue system on this planet with a steady fibre optic hyperlink again from the SRV to the MOSHIP. Train Golden Arrow as soon as once more demonstrated JFD’s capability to securely plan, handle and execute a fancy massive scale at sea deployment to the satisfaction of our clients in France, Norway and the UK.”


Cdr Chris Baldwin, NSRS Operations Officer on the Submarine Supply Company:“Train GOLDEN ARROW 2021 enabled the NSRS staff to return to its programme of rescue workout routines after the interruption attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in such workout routines ensures the groups working the potential have practiced procedures and may function successfully within the occasion of an operational submarine rescue scenario anyplace on this planet. The NSRS Operations Group, comprised of French, Norwegian and British naval and JFD contractor personnel, efficiently accomplished the train aims demonstrating the distinctive advantages of this Authorities owned Contractor operated functionality”.

This was the primary sea deployment of the brand new fibre optic communications system developed by JFD. The system supplies video communications between the MOSHIP Submarine Rescue Automobile and the DISSUB. Golden Arrow efficiently demonstrated the potential of the system between the vessel and the SRV offering clear video and voice communications between the MOSHIP and the SRV with the potential for communications all the way down to 610m. This innovation permits submarine security communications and the flexibility to go very important data throughout rescue situation clearly, giving the Rescue Factor Commander, Medical Officer and Dive Supervisor eyes on interplay with Disabled Submarine (DISSUB) survivors.

As well as, the train offered the chance to show the competence of the JFD personnel who’re chargeable for offering 24/7 rescue readiness of the NSRS, giving peace of thoughts for the UK, French and Norwegian Navies and the broader world submarine neighborhood. Common submarine intervention and rescue workout routines are important for guaranteeing gear and personnel are in a position to reply successfully within the occasion of a submarine accident, and in as little time as doable. This turns into the ninth profitable vessel based mostly rescue train for JFD all through the course of working NSRS, reinforcing its accountability in assuring the operations staff is totally educated in all facets of a secure rescue. The preliminary five-year contract for the availability of the NSRS by the MOD was prolonged to 2023, demonstrating the shopper’s confidence in JFD’s capability to function and keep the system, which encompasses all facets of NSRS operations and through-life-support. As a part of this settlement, JFD continues to work with the authority to develop the system guaranteeing the best security requirements are all the time achieved.