JFD efficiently accomplished Northern Crown, a NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) train which concerned mobilisation of the system onto the Swedish Navy vessel, HSwMS Belos, in September and October 2021. Recognised as a world chief within the design, construct and operation of submarine rescue techniques, JFD has supported the NSRS contract since 2015. Though owned and operated by the three Participant Nations, the UK, France and Norway, the NSRS supplies help to different navies by numerous MoUs. The train is accomplished each two years as a part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NSRS Participant Nations and the Swedish Navy. The Submarine Rescue System and supporting gear was transported by highway to Karlskrona in Sweden, after which embarked and commissioned onto the Swedish Rescue Mothership (MOSHIP), HSwMS Belos. HSwMS Belos already has a Switch Underneath Stress System (TUPS) and Launch and Restoration System (LARS) put in, so interface gear was used to permit the NSRS Submarine Rescue Car (SRV) to be launched, recovered and linked.

Gary Lindhofer, Head of Defence – Companies, JFD, mentioned: “The connection between the Swedish Navy and the NSRS Participant Nations continues to stay robust and is important for offering submarine rescue assist and contingency. COVID-19 prevented deployment of the NSRS SRV to Sweden over the previous two years, so it was improbable to return and conduct such a profitable operation once more. The Swedish vessel, HSwMS Belos, is a wonderful instance of a really succesful submarine rescue MOSHIP. Submarine rescue is a time delicate operation, the place each second issues. It’s a important requirement that within the occasion of a submarine rescue incident, there may be an obtainable Vessel of Alternative (VOO) that may assist the submarine rescue system. Finishing workout routines comparable to Northern Crown on a longtime MOSHIP considerably reduces the time to first recue and the danger of any delays – which may price lives. JFD is proud to work with the NSRS Authority to ship the NSRS and to work with the Swedish Navy.”


Common submarine rescue workout routines are important to make sure gear and personnel can reply as shortly and successfully as doable within the occasion of a submarine incident. JFD has a long-standing operational relationship with the Swedish Navy by James Fisher Defence, who merged with Divex to kind JFD in 2014. James Fisher Defence designed and manufactured the NATO TUP Interface on HSwMS Belos, permitting the NSRS SRV to interface instantly with the hyperbaric system on the vessel. In 2011, JFD was additionally awarded a contract to ship a 12-year Lifetime Extension and complete functionality and security improve to the Swedish Navy’s Submarine Rescue Car, URF. The Northern Crown train included a number of operations with a Swedish submarine to realize coaching aims as required by the NSRS and Swedish crew.The ultimate exercise of the train concerned the airlift of the SRV and its supporting gear by the UK Royal Air Power, utilizing a Boeing C-17 Globemaster from Sweden again to Prestwich within the UK.

JFD is a longtime supplier to 80 nations and 33 navies worldwide and helps a number of submarine rescue techniques in service all over the world. On the forefront of the submarine rescue area, JFD delivers assured submarine rescue readiness (98%+) to international navies. JFD was created in 2014 by the merger of James Fisher Defence and Divex. In 2015 JFD acquired the Nationwide Hyperbaric Centre to additional increase the providers supplied to its prospects. In 2016 LEXMAR was acquired to boost the potential and providing inside JFD’s diving functionality and suite of saturation diving techniques. JFD acquired diving and recompression specialist Cowan Manufacturing in February 2018. In August 2019 JFD added to its portfolio with the acquisition of Ortega Submersibles BV, the Netherlands-based submersible boat designer and producer. In March 2020, JFD acquired Fathom Methods, a number one supplier of diver communications, fuel evaluation, diver monitoring and built-in diving management techniques for Diving Assist Vessels (DSVs). JFD is proud to be a part of James Fisher and Sons plc, who has partnered with the Profession Transition Partnership, the official supplier of Armed Forces resettlement for over 20 years.