JFD Surveys US Navy Vessels to Provide Submarine Rescue Assurance

JFD has undertaken its first Vessel of Opportunity (VOO) surveys in the US, on vessels that may be designated Submarine Rescue Motherships (MOSHIPs) operated by/for the US Navy By DA Staff / 27 May 2022
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JFD was contracted to complete Vessel of Opportunity (VOO) assessments for the US Navy, including its dedicated rescue training Submarine Rescue Mothership (MOSHIP), HOS Dominator, and a similar vessel, USNS Black Powder, one of four sister vessels operated by the Navy. 

Engineers and Naval Architects from JFD conducted the surveys which evaluated the suitability of both vessels to accommodate the compatibility with another Submarine Rescue System (SRS)-operating nation.

Ensuring vessels have full technical compliance for embarking international SRS equipment is critical in the event of a Distressed Submarine (DISSUB), where not having a suitable host vessel available will likely result in catastrophic delays.

“As a world leader in the design, build and operation of Submarine Rescue Systems, JFD is proud to have completed our first VOO surveys in the United States,” said Greg Cotten, Head of Operational Capability and Technical Authority, JFD. “JFD’s experienced personnel, including Naval Architects, are on hand to help clients take proactive measures and ensure their vessels can host international Submarine Rescue Systems. Supporting the US Navy with safeguarding against any potential delays in the event of a submarine rescue operation aligns with our commitment to improve submariner safety and preserve life in the event of a submarine incident.”

JFD can provide a range of services in support of MOSHIPs and VOOs, such as Ship Survey and Suitability Assessments, as well as operating a VOO Database Service which tracks and monitors suitable VOOs that can be called upon in the time of need.

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