Vishakhapatnam. 26 september 2018. A contract was signed by the Indian Navy with M/s Hindustan Shipyard Limited, for construction of two Diving Support Vessels (DSV) to augment the Indian Navy’s submarine support operations on either coast.
The first vessel to be built over a 36 month period would be followed by the second, six months later. The vessels to be based at Vishakhapatnam and Mumbai respectively, would be of 118 m in length and of approximately 7,650 T displacement.
While a submarine is a significant strategic asset, it is also vulnerable to action damage, requiring extensive diving for undertaking Search and Rescue (SAR) operations that demand the availability of a credible and suitably equipped platform. Induction of DSVs equipped with DSRV, would go a long way in enhancing the Indian Navy’s capability and reach of submarine rescue operations in the IOR.